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.
Learn more about the Permanent Diaconate
We are thankful to have Deacon Brady as part of the Our Lady of Guadalupe family! If you are interested in learning more about the permanent diaconate watch the video, check out the website or reach out to Deacon Brady or Monsignor Gentili.
Making A Good Confession
- Monsignor William J. King
The sacrament of reconciliation is depicted in a stained-glass window at St. Aloysius Church in Great Neck, N.Y. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
A father watched his young son at work in the garden.
Instructed to remove the weeds, the son eagerly took up the challenge, taking garden clippers and lopping off the stems as close to ground level as he could maneuver. He assured his father that the weeds were gone, never to return, but the father knew better: without removing their roots the weeds would grow back.
Making a good confession of our sins is like weeding the garden of the soul. Most of us have the experience of assuring our heavenly Father that we have removed all the weeds, but unless we attack them at their roots, we’ll confess the same sins again and again.
It takes work to make a good confession. Focusing on behaviors and actions alone is like taking garden clippers to weeds: we may for a time cut off the parts we can see, but hidden within the soil of our behaviors the roots of sin are still growing. The real power of the Sacrament of Penance is unleashed when we expose the roots to God’s grace.
Act Now to Stop
Most Extreme Abortion on Demand Bill Ever Seen
In response to the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has scheduled another House vote to try to enshrine abortion on demand in federal law through the so-called Women’s Health Protection Act, H.R. 8296. The vote will be held this week. The House passed this bill on September 24, 2021, but the Senate has failed twice this year to advance the bill.
This deceptively named, extreme bill would impose abortion on demand nationwide at any stage of pregnancy through federal statute. Even worse, it would eliminate modest and widely supported pro-life laws at every level of government -- the federal, state, and local level -- including parental notification for minor girls, informed consent, and health or safety protections specific to abortion facilities. It would force all Americans to support abortions here and abroad with their tax dollars.
Supreme Court decision
‘affirms deep value inherent in every human life,’
says Archbishop Pérez
Read the statement from Archbishop Nelson Pérez issued on June 24 on the opinion of the Supreme Court of the United States in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
Important Message from national right to life
It is obvious that the pro-abortion forces and their Democrat allies want as much confrontation, chaos, and perhaps even violence as possible this summer both to intimidate the US Supreme Court and to affect the election. Pro-Lifers and National Right to Life State Affiliates and Chapters should not let themselves be lured into inadvertently engaging in activities that could give these groups exactly what they want and exacerbate volatile situations.
Some groups that oppose abortion, but are not affiliated with National Right to Life, have contacted many of you and urged you to join them in celebratory and counter demonstrations. This is not sanctioned or advised by National Right to Life. Remember that our opponents are looking for an opportunity to engage in riotous behavior, but, when and if violence occurs, the media will lay the blame on pro-life people as a whole and our political and legislative allies.
Please continue your peaceful, prayerful, pro-life work that has brought us this far and saved so many lives, and leave the pro-abortion gang to simply scream at themselves if they wish. Let's not be part of it.
Greetings from Deacon Kenneth Omeke
I was born in a nuclear family of seven siblings, (all males). I had a zeal of becoming a Catholic priest when I was growing up in Nigeria, but I never accepted this grace to priesthood from God. Finishing my college in Nigeria, I decided to become a full businessman. Though I did become a successful businessman, yet the professional life I was pursuing never seemed totally right for me. I was troubled on whether to become a priest or to remain in the business. After fervent prayers and consulting my pastor on what to do, fortunately, God did show me signs as l requested. In three of my dreams, I saw three priests telling me that I had to leave my business and enter seminary, otherwise they would deal with me. I never took these dreams and the warnings seriously until those priests revisited me again with the same warning, but this time not in my dream but in a trance as I was praying. At the disappearance of these three priests, I was unable to hear again. I became deaf. This time I decided to ask God for mercy and promise God that if I could hear again, I would serve him. God did restore my ears after seven days, and not hesitating, I flew to the seminary as I promised. Due to my age at the time, I was unable to join a diocesan seminary in Nigeria, but a Religious Order (Luminaries of the World Missionary). After completing my Philosophical studies with the religious Order in 2016, unfortunately for me, the Order was closed due to the death of its founder. Because of this, all the seminarians in the congregation had to leave. I didn’t know what to do this time, whether to go back to my business or to start again to look for another seminary. At this point, the only hope was in God alone.
God’s willing, I was invited by my cousin to the United States in the same year. While in the United States, I was able to contact the vocation director, Fr. Steve DeLacy of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to continue my discernment to the priesthood. After a rigorous application processes, I was accepted as a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia. God’s willing, next year I will be ordained a priest for the archdiocese of Philadelphia. My home parish is St. Margaret of Antioch in Narberth.
