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Monsignor's Reports 

Monsignor Gentili frequently suggests interesting articles from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Archbishop Chaput, Pope Frances and more. To be an informed Catholic it’s important to be aware of the key Catholic issues that are happening in our community and world.

Monsignor has also written articles on various issues that affect our parish community.

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 Black History Month and the Pro-Life Movement

2020 was an inflection point in the national conversation about race in America. As nationwide unrest boiled over, tensions became higher, divisions became deeper, and the conversation became more difficult.

For the pro-life movement, it became difficult to determine how to respond to the issues facing the country. Should we stay focused on abortion issues, or do we enter into the conversation? Do we even have a place or a voice in these issues?  

That’s why Human Coalition Action created a NEW webpage as a reference guide for why the pro-life movement has such an important voice in these issues: https://hucoaction.org/issues/race-justice-and-abortion/.

Ultimately, we are told in Proverbs 31:8 that we are to “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” That means we have a responsibility to speak up for the dignity of all human life.

Please click the link below to go directly to the website page.

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USCCB President's Statement
on the Inauguration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr.,
as 46th President of the United States of America

JANUARY 20, 2021 BY PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE

Dear Parishioners,

 

In an effort to keep us up to date and informed as Catholics regarding important issues to be addressed, I call your attention to the the Statement by Archbishop Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles and President of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops.

Devotedly Yours in Christ,

 

Rev. Monsignor Joseph P. Gentili

Pastor, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

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Archbishop Gomez,

Archbishop of Los Angeles:

President of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops

Bishop Nelson Perez

My prayers are with our new President and his family today.

I am praying that God grant him wisdom and courage to lead this great nation and that God help him to meet the tests of these times, to heal the wounds caused by this pandemic, to ease our intense political and cultural divisions, and to bring people together with renewed dedication to America’s founding purposes, to be one nation under God committed to liberty and equality for all.

Catholic bishops are not partisan players in our nation’s politics. We are pastors responsible for the souls of millions of Americans and we are advocates for the needs of all our neighbors. In every community across the country, Catholic parishes, schools, hospitals, and ministries form an essential culture of compassion and care, serving women, children, and the elderly, the poor and sick, the imprisoned, the migrant, and the marginalized, no matter what their race or religion.

When we speak on issues in American public life, we try to guide consciences, and we offer principles.  These principles are rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the social teachings of his Church. Jesus Christ revealed God’s plan of love for creation and revealed the truth about the human person, who is created in God’s image, endowed with God-given dignity, rights and responsibilities, and called to a transcendent destiny.

Based on these truths, which are reflected in the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights, the bishops and Catholic faithful carry out Christ’s commandment to love God and love our neighbors by working for an America that protects human dignity, expands equality and opportunities for every person, and is open-hearted towards the suffering and weak.

For many years now, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has tried to help Catholics and others of good will in their reflections on political issues through a publication we call Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. The most recent edition addresses a wide range of concerns. Among them: abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty, immigration, racism, poverty, care for the environment, criminal justice reform, economic development, and international peace.

On these and other issues, our duty to love and our moral principles lead us to prudential judgments and positions that do not align neatly with the political categories of left or right or the platforms of our two major political parties. We work with every President and every Congress. On some issues we find ourselves more on the side of Democrats, while on others we find ourselves standing with Republicans. Our priorities are never partisan. We are Catholics first, seeking only to follow Jesus Christ faithfully and to advance his vision for human fraternity and community.

I look forward to working with President Biden and his administration, and the new Congress. As with every administration, there will be areas where we agree and work closely together and areas where we will have principled disagreement and strong opposition.

Working with President Biden will be unique, however, as he is our first president in 60 years to profess the Catholic faith. In a time of growing and aggressive secularism in American culture, when religious believers face many challenges, it will be refreshing to engage with a President who clearly understands, in a deep and personal way, the importance of religious faith and institutions. Mr. Biden’s piety and personal story, his moving witness to how his faith has brought him solace in times of darkness and tragedy, his longstanding commitment to the Gospel’s priority for the poor — all of this I find hopeful and inspiring.

