Monsignor Gentili frequently suggests interesting articles from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Archbishop Chaput, Pope Frances and more. To be an informed Catholic it’s important to be aware of the key Catholic issues that are happening in our community and world.
Monsignor has also written articles on various issues that affect our parish community.
U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Chair:
Deplores Supreme Court Ruling - 2020
The Supreme Court of the United States on June 29, 2020, announced its decision in an abortion case out of Louisiana, June Medical Services v. Russo. The Court ruled 5 to 4 to strike down the Louisiana law that requires abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee for Pro-Life Activities issued the following statement:
“Abortion violently ends the life of a child, and often severely harms women. Abortion becomes even more destructive when basic health and safety standards are ignored, and profit margins are prioritized over women’s lives. As Catholics, we condemn abortion as a grave injustice that denies the fundamental human right to life. Yet even as we seek to end the brutality of legalized abortion, we still believe that the women who seek it should not be further harmed and abused by a callous, profit-driven industry.
“The Court’s failure to recognize the legitimacy of laws prioritizing women’s health and safety over abortion business interests continues a cruel precedent. As we grieve this decision and the pregnant women who will be harmed by it, we continue to pray and fight for justice for mothers and children.
“We will not rest until the Supreme Court corrects the grave injustice of Roe and Casey and recognizes the Constitutional right to life for unborn human beings. We continue to ask all people of faith to pray for women seeking abortion, often under enormous pressure, that they will find alternatives that truly value them and the lives of their children.”
The USCCB filed an amicus curae brief in the case along with the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Association of Evangelicals urging the Court to uphold the law.
The brief can be viewed by clicking the button below.
Bishop Nelson Perez
Editorial in America Magazine
In this article, Archbishop shares his July 4th sentiments and says, “I urge everyone to open their hearts to the needs of people today—to see the opportunities in front of us, to accompany those in difficult situations and to stand in
solidarity with those fighting for social justice.
And remember the words of the Old Testament: “You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God” (Lv 19:34).”
Bishop Nelson Perez
Message of Gratitude - 2020
We write to you at this time with a message of deep gratitude for the additional efforts which so many of you have put forth in recent weeks to financially support Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. We appreciate the additional energy that you have expended to get your envelopes and cash donations to our office via the drop box at the Parish Life Center or the U.S. Mail. Many of you already use some form of consistent electronic giving.
During these unprecedented times, we have experienced just how much our parishioners and others thirst for God and want to continue to express their Faith in new, different and creative ways. We have had many parishioners, especially during Holy Week, as well as others outside of our parish family, join us for our Facebook Live and livestream Masses, via our parish website (www.olguadalupe.org). We plan to continue this use of technology as we work our way back to a sense of normalcy, but also beyond as needed and useful. We saw wonderful participation in Eucharistic Adoration on Divine Mercy Sunday. These are encouraging signs that our message of God’s love and mercy is being well received by our parish community
We will continue to reach out to all of you as best we can by offering appropriate, faith-based programming, such as: bible study, youth ministry, PREP, movies, educational programs, and other activities, via the creative use of our technologies available to us. We will continue to offer outreach through our many parish organizations to: the poor, the needy, the elderly and the hungry. While we cannot gather physically to receive our precious Lord in the Eucharist, we continue to offer so many opportunities to live Eucharist and to be Eucharist to others through our service, our actions and by example. May I encourage you to stay connected to the parish through our website and to sign up for Flocknotes, which keep you informed and offer so many creative opportunities for you to keep nourishing your faith (Text OLGPA to 84576 or sign up via email on the parish website).
Your support of our parish, through your prayers, participation via use of technology and outreach, as well as your weekly donations, are most appreciated and necessary in order for us to continue to live our mission to be a vibrant, welcoming parish family, dedicated to growing disciples and making Church matter during a difficult time.
With “stay-at-home” orders and social distancing practices in place, many of us find ourselves taking care of a number of things online, from banking to shopping. Supporting Our Lady of Guadalupe with your contributions, on a weekly or monthly basis, is another task that can be simplified through Parish e-Giving, should you be interested. Are you curious to learn more about this safe and easy method of supporting our parish? See www.olguadalupe.org/give for an overview of Parish e-Giving and how to enroll.
