Saint Monica Questions and Answers

Q: What are the boundaries of Saint Monica’s Parish?

A: Our Parish Boundaries are:

Penn-Central Rail Road (Trenton cut-off), from Howellville Road to Old Eagle School Road; to Upper Gulph Road; to Old Conestoga Road; to Valley Forge Road; to Darby-Paoli Road; to St. Davids Road; to Darby Creek; Chester-Delaware line; to Darby-Paoli Road; to Leopard Road; to Sugartown Road; to Foxhall Road (extended); to Glenn Ave.; to U.S. Rt. 30; to Old Lancaster Road; to Russell Road; to Bodine Road; to Howellville Road; to Penn-Central Rail Road (Trenton cutoff).

Q: How do I get to your church?

A: Directions to Saint Monica Parish!

Q: What is the weekend Mass Schedule?

A: Confessions: Saturday from 4:00 to 4:45 P.M.  Anytime by appointment.
Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m. and the Sunday Masses are at 7:30, 9:30, 11:00 a.m.

Q: What is the Holy Day Mass Schedule?

A: Masses on Holydays of Obligation are celebrated at 8:30 a.m. and 12 noon.

Q: What is the daily Mass Schedule?

A: Monday through Saturday at 8:30 A.M. in the Church.  A Communion Service is held on Wednesday mornings.

Q: When are Confessions?

A: Confessions are from 4:00 to 4:45 P.M. each Saturday, or anytime by appointment.

Q: What are the Rectory Office Hours and where is the Rectory located?

A: Monday through Thursday: 9:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. (Regular Hours)
Friday: 9:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M. (Regular Hours)
Monday through Friday: 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. (Summer Hours)

The rectory is located at 635 First Avenue.  It is the large brick building on the corners of First and Main Avenues, and First Avenue and Waterloo Road.  The entrance is marked with a sign.  This space houses the Main Administrative Offices for the church, as well as the pastor’s residence.

Q: Where is the church located?

A: The church is located at 63 Main Avenue, within the whole block of Saint Monica Facilities, including the education center buildings, Parish Center and Gymnasium.  There are parking lot entrances to the complex off of Main Avenue, Berwyn Avenue and Bartholomew Road.  The church is completely handicap accessible and air-conditioned, with entrances from the parking lot, as well as the street.

Q: Where is the Education Center located?

A: The Education Center is housed in three buildings.  The 1916 Building or the “Old School” houses the library, music and art rooms, parish meeting rooms, and the main auditorium.  Connected by a tramway, the main building houses all classrooms, computer room, faculty room, and the cafeteria.  The newest addition is the Parish Center, which houses meeting rooms, a full kitchen and a gymnasium.  The main entrance is located off the main parking lot and is marked by a large sign and entryway.

Q: Where is the “Parish Center” located?

A: The Parish Center’s main entrance is located off the main parking lot and is marked by a large sign and entryway.  The Parish center is used for virtually all parish events, including dinners, fund-raisers, meetings, and CYO activities.  It is a gym, meeting space and kitchen facility.

Q: Where is the Religious Education Office located?

A: The Religious Education Office is now located in the Parish Rectory at 635 First Avenue.

Q: How do we reserve time for use of parish facilities?

A: Any registered parishioner, upon the approval of the staff and Pastor, may block out time to use a parish facility for a parish event, pending the space is available.  A form is available in the rectory or on the Parish Website to be filled out in its entirety.  After the form for your event is submitted, your space will be reserved on the Parish Facilities Schedule.

Q: How do we register in the parish?

A: Please call or stop by the Rectory Office during office hours to schedule an appointment to meet with the pastor to register.

Q: How do I contact the Rectory?

Phone: 610-644-0110; Fax: 610-695-0850; parishoffice@saintmonicachurch.org; www.saintmonicachurch.org

Q: With whom should I speak at the Rectory?

A. Catherine Levine is the Parish Administrative Assistant and she will be glad to help you with any needs concerning the rectory office and the Parish Bulletin.  Terry Carey is the Parish Business Manager and is available for any financial questions.  Frank Orman is available for concerns pertaining to the Worship Programs, Music Ministry, Parish Publications, and the Parish Website. Frank Pantano and Jim Pierson are available for questions and concerns pertaining to the physical plant and facilities of the parish.

Q: How do I contact the Office of Religious Education?

Phone: 610-647-4757

Q: How do I get a Mass Card?

A. Please come to the Rectory Office during normal operating hours.  Announced Masses are said Monday through Saturday at 8:30 A.M.  There are no Sunday intentions. The offering is $10. Unannounced Masses are also available for an offering of $10.

Q: How do I get an announcement in the bulletin?

A: BULLETIN SUBMISSIONS
The Saint Monica Parish Bulletin is published weekly and is available on the parish website and distributed to the assembly after Sunday Worship. Submissions are due each Monday by noon without exception and e-mailed to parishbulletin@saintmonicachurch.org with formatting left to a minimum. Please include a contact name and phone number. In the case where announcements must be submitted handwritten, please make sure the text is legible.

BULLETIN INSERTS
All inserts must be submitted to the Rectory Office for approval a minimum of ten (10) days before you would like it to appear.

Q: When are Baptisms celebrated?

A: Baptisms are celebrated on Sundays after the 11:00 Mass, and also during the Sunday Liturgy.

Q: How long is the Baptism Ceremony?

A: Depending on the number of children, Baptisms on average last between 30 and 45 minutes.

Q: Are there Baptism classes?

A: Yes, all parents must attend a Pre-Jordan class before the Baptism. 

Q: What are the requirements for Godparents?

A: Godparents need to be practicing Catholics.  The exception is made in the case of when the parents of the child to be baptized are of different religions.  The Catholic Godparents need to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility from their parish.  The certificate verifies that they are a member of a Catholic Church. Godparents need to be at least 16 years of age and have received all the sacraments. If married, they are in a valid Marriage, i.e. one that was witnessed by a Catholic Priest, in a Catholic Church, unless dispensed from the Catholic form of marriage by a Diocesan Bishop.  Please contact the Pastor with any questions.

Q: Can I have two Godmothers and/or two Godfathers?

A: For our records, we need one Godmother and Godfather.

Q: Can I have a visiting Priest perform the Baptism?

A: Please contact the Pastor for more information.

Q: What is the customary donation for Baptism?

A: The donation is at the discretion of the parents.

Q: Can I reserve a wedding date?

A: You must contact the Pastor in order to reserve a wedding date.  Weddings are normally scheduled on Saturdays at 11:00 AM or 2:30 PM. The bride and groom must be registered in the parish.

Once you have spoken to the pastor about your wedding, there is a guidebook available at the rectory, answering all your questions pertaining to having a wedding here at Saint Monica Church.  Please visit the rectory to obtain one.

Q: Does Saint Monica Church offer a Pre-Cana Program Marriage Preparation Program?

A: Yes, please contact the rectory for more information.

Q: Are people who are not registered at Saint Monica Church or who are not being married at the Church allowed to register for the class?

A: Couples being married at the Church are offered the first opportunity to attend. Other couples may be permitted in the class if space allows or placed on a waiting list.  Please contact the Rectory for further information.