The Church of St. Richard of Chichester will be CLOSED
during the times below to privately celebrate:
* Sunday Masses
( * watch on Parish YouTube channel)
Sundays 8:00 AM To 9:50 AM
MON.-FRI. 8:00 AM To 8:50 AM
Masses for * Holy Days and Other Liturgies as noted in the Bulletin & on the Parish Website
Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2020
Dear Parish Family,
Peace be with you, my brothers and sisters in Christ. I am praying for the grace for us to bear our crosses faithfully and to draw closer to our Lord Jesus Christ during this difficult time. We are celebrating Pentecost Sunday, the fiftieth day after our Lord’s resurrection on Easter Sunday. The Apostles had their version of “stay at home order,” since the apostles were behind locked doors hiding from the Jewish authorities who were persecuting the followers of Christ.
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples* were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.* The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. [Jesus] said to them again,l “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the holy Spirit. (NAB Jn 20:19-23)
I look forward to seeing you soon and to celebrating Mass in the presence of the faithful. Many of you may have already heard the good news that on May 22nd, 2020, Bishop Schlert announced that the faithful are invited back to Mass and that parishes will reopen for Masses to the public beginning on Monday, June 1st, 2020. Mass attendance remains voluntary during the pandemic Yellow Phase. The dispensation from the Mass obligation will remain in place until the green phase. Those, who do not feel safe or have compromising health conditions, should not attend Mass.
Our parish staff and volunteers are joyfully preparing to welcome you when you return to Mass in the church. Following are the details for the celebration of Mass with parishioners present beginning June 1st, 2020:
1. The faithful who attend Mass will be required to wear masks, and maintain social distancing of 6 feet apart. Family groups may be seated together.
2. Please bring your own hand sanitizer.
3. For Sunday Masses, I plan to use the overflow Mass procedure having some people seated in the lower church hall with the Mass projected on the screen, while the Mass is celebrated in the church.
4. Sunday Mass attendance will be limited to 40 people in the church (25% of the church seating capacity) and 40 people in the lower church hall (25% of the hall seating capacity).
5. Sunday Mass attendees may enter the church using the ramp door only, 30 minutes before the scheduled Mass.
6. Weekday Mass attendance will be limited to 40 people (25% of the church seating capacity) in the church.
7. Weekday Mass attendees may enter the church using the ramp door only, 30 minutes before the scheduled Mass.
8. The Saturday vigil Mass for Sunday will be at 4:00 PM on Saturday, June 6th, 2020. Sunday morning Mass on June 7th, 2020 will be at 8:30 AM. Sunday 8:30 AM Masses will also continue to be live-streamed for those unable to attend Mass during the Yellow Phase. The Saturday vigil and Sunday Mass schedule may be subject to change during the Yellow Phase.
9. Weekday Masses beginning June 1st will be at 8:00 AM Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and at 6:00 PM on Thursdays.
10. Holy Communion for people attending Mass will be distributed immediately at the end of Mass in the Church only. After the people, who attended Mass, receive communion in the church, please exit using the ramp door of the church. After finishing distributing Holy Communion in the church, one of the clergy will be available outside of the church at the bottom of the ramp to distribute communion to anyone in the parking lot who was not able to attend Mass.
Many people have been cooped up at home for weeks and many others have been working under pandemic conditions. We have been waiting for about eleven weeks to have Masses open to the public. Since having Mass with people present with all of the Pandemic Yellow Phase safety precautions will be a new and different experience for us all, please be patient. Mass with the Yellow Phase safety requirements will be a learning process for us and we will need to adjust to our current situation.
Please pass on the good news about the reopening of Masses to the public at our parish beginning Monday, June 1st, 2020, especially for those with special needs and who do not have internet access and smartphones, and other modern devices. One more item for your consideration. Since the number of people attending Sunday Mass is limited to 40 people in the church and 40 people in the lower church hall, please consider, if you do not have to work during weekday Mass times, attending a weekday Mass to make space for someone, who has to work on weekdays, to attend Sunday Mass.
Thank you so much for continuing to share your treasure according to your ability to do so, during this difficult economic and financial time caused by the pandemic, and for mailing or dropping your offering envelopes, and/or contributing via the parish online giving link on our parish website.
Looking forward to seeing you at Mass again soon…. Welcome Home!
May God bless you and keep you…
Rev. Eric Tolentino
Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator::
Ms. Wendy S. Krisak, M.A.,NCC, LPC– Direct Phone: 800-791-9209
Diocesan Secretary for Youth Protection:
Pamela Russo, MSW, MS - Phone: 610-871-5200 Ext. 2204
The Diocese of Allentown provides assistance to anyone who, as a minor, was sexually abused by a priest, deacon, or employee/volunteer of the Diocese/Parish. Parents, guardians, children, and survivors of sexual abuse are invited & encouraged to contact the Diocese of Allentown for more info about this program. The fullness of compassion should be extended to these victims by the Church. To lean more about the Diocese of Allentown’s Youth Protection
Programs, Sexual Abuse Policy, & Code of Conduct, please visit www.allentowndiocese.org & click on “Youth
Protection” in the upper right hand corner of the page.
Baptisms are celebrated after the 10:30am Sunday Mass. Parents need to be registered parishioners and attend a Baptismal Preparation Class. At least one Godparent must be a practicing Catholic for a valid reception of Baptism and also obtain a Certificate of Eligibility from
Arrangements should be made at least one year prior to the proposed wedding date to begin pre-nuptial instructions. Please call the parish office for more information and schedule an appointment with the Pastor.
Saturdays @ 3:30pm or call the Rectory to schedule an appointment.
Certificates of Eligibility for Baptism & Confirmation require the sponsor to be an active & registered member of the parish. Please call the parish office to schedule an appointment with the Pastor.
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