Parish Updates during the coronavirus

Weekly Parish Messages

from our Pastor

Pastor’s Message from May 17, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

I would like to share with you a timely excerpt from Days of Devotion: Pope John XXIII for May 30 titled “Mary, Mother and Queen”:

We crown you together with your divine Son, O Mother, we crown you as our Queen, and May the golden crown that encircles your brow glow as a sign of the highest holiness to which a human creature may rise.

The crown is of purest gold, like the hearts of your children who offer it to you.

We beg you for two graces: peace of mind and the spirit of peace in our families, in our parishes, and in the diocese which loves and honors you; peace in our blessed land, and in our endeavors to achieve the loftiest ideals of human and social life in the light of the Gospel.

Ah, my brothers and sisters! I speak of true Christian brotherhood and, after peace, this brotherhood  is the second grace for which I intend to pray, and for which I ask you all to pray to Jesus…under the auspices and with the help of the prayers of our newly crowned Queen.

O Queen of the Universe, remain with us forever. We pray to you,O sweet, O merciful, O loving, Immaculate Virgin Mary.

 Peace and Prayers,
  Fr. Moerman

Pastor’s Message from May 10, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

Thanks to all of you who have sent thoughtful notes of support and for your offertory envelopes. These have been mailed or dropped off in our mailbox outside the office.

Both your ongoing personal and financial support are much appreciated! As always, I am grateful to those who have ensured reliable online financial support through signing up for “Parish Giving.”

Peace and prayers, Fr. Moerman

Pastor’s Message from May 3, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

Jesus perfectly manifested sacrificial love as the Divine Shepherd. He was willing to go to any end for us, His sheep. Christ did not let suffering, persecution, rejection and the like deter Him. It is inspirational to know how deep His love is for us.

This love is seen, also, in the unwavering love of a parent, sibling, or dear friend. This sort of love forges a deep spiritual bond that is stronger than any hardship we might face. No matter which “wolf” comes our way, we must know of the unwavering support of the Divine Shepherd. Surely, we can place this pandemic as an unexpected and dangerous “wolf” in our midst from which we need Divine protection.

Please join me in praying this prayer:

Lord, I thank You for Your unwavering support of me as my Shepherd. And I thank You for those who act as Your instruments of this deep love and commitment. Help me to fulfill my role of shepherding Your people, the people you have placed in my life. May I never run from this glorious responsibility which is my calling as one of your disciples. Jesus, I trust in you. Amen.

Peace and prayers, Fr. Moerman

Saint to intercede for us during a pandemic: St. Camilla Battista of Verano

Sr. Camilla died during and from the plague epidemic of the 16th century. We look to her because not only did she experience something similar to what is going on now but also was a victim of it. This saint and Poor Clare sister died of the plague on May 31, 1524.

She died alone on the bed of the cross infected by the disease and was buried in quicklime to prevent further contagion. Beforehand, she was quarantined to her room and had meals passed to her through a slot at the base of her doorway.

 This saint certainly knows what those who have contracted the virus are going through. She knows the pain of their family members and of each of us. That is why we are certain that she intercedes for peace and health for everyone. She promised, ”From Heaven, I will never forget you.” We are asked to trust in the power of prayer and the awareness that the saints are our friends.

 St. Camilla’s body is kept in the Poor Clare monastery of Camerino, Italy.

Prayer to St. Camilla Battista

Holy and Blessed Trinity,
You granted Camilla Battista the ability
to live as a true daughter of the Father,
to adhere to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and to allow herself to be molded
by the fire of the Holy Spirit.
Give me the grace to imitate her example,
and to make also of my life
a reflection of her beauty
and of her sanctity.

Grant me, through the intercession of Saint Camilla Battista,
this grace that I ask (here state the favor you are requesting)
Say one of each, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…

Amen.

Learn more about St. Camilla here.

Pastor’s Message from April 26, 2020

Intro to Monastery Living

I found a booklet written by Thomas Merton titled,” Come To the Mountain” on my bookshelf which served as an introduction to monastic life for postulants but also for interested lay people.

Its introduction had echos of what life is like for some of us who are isolated at home. It will not apply to young parents most likely but you never know.

Merton talks about the rationale for monasteries. He states:

The apparent ‘pointlessness’ of the monastery in the world is exactly what gives it a real reason for existing. In a world of noise, confusion and conflict it is necessary that there be places of silence, inner discipline and peace: not the peace of mere relaxation but the peace of inner clarity and love based on ascetic renunciation.

More than one person has pointed out that perhaps this “stay at home” order is forcing us to slow down and reevaluate what is really important in life eg. family, awareness of our reliance on God, and human connection in general.

We are all encouraged to pray for a swift resolution to this global pandemic and to do everything we can to help those most directly affected by it eg. patients, their families, medical workers and all essential workers.

For those of us who are simply doing our part by self isolating at home, perhaps the rationale Merton gives for monastic life may pertain to our lives in the here and now.

I close with this slight rewording of Merton:

The monastery teaches us to take our own measure and to accept our ordinariness; in a word, it teaches us the truth about ourselves which is known as “humility.”

The seemingly fruitless existence of the monk is therefore centered on the ultimate reality and the highest value: it loves truth for its own sake and loves God for Himself being the source of this love.

Peace and prayers, Fr. Moerman

Pastor’s Message from April 19, 2020

The Easter message of the merciful Christ, General Audience

Pope John Paul II spoke about Sister Faustina, showing his great respect for her, relating her to his encyclical. Rich in Mercy, and emphasizing her role in bringing the message of mercy to the world: (L’Osservatore Romano, April 15, 1991)

1.  In the name of Jesus Christ crucified and risen, in the spirit of his messianic mission, enduring in the history of humanity, we raise our voices and pray that the love which is in the Father may once again be revealed at this stage of history and that, through the work of the Son and Holy Spirit, it may be shown to be present in our modern world and to be more powerful than evil: more powerful than sin and death.

