What you need to know…
We must insist and require that when entering the church, moving around the church, or leaving the church, everyone, except small children, must wear a mask. Once seated in properly in your pew, you will be socially distanced, and you may lower or remove your mask. We humbly ask that you heroically struggle and self-sacrifice to wear your mask as you move about the church.
We have returned to leaving our pews to receive the Holy Eucharist. Ushers will direct you when it is time for your pew to process toward the Altar. Please wear your mask and social distance by keeping 6-feet between families.
- Continue to watch online. Info on our Live Stream Page.
- Public Masses are in the Main Church
- 7:00am Monday-Friday – English
- 9:00am Monday-Saturday – English
- 6:30pm Tuesday – English
- 7:00pm Thursday – Spanish
- 5:30pm Saturday – English
- Sunday: 7:00am – Bilingual; 8:30am, 11:00am, 5:00pm – English; 1:00pm – Spanish
The daily 9:00am and evening Masses will be live streamed on Facebook
The Sunday 8:30am, 11:00am & 1:00pm Masses will be live streamed on our Website, Facebook and YouTube.
Should I go to Mass? – The choice is yours.
- Bishop Spalding has given dispensation from our Sunday obligation until the end of 2020.
- If you or anyone in your family answers ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you and your family should not attend Mass.
- Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
- Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath or sore throat?
- Have you had a temperature/fever in the last 24 hours?
- Have you had a loss of taste or smell?
- Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?
- Considerations for not going:
- existing health conditions
- living with someone at high risk for COVID-19
- If you are worried attending Mass would add undue stress to you or jeopardize your health or that of someone you live with.
- If you come to Mass, consider attending during the week to help lighten the load on Sunday.
What will be different at Mass so we have a safe environment for all?
- Masks will be provided if you do not have your own.
- Children 2 years old and older are encouraged to wear a facial covering.
- Social distancing between families.
- Follow usher directions.
- Limited entrances to the church
- Narthex, First Avenue, Second Avenue-Community Center will be open daily; Crye-Lieke parking lot will be open evenings and Sunday only.
- Every other pew will be used in order to maintain social distancing.
- Ushers will direct people to a seat and direct dismissal.
- When the church meets maximum capacity, you will be directed to the Community Center where Mass will be live streamed.
- Holy Communion
- Only the Body of Christ (bread) will be given.
- You are strongly encouraged to take Communion only in the hand.
- No procession of gifts to the altar.
- Please continue to Give Online or use Text-2-Give.
- No physical touching, except within families. A wave, a smile will suffice.
- Holy Water will NOT be in the baptismal font or at the entrances.
- Hymnals have been removed from the pews.
- No altar servers.
- No nursery or children’s Liturgy of the Word.
- No social gatherings, no coffee after Mass.
What measures is St. Philip taking?
- The church has been deep cleaned and disinfected and will be routinely maintained.
- Between Masses all necessary items and areas will be cleaned.
- Rest rooms in the Foyer and Narthex are open and will be cleaned before and after each Mass.
- Doors will be kept open to minimize touching.
- Hand sanitizer is at all entrances for your use.
- The priests, deacons, Eucharistic ministers, lectors and ushers will have their temperatures checked prior to serving at Mass.
- Masks will be worn during distribution of Communion.
- Hands will be sanitized before and after serving Communion.
What can I do to help?
- Come EARLY when coming to Mass.
- Follow directions of the ushers & practice social distancing.
- Do not leave anything in the pews. Items left will be disposed of.
- VOLUNTEER! Many hands are needed to help St. Philip’s return to public Mass successful and safe to all who wish to come. We are in need of:
- Eucharistic ministers
- Help clean church after Mass
- To volunteer:
- English speakers, sign up here, or contact John Angotti at JAngotti@StPhilipFranklin.com.
- Spanish speakers, contact Fernando & Patricia Martinez: 615-579-5983 / 615-801-1021 or Ana Zarraga, AZarraga@StPhilipFranklin.com.
- Or call the Parish Office, (616) 794-8588, and leave a message with your name and phone number.
- Training will take place on Sunday, May 17.
- Pass the word to family & friends that St. Philip is reopening!
- Sign up for Flocknote online at Flocknote.com
Will church activities and meetings resume?
What about other sacraments?
- Confessions will resume in the church on Saturdays from 3:30-5:00pm. Other times are available by appointment.
- For Baptisms, Weddings & Funerals please contact Ana Zarraga, AZarraga@StPhilipFranklin.com.
The Parish Office is open Monday to Friday, 9:30am t0 5:00pm and other times by appointment.
The Bookstore is open Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30am to 3:00pm. Other times by appointment. Please call (615) 794-4236 to schedule. Closed on holidays when the Parish Office is closed.
Where do I go for more information?
Please be aware that as we adjust to this new normal there may be changes.
Thank you for your help and cooperation