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  • Querida familia de la parroquia, amigos y visitantes de St. Charles: (3/25/2020) - El 17 de marzo, el Arzobispo Nelson Pérez, en respuesta a la creciente preocupación por la propagación del Coronavirus (COVID-19) y las directivas del gobierno y los funcionarios de salud, anunció la suspensión de todas las Misas públicas en la Arquidiócesis a partir del miércoles 18 de marzo hasta nuevo aviso. Siguiendo la guía de la Arquidiócesis y las directivas de los departamentos de salud estatales y locales, para mitigar la propagación del coronavirus y proteger la salud y el bienestar de nuestra comunidad, todas las actividades parroquiales, reuniones, devociones y nombramientos de oficina han sido suspendidos. Esta suspensión de actividades durará al menos hasta el 6 de abril y será reevaluada en espera de futuros desarrollos. Nuestra misión parroquial con el Padre Richard Veras, originalmente programado para el 22 y 25 de marzo, será reprogramado para el próximo Adviento o Cuaresma. Aunque se ha suspendido la misa pública, el… … Continue Reading…
  • Dear Parish Family, Friends, and Visitors to St. Charles, (3/25/2020) - On March 17, Archbishop Nelson Pérez, in response to the growing concern over the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the directives of government and health officials, announced the suspension of all public Masses in the Archdiocese effective Wednesday, March 18 until further notice. Following the guidance of the Archdiocese and the directives of State and local Health Departments, to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus and to protect the health and well-being of our community, all parish activities, meetings, devotions, and office appointments have been suspended. This suspension of activities will last through at least April 6 and be re-evaluated pending future developments. Our Parish Mission with Fr. Richard Veras, originally scheduled for March 22 - 25, will be rescheduled to next Advent or Lent. Though public Mass has been suspended, Sunday remains the Lord’s Day and all are encouraged to read the Word of God, especially the readings… … Continue Reading…
  • Notificación sobre el Coronavirus. Querida familia de la parroquia, amigos y visitantes de San Carlos: (3/13/2020) - Después de muchas oraciones y consultas, y siguiendo la guía de la Arquidiócesis y las instrucciones de los departamentos de salud estatales y locales, para mitigar la propagación del coronavirus (COVID-19) y proteger la salud y el bienestar de nuestra comunidad, toda las actividades, reuniones y devociones de la parroquia han sido suspendidas, excepto la celebración de misas programadas regularmente. Esta suspensión de actividades durará hasta el viernes 27 de marzo y será reevaluada en espera de futuros desarrollos. El Arzobispo ha dispensado a los fieles de la Arquidiócesis de Filadelfia de la obligación de asistir a la Misa dominical. La dispensación significa que, hasta nuevo aviso, no hay obligación de asistir a la Misa dominical. Todas las Misas aún estarán abiertas al público para quienes deseen asistir. Por favor sea prudente. Las personas que están enfermas, o en categorías de alto riesgo, o que han tenido un posible contacto… … Continue Reading…
  • Notification regarding Coronavirus. Dear Parish Family, Friends, and Visitors to St. Charles, (3/13/2020) - After much prayer and consultation, and following the guidance of the Archdiocese and the directives of State and local Health Departments, to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and to protect the health and well-being of our community, all parish activities, meetings, and devotions have been suspended except the celebration of regularly scheduled Masses. This suspension of activities will last through Friday, March 27th and be re-evaluated pending future developments. The Archbishop has dispensed the faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.   The dispensation means that, until further notice, there is no obligation to attend Sunday Mass. All Masses will still be open to the public for those who wish to attend.   Please be prudent. Persons who are sick, or in high-risk categories, or who have had possible contact with those exposed to the coronavirus, should not attend Mass. We are taking all the… … Continue Reading…
  • Cuaresma 2020. Mis queridos amigos en Cristo, (3/9/2020) - A lo largo de la temporada de Cuaresma, el Señor nos invita a abrir nuestros corazones a Él a través de las prácticas tradicionales de oración, ayuno y limosna. San Carlos ofrece muchas oportunidades para la oración y el crecimiento espiritual, incluida la misa diaria a las 6:45 a.m., un grupo de oración para hombres, adoración eucarística diaria en la capilla de Nuestra Señora de Fátima y varios estudios de fe en grupos pequeños recientemente formados para hombres y mujeres. Además de nuestro horario de confesión regular, el sacramento de la reconciliación estará disponible durante la temporada de Cuaresma todos los miércoles a las 7:15 a.m. y los viernes a las 7:00 p.m. Las estaciones de la Cruz se rezarán todos los martes a las 7:00 p.m. y viernes a las 2:00 p.m. en inglés y a las 7:00 p.m. en español. Todas las donaciones de Poor Box de esta… … Continue Reading…
