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Faith in Time of Coronavirus

Faith in Time of Coronavirus

As counties across Pennsylvania begin to see Covid-19 restrictions lifted, the Diocese of Harrisburg has produced guidelines to help our parishioners and parishes return to active, in person faith lives. Below are the guidelines, recommendations and significant resources to assist with these transitions. As we work through these times of transition, the Diocese will continue to review the directives from the Governor’s Office and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and will review and amend these directives when needed.

Please see the Liturgy and Sacraments Guidelines section below for directives and recommendations for parishes and parishioners in red, yellow and green counties.

The full green county guidelines can be found here.

The Diocese strongly recommends that those who are sick, have a compromised immune system or are considered more vulnerable continue to remain home at this time.

Highlights of these guidelines include:

  • The dispensation from the Sunday obligation to attend Mass is still in place. All Mass livestreams are strongly encouraged to continue.
  • Public Masses may resume at the Pastor’s discretion, so long as social distancing and proper sanitation is observed. Sanitation must take place after every Mass. No occupancy limits are in place, providing proper social distance can be maintained. Please contact your parish directly for more information on any changes to Mass schedules. Public Masses may also take place in church halls, outdoors and in church parking lots.
  • All parishioners attending Mass and/or entering the church facility must wear a face mask, except for those with a medical condition that have been advised by a physician to not wear one. Additionally, children under the age of 2 are also exempt from wearing a mask. During Mass, please only remove your mask when receiving Holy Communion.
  • Parishes are to use tape or rope to indicate proper social distancing within the parish buildings, including the pews.
  • It is recommended Holy Communion be distributed after Mass. However, in parishes where it may be done without difficulty or safety concerns, Holy Communion may be distributed during the celebration of Mass following all safety procedures. We recommend that Holy Communion be received on the hand, but no one will be refused reception on the tongue.
  • Confessions may resume at the Pastor’s discretion, pending social distancing and proper sanitation are followed. Creative means of confessions, including using outdoor spaces, are encouraged.
  • Daily Mass chapels may be used, provided safe social distancing is maintained.
  • Weddings, funerals, and baptisms may resume, so long as occupancy and all protective measures are followed.
  • Adoration chapels may be opened with limited hours, occupancy and strict sanitation after each visitor.
  • Public veneration may resume so long as no physical contact can be made with relics and images.
  • Proper sanitation will occur periodically throughout the day and after every gathering. Sanitation of pews, door handles, doors, railings and restrooms must follow CDC guidelines. Cleanings should be more frequent during cold and flu season. Elevators should be regularly sanitized and allow only one occupant at a time.
  • Holy Water fonts will remain empty. Bottled holy water may be available for parishioners to take home.
  • All hymnals, missals, missalettes and Bibles will continue to be removed. Printed worship aids may be provided for all public Liturgies. These worship aids will be disposed by the user when leaving the church. Projection devices may also be used.
  • The Sign of Peace will continue to be omitted.
  • No limit is placed on the number of public entrances that may be opened.
  • Visitation of the sick may resume, provided extreme caution is exercised and all recommendations from the CDC are followed. Masks must be worn at all times and social distancing must be maintained. Visitation is recommended outside of homes, if possible.

The full yellow county guidelines can be found here.

The Diocese strongly recommends that those who are sick, have a compromised immune system or are considered more vulnerable continue to remain home at this time.

Highlights of these guidelines include:

  • The dispensation from the Sunday obligation to attend Mass is still in place. All Mass livestreams are strongly encouraged to continue.
  • Public Masses may resume at the Pastor’s discretion, so long as social distancing and proper sanitation is observed. Sanitation must take place after every Mass. Parish buildings may contain no more than 1/3 occupancy at any given time. Please contact your parish directly for more information on any changes to Mass schedules. Public Masses may also take place in church halls, outdoors and in church parking lots.
  • All parishioners attending Mass must wear a face mask. Masks may only be removed when receiving Holy Communion.
  • Holy Communion will be distributed after Mass. We recommend that Holy Communion be received on the hand.
  • Confessions may resume at the Pastor’s discretion, pending social distancing and proper sanitation are followed. Creative means of confessions, including using outdoor spaces, are encouraged.
  • Weddings, funerals, and baptisms may resume, so long as occupancy and all protective measures are followed.
  • Adoration chapels may be opened with limited hours, occupancy and strict sanitization after each visitor.
  • Parishes are to use tape or rope to indicate proper social distancing within the parish buildings, including the pews.
  • Proper sanitation will occur after every gathering and at the close of every day.
  • Holy Water fonts will remain empty. Bottled holy water may be available for parishioners to take home.
  • All hymnals, missals, missalettes and Bibles will be removed. Printed worship aids may be provided for all public Liturgies. These worship aids will be disposed by the user when leaving the church. Projection devices may also be used.
  • The Sign of Peace will continue to be omitted.
  • Limited public entrances may be opened.

