Norwalk church resumes in-person celebrations

NORWALK — An in-person stations of the cross service returned to St. Matthew Church on Friday, about a year after Easter celebrations were held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Parishioners of St. Matthew Catholic Church proceed with their annual outdoor stations of the cross in recogntion of Good Friday, April 2, 2021, in Norwalk, Conn.

This year, the church’s Good Friday celebrations were held both in-person and virtually, according to the church’s website. An outdoor stations of the cross was held at noon at the church’s grotto despite the 30-degree weather, a liturgy with communion was held indoors at 3 p.m. and an indoor stations of the cross at 7 p.m.

Reservations are still required for all Masses and services at St. Matthew. Congregants are asked not to sing and are required to wear masks at all times.

Additionally, the church is still operating at limited capacity. All 150 seats for Friday afternoon’s liturgy were booked, as well as all indoor Easter Sunday masses.

St. Matthew administration anticipates the weekend’s services will be well-attended despite the restrictions, the church’s administrative assistant Mare Yannetti said.

“Social distancing will be in effect and mask-wearing, but people are very excited and things are looking up,” Yannetti said.

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