Coronavirus Update

CORONAVIRUS Schedule Update – April 23, 2020

My Dear Parishioners,

We are aware that Governor Wolf has determined May 8 as the day to begin the process of reopening our state; we will need to be aware of what happens in these days until then, as COVID-19 is still a reality.  As Governor Wolf is eager to begin this reopening, so Archbishop Perez is eager to reopen our Archdiocese, especially a return to Masses and Holy Communion. The Archdiocese will issue directives to the parishes as time moves on, so the gradual reopening will come to be.

In the mean time here are some updates:

    • Confirmation: In accord with new directives from the Office of the Archbishop, all Confirmations originally scheduled for this Spring, including ours, are now postponed to the Fall. As we receive new information, we will share it with you, and we apologize for any inconvenience.
    • PREP: Of course, the hope is to resume our normal PREP schedule in the Fall semester. However, in case we cannot, we are developing a backup plan to make religious instruction available through virtual classes between our catechists and our children.  Hopefully we do not have to use this, but we are developing a plan just in case.  We are so grateful to our Director of Religious Education, Mrs. Joanne Roberts, and her staff for all they do for our children and our families.
    • Confessions: Confessions are still heard in church during our regularly scheduled times of Saturday 8:00 – 8:30 AM and 3:15 – 4:00 PM.
    • Church and Chapel: the church remains open Saturday and Sunday mornings from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The church is also open from 3:00 – 4:00 PM on Saturdays.  The chapel is open on weekdays from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
    • May Crowning: a drive up May Crowning of our Blessed Mother, in our parking lot, is being planned for Sunday May 10, at 12:00 PM (Mother’s Day). More details to follow.
    • CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR PARISH: Of course, money is tight for many of us right now. However, as a non-profit, we are dependent on your generosity, so please, as much as you can, continue to support our parish and our mission in the community.  Contributions can be mailed or made electronically.  For electronic giving, please see the “Parish Giving” link on the parish website or call the parish office.These suggestions will help us maintain healthy souls as we eagerly await the return of the most powerful food for the soul: publicly celebrated Masses.  Also, let us not lose hope but let us remember that it is only by embracing the Cross that we reach the Glory of the Resurrection.

Lastly, let us as a parish continue to join Catholics around the world in praying the Rosary for the end of this crisis and a return to normalcy.  May Mary, Health of the Sick, intercede for us.

Fr. Michael J. Pawelko