Saint Patrick Cathedral, Harrisburg – Sunday 9:30 a.m. Mass and weekday noon Masses are live streamed to the Diocesan YouTube channel

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Lancaster – The following is live streamed to the Parish Facebook page: Sunday Mass at 11 a.m.

Corpus Christi, Chambersburg – The following Masses are live streamed on the Parish Facebook page: Daily Mass Monday through Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Saturday Vigil at 5 p.m. Sunday Masses at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 p.m. (in Spanish), and 6 p.m.

Good Shepherd Parish, Camp Hill – Sunday 9:30 a.m. Mass and 8:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday are live streamed to the Parish Facebook page.

Holy Infant Parish, Manchester – Saturday 5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. Masses are live streamed to the Parish Facebook page.

Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Harrisburg – Saturday 8:30 a.m.; Sunday at 10:15 a.m.; and weekday Monday through Friday at 8 a.m. to the Parish Facebook page.

Holy Spirit Parish, Palmyra – The following Masses are live streamed to the Parish Facebook page: 4 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. Sunday; 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Holy Trinity Parish, Columbia – The following Masses are live streamed to the Parish Facebook page: 5 p.m. Saturday; 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday; and 8 a.m. Saturday.

Immaculate Conception BVM Parish, Fairfield – Sunday Masses are live streamed to the Parish Facebook page and website.

Immaculate Conception BVM Parish, York – The following Masses are live streamed to the Parish YouTube channel: Sunday at 9:00 a.m. in English and Sunday at 12:00 p.m. in Spanish.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Abbottstown – Sunday Mass is recorded and posted to the Parish website.

Mater Dei Community – Sunday 9:30 a.m. Mass is live streamed to the Parish Facebook page.

Our Lady of Hope, Coal Township – Sunday 11 a.m. Mass is live streamed to the Parish Facebook page.

Our Lady of Good Counsel, Marysville – Masses and Eucharistic Adoration are live streamed to the Parish Facebook page at 8:30 a.m. daily Monday through Saturday. Mass on Sunday is at 10:00 a.m.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Mount Carmel – Sunday Mass is live streamed at 11:00 a.m. on YouTube.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish, Ephrata – The following Masses are live streamed to the Parish website: 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday.

Prince of Peace Parish, Steelton – Sunday 10:30 a.m. Mass is live streamed to the Parish website, Facebook page and MyParish App

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Parish, Elysburg – Daily Mass on Tuesday and Thursday at 8 a.m. is live streamed to the Parish Facebook page. Weekend Mass is streamed on a rotating basis. A weekly schedule is posted on the Parish Facebook page and website.

Sacred of Jesus Church, Lewistown – Saturday Mass at 4:00 p.m. is live streamed.

Saint Andrew Parish, Waynesboro – Fr. Malagesi’s homilies are recorded and posted to the website on a weekly basis.

Saint Anne Parish, Lancaster – Sunday Mass at 9:30 a.m. is live streamed to the Parish Facebook page.

Saint Catherine Labouré Parish, Harrisburg – Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Masses are live streamed on the Parish Facebook page. Recordings can also be viewed on the Parish website.

Saint Catherine of Siena, Quarryville – Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. is live streamed through the Parish website.

Saint Columba Parish, Bloomsburg – Mass is recorded and posted to the Parish YouTube page.

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Mechanicsburg – The following Masses are live streamed on the Parish website and to the Facebook page: Tuesday at 8 a.m., Thursday at 8 a.m. and Saturday Vigil Mass 4 p.m.

Saint James, Lititz – The following Masses are live streamed on the Parish website: 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. Sunday.

Saint Joan of Arc – Sunday 9:30 a.m. Mass and 9 a.m. weekday Masses, Monday through Saturday, are live streamed to the Parish Facebook page, YouTube channel and Parish website.

Saint John Neumann – The following Masses are live streamed to the Parish website: 4 p.m. Saturday; 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday; and 9 a.m. weekdays, Monday through Friday.

Saint John the Baptist, New Freedom – Sunday 9:00 a.m. Mass is live streamed via the Parish Facebook page.

Saint Joseph Parish, Danville – Sunday Mass is recorded and airs on SEVC Channel 8 at 1 p.m. on Thursdays. Saturday evening Mass is recorded and uploaded to the Parish YouTube channel.

Saint Joseph Parish, Hanover – Sunday Masses at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.; Saturday at 4 p.m.; Daily Masses Monday through Saturday at 9 a.m.; Spanish Masses Wednesday at at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 6:30 p.m., and Sunday at 12 p.m. are live streamed to the Parish Facebook page.

