March 31, 2020

A Message from Our Pastor Rev. Nicholas Martorano, O.S.A.

Dear Friends,
My heart aches for you, our good people, because, due to this Coronavirus pandemic, we are unable to celebrate Eucharist together for, what I hope will be, a brief time. Please be assured that I will continue to remember you and your family in the private Masses that we Augustinians have been offering every day. During these difficult days, while we cannot celebrate Eucharist as a Parish Community, it seems to me that the Lord is inviting us to be Eucharist, bread broken and wine poured out, for one another.
If you remember in the Gospel text for the Third Sunday of Lent, in His conversation with the Samaritan woman, when she said that the Samaritans, worshiped on the mountain, while Jews saw Jerusalem as the place to worship, Jesus responded, “Believe me, woman, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.”…”the hour is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth, and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and truth.”
Now is the time! The time is here! We, who are blessed to be a Eucharistic people, are now called to be Eucharist to one another. Here are some ways we can do that:
1. By praying together in the Sanctuary of your Home for all who are sick and ministering to the sick. (May I recommend for your consideration the Family Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Prayer of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the Prayer of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary);
2. Calling up elderly relatives, friends, neighbors, offering to shop for them or pick up medicines or other necessities for them;
3. Preparing meals for families suddenly faced with unemployment.
These are just a few ways in which we can show ourselves to be the Eucharistic people we claim to be. I am sure you, in your own creative ways, can think of many other ways in which you might serve others, and thereby “worship the Father in Spirit and in truth.”
While this is indeed a health crisis that effects all of us, it is also a financial crisis for many. Many of our people find themselves suddenly unemployed and are experiencing financial distress. To the extent that we are able, we need to help where we can and reach out to others in need.
Many of our people have asked how they can continue to support our parish. As you are aware, we are very much dependent on your generosity in our weekly Offertory to meet our financial obligations. Without that income we struggle to pay utility and other maintenance bills; pay our staff who are needed to keep the parish operating; or meet our need to keep our parish functioning. Therefore, I ask you to please continue to support your parish by mailing in your weekly offering, or dropping it in the rectory door mail slot or setting up electronic giving with our parish secretary or financial manager by phone. Without your continued support, our parish will find it difficult to sustain itself.
With God’s help, the Lord’s love for His Church, our Blessed Mother’s constant intercession on our behalf, and the Holy Spirit’s encouragement of your generous hearts, I am confident that we will continue to grow as the Eucharistic People of the Annunciation B.V.M. and St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parishes. You know that I love you and that I am constantly praying for you and your Family. Please remember all of us in your prayer.
Your brother in Christ,
Fr. Nick
Pastor

.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. Pérez
Archbishop of Philadelphia
Archbishop 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/covid19/.

 

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. Sullivan
Vicar for Clergy

 

POSTPONEMENTS

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

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

Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Camden Diocese suspend celebration of mass, places limits on sacraments due to COVID-19

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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:

O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope.  We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.  You, salvation of all people, know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial.  Help us Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.  Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God.  Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
Thanks for all of your help and again stay safe and as cheerful as possible.  We never give up hope.  God bless you.
Fr. Nick

POSTPONED

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

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”.