Parish Updates Regarding the Coronavirus

Let Hope Replace Fear

Messages from our Pastor

March 24, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

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,
Fr. Moerman

Pastor’s Message from March 19, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

It is difficult to deal with something when we feel we have no control over the situation. It can lead to a sense of hopelessness and despair. It can also lead to fear and panic in some.

The Coronavirus pandemic fits the above description pretty well. In the beginning, it was a remote reality continents away but now it’s in our backyards. I believe God is intervening by working through those experts in the medical fields if we are willing to listen. So, practice social distancing and self isolate if necessary.

It seemed necessary to cancel public Masses for the time being but reminds us how much we need the Mass and the Eucharist to sustain our faith. Let us ask God to strengthen our faith nonetheless and to increase the other 2 theological virtues of Hope and Charity within each of us. ‘It’s we and not me “ should be our mantra. We are reminded that humanity is connected across the globe and within local communities in sickness and in health. May God bless us all and bring this pandemic to a swift end.

Peace and Prayers,
Fr. Moerman


Prayers for the End of the Coronavirus

Jesus, we trust in you.

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Pope Francis: Prayer to Mary During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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O Mary, you shine continuously along our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.

We entrust ourselves to you, Heath of the Sick, who at the Cross were near to the pain of Jesus, keeping your faith firm.

You, Salvation of the Roman people, know what we need, and we trust that you will provide for those needs so that, as at Cana of Galilee, joy and celebration may return after this moment of trial.

Help us, Mother of the Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us, He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and took up our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.

We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

From: Pope Francis


WATCH POPE FRANCIS DELIVER THIS PRAYER TO MARY | MARCH 11, 2020

Prayer for the End of the Coronavirus

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Jesus Christ, your traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.

Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they gain their strength and health through quality medical care. Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations rom working together and neighbors from helping one another. Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.

Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” Come to our aid now, that we may experience your healing love.

Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.

Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.

Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.

Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all the medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace.

Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.

Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.

Jesus Christ, heal us.

Sisters of St. Francis: Prayer to end the Coronavirus

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Heavenly father, you bring us strength and courage during difficult times in this world. We humbly bow down to you, asking for an end to the death, fear and pain brought on by the recent coronavirus epidemic. For those families and friends who have encountered the death of a loved one, may you bring comfort; for those inflicted by the virus, may you bring healing, and for those who struggle with the fear of a loved one or themselves encountering the disease, may you bring peace.

We ask that you protect all healthcare personnel as they are instrumental in the fight to end the coronavirus.

Dear God, we trust in you.

Amen.

From the Sisters of St. Francis

The Memorare

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Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

Amen.


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.
Amen.

(From EWTN.com)

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Online Giving

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.

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!

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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