first_imgDUBUQUE — The leader of the Dubuque Catholic Diocese says churches will be allowed to hold services once again on the last weekend of this month.Archbishop Michael Jackels announced his decision in a video and says it is based on the coronavirus trends for northeast Iowa. “Namely, that there has been a 14-day downward trend in positive tests, hospitalizations, and deaths related to COVD-19 in the 30 northeastern counties in Iowa, which is what makes up the Archdiocese of Dubuque,” Jackels says.He asks the priests in the Archdiocese to not to start before the May 30th reopening date. And he also asks parishioners to understand if a priest decides that it isn’t prudent to reopen on account of his own compromised health situation, or because the coronavirus is still raging in the area.“We’re not yet out of the woods; the coronavirus is still with us. And if we’re not careful, it could come back with a vengeance. And so, we will continue to monitor the data,” Jackels says. He says there will be precautions in place and they may make it tough for everyone to get into a mass.“On account of social distancing, there will only be room for a smaller number of people to attend,” according to Jackels. “But not to worry, because everyone will still remain dispensed from the law to participate in Mass on Sundays and holy days, until further notice.”Jackels encourages church members to do one thing whether they get to a mass or watch online.” Remember to pray for those who died during the pandemic, and for those who haven’t been able to grieve their passing properly. And pray, too, for people who are sick, for caregivers, and for those who live in fear for their lives and their livelihood on account of the pandemic,” he says.Jackels says patience is needed to get through the COVID-19 threat. “We eventually want the pews filled, and programs well-attended, it just might take some time. Prayers for the end of the pandemic’s threat, as well as patience and cooperation, are what’s needed most right now,” Jackels says.The Bishop of the Des Moines Catholic Diocese is allowing morning services to resume Monday through Saturday in 15 of the counties in the diocese. The dioceses of Sioux City and Davenport haven’t yet released any plans to resume services at churches.last_img read more

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first_imgFREEHOLD – An 86-year-old man is charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy, following a joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Tinton Falls Police Department, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.Albert DeCresci, formerly of Rumson but a resident in Tinton Falls at the time of the incident, is charged with one count each of second degree sexual assault and third degree endangering the welfare of a child, after police allege he was found in the act of the sexual assault.DeCresci is currently being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold Township, on $250,000 bail with no 10 percent option, as set by Monmouth County Superior County Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen, J.S.C., who also ordered he have no contact with his victim and not return to the scene of the crime if he is released.If convicted of sexual assault, DeCresci faces a sentence of 10 years in a New Jersey state prison without parole, subject to the provisions of “Megan’s Law” and Community Supervision for Life following his release from state prison.If convicted of endangering the welfare of a child, DeCresci faces a sentence of three to five years in prison.Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Fichter, Director of the Office’s Special Victims Bureau.Detective Delisa Brazile, of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-620-4045, or Detective Robert Wilson, of the Tinton Falls Police Department at 732-542-3400 ext. 443.last_img read more

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