Kudos to our own Deacon Tom! The Rosary Rally held on Sunday May 31st at Holy Cross Parish in the parking lot next to our school was a great success! The Rally was held from 11:30am until 2:30pm. A Shrine to Our Blessed Mother was set up outside the school. Those in attendance responsibly practiced social distancing and donned masks as they had the opportunity to honor Our Lady while praying a decade (or several) of the Rosary. Many brought their own lawn chairs, while our very faithful Knights of Columbus men set-up a number of folding chairs. Simply saying a drive-by Hail Mary was an option or remaining in one’s car. About 100 people took the opportunity to honor Our Blessed Mother in the course of the day! Again, many thanks to Deacon Tom for organizing this event and thank you to the Knights of Columbus for assisting in set-up! Finally, thank you to all the wonderful folks that participated! Our Lady of the Holy Cross! Pray for us!
Archdiocesan Audited Financial Statement
The Archdiocese has released (5 May 2020) its audited Financial Statements for the Fiscal Year that ended 30 June 19. They are available for review at www.CatholicPhilly.com.
AOP Pledge to Protect
The Archdiocese has fully updated (5 May 2020) its Pledge to Protect Website concerning its commitment to protect young people. It can be viewed at www. aoppledgetoprotect.com.
First Holy Communion
Please note that First Holy Communion has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 17th at 10:00 am. Please keep all of our young First Communicants in your prayers! Due to the pandemic, they have been patiently waiting and longing to receive and we look forward to the day that they are able to receive Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist for the first time!
Confessions are heard on Saturdays 3:30-4:15 pm in the Lower Church. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.
Also, please note (for those who are sick or high risk due to COVID-19) the following from the Apostolic Penitentiary:
“Where the individual faithful find themselves in the painful impossibility of receiving sacramental absolution, it should be remembered that perfect contrition, coming from the love of God, beloved above all things, expressed by a sincere request for forgiveness (that which the penitent is at present able to express) and accompanied by votum confessionis, that is, by the firm resolution to have recourse, as soon as possible, to sacramental confession, obtains forgiveness of sins, even mortal ones (cf. CCC, no. 1452).”
Through the generosity and willingness of our outstanding volunteers, the SVDP Food Pantry at Holy Cross remains open. Please see the current bulletin (under “Our Parish” tab at top of this page) for important information concerning food pick-up or drop-off. The Holy Cross Parish Family is especially grateful to people, businesses, and organizations throughout the wider community that have been so generous particularly during the current pandemic. We are truly grateful and thank you in the name of those who have benefited from your kindness!
Directives for Restricted (Yellow) Phase
Resumption of Public Mass during the Restricted (Yellow) Phase
Archbishop Pérez has announced that parishes of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will be able to resume public Masses the weekend of June 6 and 7. Delaware County currently remains in the Yellow Phase. Please take notice of the instructions below. All are asked to follow these when attending Mass during this period. Many thanks!
- The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation continues to be SUSPENDED during this time. You are not required to attend Mass at this time.
- Please stay home if you are sick.
- Please stay home if you are at higher risk of severe illness with COVID19.
- Sunday Mass and certain Weekday Masses will continue to be available online at holycrosscatholics.org
- Sunday Masses: 4:30pm (Vigil), 8:30am, and 11:00am
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday Masses at 8:30am
- Please note: no public Mass on Friday during Restricted Phase (available online)
- Confessions (Lower Church): Saturdays 3:30-4:15pm (Please wear a mask)
BEFORE COMING TO MASS
- Please wash your hands for 20 seconds using soap and water.
- Before entering the Church, please put on a face mask or cloth covering. Exceptions to this are (per CDC Guidelines) children younger than 2 years old, anyone who has trouble breathing, and anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove a cloth face covering without assistance.
- AGAIN: Please do not come to Mass if you are sick or are at higher risk for severe illness with COVID19.
- Missalettes will not be in the pews during this period. You are welcome to bring your own missal/readings with you.
ENTERING THE CHURCH
- There will be only one set of doors open on each side
- Hand sanitizing stations will be available at each vestibule.
- Please use the hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting the Church.
- Parishioners are encouraged to bring their own personal hand sanitizer and/or wipes
- Every third pew will be open to ensure proper social distancing.
- Members of the same household may sit together as normal.
- Please place 6 feet between your household and members of a different household.
- There will be no collection taken up during the Offertory.
- A Collection Basket will be located in the front center of the sanctuary. Offerings may be placed there either upon entering church or upon leaving after Mass. Offerings may continue to be mailed in or dropped off (drop box outside parish office or at front door of rectory). Please consider the option of electronic parish giving (parishgiving.org)
- There will be no Sign of Peace during Mass.
- The Precious Blood will not be distributed.
- Only Cry Room restroom is available (advisable to avoid public restroom use if possible).
RECEPTION OF HOLY COMMUNION
- Holy Communion will be distributed from the Center Aisle Only
- Please maintain social distancing in the Communion line and returning (6 feet).
- All are asked to receive Holy Communion in the hand.
- Anyone receiving on the tongue is kindly asked to present himself last out of respect for other communicants since hand sanitizing is required per archdiocesan directives.
- Please remove your mask before receiving Holy Communion and then reaffix.
EXITING THE CHURCH
- At the conclusion of Mass, please exit the Church and proceed directly to your car.
- Please do not congregate for any reason.
- All are welcome to take a parish bulletin home with you.
- Bulletins will not be handed out
- Please leave your mask on until you exit the Church.
YOUR HOLY CROSS PARISH FAMILY
- Know that parish staff will strive to follow the guidelines from the CDC for sanitation as we resume public Masses.
- All can help by wiping their area (if personal wipes are brought) before leaving.
- Our first couple of weeks in the Restricted Phase will likely involve some trial and error. Please be patient as we adjust to the “new normal.” THANK YOU!!!
- OUR LADY OF THE HOLY CROSS! PRAY FOR US!
Ordinary Time/Restricted Phase 2020
- Confessions — Saturdays—3:30—4:15 PM. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.
- Opportunities for Giving — Catholic Charities Appeal – Holy Cross Development Fund
- Magnificat Magazine—Daily Mass Readings and Prayers (Special rates/$5.oo) See https://us.magnificat.net/free