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Great news! 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. Francis of Assisi Parish in Norristown 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:

GENERAL POINTS

  • 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 the link below.
  • Click here to read the CDC Guidelines for those at higher risk:
  • Mass will continue to be available via live-stream on Sundays from the Cathedral at 11:00 at facebook.com/ArchbishopPerez.com
  • TV Masses: SUNDAY MASS: 5:30 AM on channel 6 (6ABC) also 7:00 AM on channel 2 (ME-TV)
  • TV Mass: DAILY & SUNDAY – 8:00 AM, Noon & 7:00 PM on EWTN

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI MASS SCHEDULE

  • We will resume our regular Mass schedule on Saturday, June 6:

Saturday Vigil: 5:30 PM. Sunday 7:00 & 9:30 AM, Noon & 5:30 PM.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8:30 AM. Please Note – there is no Mass or
Communion Service on Wednesday mornings.

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 or is unconscious, and anyone who isincapacitated 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

  • You are free to enter and leave church by any entrance you choose.
  • Hand sanitizers will be available at the Church entrances. Please use the hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting the Church.
  • Bulletins will be available in the usual racks at the exits of the church. Ushers are not allowed to hand out bulletins.

SEATING

  • When taking your seat, please honor all posted signs about where you may sit. Every other pew will be available for seating in the main body of the church, (every third pew in the side chapels since those pews are closer together), to ensure 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.

DURING MASS

  • The collection will be taken up at the usual time using usual long-handled baskets.
  • There will be no Sign of Peace during Mass during the Yellow Phase.
  • The Precious Blood will not be distributed during Mass during the Yellow Phase.
  • There should be no holding of hands during the Our Father.

RECEPTION OF HOLY COMMUNION

  • The Communion procession must be single file.
  • We are going to change the way we come to Communion.
  • Main body of the church:
  • The priest will be in the center aisle at the front of church the way he usually is
  • An EM will be in the center aisle at the break (where the offertory table is)
  • Everyone will come to Communion by way of the center aisle and return to their pews by way of the side aisle.
  • Side Chapels:
  • There will be one EM (if available) at the center aisle of each side chapel.
  • The people in the side chapels will come to communion by way of the chapel’s center aisle and return to their pews by way of the chapel’s side aisles. (If there are not enough EMs for this then after the priest and the EM from the middle of the church are done then they will proceed to the side chapels for the distribution of Holy Communion.)
  • Communicant, if you are wearing gloves please REMOVE YOUR GLOVES when you receive Holy Communion. Holy Communion CAN NOT be placed in someone’s gloved hand.
  • Please maintain social distancing in the Communion line. Please keep several pews between yourself and the person in front of you while in line and when returning to your pew.
  • During the Yellow Phase, the faithful are asked to receive Holy Communion in the hand.
  • Please remove your mask immediately 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.
  • Please take a parish bulletin home with you [they will be in the racks at the exits of the church. Again, bulletins are not allowed to be distributed by ushers at this time.]
  • Please leave your mask on until you exit the Church.

OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU

St. Francis of Assisi Parish will follow the guidelines from the CDC for sanitation as we resume public Masses.

  • To view the CDC guidelines, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/faith-based.html
  • All hymnals / missals have been removed from the pews to reduce any risk of contamination from a multi-use object. As recommended by the CDC all “high touch” areas, door knobs, push bars and door handles are sanitized with EPA proved cleaning solution after each Mass. The entire church is cleaned and sanitized on a weekly basis.

CLOSING THOUGHTS
Yes, many things are going to be new and different when we return to Mass this weekend: no holy water in the fonts, wearing a face masks, social distancing, possibly sitting in a different pew, and going to Communion by way of a new route. But in the grand scheme of things these are minor inconveniences. Let’s focus on what we are truly here for...to once again be surrounded by the beauty of God’s house and sit in His presence. To be nourished with the Word of God and to finally, after 12 long weeks, receive our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

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