Once again, thank you for your continued support of Our Lady of Guadalupe during this challenging time in our lives. We are not sure when and how we will once again gather physically on campus, but be assured that we will keep you informed of our plan as soon as the Archdiocese makes that information known to the parishes. Until then may Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe, hold you in the mantle of Her care. May Our Lord Jesus Christ, the good and gentle shepherd, shower you with His choicest blessings. Please know of our daily prayers for you and your intentions.
Devotedly Yours in Christ,
Reverend Monsignor Joseph P. Gentili
Reverend Robert A. Ianelli
Deacon Robert F. Brady
Bishop Nelson Perez
We Welcome a New Seminarian - Brendan Zehner
I have the great pleasure of welcoming Seminarian Brendan Zehner from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. As part of their pastoral training, seminarians are assigned during the academic year to assist and serve in parishes on Thursdays. It is a tremendous compliment to be considered among those parishes carefully chosen in this important aspect of training of our future priests.
Brendan will assist in various programs in the parish including: visiting the sick and homebound, visiting Buckingham Springs Rehab Center and Doylestown Hospital, helping with parish ministries and working with the PREP program. He will also be teaching at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. Please join me in welcoming him.
Sincerely In Our Lord,
Rev. Monsignor Joseph P. Gentili
Pastor, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
An essential component of a seminarian’s priestly training is pastoral formation. Parish communities are chosen carefully for their ability to provide experiences and supervision that will support and assist the seminarian toward that sacred goal. Please welcome him into our parish family and pray for him as he responds to God’s call to Priesthood!
Message from our new Seminarian - Brendan Zehner
My name is Brendan Zehner and I am entering my fourth year, Theology I, at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. While I have never visited Our Lady of Guadalupe before, I grew up south of Doylestown, in St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Glenside.
My older brother and I went to Catholic school for elementary and high school. I decided to study history at William & Mary in Virginia for college. I have always loved history, as my mom is a history teacher.
In college, I first received the call to the priesthood. I spent the two years after graduating discerning the call while working for Wawa. Finally, I entered the seminary in the fall of 2017. I’m looking forward to getting to know everybody at Our Lady of Guadalupe!
Thank you for having me.
Doylestown Ecumenical and Interfaith Prayer Service
Prayer Service for Peace - 2020
Monsignor Gentili participated in the Doylestown Ecumenical and Interfaith Prayer Service for Peace.
They prayed for the grace we need to peacefully overcome the evil of racism and to build a just society in our nation.
To view a recording of the Zoom service,
click the video on the right.
The Arch diocese of Philadelphia
The ArISE Podcast - 2020
Bishop Nelson Perez
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia (AOP) has launched The Arise Podcast, a podcast series to help local Catholics transition back to in-person parish life after several weeks of COVID-19 restrictions. The series explores Catholic life in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and offers reflections on the Word of God as it speaks to us in our own day.
The podcast series features Father Richard Owens, O.F.M. Cap., Director of the Archdiocesan Office for Black Catholics; Father Eric Banecker, Parochial Vicar at Saint Pius X Parish; and Gina Christian, Senior Content Producer for CatholicPhilly.com.
The Arise Podcast, which is slated to run six to eight episodes, features a two-part interview with Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez who shares his insights on faith and the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the series is part of “Arise: Restoring Catholic Life After the Pandemic,” an Archdiocesan initiative designed to invigorate parish life after weeks of COVID-19 restrictions (http://archphila.org/arise/). This program provides parishes and Archdiocesan institutions with guidance and resources for worship, catechesis, evangelization, and communications to help clergy and faihful reintegrate into active, in-person participation in Mass and parish activities.
Catholics, fellow Christians, and all those who seek something more, can listen to the podcast series via through any of the buttons below.
Catholic Foundation -
PArish support Initiative - 2020
Bishop Nelson Perez
In the Gospel, Jesus reminds us, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus taught that the two greatest commandments are to love God with all our heart, soul and mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. In this peculiar time of quarantine, God is asking us to live these commandments to our fullest capacities.
Despite being unable to be together physically, we can express our love of God and neighbor in prayer and works. Now, more than ever, we remain steadfast in our solidarity amongst each other, and spread the love Christ taught us.
We appreciate your support of Our Lady of Guadalupe by mailing your weekly offering or donating online via Parish Giving. In these challenging times, if you would like to make a donation to another parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia you can through the Parish Support Initiative.
This initiative is made possible through a partnership with The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia. If you you would like to help support a parish click the button below.
