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Holy Week/Triduum Liturgical Update, March 31, 2020 Dear Friends, The evolving situation with the spread of the pandemic requires of us enormous flexibility to shift & pivot as circumstances require.  There is some alarm as to distributing blest palm branches & also food for the Easter meal as they could become a means for the transmission of the virus.  Consequently, we will not distribute any blest palm branches until it is entirely safe for us to do so.  We will store the blest branches in refrigeration so that they may be given out at a later time.  I am canceling the Holy Saturday ble...

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FREE! Archbishop Pérez Announces: "The Power of Faith and Hope in a Time of Uncertainty: A Virtual Lenten Retreat", Mon.-Sun., March 30-April 5, 2020, 7-7:15pm Starting THIS Monday, 3/30/20, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is hosting a dynamic, inspirational speaker for just 15-minutes every evening via: Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/catholicphilly/ ), and other sites. For details (log-on links, list of speakers, and more details about this Lenten retreat), CLICK HERE. To view a brief 2-minute video from Archbishop Pérez inviting you to join us, click here. &nb...

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Visitation BVM Family

Posted on March 28, 2020 in: Pastor

Dear Friends, After celebrating & recording Mass for the 5th Sunday of Lent on Friday afternoon, I returned to the rectory which has been closed for some time now, to discover one of our receptionists in the front office, retrieving some needed information. The weather was beautifully sunny, & she walked over with a couple of other women from their homes, a fair distance away.  It was good to see some familiar faces & hear their voices in this time of near isolation & social distancing.  They asked me how I was faring, & I said that I was doing okay—all things considered.  I e...

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Updated Planning for Holy Week/Triduum Liturgies Dear Friends, I am offering a sort of ‘heads up’ blurb of information to let you know that we are working on planning for our Catholic High Holy Days liturgies:  those of Holy Week & the Sacred Triduum.  I invite you & your family to join us, united in prayer. For those of you who braid or pleat palms, you may bring them to the Lower Church (with your name tag affixed) for their inclusion for the blessing of the palms.  Please bring them to the Lower Church on Saturday morning, April 4th. Blest palm branches will be made available ...

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Dear Friends, This Friday, March 27th, in Saint Peter’s Square, Our Holy Father will offer a special,Urbi et OrbiBlessing. 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 solidairty 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 t...

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Spiritual Resources during the Coronavirus Restrictions During these difficult days, the Lord always remains close to us and provides us ways to receive His grace even when we cannot attend Mass in person. Visit our Archdiocesan Spiritual Resources page to find many excellent resources to nourish you spiritually and help you remain as close as possible to Jesus in the Eucharist during this time.    Find a list of live-streamed Masses, online devotions, prayer services, faith formation, ways to help and more at http://archphila.org/resources/.

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Update 3/23/20

Posted on March 23, 2020 in: Pastor

Dear Friends, We are living in unprecedented times with the potentially life threatening Coronavirus, & I hope that you are taking every precaution possible to keep yourself & your family members healthy & safe!  Please be assured that I am praying for us, asking our dear Lord & His Blessed Mother to spare us further scourge from this invisible enemy.  I invite you to join me as we pray together in such prayer. In order to more easily facilitate opportunity for personal/private prayer, I am moving the daily adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from our perpetual adoration chapel between the ho...

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  Dear Friends, We are living in unprecedented times with the potentially life threatening Coronavirus, & I hope that you are taking every precaution possible to keep yourself & your family members healthy & safe!  Please be assured that I am praying for us, asking our dear Lord & His Blessed Mother to spare us further scourge from this invisible enemy.  I invite you to join me in such prayer. In order to more easily facilitate opportunity for personal/private prayer, I am moving the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from our perpetual adoration chapel between the hours of 8 am. unt...

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Update from our Archbishop 3/18/20

Posted on March 18, 2020 in: Pastor

Dear Brother Priests and Deacons, The pastoral and temporal response of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to evolve as this public health matter develops. During these uncertain and anxious times, all of us remain committed to fulfilling the mission of the Church through her various ministries and I know much has been asked of you in recent days.   Yesterday afternoon, Archbishop Pérez recorded pastoral messages for the people of the Archdiocese (English and Spanish), for all Church employees, and for the young people in our schools. Links to all of those videos can...

