THE CELEBRATION OF MASS RETURNS
TO SAINT EUGENE!!
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. I look forward to welcoming you back to Saint Eugene for the celebration of 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. Therefore 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: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html
- Mass will continue to be available via live-stream. For those of you who have been watching various ‘live streamed Masses’ (EWTN, etc.), such services continue to be available.
MASS SCHEDULE at St. Eugene:
Saturday (Vigil) Mass @ 5:00pm, Sunday Masses @ 8:00am, 9:30am & 11:30am.
Monday thru Friday daily Masses @ 8:00am.
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
- For now, you may use any of the doors to enter the church.
- Hand sanitizers will be available at the Church entrances. Please use the hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting the Church.
- For health reasons, Missalettes have been removed from the pews and will not be available.
- When taking your seat, please honor all posted signs about where you may sit. Every third pew will be open 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.
- Please remember that the use of a face mask or covering is required. If you choose not to wear a mask, we ask that you sit in the ‘cry room’ area.
- There will be no Sign of Peace during Mass during the Yellow Phase.
- The choir will not be singing during the Yellow Phase; a single vocalist might be present.
- The collection will be taken-up using the long handled collection baskets and/or you may place your envelope/donation in the small baskets located by the doors to the church.
RECEPTION OF HOLY COMMUNION
- THERE WILL BE ONLY ONE COMMUNION LINE. Please follow directions as to when your pew will be invited forward to receive.
- 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.
If you prefer to receive ‘on the tongue’ there will be a separate Communion line established for this. Please note that in this case, the priest/deacon giving Communion ‘on the tongue’ will be required to sanitize his hands after each communicant.
- 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.
- You may pick-up a church bulletin if you wish, but they will not be distributed.
- Please leave your mask on until you exit the Church.
OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU
Saint Eugene 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
- We will be sanitizing those surfaces that people tend to touch as they enter or leave the church and while in the pew.
It is wonderful to finally be able to invite all of you back to your church, Saint Eugene, for the celebration of Mass and for the opportunity to receive Holy Communion! With your understanding, patience and cooperation I feel confident that our celebration of the Mass will be a powerful experience, something we’ve missed for far too long! Welcome back!