Updated: July 15th, 2021
Lifting of the Dispensation & Reinstating the Obligation to attend Mass
To the Parish Family of Saint John’s,
To the Parish Family of St. John’s,
I hope this note finds you well and that many of you had an opportunity over last Memorial Day weekend to spend some time with loved ones! I just wanted to inform you, the parishioners, on recent updates and changes to the various protocols and safety measures that have been in place throughout the pandemic.
As many of you know, the CDC and the state of Pennsylvania have updated and rescinded most of the Covid-19 protocols involving social distancing, sanitizing and mask mandates. In accordance with those updates and in compliance with new directives from the Archdiocese, St. John’s will have in effect the following liturgical updates. Beginning with Masses this weekend, June 5th and 6th, the following will be in place going forward:
The Mass dispensation is still in place throughout the Archdiocese. However, with the ever-increasing numbers of those vaccinated, individuals are strongly encouraged to attend Mass in-person according to our normal weekend Mass schedule – 4:00 PM Saturday Vigil and Sunday morning Masses at 7:30 AM, 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM. Live-streaming of the Mass will continue to be available for all our scheduled Masses. Daily weekday Mass will also continue to be celebrated at 8:00 in the Main Church.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will continue daily in the chapel per the following schedule:
Monday through Friday: after the 8:00 AM daily Mass until 8:00 PM
Saturday: after the 8:00 Mass until 12:00 Noon
Sunday: after the 11:30 Mass until 8:00 PM
Liturgically, within our weekend Masses, the Presentation of the Gifts and the Collection by our Ushers will be re-introduced into the celebration of the Eucharist. Unfortunately, at the present time we have been directed to continue the suspension of the Sign of Peace and the distribution of Communion under both species.
Hand sanitizers will continue to be available in our church vestibule to all parishioners as well as to all of our Eucharistic Ministers. The tables will remain in the vestibule and in the sanctuary for both before and after the distribution of Communion.
All pews are now open for seating as the capacity limits and social distancing requirements have been lifted.
Those who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear a face covering or a mask. Those who are not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged, but not mandated, to wear a face covering or a mask in the body of the Church.
If you wear a face covering or mask to Church, please remove it before the reception of Communion.
Please be respectful of someone’s choice to wear or not wear a face covering or mask in Church.
If you wish to find additional information, please refer to the following websites: archphila.org/arise; cdc.gov and pa.gov.
Thank you to everyone for all of your continued patience and prayers as we continue to re-open with hope in a bright future – one in which we recommit ourselves and rediscover our faith in God and His abundant graces and blessings!