EXCITING NEWS – CHURCH RE-OPENING
Pennsylvania is beginning to re-open and the Philadelphia suburbs are next in queue! It is anticipated that our area will transition from the “Red” to “Yellow” phase on June 5th and Archbishop Perez has announced that churches will re-open on Saturday, June 6th.
This will be a gradual transition. In the “Yellow” phase, the State and the Archdiocese will provide guidelines to help enable a safe environment for all. There will be significant changes and limitations as to what we will do; this will impact the number of people in church at one time. But, importantly, we’ll be able to resume public Masses!
Please note that the dispensation from our Sunday obligation will remain in place to support those with health concerns.
We will be communicating more information about what to expect at St. John Neumann church over the next two weeks. Information will be shared by email, on the website, on Facebook and at Mass. We ask for your patience, understanding, and prayers as we work toward seeing you in the coming weeks!
Below is an excerpt from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s statement released May 22nd:
- Based on recent statements from government officials at the state level, it is anticipated that the five-county region comprising the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will move into the “yellow” phase of the statewide re-opening plan by Friday, June 5th. As such, it is projected that the celebration of daily and Sunday Masses will resume beginning on Saturday, June 6th.
- The administration of the Archdiocese has been working in consultation with public health officials to ensure that such a resumption takes place within the context of state approved guidelines and is actively working to provide appropriate guidance to its clergy so that all will be as prepared as possible when the public celebration of Mass begins again. All of us are eager to open the doors of Church wide for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.