Parish Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Daily Mass Schedule:
Monday @ 8:00 am
Tuesday @ 8:00 am
Wednesday @ 8:00 am
Thursday @ 6:00 pm
Friday @ 8:00 am
Saturday Evening Vigil @ 4:00 pm
*Sunday @ 8:30 am
( * watch on Parish YouTube channel)
“Thank you so much to our parish family who supported our parish’s annual Food Festival this year by buying food, making donations, and joining us for a good time. Thank you to our business sponsors, whose names you will see in our parish bulletins for the next couple of months, for your support. Thank you to our parish fundraising team, volunteers, and Boy Scout Troop, who generously gave of their time and talent, for making our annual food festival successful during the difficult time of the pandemic. Ad majorem Dei gloriam!"
I am thankful for the blessing of celebrating Mass in the presence of the faithful and seeing many of you at the Sunday and weekday Masses. As many of you already know on May 22nd, 2020, Bishop Schlert announced that the faithful are invited back to Mass and that parishes reopened for Masses to the public 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.
On Wednesday, June 17th, 2020, the Diocese of Allentown moved into Green Phase Part I regardless of the Commonwealth’s designation of their respective county at that time. As you will note, this is Part I of the Green Phase. We anticipate a second part of this phase after evaluating the effectiveness and needs of parishes in the second half of the summer so that we can determine the best course of action.
The main change for the Green Phase – Part I, beginning Monday, June 29th, is that Churches will be permitted “no more than 50% of their occupancy” which in the case for our parish of St. Richard of Chichester will be an occupancy limit of 80 people in the church for Mass and using the overflow Mass procedure up to 60 people in the lower church hall for Sunday Masses.
The overflow Mass procedure of using the lower Church hall and Live-streaming of the Sunday 8:30 A.M. Masses will eventually be discontinued sometime during the Green Phase, Part 1 or 2, since more parishioners will be able to attend Mass in the Church proper.
For the Green Phase Part I (until otherwise notified by the diocese) face masks are to be worn by all of the lay faithful in the church and lower church hall. The only time a face mask should be removed is when a lector proclaims the readings and for the reception of Holy Communion. A cantor, who is socially distanced may participate without a face mask.
Please be patient, since having Mass with people present with all of the Pandemic Green Phase Part I) safety precautions is a new and different experience for us. Mass with the Yellow Phase and Green Phase Part I safety requirements in an ongoing 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, especially for those with special needs and who do not have internet access and smartphones, and other modern devices.
Thank you so much for all of your support and 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
May God bless you and keep you…
Rev. Eric Tolentino
Following are the current details for the celebration of Mass with parishioners present.. Please note the updated items in the list for the “Green Phase, Stage 1, effective Monday, June 29th, 2020.
1. The faithful who attend Mass will be required to wear
masks and maintain social distancing.
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. This procedure will be
eventually discontinued sometime during the Green
Phase Stage 1 or 2, since more parishioners will be able to
attend Mass in the Church proper.
4. Began on Monday, June 29th: (Green Phase)
Sunday Mass attendance will be limited to 80 people
in the church (50% of the church seating capacity) and
60 people in the lower church hall for the overflow
A maximum of 25 people permitted in the church hall
for non-liturgical functions.
5. Sunday Mass attendees may enter the church using
the ramp door only, 30 minutes before the
6. Began on Monday, June 29th: (Green Phase)
Weekday Mass attendance will be limited to 80
people (50% of the church seating capacity) in the
A maximum of 25 people permitted in the church hall
for non-liturgical functions.
7. Weekday Mass attendees may enter the church using
the ramp door only, 30 minutes before the scheduled
8. The Saturday vigil Mass for Sunday will be at
4:00 PM . Sunday morning Mass will be at 8:30 AM.
Sunday 8:30 AM Masses will also continue to be
live-streamed for those unable to attend Mass.
This procedure will eventually be discontinued sometime
during the Green Phase Stage 1 or 2, since more
parishioners will be able to attend Mass in the Church
9. Weekday Masses will be at 8:00 AM Mondays,
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 6:00 PM
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 after the Sunday Masses only, one of the
clergy will be available outside of church at the bottom of
the ramp to distribute communion to anyone in the parking
lot who was not able to attend Mass.
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 10:30 am 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
their parish. Please call the parish office to schedule an appointment with the Pastor.
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 in the vestibule 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.
Saint Richard of Chichester was born in 1197 in a little town a few miles from Worcester, England. He and his elder brother were left orphans while still young and his brother was imprisoned as a result of their property’s unpaid debts. Richard gave up the studies which ...read more
St. Richard's Parish was established in 1946 as the Mission Church by Father Joseph McCaffrey of St. Canicus, Mahanoy City, PA. Services were held in Ryan Twp Fire Company, Lakewood ballroom and the Lakewood Tennis club building. In October 1950 Cardinal Dougherty established the Mission as a full-fledged parish under the direction of Fr. Edwin Horn...read more.
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