Covid-19 Guide for Masses & Services

 “Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in us the fire of your love.” 



Archbishop Pérez had announced parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia could resume public Masses as of June 6, 2020. We are now in the 'green' or 'open' phase; however, we still all need to work together to ensure that Mass is a peaceful and safe experience for all. The archdiocese and our pastor, Msgr. Chieffo asks everyone to follow these guidelines when attending Mass or other services at this time. 


Important News about Mass Attendance: 


  • You are not required to attend Mass at this time.

  • Stay home if you are sick, have a fever, or if you are at a higher risk of severe illness from the Coronavirus.

  • Mass will continue to be available online HERE

  • Please take the time to read the important safety information below before attending Mass at SMM.

Before You Arrive at SMM's Campus, Please Note: 


  • We invite you to arrive early, ideally at least 10 minutes prior, to be greeted and seated comfortably.

  • Face coverings are required. Exceptions are “children younger than 2 years old, anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, and anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face-covering without assistance.” (CDC Guidelines)

  • All are asked to respect the social distancing practice of maintaining at least 6 feet between different households while in the church or on the campus.

  • Missals, Hymnals, and Mass Prayer/Response cards may not be in the pews. You are welcome to bring your own material or use our weekly 'Mass Worship Aid' available on our website HERE. Remember to take with you any printed materials that you bring or pickup as you exit the church.


As You Enter Church:


  • Please use hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting the church. If you don't bring your own, hand sanitizer stations will be available in the church's narthex and the chapel's entrance area. 

  •  Holy Water may not in the fonts. 

  • The Crying Room is closed with no seating at this time.

  • Our 'Little Church School' and 'CLOW' programs are not operating at this time. 

  • A fixed offertory basket will be 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. 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.

  • Members of the same household may sit together as usual.

  • Please keep and maintain at least 6 feet between your household members and members of other households.

  • If you require any additional assistance, please ask an usher, sacristan, or any available parish staff member as you enter. 


During Mass:

  • There will be no handshakes during the 'Sign of Peace.'

  • There should be no holding of hands during the 'Our Father.'

  • No choir will be present. A cantor and an instrumentalist may be present depending on the Mass, with minimal singing from the congregation.


Reception of Holy Communion:

  • ​Please maintain social distancing in the 'single file' Communion line. Please keep several pews between yourself and the person in front of you while in line and when returning to your seat.  


  • The faithful are asked to receive Holy Communion in the hand.

  • All 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 immediately.  Afterward, put your mask back on as you return to your pew.

The celebrant may convey additional details or directives about the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass. As an added precaution, we encourage you to wash and sanitize your hands before and after the Mass. 


As You Exit the Church:

  • After Mass, please allow those parishioners seated nearest to the back to exit first. Please maintain a 6-foot distance as you leave and proceed directly to your car. At this time, we ask that you do not congregate while in the church for any reason. 

  • Digital Bulletins are always available to download or read online from our website HERE

  • Please leave your mask on until you return to your car, or you are clearly a 'socially safe' distance from the church's main exits. 

We are committed to your safety and spiritual well-being!

Your safety and spiritual well-being is 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 these 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.



Saint Mary Magdalen Parish is a Roman Catholic community of faith seeking to live in the presence of Jesus Christ by the way we worship God, celebrate the sacraments, proclaim the Gospel, and serve one another and our neighbors.


We are part of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia serving the community in and around Media, PA.  


All are Welcome!


2400 N. Providence Rd.

Media, Pennsylvania 19063

Office: 610.566.8821

Hours: Monday to Thursday:

 8 AM to 4 PM

Friday: 8 AM to Noon 

School: 610.565.1822

Rev. Msgr. Ralph J. Chieffo

Pastor,  Ext. 110

Rev.  Jonathan G. Rice

Parochial Vicar, Ext. 123


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