mid-June update: Summer events & new podcast series
"I will establish peace in their homes. I will comfort them in all their afflictions. I will be their secure refuge during life, and above all, in death. I will bestow abundant blessings upon all their undertakings. I will..."
~Jesus' Promises for the Sacred Heart Devotion (Feast Day June 19)
Evangelization News, Tips & Ideas
Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
June is the month when we honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus in a particular way. The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart takes place this year on Friday, June 19. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a powerful way to grow deeper in your relationship with the Lord, to become more familiar with His love and the ways He wants to love us. Consider renewing or beginning an intentional devotion to the Sacred Heart through an enthronement of His image in your home.
“Welcome the presence of the Heart of Christ, entrusting your home to Him…Seek to draw from this open heart the saving and healing love that is so necessary for families today…in order to build a civilization of love.”
- Pope St. John Paul II
Enthroning the Sacred Heart in Your Home
Simple Enthronement Ceremony for Families
12 Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
If you’re accessing this podcast on a mobile device and do not wish to download the SoundCloud app, simply click on the “Listen in browser” option. You can also find us on
The Arise Podcast
explores Catholic life in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and offers reflections on the Word of God as it speaks to us in our own day. Featuring Father Richard Owens, O.F.M. Cap., Father Eric Banecker, and Gina Christian, the podcast presents the truth, beauty, and goodness of the Catholic faith to Catholics, fellow Christians, and all those who seek something more.
Get to know Archbishop Pérez a bit more personally in this first episode!
Episode 1: Interview with Archbishop Pérez, Part 1
Interview Part 2 coming soon to
Manna Sunday Food Drive
Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (NDS) has extended its annual Manna Sunday Food Drive to Tuesday, June 30th to help provide nourishment to our neighbors in need. This initiative helps stock the shelves of over 30 food cupboards throughout the Greater Philadelphia region and benefits those who do not have access to nutritious sustenance. This effort is particularly critical, especially during these unprecedented and challenging times.
You can help your neighbors in need by purchasing healthy, non-perishable food items through You Give Goods at
. All goods donated online
now through Tuesday, June 30th
will be shipped directly to NDS’ Community Food Program and be distributed to those in need.
For more information on the food drive, please contact Denise Hopkins, Administrator, NDS Community Food Program at 215-895-3470 ext. 77823 or
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 asking the miraculous intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary to put an end to the coronavirus and to bring restoration to those most severely impacted by the pandemic.
Rosary in English
Until June 26:
Monday through Friday at 8 PM
After June 26:
Monday Nights at 8 PM
(Family Rosary on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8 PM)
Last day of the Rosary Campaign is Saturday, August 15 at 8 PM
Rosario en español:
Hasta el 26 de junio,
unes a viernes a las 6
Después del 26 de junio,
cada jueves a las 8 PM
For more details and l
Online Rosary Alternatives:
Relevant Radio offers a live Rosary daily at 8 PM Eastern, including weekends:
The Divine Mercy Shrine offers a live daily Rosary at 5 PM Eastern with a recorded version available after 6 PM:
Events and 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
Tuesday, June 16 at 7:00 PM
Event: Zoom Presentation: Padre Pio and Pandemics
In the current COVID-19 pandemic, the faithful have been turning to St. Padre Pio—one of the world’s most prayed to saints—for healing. But did you know that Padre Pio’s ministry was directly connected to our last great worldwide pandemic, the Spanish Flu? In honor of the anniversary of Padre Pio’s canonization on June 16, join West Chester University professor and anthropologist, Dr. Michael A. Di Giovine, for a discussion on the connection between St. Pio’s stigmata, the pressures of his early popularity, and the Spanish flu. He will also talk about St. Pio’s devotion to Our Lady of Fatima, to whom he turned when struck with illness. Dr.Di Giovine, a parishioner of SS Peter and Paul Parish who has conducted decades of research on the saint, will also pray with us for St. Pio’s blessing through one of his relics.
