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Please click here to learn about Parish Events and Services during the COVID 19 response  

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Phase 2 & 3 reopening Guidelines


Beginning August 1st the church will be open for Masses at 8:30 AM Monday – Saturday and on Sunday Schedule of 5 PM Saturday, 8 AM and 10 AM 

Will Mass be different? 

Please click here for the full outline of guidelines regarding attending mass in Phase 2 & 3

How many people are allowed inside the church at the same time?
Only 50 people can be in the church at the same time…if you arrive at the church and there are already 50 people inside please wait outside until someone leaves to enter. 

Must I wear a mask in order to enter the church?
Yes. Please bring your own mask from home, masks are not available for you at the church. 

Must I disinfect my hands upon entering the church?
Yes. Hand-sanitizer dispensers will be available to you as you enter the church. Please disinfect your hands before and after entering the church.

Where can I sit while I am in the church praying?
You may sit in one of the pews that is not tied off with a yellow rope but only in the spots marked with the blue cross.

Should I wipe down the area where I was sitting before I leave the church?
Yes. Sanitizing wipes will be available to you as you enter the church. You should take one upon entering the church so that you can use it to clean the areas you have touched in the church before you leave. Please only use the wipes provided by the church so as not to damage any o the wood or delicate surfaces in the church accidentally.

May I light a candle while at the church? 
No. While annual memorial candles are lit and candle stands are on, the touching of these stands would only help spread Covid-19 potentially. Therefore, the Candle Stands and the statues in the church are roped off from people.

I am not sure if I should come to the church…who should not come? 
The elderly and all who are health-compromised are advised to stay home. Anyone who feels sick in any way must stay home. Parishioners should take their temperature before leaving their home and should stay home if the temperature is over 100 degrees.

If I need to use the restroom while I am visiting the church will it be open?
No. We are fortunate to live in an urban community where we most can walk from their home to the church. Since we do not have a maintenance staff we are currently unable to ensure that the restroom will be cleaned each time it is used.

Can I get a bulletin while at church?
No, no paper handouts or booklets will be available at the church. you may access the weekly bulletin on our website at

Will I be able to bless myself with Holy Water upon entering the Church? 
No. In order prevent the potential spread of Covid-19 all Holy Water fonts are empty at this time. The faithful should still bless themselves upon entering the church acknowledging the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

Click the following, respectively, for details about Funerals, Weddings, Baptisms, Anointings and Confession during Phase 1, 2 & 3

Ways to Stay Connected

If you do not currently receive our monthly parish e-mails, please sign up for our e-newsletter on the parish homepage (HERE). This will allow us the ability to communicate with you.

If you are on Facebook, please “Like” the Sacred Hearts & St. Stephen Catholic Church public page (HERE) and also join the Sacred Hearts-St. Stephen Parish Brooklyn group (HERE). This will allow you to view Facebook live Masses and Services as well receive messages and updates.

Attending Mass & Services

All Masses (Weekday & Sunday) will be celebrated for the scheduled intentions starting Monday, March 16, 2020 privately without the public in the Church.

All weekday Masses (Monday – Saturday) will be celebrated at 8:30 AM and streamed Live for everyone to attend virtually on our Facebook pages.

Sunday 10 AM Mass will be streamed Live for everyone to attend virtually on our Facebook pages.

The Rosary will be prayed every Thursday at 7 PM live on Facebook from the Church for all to participate in. You can also read along with the text (Here)

The health of all the faithful of our parish is of utmost concern, so let us continue to pray to the Lord Who is a healer to protect us and bring about quickly an end to this present crisis through the intercession of His Mother Mary under the title of Our Lady of the Rosary.

 Please click here for the full Parish update during the COVID 19 response  

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I am the Church, You are the Church, We are the Church, Together!  – Where are you in your faith journey?

Evangelization – the essential mission of the Church. As Jesus said at the end of the Gospel of Matthew: “Go and make disciples of all nations.” To evangelize means to bring the good news of the Gospel to all we encounter by teaching, being channels of the gift of grace, reconciling sinners with God, and perpetuating Christ’s sacrifice in the Mass. The fruit of evangelization is new disciples of Jesus.

Disciple – a person who accepts and assists in the spreading of the good news of Jesus Christ. Christian discipleship is the process by which disciples grow in the Lord Jesus Christ and are equipped by the Holy Spirit, who resides in our hearts, to overcome the pressures and trials of this present life and become more and more Christlike. This process requires believers to respond to the Holy Spirit’s prompting to examine their thoughts, words and actions and compare them with the Word of God and the Tradition of the Church as good stewards.

Steward – a person who accepts the responsibility that Christians have in maintaining and using wisely the gifts that God has bestowed. God wishes us to be his collaborators in the work of creation, redemption and sanctification. A good steward gives of their time, talent and treasure in order to be an collaborator in the work of evangelization.


Interested in being more involved?

We welcome your deeper involvement in the life of the parish through our ministry programs. If you are willing to do more at the parish, please email us today at with the ministry you may be interested in or let us know a little about who you are and we can pair you with a need we currently have…I am the Church, You are the Church…We are the Church together!






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