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Great news! Archbishop Pérez has announced that parishes of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will be able to resume public Masses the weekend of June 6 and 7. We at Our Lady of Charity look forward to welcoming you back! Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus as we make our way back to the in person celebration of the Mass.
While our county remains in the Yellow Phase of statewide reopening, all of us need to do our part to make sure that our return to Mass is a peaceful and safe experience for all. Please take the time to read the instructions below. We ask everyone to follow these guidelines when attending Mass during this period:
The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation continues to be lifted during the Yellow Phase. You are not required to attend Mass at this time.
Please stay home if you are sick.
Please stay home if you are at higher risk of severe illness with COVID19. If you are uncertain about your risk status, please consult your doctor and also the CDC Guidelines at the link below.
Mass will continue to be available via live-stream.
Please check the Archdiocesan Website for a list of the Masses that are Live Streamed. You may view Mass on Channel 6 on Sundays at 5:30 AM or on EWTN television (go to ewtn.com)
While in the Yellow Phase of State Wide Reopening, Mass Schedule is:
Saturday Vigil – 4:00 PM
Sunday Mass – 9:00 AM
(Please note: This is the only Mass on Sunday)
Confessions will be on Saturday from 3:15 to 3:45 PM
Daily Mass will be at 8 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Please follow directions for seating at Daily Masses
BEFORE COMING TO MASS
Please wash your hands for 20 seconds using soap and water.
Before entering the Church, please put on a face mask or cloth covering. Exceptions to this 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).
Please do not come to Mass if you are sick or are at higher risk for severe illness with COVID19 (see above).
Missalettes will not be in the pews during this period. You are welcome to bring your own missal/readings with you.
ENTERING THE CHURCH
We would ask that you please enter the Church through the main front doors, the Handicap Ramp or the side door between the Rectory and the Church.
Hand sanitizers will be available at the Church entrances. Please use the hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting the Church.
When taking your seat, please honor all posted signs about where you may sit. Every third pew will be open to ensure proper social distancing.
Members of the same household may sit together as normal. Please place 6 feet between your household and members of a different household.
There will be no singing at Mass until we enter the Green Phase.
The Collection will be taken up at the usual time.
There will be no Presentation Of Gifts during the Yellow Phase.
There will be no Sign of Peace during Mass during the Yellow Phase.
The Precious Blood will not be distributed during Mass during the Yellow Phase.
There should be no holding of hands during the Our Father even among Family members.
RECEPTION OF HOLY COMMUNION
Please go to Communion in a single line.
Please maintain social distancing in the Communion line. Please keep several pews between yourself and the person in front of you while in line and when returning to your pew.
During the Yellow Phase, the faithful are asked to receive Holy Communion in the hand.
After receiving the Host, please move to the side and remove your mask for the consumption of the Host.
EXITING THE CHURCH
At the conclusion of Mass, please exit the Church using the doors closest to the Altar or the Handicap Ramp and proceed directly to your car. Please do not congregate for any reason.
Please take a parish bulletin home with you. They will be available by the doors.
Please leave your mask on until you exit the Church.
OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU
Our Lady of Charity will follow the guidelines from the CDC for sanitation as we resume public Masses.
The Church will be sanitized after every Liturgical Celebration for your safety.
We pray that the Lord continues to keep you safe during this Pandemic.
God Bless You.
Father James Lyons
and the Staff of Our Lady of Charity
The next Pre-Baptism class will be held on Thursday, June 18th at 7:00 PM in the Rectory Meeting Room. This class is mandatory for both parents who have not attended a class within the last two years.
Please call the Rectory at 610-872-6192 to register for the class. A date for Baptism can be scheduled after attending this class.
Statement of Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez Regarding the Death of George Floyd
The hearts of Americans across the country are joined together in collective mourning following the tragic, disturbing, and unnecessary death of George Floyd. In the name of the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, I express my prayerful condolences and join with all who are struggling to cope with this heavy burden of sorrow and grief.
Recent events in Minneapolis are a stark reminder that the vile evil of racism has not been stamped out in this country. Rather, it has been resurgent in communities throughout our land for the last several years with old wounds being painfully ripped open time and again.
Racial hatred has no place in our world, including here in the United States, or in the hearts of people. Every life is a precious gift from God. Racism is a mortal sin and an attack on that gift. All of us share a responsibility to bring an end to this evil and to do so in a way that seeks justice and peace. The perpetual cycle of pain and anguish must end.
May God give all of us courage and solace as we work together for social justice and to preserve our land as one of equality and opportunity for every citizen. May He bring peace to Minneapolis and to our Philadelphia region and may He rekindle within each of our hearts true love and respect for our fellow human beings.
+Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez
Archbishop of Philadelphia