Monsignor Reports

Monsignor's Reports 

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.

Monignor Gentili

up-to-date News for OLGC MAsses & Events

4854180.jpg

Letter from ReV. Msgr. Daniel J. Sullivan

Dear Brother Priests and Deacons, 

 

I am sharing an important update with you regarding the status of instruction in our schools and PREP programs in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This information is currently being shared on a global basis with all high school, elementary school, special education, and PREP families at this time.

 

Please continue to pray for all those affected by this national public health issue. 

 

Sincerely in Christ,

Rev. Msgr. Daniel J. Sullivan

Vicar for Clergy

Archbishop Perez -

Lent - A Season of prayer and fasting

In a pastoral message for Lent 2020, Archbishop Pérez writes, “Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent—a season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

These 40 days call us to seek a full conversion of heart that leads us to the richness of God’s mercy through the triumphant promise of the Resurrection at Easter. “

 

Please click the link below to read his full message.


 

Bishop Nelson Perez
Archbishop Chaput -

Welcomes successor back to Philadelphia

This is a moment of great satisfaction and joy for the clergy and people of the archdiocese, and for me personally. This past Saturday, the papal nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, informed me that Pope Francis had selected Bishop Nelson Perez of Cleveland as the next archbishop of Philadelphia.

That appointment is official as of this morning, and his installation will take place on Tuesday, February 18.

Bishop Nelson Perez
 OLG Parishioners Donate Nearly $15K to the Little Sisters of the Poor 

The Little Sisters of the Poor are celebrating 150 years of serving the elderly in Philadelphia. Recently, the Little Sisters were at Our Lady of Guadalupe and a collection was taken to support their mission.

Between the second collection that was taken during their appeal on July 27 and 28 and donations from our parishioners after that weekend, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish’s total contribution was $14,944.

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
 - Pastor

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.

THe poor and needy amoung us

You may have noticed in recent weeks, you may have noticed from time to time, people in need standing outside of Mass on Sunday, with signs requesting money. It seems to be a more recent phenomenon at the church and is happening more and more frequently. I thought it might interest you to know some of my insights as to why this is happening and how you might best be able to respond charitably in these sad and difficult situations.

A few years ago I began to realize that the poor and needy of this area are on the rise. It seems odd to think that we have “poor and needy” people right here in Buckingham and the Doylestown area, if only passing through, but we do have both residential and mendicant poor and needy people. We may choose to ignore them or the situation, but they do exist and the need is real. In responding to this otherwise inconspicuous situation on the rise, I decided to seek the assistance of the members of the Health and Wellness Committee. We were able to formulate a sub-committee which is named The Life Help Group.

Please click the link to continue to the article.

Safety and Security Talk to the Parish, June 2019

In the fall of 2018 I initiated with the support of both the Pastoral and Finance Councils a Safety and Security Committee under the direction of Bob Weikel. The charge of this committee was to study all aspects of our safety and security in light of some vandalism that we have experienced over the years and in the present day environment of recent random acts of violence in places of worship and other public sectors. And, in addition, to make recommendations on how I can continue to assure your safety and security as members of Our Lady of Guadalupe as we come together on this campus throughout the week.

The members of the committee include retired law enforcement officers, security specialists and various other members of the parish. Since its inception, they have consulted with our local police force here in Buckingham as well as various other agencies. I am sharing with you now some highlights and points of interest.

A full standard operating procedure for assisting us in cases of emergency will be in full force by August (this is available on parish website). Procedures will be made public and all leaders will be informed and made aware of important steps in order to usher people to safety and inform law enforcement as well as other emergency agencies as appropriate. An exhaustive list of options were discussed as to their benefits and usefulness toward making our place a safe and welcoming worship sight, as well as the impact these options would have practically. Highlighted here are just some of the important decisions:

We have implemented a closed and locked door policy here in the church 15 minutes after major worship events, including Sunday Mass.  Ushers and Ambassadors of OLG will be posted at the front doors to monitor and allow us to come and go freely throughout the Mass and other events. 

Additionally, a comprehensive camera system has been approved and will be installed throughout the campus. This was one of the first recommendations that the Buckingham Police made to us with regard to prevention and prosecution.

We have also enlisted the support of our police to provide continuous monitoring of our campus as a part of the regular patrolling and shifts throughout the day and week.

Unfortunately, with the horrible events happening around the world, it is important that if you are in any large crowd, including church services, and gunfire occurs it is important that you (1) don’t panic and try to maintain your composure, (2) make yourself a very small target by getting low, and (3) leave the area as soon as possible.

