The Archbishop of Philadelphia, Archbishop Nelson Pérez, has decided to reinstate the obligation to attend Sunday Mass in person starting on August 15th, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Please see his statement regarding this.
Statement by Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez Regarding Safety As Mass Obligation Resumes
“Ensuring the health and welfare of those entrusted to the pastoral and temporal care of our Church, especially as we navigate a global pandemic, is a paramount priority as the Archbishop of Philadelphia. During this time of acute hardship and struggle, I have worked in conjunction with the Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania and the senior administration of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to implement best practices intended to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect those most vulnerable.
As the COVID-19 landscape evolved, we continuously re-evaluated those efforts in consultation with public health officials and based on data.
As your Shepherd, I am called to provide the Eucharist in a safe environment. To that end, I ask that you prioritize your own health and the health of your neighbors and faith communities.
As previously announced, the Catholic Bishops of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are reinstating the obligation to attend Mass in person on Sundays and holy days beginning on Sunday, August 15, 2021. However, by longstanding Church law, this obligation does not apply to those who are sick, have a serious health risk, live in a household with those at risk, serve as primary caregivers to those at risk, have serious anxiety or concerns about being in a large-group setting due to COVID-19, or are unable to attend Mass in person.
As an act of charity, all who are able should become fully vaccinated. Anyone who believes they might have COVID-19 or one of its variants should seek testing and take every precaution for the preservation of public health. As a people of hope, let us pray for an end to this health crisis.”
Unfortunately, the streets surrounding our church are difficult to access because of construction, but they should be back to normal sometime in the fall. Please call the rectory to find out the driving conditions on a week to week basis. Until the construction is finished, there will not be access to our parking lot on Fowler Street. You may park in the child care parking lot on Fountain Street, and access the church by walking up Sheldon Street. For those that are able to make it up the front steps, please don’t hesitate to come to your parish church. If you are not able to do so, you may fulfill your obligation at any other Catholic Church. When the construction is finished, we hope that you will return to us at Holy Family.
Our PREP and RCIA programs are starting up again. The PREP classes are for children aged 6 to 12 who are not currently enrolled in Catholic education. These will be held in person every Tuesday night at 6:30 P.M. Information about the PREP program and an online sign-up form can be found at www.holyfamilychurch.org/prep. Our RCIA classes are for adults who have not yet received their Sacraments or non-Catholics who wish to become Catholic. These will be held on Wednesday nights at 6:30 P.M. Information about the RCIA program and an online inquiry form can be found at www.holyfamilychurch.org/rcia.
There is no other way better to give back to God than the worship of Jesus Christ. We look forward to seeing you all again.
Monsignor Patrick Sweeney