Good day everyone. On Thursday October 22nd the Archdiocese held a webinar for all of the parishes. I want to share with you some of the salient points of the webinar.
It was reaffirmed that following the guidelines of the C.D.C. and the State of Pennsylvania, masks are to be worn in all public buildings EXCEPT for anyone under 2yrs old or someone who due to health reasons are unable to do so. If that is the case then social distancing is required.
We do not have any issues in this regard. Our parishioners who cannot wear a mask due to health reasons already practice social distancing.
Regarding Holy Communion, we are asked to remind you of the diocesan policy that when receiving Holy Communion in the hand, that the face mask is moved to the side or pushed down before reaching the priest, deacon, or Eucharistic minister. This allows for the correct reception of the host viz. both hands are extended, one on top of the other. The Blessed Sacrament is placed in the palm of the hand and the other hand is used to place the Host on your tongue. The mask should NOT be an encumbrance to receiving the Lord. We have had, on occasion, our Eucharistic Lord being dropped due to people manipulating their mask while returning to their pew. We will continue our procedure for Communion on the tongue.
Other points are; the C.D.C. say water of itself is not a transmitter of the virus. Hence, the Holy Water fonts will be returned to their places. A questioner asked if we are to place bleach in the font with the water. The answer is NO. Bleach can impact someone who is sensitive. The water in the fonts will be replaced on a regular basis. We normally do this at QOP.
We are now allowed the use Missalettes. We will place the Missalettes out before the Masses this weekend. They will be on tables at the entrances of our church. Because the virus can remain on hard surfaces for a period of time, we are asking you to take the missalette home with you. Please do NOT leave it in the pew. The missalette will now become your personal property. If you choose not to take the missalette home with you, then place it in the blue recycling container! The containers will be at the front entrance and the ramp entrances of our Church. Better safe than sick!
We need to think about Masses for Christmas. We might need more lectors and definitely more Eucharistic Ministers for the Masses. If you can assist us, please contact me so that I arrange a learning session and then give you name to the Archdiocese for approval. In anticipation of an increase of attendance for Christmas we may reschedule our Mass times for the Christmas Schedule, more about this at a later date.
I shall continue to provide you with updates from the Archdiocese. God Bless, Be Safe!
THE 2021 MASS INTENTION BOOK WILL OPEN SEPTEMBER 28TH.
Due to COVID restrictions rectory staff will NOT be taking Mass Intentions in Lynaugh Hall this year. This year we will be accepting MAIL-IN requests on a First Come/First Requests Honored basis.
In person requests will not be taken during this time. Please write out your requests (Include the intention, requested by, and date. Also include your name and contact information and a check for the amount due) and send them to the rectory. Requests will be dated upon arrival and will be honored to the best of our ability. Please provide us with “backup dates” in case your original dates are not available.
As we have done in the past, we ask everyone to limit their total number of requests to three Masses through October 10th. Beginning October 12th parishioners may return to the rectory for additional Mass intentions.
To try and accommodate the many requests that we receive for intentions, we will be accepting (2) intentions per weekday Mass, which means you will “share” the Mass with another family. Weekday, 8 a.m. Mass Intentions are a $10 stipend. If you do not want to share a Mass intention for a particular date and wish to reserve the date for your intention alone, the stipend will be $15.
Weekend & Holy Day Mass Intentions are a $15 stipend and we will only accept (1) intention for Weekend & Holy Day Masses. A request for a Mass intention cannot exceed 2 names by one requestor.
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To get FORMED, visit www.formed.org and enter our parish access code, 6DVGDP. You will then be directed to a setup a user account with a username and password. Once you’ve done that, you’re all set and can get free access to all the content on FORMED anytime, anywhere. Take advantage of the excellent resources available during the Lenten season and during these difficult days of COVID 19 shutdowns. God Bless, Stay safe, Wash Your Hands!
Catholic families who are living within the boundaries of Queen of Peace Parish are encouraged to register at the rectory.
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Second and fourth Sunday of each month at 12:00 PM. First time parents must attend Pre-Jordan Classes (Baptismal Instruction). Parents should contact the rectory to register for Baptism and classes.
SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE
Couples planning to marry should contact the Pastor at least six months to one year prior to the wedding date so that adequate preparations for the marriage can be made.
CARE OF THE SICK
Each week the Holy Eucharist is brought by an Extraordinary Minister to parishioners unable to leave their homes because of sickness or infirmity. The Anointing of the Sick will be administered upon request by the priest.
QUEEN OF PEACE PRAYER NETWORK
Queen of Peace Parish has set up a Prayer Network to add all of our voices to your intention. Please use the Prayer Request Page to submit your intention.
SANCTUARY LIGHT MEMORIAL
Our Sanctuary Candle burns 24 hours a day as long as the Eucharist is in the Tabernacle. You can dedicate this Sanctuary Light in memory of a loved one or for a special intention for one week; the names will be published in the bulletin so that your intention can be prayed for by everyone during that time. The donation is $25. Contact the parish office to reserve your date. This week (October 25) the Sanctuary Light is in Memory of Jack Thompson, requested by Sara & Susan Ensinger.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is taking action to keep children safe. Archdiocesan policy states that all Church volunteers and paid employees must possess clearances as required by Pennsylvania law and to complete mandatory training . Queen of Peace is dedicated to the mission of protecting children. If you work or volunteer within the parish, please follow the link to the Office for Child and Youth Protection where you will find additional information and instructions for obtaining clearances and registering for training. Please contact our Safe Environment Coordinator, Lorraine Pfeiffer, at firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance.
Fall sports registration is now open for our Girls Volleyball team (grades 5 thru 8) and Cross Country (grades K thru 8)
If you would like to participate in either of these sports, registration is open from now until August 15th. You may download the Registration FormHERE. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding volleyball, you can contact Laura Miele-Pascoe at email@example.com and for cross country, you can contact Aimee or Ryan O'Hara (firstname.lastname@example.org) Distances for cross country are 2k (K-3) 3k (4-7th) and 4k for 8th graders.