How to join:
To access the meeting, you need to download the Zoom app on your computer or smartphone. After you do that, just click on the link below at the time of the event. The meeting ID and password are also included if you need it.
Join Zoom Meeting:
(Meeting ID: 971 3728 1786; Password: 593969)
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Event: Virtual Live Zoom Event: "Dispelling Fears Surrounding Hospice Care"
How well do you really understand hospice? Is it really 'giving up'? What about the costs? What questions should I ask? Whether you're considering hospice, fearful of it, started it or just want to know more about it...join us.
Wisdom You Will Receive:
Knowledge to support your decision-making, whether you're considering hospice at some point for your loved one or whether you've made the decision and now have more to make.
There's so much more to understanding the finances associated with Hospice than meets the eye.
Questions to ask and information to know.
Key steps involved and your role in each of them.
Aimee J. Gustitis, BSN, RN, JD Life Care Manager
The Caregiving Wisdom Series
Nourish for Caregivers
will be offered on various topics by caregiving experts every 1st and 3rd Wednesdays; There are no costs to attend. For more information and registration please visit:
Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 6:30 PM Rosary; 7:00 PM Mass
Event for Young Adults: Rosary and Mass for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart for Healing and Peace
The Young Adults of the Cathedral invite you to join them for an evening of prayer for Healing and Peace in our city and beyond. Gather in the Cathedral Basilica before the altar dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (right-hand side of the Main Sanctuary) at 6:30 PM for the Holy Rosary, Recitation of the Litany of the Sacred Heart, and Holy Mass anticipating the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart at 7:00 PM.
The Mass will be celebrated in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite in Latin, with readings in English. Worship aids will provided for use of those attending who may be unfamiliar with Latin.
Click here for the flyer
Thursday, June 18, 2020, 3:00-4:15 PM
Event: Society for Catholic Liturgy Summer Seminar Series (Webinars)
This webinar will consider ways of retrieving devotional Catholicism during the pandemic as a privileged practice of the domestic Church. Why do we need devotional practice? What specific practices could be retrieved? What might these practices offer that a live-streamed liturgy would not? Co-Sponsored by the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame
Devotional Catholicism and the Domestic Church—A Timely Retrieval
Click here to register
For more details about this series and a list of presenters, visit:
Sat, June 20, 10 AM
Event: Ordination to the Priesthood
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia rejoices that six men will be ordained to the Holy Priesthood this Saturday! All are invited to pray for these men and to participate via live-stream.
to learn more about the ordinations.
Live-streamed from the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia
Click here to live-stream
June 20, 2020, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Event: Virtual Conference: “You Are Called To Holiness”
This Virtual Conference on Holiness closely replicates the canceled conference on the same topic which was previously scheduled to take place at the Cathedral on April 4th. This conference will feature periods of prayer and sacred music filmed in the Cathedral with the Cathedral musicians and singers interspersed with talks by the three excellent speakers. This will give all of us a beautiful and much needed spiritual inspiration and encouragement, so needed at this time.
His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, D.D., S.T.D., Member of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura; The Most Reverend Joseph E. Strickland, J.C.L., Bishop of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas; Reverend Gerald Dennis Gill, S.L.L., Rector and Pastor, Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul
More information and registration:
Every Saturday - Faith Formation Series on the Book of Revelation
In the first century of the Church, Jesus issued letters to the seven principle churches of Asia as representative of the Church universal, wherein He offered words of praise and challenge. Two-thousand years later, these letters remain essential for interpreting our experience as Church today and building up a strong spiritual life. Join Fr. Sean Loomis from Annunciation B.V.M. parish in Havertown, as he unpacks these letters and their meaning for us today. A new video is released every Saturday.
Fr. Sean Loomis, Parochial Vicar, Annunciation BVM, Havertown
Watch the videos weekly at:
Series on the Book of Revelation
Continuing Tuesdays until July 7th, 7:30 PM
Event: Virtual study for moms of "The Bible and the Virgin Mary"
Journey with area moms as we delve into discovering Our Blessed Mother and the role she has played throughout sacred scripture. Using the beloved series "The Bible and the Virgin Mary," that can be found on
, we will virtually discuss each session of this twelve part series. This series is sponsored by St. Pius X in Broomall, Nativity BVM in Media and Visitation BVM in Trooper.
