More Catholic events & supports for May!
"The Cross had asked the questions; the Resurrection had answered them...The Cross had asked: 'Why does God permit evil and sin to nail Justice to a tree?' The Resurrection answered: 'That sin, having done its worst, might exhaust itself and this be overcome by Love that is stronger than either sin or death.'"
~Archbishop Fulton Sheen
Evangelization News, Tips & Ideas
Resurrection and Restoration
Easter Video Series
Arise: Resurrection and Restoration
Easter video series breaks open the mystery of the Resurrection of Jesus and his power to bring us new life in the midst of the pandemic. It is also designed to help us transition back into "in person" life in the Church as the COVID19 restrictions slowly lift. These short videos, given by dynamic local speakers, will offer a teaching on the resurrection of Jesus Christ, its power to restore our lives here and now, and why the "in person" nature of our life as Catholics is so important. Click the links below to watch the series!
Watch the whole series in English:
Ver los videos en español:
Watch the series interpreted in American Sign Language:
Support for Persons with Disabilities and the Deaf Community
Our Office for Persons with Disabilities and the Deaf Apostolate has generated wonderful supports to assist during the pandemic and the post-pandemic transition period. Explore these website below to find many resources, online events and other rich supports for you and your loved ones. Consider joining their email lists to stay up to date on what's available!
The home page of the Office for Persons with Disabilities lists Archdiocesan and other spiritual and practical support resources for parishes and individuals with disabilities and their family members. To receive email or text updates from the office, please text
The home page of the Deaf Apostolate provides the links to Our Daily Hope Vlog, live-streamed daily and Sunday Masses in American Sign Language and other resources to serve the Deaf Catholic Community during this time. To receive email or text updates from the Deaf Apostolate, please text
This resource created by the Deaf Apostolate has 20 short video stories of saints with easy to follow lesson plans and activities. The videos are in American Sign Language, with spoken and captioned English and Spanish. Great to use for children, teens and adults.
CLICK HERE for free access to videos and lesson plans.
WHY ARE WE HERE? WHAT'S LIFE ALL ABOUT? WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DIE?
The Search, available on Formed.org, is an innovative video series that tackles the key questions of every human heart. In seven beautifully filmed episodes, Chris Stefanick and experts from multiple fields of science, medicine, psychology, art, and religion examine our place in the larger story of existence. Whether you’re a practiced inquirer or a jaded skeptic, The Search will speak to you. You may be reassured by some parts, and challenged by others. Either way, you’ll find a lot here to think about. And when all is said and done, life’s questions demand to be answered. Are you ready for The Search?
To view the trailer and briefly preview each of the 7 episodes,
For the schedule of video releases and a free downloadable discussion questions & promotional material,
Office for the New Evangelization Events
for an End to the Coronavirus
…there is no problem, as difficult as it may be, that we cannot resolve at this time by praying the Holy Rosary.
” – Sr. Lucia of Fatima
Join us online, by phone or in spirit as we pray the Rosary every day. We will ask the miraculous intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary to put an end to the coronavirus.
Rosary in English
: every evening, 8:00-8:30 PM (EST)
Until May 31; After May 31, Mon-Friday schedule
Rosario en español:
6:00-6:30 PM (Hora del Este)
Todos los días hasta 31 de mayo;
después del 31 de mayo, horario Lunes a Viernes
More log-in details, visit:
Events & Initiatives
Below you will find online Catholic events being offered in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. If you would like to submit an event for inclusion in the newsletter, please email all pertinent information in the format used below to Sarah at
Spiritual Support for You and
Your Family During the Pandemic
During these difficult days, the Lord always remains close to us and provides us ways to receive His grace even when we cannot attend Mass in person. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has created a webpage listing many excellent resources and online events to nourish you spiritually and help you remain as close as possible to Jesus and the Church during this time.
Explore these resources at:
Family Prayer Services for Use at Home
(by Fr. Joseph McLaughlin)
Family Prayer for Sunday, May 17
Family Prayer for Ascension Thursday
, May 21
Fridays, May 15 and May 22 at 8:00 PM
Event: AbbeyFest LIVE!
This FREE live event will kick off our AbbeyFest LIVE! festival series. While our country is distancing, join us to be together in the Spirit of Christ as we lift our hearts and fill them with His hope and His joy through music. May 15 will feature artist Joe Melendrez and May 22 will feature Hannah Schaefer. Join us!
Full details, streaming information and artist line up can be found on our website:
Continuing Mondays at 7:30 PM through Monday, June 22
Event: Life in the Spirit: A Virtual Conference
The Lord has more for you! He desires an intimate relationship with you through openness to His Holy Spirit and His gifts. Renew and ignite the power of the Holy Spirit within you! Come and experience freedom with the Holy Spirit!
The conference team includes:
Host, Maria Richardson of Saint Maria Goretti Parish; Father Stephen DeLacy, Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia; Kathleen McCarthy, In His Sign Catholic Radio Network; Gloria Domino, Catholic Charismatic Renewal; and Gina and Russ Montalbano, Bethany Music Ministry.
More information and registration:
(The conference videos will be recorded so new participants can watch the missed sessions; all are welcome to join!)
Bilingual Program for Young Adults by Young Adults!
