Do I have to wear a mask?
- Yes. Everyone who enters church is required to wear a mask and to keep the mask on until you exit the church. Again, this is for your protections as well as others attending Mass.
Do I have to wear gloves?
- Gloves are not required. With the deep cleaning of the church, and the cleaning and sanitizing of the church after every Mass, you should not need to wear gloves.
- We do advise washing your hands with soap and water before coming to Mass.
- Hand sanitizer will be available at the church entrance, and you can bring your own hand sanitizer with you.
- If you feel you should wear gloves, we do ask that you remove them before receiving Holy Communion.
What door should I use to enter church?
- While all the doors will be open so door handles will not need to be touched and for ventilation, everyone should enter through the main vestibule doors.
- The sides exits by the Blessed Mother Statue and the Saint Joseph Statue, and the side front doors with the steps are for exiting only.
Are there special seating arrangements in church?
- Yes. In order to maintain proper recommended social distancing, you will be greeted by a member of our Usher Ministry who will escort you to your seat.
- Some pews will be marked of and will not be able to be used so we ask that you please follow the guidance of the ushers.
- Members of your household may sit together without social distancing, however, you will need to be socially distant from other households.
What happens if we reach capacity in church and there are still people who wish to attend Mass?
- Based on discussions with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and information from other parishes and dioceses throughout the country, the number of people we expect to attend Mass in person should be able to be seated in church.
- If we do reach capacity, you have the option of being outside and hearing the Mass through the church doors, or watching the Mass virtually.
- If you are outside the church building during mass, the ushers will escort you inside to receive communion.
- If this continues to be an issue in the next several weeks, we will re-evaluate the situation to help accommodate those who are attending.
When should I arrive for Mass?
- While we do encourage everyone attending to arrive a little earlier than they usually do, no more that 15 minutes before the start of Mass will be necessary.
If I requested the Mass Intention, can I bring up the offertory gifts?
- Unfortunately, no. During this restricted yellow phase there will be no offertory procession. The gifts will be placed on the credence table by the altar.
Will a collection still be taken?
- Yes. The ushers will come around with the long handled collection baskets as usual. All baskets have been cleaned and sanitized before this weekend and will continue to be cleaned after every Mass.
- If you are uncomfortable placing your donation in the basket, we encourage you to mail in your donation, or use Parish Giving, PayPal, or direct pay through your own bank for any contributions you wish to make.
How do we maintain social distancing when processing for Holy Communion?
- The ushers will be guiding all those wishing to receive Holy Communion out of the pews and into the center aisle. Please wait until the usher invites you join the procession before leaving your pew.
- If you are seated in a side pew and not in the center section, please go down the side aisle away from the altar, across the back of the church, and up the center aisle towards the altar.
- Please form a single file line, following the yellow dots on the floor in the aisles. You should not move to the next yellow dot until the person in front of you advances.
- Return to your pew via the side aisles again following the dots and maintaining the 6 foot social distancing requirement.
- Please follow the instructions of the ushers for the safety of all attending Mass.
When do I remove my mask to receive Holy Communion?
- Please leave your mask in place until you respond "Amen".
- Please step to the side, remove one side of your mask or slide mask down onto your chin, place the Sacred Host into your mouth, move your mask back into the proper position, and continue back to your pew.
What if I receive Holy Communion on the tongue?
- We strongly encourage everyone to receive by hand if possible.
- If you feel you must receive on the tongue, please follow the communion procession as described above. When you reach the front of the center aisle please proceed directly to Deacon Don who will be standing by the piano in the Music Ministry area.
- Please leave your mask in place until you respond "Amen".
- Please remove on side of your mask or slide mask down onto your chin, receive Holy Communion, move your mask back into position, and continue back to your pew.
What happens at the conclusion of Mass?
- We ask that you please wait in your pew until an user directs you to an exit.
- Upon exiting, please maintain social distancing in the aisles and use the exit you were instructed to use to ensure the safety of all attending Mass.
- We also ask that you exit the church immediately upon being dismissed from your pew.
- While we appreciate everyone's love of fellowship at Saint Mary, we ask you to do so outside and to continue to practice social distancing.
Confession & Private Prayer/Adoration
What is the confession schedule during the restricted yellow phase?
- Confession will be heard every Saturday from 12 to 12:30 PM in the Chapel.
- Please enter church through the entrance by the Blessed Mother monument. Peggy Hinson, our head sacristan, will direct individuals into the chapel.
Will the church still be open for private prayer and adoration?
- Yes. The church will be open Monday through Saturday from 12 to 3PM for private prayer.
- The Blessed Sacrament will be placed on the main altar during this time as long as we have adorers present. If you wish to sign up for adoration please register at the Signup Genius sight by clicking on the button below.
- Please note that the church is only open on Sundays during scheduled public Mass times. The church will not be open on Sundays for private prayer or adoration.