At the same time, as pastors, the nation’s bishops are given the duty of proclaiming the Gospel in all its truth and power, in season and out of season, even when that teaching is inconvenient or when the Gospel’s truths run contrary to the directions of the wider society and culture. So, I must point out that our new President has pledged to pursue certain policies that would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity, most seriously in the areas of abortion, contraception, marriage, and gender. Of deep concern is the liberty of the Church and the freedom of believers to live according to their consciences.

Our commitments on issues of human sexuality and the family, as with our commitments in every other area — such as abolishing the death penalty or seeking a health care system and economy that truly serves the human person — are guided by Christ’s great commandment to love and to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters, especially the most vulnerable.

For the nation’s bishops, the continued injustice of abortion remains the “preeminent priority.” Preeminent does not mean “only.” We have deep concerns about many threats to human life and dignity in our society. But as Pope Francis teaches, we cannot stay silent when nearly a million unborn lives are being cast aside in our country year after year through abortion.

Abortion is a direct attack on life that also wounds the woman and undermines the family. It is not only a private matter, it raises troubling and fundamental questions of fraternity, solidarity, and inclusion in the human community. It is also a matter of social justice. We cannot ignore the reality that abortion rates are much higher among the poor and minorities, and that the procedure is regularly used to eliminate children who would be born with disabilities.

Rather than impose further expansions of abortion and contraception, as he has promised, I am hopeful that the new President and his administration will work with the Church and others of good will. My hope is that we can begin a dialogue to address the complicated cultural and economic factors that are driving abortion and discouraging families. My hope, too, is that we can work together to finally put in place a coherent family policy in this country, one that acknowledges the crucial importance of strong marriages and parenting to the well-being of children and the stability of communities. If the President, with full respect for the Church’s religious freedom, were to engage in this conversation, it would go a long way toward restoring the civil balance and healing our country’s needs.

President Biden’s call for national healing and unity is welcome on all levels. It is urgently needed as we confront the trauma in our country caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the social isolation that has only worsened the intense and long-simmering divisions among our fellow citizens.

As believers, we understand that healing is a gift that we can only receive from the hand of God. We know, too, that real reconciliation requires patient listening to those who disagree with us and a willingness to forgive and move beyond desires for reprisal. Christian love calls us to love our enemies and bless those who oppose us, and to treat others with the same compassion that we want for ourselves. 

We are all under the watchful eye of God, who alone knows and can judge the intentions of our hearts. I pray that God will give our new President, and all of us, the grace to seek the common good with all sincerity.

I entrust all our hopes and anxieties in this new moment to the tender heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Christ and the patroness of this exceptional nation. May she guide us in the ways of peace and obtain for us wisdom and the grace of a true patriotism and love of country.

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Archdiocese of Philadelphia Audited Financial Statements Released

Today, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia released its audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020. These statements illustrate a positive result in terms of the core operating budget for the past fiscal year and an improvement of over $190 million in the underfunded balance sheet obligations over the past 8 years. 


See link below to additional information and the complete copy of the audited financial statements for the Office for Financial Services (OFS) for the fiscal years ended June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2019.

The audited financial statements for OFS do not include financial results for the Office of Catholic Education, Catholic Social Services, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, or the Catholic Charities Appeal as all are separate entities. 

Additionally, none of the reports released by the Archdiocese include financial statements for individual parishes. All parishes are independent and autonomous entities. 

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Public Statement Regarding Violence at the United States Capitol

Dear Brother Priests and Deacons,

Archbishop Pérez has released a public statement regarding yesterday’s violent protests at the United States Capitol. The full text of the Archbishop’s statement can be found below and attached. Please consider sharing this material broadly in your parish communities in the manner you deem most appropriate. Thank you.

Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Msgr. Daniel J. Sullivan
Vicar for Clergy

Statement of Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez

Regarding Yesterday’s Violent Protests at the United States Capitol

Like so many Americans, I watched the violent protests and vandalism unfold in the United States Capitol with shock and dismay. Yesterday was a truly sad day for our country—a day that I hope and pray never repeats itself.  In the midst of our shared sorrow, we must remember that what we saw is not a reflection of who we are. We are better than this and the actions of a few do not represent us or our values. 

As citizens of this great country, we are blessed. We share common rights to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly among others. While differences of opinion often emerge on a variety of political and societal issues, those differences cannot under any circumstances degenerate into lawlessness and chaos. Regardless of political affiliation, we are united by democracy. Should it devolve into what we witnessed yesterday—violent disorder and chaos—the rights we cherish will disappear into the abyss of anarchy. 

