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 Wednesday, March 17th, Thursday March 18th, and Friday March 19th (the actual feast of St. Joseph).  By the way, since Friday 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, much as is permitted during the Sundays in Lent.  So go ahead and enjoy your candy or your chocolate, just be sure to celebrate St. Joseph.

Next weekend our second collection is taken up for the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Latin America.  Archbishop Pérez wished the following letter to be published in advance of this appeal.

God Bless You,
Fr. Bordonaro

March, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Soon, our Archdiocese will take up the national Collection for the Church in Latin America. The collection helps to share the faith in regions like the mountainous Andahuaylas, Province of Peru, where most of the people of the Talavera District speak Quechua. To better minister to these people, the parish of Santiago Apostol led a project to prepare Quechua-language audiovisual materials about evangelization and Sacred Scripture. The parish also created digital materials and furnished a room to serve as a library to hold these and other resources.

Support from the Collection for the Church in Latin America helped cover the necessary costs of the project—allowing the first series of materials to be created in June 2018.

By supporting this collection, you help share the faith more fully with underserved indigenous peoples in remote areas of Latin America.

Our Archdiocese will take up this Collection the weekend of March 13 and 14, 2021. 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