My Dear Parishioners,
Next week we will be celebrating our annual Triduum to St. Joseph. We invite all to join us for the 8:00 Morning Mass followed by some special prayers to St. Joseph on Thursday, March 17th, Friday, March 18th, and Saturday, March 19th. By the way, since Saturday is a Solemnity for the entire Church, it is valid to forgo whatever you have been fasting from as part of your Lenten repentance and celebrate the Holy Day, as is permitted during the Sunday’s in Lent. So go ahead and enjoy your candy or your chocolate, just be sure to celebrate St. Joseph as well.
Next week there is a special collection for the church in Latin America. Archbishop Pérez asked that this letter be communicated through the parishes.
God Bless You,
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
For more than 50 years, the Collection for the Church in Latin America has been a concrete expression of unity and solidarity between Catholics in the United States and those in Latin America and the Caribbean. Through their contributions, Catholics from across the United States have supported the formation of priests and religious, the training of catechists and other pastoral ministers, the education of children and young people, and relief efforts in the wake of natural disasters.
In Haiti, for instance, the Diocese of Jacmel formed more than 600 youths from its 31 parishes in reading, praying, and living the Gospel over the course of a 21-day program. This same spirit of outreach was also at work across Haiti during the COVID-19 outbreak when the Haitian Episcopal Conference initiated a communication and pastoral ministry formation campaign to inform people, especially those in remote or marginalized areas, about the nature of the coronavirus pandemic and how to stop its spread.
By supporting the Collection for the Church in Latin America, you help local parishes address the immediate pastoral and material needs of these vulnerable families.
Our Archdiocese will take up this Collection the weekend of March 12 and 13, 2022. Please be generous in this Collection and take this opportunity to share your faith with the youth of Latin America and the Caribbean. Your support will truly make a difference. Thank you and God bless you.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+ Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez, D.D. Archbishop of Philadelphia