We will continue to wear masks for distribution of Holy Communion. (The exemption for masks being optional in Houses of Worship at this present time came from Gov. Wolf not the archdiocese.)
As We Enter the Green Phase
Before I share with you the input from the webinar presented by the Archdiocese for entering the green phase, let me reaffirm my gratitude to all of you for your prayers and support. I am especially grateful to all of the volunteers who are keeping our Church safe for worship. We are now allowed to have services with 75% capacity.
We will not have any substitutive changes in our present procedures. The dispensation from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of obligation is still enforced. The Archdiocese will give plenty of notice when we will return to normal. We will still practicing safe distancing i.e. 6ft separation with the pews. After each Mass we will continue to sanitize the pews and the door handles. Missalettes and hymnals will not be used for the present time. The Cantor will have the option of leading the singing from the podium or to sing in the Choir Loft.
Face masks are recommended but not required. Please be sensitive to the people around you.
Priests and Deacons are not to wear masks. This will be a change for me. The offering of the sign of peace is suspended. Sorry!
Similarly extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist are not required to wear a mask when distributing Holy Communion. It will be left up to the discretion of the Eucharistic Minister.
People receiving Holy Communion are asked to leave a space between each other (6ft) and form a single line when coming to receive Holy Communion. I shall still be at the designated place for those who wish to receive Communion on the tongue or a low gluten Host.
Communion under both species is still suspended and will be until we are informed differently.
Baptisms will still be scheduled for each family either on the 2nd or 4th week of the month. The times will be noon 1PM and 2PM Please schedule the Baptism A.S.A.P
Holy Water fonts will remain empty but Holy Water is available in the Urn at the front of the Church.
Parish Bulletins will become available at the end of Mass. You can pick one up as you leave the Church. This procedure will most likely become permanent.
As I sit in my room ruminating about the "new normal" several memories of other "new normals" that I experienced in my 70+ years come to mind. It was normal to have telephones with cords on them a.k.a. land lines. The phones also were "party lines" meaning that several people shared the same service. If someone was on the phone you found your place in the queue and waited your turn. When it was finally your turn everyone else reminded you not to be too long. The new normal, no party lines! Dare I mention cell phones and computers?
It was normal to try and build a crystal radio, no I am not as old as Marconi but there weren't any T.V.s. I remember our 1st T.V. Of course it was tiny maybe 13 inch screen, in black and white and we only received 3 stations with our rabbit ear antenna or maybe 4 if there was an UHF antenna. We rented our T.V. There was a small box on the top of the set and you put a quarter into the slot and you had T.V. service for a specific period of time. That was normal! The new normal became a T.V. rented or owned with a Sylvania HALO LIGHT. This allowed you to sit in the dark and not worry about going blind because you had the light from the T.V. Somewhere before color T.V. tubes were replaced by electronics. It was normal to go around the corner to the hardware store and get a new tube to replace the old ones. Fuses for the electric service were also sold there. In fact the store sold just about anything you needed. That was normal!
Normal for my family was living in a "row home" with a black flat roof that held the heat. The only breeze was from a fan. Our air conditioning was a large block of ice sitting in a galvanized tub with an oscillating fan behind it. That was normal. NO fans upstairs just the aroma of sweaty brothers sharing the same bed fighting for some space. What was a room air conditioner? A room or house air conditioner is so much more than a new normal.
Normal was shoveling the coal from the coal bin into the furnace and then shoveling the ashes from the furnace into buckets to be put out on trash day unless it was ICY, then the ashes were spread out on the pavement or sidewalk for traction.
Normal was walking everywhere we could, a car was a luxury. The PTC (Philadelphia Transportation Company) the predecessor of SEPTA was for special occasions. The lamp lighter for the street lights, the ice man, the broom man, the rag man, the hucksters with their fruits and vegetables, the man who sold the "sno cones", shaved iced with fruit syrups were part and parcel of life. So was every Saturday cleaning your front steps with Bon Ami a mild detergent. Putting a "fat kid" in front of the fire plug to set up a spray was normal. Sometime we took turns sitting in front of the plug. That was normal for city kids.
My point is the future will always be our new normal. Yes we will still face challenges not the least of which will still be societal and environmental. Our present technology is already outdated. The new and improved (even if they are not) will become the new normal.
What will not change, because it can not change or be improved, is God's love for us and God's belief in us. What can change and improve, if we desire it, will be acceptance of them by the way we love one another. Some people say, “God never gives a cross we can not carry.” I also add God never gives a Blessing we don't want or can not use.
I hope you have a GOOD LAUGH at my remembrances. I am sure you have your own. Share them with others and enjoy them again. THAT'S NORMAL!!!
