My Dear Parishioners,
On Wednesday March 6th we will celebrate Ash Wednesday. We will have Masses at 8:00 a.m, 5:00 p.m. and at 7:00 p.m. All 3 Masses will have the distribution of ashes. While Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation, it is the official start to the Lenten Season which is a period of preparation or purification. It is a time when we reflect on what needs to change in our life. In preparation for the start of Lent, if you have any old blessed palm from previous years, please bring it to church and place it in the wicker basket in the back hallway, by the crucifix. Please remove all wrappings, and rubber bands and take the palm out of all paper and plastic bags. We will burn the palm for the ashes for Ash Wednesday.
May God Bless You,
Archbishop Chaput has asked us to communicate the following letter to you.
February 10, 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In the Gospel of Saint Luke we will hear next weekend, Jesus proclaims His well known “Sermon on the Mount”, offering the Beatitudes as a design for living our lives. In this scripture reading, Jesus relates the foundation of the central tenets for Christian discipleship.
Our priests strive to live Jesus’ message faithfully through their pastoral service and sacramental ministry in parish communities, schools, and institutions. Many retired priests continue to assist parishes with great dedication. Others, due to advanced age and declining health have been compelled to withdraw from active ministry. These priests reside at Villa Saint Joseph in Darby, Regina Coeli in Warminster, as well as various other health care facilities where they continue to carry a message of hope to all by their lives of prayer and sacrifice offered for the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. They now depend on you for your prayers and support.
The annual Collection for the Care of Aging and Retired Priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will be taken in all parishes on the weekend of February 16th and 17th throughout the Archdiocese. This annual collection is an opportunity for the faithful to express their gratitude for the many blessings received through the ministry of priests. I’m very grateful for your generous response to this collection in the past. Through your continued kindness we can be assured that they will be cared for in their retirement.
Your kindness will be remembered daily in my prayers. I ask that you continue to remember our retired priests in yours. May God bless you and your loved ones for your generous response to this annual appeal.
Gratefully and with best wishes in Christ,
+Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Philadelphia