Parish Update News

Father Janicki Named St. Gen’s Parochial Administrator,

Fr. Kevin Headed to Nativity BVM, Media

Most Reverend Nelson J. Perez, Archbishop of Philadelphia, on Saturday announced that Reverend Carl Janicki has been appointed Parochial Administrator of St. Genevieve Parish, effective July 8.

Father Carl is most familiar with St. Genevieve, having resided at St. Gen’s and served as a weekend Mass celebrant and confessor for most of his 26 years as a priest, under three different pastors.

Father Janicki, a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia since 1994, succeeds Reverend Kevin Mulligan, pastor of St. Genevieve since 2017, who has been appointed as parochial vicar at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Media. Father Janicki returns to fulltime parish ministry after a distinguished 22 years in Catholic education, administration and teen/young adult ministry at the former Cardinal Dougherty High School and most recently at Cabrini University in Radnor. Fr. Carl has served as Director of Campus Ministry at Cabrini since July, 2010.  In these years, he has served and done mission work in 7 different states, and 4 different countries.

Prior to his assignment at Cabrini, Fr. Janicki served as President of the legendary Cardinal Dougherty High School from 2005 to the school’s closing in 2010. Previous to his administrative role as president, Fr. Carl was the Campus Minister from 1998-2005. Early in his priesthood, Janicki served as a parochial vicar at St. Bartholomew Parish in Philadelphia.

While on the faculty at Cardinal Dougherty, in 2003 he earned a Masters of Science degree in Training and Organizational Development from St. Joseph’s University. He was ordained from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary with Masters degrees in Divinity (MDiv) and Arts in Pastoral Theology, and also received his undergrad degree from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.  He has completed further post graduate studies at Gwynedd Mercy University, Chestnut Hill College, Temple University, and Neumann University.

Fr. Carl’s stated four passions in life are, the Lord Jesus, his family, the process of education, and golf.

A native of Collegeville, Pa. and St. Eleanor’s Parish. Fr. Carl attended St. Pius X High School prior to entering the seminary and is the oldest of four children of Carl and Nancy Janicki.

“Restrictive Yellow Phase” Mass Schedule Adjustment
The 12 Noon Sunday Mass will be temporarily eliminated from our parish Mass schedule until further notice. 
All other Masses will continue under the “Yellow Phase” precautions: 
Saturday 5 pm Vigil
Sunday: 7:30 am, 9 am, 10:30 am
Sunday 5 pm.
Confessions will continue at safe distance, returning to   the regular time slot 3:30-4:30 in the Mary Garden (weather permitting). If rain, they will be moved inside.
Thank you for your cooperation. Be safe, Be well, in prayer for our parish!


All are welcome to join in praying the Holy Rosary every Tuesday night at safe-distance in church, starting at 7:30 pm.

Here is a link to a Power Point so generously produced by Maria Chepulis covering the many precautions and policies that will be in place for those who wish to come to Mass in the coming weeks under the “Yellow Phase Restrictions”

Click the link below for viewing.

Archdiocese & St. Genevieve Parish Precautions/Policy




While the yellow phase we have just begun allows small group assembly, it requires severe precautions to do so to limit the spread of COVID-19. These directives are mandatory – no exceptions allowed – and will remain in effect until the Archbishop announces otherwise.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation should you decide to attend Mass.

IMPORTANT:  Archbishop Perez’s dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days will remain in place until further notice. ” Our hope and prayer is that most of you will heed the Archdiocesan recommendation to remain at home and continue to keep holy the Lord’s Day with prayer and reflection, along with the viewing of a live streamed celebration of Mass or on TV (EWTN or Channel 6 Archdiocese Mass.

The faithful are advised to remain home, especially those 65 and older, anyone with a cold or who has been ill,  in contact with anyone who is sick or who had a pre-existing illness that puts you at high-risk.

St. Genevieve will hold a full schedule of Masses the first week, with option to decrease the number of Masses in future weeks.

  • MASKS ARE REQUIRED BY EVERY PERSON 3 YRS OLD AND UP. No EXCEPTIONS. No one can enter the Narthex for Mass unless mask is on. Masks must remain on throughout the Mass (removing briefly just before receiving the Eucharist should you receive)
  • Ushers will greet and meet each person/family outside Church and lead each one to a designated marked safe-distance seat in selected pews. (Families or couples may sit together and be seated at the same time, though they must follow in single file to seat)
  • Social (Safe) Distance Pew Seats will have a minimum safe perimeter of 6 feet all around each person. Our safe-distance church capacity is very limited.
  • The back pews all around the church will not be used.
  • No standing anywhere will be permitted. No exceptions.
  • No lingering or gathering before or after Mass in church will be permitted, as sanitation for next Mass will commence.
  • There will be no collection baskets passed. The Metal offering boxes are at each exit. Thank you for depositing your offerings or doing so Online. We strongly urge you to sign up for online giving (com, click the Online Giving button on the right side). If you need assistance, please call or email the rectory.
  • There will be minimal singing by musician/cantor or instrumental music. Congregation is not asked to sing with mask on. There will be silent Masses as well. Parishes are restricted from having choirs sing due to safe-distance limits. Altar service by our excellent students has been suspended at this time.