In the name of the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, I express my prayerful gratitude to all government law enforcement agents who worked to restore order to the Capitol as well as our elected officials and their staff members who lived and worked through a dark day in our history to ensure the peaceful transition of power. 

May God grant us wisdom as we seek common ground as Americans and may He bring peace to our land. Today is a new day. It is a call for all people of faith to lift their hearts in prayer for our country and for healing in a spirit of unity rooted in who we are—citizens of the United States of America. 

 

+Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez

Archbishop of Philadelphia

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Stewardship Campaign appeal - 2020

Pastors Comments after Communion –

Kick off weekend, October 24/25, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

 

              Each year at this time, it has become a tradition to kick off our annual Stewardship Campaign Appeal. The last five years have proven to be a huge success. In the last four of those years we have been able to raise over 150,000 thousand dollars per year! What can I say to such generosity but wow! So here we are in this fifth year; and in collaboration with our Finance Council and Pastoral Council, the goal has been set to remain once again at 150,000 thousand dollars! Now I know, some of you might be thinking, the old Monsignor has gone mad! And if you are not thinking that, well you should be! Because I am mad…madly in love with our Catholic Faith and all of you! Hear me out though. We are coming up to “legal age” as a parish. What haven’t we been through? Separation from our beloved mother parish, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, scandals within the church, persecution from outside the church, economic down turns with regards to the stock market, real estate and unemployment. And as if that were not enough, now the Coronavirus 19 pandemic, with all its implications on the economy and our own personal health and safety. What a mess; and “you stand there Monsignor asking again.” Without self-abasement, but certainly most humbly, I do.

Saint Paul in his Second Letter to the Corinthians, chapters 11 and 12 reflected on his sufferings and the sacrifices he made on behalf of Christ: beatings, shipwrecks, storms, his own shortcomings, and on and on. How he tried to avoid some of them, but the Lord said to him, “My grace is enough for you, for in weakness power reaches perfection.” Paul went on to boast of his weaknesses so as to let the power of Christ rest upon him, for when he was powerless, it was then that he was strong, through the power of Christ Jesus.

Like gold tested in fire, so our faith as a community has been strengthened. It has been in her most difficult times of struggle and pain that our holy mother Church, through God’s grace and intervention, has been able to raise up from within some of her finest saints who witness boldly by committing themselves to our true Catholic Faith, authentic reform and renewal. Might we be called to make a difference at this time to that authentic witness, which no scandal, persecution nor pandemic can blot out?

About a month ago in our Fiscal Report you heard some really good news with regard to the huge hurdles we have been able to overcome regarding debt reduction, the building of our PLC, completion of the courtyard, and working toward fiscal responsibility with regard to operating expenses. While we still have some real challenges that lie ahead regarding our weekly collections, we seem every year to pull through and work toward our goal. (Presently you may be interested to know that our collections are up 6.5% over last year.) Thank you for hearing and responding to the message, as you always have done so faithfully, but especially during this pandemic. Because of your example and commitment, we continue to be a vibrant, welcoming parish family. Your witness to our Catholic Faith and commitment to family life and our parish, continues to be a source of inspiration to the priestly ministry and service of Father Ianelli, Deacon Brady and myself.

The revitalization of our annual Stewardship Campaign Appeal over the last five years, through thick and thin, was part of our strategic plan to emphasize our mission to grow disciples and make Church matter. In a phrase traditionally known as, “to put into practice the spiritual and corporal works of mercy”.…to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick and imprisoned, comfort those who are mourning, bury the dead, to educate and catechize, and evangelize, as well as pray and support each other. Through our experiences and encounters, nourished on this campus on Sundays and throughout the week, we can participate personally in the call to discipleship, just as Jesus has commanded us to do.

In this regard, I need your help. The annual Stewardship Campaign Appeal helps us to create resources for our ever growing and successful pastoral efforts as described in our strategic plan, namely:

  • Evangelization 

    • A major initiative includes the continued growth and expansion of media and technology along with our safety and security system,

    • Out-reach to our Spanish speaking communities,

    • Out-reach to members who do not attend Mass at all or only on an occasional basis,

    • Innovative Adult Faith Formation programs throughout the year to nourish and enrich our faith,

    • Creative and interesting programs for our young adults, the youth and our children.

