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Notification regarding Coronavirus. Dear Parish Family, Friends, and Visitors to St. Charles,

After much prayer and consultation, and following the guidance of the Archdiocese and the directives of State and local Health Departments, to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and to protect the health and well-being of our community, all parish activities, meetings, and devotions have been suspended except the celebration of regularly scheduled Masses. This suspension of activities will last through Friday, March 27th and be re-evaluated pending future developments. The Archbishop has dispensed the faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.   The dispensation means that, until further notice, there is no obligation to attend Sunday Mass. All Masses will still be open to the public for those who wish to attend.   Please be prudent. Persons who are sick, or in high-risk categories, or who have had possible contact with those exposed to the coronavirus, should not attend Mass. We are taking all the recommended precautions to ensure the safety and health of our community. We know that the implementation of ‘social distancing’ protocols will exacerbate the isolation of many. Due to health or age, many will be confined to their homes. During this time, please pay special attention to those isolated for these reasons. Visit (if possible) and call often. All the Archdiocesan schools will be closed through Friday, March 27. We know this is a particular hardship for those who lack childcare. Please be attentive and see where you can help your friends and neighbors in need. This moment of national crisis presents a moment for us, as a community of faith, to come together in prayerful solidarity to support one another and lend assistance to the most vulnerable in our midst while doing our best to maintain our daily routines. Check the parish website regularly for updates and ways to participate in on-line prayer opportunities. Any new directives or guidance coming from the Archdiocese will be posted here. Please be assured of my prayers in this challenging time. I entrust us all to Our Lady, Health of the Sick.

Sincerely in Christ,

 

Fr. Philip M. Forlano, Pastor

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