Liturgical Guidelines for the Gradual Re-Opening of Public Mass Celebrations

Diocese of Scranton

Liturgical Guidelines for the Gradual Re-Opening

of Public Mass Celebrations (Yellow Phase)

No parishioner should expect to attend Mass on a daily or regular basis

The obligation to attend Mass remains suspended

St. Joachim Church in Meshoppen (a borough in Wyoming County) is still in Red Phase

Temporary Schedule for Weekday Mass (everyone must wear a mask– two people for one pew –Maintain social distancing throughout Mass including the line for Communion – Use Hand Sanitizer – Communion by hand and Communion takes place at the end of Mass before departure – No Hymnals or missalettes from the pews – no need for choirs to participate)

Mon. May 18 to Thurs. May 21                 12:00 noon in St. Mary Church

Fri. May 22                                       12:15 PM    in St. Mary for Joachim Church people

Sat. May 23                                       7:30 AM     in St. Mary

The same schedule will continue after this week. Weekday Mass schedule and Church Location will be changed at the time of full re-opening

Temporary Schedule for Weekend Mass (Limited to 25 people attending  – Must wear a mask – Two people for one pew –Use hand sanitizer  – Communion by hand. Communion takes place at the end of Mass before departure. Do not return to pew after receiving Communion; everyone exit the church right away– No Hymnals and missalettes from the pews– no need for choirs to participate – Simple procession at the beginning of Mass, just priest carries the crucifix from the back – no altar servers – no gift bearing – short readings, brief homilies….The duration of Mass should be shortened – No bulletin provided—No collection will be taken up please  use baskets provided at the entrances to the church.)

Sat. May 23         Vigil Mass                     5:00 PM      In St. Mary Church

Sat. May 23         Vigil Mass                     7:00 PM      In St. Mary for St. Joachim Church people

Sun.May 24         Sunday Mass                 9:00 AM     In St. Mary for St. Joachim Church people

Sun.May 24         Sunday Mass              11:00 AM      In St. Mary Church

The same schedule will continue after this weekend . Weekend Mass schedule and Church location will be changed at the time of full re-opening

Sacraments of Matrimony – of Baptism (Only one child at a time) – of funerals : 25 people and all wear mask

Sacraments of First Communion  and Confirmation will be postponed until the time of full re-opening                                            

Given by Bishop Joseph Bambera