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 guidelines can he 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
Corpus Christi, Chambersburg – Weekend Masses: Saturday 5:30 p.m., Sunday 9:00 a.m. (English) and 11:00 a.m. (Spanish); Daily mass at 3:00 p.m. on the Parish Facebook page. Masses are also uploaded to the Parish YouTube channel.
Saint Andrew Parish, Waynesboro – Fr. Malagesi’s homilies are recorded and posted to the website on a weekly basis.
Saint James, Lititz – The following Masses are live streamed: 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. Sunday; and 9 a.m. daily Mass, Monday through Saturday.
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 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 Theresa of the Infant Jesus Parish, New Cumberland – The following Masses are live streamed to the Parish Facebook page: Monday through Saturday at noon, and Sunday at 10 a.m.
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.
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:
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.
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Nguyện xin Thiên Chúa Toàn Năng chúc lành và ban bình an cho anh chị em.
Catholic Brain – Interactive games, ebooks, video lessons, quizzes and more. Free access for 30 days.
Catholic Current (USCCB) – Daily readings, online Mass, Prayers
Magnificat – Free Resources, English
Magnificat – Free Resources, Español
Quarantined Catholic Hub – Resources from the St. Paul Center
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.
Bishop Gainer Temporarily Suspends all Masses (March 16, 2020)
Bishop Gainer Grants Dispensation for Sunday Mass Obligation (March 12, 2020)
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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