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Update as of 3/17/20

Posted on March 17, 2020 in: Pastor

Dear Friends: Mass and all non-sacramental activities & gatherings within our parish have been suspended indefinitely, per our Archbishop and as is being advised by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in order to try to prevent further spread of the Coronavirus.  It is very important, especially for those of us older than 60 & with underlying health conditions, to remain vigilant & cautious. Sunday the church doors will remain open from 7:30 am until 12:30 pm for you to come and pray.  Mass will not be celebrated.  I will celebrate Mass Saturday evening and hope to be able to have it telev...

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Dear Friends:   As of today, I am suspending indefinitely all non-sacramental activities & gatherings within our parish, as is being advised by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in order to try to prevent further spread of the Coronavirus.  It is very important, especially for those of us older than 60 & with underlying health conditions, to remain vigilant & cautious.     Until & unless we are given direction from competent authority to close down entirely, we will continue offering daily & weekend Masses, scheduled confessions, baptisms, funerals, weddings, anoi...

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Rosary Campaign for the End of the Coronavirus When:  Starts Friday, March 13, 8:00-8:30 PM (Eastern) Every day through Tuesday, March 24* Please click this link to tune in each night at 8 PM: zoom.us/j/494480541... Click the link 5-10 minutes early to allow your device to download any necessary software. Or dial-in by telephone: Dial: (646) 558-8656 Enter the Webinar ID: 494 480 541 Full details at: phillyevang.org/rosary  

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Mom's Night Out

Posted on March 12, 2020 in: School

Mom's Night Out has been rescheduled to Friday, May 1st.

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Effective immediately, and until further notice, Archbishop Pérez, in union with the Bishops of Pennsylvania, has dispensed the faithful of  the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. Despite the suspension of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass, all regularly scheduled masses will remain open to the public for those who wish to attend.  If you are sick or not feeling well, please stay home.

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CELEBRATING MARY'S YES WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 AT 7PM SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD Visitation BVM will be participating in the Rosary Rally at Pope John Paull II High School, click here to register. Doors open at 6:30 PM Wear blue and white to show your Visi Pride!   Catholics throughout the Archdiocese are invited to be part of the Culture of Vocations by participating in a ROSARY RALLY!! Seven locations throughout the Archdiocese will simultaneously pray the rosary and participate in a discussion on a new vocation initiative with Serra International. On the Feast of her profound YES...

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Some Minor Changes

Posted on March 03, 2020 in: Pastor

St. John Henry Newman, who was canonized last year by Pope Francis, was an English poet & theologian who converted to Catholicism from the Anglican tradition; & who once wisely observed, “To live is to change, & to live long is to have changed oven.” I recently attempted to change my Siamese cat Pasha’s food to upgrade to something better—away from the canned cat food & dry kibble that he loves so much to a more balanced & healthier diet—gently cooked chicken & fish. What I experienced from him during the past month is feline stubbornness that I never imagined him havin...

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DIRECTIVES FOR THE CELEBRATION OF MASS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA IN RESPONSE TO THE POTENTIONAL SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) The potential spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States and locally at this point requires a pastoral response that impacts the celebration of Mass in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  Effective immediately, the following directives are to be observed:   • HOLY COMMUNION All priests, deacons and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion are to wash their hands with soap and water prior to the celebration of Mass.  A hand sanitizer may be u...

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From the Office for Persons with Disabilities The Annual Archdiocesan Mass Honoring the Gifts of Persons with Disabilities, The Deaf Community, Family, Friends and Caregivers is Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul at 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia.  Villanova University Pastoral Musicians will provide the liturgical music.  There will be a reception immediately following the Mass.  All are Welcome.  To RSVP go to www.opdarchphilly.org or call the Office for Persons with Disabilities at 215-587-3530 with...

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