The Safety and Security Committee will continue to meet on a regular basis to make updates and adjustments to our policy, as well as communicate them to us as appropriate and needed.  I am most grateful to all of them for their time, enthusiasm, expertise as well as the recommendations they have made and will continue to make in the future.

Anyone who has any questions or ideas they may like to share with our Safety and Security Committee may do so by contacting our Maintenance Supervisor and also our Head of Safety and Security, Joe Balaza, or any other members of the Committee.

OLG Safety & Security Committee:

Bob Weikel, Joe Balaza, Joe D’Agostino,

Dennis Folweiler, Pete Hawley, Dennis Logan,

Ray Lokay, Tony Martin, Tom Murphy, Bill Sweeney and Paul Zikmund

To learn more about the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church 

standard operating procedure for responding to an active shooter, please click the button below.

Current News 
We Welcome a New Seminarian - Derick DeCamp

Derick DeCamp is a seminarian studying for the Diocese of Harrisburg at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. Prior to entering the seminary, he obtained a BA in Psychology from Millersville University in spring of 2017. While at Millersville, Derick was involved with the Newman Center on campus. He became aware of a call to serve others during his sophomore year of college, but it was not until after a vocation retreat during the summer of his junior year that he stopped asking himself and started asking God how He wanted him to serve. After this change of thought, Derick soon realized that God wanted him to seriously discern the priesthood by entering seminary formation, which he did in the fall of 2017.

This year Derick is beginning his third year of formation and is starting his theological studies necessary for priestly formation. He is looking forward to being with the OLG community on Thursdays during the school year.

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!

Current News 
We Welcome a New Seminarian - Mark Tobin

Seminarian Mark Tobin is happy to have been assigned to serve the people of Our Lady of Guadalupe for his summer assignment during which he will reside at the OLG rectory, and the upcoming year apostolate on Thursdays. Mark is entering his sixth year at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and the third year of Theology studies. He is currently in formation for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and is moving to Diaconate ordination next May.

He is from Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, West Grove, PA in South Eastern Chester County. Mark is one of six children, a Navy Veteran with five years of service as a SWCC operator (Special Warfare Combatant Crewman) with two tours of duty to Iraq. After the military he earned his degree in Business Marketing at West Chester University and now God has another mission for him! Mark is looking forward to meeting and serving you all this summer!

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!

OLG Donates More than $50K to Charity

Our parishioners recently donated more than $50,000 to two important organizations. Parishioners donated almost $20,000 to the Little Sisters of the Poor and more than $30,000 to St. Anne’s Parish/St. John Bosco School in Haiti.

“The Holy Spirit is alive and working within our parishioners at Our Lady of Guadalupe. Even amidst the heartaches we are facing as a church, our parishioners believe in helping others and assisting these two organizations that have been long-supported by our parish,” comments Monsignor Gentili.

The Little Sisters of the Poor have been caring for the elderly poor since 1839. Each year, OLG takes up a collection at Mass. The Little Sisters recently won their Supreme Court case that challenged Obamacare’s requirement that nonprofit employers offer employee health insurance coverage that includes abortion-inducing drugs and devices.

In late September, Father Mubakanda Bavon-Marie from St. Anne Parish/St. John Bosco School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, spoke at all weekend Masses about his work in Haiti. OLG has been providing support through mission trips, donations of supplies, over-the-counter medicine and money for many years to this catholic community and is planning another mission trip in April 2019.

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.

MONSIGNOR'S Resource LIBRARY

Building

Development

Catholic Resources

Formed

Videos

OLG

Strategic Plan

Parish

Councils

Monsignor's

Articles

Office Hours

Please contact our parish office with any questions or for assistance.

Monday through Thursday,

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon

Current Bulletin

Sacraments:


Arrangements for Baptism, Matrimony, Anointing of the Sick, and the reception of Holy Communion at home may be made at our parish office.

Church and Parish Office:


5194 Cold Spring Creamery Road
Doylestown, PA 18902
  
 

Phone: (267) 247-5374
Fax: (267) 247-5402

E-mail: info@olguadalupe.org

Parish Rectory:


Ash Mill Road
Doylestown, PA 18902

Parish Email Sign Up:

MASS SCHEDULE

Weekly Mass Times:


Saturday - 5:00 pm (Vigil)
Sunday - 8:00 am, 9:30 am

and 11:00 am
 

Monday through Saturday 8:00 am

Daily Rosary: 7:30 a.m.

Inclement Weather Policy

Holy Days Mass Times:


8:00 am, 12:00 noon and 7:00 pm

Confessions:

Half hour before each weekend

Mass, until 10 minutes before

Mass begins.
 

  • Anytime by appointment

Useful Links

  • White Facebook Icon
  • White Twitter Icon
© 2020  Our Lady of Guadalupe Church