  • Funding for our ministries, services and activities.

  • Support to the infrastructure of our artistic and environmental enhancements.

  • A contingency resource for unexpected costs which surely come up every year, as they do in your own homes

Monies donated for these causes allow us to use regular collections toward the loan and other operating expenses. All monies stay here within the parish. You may have noticed in our bulletin some of the programs highlighted from time to time, which were helped by the Stewardship monies this past year. We will continue to feature those ministries, committees, organizations and activities that benefit from this campaign.

As always, I am most grateful and humbled for all you do for one another as a parish family. Over the next few days you will receive a letter, if you have not already, from me asking for your help to achieve our goal of $150,000 thousand dollars. Last year we far surpassed that amount ($187,000 to be more accurate), so let’s go for the gusto, and “just do it.” … Members of the Finance Council and Pastoral Council will be in the back of the Church to answer any questions you may have. God bless you all. Be assured of my continued prayers for you and your intentions, and please, please pray for me.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas, Pray for us!

 

Devotedly Yours in Christ,

 

Rev. Monsignor Joseph P. Gentili

Pastor, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

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article - important reading and information

highly recommended by Monsignor Gentili regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine.

December 14, 2020

 

 

US Bishop Chairmen for Pro-Life and Doctrine Address Ethical Concerns on New COVID-19 Vaccines

‘The reasons to accept the new COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are sufficiently serious to justify their use’ 

 

On December 14, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Doctrine, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement on the new COVID-19 vaccines. In their statement, the bishops address the moral concerns raised by the fact that the three vaccines that appear to be ready for distribution in the United States all have some connection to cell lines that originated with tissue taken from abortions.

With regard to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, they concluded: “In view of the gravity of the current pandemic and the lack of availability of alternative vaccines, the reasons to accept the new COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are sufficiently serious to justify their use, despite their remote connection to morally compromised cell lines.

“Receiving one of the COVID-19 vaccines ought to be understood as an act of charity toward the other members of our community.  In this way, being vaccinated safely against COVID-19 should be considered an act of love of our neighbor and part of our moral responsibility for the common good.

” With regard to the AstraZeneca vaccine, the bishops found it to be “more morally compromised” and consequently concluded that this vaccine “should be avoided” if there are alternatives available. “It may turn out, however, that one does not really have a choice of vaccine, at least, not without a lengthy delay in immunization that may have serious consequences for one’s health and the health of others,” the bishop chairmen stated. “In such a case … it would be permissible to accept the AstraZeneca vaccine.”

At the same time, the bishops also warned that Catholics “must be on guard so that the new COVID-19 vaccines do not desensitize us or weaken our determination to oppose the evil of abortion itself and the subsequent use of fetal cells in research.”

 

 

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President of U.S. Bishop's Conference Issues StaTement On 2020 Presidential Election

WASHINGTON – Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued the following statement on the 2020 presidential election:

We thank God for the blessings of liberty. The American people have spoken in this election. Now is the time for our leaders to come together in a spirit of national unity and to commit themselves to dialogue and compromise for the common good.

As Catholics and Americans, our priorities and mission are clear. We are here to follow Jesus Christ, to bear witness to His love in our lives, and to build His Kingdom on earth. I believe that at this moment in American history, Catholics have a special duty to be peacemakers, to promote fraternity and mutual trust, and to pray for a renewed spirit of true patriotism in our country. 

Democracy requires that all of us conduct ourselves as people of virtue and self-discipline. It requires that we respect the free expression of opinions and that we treat one another with charity and civility, even as we might disagree deeply in our debates on matters of law and public policy. 

As we do this, we recognize that Joseph R. Biden, Jr., has received enough votes to be elected the 46th President of the United States. We congratulate Mr. Biden and acknowledge that he joins the late President John F. Kennedy as the second United States president to profess the Catholic faith. We also congratulate Sen. Kamala D. Harris of California, who becomes the first woman ever elected as vice president. 

We ask the Blessed Virgin Mary, patroness of this great nation, to intercede for us. May she help us to work together to fulfill the beautiful vision of America’s missionaries and founders — one nation under God, where the sanctity of every human life is defended and freedom of conscience and religion are guaranteed.

