It is with great happiness and some caution that I tell you that Archbishop Perez has permitted the churches of
the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to reopen on the weekend of June 6th and 7th.
St. Martin of Tours Church will celebrate Mass on Saturday evening, June 6th, at 5:30 PM
and on Sunday morning, June 7th, at 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM. On Saturday, the 5:30 PM
Mass will be live-streamed, and so will the 8:30 AM Mass on Sunday.The Masses on
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, beginning June 8th, will be celebrated at
9:00 AM in the Church. On Tuesdays, Mass will be celebrated at 7:00 PM. Parishioners are
welcome to attend practicing social distancing and other precautions. These Masses will
continue to be live-streamed. There will not be a Mass on Thursdays.Live-streaming will
continue for parishioners who are unable to come to the Church due to health issues and
There are some very important restrictions in giving us this permission:
1. We can open at 50% of our capacity of seats per Mass. For us, that means we are permitted to have no
more than 500 people at each Mass celebrated on Saturday Evening and Sunday Morning.
2. All people attending Mass need to be wearing masks throughout Mass.
3. Hymnals/Missalettes will not be used. If you wish, bring your phone or iPad to read the readings with the
lectors. You can get the readings from USCCB/daily readings. Weekly bulletins will be available as you leave
Mass, not before Mass. They will be on tables at the doors of the Church as you leave.
4. There be no passing of the baskets for the Weekend Collection. There will be baskets on the tables as you
enter the church proper where you can place your donation.
5. There will not be an Offertory Procession until further notice.
6. Communion will be distributed and preferable to be received in your hand. If you truly do need to receive
Communion on your tongue, please go only to Father Kindon for Communion. Our deacons and Eucharist
Ministers will not be giving Communion on the tongue. They will instruct you to go to Father Kindon. There
will be more instructions prior to receiving Communion when we come together.
7. Seating will be marked off, and a diagram is attached as to where people can sit. Families can sit together
but be 6 feet socially distanced from other people. It will be necessary for people to use the front section of the
Church for seating during this time.
8. There will be Greeters at the doors of the Church to give directions about seating when you arrive.
9. Until we move into the “Green Phase,” elderly parishioners and parishioners with health issues are asked to
please consider staying home for your health and safety. We will continue to live-stream Mass throughout the “Yellow” and “Green” phases. PLEASE SEE CDC GUIDELINES
The Archbishop has announced that the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days continues to be
suspended until further notice. We are looking forward to being together again to celebrate Eucharist. But we
need to be careful and responsible about health issues, and social distancing so that we can get to being the
fully welcoming Church of St. Martin' s as we have been.
If you have any concerns or questions, please call the parish office or me or email us. Please check our website,
Facebook page, and YouTube for updates. You will also be receiving information by email, letter, robocalls,
and “Remind” which is a text messaging program as we prepare to reopen.
Please continue to pray for an end to this pandemic, and most importantly, let us pray for each other that we
remain strong in our relationships with God and each other.
Sincerely in the Lord.
We would like to get an idea of the number of parishioners who will be attending Mass
during the month of June and which Mass you will be most likely attending.
Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TQF3WSF to take the very brief survey so
that we can better care for you as you come back to Mass at St. Martin of Tours Church.
Thank you in advance for completing this survey.