Let Hope Replace Fear
Messages from our Pastor
March 24, 2020
As of this time, we are for the most part homebound waiting to hear some good news regarding this Coronavirus pandemic. We are learning from the experience of other countries who are ahead of us in dealing with the best course of action to prevent further infections.
We as Roman Catholics believe that we owe God worship by gathering into a church on Sundays. We also normally assemble in our churches for the holiest time of year, the Triduum which includes Easter. These are just very unique and challenging times.
One of the ways the Spanish flu of 1918 was spread was through people meeting together in churches. So, it seems prudent that our new Archbishop has suspended public Masses at this time. However, this can prove to be a challenge to our ongoing nurturing of our faith. Pray daily and realize God can be reached from our homes.
As we go forward, I will be exploring new ways to connect with all of you. Let us pray for each other and keep the faith!
Peace and Prayers,
Prayers for the End of the Coronavirus
Jesus, we trust in you.
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Important Parish Updates
during the coronavirus
The Rectory office will be closed for two weeks, starting March 16th
If you need to speak to someone, please call 610-687-3366, extension 24 – the parish secretary will be checking the messages.
If you need a Priest, leave a message on extension 22.
The Mass intentions will continue to be published in the bulletin. These intentions will be fulfilled in a timely manner at the private Masses of the Pastor and other priests.
All Parish Events are canceled (including Masses and Stations of the Cross)
All Masses are canceled until further notice, effective after the 8:00 AM Mass on March 18th. Scroll down to see options for Masses online, radio and TV.
There will be no soup dinner or Stations of the Cross until further notice.
The March 28th Knights of Columbus Movie night will be postponed until further notice.
Adult Formation and Legion of Mary Meetings are canceled until further notice.
All Youth Group meetings are canceled until further notice.
Walking with Purpose is canceled.
From the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Click here to get the latest news from the Archdiocese:
The Pastoral and Temporal Response of the
Archdiocese of Philadelphia to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.
UPDATE: March 26th, Philadelphia to continue suspension of public celebration of Mass through Easter Sunday. Click here to read more.
Scroll down to see options for Masses online, radio and TV.
Virtual Lenten Retreat: Archbishop Pérez encourages faithful throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to join The Power of Faith and Hope in a Time of Uncertainty: A Virtual Lenten Retreat.
The virtual retreat will begin on Monday, March 30th and will continue until Palm Sunday, each night a video will be released at 7:00 p.m.
Six nights, dynamic presenters from across our Archdiocese bring Catholic Families closer to Christ through scripture, reflection and prayer, in these final days leading up to Palm Sunday and the holiest week in the Church. Click here to learn more.
Confessions are available.
Confessions are available as regularly scheduled from 3:45 to 4:45 pm on Saturdays.
The Adoration Chapel is now closed until further notice.
The main Church will be open daily to visit the Most Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle for private prayer from 9 am to 5 pm.
Ways to watch Mass online, satellite radio or TV
Archdiocese of Philadelphia live feed of Sunday Mass, 11:00 AM (replay on Facebook – use the link for more info.)
Daily Mass Celebrated by Pope Francis from the Santa Marta Chapel in Rome.
Daily Mass from Bishop Robert Barron’s chapel, celebrated either by Bishop Barron himself or by Fr. Steve Grunow, CEO of Word on Fire. Video of the Mass is posted at 8:15 every day.
The daily Catholic Mass from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC is available to listen to from The Catholic Channel on Sirius/XM channel 129 at 7:00 AM and 10:00 AM EST during the week.
The Sunday Mass from St. Patrick’s Cathedral is at 10:15 AM, also on Sirius/XM, or you can live stream the Sunday Mass from the St. Patrick’s Cathedral website.
Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN): Televised Mass every day at 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Click here for the TV channel finder.
Act of Spiritual Communion Prayer when you cannot receive Holy Communion in person:
My Jesus, I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
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Our parish depends on your generosity, especially now.
During these challenging times when there are concerns about exposure or spread of a virus, consider Online E-Giving as a convenient option during this unprecedented time. With Online Giving, you can continue to support our parish with your regular donations from home.
Thank you, as always, for supporting St. Isaac Jogues Parish.
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Watch Inspirational Videos
Inspirational videos to grow closer to God during this time when we cannot physically be together as a parish community.
The Veil Removed is the video featured on our homepage. It is a short six minute film that reveals the coming together of heaven and earth at Mass, as seen by saints and mystics, revealed by scripture and in the catechism of the Catholic Church.
Watch the The Veil Removed here.
Click here to see more inspirational videos.
This “Catholic version of Netflix” can be streamed to your TV or mobile device and contains some of the best Catholic content there
While we’re at home more during the next month, it would be excellent to establish a habit of regular family prayer and devotions.
St. Isaac Jogues, along with many parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, are subscribed to the exciting online platform, FORMED.org. This “Catholic version of Netflix” can be streamed to your TV or mobile device and contains some of the best Catholic content there is – video series, movies, books and study programs – all to help you grow in your faith, find deeper peace with God, and share what you believe with others.
Pulling together the best in Catholic movies, children’s programming, audio dramas and books, FORMED.org provides a trusted and engaging entertainment alternative in support of a Catholic lifestyle.
Also included are Bible studies, sacramental prep materials, documentaries, books and audio talks from leading Catholic experts that will help you grow in understanding your faith.
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