The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania issued an order for Limited Time Mitigation on Thursday, December 10, 2020. The order from Governor Wolf included this stated exception: “Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and other places of congregate worship are specifically excluded from the limitations set forth above during religious services. These institutions are strongly encouraged to enforce physical distancing and other mitigation measures at their gatherings.”. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that current liturgical guidelines developed by the Archdiocesan Office for Divine Worship and approved by Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez remain fully in effect. This includes the Directives for Advent and Christmas and the Guidelines for the Application of Safer at Home Restrictions in the City of Philadelphia.
These Archdiocesan Directives strongly encourage physical distancing and the other mitigating measures to stem the spread of COVID-19 during the celebration of Mass. No parish in the five-county Archdiocese is to suspend or cancel the public, in-person, celebration of Mass on Sundays, Christmas, and weekdays.
Please check with St. Mary parish's web site for more information. If you belong or attend another parish, please check with that parish for more information.
Please pray for a quick end to this epidemic. Fr. Gismondi, Pastor of St. Mary's Church, asks everyone to pray to Our Lady of Perpetual Help for her intercession
MASS attendance via television or the internet. Parishes in our area and across the nation are finding ways to bring Mass to the people during this outbreak. One way they are offering it is to stream a Mass on the internet or on television. Although you are not physically in the church, you can still attend Mass.
The Church encourages frequent, even daily, Holy Communion, but if at any time we cannot go to Mass in or out of this season of the coronavirus, we can still unite ourselves to the Eucharist through making a spiritual Communion.
By making an Act of Spiritual Communion, we express our faith in Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist and ask him to unite himself with us. Here is the Act of Spiritual Communion written by St. Alphonsus de Liguori:
I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be seperated from you.