MDP Coronavirus Updates — Yellow Phase

We are excited to be able to welcome you back!  Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus as we make our way back to the in-person celebration of the Mass.  All of us need to do our part to make sure that our return to Mass is an orderly and safe experience for all.

Please take the time to familiarize yourself with all the content on this page to understand how our parish will operate in the Yellow Phase. Click here for a pamphlet that gives a quick summary. Yes, there is a lot of information to process! But it’s necessary for us to have a reverent and safe celebration of the Mass and other sacraments and devotions right now.  We expect and need everyone to follow all guidelines when attending Mass or visiting the church during this period.

 

Mass Schedule

All Masses will be in the church.   We will continue to live-stream all Masses on the MDP Facebook PagePlease be sure to thoroughly read the "Attending Mass" tab for all the protocols that will be in place.  We need your cooperation to make this work!  For the Saturday evening and Sunday Masses, we ask everyone to plan to arrive and be seated no later than 15 minutes before Mass begins so that instructions can be given.

  • Saturday Vigil Mass:  4:00 pm
  • Sunday Mass: 10:30 am
  • Daily Mass: Monday - Saturday at 8:00 am

The priests and staff will evaluate when it will be necessary and feasible to resume the 8:00 Sunday Mass.

Remember, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days continues to be dispensed at this time.  You are not required to attend Mass.

Eucharistic Adoration

  • Tuesdays after the 8:00 Mass until 7:00 pm.

For now, Adoration will conclude with simple reposition of the Blessed Sacrament.  Benediction will resume later.

Rosary via Zoom

We encourage all families to take a break from their day's activities and join us in the recitation of the rosary at 12:00 noon Monday-Friday on Zoom.  We pray for one another, for an end to the pandemic, for the sick, and in support of healthcare workers.  You can join this interactive video-conference on your computer or through a tablet or smartphone. Or you can simply call in on any phone and join in the audio portion.

Click here to join the meeting

You may be prompted to download an application for it to work; follow the directions on your screen.

If you have the Zoom app on your phone or tablet, enter the MEETING ID: 683 396 563  and the PASSWORD: MDP-Rosary

If you wish to call in, please call (301)-715-8592.  Please note this is not a local call; we don't have the ability to provide a toll-free number.  After you dial, enter the MEETING ID: 683 396 563 and the PASSWORD: 276250.

Miraculous Medal Novena

We will pray the Miraculous Medal Novena on Saturdays immediately after the 8:00 Mass.  We are not able to distribute booklets at this time.  You may bring your own copy of the novena from home.  Click here for the prayers.

Before attending Mass, please read the following thoroughly to be familiar with the protocols in effect at this time.

General Points

  • The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is dispensed at this time. You are not required to attend Mass.
  • Please stay home if you are sick.
  • Please stay home if you are at higher risk due to underlying health conditions.
    • If you are unsure about your risk status, please consult your doctor and reference the CDC guidelines.

Before Coming to the Church

  • Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Remember your face mask.  Everyone is required to wear a face mask in the church. Children under two are not required to wear a mask. Ministers at the altar are also not required to wear masks.  Please understand that we will not have masks available to give out or to sell at the church if you forget.
  • Please do not come to the church if you are sick or at higher risk.
  • Missalettes and hymnals will not be available in church.  You are welcome to bring your own missal or copy of the readings with you.  A copy of the readings will be available here for you to print and bring with you.
  • Saturday Evening and Sundays: the church will open 50 minutes before Mass begins.  We ask everyone to plan to arrive and be seated by 15 minutes before the start of Mass so that instructions can be given.  The process for seating is outlined below; please allow enough time.
  • Weekdays/Saturday morning: the church will be open at 7:00 am.

Arrival, Entry, and Seating

Remember, a mask is required to enter the church!

Saturday Evening and Sunday Masses:

  • Only the main entrance will be unlocked.  All those attending Mass must enter through the main doors.  Please be patient as the process below may take some time, and remember to keep properly distanced from others as you wait on the terrace to enter the church.
    • Someone will be available at the accessible entrance to let in those who park in the handicapped spaces along the exit driveway. We ask that this entrance only be used by those who cannot physically go to the main entrance.
  • An escort from the Knights of Columbus will greet you at the door. They will have hand sanitizer for you to sanitize your hands as you enter.
  • You'll then be escorted to the next available seat.  We have a carefully-defined seating plan arranged that allows us to maximize the available space in the church and maintain proper distancing, and you will be led to a seat that best allows us to follow that plan. Members of the same household may sit together.
  • If you are gluten-free, please alert the Knight escorting you, who will notify the sacristan and the priest/deacon so that arrangements can be made.  You will be given further instructions on how to receive Holy Communion.

Weekday Masses

  • Because attendance at weekday Masses is generally low, seating will be self-service.
  • The main doors, the doors to the vestibule on the parking lot side, and the accessible entrance will be unlocked.
  • When you enter the church, please use the hand sanitizer, located near the entrances. (Note, the dispenser works via a foot pump.)
  • Near the entrances will be a table with polished river rocks. These will be used to mark locations where people have been seated during the week.  Please take a rock with you to your pew and leave it in the place where you sat after you leave.  This allows others to know where people have been, and allows our cleaning/sanitizing crews to know which areas of the pews to target.
  • Important: please be sure you are seated in every other pew and keep at least six feet between you and your neighbor.

