August eNews: So much happening in our local Church!
"I do not wish to punish aching mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My Merciful Heart."
~Diary of St. Faustina 1588
Evangelization News, Tips & Ideas
Archdiocese Announces New Model
for Ministry for Youth and Young Adults
Recently, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that Archbishop Pérez has accepted the recommendations of a Task Force, established earlier this year, to form two distinct and new offices for ministry to youth and young adults. In doing so, the Archbishop expressed sincere gratitude for the hard work and dedication of those who served this vital ministry under the OYYA and ANTHEM models.
One of the new offices will focus on youth ministry and the other will focus on young adult ministry with appropriate collaboration between them. Each office will have its own director with additional staffing to be determined. The news release below contains additional details.
Click here to read the news release
Cultivating Good Habits When Live-Streaming Mass
Check out this terrific article that helps those who are live-streaming Mass at home
to participate more fully and fittingly. The tips are a great way to help everyone cultivate good habits - and avoid bad habits - by maintaining a level of reverence and engagement in their approach to the Mass even from home. Please consider following this great advice and sharing it with others!
Going to Mass Online? 6 Tip
Arise Updates & Clarifications
Arise: Restoring Catholic Life after the Pandemic
continues to be updated by the Archdiocese. As things continue to develop with the pandemic and new restrictions are announced, the Archdiocese has created a new section on the
Announcements, Updates and Clarifications
." In this section, we will post updates in response to new restrictions or changes as they are announced on the State or Federal level. We hope that this will keep everyone up-to-date on the current policies of the Archdiocese as civil regulations change.
Some important clarifications have recently been posted regarding the Governor's mandatory mask order and the Governor's new occupancy restrictions. To view these clarifications, visit:
Parishes of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are currently following the
Liturgical Directives for the Open "Green" Phase.
Catholic Women's Conference Update
We are sorry to announce that the 2020 Catholic Women's Conference scheduled for Saturday, October 24, 2020 has been cancelled due to pandemic restrictions on a gathering of our size. Save the date for CWC 2021!
2021 Catholic Women's Conference
Saturday, October 23, 2021 -
9 AM-4:30 PM
National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa
654 Ferry Road - Doylestown, PA
Office for the New Evangelization Events
How to View, Discuss and Act
Towards Racism as a Catholic:
A Virtual Event
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
7:30-8:30 PM (on Zoom)
View the flyer
How can we live more authentically as the true Body of Christ in our parishes? Join local Catholic women from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for an evening of discussion on how to address racism through the lens of Catholic teaching. While offered by women, both men and women are invited to attend. Please register at the link below.
Sr. John Mary, Sisters of Life
Udochi Ekwerike, parishioner from St. Cyprian Parish in Philadelphia
Connie McCalla, parishioner from St. Raymond’s Parish in Philadelphia
Sarah Albanese, Communications Assistant for the Office for the New Evangelization
More information and registration:
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
New schedule beginning August 3:
Every week, Monday through Thursday at 8 PM
until further notice
Rosario en español:
Cada jueves a las 8 PM
Nuevo horario proximamente..
For more details and l
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
Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 8:00 - 10:30 AM
Event: Save Our City's Children with Archbishop Pérez
Join us as we unite in prayer with our new Archbishop to uphold the sanctity of life!
8 AM Mass at the Cathedral Chapel followed by a procession and ecumenical prayer vigil at Planned Parenthood on 12th & Locust.
Flyer in English
Flyer in Spanish
; For the schedule and more details, visit
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 – 7:30-8:30 PM (on Zoom)
Event: How to View, Discuss and Act Towards Racism as a Catholic: A Virtual Event
How can we live more authentically as the true Body of Christ in our parishes? Join local Catholic women from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for an evening of discussion on how to address racism through the lens of Catholic teaching.
