The public celebration of weekend Masses resumes on June 6th and 7th here at St. Matt’s. We have been working tirelessly on the plans for re-opening the church, so that everyone feels as safe as possible. Below are some important details about the resumption of public weekend Masses at Saint Matthew’s, including a link to a video from Father Welsh. Updates and full information can be found on our parish Facebook page: Facebook.com/stmattsmayfair.
Here are some important things to keep in mind:
- Sunday Obligation: The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. If you are ill or in a high-risk category of persons with pre-existing conditions, or you simply do not feel safe being in a larger group yet, we encourage you to remain at home and continue to watch the livestream of our 11:00 AM Sunday Mass on Facebook (Facebook.com/stmattsmayfair). It is certainly fine to continue to pray with us virtually until you are ready to come back to Church.
- **Temporary Mass Schedule: Saturday at 4:30 PM. Sunday at *8:00 AM*, 11:00 AM, and 7:00 PM.** PLEASE NOTE the 7:00 PM Sunday Mass will be cancelled if there is a city-wide curfew beginning at 7:30 PM or earlier (recall that the suspension of the obligation remains in effect). Weekday Masses are not yet re-opened to the public.
- Bring your mask! We ask that you please bring and wear your mask for the health and safety of all those in attendance. We appreciate it!
- Where to enter Church: We are asking that everyone arrive at the handicap ramp entrance to the Church (facing the back parking lot). This will allow our volunteers to get everyone in and properly socially distanced. Please plan to arrive early!
- Temperature Checks: Before entering Church, your temperature will be taken. Please, if you have a fever, stay home and watch the livestream of the 11:00 AM Mass on Facebook (Facebook.com/StMattsMayfair).
- Social Distancing: Everyone will maintain social distancing when inside the Church. Your household will be seated together, but will be seated socially distant from other households. Volunteers will be on hand to direct the seating.
- Sanitizing: For the health and safety of all in attendance, you may want to bring your hand sanitizer with you. Please know that the Church will be completely sanitized after each Mass to make it as safe as possible for the congregation at the next Mass.
- 11:00 AM Sunday Livestream: The livestreaming of the 11:00 AM Sunday Mass on Facebook (Facebook.com/StMattsMayfair) will be continuing!
Saint Matthew Parish is livestreaming Mass and other liturgies and devotions on our Facebook page! Just click HERE. You do not need to have a Facebook account to view this page or our livestreams and other posts! Mass is livestreamed every Sunday at 11 AM and is available to view afterwards.
Please click HERE for information on the Parish Giving program, enabling you to make safe, secure online contributions electronically to Saint Matthew Parish. Your support is greatly appreciated, especially in these difficult times.
In conjunction with Archdiocesan and CDC guidelines for controlling the spread of the COVID-19 virus:
- All Parish, School/PREP, and CYO activities are suspended until further notice, except for weekend Masses.
- Devotions, confessions, etc. remain suspended.
- The obligation to attend Mass has been lifted by Archbishop Perez until further notice.
- All Masses with intentions will be offered privately by the Priests of the Parish.
- Click HERE to view our Sunday Mass livestreamed at 11:00 AM.
- Devotions, confessions, etc. remain suspended.
- The Rectory Office is closed to the public for business matters. The staff regularly check their messages. Call 215-333-0585 for the staff directory.
- Sacramental Emergencies will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Please call the Rectory at 215-333-0585 and follow the prompts.
- Online Parish Giving: To sign up for secure, online Parish Giving, please click here. Your continued support is greatly appreciated, especially during these times.
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We pray for the happy repose of the soul of Sr. Irene Loretta Cassady, IHM. More information can be found here. We pray for the happy repose of the soul of Msgr. Charles McGroarty. More information can be found here. Memorial Masses for both Msgr. McGroarty and Sr. Irene will take place in the near future. May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
A Message from Father Welsh:
During these trying times as we confront the isolation brought about by the COVID-19 virus, please be assured of our oneness in Faith. While our buildings may be closed at this time, our hearts remain open to the Lord and to each other. This will be a different sort of Lent for all of us, but also perhaps one of the most spiritually profitable as we bear this cross together. Please be assured that Masses will continued to be offered for you and your intentions on a daily basis. Know that you all remain in our prayers and that we are available to you by phone, and certainly in case of any emergency. Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any concerns, questions or simply need to talk at 215-333-0585.
– Father Welsh
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