(Every Tuesday at 8 PM on Facebook Live)
«Iglesia Viva», un programa bilingüe por Facebook Live - Todos los martes a las 8:00pm
Por el Comité Juvenil Hispano para proveer un lugar de «encuentro virtual» para jóvenes (en edad y en espíritu)
Para conectarse, visite:
May 22-24, 2020
Event: Catholic LoveLife Conference
Marriages are deteriorating and singles struggle to find love in the midst of the hookup culture. Many wonder if real love still exists: Where can I find it? How can we rekindle it? If your love-life could use a divine spark, don't miss the Catholic LoveLife Conference. More than 70 speakers will offer Free, short, and impactful presentations for teens, young adults, singles, married couples, and parents. Fortify your home and rediscover the beauty and goodness of God's plan for human love in your life.
Jason and Crystalina Evert, Ted Sri, Fr. Josh Johnson and more!
Click here for details and registration
Friday May 22nd, 11:30 AM
Event: Live Mass for the Feast of Saint Rita of Cascia
Beginning at 11:30 a.m., the Mass will be broadcast live from the National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia. Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez will serve as the principal celebrant and Reverend Michael DiGregorio, O.S.A., the Prior Provincial of the Augustinian Province of Saint Thomas of Villanova, will serve as the homilist.
The view the mass go to EWTN, or view live via the Shrine’s Facebook page
May 22 to May 31, 2020 - 8:00-8:45 PM
Event: Pentecost Novena following the nightly Rosary
Prepare your heart for the Solemn Feast of Pentecost by joining us for nightly novena prayers to the Holy Spirit. We will pray our usual Rosary for the end of the coronavirus at 8 PM followed by the novena prayers.
For the novena prayers and log-in information, visit:
Saturday, May 30, 2020 – 8:00 PM
Event: The Solemnity of Pentecost: Extended Form of the Vigil Mass
Join us for a special Pentecost Celebration—the Extended Vigil. This Vigil will especially implore the aid of God, the Holy Spirit, to come to his Church as we move out of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Vigil will be streamed live from the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and the Shrine of Saint Katharine Drexel, Philadelphia.
Reverend Gerald Dennis Gill, Pastor and Rector
Livestream at this link:
Wednesday, June 3rd, 7:00-8:30 PM EST
Event: Flannery O'Connor: Solitude, Imagination and the Oddities of Life
Though long hailed a literary icon both for America and for the Catholic Church, Flannery O’Connor in the present moment may be more compelling than ever. Recent scholarship had traced the final thirteen years of her life which she spent in ill health and isolation on her family farm in Georgia. The world O'Connor observed from her own kind of isolation was dark and strange, and yet ineradicably marked by grace. The Collegium Institute at Penn invites you to join us for a panel with four distinguished thinkers, all women, who will gather together to discuss their fascination with one of the greatest American female writers.
Tune in for a dynamic evening conversation via Zoom exploring Flannery O’Connor on the imagination, solitude, and the glorious oddities of life.
For a full description,
speaker bios, and a link to RSVP click
to save your spot in this online event!
June 10-14, 2020
Event: For Women: Discover the Gift Virtual Event
Join the GIVEN Institute for a small taste of GIVEN’s signature event, the Catholic Women’s Leadership Forum! Since we cannot hold our in-person event this year, we welcome you to our online event, Discover the Gift, where we invite all women “to receive the gift they are; realize the gifts they’ve been given; and respond with the gift that only they can give.” On each morning of June 10-14, 2020, we’ll host a keynote speaker and explore the gifts and challenges of Catholic women’s leadership. We have a very special prayer time planned at noon, and we’ll come together for Evening Prayer and reflections at night.
For more information and to register visit:
Ways You Can Help
Guiding Star Ministries and Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia
Each year on Mother’s Day, the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia gives out thousands of roses in honor of moms on their special day, and hosts baby bottle drives in churches throughout Greater Philadelphia. It is a significant fundraising event for Guiding Star Ministries and enables us to provide a safe, beautiful home to single pregnant women and their children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. This year due to the Covid-19 quarantine we are unable to host our fundraising campaign —
so we are going virtual!
Click here to learn more and help mothers and babies in need!
Parish Support Initiative
The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia has launched the Parish Support Initiative in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to help meet the needs of parishes who have been directly impacted by coronavirus. We understand that the suspension of public Masses has impacted parish communities in many ways. This initiative enables and encourages individuals to directly support their home parish, or a parish in need, during the pandemic.
Those interested in donating to the Parish Support Initiative should visit
Below are additional resources for pastors and parishioners to learn more about the Parish Support Initiative:
Information for Parishes
Information for Parishioners and Donors
Emergency Relief Fund – Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia
As result of COVID-19, Catholic Social Services food pantries are experiencing a shortage of food and personal items due to their increase in client volume, with some pantries seeing a 100% increase. It’s become nearly impossible for them to accommodate each individual and family that visits them. Please consider a donation to CFGP’s ERF to purchase supplies for the CSS food pantries that are trying to feed those impacted by COVID-19. 100% of ERF’s proceeds will go directly to the food pantries.
Click here to donate
Please note that these events, especially those during the summer, are
depending on developments related to the COVID19 restrictions. We share them with you so that you can note the dates.
June 29-July 2, 2020
Quo Vadis discernment retreat for young men (Virtual event),
July 6-16, 2020
Philadelphia Catholic Scholars Program
for young men, Wynnewood, PA
August 5-9, 2020
Biking for Vocations
August 17-21, 2020
Unbound Priests' Retreat
, Malvern, PA
October 9-10, 2020
Eucharistic Congress "Increase Our Faith!",
October 24, 2020
Catholic Women's Conference
, Doylestown, PA
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on Friday, May 15, 2020 at 3:30PM