My Dear Parishioners,

In two weeks we will be celebrating our annual Triduum to St. Joseph. We invite all to join us for the St. Joseph prayers after all the Masses Sunday thru Tuesday, March 17 – 19. Your Triduum envelopes with your prayer intentions will be under the statue of St. Joseph by the Tabernacle.

There has been some difficulty repairing our Tabernacle. The key was broken off in the lock and getting it replaced is no easy task. We need a custom repair job. In the meantime, we continue to use the alternate Tabernacle until it can be repaired.

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,
Fr. Bordonaro

March, 2024

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

For over 50 years, the Collection for the Church in Latin America has been taken up as a sign of solidarity between the Church in the United States and the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as our concern for our sisters and brothers in those places.

The work of evangelization is carried out by Christians who meet people where they are—not only in a geographical sense but also in the context of culture. This collection also supports other important issues such as human trafficking and the abuse of children and vulnerable people, two serious violations of human dignity that require urgent and comprehensive responses from the Church, governments, and human rights organizations.

In South America, the Brazilian Bishops’ Conference organized visits and meetings to engage Afro- Brazilian Catholic leaders to discuss a variety of themes, including social pastoral ministry and the vision of Pope Francis. In addition, Peruvian missionaries working in the Amazon brought the Gospel to the Ashaninka and Matsigenka communities of about 60,000 people.

In the Peruvian Prelature of Chuquibambilla the Collection for the Church in Latin America helped to fund and implement a program to prevent abuse of children and vulnerable people through a training for Church leaders. It consisted of alliance-building initiatives with healthcare and law enforcement organizations and the creation of protocols to address reported incidents of abuse.

Your support for the Collection for the Church in Latin America is vital to these efforts aimed at evangelization, the protection of those most at risk, and so much more.

Our local Church will take up this Collection during the weekend of March 9 and 10, 2024. Please take this opportunity to be generous in supporting the families of Latin America and the Caribbean. Be assured that you are remembered in my prayers.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez,
D.D. Archbishop of Philadelphia