PRAYER FOR CORONAVIRUS
Let us pray through the intercession of Mary,
our Blessed Mother, that God protects all of us and brings healing and comfort to all who are ill. May He grant strength, courage and wisdom to all our leaders and those who care for the sick.
ADORATION DIRECTIVES beginning March 23rd
Per Governor Wolf's directives, Adoration is suspended until further notice. When it is safe to resume, we will notify parishioners.
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Governor Tom Wolf issued a stay-at-home order for several Pennsylvania counties which included Montgomery County. Please read below to see how Saint Mary is handling parish life with this new order from the governor and the directives from Archbishop Perez:
The Archbishop has also asked that all churches remain open and available for the faithful for private prayer. In keeping with this directive, Saint Mary Church will be open every day from 11am-3pm. Please remember, we are under a stay at home order from the governor until further notice. If you feel the need to come for prayer, we ask that you maintain social distancing while in the church, and please remain home if you are sick for the welfare of all.
MASS: All public Masses remain suspended (with the exception of funeral Masses). Saint Mary is providing livestream Masses as follows:
- Daily Mass Monday-Saturday at 9AM
- Sunday Mass each Sunday at 10AM
These Masses can be viewed on Facebook or on our Parish Website (www.churchofsaintmary.org) and they will remain posted on our website and uploaded to our Saint Mary YouTube Channel each day.
Stations of the Cross: Public Stations of the Cross with Benediction are cancelled for the remainder of Lent, however they will be broadcast each Friday of Lent at 1:30pm on the Parish Website, YouTube Channel and sent out via flocknote.
Confessions: Confessions will be available every Saturday from 12 to 12:30pm in church.
Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Adoration is suspended until further notice.
Daily Lenten Reflection: Father Bellopede will be recording a daily Lenten Reflection which will be posted on the Parish Website, YouTube Channel and sent out via flocknote.
Parish Office Center: The Office Center remains open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. The staff will be working remotely but will remain available by phone or email. You can contact the Parish Office Center at 610-287-8156. Emails for staff members are on the Parish Website or page 2 of the weekly bulletin.
Father's Appointments: All of Father Bellopede's appointments have been cancelled and no new appointments will be made while the order is in place. Father will only be available if last rites are needed. Please contact the Parish Office Center if Father is needed for this sacrament.
Saint Mary Catholic School and PREP: Both Saint Mary Catholic School and Saint Mary PREP program will remain closed through April 6th. Classes will continue to be conducted virtually. Both Saint Mary School and PREP will communicate to their families regarding their specific procedures.
Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry: Saint Vincent de Paul continues to collect donations for the food pantry. As you can imagine, the need is continually growing and your donations are important to this ministry. Donations can be dropped off outside Hedge Hall at any time. If you, or anyone you know, is in need of groceries please contact the Parish Office Center during normal business hours (listed above).
Help is available!!!: If you, or anyone you know, is unable to leave their home due to physical or medical conditions for groceries, prescriptions, and other important necessities, please contact the Parish Office Center. We have many volunteers in parish ministries who are willing and able to help those in need during this difficult time. Let us all work together to ensure the health and safety of the most vulnerable members of our Parish Family!
Palm Sunday, Lenten Penance Service, Holy Week and Easter Sunday: As of today we have no further information on whether these events will be suspended or will go forward. We will update you as soon as new directives are issued.
Confirmation and First Holy Communion: As of today we have no further information on whether these sacraments will be postponed and rescheduled or continue as scheduled. We will update you as soon as new directives are issued.
SCRIP Gift Cards: SCRIP can continue to be ordered online or you can call the Parish Office Center to place your order. Please note that orders can only be picked up on weekdays during normal Parish Office Center hours (see above) You must call ahead when picking up to ensure that an office staff member will be available at time of pickup.
Offering Envelopes and other donations: It is important to note that without Sunday Mass, there is no Sunday collection, which is vital for the running of our parish. We kindly ask that you either sign up to give your offering through Parish Giving, or mail in your offering donations to the Parish Office Center. Costs and bills still continue even though Mass is suspended.
All other parish meetings, activities and events: Any other meetings, activities and events not mentioned above will be suspended until further notice.
We all want to do what we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We encourage you to please follow the order set forth by the governor so everyone can stay safe and healthy.