Sister John Mary, Sisters of Life; Udochi Ekwerike, parishioner from St. Cyprian Parish in Philadelphia; Connie McCalla, parishioner from St. Raymond’s Parish in Philadelphia; Sarah Albanese, Communications Assistant for the Office for the New Evangelization
View the flyer;
For more details and registration, visit
Tuesday, July 28,2020, 7:30-8:30 PM (on Zoom)
Event: Catholics, Jews, and the Issues of Our Time: A Conversation between Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez and Rabbi Abraham Skorka
All are welcome to participate in this webinar co-sponsored by the AJC Philadelphia/South Jersey, the Anti-Defamation League Philadelphia, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
The webinar will begin streaming at 7:30 p.m. At that time, Archbishop Pérez and Rabbi Abraham Skorka, an SJU professor, will
discuss Catholic-Jewish relations and some pressing issues facing both communities in American society today.
Pre-registration is required
Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 7:30- 9:00 PM
Event: Victorious, a Virtual Retreat for Women
Retreat consists of six (6) virtual sessions (held live) over zoom video conference, beginning Tuesday July 28 and ending Tuesday Sept 1st. Father Steve DeLacy will kick off the retreat with an opening talk on Tuesday July 28. Our retreat focuses on:
claiming Christ’s victory over our identity and our worthiness, claiming His authority over lies and fears and crowning Christ as the Victorious King of our hearts!
Father Stephen DeLacy, De Yarrison of You Are Made New Ministry and Laura Ercolino of Hope’s Garden
Find all the details and register here:
Mondays, August 3, 10, 24 and 31st at 7:00 PM
An Introduction to Theology
faith formation series
(in person or online)
St. Albert Parish's very own Fr. Alex Gibbs is presenting an adult faith formation series entitled,
An Introduction to Theology, a.k.a. What Fr. Gibbs has been doing in Rome.
The series will be held in church to ensure proper social distancing and will be broadcast live via
for those unable to attend in person.
August 3rd @ 7 PM: What is Theology? Who cares?
August 10th @ 7 PM: Jesus Christ and the Most Blessed Trinity
August 24th @ 7 PM: The Church of God and the Sacraments
August 31st @ 7 PM: Grace and the Last Things
St. Albert the Great Parish
, Huntingdon Valley, PA
Normal reopening precautions will be in place for those attending in person, which includes proper social distancing and wearing of masks. The series is free, however,
if you plan to attend in person, please call the rectory at 215-947-3500 to RSVP
August 3-6, 2020
Event: Camp Overbrook In Sign 2020
We are happy to announce that Camp Overbrook In Sign will take place virtually through Zoom meetings in August. This 4-day virtual event will be free. Campers (age 6-15) who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing and use American Sign Language need to
register by July 28, 2020
. To participate campers need to have internet access and a computer, tablet or iPad. If your household does not have internet access or the camper needs a device, please email
or call 215-272-8028. We may be able to assist.
More information and to register,
Tuesday, August, 4th, 6:00 -8:00 PM
Event: Get to Know Saint John Vianney:
Solemn Evening Prayer & A Virtual Conversation with Fr. Frederick Miller
Join us in person or virtually as we celebrate Solemn Evening Prayer at 6:00 pm on the feast day of Saint John Vianney, our parish patron. Afterwards, starting at 7:00 pm we'll host a virtual discussion with Fr. Frederick Miller, STD, who is an expert in the life of St. John Vianney. Fr. Frederick Miller is an Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary. He is the author of regarded book on Saint John Vianney entitled “The Grace of Ars,” which was published in 2010 by Ignatius Press. Our interview with him is entitled,
“The Life and Thought of Saint John Vianney.”
All are welcome for this live conversation about this great saint! Join our zoom interview live
. Meeting ID: 974 5202 1230; Password: 455909
Wednesday August 5-9, 2020
Event: Biking for Vocations
Biking for Vocations 2020 is an exciting five day biking pilgrimage designed to raise awareness of vocations to the priesthood and vocational discernment, as well as to generate support for the seminarians currently in formation. This year, there will be two biking routes around the Archdiocese. Both include visits to parishes where the seminarians will participate in holy hours, prayer services and Masses as well as their vocation stories.
Various locations around the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
For the schedule, to meet the cyclists and find out how to participate, v
August 5 at 9 AM!
Join us on for the Biking for Vocations SEND OFF
at 9 AM at the entrance of St. Charles Seminary.