Current News - THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2022
Bishop Chairmen Respond to Senate Vote
on Extreme Abortion on Demand Bill
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
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Washington, DC 20017-1194
WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Senate failed to advance the Women’s Health Protection Act, S. 4132. This bill would have imposed abortion on demand nationwide at any stage of pregnancy through federal statute and would have eliminated pro-life laws at every level of government -- including parental notification for minor girls, informed consent, and health or safety protections specific to abortion facilities. S. 4132 also would have compelled all Americans to support abortions here and abroad with their tax dollars and would have also likely forced health care providers and professionals to perform, assist in, and/or refer for abortion against their deeply-held beliefs, as well as forced employers and insurers to cover or pay for abortion.
Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty, issued the following statement:
“The ‘Women’s Health Protection Act’ (S. 4132) is an utterly unjust and extreme measure that would impose abortion on demand nationwide at any stage of pregnancy through federal statute. We are relieved that the Senate vote to advance this bill failed for the second time in less than three months. This bill insists that elective abortion, including late-term elective abortion, is a ‘human right’ and ‘women’s health care’ -- something that should be promoted, funded, and celebrated. S. 4132 is far more extreme than Roe v. Wade. It would invalidate widely supported laws that protect women and unborn children from an unscrupulous abortion industry, would force all Americans to support abortion here and abroad with their tax dollars, and seeks to force religious hospitals and health care professionals to perform abortions against their beliefs.
“More than 60 million unborn children have already lost their lives to abortion, and countless women suffer from the physical and emotional trauma of abortion. This radical bill would add millions more to that tragic toll. As a nation built on the recognition that every human being is endowed by its Creator with the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, we implore Congress to stop pushing abortion as a solution to the needs of women and young girls, and instead embrace public policy that fully respects and facilitates these rights and the needs of both mother and child.”
Current News - THURSDAY, MAY 12
ABORTION BILL FAILS IN SENATE
Senate Republicans succeeded Wednesday in blocking a Democrat-led bill designed to mandate abortion on demand through all nine months in all 50 states. The so-called “Women’s Health Protection Act” needed 60 votes to advance. Forty-nine Democrats voted yes, while West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin joined all 50 Republicans in voting no. President Biden immediately condemned Republicans for blocking the bill, which the U.S. Bishops have decried as the worst abortion legislation in history.
Unanimous Supreme Court Flies Flag for Free Speech in Case Against City of Boston
The Supreme Court’s decision on Monday, May 2 was unanimous. A victory for religious freedom!
I personally find it interesting the decision did not get much media attention for how historic it is with regard to not only freedom of speech and religious liberty, but also an unanimous decision by all the members of the Supreme Court.
In November, the Catholic Vote Education Fund filed an amicus brief in the case of Harold Shurtleff v. City of Boston. Shurtleff is the director of Camp Constitution, a group that found itself in conflict with officials in the City of Boston.
Camp Constitution had applied to fly a Christian flag outside Boston City Hall in honor of Constitution Day. They wanted to recognize our nation’s Judeo-Christian heritage. Officials with the City denied the request.
In the 12 years since the city opened the flag pole to public use, the City of Boston never denied another flag — and had even allowed the Chinese Communist flag and LGBT Pride flag on the pole! But not a “Christian” flag?
The brief argued that the City of Boston discriminated against the one Christian applicant, while “permitting a wide range of secular expression with which the government agrees.”
The City chose to attack Camp Constitution and singled them out because of their religious beliefs. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the City of Boston violated Shurtliff’s First Amendment rights.
It should be noted that not all of the Justices agreed on how far the decision might extend and what criteria should be used to determine what the First Amendment allows – or must be prohibited? But all of them agreed the City of Boston went too far.
It may seem like a small victory. But we have to remain vigilant and fight everywhere to protect our freedoms – especially our
fundamental religious freedom.
As Catholics, it is your moral obligation to participate in the election process. Whether it is a primary election or a mid-term election, all opportunities to participate in the electoral process are important for all of us as active citizens and Catholics.
In Christ Our Lord,
EASTER LETTER - from Father Bavon in Haiti
Bois-de-Laurence, April 16, 2022
Monsignor Gentili Message
Please listen to Monsignor Gentili's message to our parish family about the return to Church, plus a coronavirus update.
Parish Surpasses Catholic Charities Appeal Goal
“I wish to express my deep gratitude for the generosity of our parishioners for their support of the 2021 Catholic Charities Appeal. This is another example of the OLG Difference,” said Monsignor Gentili. The OLG parish goal was $76,624. OLG surpassed the goal by contributing $100,566 to date!
Our parish has shared in the collective efforts of the Catholic Charities Appeal in “Giving Hope to All”. Thank you for your continued generosity. Your kindness will support tens of thousands of people through countless organizations and ministries throughout the greater Philadelphia area.
