The Archdiocese of Philadelphia recently launched “Arise: Restoring Catholic Life After the Pandemic.” It is an initiative designed to invigorate parish life after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted (archphila.org/arise). This program provides parishes and Archdiocesan institutions with guidance and resources for worship, catechesis, evangelization, and communications to help clergy and faithful reintegrate into active, in-person participation in Mass and parish activities.
A committee representing various Archdiocesan and pastoral ministries has been hand-selected by Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez to spearhead the multi-faceted initiative. The committee is being led by Reverend G. Dennis Gill, Director of the Office for Divine Worship, and Meghan Cokeley, Director of the Office for New Evangelization.
On Sunday, May 10th, the initiative will kick-off with the “Resurrection & Restoration: An Online Video Retreat for the Easter Season.” This seven part series will break open the mystery of the Resurrection of Jesus and his power to bring us new life in the midst of the pandemic. It is also designed to help transition back into in-person life in the Church as COVID-19 restrictions slowly lift.
Every night for one week, 15-minute videos available in English, Spanish and American Sign Language translations will be posted to Archbishop Pérez’s Facebook page. At 7:00 p.m. each night, installments will be posted to the Arise: Restoring Catholic Life after the Pandemic webpage, Vimeo, and CatholicPhilly.com, the official digital news agency of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. All of the videos will remain archived on all platforms after they are posted.
For videos interpreted in American Sign Language, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/deafcatholicphilly.