Neighbors for Neighbors
St. Augustine’s and St. Mary’s Response to the Corona Virus
What is 'Neighbors For Neighbors'?
Masses at St. Mary’s and St. Augustine’s will continue to be offered at this time. However, due to the serious health crisis caused by the coronavirus, Bishop Lucia has dispensed Catholics in the Diocese of Syracuse from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass beginning immediately until further notice (Code of Canon Law, c. 87).
It has been recommended that those most at risk to contract the coronavirus should take extra precautions to avoid large gatherings of people. While this recommendation is only temporary, we recognize this might mean some of our most vulnerable will opt not to attend Mass on the weekends.
If you fall into this category, we would encourage you to consider our 'Neighbors For Neighbors' program.
How does it work?
In this temporary situation we would invite you to contact the parish office to share that you would like to participate in the program.
We will determine a fellow parishioner that lives near you and arrange for that parishioner to be trained as a Eucharistic Minister (if they are not already) and bring you Eucharist and pray with you on the weekend. Please tell us if there are additional needs and we will do our best to accommodate.
An important reminder
This program is only for those who are the most at risk to contract the coronavirus (our seniors, those with auto immune deficiencies and our young). If you are self-isolating because you believe you have the virus or have tested positive for the virus, we will be unable to visit based upon recommendations from the Diocese and the CDC. We can however arrange for a member of our ministry team and/or a parishioner to connect with you several times a week to check in and pray with you over the phone or via face time.
In the spirit of prayer and solidarity, Bishop Lucia has asked parishes to begin a Novena for all those impacted by the virus. More information will be at Church exits and on our website.
Mass Available on Television
If you are choosing to remain home at this time, the Mass can be viewed on the following stations and times:
WSYR - Ch. 9 – Syracuse, Saturdays, at 4 pm, Sundays at 6:30 am
WKTV - Ch. 2 – Utica, Sundays at 6:00 am
WBNG - Ch. 12 – Binghamton, Sundays at 6:00 am
Community Access Cable Channels
Spectrum Cable Ch. 4 [serving Skaneateles and Auburn]– Sundays at 10:30 am
Spectrum Cable Public Access Channel Syracuse Ch. 98 - Saturdays at 8:30 pm
Spectrum Cable Binghamton (Vestal) Ch. 1301 - Sundays at 1:00 pm
Spectrum Cable Rome Ch. 99 - Thursdays at 6:30 pm
Crouse Memorial Hospital – Syracuse, at various times on Crouse Hospital cable system
And anytime at: www.youtube.com/syrdio
NOVENA PRAYER FOR AN END TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
O Mary, full of grace, Patroness of this nation and Mother of the Church, in this time of illness and world-wide need we seek your intercession for the human family before your Son’s throne of grace and mercy. We ask for strength in adversity, health in weakness, and comfort in sorrow. Help us O Blessed Mother, to be filled with confidence and trust in the tender compassion of our God. Let us not be afraid, like our own Saint Marianne Cope, who entrusted her life and ministry among the outcasts of society into the care of our Divine Physician. Continue to watch over all who are sick as well as those who care for them and give wisdom to all who are seeking a cure. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
A novena is a nine-day period of public or private prayer to obtain grace or make a petition. A novena generally has a sense of urgency or need about it. It is a spiritual exercise to bolster one’s faith and to remember the goodness of the Lord who answers all of our prayers according to God’s divine will.