Covid-19 Guide for Masses & Services
Important News about Mass Attendance from the Archdiocese (5/15/21):
According to CDC guidance, people who are fully vaccinated against the virus no longer need to wear masks or follow social-distancing guidelines in most indoor and outdoor settings, except as required by state and local laws or other regulations. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania automatically adopted the relaxed measures on Thursday. However, the City of Philadelphia is waiting to announce the adoption of the relaxed measures.
As of Wednesday, June 2, all churches and institutions in the archdiocese, including Philadelphia, will freely comply with the updated guidance with regard to face coverings/masks for the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy.
Fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear face-coverings/masks in church nor follow any social distancing. In addition, all churches in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia no longer have any capacity or pew restrictions.
Mass Obligation (updated 7/15/21):
Catholic Bishops in Pennsylvania have reinstated the obligation to attend Mass in person on Sundays and Holy Days as of Sunday, August 15, 2021.
Exceptions: This obligation does not apply to those who are seriously ill, have a serious health risk, as well as those who have serious anxiety about being a part of large groups at this time. Likewise, the obligation does not apply to those who care for those who cannot attend Mass in person (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2181). Those who are legitimately excused from Mass on Sundays and Holy Days are encouraged to spend time in prayer, meditating on the Death and Resurrection of the Lord, reading the Sacred Scriptures, and uniting themselves to Christ in his worship of the Father of us all. Those who are legitimately excused are also encouraged to view a broadcast of the Mass which is intended for those who cannot participate in person.
Live Stream Mass will continue to be available online HERE.
As You Enter Church:
According to the CDC's new guidance (see Archdiocese message above), those fully vaccinated against the coronavirus no longer need to wear masks or follow social distancing restrictions in most indoor and outdoor settings, except as required by state and local laws or other regulations. Those who are not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a face-covering or a mask. If a face covering or mask is worn, it is to be removed before the reception of the Body of Christ at the Communion of the Mass. We ask our congregation to respect others' choices regarding face-covering or mask use in churches in the Archdiocese.
Hand sanitizer is available in the Narthex as you enter and exit the church.
Offertory baskets are located in the back of the church as you enter and exit. We encourage you to consider signing up for our secure electronic offertory HERE.
If you require any additional assistance, please ask an usher, sacristan, or any available parish staff member as you enter.
We will continue with 'no handshakes' during the 'Sign of Peace.'
Hymnals and worship aids may be used without any restrictions.
Liturgical singing can take place without any restrictions. All fitting instruments may be used without any restrictions. Cantors, quartets, and choirs may be used without any restrictions.
Reception of Holy Communion:
The faithful may receive the Eucharist in hand or on the tongue. The distribution of the Precious Blood continues to be suspended until further notice.
As you approach the Eucharistic Minister before receiving Holy Communion: If you are wearing a mask, please bow and remove your mask, then the Eucharist will be placed in your hand to consume.
The celebrant may convey additional changes or directives about the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass.
Digital Bulletins are always available to download or read online from our website HERE. However, we have printed bulletin copies, which are available as you exit the church.
We are committed to your safety and spiritual well-being!
Your safety and spiritual well-being are our top priority. We will maintain regular sanitation and adjust our safety protocols as needed and recommended by the CDC to comply with our state's guidelines.
For additional resources and COVID-19 information, please visit:
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Arise Information Here
Confessions take place on Saturdays from 9 to 9:30 AM.
Our baptisms, marriages, and funeral rites remain and will follow any necessary guidelines.
Your care, cooperation, tremendous love, and support can be seen and felt everywhere in and around our parish community. We thank you for your courtesy and giving hearts. Whether you are able to attend Mass in person or remotely, please know that you remain in our hearts and prayers.
Please contact us if you need assistance or more information by calling our parish office at 610.566.8821.