As many of you know, local residents have been traveling out of state to attend religious services or they have switched to other churches entirely, never to return to their previous church. For these residents, virtual services are either a) not possible for assorted reasons and b) simply not the same without in-person sacraments, hymns and fellowship. As many have stated--perhaps it is time for the churches to be less of a "willing partner" per the article below. Here's the latest:
NIAGARA GAZETTE--Clergy says guidance needed for putting derailed services back on track
ALBANY — The Catholic Conference of New York State says it has yet to
receive a clear signal from the Cuomo administration on when churches
across the state can resume religious services.
representing all of the state's Catholic bishops, has been seeking
clarity on religious services well before it was decided by state
officials that five upstate regions may begin allowing some industries
to reopen Friday following a nearly two-month shutdown of activities the
state has deemed "nonessential."
"We have been making overtures
to the Second Floor (where Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his executive staff
have offices at the statehouse), but we have not been getting much
response," said Dennis Poust, the communications director for the
conference. "I think what they would find if they responded to our
questions is a willing partner. We are committed to doing this right." READ MORE AT https://www.niagara-gazette.com/news/local_news/clergy-says-guidance-needed-for-putting-derailed-services-back-on-track/article_149d0df2-9662-11ea-90d2-1f8ac17a7f71.html