Meet at the front gates and we'll cheer for the seminarians as they take off on their biking pilgrimage! Social distancing will be observed - please wear a mask.
Front gates of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary,
100 E Wynnewood Rd, Wynnewood, PA.
Wednesday, August 5th from 7:00-8:00 PM
Event: Holy Hour for Vocations (in person or online)
Throughout the week of August 3rd, a group of men who are preparing to serve the Church as priests will be cycling in the Philadelphia area. Their purpose is to encourage other men to listen to God’s call, to encourage parishes to pray for priestly vocations, and to provide a chance to meet the men who will hopefully one day celebrate the Eucharist for God’s people. Join the seminarians for a Eucharistic Holy Hour that will include praying the rosary, listening to a seminarian’s witness story and time for quiet reflection. Join us in begging the Lord to raise up young men from our community as well!
Saint Raymond Church 1350 E. Vernon Road in Northwest Philadelphia
Social distancing will be in place; face coverings are required. Call 215-549-3760 for more information. The event will also be Live Streamed at
Monday, August 10, 2020 - 7:45 -8:30 PM
Event: Rosary Campaign for the End of the Coronavirus
Thousands of people have been participating in our Archdiocesan Rosary Campaign since March 13, asking Our Lady to put an end to the pandemic. Now that our area has gone "green," Rosary Campaigners are invited to gather in person to pray the Rosary. This is a wonderful opportunity to finally meet all the people you've been praying with virtually! The in person rosary will be live-streamed as usual for those who cannot attend.
Annunciation BVM Parish, 401 Brookline Rd. Havertown, PA
In order not to exceed social distancing capacity in the Church, pre-registration is required.
Click here to register to attend
August 14-15, 2020
Event: Napa Institute Virtual Conference
We are excited to invite you to join the Napa Institute for our first Virtual Conference, "Finding Hope in the New America." Join speakers such as Cardinal George Pell, Scott Hahn, Curtis Martin, George Weigel, Ryan Anderson, Fr. Michael Gaitley, Fr. Robert Spitzer, and many more as they address issues ranging from socialism to how to answer our call to evangelization in a hostile world. In these unprecedented times in our nation, we must view all the critical issues through a Catholic lens, with great hope in Christ.
Dr. Tim Gray and Chris Stefanick
Registration $149 per person before August 1; This is an online conference;
Click here for full details and registration
August 14-16th, 2020
Retrouvaille Retreat for Married Couples
REDISCOVER THE LOVE IN YOUR MARRIAGE Tens of thousands of couples have healed their marriages through Retrouvaille (pronounced Retro-vy). If you know anyone who could benefit from this program, please pass this on. Couples learn to build communication skills and to increase intimacy. It provides help for marriage problems, difficulties or crises. The next program begins the weekend of August 14-16 at the Family Life Center in Malvern, PA.
To register, visit
or call 215-766-3944 or 800-470-2230. All inquiries are strictly confidential.
Miércoles, 9 al 30 de Septiembre, de las 8 a las 9 PM
Evento: Vive El Caminito (un curso virtual en español)
Vive El Caminito es un curso virtual de 4 semanas, que examina los tres componentes principales de El Caminito – humildad, confianza, y abandono. Enseñado en Español por Susana Marshall, OCDS, ¡este curso es un viaje al corazón de la santa cuyo Caminito ha guiado a millones a las alturas de la santidad! Presentado por El Instituto de la Vida Católica.
El costo de la clase y de el libro de trabajo es de $57.99. La fecha límite de registro es el 24 de Agosto. Favor de registrarse en
Friday, September 18- Sunday, September 20, 2020
: Shine Your Light 2020 Retreat/Conference
Hosted by Catholics Online, j
oin other ministry leaders, evangelizers, Catholic bloggers, and business owners for
a weekend of faith, fellowship, and growth. Our goal is to help you reconnect with God and follow His lead in your work and your mission. Keynote speaker, John Kinuthia, will share about
Intentional Evangelization – Defining Your Purpose and bridging the gap between knowing and doing.
National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown PA (Overnight and Commuter options available)
for speakers, schedule, registration, and more!
October 17, 2020
Wedding Anniversary Mass
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