Our due diligence has been rewarded with our progressing to the Yellow Phase, which allows for us the opportunity to gather for Mass once again, albeit with full face masks & the practice of social distancing—except for immediate families together. There is even exciting talk that we may get to Green before July 4th!
I am noticing a few people here & there without a face mask covering their nose & mouth—both at Mass as well as during Eucharistic adoration; & I must reemphasize that if you are unwilling to comply with the stated protocols regarding such things, then you are not welcome to join us in church—period!
I understand that face masks are uncomfortable—personally, I hate having to wear one in public, especially if I’m moving: like shopping at the grocery store. But it’s not just my own health that I want & need to protect & safeguard: it is your health & well being additionally--& that of all our sisters & brothers in the Lord.
Going forward, if you present yourself in either of our churches without wearing a face mask, you will be asked to please leave immediately & not return until & unless you comply with the regulations. As of now, the obligation to attend weekly Mass remains suspended by the archbishop; so if it continues as too uncomfortable for you to wear a full face mask, then please stay at home & watch our weekend celebration of the Mass on the parish website.
This is about some personal self-discipline & sacrifice for the sake of the greater common good, & we owe it to ourselves & to one another to be diligent & careful in the precautions that we are taking. Personally, I’m not interested in hearing any nonsensical talk about how the state is over-reaching & restricting our rights—we need to have & maintain healthy lives first, in order to be able to pursue the blessings of liberty & the pursuit of happiness.
All of what I am reemphasizing is supported both by the state of Pennsylvania as well as by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. We need your cooperation & vigilance in order to keep ourselves safe & well & get us back to some semblance of normalcy—or perhaps it will be a new-normal toward which we’re moving. Thank you for taking these things seriously as we work together as a parish community!