SPECIAL MASS SCHEDULE   

Saturday June 6 5pm English

Sunday June 7 11am English

HORARIO ESPECIAL DE MASAS

Domingo 7 de junio 8:30 a.m. Español

Domingo 7 de junio 3:00 p.m. p.m. Español

Domingo 7 de junio 5:00 p.m. Español

 

Statement from the Archdiocese Regarding the Project Resumption of the Public Celebration of Mass in the Five-County Region
In mid-March, the celebration of public Mass was suspended in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the obligation for the faithful to attend Mass was dispensed. Those decisions were not made lightly and were always intended to be temporary measures.
They were made out of necessity for the common good and in recognition of the fact that all of us share a responsibility for the preservation of public health, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. During this unprecedented time, the Archdiocese has made every effort to provide for the spiritual needs of the faithful as well as the temporal needs of those who benefit from its many charitable works.
It is important to note that Catholic churches in the Archdiocese have never been closed. Local parish churches have remained open for private prayer as well as the celebration of the Sacraments Baptism, Penance, Matrimony, and funeral Masses at the discretion of the local pastor and with respect for guidelines from public health officials as they have evolved over time.
Based on recent statements from government officials at the state level, it is anticipated that the five-county region comprising the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will move into the “yellow” phase of the statewide re-opening plan by Friday, June 5th. As such, it is projected that the celebration of daily and Sunday Masses will resume beginning on Saturday, June 6th.
The administration of the Archdiocese has been working in consultation with public health officials to ensure that such a resumption takes place within the context of state approved guidelines and is actively working to provide appropriate guidance to its clergy so that all will be as prepared as possible when the public celebration of Mass begins again. All of us are eager to open the doors of Church wide for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

 

We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced much uncertainty in the lives of your parishioners and throughout your parish community. However, we at The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia would like to help you as best we can. For that reason, we are launching our Parish Support Initiative. We also want to share some resources to aid you in promoting your offertory during this uncertain time.

What is the Parish Support Initiative?
While you work to navigate the spiritual needs of those entrusted to your pastoral care, we are working to assist you in maintaining parish giving and stewardship, which are critical to your ability to maintain parish operations. The Parish Support Initiative allows parishioners to make an electronic donation to your parish on our website at www.TheCFGP.org/Parish. The donation page will have a drop-down menu that lists each of the parishes within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and parishioners can direct their gift accordingly.

Online Giving 
Whether you are utilizing your own online giving platform, or utilizing CFGP’s Parish Support Initiative, it’s vital to continue talking about the need for offertory giving to your parishioners. Here are a few quick tips on how you can encourage online giving among your parishioners:

  • Talk about online giving during streamed Masses and in email and social media communication.
  • Be transparent with parishioners about the change in offertory that you’re seeing in these challenging times.
  • Ensure that the link to your preferred online giving platform or the Parish Support Initiative is included somewhere in most of your communications with parishioners.
  • Please click here for sample email communication, social media content and prayers of the faithful that can assist you in crafting your message.
  • Utilize communications tools and communicate often with parishioners
  • Keep your website up to date with information on how your parish and the Archdiocese is responding to the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Whether through live-stream, recorded private Masses, or email or social media, try to communicate with your parish at least once a week.
  • More regular email communication (through Flocknote or any other email marketing tool) is vital to allowing parishioners to feel connected while also helping spread the online giving message.

If you are interested in more tips, please visit www.TheCFGP.org/parishtips. If you would like to view sample communication copy, please click here.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the Parish Support Initiative or about any of the resources that we’ve provided.

CHURCH VISITATION DURING PANDEMIC

Sadly, we will not be able to gather as a Community to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass during this time period of working to contain the Coronavirus.  However, the Upper Church will be open certain times each day for opportunities to visit the Blessed Sacrament and offer prayer.  These times are as follows:
1.  Weekdays (Monday to Friday) from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M.
2.  Saturdays–3:30 P.M. until 5:00 P.M.  (Confessions from 4:30 until 5:00 PM)
3.  Sundays–10:00 A.M. until 12:00 Noon
Please find time to visit and pray before the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle, especially for an end to the Virus, for those effected in any way, for doctors and scientist trying to find a vaccine and for a return to our normal way of life.  Also, if anyone would be kind enough to volunteer at least one hour to watch the Church during the times it will be open for visits, please contact the Rectory Office.  This would be greatly appreciated.  God Bless you and stay safe.  Let us all pray for one another,stay hopeful and ask God for His Mercy.
Fr. Nick

 

 

 

A CALL TO SERVE IN CHURCH MINISTRY

The Liturgy is the work of the people-the music, the Proclaiming of the Word, serving at the altar, ushers to assist, and the distribution of Holy Communion. We need to help fulfill these ministries here at Annunciation! I ask that you pray about how you might be able to give of yourself to enhance the Liturgy here at Annunciation. If you think that you can serve in any of these church ministries, please call Fr. Nick at the rectory office. Thank you!

Parish Community of Annunciation B.V.M.

(Partnered with St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish http://www.stnicksphila.com/)
Staffed by the Augustinians

Mission Statement

We, the people of the Annunciation BVM Parish, recognize our call to grow as “A Catholic Life Community”.  We are in communion with our Holy Father, Shepherd of the Universal Church, and our Archbishop, Shepherd of the Church in Philadelphia.  Accepting the privilege and the challenge of this call, we commit ourselves to be:

A community that worships God in Spirit and truth through the celebration of the Eucharist and the other Sacraments;

A community that proclaims the Good News of Jesus Christ by inviting all people to join our parish;

A community that teaches the message of Christ through our elementary school, our CCD classes, our adult education sessions, and our Liturgy;

A community that serves and heals all our parishioners, especially the poor and needy by generous acts of charity, and by using our time, talent and treasure, work together for goodwill,  justice and peace for all.

We realize that this statement is merely the end of the beginning.  We pray for God’s guidance, and through the intercession of Mary, gain the strength to continue to respond to the needs of our “Catholic Life Community”.