The Celebration of Mass

  • Masks should be worn throughout Mass except for at the moment of receiving Holy Communion.
  • Singing during Mass will be limited to the cantor.
  • There will be a collection at the Saturday Evening and Sunday Masses.  If you prefer, you may sign up for e-giving.
  • There will not be a procession of the gifts of bread and wine in order to minimize the number of people having contact with the vessels.
  • As is the norm, there should be no holding of hands during the Our Father.
  • The exchange of the Sign of Peace between the faithful remains suspended.
  • Holy Communion will be distributed in the form of the Consecrated Host only.  There will be no distribution of the Precious Blood.

The Reception of Holy Communion

  • The flow for receiving Holy Communion will be opposite what we are used to.
  • The procession for Communion will form in the side aisles of the church, with the faithful returning to their pews via the center aisle.
    • A minister of Holy Communion will still bring Holy Communion to the handicapped in their pews.
  • At Sunday Masses, the escorts from the Knights of Columbus will help direct the Communion procession and will dispense hand sanitizer to those going up to receive.
  • Please maintain social distancing in the Communion line, keeping at least two pews between you and the person in front of you both while in line and when returning to your seat.
  • As you approach the minister of Holy Communion, make your reverence and remove your mask.
  • During the Yellow Phase, the faithful are asked to receive Holy Communion in the hand. You are reminded to reverently present your hands to the minister of Communion and remain still as the Sacred Host is placed in your hand. Respond quietly with "Amen," then turn away to consume the host. You should then replace your mask and make your way back to your seat.

After Mass

  • At the conclusion of Mass, you are welcome to remain at your seat to say your prayer of thanksgiving.  Once finished, please exit the church in a reverent and orderly way, being mindful to keep adequate distance from others as you do.
  • Please be considerate of the volunteers who will be cleaning and sanitizing the church after the weekend Masses.  If you brought anything with you into the church, please ensure you take it with you when you leave.
  • The parish bulletin will be available on-line.  We will not have printed bulletins at this time.
  • Proceed directly to your car.  Please do not congregate or socialize.  Masks should remain on until you are at your car.

Our Commitment to You

Mother of Divine Providence has been following the guidelines from the CDC for sanitation throughout this pandemic and will continue to be vigilant.  We want to "worship God first, above all things," and we are committed to ensuring that we can do so safely.  We are very grateful to all of the volunteers who continue to clean and sanitize the church.  If you'd like to assist in this service to our community, please call the parish office at (610)-265-4178.

Church Hours

The church will be open for private prayer Monday-Friday from 7:00am to 7:00 pm.  Because of the additional cleaning and sanitizing necessary, the church will only be open for scheduled Masses and services on Saturday and Sunday.

Parish Office Hours

The parish office remains closed to the general public at this time, but staff is available by phone and by e-mail.  Current office hours are 9:00-4:00 Monday-Thursday and from 9:00-12:00 on Friday.  There are no evening or weekend hours at this time.

Penance/Reconciliation/Confession

The Sacrament of Penance will be celebrated Saturdays from 3:00-3:45 or by appointment.

To avoid risk to both the priest and those coming to celebrate the sacrament, we will not be using the confessionals. Confessions will be heard in the side room of the vestibule.  There will be signs posted, and members of the Knights of Columbus will be available to help guide you. Access to the main church will be controlled during the time of Confessions in order to adhere to our cleaning and sanitation protocols.  Your cooperation is very much appreciated.

Baptism

We will schedule one child/family per Sunday.  We ask families to limit to 25 people in attendance.  Please call the office at (610)-265-4178 for additional information or to (re-)schedule a baptism.

Holy Communion to the Homebound

In the interest of the health and protection of our homebound parishioners, we have suspended visits to the homebound by the parish clergy and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion until further notice.

Anointing of the Sick

The sacrament is available by appointment. We are required to follow the protocols of the Archdiocese and local facilities with regard to visits for the sacraments.

Funerals

Funerals will be celebrated with restrictions.  No viewings/visitations will be permitted in the church.  Funeral Masses should be limited to 25 people.  Designated seating areas will be marked off in the church for those attending the funeral.

The parish priests and staff will work with the funeral directors to discuss the best way to balance the family's needs in their mourning with the health concerns caused by this pandemic.

Access to parish facilities remains limited at this time.  Insofar as possible, group meetings have been transitioned to the Zoom platform.  Other group meetings are cancelled or postponed.

We know in these uncertain times, many of our parish families are suddenly dealing with unprecedented and unexpected financial stresses and difficulties.  Let us all unite in prayer that God's mercy and providence will  end this pandemic and allow everyone to experience good health and a restoration of stability.

Our parish likewise has been confronted with the reality of decreased contributions since this began. We ask those who are able, to continue to support the parish as best as they can during this pandemic.  Contributions can be sent in by mail or dropped off at the mail slot in the parish office building.  You may wish to consider signing up for our e-giving options here.   We are truly grateful for your continued support.

Our outreach and social mission have not stopped!  We're continuing to look for ways to ensure that this remains a strong aspect of our parish life.

Phone Outreach

We recently made an effort to reach out to every parish family to ascertain how they're doing and see if they had any specific needs or prayer requests.  At the start of the pandemic, we also reached out to those on our list of homebound parishioners and others who may be especially isolated and alone to see if there was anything we could do to assist.

Blood Drives

The Red Cross had a critical need for blood during the pandemic.  MDP hosted several blood drives in the gym. We do not anticipate further blood drives at this time, but you can always check the website of the American Red Cross to find blood drives in the area.

Food Donations

We continue to support the food pantry at Catholic Social Services in Norristown.  You can drop off food donations in the blue bins in the church vestibule.  We all know there has been an increased need for food assistance in these difficult times, and your generosity in helping feed the hungry is appreciated.