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Update July 22, 2020
Dear OLV Parishioner,
We are now entering our seventh weekend since our return to public Mass. Before we get to the updates we want to thank you all for your help in the process. We had every expectation that the return to public Mass would go smoothly and due to everyone’s patience and cooperation it has exceeded our expectations. The following are just a few updates as we continue to navigate these challenging times.
Two Halosil Foggers (disinfecting machines), one for the school and one for the church, have arrived. While we have been disinfecting the pews after weekend Masses, these foggers offer an even greater level of protection and can disinfect the entire church in less than an hour killing 99.9999% of bacteria and viruses including the Coronavirus (COVID-19). They dispense HaloMist an EPA registered disinfectant in the form of dry mist that is safe, quick, and easy to use. These will be implemented this weekend.
While we will continue to suspend the use of hymnals, beginning this weekend July 25th and 26th we will have cantors at mass again. We have arranged for the cantor to be a safe distance from the congregation.
Communion outside of Mass will continue to be distributed, but beginning Sunday, August 2nd we will be distributing at 10:30 am only.
We are still offering reflections on our YouTube channel three times a week. Please visit our channel at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPZORFxNsBEItnAA_shX3BA
Priests are the only ministers allowed to visit the hospital until further notice. However, we have no way of knowing if our parishioners are in the hospital. If you know of someone in the hospital please contact the rectory.
Thank you again for your patience, consideration, and generosity during this pandemic. We look forward to an end to all of this so that we can return to full parish life. Until then we continue to journey with you as best as we know how.
Fathers Dadey and Jonathan
Dear OLV Parishioners,
UPDATE FROM BISHOP MARK JULY 15, 2020:
Bishop Mark has instructed clergy in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown to not make any changes following the latest restrictions announced today (July 15) by Governor Tom Wolf.
Among the governor’s orders, indoor gatherings are now limited to just 25 people.
“Please be advised that this does not apply to churches,” Bishop Mark informed priests and deacons. “Continue to follow current diocesan guidelines with regard to wearing a mask and distancing in churches that we have been following. Do not make any changes.”
The Bishop thanked the clergy for their continued support. Despite the challenges of masks and social distancing at Mass, the current directives are important for the health and safety of everyone, he reminded.
Bishop Mark is also grateful to parishioners for all they are doing to comply with the directives.
He invites the clergy and faithful to join with him in praying for all those who are affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Dear OLV Parishioners,
As you saw in our last update, we were attempting to put into place a new phase for parish re-opening which would mean the use of every pew, and while not stated in the email the return of congregational singing. Due to the concern of many parishioners we have decided to continue to leave every other pew open and forego congregational singing. And while the gymnasium is no longer an option, we do not foresee an issue. For three full weekends now, we have been able to comfortably sit everyone in the Church while using every other pew and maintaining social distancing. Thank God we have a big church! Please note, however, that we will continue to monitor attendance and if the need arises for more seating, we reserve the right to open up more pews while creating a plan that still allows for social distancing.
Also, after hearing from several healthcare professionals in our parish community we have decide to forego congregational signing for the time being. We understand that this is an important part of the Mass for many people, but, for everyone’s safety and peace of mind we feel that instrumental music (only) is a better fit at this time. Please understand that we are doing everything we can to accommodate everyone who wants to come to Mass while also offering a safe environment.
Please note that attendance at Mass is still left to your own discretion, as the bishop continues to suspend the Sunday obligation. Everyone has a right to determine what is best for them and their loved ones, and we respect your decision. We will continue to offer Mass on YouTube as usual. In addition to Mass online you may consider attending one of our weekday Masses which have a much lower attendance.
God bless and be safe!
Fathers Dadey and Jonathan