Come Holy Spirit fill the hearts of your faithful! We have prayed these words in many way for many reason. Each time is a request that we become more aware of the presence of the Trinity; God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Spirit who is HOLY in our lives. This is a perfect time for us to breathe in the New Life of the Lord Jesus given to us through the Holy Spirit.
It has been an arduous journey up to this point. Some tell me they feel as if Lent never ended. Constantly called to make one sacrifice after another. Overcome with grief of lost loved ones and life styles, they have asked, How can I find peace or Joy in the midst of this? Will my sorrow never end! Succinctly, one person said, I feel like Job! I have lost so much. I can't curse God, but how do I process all of this. My answer is, Take a breath! Remember the mercy of God is renewed each and every day. Take a breath! Remember how much you are loved, not was but ARE love by your family, friends and people who appreciate all of the little things you do for them. Jesus prayed, Father these are your gift to me. I pray that where I am they may also be with me that they may see the love you have for me before the foundation of the world. Take a breath and remember! Then be thankful!
I believe this Pentecost the words of the Gospel will resound in our lives, our parish and our community more loudly than ever. "To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit." (1 Cor.12:12) I can see people who have been "worshiping" an unknown God or have been lapse in the practicing of their faith receiving new life in the Holy Spirit. I believe that in the Holy Spirit the words "deliver us Lord from every evil and grant us peace in our day" will be not just a prayer but a life style! Part of my daily prayer is; Love so that you can be forgiven, forgive so that you can be loved. For the measure you measure out to others will be measured out to you. Then I reflect on the Spiritual and corporal works of mercy.
I HOPE that the Holy Spirit's breath of Life will create a new spirit in our parish. The phoenix is often used as a sign of immortality because it rises from the ashes. The Holy Spirit gifts us with everything we need to rise with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Soon and very soon we are going to see the King. Just Breathe and hear the words of the Lord. Do not let your hearts be troubled. Have faith in Me. I will not abandon you or leave you orphan. I am with you always Breath Pentecost. Breathe the life of the Spirit!
See you soon.
My Dear Friends,
I attended a webinar with the Archdiocese about the opening of Churches. Unless Governor Wolf indicates differently we will resume public Mass on Saturday June 6th at 8 A.M. We will resume our normal weekday and Sunday Mass schedule. I will offer you the salient points that apply to Queen of Peace. Many of these we have already anticipated and will be in place.
First let me remind everyone that the Dispensation given by Archbishop Perez from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation will remain in effect until further notice. Your safety is most important. If you are sick or have recently been in contact with someone who was or is sick please stay at home! We will have no touch thermometers available at the entrances if needed.We will do the best we can to keep our church sanitized. Cleaners will be in twice a week for this purpose, and I am sure someone will assist me in sanitizing the pews between Masses. Hint Hint! Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215 887 1838 ext. 17 if you are able to assist.
We will be allowed to have a 50% of our seating capacity for Masses. We must also follow the following CDC directives:
All are required to wear masks at all times while in the Church.
There must be social distancing. We have already designated pews for occupancy and others are blocked off to keep the 6 foot distance. That being said, we need to everyone to use their common sense about distancing in the pew itself. Naturally families who live together would be able to sit together, but everyone else is expected to leave a space between you and a "pew mate."
After consultation with our music staff, we will know if there will be music. The missalettes are put away for safety sake.So we will have :a sing along!
Offertory processions and Communion under both species are still suspended. We will not have altar servers, students or adult until we are in the green phase. Their safety is most important to me.
Eucharist/Holy Communion will be distributed both in the hand and on the tongue. We will ask communicants to come forward in a single line to receive. Those who wish to receive Eucharist on the tongue will be directed to a place apart. After the Host has been placed on the tongue the minister will sanitize his/her hands. Anyone who wishes to receive a low gluten host will follow our procedure already in place.
There will be a collection. I shall meet with the ushers before Mass begins to answer any questions they might have.
At the end of Mass, please exit the Church and proceed directly to your vehicle and not congregate. Please remember SAFETY FIRST. You don't want any accidents created by traffic or unaware pedestrians.
When printed parish bulletins resume, we will have locations for you to pick up your bulletin. If you touch a bulletin, please take it home with you, do not leave it in the pew.
As more is given to me, I shall the best I can to transmit ASAP to you. Home visitation will resume when we are allowed.
I want to thank everyone for their spiritual and financial support or your parish.
God Bless!!! See you in Church!
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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 (June 28) the Sanctuary Light is in memory of Robert Durney.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and for cross country, you can contact Aimee or Ryan O'Hara (email@example.com) Distances for cross country are 2k (K-3) 3k (4-7th) and 4k for 8th graders.