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Coronavirus Information

Rev. James M. Cox

Hello everyone,


As has been the case, our civil and Church leaders' response to the COVID-19 situation is continuing to develop. We at A.B.V.M. are committed to keeping you updated. Please read the following important information below.


Recently, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez has suspended all public Masses in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia effective at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18th and until further notice. Archbishop Pérez said, “As the Archbishop of Philadelphia, my first priority is to ensure the health and welfare of those entrusted to the pastoral and temporal care of our Church. So, in light of the developing Coronavirus pandemic, a decision has been made to suspend the public celebration of all Masses in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for the time being."


What does this mean for you?


  1. Annunciation will keep the Church open from 8am-7pm Monday-Friday, 9-4:30 on Saturdays, and 9-1pm on Sundays for private prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
  2. Live-streamed Mass options are currently being explored. The diocese has not yet distributed resources but assures us they will be forthcoming. After we receive them, Annunciation will make a decision on how best to proceed.
  3. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at Annunciation is suspended until further notice. Because we cannot guarantee sufficient adorers nor can offer public services, and knowing that the Church will be open already, we believe this decision is best.
  4. Confession will continue on Saturday at 3:15-4:15 and Sunday morning from 9am -10am. These time window may be adjusted in the future according to need.
  5. Stations and other devotions are indefinitely suspended
  6. All Communion visits, per Archdiocesan directive, are suspended at this time; however, last rites and Sacramental emergencies are still being administered.
  7. Directives for the Triduum celebration will be forthcoming. At this time we have no information.

What about Mass Intentions?

  1. Fr. Cox and Fr. Loomis will continue to offer Mass privately for the intentions original designated at daily and weekend Masses
  2. Mass dedicated for the people of Annunciation will continue to be celebrated weekly. Please know we continue to pray for you

What about Baptisms, Weddings, and Funerals?

  1. While respecting social distancing, these will proceed as normal

What Spiritual Resources are Available to Me?

1) Live Streamed Sunday Mass

  *  Live-Streamed Sunday Mass at 11:00 AM at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia https://vimeo.com/event/17522
   *  List of Televised and Live-Streamed Masses in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia: Scroll toward the bottom of this page: http://archphila.org/covid19/
   *  Daily Mass Live-Streamed from Bishop Barron’s Chapel: https://www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass/
   *  Daily Mass Readings – English and Spanish http://usccb.org/bible/

2) Free Online MAGNIFICAT


During this challenging time, MAGNIFICAT offers free complimentary access to their online version to help people pray from home. It contains Mass readings for each day and other prayers and reflections to enrich your spiritual life Click here to access

3) Spiritual Communion and Prayers

    *  Act of Spiritual Communion by St. Alphonsus Ligouri

    *  Pope Francis’ Prayer for Protection during the Coronavirus Pandemic

    *  Prayer to Your Guardian Angel When You Can’t Attend Daily Mass

4) Liturgy of the Hours and Devotions: Rosary, Chaplets, and more

Rosary Campaign for an End to the Coronavirus
The Office for the New Evangelization of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia invites you to join us online, by phone or in spirit as we pray the Rosary every night at 8 PM until the Solemnity of the Annunciation. We will ask the miraculous intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary to put an end to the coronavirus. Full details about how to join in can be found at phillyevang.org/rosary.

Celebrating Mary’s ‘Yes!’ Rosary Rally for Vocations – Wednesday, March 25 at 7 PM
Catholics throughout the Archdiocese are invited to be part of the Culture of Vocations by participating in a VIRTUAL ROSARY RALLY!!  The event will be streamed ONLINE on our website (Heedthecall.org) and Facebook page (@PhillyPriest), and will include a rosary rally led by Archbishop Nelson Perez, as well as an opportunity to learn more about a new Vocations initiative in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia! On the Feast of her profound YES, we will honor Our Blessed Mother and ask for her protection and intercession as we pray for vocations!
https://heedthecall.org/RosaryRally/

Morning Prayer with Fr. Matt Guckin – Daily 7 AM
Join Fr. Matt Guckin from St. Francis de Sales parish in West Philadelphia for live-streamed Morning Prayer each morning at 7 AM. Two ways to join in:

Daily Divine Mercy Chaplet and Discussion Group with You Are Made New Ministries
You Are Made New Ministry is now offering a daily Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 PM along with a weekly women’s support group and a discussion group for men and women.  View the schedule and log-in information here:  https://youaremadenew.com/calendar/online-ministry-gatherings/

Virtual SoulCore Exercise Class
SoulCore (soulcore.com) is a movement that pairs core strengthening, stretching and functional movement with the traditional prayers of the Church. Join Nicky Verna, trained SoulCore leader and parishioner at St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Media, PA for an online SoulCore class. Schedule: Thurs, March 19 at 1 PM, Friday, March 20 at 11 AM, Mon-Fri the following week at 11 AM

Live-Streamed Rosary with the Dominican Friars, 7 PM ET

Lectio Divina on the Sunday Readings with the Dominican Friars

5) Faith Formation

The following websites offer online faith formation videos, audio recordings and eBooks to help deepen your knowledge of our Catholic Faith!

We at Annunciation recognize how difficult this news is for everyone. We are privileged in the United States to have access to the Sacraments, the priesthood, the celebration of Mass and the freedom to adore the Blessed Sacrament. God spoils us! Times like these, while thankfully extremely rare, remind us of how much God has given us and fosters in us a thirst for them once more. We urge all to turn any sadness into hunger, any upset into desire, so that when the opportunity arises again to reunite with Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament, a honeymoon of joy and fulfillment will be renewed within our hearts.


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