On the afternoon of Tuesday, March 17, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia issued directives regarding the current coronavirus epidemic. Here is a summary of those directives:
As of noon on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, all public Masses in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are suspended until further notice. This includes Sunday and Weekday Masses with the faithful.
– Priests are to continue to offer Holy Mass on Sunday and weekdays privately.
– Mass intentions already in place during this period are to be honored. Priests are to offer
Mass for these intentions during this period. If this is impossible, then the intention is to be transferred to a future date. The Mass intention for the People of the Parish is to be observed.
What does all this mean for us at Sacred Heart? Father will offer a Mass on weekdays privately (without a congregation) for the scheduled intention. Since the Church requires a Mass to be celebrated on Sundays and Holydays for the people of the parish, he will offer a Mass for that intention on Sunday morning privately (without a congregation). The other Mass intentions on the weekend will need to be transferred to a later date.
– Communion Services are not to be used as a replacement for the celebration of Mass.
CHURCHES ARE TO REMAIN OPEN
Sacred Heart Church will be open daily from 8 AM to 12 Noon so that the faithful have opportunities to pray.
BAPTISMS, CONFESSIONS, MARRIAGES AND FUNERALS ARE TO TAKE PLACE AS USUAL BUT WITH DUE REGARD FOR THE LIMITATION OF PARTICIPANTS AND REASONABLE SOCIAL DISTANCING.
The schedule of Confessions at Sacred Heart Church remains unchanged. Confessions will be heard on Saturday afternoons at 3:15 PM, Wednesday, April 1 at 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM, Friday, April 3 at 6:30 PM and 7:45 PM, and Wednesday, April 8 at 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM.
ALL VISITS TO THE SICK WITH HOLY COMMUNION BY PRIESTS, DEACONS AND EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION ARE SUSPENDED.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CELEBRATIONS ARE TO BE RESCHEDULED.
A new date for First Communion has not been determined.