Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Updates

Check here for the most updated information, news and guidelines on how our church is handling Mass and social distancing during the pandemic.


Coronavirus update as of June 2020.

Dear St. Pius X Parishioners,

We hope that you and your family are safe. We continue to pray for all affected by COVID-19 and for an end to this pandemic. As always, we remain available by phone at 914-725-2755 or email at saintpiusx@optonline.net to speak with you for any reason.

In accordance with the NYS regulations and the ADNY Faith Forward program, our parish office opened on Tuesday, June 9, by appointment only, the 11:30 am weekday Mass with participants present will resume on Monday, June 15, and our weekend Masses with participants present will resume on the weekend of June 20. (The weekday Mass will change from 11:30 am to 8 am from July 1 through Labor Day.) At present, we are planning a Saturday 5 pm Vigil Mass on June 20 and a Sunday 10:30 am Mass (not a Family Mass) on June 21.

Signing Up to Attend Mass:
Because of the capacity limitations required by NYS and the ADNY and the need to maintain a list of persons attending Mass in the event contact tracing becomes necessary, you will be required to register for a specific Mass by going online to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805084BA4AB2DABFC1-mass or by calling the parish house at 914-725-2755 no later than Thursday before the upcoming weekend Masses. We anticipate that you will be able to register in advance for specific Masses for several weeks.

Your health and safety are our first priority so even though Sunday Masses with participants present are resuming, His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan continues to dispense you from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. If you are at greater risk of COVID-19 (e.g., you are over 65 years of age, have an underlying health condition or you have been exposed to someone who is ill) or simply do not feel comfortable attending Mass in person at this time, please do not feel pressured to attend. You may continue to view weekday and Sunday Masses online at http://saintpiusxchurch.com
or directly via Boxcast at https://boxcast.tv/channel/jligfbyu65onyetkfoih. We will continue to offer a Sunday reflection for children at 4:15 pm on Saturday via stream only. The recorded Masses and reflection can be viewed anytime via these links.

Attending Mass:
The NYS and ADNY guidelines for attending Mass require persons in the church building to wear facial coverings, sanitize their hands upon entering the building and maintain six-feet distance from any person not in their own household other than to receive communion. In order to comply with the social distancing requirement, we will be able to accommodate only about 50-60 persons in our church building at each Mass. While we are taking precautions for your safety, we cannot guarantee that you will not become ill with COVID-19. Each person needs to be cautious, follow the guidelines and keep safe.

Please note that entry to the church building will be through one designated door which is marked and departure will be through another designated door which is marked. Persons entering the church building will be required to wear a facial covering (one will be provided to you if you do not have one) at all times while in the building except to consume the Host. Upon entering the building for a weekend Mass, you should check in with a greeter and then use the hand sanitizer placed at the entrance. After sanitizing your hands, one of our ushers will direct you to a pew marked with a cross. The sanctuary has been divided so that we can accommodate families, couples and singles in various locations and ushers will fill the church from the front to the back. While you may prefer a specific pew location, we ask that you follow the directions of the ushers as your health and the health of your fellow parishioners is paramount at this time.

You will find sanitizer, paper towels and paper bags at the end of each marked pew because all surfaces touched by persons in the building must be sanitized. We do not have the manpower to sanitize the areas so we ask that when you arrive, you use the spray sanitizer and paper towels to clean the area where you will be sitting and place the used paper towels in the brown paper bag. Please do not change seats during the service.

Receiving Communion:
For weekend Masses, persons wishing to receive communion should approach the altar via the side aisles by row as directed by the ushers starting at the front of the church using the floor markers as guides for social distancing from your fellow parishioners. When you are two persons away from receiving communion, please go to the sanitizing station located on the window sills in the side aisles to sanitize your hands. After you sanitize your hands, please do not touch any surface or your face prior to receiving communion. When the ushers direct you to approach the priest, DO NOT remove your facial covering. Please extend a SINGLE HAND to receive the Host and move six feet towards the center aisle before removing your facial covering to consume the Host. After consuming the Host, please replace your facial covering and wait your turn to sanitize your hands at the sanitizing station located in the center aisle before returning to your seat. Please follow the instructions of the ushers.

