Fr. Bordonaro’s Message Regarding Coronavirus
My Dear parishioners, 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 St. Joseph 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 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html
- Mass will continue to be available via our website, www.saintjosephchurch.us.
MASS and CONFESSION SCHEDULE
- Sat. June 6 8:00 a.m. / Confessions 4 -5:00 p.m. / Vigil Mass 5:30 p.m.
- Sun. June 7 8:30 a.m. / 11:30 a.m.
- June 8 – 13 8:00 a.m. weekday Mass
- Sat. June 13 8:00 a.m. / Confessions 4 -5:00 p.m. / Vigil Mass 5:30 p.m.
- Sun. June 14 8:30 a.m. / 11:30 a.m.
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, 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
- 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 sit in designated pews [certain pews will be taped off] and observe 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.
- Offertory – A collection will be taken up during the Offertory as usual using long-handled baskets. – please give your donation to family member nearest the aisle to drop in the basket or leave it in the weekly donation box in back hallway, or in the mail slot at the rectory door.
- There will be no Sign of Peace during Mass during the Yellow Phase.
RECEPTION OF HOLY COMMUNION
- We may have to practice more patience at Communion time. Please try to leave six feet between yourself and those around you. This will require spacing with those ahead of you and staggering with those on the side of you.
- During the Yellow Phase, the faithful are asked to receive Holy Communion in the hand. If this is not possible, special arrangements can be made, please see me if they are required.
- Please remove your mask before receiving Holy Communion.
EXITING THE CHURCH
- At the conclusion of Mass, please exit the Church and proceed directly to your car. Please do not congregate for any reason in the church, or the aisles or halls.
- Please take a parish bulletin home with you from one of the back tables.
- Once again, patience will be required and care must be taken as you exit. Try to stagger or alternate your exit to avoid a bottle neck in back hallway. Consider using a different exit such as the side, and going for a longer walk around the building.
- Please leave your mask on until you exit the Church.
May God Bless you,
Fr. Joseph Bordonaro
REVISED AS of JUNE 1, 2020