MDP Coronavirus Response

MDP is responding to the Coronavirus pandemic and updating schedules and activities in accordance with Archdiocesan directives and guidance from government agencies.  This page will be the hub for all the latest information and will be updated frequently as the situation warrants.  As you know, this is an incredibly fluid situation, and things are likely to change at any time, so please check back here frequently for the most up-to-date information.

Our goal is to continue to provide you the opportunity to be a part of parish life as best as we can.  We may not be able to come together as we usually do as a parish family, but we will do our best to “Worship God first, above all other things and then ‘go and make disciples'” in different and creative ways.

 

Sadly, we are unable to gather as a parish family for the liturgies of the most Holy Week of the year.  We invite you to join us on Facebook for live-streams of all the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter Sunday.  Remember, you do not need a Facebook account to watch any of the videos.

In an effort to comply with current guidelines regarding crowd size and social distancing, the church will be locked during these liturgies.  Hours the church is open are noted under each day.

Palm Sunday

  • Mass live-streamed at 10:00 am
  • The church will be open for private prayer from 12:00 pm -- 7:00 pm
  • There are no confessions scheduled for Palm Sunday.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

  • Masses will be live-streamed from the rectory chapel at 8:00 am
  • The church will be open for private prayer from 7:00 am -- 7:00 pm
  • Confessions will be heard Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evening from 7:00 pm -- 8:00 pm.
  • Confessions will also be heard Wednesday morning from 6:30 - 7:30 am.
  • Confessions will be heard in the side vestibules of the church.  Look for signs indicating where the priests are.  PLEASE be sure to keep at least six feet apart while waiting in line.

Holy Thursday

  • The church will be open from 7:00 am -- 3:00 pm.
  • The Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper will be streamed on Facebook at 7:00 pm.

Good Friday

  • The church will be open from 7:00 am -- 12:00 noon.
  • The Liturgy of the Lord's Passion will be streamed on Facebook at 3:00 pm.

Holy Saturday

  • The church will be closed all day.
  • The Easter Vigil will be streamed on Facebook at 8:00 pm.

Easter Sunday

  • Mass will be streamed on Facebook at 10:00 am.
  • The church will be open from 12:00 noon -- 7:00 pm for private prayer.

We remind everyone that our Easter Collection is one of our largest collections of the year, and we depend on that collection (and all of our weekly collections) to maintain our operating budget for the year.  Please mail your contributions to the parish, drop them off in the mail slot at the parish office, or consider signing up for electronic giving.  We rely on your ongoing generosity in order to continue serving you.

The church will be open every day from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm for private prayer (These hours are adjusted for Holy Week; please see the Holy Week Tab for Holy Week Hours.)  Please be sure to adhere to all guidelines regarding social distancing and to be mindful of your own health and the health of others if you plan to visit the church for prayer.

Masses

Following the directives of the Archbishop of Philadelphia, all public Masses scheduled at Mother of Divine Providence are cancelled until further notice.  This includes the 8am Daily Mass and all Sunday Masses. 

While there are no public celebrations of the Mass, the priests will be saying Mass privately every day.  A private Mass will be said each day for the intention(s) announced in the bulletin for that day.

We will be streaming Mass from the Rectory Chapel every morning.  Monday - Saturday, Mass will be at 8:00 am.  On Sundays, Mass will be at 10:00 am.  Please see our parish Facebook page to view the Mass.  You don't need a Facebook account to view any of the Masses or devotions that we are running on Facebook. Simply click the link to go to our Facebook page, and scroll down to see all the latest posts.

Eucharistic Adoration

All Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is suspended at this time.  Out of reverence for the Blessed Sacrament, there must always be someone present and praying during periods of exposition. Under the present circumstances, that may not be feasible.  The church will be open every day for private prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle.  All are welcome to come pray privately, with proper respect for social distancing recommended by state and federal authorities.

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross (Wednesday afternoon and Friday evening) in the church are cancelled.  We are looking into live-streaming our Friday 7:00 pm Stations of the Cross.  More information will follow.

