Saint Philip Neri Catholic Church will celebrate mass this Saturday, July 11th at 4 p.m. and on Sunday, July 12th at 9:30 a.m. The 4pm Mass on Saturday will continue to be live-streamed if you wish to watch it from your home.
The reason for three Masses on the weekend is that we can only permit 25 people at each Mass, according to Governor Brown’s directive and this includes the musicians, the reader and myself. Thus, I am considering adding a Mass in order to accommodate a few more people. However, many of you have indicated that you are not ready to return to Mass at this time. I completely understand and tend to agree with you. It is quite possible that we will have less than 25 people at Mass, at least for the next few weekends.
If you would like to attend Mass beginning this weekend, uou may do so, but you must register at the Parish Office or call 503-231-4955. If you get voicemail please leave your name, phone number and the Mass you would like to attend, that is 4pm on Saturday or 9:30 am on Sunday and how many people will attend. Please contact the office by Friday at noon. If we get over 50 requesting to attend Mass, we will add an additional Mass and let you know. We will contact you Friday afternoon with final details.
At Mass we will have communion under the form of the bread alone. There will be no drinking from the cup. I will be the sole Communion Minister. We will omit the Greeting of Peace, and there will be no bulletins. You can see the bulletin online at our website: www.stphilipneripdx.org.
You will note when you come to Church that only one door will be unlocked and that will be the side door by the rectory, some pews have been taped off to allow for social distancing. Our crew from Mr. Maid will clean the Church after each Mass. Families may sit together, but if you are not from the same household you must sit at least six feet apart.
There will be no Holy Water in the Fonts, nor will there be any Music Books or Today’s Missals available.
The archbishop continues to dispense all Catholics from the obligation to attend Mass, especially if it helps them to feel safe. However,
I realize that all of this is confusing and difficult to deal with, but I ask that you remain patient and work with us in beginning to restore our parish to a new normal. I am grateful to all of you for your loving concern regarding our parish community. Thank you very much and God bless you.
Father Andrew Thomas