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Welcome Back, Everyone!
…But Please Note…

With the beginning of  the CDC and State of Pa. yellow phase transition period during this pandemic, small group assembly is allowed, in very limited numbers. Archbishop Perez has allowed parishes to resume public Masses this coming weekend, but the yellow phase requires severe precautions to do so to limit the spread of COVID-19. It is still not safe to attend Mass. 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.

  • Sunday Obligation continues to be lifted during the ‘yellow phase’.
  • You are not required to attend Mass at this time.
  • Please stay home if you even have a cold, cough, are sick or at higher risk of illness from the Coronavirus.
  • We all need to do our part to make sure that our return to Mass is a peaceful and safe experience for our clergy, ushers and everyone attending Mass.
  • Your cooperation with our trained ushers’ instructions is needed.
  • Masks are required to be worn at all times throughout Mass. Following the celebrant’s Closing Prayer and Blessing, the ushers will lead safe-distance dismissal, one section and pew at a time, using 3 exits.
  • Please read the guidelines and precautions (in bulletin), posted and on our website that all must follow if coming to Mass, for the safety of all.
  • Daily Mass will resume under the same restrictions on Monday at 8 am. There will be no 6:30 a.m. weekday Masses until Sept.
  • Our Perpetual Adoration Church Window will continue daily. Memorial flowers for the Blessed Sacrament and Altar ($75) are available by calling or dropping off with your remembrance at the rectory.
  • Daily and Sunday Masses will continue to be available to watch on TV and online wherever you have done so.
  • Our Parish Office will remain closed. Announced Mass offerings can be left on our phone voice mail (215-836-2828), sent in or dropped off at the rectory. Mass cards will be sent to you.
  • Any parish business, kindly call or email the parish office and someone will respond to you.
  • Fr. Kevin thanks you for continuing to send/drop off your collection offerings and sign up for Online Giving at stgensparish.com
  • Now is also a good time to update your contact info and get your email into our new Flocknote/email data base. Please email us at rectory@stgensparish.com.

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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

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Don’t Miss Out on the $5,000 Raffle Drawing !

$5,000 Grand Prize drawing will be held outside church at safe distance
following the 5 pm Mass on June 6.

So, there is still time to get your tickets in or purchase more tickets!

Thank you to the hundreds of parishioners and parish friends who entered in
support of St. Gen’s Parish!

Good luck everyone!

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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 3-4 pm weather permitting. If cold or rainy like last weekend, 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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