Daily Family Rosary

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 every day, to pray for one another and for an end to the pandemic.  We are excited to use the Zoom platform to make this possible.  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, you can log in using the meeting information below.

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.

When promoted, enter the MEETING ID: 683 396 563  and the PASSWORD: MDP-Rosary

Miraculous Medal Novena

We plan to offer the prayers of the Miraculous Medal Novena on Saturdays after the live-streamed Mass on our Facebook page.  To pray the Novena privately at home, please click here for the prayers.

Archdiocesan Rosary

The Office for New Evangelization of the Archdiocese is sponsoring a Rosary Campaign for an end to the Coronavirus.  Thousands of families are joining every evening at 8:00 pm to pray the rosary together from their homes.  Please visit http://www.phillyevang.org/rosary/ for more information.

Church Hours

The Church will be open from 7:00am - 7:00pm every day.

Parish Office Hours

Our parish staff will be working remotely and with reduced hours during this time.  We will not have public office hours.  If you need assistance, please call (610)-265-4178 and leave a message on the voicemail system.  Your call will be returned as staff checks messages throughout the day, Monday-Friday.  There are no weekend hours at this time.  Please understand that we may not be able to return your call the same day.  There is also a prompt on our phone system to speak to someone in the event of an emergency--such as if someone is near death and requests the sacraments.  If your call is not a true emergency, please leave a message on the general voicemail system.

Penance/Reconciliation/Confession

Please see the Holy Week Tab for the special Confession schedule for Holy Week.

After Easter, the Sacrament of Penance will be celebrated Saturdays at 3:00 or by appointment.

To avoid risk to both the priests and all those coming to celebrate the sacrament, we will not be using the confessionals.  Please look for signs in the church indicating where confessions will be heard. If you are coming to celebrate the sacrament, please be mindful of social distancing recommendations and remain a safe distance from one another.

Baptism

We will continue to schedule baptisms, but we strongly recommend parents wait until the pandemic clears before the celebration of the sacrament.  If you already had a baptism scheduled, we will be contacting you to see if you wish to reschedule.

Holy Communion

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.

See the PREP tab for information on the rescheduling of First Holy Communion.

Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament will be available by appointment.

Funerals

Funerals will be celebrated with some restrictions.  No viewings/visitations will be permitted in the church.  Funeral Masses should be limited to immediate family of the deceased only.  The parish priests and staff will work with the funeral directors to discuss the best way to balance the family's needs in a difficult time with the health concerns caused by this pandemic.

Please know that the priests of the parish will do their best to respond to any emergency situation as quickly as possible.  If you or a loved one have an urgent need for the Sacraments, please call (610)-265-4178 and follow the prompt for emergencies to leave a message.

All PREP classes are cancelled until further notice.  This includes Wednesday PREP, Family Faith, and IGNITE.  Our Director of Religious Education is working with our catechists and the parish staff to adapt to the current situation and develop a plan for the continuation of your children's religious formation at home.  Additional information will be communicated by Mrs. Quillen via e-mail to our PREP families.

The Living Stations on April 1 is cancelled this year.

The Helping Hands food packaging event scheduled for April 28 has been cancelled.

For parents with children set to receive their First Holy Communion this year:

  • The format for the Parent/Student retreat scheduled for April 18 is being changed.  This will no longer be an on-site event, but rather a home-based series of activites.  Additional information will be forthcoming.
  • The celebration of First Holy Communion is being postponed.  Mrs. Quillen will send an e-mail directly to parents with additional information once plans have been solidified.

All in-person parish meetings and events are cancelled until further notice.  We are working to leverage technology to allow parish groups to meet in a virtual environment.  As information is available, it will be posted here.

Sunday Evening "Chat with Cioppi"

Join Fr. Cioppi via Facebook live every Sunday Evening at 7:00 for a "fireside chat."  Father will read a story from the lives of the saints for children and then offer a reflection for adults.  The whole family is welcome to join!  Click here to go to our parish Facebook page.