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Vatican Releases Report on Ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick

Once Influential American Prelate Now Dismissed from Clerical State After Guilty of Sexual Abuse of Minors.

 

Please click the link to the full article below.

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Philly archbishop:
SCOTUS should uphold Catholic Church’s First Amendment rights
Philadelphia Inquirer, November 2, 2020

On Wednesday, November 4, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments in the matter of Sharonell Fulton, et al. v. City of Philadelphia.

This case centers on the right of Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to conduct its foster care program in a manner consistent with the tenets of the Catholic faith. That right is enshrined in the founding documents of our nation and protected by the First Amendment. 

Archbishop Pérez has written an Op-Ed addressing this critical juncture for freedom of religion in our city and our country.

Please read the full article by clicking below.

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Welcome Seminarians!
Brendan Zehner & Joseph Buchheit.

I have the great pleasure of welcoming back Seminarian Brendan Zehner from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary as well as welcoming Seminarian Joseph Buchheit. As part of their pastoral training, seminarians are assigned during the academic year to assist and serve in parishes on Thursdays. It is a tremendous compliment to be considered among those parishes carefully chosen in this important aspect of training of our future priests.

Brendan and Joseph will assist in various programs in the parish including: visiting the sick and homebound, visiting Buckingham Springs Rehab Center and Doylestown Hospital, helping with parish ministries and working with the PREP program. They will also be teaching at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. Please join me in welcoming them.​

Sincerely In Our Lord,

Rev. Monsignor Joseph P. Gentili

Pastor, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

 


 

An essential component of a seminarian’s priestly training is pastoral formation. Parish communities are chosen carefully for their ability to provide experiences and supervision that will support and assist the seminarian toward that sacred goal. Please welcome him into our parish family and pray for him as he responds to God’s call to Priesthood!

Message from our new Seminarian - JOSEPH BUCHEIT

Joseph Buchheit is a seminarian in his fourth year at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and his first year of theological studies. This school year, he will be visiting Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish every Thursday as pastoral internship. Joseph hails from the Diocese of Arlington, in northern Virginia. He is a pianist, an artist wanna-be, and enjoys playing sports. Please welcome him to our parish and pray for him and all of the seminarians.

Message from our new Seminarian - Brendan Zehner

Hello!

My name is Brendan Zehner and I am entering my fourth year, Theology I, at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. While I have never visited Our Lady of Guadalupe before, I grew up south of Doylestown, in St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Glenside.

My older brother and I went to Catholic school for elementary and high school. I decided to study history at William & Mary in Virginia for college. I have always loved history, as my mom is a history teacher.

In college, I first received the call to the priesthood. I spent the two years after graduating discerning the call while working for Wawa. Finally, I entered the seminary in the fall of 2017. I’m looking forward to getting to know everybody at Our Lady of Guadalupe!

Thank you for having me.

Message of Gratitude - 2020

Dear Parishioners,

 

              We write to you at this time with a message of deep gratitude for the additional efforts which so many of you have put forth in recent weeks to financially support Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish.  We appreciate the additional energy that you have expended to get your envelopes and cash donations to our office via the drop box at the Parish Life Center or the U.S. Mail.  Many of you already use some form of consistent electronic giving.

During these unprecedented times, we have experienced just how much our parishioners and others thirst for God and want to continue to express their Faith in new, different and creative ways.  We have had many parishioners, especially during Holy Week, as well as others outside of our parish family, join us for our Facebook Live and livestream Masses, via our parish website (www.olguadalupe.org).  We plan to continue this use of technology as we work our way back to a sense of normalcy, but also beyond as needed and useful.  We saw wonderful participation in Eucharistic Adoration on Divine Mercy Sunday. These are encouraging signs that our message of God’s love and mercy is being well received by our parish community 
and beyond.

We will continue to reach out to all of you as best we can by offering appropriate, faith-based programming, such as:   bible study, youth ministry, PREP, movies, educational programs, and other activities, via the creative use of our technologies available to us.  We will continue to offer outreach through our many parish organizations to: the poor, the needy, the elderly and the hungry.  While we cannot gather physically to receive our precious Lord in the Eucharist, we continue to offer so many opportunities to live Eucharist and to be Eucharist to others through our service, our actions and by example.  May I encourage you to stay connected to the parish through our website and to sign up for Flocknotes, which keep you informed and offer so many creative opportunities for you to keep nourishing your faith (Text OLGPA to 84576 or sign up via email on the parish website).

