FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 17, 2020
SEVEN CORONAVIRUS CASES CONFIRMED AT TWO QUEENS CATHOLIC CHURCHES
The Diocese of Brooklyn today is announcing they have learned of a combined seven confirmed cases of the Coronavirus within the parish communities of Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church in Woodside and St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in East Elmhurst.
At St. Gabriel’s Church, there are six confirmed cases emanating from three gatherings of a church community group on Tuesday, March 3, Saturday, March 7 and Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
At Corpus Christi, there is one confirmed case. The individual last attended Mass on Saturday, February 29, 2020. The individual is a Eucharistic Minister and last participated in the distribution of Holy Communion on Ash Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
As a result of this information, both parish Churches are undergoing a deep cleaning and sanitization, with approved disinfectants, following guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Anyone who was at the above Churches during the noted times should contact their doctor if they exhibit any Coronavirus symptoms like fever or cough.
The Diocese of Brooklyn has canceled all Masses, as of yesterday Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice. Churches will be open for private prayer but the faithful are being asked to contact their church’s rectory regarding parish scheduled hours.
As a reminder, the Celebration of the Eucharist within the Diocese of Brooklyn can be seen on NET-TV, the 24/7 cable channel of the Diocese. The Mass schedule is as follows:
- 8 am Live from Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights (English)
- 9 am Live from Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights (Spanish)
- Noon Live from St. James Cathedral in Downtown Brooklyn (English)
- 5 pm Replay of the Noon Mass from St. James Cathedral in Downtown Brooklyn (English)
- 6:30 pm Pre-recorded Mass from St. Patrick’s Cathedral
- 6 pm Saturday Vigil Pre-recorded Passionate Mass from Immaculate Conception Church in Jamaica (English)
- 11 am Sunday Live from St. James Cathedral in Downtown Brooklyn (English)
- 1:30 pm Sunday Pre-recorded from Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights (Spanish)
NET-TV can be seen in the New York City area on Spectrum (Channel 97), Optimum (Channel 30), and FIOS (Channel 48). Viewers can also tune in online at www.netny.tv.
At all times, but especially now, the safety and well-being of our faith community is our primary concern. The Diocese of Brooklyn will continue to deliver important information in a timely manner.