It is with great joy that I write to you as we have moved to the “yellow phase” of social activity in southwestern Pennsylvania! As we know there are still many restrictions on social practices but permission has been given to us to return to celebrating Holy Eucharist which is the source and summit of our Catholic lives! This returning to Mass will come with many restrictions that are necessary to comply with social distancing and safe practices as we remain aware of the presence and the threat of COVID-19. So with great respect, with our desire to return and take the necessary precautions that must be observed, I write to you as an invitation to return to Mass both on Sunday and during the week.

Important Note

The very first concern and the most important message that I want to make clear to you is that the Sunday Obligation will continue to be suspended in this phase of COVID-19. What this means is that you are welcome to return to Sunday Mass, but if you FEEL in any way VULNERABLE due to AGE, HEALTH, SICKNESS, FEAR, or EMOTIONAL ANXIETY, we are encouraging you to not to attend Sunday Mass at this time. Many have not ventured out into crowds as of yet and it may take some time to feel safe and be prepared to move about among others.

If you choose not to come to Mass, please know that it is important to continue your participation from your home by watching the Mass of our YouTube broadcast. Even though the Sunday obligation has been suspended, “home participation” is encouraged in order that you may KEEP SUNDAY HOLY as we are called to do always!!!

The celebration of daily and Sunday Mass will be done with the greatest care for social distancing and to create a clean and safe environment! These precautions, however, will extremely limit our capacity and require us to make available other options for Sunday Liturgy. In a note at the bottom of this letter is listed the schedule for Sunday liturgy for our parish. Remembering that the Sunday obligation has been suspended and the desire to receive communion is a primary priority, I would encourage you to also consider, if you choose not to come on Sunday, to attend daily Mass as a way to receive Holy Communion in a less crowded environment. I know that not receiving communion has been the greatest spiritual sacrifice you have made and the desire to receive, at this time, outweighs the “day” of the week!

Realizing that only 30% of our seating capacity can be occupied in this particular phase, it may be a more plausible option for you and your family to consider attending daily Mass. The crowd will be smaller and the time in the company of others is also limited. In order to make this a plausible option, we will be offering, as well as the daily morning Mass an opportunity to attend Mass once during the week in the evening and as well as on Saturday morning!

Returning to Mass, both on Sunday and for daily Mass will be a new experience for all of us!! Attention to detail for seating and receiving communion must be adhered to for safety. PLEASE VIEW THIS VERY SPECIAL EDITION of “Operation Safe Mode” to familiarize yourself with the “new normal” experience of our beloved Mass and the return to the “safe” zone of our parish church!

Return to Sacred Mass Survey

In order to help me, your pastor, and Father Roniel prepare for your return, I would like you to share with us your immediate intentions for your participation in the Mass at this time. You can respond by answering the simple questionnaire below. If you would like to email your response, you can do so using the address returntosacredmass2020@gmail.com

You do not need to identify yourself, nor is this in any way a commitment to your choice, but just a way to give me some data to work from.

Thank you for your overwhelming faith and hope in this time of great testing. Remember, it is in times like these that Saints were forged. So let us all become Saints!!!!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father John

 


 


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New Weekend Mass Times

A new modified schedule begins on June 1.

  • Saturday Vigil: 4:30 and 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: 7 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Weekday Mass Times

  • Monday through Friday: 7:45 a.m.
  • Tuesday: 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m.