Father Tedesche sent the following statement to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle today in response to a question on whether we had received any word from officials on when we may re-open for public Masses and whether we are developing safety protocols going forward.

The Diocese is anxiously awaiting clarification about the inclusion of churches in the New York State re-opening plan. We have been working on specific safety protocols to put in place according to federal and state guidelines once we are allowed to resume public worship. We have followed all of the mandates of federal, state and local health officials with the hope that just resolutions will soon be reached for the benefit of the faith communities we serve.