Covid-19 Guide for Masses & Services
Important News about Mass Attendance from the Archdiocese (5/15/21):
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued new guidance on the use of face coverings and masks on Thursday, May 13, 2021. According to the 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 still waiting to announce the adoption of the relaxed measures.
Therefore, churches and institutions of the Archdiocese in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties can freely comply with the relaxed measures with regard to face coverings/masks for the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy. People no longer need to wear face coverings/masks in church nor follow any social distancing if fully vaccinated. The May 13, 2021 guidance does not apply to capacity regulations currently in place.
Every other pew must remain open or roped off in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties until Memorial Day, May 31, 2021. The same continues for Philadelphia County until June 11, 2021.
You are not required to attend Mass at this time.
Mass will continue to be available online HERE.
As You Enter Church:
Hand sanitizer is available in the Narthex as you enter and exit the church.
Our 'Little Church School' and 'CLOW' programs are not operating at this time.
Fixed offertory baskets are located in the back of the church as you enter and exit. No baskets will be passed during Masses. We encourage you to consider signing up for our safe, secure electronic offertory HERE.
As You Take Your Seat:
We ask that you look for and follow the posted signs on each pew indicating where you can sit for the current Mass, as well as any roped-off or closed areas. Every other pew will remain empty to ensure proper social distancing until May 31, 2021. Keep in mind, especially in longer pews, that another household may be seated in the same pew provided that the distancing guidelines can be maintained.
If you require any additional assistance, please ask an usher, sacristan, or any available parish staff member as you enter.
There will be no handshakes during the 'Sign of Peace.'
There should be no holding of hands during the 'Our Father.'
Reception of Holy Communion:
Please maintain social distancing in the 'single file' Communion line. Continue to keep space between yourself and the person in front of you while in line and when returning to your seat.
The faithful will continue to be asked to receive Holy Communion in your hand.
Unvaccinated Priests, Deacons, and Eucharistic Ministers will wear a face covering while distributing Holy Communion to the faithful during Mass.
As you approach the Eucharistic Minister before receiving Holy Communion: Please bow and remove your mask, then the Eucharist will be placed in your hand to consume, then return to your pew with your mask (if required) in place.
The celebrant may convey changes or directives about the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass.
As You Exit the Church:
After Mass, please allow those parishioners seated nearest to the back to exit first.
Digital Bulletins are always available to download or read online from our website HERE. However, we have resumed 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. St. Mary Magdalen Parish will keep our doors open for 'touchless entry' as you enter and exit the church as weather permits. We will work to maintain these protocols so everyone is as safe and comfortable as possible. We will maintain regular sanitation and adjust our safety protocols as needed and recommended by the CDC to maintain compliance with our state's guidelines.
For additional resources and COVID-19 information, please visit:
The CDC's Guidelines for Communities of Faith Here
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Arise Information Here
Confessions continue to 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.
Note: These guidelines may be updated for added safety as needed with little notice. We are currently operating at a maximum of 75% occupancy. Our conference rooms will operate at a maximum occupancy of 50% or less.