New and Events From St. Joan of Arc & St. Louise de Marillac
Bishop David Zubik Eases Limits on Attendance for Masses in the Diocese of Pittsburgh
50% Maximum Capacity Now Allowed, Health and Safety Protocols Remain in Effect
Parishes in the Dioceses of Pittsburgh will be allowed to increase attendance at Masses to 50% maximum capacity at each Mass effective this weekend, October 3-4, 2020.
However, as with previous directives, it will be up to individual pastors to determine their own safe reopening plans based on their particular spaces, resources, and staffing. All health and safety protocols, including mask-wearing, social distancing of at least 6 feet, and cleaning and sanitizing procedures must still be followed.
In addition, priests are encouraged to make arrangements to distribute the Body of Christ within the Mass (as opposed to the end of Mass). At St. Joan of Arc and St. Louise de Marillac, we will return to doing that this weekend.
We will still follow the same procedures for coming forward to receive as we have throughout the pandemic, but now people would return to their seats following reception and the Mass will conclude with the post-Communion prayer, final blessing, dismissal, and closing hymn.
One of the reasons for distributing Communion at the END of Mass was to allow for a smoother, less-crowded, staggered exiting from the church building. In returning the distribution of Communion to its traditional place, everyone will be dismissed at one time.
PLEASE BE PATIENT AND CAREFUL as you exit the Church. PLEASE stagger yourselves upon exiting and/or make use of the several exit routes for each church, so that safe distancing can be maintained.
Read The News Release From Our Diocese Here
Bishop Zubik on Catholic Teachings, Civility, and Misleading Political Materials
Bishop David Zubik has received an increasing number of messages from messages from Catholics who want him to endorse one or the other presidential candidate.
“While I urge all the faithful of our diocese, both the laity and the clergy, to help build a better society by exercising their right to vote, it is not my role nor can it ever be for me to tell anyone for whom to vote. As Church, we must be about addressing issues grounded on our faith and tradition,” Bishop Zubik said.
View Bishop Zubik's Letter Here
Local Public Square Rosary Rally!
Please join us for praying for our nation on
October 10, 2020, Noon-1:00pm at the Saint Joan of Arc parking lot.
Rosary and prayers for our nation. Come Join Us!
40 Days for Life Vigil
Please join with family, friends, and fellow parishioners to sign up for an hour shift or whatever time you can. Through prayer, fasting, and a peaceful presence, we will offer a loving and gentle witness to women and couples facing a crisis pregnancy.
Our hours for the 40 Days for Life Vigil are from 7:00am until 1:00pm on Wednesday, October 14th.
The 40 Days for Life Vigil is held at Planned Parenthood at 933 Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh, PA 15222. You can sign up in the back of the church or at signupgenius.com using the button below. Questions? please call Debbie Natali at 412.260.2605
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on Saturday, October 3 at 8:40PM