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Celebration of Sacred Liturgy during Pennsylvania Yellow Phase

Archbishop Perez has announced that parishes of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will be able to resume public Masses the weekend of June 6th & 7th.  Our weekend Mass schedule will be as follows:  5:15pm (Vigil), 8:30am & 10:30am.  Our weekday Mass schedule will be as follows:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7am (effective June 8th).  All Masses will be in the lower church.  We at Visitation B.V.M. welcome you back, it has been too long! Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus as we make our way back to the in person celebration of the Mass.  All of us need to do our part to make sure that our return to Mass is a peaceful and safe experience for all.  Please take the time to read the instructions below.  We ask everyone to follow these guidelines when attending Mass.


The faithful continue to be dispensed by the Archbishop from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and Holy Days.  Please stay at home if you are sick.

Please stay home if you are at higher risk of severe illness (65 years of age or older, any chronic underlying health conditions).  If you are uncertain about your risk status, please consult your doctor.

Mass will continue to be live streamed every Sunday at 8:30 AM.

Wash your hands before coming to Mass.  A face mask or cloth covering must be worn before entering Church and during Mass[MPR1] .

Hand sanitizers will be available at Church entrances.  Please use sanitizer upon entering Church.

When taking your seat, please honor all posted signs, directions from ushers and restricted areas to ensure proper social distancing.

Members of the same household may sit together as normal; please allow 6 feet between your household and members of a different household.

Missalettes/Hymnals will not be in pews during this period.   If you bring your own, please take it home.

There will be no shaking of hands during the Sign of Peace, please either offer a bow of head or wave.

The Precious Blood will not be distributed during Mass.

There should be no holding of hands during the Our Father.

Communion will be distributed within Mass.  Please maintain social distancing in the Communion line. Please keep several pews between yourself and the person in front of you while in line and when returning to your pew.

During the Yellow Phase, the faithful are asked to receive Holy Communion in the hand only, after you receive Holy Communion please step to the side, remove your mask consume Holy Communion and return to your seat.

Please exit the Church and proceed directly to your car. Please do not linger/socialize for any reason.

Please take a parish bulletin home with you, as a way to stay abreast of any changes and current developments.  Bulletins will be available for pickup as you leave church, they won’t be handed to you.

Blessed Palms will only be available for pickup after all masses the weekend of June 7th/8th, 2020.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in the upper church on Saturday’s & Sunday’s during the yellow phase. (in lower church Monday through Friday)

We will follow the guidelines from the CDC for sanitation as we resume public Masses.
The Church will be cleaned between Masses.