.A Message from Archbishop Pérez Announcing the Launch of “The Power of Faith and Hope in a Time of Uncertainty: A Virtual Lenten Retreat“Our Lenten journey has taken an unexpected turn with the worldwide outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). In an effort to impede the spread of the virus and to protect those most vulnerable among us, all of us have changed the way that we live. Life as we understand it has temporarily changed, but this too shall pass. We are people whose hearts are grounded in our faith and in our hope, that is the strength that helps us during this time of uncertainty.Though we are living out concepts such as isolation, quarantine, and social distancing – as believers and followers of Christ we know we are never truly alone and that He is always by our side. It has been a painful, confusing, trying time for all of us, but in Christ and His triumph over the cross there is hope. Until we can safely be together again physically, we can pray together in spirit.I am overjoyed to announce a new Lenten initiative, “The Power of Faith and Hope in a Time of Uncertainty: A Virtual Lenten Retreat.” Beginning Monday, March 30th I will share a video each night at 7:00 p.m. via my Facebook page. The series will extend to Palm Sunday and will include dynamic presenters from across our Archdiocese who will bring Catholic Families closer to Christ through scripture, reflection, and prayer. Six of the videos will be in English and American Sign Language and one will be in Spanish.Please consider participating in this upcoming Lenten Video Retreat. Give this gift of hope to yourself. Christ is hope and through Him we’re a people of hope. I’m praying for you during this time of uncertainty.”+Nelson J. PérezArchbishop of PhiladelphiaArchbishop Pérez recently recorded videos introducing this initiative and released them on social media. To watch the video in English, please click here. To watch the video in Spanish, please click here. A message from the Archbishop is below followed by additional details. Please share this information as broadly as possible in your parish communities in all manners at your disposal.Additional Information Regarding “The Power of Faith and Hope in a Time of Uncertainty: A Virtual Lenten Retreat”This initiative commences on Monday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m. That evening, and on each of the following evenings leading up to Palm Sunday, a video will be posted to Archbishop Pérez’s Facebook page. At that same time each night, installments will be posted to his Instagram page as well as the Archdiocesan Vimeo Channel, the Archdiocesan website, and CatholicPhilly.com, the official digital news agency of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.The presenters include
- Reverend Matthew W. Guckin, Director of Catholic Mission and Identity for the Office for Catechetical Formation and Parochial Administrator Pro Tem, Saint Francis de Sales Parish;
- Deacon Anthony Willoughby, Saint Ignatius of Loyola Parish and Campus Minister at Saint Francis Home for Children and Saint Gabriel’s Hall;
- Mrs. Megan Mohan, Associate Director of Outreach for ANTHEM;
- Reverend Eric Banecker, Parochial Vicar, Saint Pius X Parish;
- Sister Maeve Nativitas, Sisters of Life, Saint Malachy Convent;
- Mr. Eustace Mita, Co-Founder and Chairman of Man-Up Philly; and
- Reverend Matthew Biedrzycki, Parochial Vicar, Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.American Sign Language interpretation was provided by Reverend Seán A. Loomis, Chaplain of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Deaf Apostolate and Parochial Vicar, Annunciation B.V.M. Parish.For comprehensive information about the pastoral and temporal response of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, please visit http://archphila.org/
This Friday, March 27th, in Saint Peter’s Square, Our Holy Father will offer a special, Urbi et Orbi Blessing. Translated as “to the City [of Rome] and to the World, this blessing is typically reserved for Easter and Christmas.”During this time of strife for our world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Archbishop Pérez is echoing Pope Francis’ call that faithful from throughout the Universal Church join in prayerful solidarity at 6:00 p.m. Rome time (1:00 p.m. EDT) this Friday.During this Statio orbis, which will be broadcast by Mondovision and streamed live on the Vatican News Service website (www.vaticannews.va), the Holy Father will grant to all participants a Plenary Indulgence before imparting the Urbi et Orbi Blessing.Please share this information broadly and join together for this powerful and historic time of prayer with the Holy Father and faithful from around the world. As Archbishop Pérez recently reminded us, “Christ is hope and through Him we are a people of hope!”Sincerely in Christ,Rev. Msgr. Daniel J. SullivanVicar for Clergy
For the health concerns of our parishioners, the following parish activities and services have been postponed until a later date:
1.The Monday Night Lenten Movie Series
2. The Night at the Races for St. Anthony of Padua School
3. The Visit of the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima
Please check the bulletin for rescheduled dates!
CHURCH VISITATION DURING PANDEMIC
Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Camden Diocese suspend celebration of mass, places limits on sacraments due to COVID-19
Message from Father Nick on the COVID-19 Virus
At Annunciation BVM, we are all working together to assure the safety of people. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and understanding at this time. We all need to pray for a swift resolution to this problem. Here is a prayer written by the Holy Father, Pope Francis to the Blessed Mother during COVID-19 pandemic:
Visit of National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima
PARISH PLEDGE REPORT As of March 9, we had received 50 pledges for a total amount of $23,770.00. We have received and deposited $20,560.00 towards our goal. We thank all those who have pledged so far. Please consider giving so that we can reach our goal. Please remember that you can make payments and spread out your pledge to help us complete our fund drive.
God Bless you. 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
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”.