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DO THE FIVE

Help stop coronavirus

1. HANDS Wash them often
2. ELBOW Cough into it
3. FACE Don’t touch it
4. FEET Stay more than 3ft apart
5. FEEL sick? Stay home

Stop the Spread of Germs: In English | In Spanish

The Mayor of Williamson County is offering the following information on COVID-19 in English & Spanish so that residents of Tennessee have resources to learn about the impact of COVID-19 and how to protect themselves and their families, friends, and co-workers. For more information, visit their webpage.

In English
In Spanish

From the Bishop

July 30 Letter From the Bishop

30 July 2020

My Dear People of God,

As a community of faith, we continue to contend with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting our nation and our world. We have continued to monitor the situation and have hoped and prayed for progress. While there are signs of hope, there are also ongoing uncertainties and precautions we must take to ensure the health and wellbeing of all. Therefore, I am once again extending the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. While we anticipate maintaining this dispensation through the end of the calendar year, we will carefully monitor the situation and may modify the dispensation as circumstances warrant.

While we have successfully resumed in-person Masses at most of our parishes, I encourage those who are vulnerable, sick, or otherwise at risk or concerned about contracting or spreading disease, to refrain from attending Mass. Those who do choose to return to Mass should observe all guidelines concerning social distancing, diligent hygiene, and the use of facial coverings. We will be continuing to provide resources for growth in your life of Faith, and opportunities to watch celebrations of Mass online. Attending Mass on a weekday can also be a good way to participate in public worship in a smaller and more socially distanced setting.

My thoughts and prayers remain with you. Let us continue to pray for the swift conclusion to this time of crisis, and for the health and safety of all. Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend J. Mark Spalding, D.D., J.C.L.
Bishop of Nashville

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Coming Back to Mass

What you need to know…

  • 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:
    • age
    • 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?

  • You are strongly encouraged to wear a facemask. 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.
    • will be brought to you by the priest or Eucharistic Minister.
    • will be brought to those seated in the Community Center.
  • 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:
    • Ushers
    • Eucharistic ministers
    • Help clean church after Mass
    • To volunteer:
      • English speakers, sign up here, or contact John Angotti at moc.nilknarFpilihPtS@ittognAJ.
      • Spanish speakers, contact Fernando & Patricia Martinez: 615-579-5983 / 615-801-1021 or Ana Zarraga, moc.nilknarFpilihPtS@agarraZA.
      • 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?

  • At the present time: No.

What about other sacraments?

  • Confessions will resume in the church on Saturdays from 4-5:00pm. Other times are available by appointment.
  • For Baptisms, Weddings & Funerals please contact Father Bala or Father Nick.

The Parish Office remains closed however, the staff continues to work and can be reached by email or phone.

The Bookstore is open by appointment only. Please call to leave a message at (615) 794-4236.

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

Parish Emails

  • Re: St. Philip August 14 Parish Update
    on August 14, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    One of our buttons didn't publish correctly with our Williamson County announcement. Uno de nuestros botones no se publicó correctamente con nuestro anuncio del condado de Williamson. The Mayor of Williamson County is offering...

  • St. Philip August 14 Parish Update
    on August 14, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Read all of our latest news in the Parish Bulletin.   Lea todas nuestras últimas noticias en el Boletín Parroquial. File: Bulletin | Boletín Religious Education Registration is Open El registro de educación religiosa está...

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