Adult Faith Formation Sessions

We're bringing our Lenten Adult Faith Formation groups online using the Zoom platform.  We'll do our best to learn and pray together from the comfort of our own homes.  If you're part of one of our Lenten Bible Studies or discussion groups, please contact Deacon Greg Maskarinec (gmaskarinec@mdpparish.com) for log-in information.

Parish Prayer for Support During the Pandemic

Glorious and ever-compassionate God,
in Your boundless love visit
us in our time of need.

Give us strength to fight this virus
and to protect those who are elderly
and whose health may be compromised.

Help us to trust in Your Healing Power
and in Your infinite desire to protect us
from all that is unholy.

Mother of Divine Providence,
shield us so we may continue to worship
the One True God, Who is worthy of all
Worship, Glory and Honor, forever and ever. Amen.

Prayer of Pope Francis to the Blessed Mother

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-03/pope-francis-prayer-our-lady-protection-coronavirus.html

An Act of Spiritual Communion

https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/library/act-of-spiritual-communion-11891

Opportunities to Watch Mass Online or On TV

Daily Mass:

Sunday Mass:

  • The Sunday Mass airs every Sunday morning at 5:30 am on WPVI Channel 6. They may have a replay available on their website 6abc.com
  • A live-stream of the Sunday 11:00 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral is available here. Replays of the Mass will follow.

Audio of Daily Mass Readings

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings-audio.cfm

The Way of the Cross

https://www.fisheaters.com/stations.html

The Novena of the Miraculous Medal

https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/library/miraculous-medal-novena-9129

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 quickly end this pandemic and allow everyone to experience good health and a restoration of stability.

Our parish likewise is confronted with the reality of decreased contributions during this time of cancellation and closure, to which we will adapt as best we can.  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.

Click here for a message to the Faithful of the Archdiocese from Archbishop Perez.

Parents, click here for a message to school students from the Archbishop.

 

Our outreach and social mission have not stopped because of the pandemic!  We're looking for ways to keep it going strong.

Homebound and Elderly Parishioners

We are doing our best to connect our parishioners to the parish using technology (e-mail blasts, Facebook, Zoom).  At the same time, we recognize that there are many parishioners, particularly among our senior citizens, who aren't comfortable with or don't have access to all this technology.  If you have suggestions on how we can connect with them, please let us know.

We don't want to forget our parishioners who need assistance with getting food, medicine, or other essentials, and those who may be feeling especially lonely and isolated because family and friends can't visit as frequently.  We are contacting those on our  list of homebound parishioners to check up on them.  If you know of parishioners who fall into these categories, please let us know who they are, and we'll see how we can help.  Or, better yet, use this pandemic as an opportunity to show the love of Christ to others by contacting them yourselves!  We can do that by simply dropping off some groceries for a senior citizen stuck at home or by making the occasional phone call to let someone know he/she is thought about and cared about.  If you'd like to help in this outreach effort, please let us know.

Blood Drives

The Red Cross is saying there is a critical need for blood donations right now.  MDP will be hosting several Blood Drives for the Red Cross in the gym.  For the health and safety of all, they are not allowing walk-ins; appointments are necessary.  Please visit the American Red Cross website for more information or to see if a Blood Drive is happening here or anywhere else in the area.

Food Collections

We continue to do our best to support the food pantry at Catholic Social Services in Norristown.  You can still drop off food donations in our blue bins in the vestibule of the church.  In this time of economic uncertainty, many more people will be needing support to meet their basic food needs.

By the way, we recently received a thank you letter from CSS for our generosity.  MDP parishioners donated over 600 pounds of food in the past three months.  MDP continues to be the highest parish contributor to this effort.  Our response to the parish family that lost everything in the January fire at Kingswood Apartments also shows the generous spirit of our parishioners. The Upper Merion Township Foundation was also most grateful for the general gift of over $1,500 we sent them on your behalf to support victims of this fire.  Let's keep that momentum going! 

We rely on your generosity in so many ways.  It is only through your support of our parish that we can keep these outreach efforts going.  We know this is a difficult time for many, but we ask you to please continue to support MDP Financially by mailing in your donations or using one of our e-giving platforms.  Truly, we thank you for your support!