Diocese of Brooklyn Update
As a result of the closures, funerals, weddings, and baptisms will not be permitted in church. This is because limiting them to 10 people is proving not to be feasible. Graveside services outdoors will be permitted, maintaining the recommendations of the CDC regarding social distancing and at the discretion of the cemetery administration. A memorial Mass for the deceased can be celebrated later. Weddings and baptisms will be postponed to a later date.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be limited to emergencies only, and while it is necessary for the confession to be one-on-one and in-person, social distancing measures will be observed. A Confession could be held outdoors during this time so that the priest and penitent can be at some distance from each other. Spiritual counseling will be provided over the phone.
The Diocese is committed to serving the faithful in Brooklyn and Queens during this difficult time. While contact in person is limited at this time, the pastors and priests at our parishes are available by phone and via social media to help the faithful get through this trying time.
Law of Abstinence for the Fridays of Lent
The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, has granted all the faithful of the Diocese of Brooklyn a dispensation from the law of abstinence for the Fridays of Lent for this year. This is being done to assist people who may have difficulties in shopping for food or other reasons which would make this practice difficult at this time. Parishioners are reminded the Fridays of Lent remain days of penance and prayer, which is needed now more than ever.
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We, the Catholic Christian Community of Our Lady of Lourdes in Queens Village, united as disciples of Jesus under the patronage of Mary, being blessed with our rich diversity, seek to be guided by love, supported by prayer, strengthened by faith and encouraged by God’s trust in us.
We are a giving family who hope through our personal relationship with God to advance in the teachings of Jesus Christ by our service to others, with the goal of fostering a greater understanding of the Gospel, and the eagerness to live it.