Head of U.S. Bishops
Comments on Supreme Court Decision Referencing ‘Sex’
‘Our sex, whether we are male or female, is part of God’s plan for creation and for our lives’
- JUNE 16, 2020
The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, provided a statement on the decision issued today by the Supreme Court of the United States – combining Bostock v. Clayton County, Ga., Altitude Express v. Zarda, and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Opportunity Employment Comm’n. The justices ruled that the prohibition on “sex” discrimination in employment in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 now prohibits discrimination based on “sexual orientation” and “transgender” status.
Archbishop Gomez’s statement follows:
I am deeply concerned that the U.S. Supreme Court has effectively redefined the legal meaning of ‘sex’ in our nation’s civil rights law. This is an injustice that will have implications in many areas of life.
By erasing the beautiful differences and complementary relationship between man and woman, we ignore the glory of God’s creation and harm the human family, the first building block of society. Our sex, whether we are male or female, is part of God’s plan for creation and for our lives. As Pope Francis has taught with such sensitivity, to live in the truth with God’s intended gifts in our lives requires that we receive our bodily and sexual identity with gratitude from our Creator. No one can find true happiness by pursuing a path that is contrary to God’s plan.
Every human person is made in the image and likeness of God and, without exception, must be treated with dignity, compassion, and respect. Protecting our neighbors from unjust discrimination does not require redefining human nature.
Bishop Nelson Perez
Protests and the Death of George Floyd
Earlier this week, Pope Francis spoke at the weekly General Audience about the protests in the United States following the tragic and unnecessary death of George Floyd.
In his address he said, “I have witnessed with great concern the disturbing social unrest in your nation in these past days, following the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd. We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.”
You can watch his full address via the Catholic News Agency’s You Tube Channel.
Bishop Nelson Perez
Archbishop Perez -
Regarding the Death of George Floyd
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
Bishop Nelson Perez
United States Bishops
statement of U.S. Bishop Chairmen in wake of
death of George Floyd and National Protests
Seven U.S. Bishop Chairmen of committees within the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have issued a statement in the wake of the death of Mr. George Floyd and the protests which have broken out in Minneapolis and in other cities in the United States.
Please click the button below to read the full statement.
Bishop Nelson Perez
Our latest Stained glass Addition
Mary, Queen of the Angels
From time to time, as appropriate you may recall that I am accustom to giving updates on where we are on, not only construction, but also the on-going artistic work within the church and chapel.
I am happy to inform you of yet another addition of a newly created beautiful stained glass window in the chapel. The work is inspired by the intention to continue to have Marian themes associated with much of the artistic works of our church and chapel. The window in the side niche of the chapel is entitled Mary, Queen of the Angels, a title given to Mary throughout the rich history and tradition of our Catholic Faith, which states as dogma, that Mary is assumed into heaven and is with Jesus Christ, her divine son. Mary should be called Queen, not only because of her Divine Motherhood of Jesus Christ, but also because God has willed her to have an exceptional role in the work of eternal salvation.
Please click the link below to read the rest of Monsignor's letter and to learn more about the gorgeous stained glass images.
Sincerely Yours In Our Lord,
Rev. Monsignor Joseph P. Gentili
Our latest Stained glass Addition- continued
Descent of the holy spirit on the blessed mother and the apostles
I am happy to inform you of the addition of a newly created beautiful stained glass window in the chapel. The work is inspired by a kyrotic approach to capturing the events taking place at the end of Luke’s Gospel and the beginning of the Acts of the Apostles.
This main window depicts the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Blessed Mother and the Apostles. The gift of Holy Spirit is depicted by a Dove in the center window being released from the open hands of the Ascending Jesus and overlooked by the Father, creator of heaven and earth.
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are represented by the tongues of flame over the heads of Mary and the Apostles, flowing from the eternal love exchanged between the Father and Son. The young person laying on the ground, hands over ears, with eyes peering up, at the feet of Mary may represent the viewer of the window entering into the moment of the Holy Spirit’s descent calling forth a response.
Please click the link below to read the rest of Monsignor's letter
and to learn more about the gorgeous stained glass images.
GRAND JURY RELATED ARTICLES
2018 - REVIEW of Important articles
To be an informed Catholic it’s important to be aware of the key Catholic issues that are happening in our community and world.
Our parish community feels it's important to maintain on our website, relevant articles related to the release of the 40th Statewide Grand Jury Report of six dioceses within the State of Pennsylvania for your reference.
Lenten Video homilies
Here you will find recordings of Lenten Homilies beginning in 2018.