Queen of All Saints
July 10, 2020
I’d like to begin with a few notes about music ministry at QAS.
In the midst of so much discouraging news almost everywhere, it’s good to hear something positive…and local. I’m very happy to inform you Queen of All Saints parish has a new music director, Joel Warden. Joel comes to QAS with a rich background in liturgical music. In his ministry as Director of Music, Joel will be the primary organist, director of the adult and youth choirs, coordinator of cantors and will plan liturgical music for each Sunday and Holy Day of the year. Joel has already begun, and while COVID-19 has somewhat curtailed our full singing participation, we are delighted he is here to help guide us through this time.
Happily, we also have a new Bell Choir director, Lisa Allongo. Lisa also has an extensive and successful experience with bell choirs and will bring all of that to QAS. We’re looking forward to Lisa’s start date within the next couple of weeks. If you are interested in joining the Bell Choir, please contact me or the rectory office.
We continued to be blessed with two extraordinary Cantors…Siobahn Sung and Jennifer Gliere.
Finally, but not least by any means, I want to extend, in your behalf, my deepest thanks to Alexander Borja who has guided us musically in those “in between” times when we did not have a formal director of music. Alex has been extraordinarily generous with his time and the sharing of his talent and has helped us in so many ways during Ordinary Time and especially through several Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter seasons.
Fortunately for us, Alex will continue to be the organist at the 8:30 Mass each Sunday morning.
Thank you Alex!
A reminder about work on the rectory exterior.
As I mentioned last week, the rectory roof and the north and west walls have been severely affected by water damage over many years and the issue has become critical. As you may know, that can lead to structural damage over time as well. Things may look good from a distance, but when you get close up, the deterioration and damage is very clear.
In another week or so, you will see scaffolding go up around the rectory. Roofing, pointing and other various repairs are expected to take about six months. We are only able to do this by securing a nearly one-million dollar loan from the diocese. I’ll keep you informed as work progresses.
June 25, 2020
As I mentioned in last week’s letter, churches in the Diocese of Brooklyn will be opening for weekday Mass on Monday, June 29 and Sunday Mass on July 4-5.
We will resume the 8:30am weekday Mass (Mondays through Fridays) beginning this Monday, June 29th, the Feast of the Apostles Saints Peter and Paul.
We will resume Sunday Mass on July 4-5 with the Saturday 5:00pm Mass and the 8:30 am and 10:30am Masses on Sunday.
Attendance is limited to about 25% of the church’s capacity which is about 150 to 175 people. Given our average total weekend attendance, that should not be a problem for us. Please keep in mind that the 5:oopm Mass on Saturday and the 8:30am Mass on Sunday always have fewer congregants than the 10:30 Mass on Sunday.
All are asked to bring and wear masks while in church and to observe proper distancing. Pews marked with orange tape are the pews that have been designated for seating. Those living in the same household may, of course, sit together. Hand sanitizer will be available, though you may wish to bring your own.
The church (benches, railings door handles, etc. will be cleaned and sanitized before/after each Mass.
Entrance to and exit from the church will be through the main doors on Lafayette Avenue for all weekday and Sunday Masses.
Holy Communion will be distributed with communicants forming one line in the center aisle with proper distancing in between each person. The Precious Blood will not be distributed. A more specific announcement and reminder will be made before Mass.
Thank you for your cooperation and your understanding of the measures we are all taking together to guarantee one another’s safety. I am looking forward to seeing you soon!
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O virgin of virgin, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions. But in thy clemency hear and answer me. Amen.