COVID-19 Resource Page

All public Masses are suspended in the parishes of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  Priests will continue to celebrate Mass privately and will honor all Mass intentions.

Listed below are some resources available as we pray for an end to the COVID-19 epidemic.

LIVE-STREAM OF 11AM SUNDAY MASS FROM THE CATHEDRAL
Archbishop Perez will continue to celebrate the 11am Sunday Mass from the Cathedral which will be live-streamed at archphila.org.  Recordings will be available at this link.

ROSARY CAMPAIGN FOR AN END TO THE CORONAVIRUS
The live-streamed campaign will continue nightly at 8pm until we don’t need to pray it anymore!  Details for joining the Campaign online or by phone can be found here.

ROSARY CAMPAIGN FOR AN END TO THE CORONAVIRUS – IN SPANISH!
The daily Rosary Campaign for an End to the Coronavirus is now available in Spanish beginning at 6pm!  Click here for the informational flyer in Spanish. The flyer contains the instructions and link for tuning in each night.

ARISE: RESURRECTION AND RESTORATION
This Easter video series is to help all of us transition back into “in person” life in the Church as the COVID19 restrictions slowly lift. These short videos, given by dynamic speakers from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, offer a teaching on the resurrection of Jesus Christ, its power to restore our lives here and now, and the “in person” nature of our life as Catholics. A 15-minute video (one in English, one in Spanish) was posted to CatholicPhilly.com daily at 7pm for seven days beginning this Sunday, May 10.  The videos can be watched/shared any time.  For the schedule and topics, view the flyer in English or Español.

MIRACULOUS MEDAL NOVENA ONLINE
The Vincentians at the Miraculous Medal Shrine in Germantown continue to offer the Miraculous Medal Novena online each Monday at 9am at their website and Facebook page.

SEAL THE DOORPOSTS WITH THE DIVINE MERCY IMAGE
In this time of calamity, the Marian Fathers invite you to participate in a simple but incredibly powerful act of faith.  To protect you and your family, we urge you to post an Image of Divine Mercy on your front doors.  To learn more about this movement, click here.  To download and print an Image of Divine Mercy for your door, click here.

CATHOLIC CALL TO PRAYER
The Catholic Call to Prayer was started a few years ago by several parishes in the Archdiocese.  It continues to be a great resource to allow you to make a phone call and be guided in prayer.  In addition to the 6:30am call Monday to Friday, they will be hosting a Call at Noon EVERY day of the week!  The calls are 5 to 7 minutes long but assist you in opening up to the grace of God.  They pray the Angelus, Psalm 91 and then Intercessory Prayer.  Please call TOLL FREE 1 (877) 309-2073 and use Access Code 319-414-445#.  Please share this number widely as the Daily Call can be a tremendous vehicle of grace for many people, including those unable to attend Mass at this time.

NOURISH FOR CAREGIVERS “HOUSE CALLS” – offered daily at 11am
During these uncertain times, Nourish For Caregivers will continue to foster community for caregivers in the privacy and safety of your own home through Nourish “House Calls”.  Our mission is to bring hope and encouragement to those who feel hopeless and helpless in the face of this viral epidemic.  Caregivers may participate via landline, cell phone, or through the use of a computer/tablet device.  We hope you will join us as well as share this information with other caregivers who may benefit from these shared experiences.  Each call will last approximately one hour depending upon the  number of participants.  Landline/Cell Phone (not toll free): (312) 626 6799 and enter Meeting ID: 940 374 7100 or Computer/Tablet one touch link: Click here to join by video.

DISCUSSION GROUPS WITH YOU ARE MADE NEW MINISTRIES
You Are Made New Ministry is now offering a daily Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3pm along with a weekly women’s support group and a discussion group for men and women.  View the schedule and log-in information here.

MORNING PRAYER WITH FR. MATT GUCKIN – DAILY AT 7AM
Join Fr. Matt Guckin from St. Francis de Sales parish in West Philadelphia for live-streamed Morning Prayer each morning at 7am. Two ways to join in: via their parish website or via Facebook Live.

GET FREE ACCESS TO CATHOLIC VIDEOS, BOOKS, MOVIES AND MORE
Content is available in English and Spanish for adults and children.  Access FORMED for free. If you do not already have a FREE account, here is how to get one:
1. Visit https://formed.org/signup
2. Type “Presentation Blessed Virgin Mary” in the search box and click on the listing that has “100 Old Soldiers Rd, Cheltenham PA”
3. Enter your info and click SignUp
4. Enjoy!