Our primary goal moving forward is to continue to inspire others to fulfill the needs of our larger community. We encourage you to continue your generosity by remaining involved in the Catholic Charities Appeal to help in those efforts.
Devotedly Yours in Christ,
Rev. Monsignor Joseph P. Gentili
Pastor, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
COVID-19 vaccine News UPDATE
In recent days some of you have received contact from parishioners to provide a letter or sign a form supporting their requests for an exemption from obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine on religious grounds. This matter has been considered by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and I take this opportunity to provide clarifying guidance.
In unison with the Holy See and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the Archdiocese of Philadelphia strongly recommends that all members of the Catholic community should receive the COVID-19 vaccine unless a medical reason prevents them from doing so. That recommendation is based on the facts that the COVID-19 vaccines and their development have been determined morally acceptable and that we all share a common ethical responsibility to the well-being of our fellow human beings.
As the USCCB noted in its document on Moral Considerations Regarding the New COVID-19 Vaccines, “Receiving one of the COVID-19 vaccines ought to be understood as an act of charity toward the other members of our community. In this way, being vaccinated safely against COVID-19 should be considered an act of love of our neighbor and part of our moral responsibility for the common good.” In writing on behalf of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith last December, Cardinal Ladaria stated, “In any case, from the ethical point of view, the morality of vaccination depends not only on the duty to protect one's own health, but also on the duty to pursue the common good.” As such, neither the Archdiocese nor its parishes are able to provide support, written or otherwise, for individuals seeking an exemption from the vaccine on religious grounds.
Individuals may wish to pursue an exemption from vaccination based on their own reasons of conscience. In such cases, the burden to support such a request is not one for the local Church or its presbyterate to validate and we are not able to provide support for exemption requests on that basis.
We continue to live in challenging times and I realize that many demands are placed on you. The links below may prove helpful as you navigate this topic with parishioners in a pastoral manner.
Please be assured of my prayerful gratitude for your ongoing dedication and many sacrifices on behalf of those entrusted to your care.
Sincerely in Christ,
Reverend Michael F. Hennelly
Vicar for Clergy
OLG Welcomes Seminarian - Shane Flanagan
I have the great pleasure of welcoming Seminarian Shane Flanagan from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. As part of 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 our future priests.
Shane will assist with 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. 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 - Shane Flanagan
It is my great honor to be a part of the wonderful parish family here at Our Lady of Guadalupe.I am very excited to spend my summer here and am looking forward to getting to know and be a part of this great parish family. By means of a short introduction, my name is Shane Flanagan and I am a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. I will be entering Third Theology in August, which means I will be God willingly ordained a priest for the Archdiocese in May of 2023.
I was born and raised in St. Dominic Parish, located in Northeast Philadelphia, and am the seventh of eight children. I attended Father Judge High School, graduating in 2014, and after one year at Arcadia University entered the Seminary, where I graduated the college portion of the seminary in 2018.
Thank you for your warm welcome to the parish and thank you in advance for your generosity and hospitality throughout the summer!
Looking forward to meeting you,
Letter To Monsignor Gentili - ROE -VS- WADE/2021
Nearly 50 years ago, the U.S Supreme Court handed down the Roe v. Wade decision, legalizing abortion nationwide.
This deeply flawed and overreaching decision is one of the most well-known and controversial cases in American history.
It’s also the deadliest court decision in American history.
In fact, since Roe was decided, over 62 million preborn children have been killed in abortion clinics across the country. And every day, the death toll continues to rise.
However, since the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court last fall, which changed the makeup of the Court, the future of Roe has dominated the headlines. Advocates on both sides of the issue have predicted how the Court will respond to abortion cases, speculated on how certain justices will vote, and painted a picture of what America may look like if Roe were overturned.
As cases are considered and we look ahead to critical Supreme Court rulings, it is important for dedicated pro-lifers, like you, to be equipped with the facts about Roe v. Wade.
That’s why I wanted to share this resource from Human Coalition Action, which answers some of the most pressing questions about Roe v. Wade and its impact on abortion in America:
On this page, you can get answers to common questions, such as:
What was abortion law before Roe v. Wade?
Would overturning Roe v. Wade end abortion in America?
How can pro-life Christians get involved?
The months ahead will be critical in the fight for life. I hope you will take some time to learn about this issue so you can join us in advocating for the most vulnerable population on the planet –
Thank you for your ongoing support of Human Coalition Action. God bless you!
P.S. — Did you know another important case about abortion was ruled on the same day as Roe v. Wade? Learn more about the cases surrounding Roe here: www.hucoaction.org/roe-v-wade.
