On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in response to the growing concern over the spread of COVID-19, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez has suspended all public Masses in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia effective at 12:00pm on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 and until further notice.

What does this mean at Our Lady of Good Counsel? Below are some changes and accommodations to our daily and weekly functions and devotions:

HOLY WEEK

PALM SUNDAY:
The church will be open for private prayer and adoration from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. Note: In accord with directives from the Archdiocese, PALM WILL BE DISTRIBUTED AT A LATER TIME to be determined.

MONDAY & TUESDAY:
The church will be open for private prayer and adoration from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.

SPY WEDNESDAY:
The church opens for private prayer at 9:00 AM, and the Blessed Sacrament will be reposed at 2:00 PM. Confessions will be available from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM and from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

HOLY THURSDAY:
The church will be open for private prayer and adoration from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

GOOD FRIDAY:
The church opens for private prayer at 9:00 AM, and the Blessed Sacrament will be removed from the tabernacle at 3:00 PM. The church will then remain open for private prayer until 7:00 PM.

HOLY SATURDAY:
The church will be open for private prayer from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.

EASTER SUNDAY:
The church will be open for private prayer and adoration from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.

PLEASE OBSERVE SOCIAL DISTANCING AT ALL TIMES.

MASSES:

  • Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 and until further notice, there will be NO 9:00am daily Mass and NO 8:00am daily Mass on Saturdays.
  • Effective Saturday, March 21/Sunday, March 22, there will be NO 4:30pm, 8:00am, 10:00am or 12:00pm weekend Masses.
  • Funeral Masses will continue to take place as usual, but with due regard for the limitation of participants and reasonable social distancing. NO Church visitations (viewings) will be scheduled until further notice.

SERVICES:

  • Effective Friday, March 20, 2020, Stations of the Cross are suspended until further notice.
  • Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, Monday evening devotions (Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet and Novena) are suspended until further notice.

CHURCH OPENING AND CLOSING SCHEDULES:

  • Monday through Friday, until further notice, Our Lady of Good Counsel Church will open at 9:00am and close at 2:00pm.
  • Saturday, until further notice, Our Lady of Good Counsel Church will open at 8:30am and close at 12:00pm.
  • Sunday, until further notice, Our Lady of Good Counsel Church will open at 9:00am and close at 12:00pm.
  • During open church hours, the faithful may enter church for private adoration and prayer.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT:

  • Until further notice, Monday through Friday, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed 9:00am- 2:00pm.
  • Until further notice, Saturday and Sunday, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed 9:00am-12:00pm.

CONFESSION:

  • Confession will continue under our normal schedule, Saturday, 8:30am-9:30am.
  • Additional Confession times will be also available on Saturday, April 4 (from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM) and Wednesday, April 8 (from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM and from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM)

BINGO:

  • The decision has been made to suspend our Tuesday Bingo for the next few weeks. Bingo is scheduled to resume on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

Our parish office hours, until further notice, will be: M-F 10AM-5PM, SAT 9AM-12 PM.
Our Scrip office is closed until further notice.

Message from Archbishop Pérez

Spiritual Resources during the Coronavirus Restrictions

During these difficult days, the Lord always remains close to us and provides us ways to receive His grace even when we cannot attend Mass in person.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office for the New Evangelization has collected many excellent resources to nourish you spiritually and help you remain as close as possible to Jesus in the Eucharist during this time.

Click here to learn more.

Mass on TV, Radio, & the Internet

For those of you who are still interested in participating in Sunday/Daily Mass remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit our Mass Schedule page for various available options.