THE FAITHFUL TRAVELER
The Faithful Traveler (an EWTN series) created videos for the World Meeting of Families on Philadelphia Shrines and Holy Places.  You can access these short videos (3-5 minutes each) on YouTube by clicking on the links below:

FORMED also has The Faithful Traveler: East Coast Shrines series of twelve half-hour videos. You may be stuck in the house, but you can freely “travel” up and down the east coast and “visit” many beautiful shrines in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland, all from the comfort (and safety) of your living room! FORMED is free – you can get a free account by following the instructions listed above.

TEN – A SERIES ON THE TEN PLAGUES OF EGYPT
The Archdiocese’s Office for Catechetical Formation sponsored a series of ten, ten minute videos which connects the 10 plagues of Egypt to the present pandemic in which we are immersed. This unprecedented time reminds us how fragile life truly is, and how little control we have.  Many people are turning to the Bible for answers.

Father Matt Guckin is spending TEN minutes each day at TEN O’Clock in the morning to discuss each of the TEN plagues in Egypt at the time of Moses. The series will last for TEN days. (Do you see a theme here?)

Topics include:

  • The meaning of each of the TEN plagues
  • Key differences between the TEN plagues and the COVID-19 plague
  • God’s active will and God’s permissive will
  • The subject of Divine punishment.

You can view the videos at  www.phillyocf.org.  (Click on the icon on their homepage.)

MORE SPIRITUAL RESOURCES
Many more resources can be found on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Spiritual Resource webpage.

PASTORAL AND TEMPORAL RESPONSE OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
Visit the Archdiocese’s Covid-19 webpage for a variety of resources.

WAYS TO BE PRO-LIFE DURING THE PANDEMIC (courtesy of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia)
The Covid-19 virus has sidelined so many pro-life efforts, but we can still make an impact.  Click here for some things that we can all do to continue our mission for Life.

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

    • Catholic Social Services is in desperate need of Uber/Lyft gift cards for essential workers at CSS service sites. Many of these workers rely on public transportation for getting to work. Because Septa is on a limited schedule, and concerns exist regarding risk factors to the riders, the workers must use Lyft/Uber to go to their employment to care for the underserved. Gift cards in denominations of $20, $25, $50 are much appreciated. Please share this with your staff, parents, and broader community. Gift card donations may be sent to:
      Visitation Homes
      Attn: Kate Baumgardner
      2638 Kensington Ave
      Phila, Pa 19125
    • Consider brightening the day for the staff at a CSS homeless shelter, family center, home for those who are physically or intellectually challenged by sending a meal to go. Contact Amy Stoner at astoner@chs-adphila.org who can assist in facilitating the process.
    • As a result of COVID-19, Catholic Social Services food pantries are experiencing a shortage of food and personal items due to their increase in client volume, with some pantries seeing a 100% increase.  It’s become nearly impossible for them to accommodate each individual and family that visits them.  Please consider a donation to the Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia’s Emergency Relief Fund to purchases supplies for the Catholic Social Services food pantries that are trying to feed those impacted by COVID-19.  100% of the Emergency Relief Fund’s proceeds will go directly to the food pantries.  Click here to donate.
    • The largest food pantry in Montgomery County, Martha’s Choice (run by Catholic Social Services) has seen a 100% increase in client volume.  They are in need of strong, healthy volunteers (under age 60) to help those in need during this time.  Martha’s Choice has been able to serve people from the parking lot, maintain social distancing/stringent sanitizing and limit the number of people present by adjusting service protocols for the safety of all involved.
      Volunteer shifts: Tuesday, 9:30am-1pm; Wednesday, 9am-2pm and 2pm-7pm; Thursday, 9:30-1pm; Friday 9am-2pm.
      Job needs: willingness to commit to a weekly shift or more for the next month or so; dedication to maintaining six feet physical distance; flexibility to changing priorities as deliveries arrive and food requests occur; and heavy lifting.
      If you are able to help with this, please contact Patrick Walsh at CSS Martha’s Choice Marketplace at pwalsh@chs-adphila.org
    • Saint John Hospice is a Catholic Social Services shelter for men located in Center City Philadelphia.  During the COVID-19 crisis, the volume of those seeking meals and other life-sustaining essentials has doubled and tripled.  Your donation will help keep them going in this time.  Learn more and donate here.
    • Mercy Hospice, also run by Catholic Social Services, is a community grounded in faith and service where single women and mothers with children experiencing homelessness and in recovery can find opportunities for new beginnings.  Learn more and donate here.