Thank you for waiting for our ushers to invite your pew to go up to receive the Eucharist at safe-distance spacing from your pew.

The celebrant priest will distribute to all – one pew and section at a time. He will bring the Eucharist to anyone who is physically-challenged if they attend.

As you approach the priest, you should then unfasten one side of your mask for reception. After receiving, step aside, replace your mask and return in order to your pew.

DISMISSAL/EXITING CHURCH: (Following celebrant’s Final Blessing)

Each pew section will use a separate exit, Bethlehem Pike, Main Church or Mary Garden. Exit led by usher will be single-file at safe distance, one section at a time to assure safe-distancing.

No one will be permitted to depart early due to the restrictions and risk.


CDC/Archdiocese guidelines for houses of worship state that high-touch surfaces must be wiped (disinfectant wipes) after each Mass. Ushers will do so after each Mass.

Please prepare to not need to use a Rest Room during Mass due to risk. Ushers will monitor.

We have a great planning team and we can only do the best we can, under these difficult and unique precautions.

The hope and prayer is that most will heed the Archdiocese recommendation for extreme caution and to remain home and keep Holy the Lord’s Day.

Special thanks to my fellow priests, Fr. Lyons and Fr. Janicki, Deacon Conroy, Rich Borowiec, our facilities manager, and our excellent volunteer usher team for your service and assistance with this challenging transition.


Archbishop Nelson Perez Statement on the Death of George Floyd
and Racial & Social Injustice

Archbishop Pérez issued the following response to all the faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia regarding the death of George Floyd at the hands of police on the streets of Minneapolis. In addition, he was one of several committee chairmen from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to co-author a statement on this same topic, which can be found at the US Bishops website usccb.org.   
“The hearts of Americans across the country are joined together in collective mourning following the tragic, disturbing, and unnecessary death of George Floyd. In the name of the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, I express my prayerful condolences and join with all who are struggling to cope with this heavy burden of sorrow and grief.
Recent events in Minneapolis are a stark reminder that the vile evil of racism has not been stamped out in this country. Rather, it has been resurgent in communities throughout our land for the last several years with old wounds being painfully ripped open time and again.
Racial hatred has no place in our world, including here in the United States, or in the hearts of people. Every life is a precious gift from God. Racism is a mortal sin and an attack on that gift. All of us share a responsibility to bring an end to this evil and to do so in a way that seeks justice and peace. The perpetual cycle of pain and anguish must end.
May God give all of us courage and solace as we work together for social justice and to preserve our land as one of equality and opportunity for every citizen. May He bring peace to Minneapolis and to our Philadelphia region and may He rekindle within each of our hearts true love and respect for our fellow human beings.”
+Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez

Archbishop of Philadelphia


MASS OFFERINGS: During this difficult time, our St. Genevieve priests continue to offer their private daily Masses for the scheduled Mass intentions of our deceased.

YOUR COLLECTION OFFERINGS are vital to our parish and school’s financial stability during this crisis. Father Kevin is most grateful to all who have sent or dropped off your envelopes/offerings, as bills and payroll still must be met. Please also considering registering for ONLINE GIVING by clicking the box in the upper right of this homepage.

24 HOUR ADORATION: The BLESSED SACRAMENT is exposed and illuminated for OUTDOOR private safe-distance prayer and adoration every day in the large window behind the altar facing the Mary Garden and convent. Please consider stopping during a walk to pray for our parish, the sick and for an end to this health crisis. This has become a beautiful and peaceful place of prayer. Fr. Kevin has made new rosaries donated by our Knights of Columbus and Stations of the Cross books available there. Take them home with you.

REMEMBER A LOVED ONE: If you’d like to remember a loved one by donating for the flowers at the Blessed Sacrament window, please leave your offering and the name in the rectory mail slot. Fr Kevin will post the weekly Memorial on the window. Thank you.

CONFESSIONS are available OUTDOORS on the MARY GARDEN benches at a safe distance every Saturday from 3:30-4:30 pm weather permitting. If cold or rainy, Fr Kevin moves them into the back of church, with access from the Main Entrance to the Narthex. Safe distance as you wait in the Narthex needed, thank you. Exit is one-way out the Bethlehem Pike doors or out to the Mary Garden. If a nice sunny day and we are in the Mary Garden, please enter the Mary Garden from the Bethlehem Pike sidewalk around to the back of church, waiting some distance away no closer than the cone, our of earshot. Thank you for your cooperation !

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