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Covid-19 precautions

at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa 

Important Information

 from the Pauline Fathers & Brothers from the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA regarding  the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

General Points

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The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation continue to be lifted during the Yellow Phase. You are not required to attend Mass at this time. 

Please stay home if you are sick. 

Please stay home if you are at a higher risk of severe illness with COVID19. If you are uncertain about your risk status, please consult your doctor and also the CDC Guidelines at the link below.

Click here to read the CDC Guidelines for those at higher risk:

Mass will continue to be available via live-stream on Sundays at 9:30 am in Polish and 11:00 am in English. You can access our live streams on our Facebook profile, YouTube channel and our website:

Mass Schedule

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Sunday and Weekday Mass schedule at our Shrine will remain the same, without any changes. Please see our Mass & Confession schedule:

All of our Sunday Masses will take place in the Main Church (UPPER LEVEL)

All of our Weekday Masses, Adorations and Confessions (including Saturday Vigil Mass and Confessions) will take place in the Chapel of Our Lady of Czestochowa (LOWER LEVEL)

Before coming to Mass

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Please wash your hands for 20 seconds using soap and water.

Before entering the Church, please put on a face mask or cloth covering. Exceptions to this are “children younger than 2 years old, anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, and anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face-covering without assistance” (CDC Guidelines).

Please do not come to Mass if you are sick or are at higher risk for severe illness with COVID19 (see above).

Missalettes will not be in the pews during this period. You are welcome to bring your own missal/readings with you. We will be displaying the text of the hymns on the projector screen.


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When taking your seat, please honor all posted signs about where you may sit. Every other pew will be open to ensure proper social distancing. 

Members of the same household may sit together as normal. Please place 6 feet between your household and members of a different household. 

During Mass

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A collection will be taken up during the Offertory, as usual, using long-handled baskets.

 There will be no Sign of Peace during Mass during the Yellow Phase. 

There should be no holding of hands during the Our Father.

Reception of Holy Communion 

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During the Yellow Phase, the faithful are asked to receive Holy Communion in the hand.

Those who would like to receive Holy Communion on the tongue may do so by approaching the tabernacle in the Main Church.

Please maintain social distancing in the Communion line. Please keep several pews between yourself and the person in front of you while in line and when returning to your pew.

Please remove your mask before receiving Holy Communion. 

Exiting the Church 

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At the conclusion of Mass, please exit the Church and proceed directly to your car. Please do not congregate for any reason. 

Please leave your mask on until you exit the Church. 

Our Commitment to You 

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The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa will follow the guidelines from the CDC for sanitation as we resume public Masses.  

To view the CDC guidelines, visit:

The Churches of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are Open

Returning to Mass - Instructions for the Faithful (English)

More information

Statement from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Regarding the Resumption of the Public Celebration of Mass – Read more

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Thank You

The LORD bless you and keep you! The LORD let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!

/Numbers 6:24-26/

The American Czestochowa is maintained because of the support of the many pilgrims, who visit the place. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many pilgrims cannot visit our Shrine at this time, but your support is felt and it makes a difference.

As a community of Pauline Fathers and Brothers, who serve in the American Czestochowa, we want to express our heartfelt gratitude for all the donations you have given to our Shrine in recent weeks and we bless you in the name of the + Father and of the + Son and of the + Holy Spirit. Amen.