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Opening Of Mass Book for 2021
Due to the Pandemic, the Mass Intentions for 2021 will be taken by mail only this year. We are only taking Intentions from January through June, 2021 at this time. We will take requests for Intentions from July through December sometime in June or earlier if the restrictions are lifted and we return to two Masses on Sunday.
Since we only have one Mass on Sunday at the present time, each person will only be allowed to request three (3) intentions (includes both Sunday and Weekday) during this time in order to give all of our parishioners an opportunity to have a Mass. Intentions for the 9:00 am Mass will be switched to the 8:00 am Mass when we go back to two Masses on Sunday and then we will accept the Intention for the 10:30 am Mass. If open Masses remain after the initial request, you will certainly be welcome to select additional Masses..
Intentions will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis as received in the mail, beginning on Monday, October 5th. Please put your requests on a paper and indicate first and second choices for each Mass, and we will do our best to accommodate you. Please note on the paper if you need a card and envelope for your intention, and we will mail these to you. We are unable to accept emails or phone calls for Mass requests at this time. You may also drop your requests in the mail slot at the Rectory front door. Again, only three (3) intentions can be taken at this time and we are only taking requests from January through June. You will be notified, via the bulletin, when we can take additional requests.
We will confirm the date of your intention and/or notify you of any required change by phone number. Please include your phone number along with the Mass dates you want and the name of the person you want remembered at the Mass.
Stipends ($10 per Mass) must accompany the request form. Please make checks payable to Our Lady of Charity Parish and mail to 231 Upland Road, Brookhaven, PA 19015. Please put Attn: Masses on the envelope.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during these challenging times.
Parish Religious Education Program (PREP)
PREP (Parish Religious Education Program) is for students in Grades 1 through 7. If you have a student in these Grades that need Religious Education, please contact Mrs. Jeanne Turn at 610-872-6192 or email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. PREP begins its Zoom Class Meetings on Tuesday, October 20th.
FIRST PENANCE/FIRST COMMUNION NEWS
Our students will be receiving the sacraments of First Penance and First Communion in the month of October
Saturday, October 10 The children will begin their first confessions at 3:15. Others who wish to receive this sacrament may do so after the children have finished.
Sunday, October 18 The children will receive their First Communion at the 9:00 AM Mass and each family will have their own reserved pew for their family members.
Due to seating restrictions, we want you to be aware that there may not be additional seats available for this Mass and you may want to consider attending the Vigil Mass.
We ask that you keep these children and their families in your prayers at this special time on their journey of Faith. We will have one student in the RCIA program completing her full initiation into the Church.
The next Pre-Baptism class will be held on Thursday, November 19th 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.
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