Your support of our parish, through your prayers, participation via use of technology and outreach, as well as your weekly donations, are most appreciated and necessary in order for us to continue to live our mission to be a vibrant, welcoming parish family, dedicated to growing disciples and making Church matter during a difficult time.  

With “stay-at-home” orders and social distancing practices in place, many of us find ourselves taking care of a number of things online, from banking to shopping. Supporting Our Lady of Guadalupe with your contributions, on a weekly or monthly basis, is another task that can be simplified through Parish e-Giving, should you be interested.  Are you curious to learn more about this safe and easy method of supporting our parish?  See www.olguadalupe.org/give for an overview of Parish e-Giving and how to enroll.

Once again, thank you for your continued support of Our Lady of Guadalupe during this challenging time in our lives.  We are not sure when and how we will once again gather physically on campus, but be assured that we will keep you informed of our plan as soon as the Archdiocese makes that information known to the parishes.  Until then may Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe, hold you in the mantle of Her care.  May Our Lord Jesus Christ, the good and gentle shepherd, shower you with His choicest blessings.  Please know of our daily prayers for you and your intentions.

 

Devotedly Yours in Christ,

 

Reverend Monsignor Joseph P. Gentili

Reverend Robert A. Ianelli

Deacon Robert F. Brady

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U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Chair:
Deplores Supreme Court Ruling - 2020

The Supreme Court of the United States on June 29, 2020, announced its decision in an abortion case out of Louisiana, June Medical Services v. Russo. The Court ruled 5 to 4 to strike down the Louisiana law that requires abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee for Pro-Life Activities issued the following statement:

“Abortion violently ends the life of a child, and often severely harms women. Abortion becomes even more destructive when basic health and safety standards are ignored, and profit margins are prioritized over women’s lives. As Catholics, we condemn abortion as a grave injustice that denies the fundamental human right to life. Yet even as we seek to end the brutality of legalized abortion, we still believe that the women who seek it should not be further harmed and abused by a callous, profit-driven industry.

“The Court’s failure to recognize the legitimacy of laws prioritizing women’s health and safety over abortion business interests continues a cruel precedent. As we grieve this decision and the pregnant women who will be harmed by it, we continue to pray and fight for justice for mothers and children.

“We will not rest until the Supreme Court corrects the grave injustice of Roe and Casey and recognizes the Constitutional right to life for unborn human beings. We continue to ask all people of faith to pray for women seeking abortion, often under enormous pressure, that they will find alternatives that truly value them and the lives of their children.”

The USCCB filed an amicus curae brief in the case along with the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Association of Evangelicals urging the Court to uphold the law.

 

The brief can be viewed by clicking the button below.

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Editorial in America Magazine

In this article, Archbishop shares his July 4th sentiments and says, “I urge everyone to open their hearts to the needs of people today—to see the opportunities in front of us, to accompany those in difficult situations and to stand in
solidarity with those fighting for social justice.

 

And remember the words of the Old Testament: “You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God” (Lv 19:34).”


 

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The Archdiocese of Philadelphia
The ArISE Podcast - 2020
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The Archdiocese of Philadelphia (AOP) has launched The Arise Podcast, a podcast series to help local Catholics transition back to in-person parish life after several weeks of COVID-19 restrictions. The series explores Catholic life in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and offers reflections on the Word of God as it speaks to us in our own day. 

The podcast series features Father Richard Owens, O.F.M. Cap., Director of the Archdiocesan Office for Black Catholics; Father Eric Banecker, Parochial Vicar at Saint Pius X Parish; and Gina Christian, Senior Content Producer for CatholicPhilly.com.

The Arise Podcast, which is slated to run six to eight episodes, features a two-part interview with Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez who shares his insights on faith and the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the series is part of “Arise: Restoring Catholic Life After the Pandemic,” an Archdiocesan initiative designed to invigorate parish life after weeks of COVID-19 restrictions (http://archphila.org/arise/). This program provides parishes and Archdiocesan institutions with guidance and resources for worship, catechesis, evangelization, and communications to help clergy and faihful reintegrate into active, in-person participation in Mass and parish activities.