Email Sarah Albanese at
for the Zoom link and for more info.
View the flyer
Wednesday, July 8th, 10:00-12:00 PM
Virtual Retreat for young men in Junior High
Junior high boys, join us ONLINE for a great combination of faith and fun with Fr. DeLacy, some of the Philadelphia seminarians, and invited guests! Carrying on the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi, participants will be challenged to build their own church!
More details and registration at:
For questions, please contact Sue Matour at
July 10-11, July 13, 15, 20, 22nd and July 31st and August 1st, 2020
Event: For Engaged Couples: Archdiocesan Marriage Preparation Courses
We are thrilled for you and your upcoming marriage! The Archdiocese of Philadelphia offers the
Program, a thorough, enjoyable, and comprehensive program, which discusses practical “life skills” and the sacramentality of marriage. The purpose of Marriage Preparation is to introduce you to the theology behind the sacrament and give you practical advice using sound psychology that will equip you for your life journey together. All courses are being delivered in a live online format until further notice.
For more information and to register, visit:
Monday, June 29- Wednesday, July 2, 2020
Event: Quo Vadis Discernment Retreat for Young Men in High School (Online!)
High school men – incoming freshmen to graduated seniors – are invited to join us for an awesome 3-day retreat experience from Monday, June 29th to Wednesday, July 1st.
Click here to watch the 1-minute invitation video
The Retreat will still be hosted by Fr. DeLacy, the Seminarians from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, and Deacons/Priests of the Archdiocese!
There will still be great talks by the seminarians and awesome prayer experiences including Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, and Eucharistic Adoration.
There will still be great games and campers will still gather with friends for small group discussions.
There will still be a great t-shirt (and mask!).
Full details and registration information
Monday through Friday, July 13-17,
9:30-12:00 PM and 1:30-3:00 PM
Event: Called to Love: Theology of the Body Summer Course Online
Join us this summer for a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in John Paul II’s Theology of the Body! This short, one-week intensive course in our Continuing Education series studies his “Wednesday catechesis”— through an in-depth examination of the text and a discussion of his scriptural, theological, and philosophical methodology. It shows how the dual unity of man and woman and their interpersonal communion, even in the body, image divine trinitarian life.
Faculty of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family in Washington, DC
The class fee is $150. Registration closes on July 1.
Registrations forms and more information
can be found at
July 13-17, 2020, 3-5 PM
Event: Virtual Reading Group for High School Men, St. Augustine’s Confessions
High school men (incoming juniors to graduated seniors) are invited to gather daily to discover the richness of
of St. Augustine. Discussions will be led by Archbishop Nelson Perez, as well as invited guest professors. The group will conclude each daily session with Evening Prayer. Due to the generosity of our donors, there is no registration fee for this program, but registration is limited to the first 25 men. All participants will be mailed a copy of The Confessions.
The Philadelphia Catholic Scholars Program
For more information
about this program and to register, please visit
Monday through Friday, July 20-24, 9:30 -12:00 PM and 1:30-3:00 PM
Event: Bioethics Summer Intensive Course Online
This week-long course will serve as an immersion the thought of St. John Paul II concerning the human person as a lens through which to view bioethical questions: assisted reproduction, end-of-life decision-making, allocation of scarce resources in epidemics, etc. The course aims at equipping students to think about issues in bioethics through the lens of John Paul II and the Church.
Faculty of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family in Washington, DC
The class fee is $150. Registration closes on July 13.
Registrations forms and more information
can be found at
Ways You Can Help
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 the 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.
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 17, 2020
Wedding Anniversary Mass
October 24, 2020
Catholic Women's Conference
, Doylestown, PA
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on Monday, June 15 at 1:41PM