FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 4, 2020
DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN ANNOUNCES PALM SUNDAY PLANS AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC
The Diocese of Brooklyn today is reminding the faithful of Brooklyn and Queens that public celebrations of Mass on Palm Sunday, the final Sunday of Lent and the beginning of the holiest week on the Christian calendar, are prohibited for the safety of all due to the Coronavirus.
The Palm Sunday Liturgy will be aired on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s cable channel, NET-TV, in seven languages, beginning at 8 AM tomorrow, Sunday, April 5, 2020.
The complete schedule is as follows:
8 AM – Italian
9 AM – Creole
10 AM – Polish
11 AM – English
12 PM – Spanish
1 PM – Korean
2 PM – Mandarin
NET-TV can be seen on Channel 97 (Spectrum), Channel 30 (Optimum) and Channel 48 on FIOS by Verizon. The live masses can also be viewed on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s website at www.dioceseofbrooklyn.org/
As Brooklyn and Queens remain the epicenter of the Coronavirus pandemic, and mindful of public health, Churches remain closed. The blessed palms are not to be distributed to the faithful at this time.
It was earlier announced that palms would be available outside each church in the Diocese on Palm Sunday for people to pick up, however, those plans have since changed. Palms will be distributed at a later date to be announced by the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn.