Please read the following updated guidance from the diocese regarding safe health practices! Thank you!
On May 29th and 30th:
✔️Social distancing in the church will no longer be in effect. Pews will no longer be blocked to facilitate distancing.
✔️The Sign of Peace will be restored. Father will make an announcement regarding safe options to offer the Sign of Peace with no physical contact.
✔️Priests, deacons and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion will continue to wear masks for the distribution of Holy Communion.
✔️As of June 1st we will move towards restoring liturgical ministries and congregational singing. Our first Sunday of singing would be the feast of Corpus Christi, June 5th and 6th.
✔️Accordingly, the dispensation not to attend Mass because of Covid concerns is still in place as are the permissions to celebrate Mass outdoors and to hear confessions in alternative spaces with better ventilation. These things remain in place until further notice from the bishop.
✔️Also still in place as of May 16, those fully vaccinated have the option of the removal of masks.
These updates except for the last two, begin May 29th as noted above.
❗️Dear Parishioners, please open this link to read an important notice from Bishop Gainer regarding the covid vaccine.
Posted on December 14th at 3:00 PM
While the parish office is open, we are screening visits and following PA Covid-19 safety procedures for businesses in order to protect our parishioners and employees working in the Commonwealth. If you must come to the Parish Office, please call or email first to make sure we can accommodate you. If you come to the office, you will need to wear a mask, have your temperature taken and provide us with contact tracing information.
Thank you for your compliance with these safeguards and thank you to the parish and mission staffs and volunteers who work hard to keep us all as safe as possible.”
* Until further notice, weekend masses will be celebrated at St. Mary’s according to the following schedule: Saturday at 5:30 pm, Sunday at 7:30 am and 10:30 am. This schedule is subject to change.
* Weather permitting, confessions will be held outdoors in the parking lot on Saturdays from 4-5 pm or in another well-ventilated space.
* Masses at the Fatima Chapel will be outdoors during the summer months and on a “to be announced” basis. Please check email, website and Facebook for updates.
* Weekday Masses at St. Mary’s will be celebrated in the main church Tuesday through Friday at 8 am. The changes below will apply.
* There will be no Tuesday morning confessions until further notice.
* At St. Mary’s we will use only the front doors of the church to enter the church. This will make the church accessible to the disabled and facilitate sanitizing.
* The wing doors of the church may be opened during Mass to facilitate better ventilation.
* Face masks are to be worn by all the lay faithful with the exception of those who do not wear masks for medical reasons. The only time face masks are to be removed is when a lector proclaims the readings and for the reception of Holy Communion. A cantor who is separated by a good distance from the assembly my participate without a face mask.
* Face masks are not to be worn by the clergy during the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy. However, the clergy will wear masks for the distribution of Holy Communion (see below).
* Pews will be taped off to facilitate social distancing. Only those living in the same household should sit together. All others should exercise the 6-foot social distancing norm.
* Hymnals will be removed.
* Access to lighting votive candles is restricted to the pastoral staff.
* There will be no offertory procession or sign of peace.
* Collection baskets will be placed (not passed) for parishioners to drop off their contributions.
* Altar servers may not serve at Mass during the Yellow Phase.
* Extraordinary Ministers of Communion will not serve during the Yellow Phase except in necessary cases and with the permission of the Office of Divine Worship.
* All gatherings before or after Mass are prohibited in the narthex, church proper and entrances/exits.
* In order to provide for proper social distancing, fewer than 1/3 total occupancy may occupy the church at a given time. For St. Mary’s, that should be less than 200 and ideally between 100-150 parishioners (religious spaces are not held to the same standard as gatherings established for businesses).
* After each Mass the church will be sanitized.
* Gloves may not be worn for the distribution or reception of Holy Communion.
* Should other changes come about, announcements will be made before the start of each Mass.
Thank you for your attention to these matters as we begin to celebrate Mass publicly again. The celebration of other sacraments will also come with changes and restrictions depending on the specific sacrament. We will keep you informed and do our best to keep you safe. I ask for your patience and understanding. Thank you to our parish staff and volunteers who have been working very hard during these unprecedented times.
Peace and all good,
✔️ Nursing Home Visits Suspended: posted March 18 . First Friday visits to the home bound and pastoral visits to nursing homes are suspended. Anointing and Viaticum (Last Rites) are still available to those in danger of death.