“We pray for this through the intercession of her who does not cease to proclaim ‘mercy…from generation to generation,’ and also through the intercession of those for whom there have been completely fulfilled the words of the Sermon on the Mount: ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.’ (Dives in Misericordia, 15).

2.  Our Lady of Jasna Gora! The words of the encyclical on divine Mercy (Dives in Misericordia) are particularly close to us. They recall the figure of the Servant of God, Sister Faustina Kowalska. This simple religious woman part brought the Easter message of the merciful Christ closer to Poland and the whole world.

This happened before the Second World War and all its cruelty. In the face of all the organized contempt for the human person, the message of Christ who was tormented and rose again became for many people in Poland and beyond its borders, and even on other continents, a source of the hope and strength necessary for survival.

3.  And today? Is it perhaps not necessary also “in the contemporary world” in our homeland, in society, among the people who have entered into a new phase of our history, for love to reveal that it is stronger than hatred and selfishness? Is it perhaps not necessary to translate into the language of today’s generations the words of the Gospel, “blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy”.

O Mother, who announces divine mercy “from generation to generation” (Lk 1:50), help our generation to rise from the moral crisis and Christ’s new commandment, “love one another: (Jn 13:34) be established ever more fully among us.

Easter Message from the Pastor, April 12, 2020

He is risen! Alleluia!

Dear Parishioners and All,

Easter of 2020 will be etched in our memories as one when we continued to fulfill a “stay at home” order rather than attend church and celebrate with extended family.

Cardinal Stella, the prefect of clergy in Rome, shares this with us: “I believe that all those who were on their way to Rome or to local shrines must think that their Easter and their call to conversion, must take place within the family, in their small environment, where the Lord calls them to live the mystery of Easter at this time.”

The above quote can certainly apply to us who would rather be in our parish church rather than entombed at home for Easter Sunday. We will have to participate virtually online or through television.

Technology can allow us to live in communion and is not just virtual. The Holy Spirit also passes through these new things in today’s world and speaks to hearts, speaks to consciences, to little ones and to great ones.

God never disturbs the joy of his children except to send greater joy. We aim to to find intimacy with the Lord even in the absence of rites and physical participation. [C. Stella]

The women who went to anoint the body of Christ in the tomb were met by a young man seated with a white robe. He said to them,” Do not be terrified. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, He is not here. Behold the place where they laid him.” [Mark 16]

Let us maintain hope in the midst of crisis and realize that hope is based on the fact that Jesus Christ is truly risen and God hears our prayers from every location.

Peace and Prayers,
Fr. Moerman

Pastor’s Message from 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

Saint to intercede for us during a pandemic: St. Camilla Battista of Verano

Sr. Camilla died during and from the plague epidemic of the 16th century. We look to her because not only did she experience something similar to what is going on now but also was a victim of it. This saint and Poor Clare sister died of the plague on May 31, 1524.

She died alone on the bed of the cross infected by the disease and was buried in quicklime to prevent further contagion. Beforehand, she was quarantined to her room and had meals passed to her through a slot at the base of her doorway.

 This saint certainly knows what those who have contracted the virus are going through. She knows the pain of their family members and of each of us. That is why we are certain that she intercedes for peace and health for everyone. She promised, ”From Heaven, I will never forget you.” We are asked to trust in the power of prayer and the awareness that the saints are our friends.

 St. Camilla’s body is kept in the Poor Clare monastery of Camerino, Italy.

Prayer to St. Camilla Battista

Holy and Blessed Trinity,
You granted Camilla Battista the ability
to live as a true daughter of the Father,
to adhere to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and to allow herself to be molded
by the fire of the Holy Spirit.
Give me the grace to imitate her example,
and to make also of my life
a reflection of her beauty
and of her sanctity.

Grant me, through the intercession of Saint Camilla Battista,
this grace that I ask (here state the favor you are requesting)
Say one of each, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…

Amen.

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 is closed until further notice

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.

Public Masses in our Archdiocese will begin again the weekend of June 6th and 7th.

Previous Updates:
All Parish Events are canceled (including Masses):

All Masses are canceled until further notice, effective after the 8:00 AM Mass on March 18th.

Watch St. Isaac Jogues Sunday Masses online (click here), posted by 9 AM on Sundays until the restrictions are lifted.

Scroll down to see other options for Masses – online, radio and TV.

The collection for Holy Land has been moved from Good Friday to September 12-13, 2020.

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

Update: PA Churches to reopen! Public Masses in the Archdiocese will resume the weekend of June 6th and 7th.

Previous Updates:
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.

(Continue to scroll down to see options for Masses online, radio and TV.)

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia held a Virtual Lenten Retreat
which began on Monday, March 30th, and continued for six nights.

Click here to watch night one.

Confessions are available.

Confessions are available as regularly scheduled from 3:45 to 4:45 pm on Saturdays.

The Adoration Chapel is 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.

The collection for Holy Land has been moved to September 12-13, 2020.


Ways to watch Mass online, satellite radio or TV

Watch St. Isaac Jogues Sunday Masses online (click here), posted by 9 AM on Sundays until the restrictions are lifted. (The videos are available on the homepage and Latest News.)

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. ​
Monday – Friday at 11:00 am, 9:30 pm ET
Saturday at 11:00 am, 9:30 pm ET
Sunday at 1:30 pm, 8:30 pm ET.

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 AM 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)

Click here to see a picture of this prayer and/or print it.

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 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.

Click here to get started.

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 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 free “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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