COVID 19 ACTION PLAN
WELCOME BACK TO THE CELELBRATION OF MASS AT ST. JOHN FISHER PARISH BEGINNING ON JUNE 6, 2020
Sunday Vigil Mass: Saturday 4:00 p.m.
Sunday Masses: 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.
Weekdays beginning June 8: 7:30 a.m. in the Church
FACE MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL PERSONS over the age of three years while in the Church.
GENERAL POINTS: The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation continues to be lifted in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. You are not required to attend Mass at this time. Base your decision on your circumstances and comfort level.
Please stay home if you or anyone in your household is sick. Please stay home if your health is compromised, putting you at higher risk of severe illness with COVID19.
The Saturday Vigil Mass will continue to be available via live-stream for you to view from home. View it on our website home page (stjohnfisherchurch.com), or on the parish Facebook page (Saint John Fisher). It can be seen throughout Sunday, until 9:00pm.
RECONCILIATION: Seating for confessions will be set up in the shrine area to the left of the Sanctuary. Please follow guidelines for social distancing and wearing masks. Saturday confessions will resume on June 6 from 3:00 -3:45 p.m.
ENTRANCES – Please use entrance from parking lot or main handicap entrance toward parish center.
WELCOME TO CHURCH – Greeters will be at these two entrances to welcome you, thank you for wearing a mask, direct you to the non-touch hand sanitizer, and offer a non-touch temperature reading for your and other people’s health.
SEATING – You will notice every other pew is taped off for social distancing. Do not remove the tape to sit in those pews. People in the same household who have been sheltering together can sit together. If you sit in a long pew, please leave six feet of space in the pew between others who share it. The Church Hall has additional seating.
OFFERTORY – Ushers will use basket to take up one collection each week. Place all envelopes and cash in the basket (Sunday, Maintenance, Special 2nd Collection). There will not be an offertory procession with gifts.
MUSIC – There will be music during Mass with the organ/piano, and a Cantor will lead singing of the Entrance, Preparation, Communion and Closing songs, but the Mass parts, including the Responsorial Psalm, will be recited. Due to the extraordinary risk involved with singing as a group, there will not be a choir at this time.
COMMUNION – Clergy and lay Eucharistic ministers will use hand sanitizer before they distribute Holy Communion.
There will be four stations in the sanctuary and one for the church hall. Please observe social distancing of 6 feet of spacing in the communion line.
Parishioners are requested to receive Holy Communion in the hand. Anyone who prefers to receive the Eucharist on their tongue is asked to join the end of the Communion line for the priest.
Wear your mask in line, receive Communion in your hands, step to the side, lower/lift your mask, receive Holy Communion, refit your mask and proceed back to your seat
BULLETINS - Bulletins will be on tables after Mass in the church foyers. Please pick one up to take home.
CLEANING OF CHURCH - Parishioners are asked to assist with disinfecting the surfaces of pews and chairs after each Mass.
Disposable gloves and cleaning supplies will be available to apply disinfectant.
The Church and bathrooms will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected during weekdays in preparation for Sunday Masses.
BAPTISM – Baptism must be scheduled in advance. Please call the Parish Business Office to schedule.
Only one family will be scheduled for each available week. Social distancing and masks are required of families and guests.
FUNERALS - Funeral Masses will follow the same guidelines as Sunday and daily Masses. Viewings and eulogies are allowed in church. Live-streaming is available upon request.
- The Chapel will be open for prayer between 8:30am-noon (Monday-Thursday). Please enter through the Parish Center.
- Wedding arrangements must be made six months in advance. Please contact Father McDermott
- Holy Communion for the homebound will resume on a case by case basis as vaccination numbers increase.
- A Priest will always be available for a visit to administer the Last Rites and Viaticum to those in danger of death.
- Parish facilities cannot be used for social meetings or planning committees until further notice.
- Aid for Friends meals are still being delivered from the parish, and the need for these will continue. Pick up supplies in the Parish Center and drop off meals to the Freezer in the kitchen.
- The Parish Business Office has resumed normal operating hours.
- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has added a special page about its response to the COVID19 outbreak. Click Archdiocese of Philadelphia COVID19 to keep updated on statements from the Archbishop and other divisions and activities of the Archdiocese.
The best way to receive Christ is in Holy Communion at Mass. Yet, in these times when we can't celebrate a public Mass, you can still reach out to Him by making a Spiritual Communion in prayer!
St. Thomas Aquinas once defined a Spiritual Communion as “an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament and lovingly embracing Him as if we had actually received Him.”
You can make a Spiritual Communion whenever and wherever you'd like, using the prayer given below, or your own heartfelt thoughts. You can receive Jesus in your heart from anywhere you might happen to be, at any time, day or night! You just need to approach Him with sincerity, humility and a desire to follow in His footsteps in acts of faith and charity. And He’s delighted when we do so! The Baltimore Catechism notes that a Spiritual Communion “is an act of devotion, and one very pleasing to God.”
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
Purify it. Sanctify it. Render it like unto Your own. I embrace you now as if you were already there.
Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen
Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.
If two or more of your family members wish to pray together, here is a printable document with prayers for when you can't go to Mass.
MASSES ON TELEVISION AND ON LINE AND OTHER SPIRITUAL ACTIVITIES
- Sunday Mass
- “The Sunday Mass” airs every Sunday at 5:30 a.m. locally on WPVI-TV Channel 6 ABC
- Archbishop Pérez Mass For The Intention Of Those Affected By The COVID-19 Pandemic (March 15, 2020)
- Saint Raymond of Penafort Parish (Philadelphia)
- Saint John Nuemann Parish (Bryn Mawr)
- Saint Cornelius Parish (Chadds Ford)
- Saint Mary Magdalen Parish Sunday Mass (Media)
- Sunday Mass
- Prayers and Daily Bible Readings
RESOURCES FOR PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION ABOUT THE CORONA VIRUS:
The parish website, stjohnfisherchurch.com is the primary means of communication with you, and will be updated when necessary. The weekly bulletin can be found at the bottom of the home page. Thank you for your understanding!