My Dear Parishioners,
Our 2021 Parish calendars are available at the Church exits, please take one home with you. The beautiful calendars are gifts from the Louis Swift Plunkett Funeral home in Hatboro. Thank you to Mr. Jeff Plunkett for this annual gift. If you know a parishioner who has not yet returned to our celebration of public Mass, please consider bringing them a calendar.
This is the time of year that we would normally have our St. Joseph/St. Robert School Open House. Of course, with the Coronavirus most everything is different. While not offering a communal Open House, our school is offering private family tours – please call the school to schedule one. Registration is also underway for Pre-K 4 through Eighth Grade for the 2021-2022 school year. Please contact the school at 215-343-5100 or go to www.stjstr.org.
This year we will celebrate Mass on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Due to Coronavirus restrictions, we will not be distributing the fresh baked bread that we have traditionally blessed at this Mass. I do apologize for this, but it seemed like too much of a risk to take. If you want to bring your own bread or other symbolic food from your Thanksgiving tables to have it blessed at Mass, please feel free to do so.
This year we are adjusting our Christmas Mass schedule. Right now, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation is suspended and most likely will remain that way through our celebration of Christmas. Also, the State of Pennsylvania permits Houses of Worship to gather at 75% capacity. Just recently, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia gave the permission that, for pastoral reasons, a parish may celebrate Christmas Vigil Masses earlier than previously allowed. Our current plan is to celebrate Mass on Christmas Eve at 4:30, 6:30 p.m., and 12 Midnight. Masses on Christmas Day would be at 7:30, 9:30, and 11:30 a.m. In light of the new permission, and provided I can get an additional priest to take one or more Masses, I am considering offering another Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve at 2:30 p.m. If this were to happen our Christmas Eve would have a 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 p.m. and 12 Midnight, and Christmas Day would remain with 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. I realize that we are all going to have to make adjustments; my hope is that this schedule will give us the ability to safely celebrate our Lord’s birth. Please let me know what you think about adding a 2:30 Vigil Mass.
God Bless you,