St. Joseph Parish, LancasterThe following are live streamed to the Parish Facebook page: Sunday Mass at 9 a.m. and noon in the Extraordinary Form. Weekdays, Monday through Friday at 6:30 a.m. Saturday at 8:15 a.m.

Saint Joseph Parish, Mechanicsburg – Saturday 4 p.m. Mass is live streamed on the Parish Facebook page. The Parish will also record Sunday Mass and post it for view Sunday morning. The Mass can be viewed on the Parish Facebook page, YouTube channel and MyParish App. Mass is interpreted for the deaf.

Saint Joseph Church, York – Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m. is live streamed to the Parish Facebook page and the Parish website. The Mass is also posted to Facebook and the website directly after streaming.

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish, Mechanicsburg – The following are live streamed to the Parish YouTube Channel: Sunday Mass at 10 a.m. and Daily Mass at 9 a.m on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, Harrisburg – Daily Mass Tuesday-Saturday at 8:30 a.m., Saturday Vigil at 5 p.m., and Sunday Mass at 9:30 a.m. are live streamed on the Parish website and on YouTube.

Saint Monica Parish, Sunbury – The following are live streamed to the Parish Facebook page: 10 a.m. Sunday Mass and 9 a.m. daily Mass.

Saint Paul the Apostle, Annville – Masses are live streamed on the Parish Facebook page.

Saint Patrick Parish, Carlisle – The following Masses are live streamed to the Parish website: Sunday 9 a.m. and weekdays, Monday through Saturday, at 8 a.m. Please use Internet Explorer or Chrome.

Saint Peter Catholic Church, Columbia – Sunday Mass at 10.30 a.m. is live streamed through Parish Facebook page.

Saint Philip the Apostle Church, Lancaster – Sunday Mass at 9:30 a.m. is live streamed to the Parish Facebook page.

Saint Richard Parish, Manheim – The following Masses are live streamed to the Parish Facebook page. Daily Mass Monday through Friday at 9 a.m. and Saturday evening Vigil Mass at 4 p.m.

Saint Rita Parish, Blue Ridge Summit – Sunday Masses are live streamed to the Parish Facebook page and website.

Saint Rose of Lima Church, York –  Sunday Mass at 10 a.m. is live streamed on the Parish website.

Saint Theresa of the Infant Jesus Parish, New Cumberland – Sunday Mass at 10 a.m. is live streamed to the Parish Facebook page and website.

Saint Vincent de Paul Parish, Hanover – The following are live streamed to the Parish Facebook page: Sunday 9:10 a.m. Rosary, 9:30 a.m. Mass; Friday 8 a.m. Mass, 8:30 a.m. Eucharistic Holy Hour with Morning Prayer, 9:20 a.m. Benediction.

Vietnamese Mass

Kính thưa cộng đoàn,

Theo thông báo mới nhất của Tòa Giám Mục Harrisburg, các giáo xứ sẽ KHÔNG CỬ HÀNH TUẦN THÁNH công khai, nhưng các linh mục có thể cử hành thánh lễ riêng tư và truyền hình trực tiếp cho các tín hữu tham dự. Dựa vào sự chỉ dẫn của Đức Cha Giáo Phận, Giáo Đoàn Mẹ Thiên Chúa sẽ KHÔNG cử hành Tuần Thánh công khai như mọi năm, nhưng sẽ có truyền hình trực tiếp trên facebook Gđ Mẹ Thiên Chúa, trên Youtube, hoặc quý vị có thể vào trang web của giáo phận: www.hbgdiocese.org/coronavirus để theo dõi các thánh lễ trực tuyến của các giáo xứ.

Chương trình tuần thánh sẽ được thông báo cho cộng đoàn sau.

Các thánh lễ Thứ Sáu, Thứ Bảy và Chúa Nhật hàng tuần sẽ được truyền hình trực tiếp trên trang facebook của giáo đoàn.

Xin anh chị em tiếp tục cầu nguyện xin Chúa chữa lành dịch bệnh và giữ gìn sức khỏe cho bản thân và gia đình.

Nguyện xin Thiên Chúa Toàn Năng chúc lành và ban bình an cho anh chị em.

Our Catholic school students have successfully been participating in distance learning since mid-March when school buildings were closed following the Governor’s decision and the recommendations of our state health care professionals.

To see the great work our teachers and students are accomplishing during this time, please view this short video and read this letter from our Secretary for Education.

To learn more about the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Harrisburg, please click here.

Prayer to Our Lady Imploring Her Protection

O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee, joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the Father’s will and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

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