Some parishioners may wish to to express their wishes that religious houses of worship should be given at least as much consideration as liquor stores, lottery sales, big box home repair centers, etc. when determining safe occupancy and social distancing requirements.
This petition is organized by NJ State Senator Mike Doherty and can be signed online.
Several parishioners have reported difficulty in sending the governor emails regarding the closure of houses of worship. At times, for example, the state senate webpage appears to have been offline over the last 24 hours.
An article from NJ.com appears at this link: https://www.nj.com/coronavirus/2020/04/reopen-churches-during-the-coronavirus-lockdown-nj-state-senator-says.html
The petition can be found here:https://www.senatenj.com/petitions/openreligion/
Both the governor and Cardinal Tobin have pushed back on the petition, as we might expect from their previous comments on the issue.
P.S. It looks as though the petition has now been amended to ask for OUTDOOR religious services. Maybe there is some negotiating going on behind the scenes.
Please let our elected officials know what you think, whatever position you take.