Catholics, fellow Christians, and all those who seek something more, can listen to the podcast series via through any of the buttons below.

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PArish support Initiative - 2020
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In the Gospel, Jesus reminds us, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus taught that the two greatest commandments are to love God with all our heart, soul and mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. In this peculiar time of quarantine, God is asking us to live these commandments to our fullest capacities.

Despite being unable to be together physically, we can express our love of God and neighbor in prayer and works. Now, more than ever, we remain steadfast in our solidarity amongst each other, and spread the love Christ taught us.

We appreciate your support of Our Lady of Guadalupe by mailing your weekly offering or donating online via Parish Giving. In these challenging times, if you would like to make a donation to another parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia you can through the Parish Support Initiative.

This initiative is made possible through a partnership with The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia. If you you would like to help support a parish click the button below.

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Comments on Supreme Court Decision Referencing ‘Sex’

‘Our sex, whether we are male or female, is part of God’s plan for creation and for our lives’

- JUNE 16, 2020

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, provided a statement on the decision issued today by the Supreme Court of the United States – combining Bostock v. Clayton County, Ga., Altitude Express v. Zarda, and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Opportunity Employment Comm’n. The justices ruled that the prohibition on “sex” discrimination in employment in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 now prohibits discrimination based on “sexual orientation” and “transgender” status.

Archbishop Gomez’s statement follows:

I am deeply concerned that the U.S. Supreme Court has effectively redefined the legal meaning of ‘sex’ in our nation’s civil rights law. This is an injustice that will have implications in many areas of life.

By erasing the beautiful differences and complementary relationship between man and woman, we ignore the glory of God’s creation and harm the human family, the first building block of society. Our sex, whether we are male or female, is part of God’s plan for creation and for our lives. As Pope Francis has taught with such sensitivity, to live in the truth with God’s intended gifts in our lives requires that we receive our bodily and sexual identity with gratitude from our Creator. No one can find true happiness by pursuing a path that is contrary to God’s plan.

Every human person is made in the image and likeness of God and, without exception, must be treated with dignity, compassion, and respect. Protecting our neighbors from unjust discrimination does not require redefining human nature.

Archbishop Gomez

Bishop Nelson Perez
Our latest Stained glass Addition

Mary, Queen of the Angels

From time to time, as appropriate you may recall that I am accustom to giving updates on where we are on, not only construction, but also the on-going artistic work within the church and chapel.

I am happy to inform you of yet another addition of a newly created beautiful stained glass window in the chapel. The work is inspired by the intention to continue to have Marian themes associated with much of the artistic works of our church and chapel. The window in the side niche of the chapel is entitled Mary, Queen of the Angels, a title given to Mary throughout the rich history and tradition of our Catholic Faith, which states as dogma, that Mary is assumed into heaven and is with Jesus Christ, her divine son. Mary should be called Queen, not only because of her Divine Motherhood of Jesus Christ, but also because God has willed her to have an exceptional role in the work of eternal salvation. 

Please click the link below to read the rest of Monsignor's letter and to  learn more about the gorgeous stained glass images.

Sincerely Yours In Our Lord,

 

Rev. Monsignor Joseph P. Gentili
 - Pastor

Our latest Stained glass Addition- continued

Descent of the holy spirit on the blessed mother and the apostles

 I am happy to inform you of the addition of a newly created beautiful stained glass window in the chapel. The work is inspired by a kyrotic approach to capturing the events taking place at the end of Luke’s Gospel and the beginning of the Acts of the Apostles.

This main window depicts the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Blessed Mother and the Apostles. The gift of Holy Spirit is depicted by a Dove in the center window being released from the open hands of the Ascending Jesus and overlooked by the Father, creator of heaven and earth.

The gifts of the Holy Spirit are represented by the tongues of flame over the heads of Mary and the Apostles, flowing from the eternal love exchanged between the Father and Son. The young person laying on the ground, hands over ears, with eyes peering up, at the feet of Mary may represent the viewer of the window entering into the moment of the Holy Spirit’s descent calling forth a response. 

Please click the link below to read the rest of Monsignor's letter

and to  learn more about the gorgeous stained glass images.

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