Bishop Nelson Perez
For Further reflection:
Covid-19 Virus and Vaccine Update
In my effort to keep parishioners informed on all important issues, I offer this article to assist you in making decisions concerning the Covid-19 Virus and the vaccines available at the present time. I did publish a Flocknote on Friday, March 5, 2021 regarding the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) statement on the virus. In the interim another statement has been published by the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference of Bishops. I have been able to do some research and receive guidance which helps to clarify and add to past information published on the website and bulletin. I realize that, at times, it may be difficult to plow through and research all the information that is out there for us to consume in order to be informed Catholics. I am attempting to synthesize some of the salient points regarding the vaccines associated with the Covid-19 Virus. I highly recommend that you read the resources I have made available to you in the past as well as those referenced in this article.
The Bishops of the state of Pennsylvania encourage all people to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Getting the vaccination, whichever one you may choose, or is made available to you, is considered an act of charity and even part of a moral responsibility for the common good. It is a way of protecting not only you, but also those around you. The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference of Bishops reminds us of the consistency of their message throughout the pandemic in reference to the virus and vaccines:
“While we should continue to insist that pharmaceutical companies stop using abortion-derived cell lines, given the world-wide suffering that this pandemic is causing, we affirm again that being vaccinated can be an act of charity that serves the common good…In essence, we recognize that at this time individuals are not given a choice of which vaccine to receive and that this should not prevent Catholics from getting vaccinated as soon as possible. Catholics may in good conscience receive any vaccine in order to protect themselves.”
Click to view entire statements at:
The Ethics & Public Policy Center recently offered a pastoral approach to the issues at hand when reflecting on the virus and the vaccines associated with it. The article is entitled, “Statement for Pro-Life Catholic Scholars on the Moral Acceptability of Receiving COVID-19 Vaccines.” You may be aware that there are four major vaccines available at the present time: Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca. (The AstraZeneca vaccine is not yet approved in the United States.) The authors of the article present to us a cogent, appropriately Catholic rationale, in communion with the Vatican’s Statements on Covid-19, the USCCB as well as the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference of Bishops. They make the case that in accepting any of the vaccines offered at the present time, one would not show disrespect for the remains of an unborn human being. Furthermore, one could say that you would not be violating the most important value of defending the intrinsic equal dignity all human beings from conception to natural death. “Accordingly, Catholics, and indeed, all persons of good will who embrace a culture of life for the whole human family, born and unborn, can use these vaccines without fear of moral culpability.”
Additionally, I refer you to the Vatican documents, “Vatican Covid -19 Commission in collaboration with the Pontifical Academy for Life and Sciences” (December 29, 2019) and “Note on the morality of using some anti-Covid-19 Vaccines.” These documents are well worth your read as they set into context the Church's constant and consistent moral teachings, observations and concerns regarding the virus and vaccines in the areas of: research and production, avoidance of commercial exploitation, fair and equitable distribution, forming a proper conscience, along with the overriding concern for the public health and well-being of humanity during the present crisis of this world pandemic.
I hope you find this information helpful. Let us continue to pray for one another and for all those people working so diligently to serve all of us who have been affected by this horrific pandemic.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!
Rev. Monsignor Joseph P. Gentili
Pastor, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
article - important reading and information
highly recommended by Monsignor Gentili regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine.
December 14, 2020
US Bishop Chairmen for Pro-Life and Doctrine Address Ethical Concerns on New COVID-19 Vaccines
‘The reasons to accept the new COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are sufficiently serious to justify their use’
On December 14, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Doctrine, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement on the new COVID-19 vaccines. In their statement, the bishops address the moral concerns raised by the fact that the three vaccines that appear to be ready for distribution in the United States all have some connection to cell lines that originated with tissue taken from abortions.
With regard to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, they concluded: “In view of the gravity of the current pandemic and the lack of availability of alternative vaccines, the reasons to accept the new COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are sufficiently serious to justify their use, despite their remote connection to morally compromised cell lines.
“Receiving one of the COVID-19 vaccines ought to be understood as an act of charity toward the other members of our community. In this way, being vaccinated safely against COVID-19 should be considered an act of love of our neighbor and part of our moral responsibility for the common good.
” With regard to the AstraZeneca vaccine, the bishops found it to be “more morally compromised” and consequently concluded that this vaccine “should be avoided” if there are alternatives available. “It may turn out, however, that one does not really have a choice of vaccine, at least, not without a lengthy delay in immunization that may have serious consequences for one’s health and the health of others,” the bishop chairmen stated. “In such a case … it would be permissible to accept the AstraZeneca vaccine.”
At the same time, the bishops also warned that Catholics “must be on guard so that the new COVID-19 vaccines do not desensitize us or weaken our determination to oppose the evil of abortion itself and the subsequent use of fetal cells in research.”
Click the button below to read the full statement from the Bishop Chairmen.
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.