Leaving Mass:
At the conclusion of Mass, as an added precaution, we ask that prior to leaving the church, you sanitize all surfaces that you touched, including the kneeler. When directed by the ushers, please take the brown paper bag with your used paper towels to the Narthex for disposal in the bins provided along with any other items you may have brought with you. For your safety and the safety of our priests, our priests will not greet the faithful leaving the Mass in the Narthex. Please do not congregate in the Narthex or outside and exit the church building through the designated door.

Receiving Communion without attending Mass:
If you are not comfortable attending Mass and watched Mass online but would like to receive communion, we will distribute communion in the Narthex on Saturdays at 6:15 pm and Sundays at 1:15pm. If you choose to receive the Host during these times, you will be asked to do the following for everyone’s protection:

  • Queue outside the Narthex maintaining a six-feet distance between yourself and others;
  • Have a facial covering on before entering the Narthex;
  • Enter the Narthex through the door designated with the “entry” sign when directed by an usher;
  • Use the hand sanitizer placed at the entrance as you enter the Narthex;
  • Do not to touch your face or any other surface after sanitizing your hands;
  • Approach the priest or Eucharistic Minister with ONE HAND open to receive the Host without removing your facial covering;
  • Step to the right or left six feet, remove your facial covering, consume the Host and replace your facial covering; and
  • Depart through the door designated with the “exit” sign.

If you have a fever, are ill or have been exposed recently to someone who is ill, please do not come to the parish office or to the church building. Our first priority is the safety of everyone.

Visiting the Church Building and Grounds on Weekdays:
The Chapel of Mary in our Narthex will continue to be open daily from 10 am to 12 pm for private prayer. (The main church building will remain closed except for Masses.) When coming to the Chapel:

  • Please maintain social distance from your fellow parishioners, wear a facial covering and use the hand sanitizers placed at the entrance to the Chapel.
  • We recommend that you print your name, time of your visit and contact information in the book on the table just outside the Narthex in the event that contact tracing becomes necessary.
  • A parish staff member or volunteer will be stationed outside the Chapel to ensure no more than the permitted number of persons are present in the Chapel and all are seated according to social distancing guidelines and will sanitize the seat after each visitor leaves.

We encourage you to take advantage of our outdoor devotions by praying the rosary or the Stations of the Cross in your car or by sitting on the benches in our Meditation Garden maintaining social distancing and wearing a face covering.

The Archdiocese of New York has organized a team of priests to provide sacraments to those suffering from COVID-19 who have been trained, equipped and can quarantine without affecting others. If you know someone with coronavirus who needs the sacraments, please call us so that we can arrange it.

If social distancing is maintained and facial coverings are worn by all, we may provide confessions by appointment and anoint the sick (non-COVID-19 illness) in one’s home.

WeShare Online Giiving

We ask you to support your parish by mailing your weekly contributions to the Parish Office or using WeShare. WeShare makes it easy to establish and modify your giving options and helps keep contributions consistent and predictable. You can sign up for We Share by visiting http://saintpiusxchurch.churchgiving.com, by scanning the bar code below with your phone’s camera or by calling the Parish Office at 914-725-2755 for assistance. We are grateful for everyone who has been making donations via mail or WeShare.

Stay safe!

Yours truly in Christ,

Fr. Sebastian & Fr. Jose

Tips for Viewing Mass on Streaming

Ahead of time:

  • Prepare for an online St. Pius X Mass to attend and set up your connections.
  • Consider setting up chairs for your “pews” instead of sitting on your sofa.
  • Get dressed up as if you were going to Mass.
  • Place holy water out so your family can bless themselves before Mass.
  • Mark the readings in your Bibles before Mass begins so you can follow along.
  • Offer up your Mass for your family’s intentions and for the needs of the world.

As Mass begins:

  • Light a candle nearby. This is a reminder that Jesus, the Light of the World, is there with you.
  • Follow along in your My Holy Mass booklet.
  • Participate by singing, saying the responses, standing, sitting, and kneeling as if you were in a church.
  • Pray a spiritual Communion during the distribution of the Blessed Sacrament. (see below)
  • Serve donuts or some special treat after Mass.

If attending in-person, please register for Mass by the Thursday prior to the weekend you wish to attend.

An Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are present
in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen