• Friday, April 3, 2020 | Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter Masses
• Saturday, March 21, 2020
• Prayer For Spiritual Communion (When Not Able To Attend Mass)
• Prayer For A Pandemic
Friday, April 3, 2020
Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter Masses -
Will Be Recorded and Available Online
The following is a schedule of liturgies for Holy Week, which marks the end of the Lenten season, and for Easter, which commemorates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the congregation is unable to attend these or any other public Masses during this holy season.
The link will be available by clicking on here after the Mass has taken place.
Sunday, April 5, 2020 ~ Palm Sunday Mass - Passion Of Our Lord
Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020 ~ Easter Mass
Saturday, March 21, 2020
To Our Parish Family of Saint Mary Magdalen,
Bucks County County, together with the greater Philadelphia area, has been at the forefront of disclosing information to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the United States. Over the past few weeks, the National Catholic Church of North America has followed the guidance of regional health officials in responding to the presence of the virus. The Governor of Pennsylvania has weighed in recently requesting that no gatherings assemble with more than 10 persons. In my recent updates from county health officials, we have reached the exponential phase of the epidemic, with the number of those testing positive for the virus expected to rise dramatically.
As a Parish, our top priority remains the health and safety of our families, children, and the vulnerable of our community. Out of an abundance of caution, we have closed all Parish facilities from today, Sunday, March 22. Saint Mary Magdalen will suspend all public Masses beginning Sunday, March 22, until further notice. Baptisms, weddings, and funerals may be celebrated but should be limited to immediate family. All Parish Ministries and Gatherings also are suspended until further notice.
With the preceding in mind, I have issued a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass during this time for all Catholics in the Parish.
Though public Masses are being suspended, I encourage parishioners to remain connected to their parish community and to pray for each other. We are currently developing technologies that will allow us to livestream Sunday Mass. Information on these Masses and other spiritual resources will be forthcoming.
During this difficult time, I ask that all of us remain attentive to the needs of shut-ins, the elderly, the sick, and the vulnerable through creative outreach. Priests will remain available for individual confessions and urgent pastoral needs, including the anointing of the sick (Last Rites).
We are profoundly saddened that we are not able to celebrate the Eucharist as community, but we are reminded that Christ always remains with us, especially in times of uncertainty such as these. Be assured of my continued prayers for you and your families.
Yours in Christ,
M. Rev. Jim Sherlock, C.F.S.C., D.Min., D.D.
Prayer For Spiritual Communion (When Not Able To Attend Mass)
I believe You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Prayer For A Pandemic
May we that are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.
May those who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close,
Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for quarantine at home remember those that have no home.
As fear grips our country, let us chose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.