  • Lent, 2020. Dear friends in Christ, (3/9/2020) - Throughout the Lenten season, the Lord invites us to open our hearts to Him through the traditional practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. St. Charles offers many opportunities for prayer and spiritual growth including daily Mass at 6:45 a.m., a Men’s Prayer Group, daily Eucharistic Adoration at Our Lady of Fatima Chapel, and several newly formed small-group faith studies for men and women. In addition to our regular confession schedule, the sacrament of reconciliation will be available during the Lenten season every Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. and Friday at 7:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross will be prayed every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. and Friday at 2:00 p.m. in English and 7:00 p.m. in Spanish. All the Poor Box donations this Lent will be given to several ministries that provide direct services to the poor and needy in our local community.   St. Charles is blessed this year to offer a… … Continue Reading…
  • Queridos amigos en Cristo: (9/8/2019) - Les escribo para invitarlos a participar en la Campaña de Apelación de la parroquia, una tradición anual en nuestra parroquia y en toda la Arquidiócesis. San Carlos está agradecido por su generosidad anterior y cuenta con su participación para el continuo bienestar espiritual y financiero de la parroquia. La importancia de esta apelación es doble. Mediante la recopilación de información del censo y comentarios de nuestra comunidad parroquial, podemos adaptar nuestros programas y ministerios para satisfacer mejor las necesidades de nuestra parroquia. Cualquier sugerencia para mejorar el cuidado pastoral de la parroquia será leída personalmente por mí y llevada a discusión de nuestro consejo pastoral. La administración también incluye compartir nuestro tiempo y el talento. Si está buscando una manera de ser voluntario o participar en un ministerio en particular, indique su interés en la tarjeta de respuesta adjunta. Además, esta apelación proporciona los recursos necesarios para que la parroquia… … Continue Reading…
  • Dear Friends in Christ, (9/8/2019) - I am writing to invite you to participate in the parish Stewardship Appeal, an annual tradition in our parish and throughout the Archdiocese. St. Charles is grateful for your past generosity and counts on your participation for the ongoing spiritual and financial well-being of the parish. The importance of this appeal is twofold. Through the gathering of census information and feedback from our parish community, we can tailor our programs and ministries to best serve the needs of our parish. Any suggestions for the improved pastoral care of the parish will be read by me personally and brought to the discussion of our pastoral council. Stewardship also includes sharing of one’s time and talent. If you are looking for a way to volunteer or to participate in a particular ministry, please indicate your interest on the enclosed response card. In addition, this appeal provides needed resources for the parish to… … Continue Reading…
  • Dear Friends in Christ, (8/29/2019) - Crucial to the work of ongoing renewal within the parish is the role of the Parish Pastoral Council.  The Pastoral Council at St. Charles has been a tremendous support to me in my first year as pastor.  The Pastoral Council’s charge is to bring the views and concerns of the laity to the Pastor and to foster the collaborative responsibility and participation of the lay faithful in the mission of the Church on the parish level.  The Council’s advice and guidance have been indispensable as we have sought to navigate together the changing landscape of parish realities over the past year.  It has been several years since St. Charles has had elections for new Pastoral Council members.  I am asking for nominations for new members to the Pastoral Council.  The Pastoral Council meets at least six times a year and elected members serve a three-year term with the possibility of… … Continue Reading…
  • Dear Friends in Christ, (1/20/2019) - At the wedding feast of Cana, Mary, the mother of Jesus, recognized a need of those gathered at a communal celebration and brought that need to Jesus. Through her intercession, the wedding couple and their family were not only saved from an embarrassing situation - running out of wine that would have shown a lack of hospitality, but through this surprising gesture, “Jesus revealed his glory and his disciples began to believe in him.” At the pastoral council meeting this past week, we spoke about the needs of the parish community that gather here on the weekends and thought about what simple gestures might make the weekend experience more hospitable and welcoming, especially for visitors and those who might have particular challenges that make it more difficult to come to Mass and to participate in the liturgy. We were thinking about the work of evangelization - what would make someone… … Continue Reading…
  • I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus (1 Cor. :4). (12/31/2018) - Having recently celebrated my first Thanksgiving at St. Charles as your new pastor, I have a new-found appreciation for these words of St. Paul with which he greeted the Christian community at Corinth. St. Paul marveled at the signs of the Lord’s presence within the community entrusted to his care and was confident that the Lord would provide for their needs. In a similar way, since beginning my assignment here in June, I have been struck by the dedication, faithfulness, and generosity of so many parishioners. I am also eager to see the blessings that the Lord has in store for this parish as we walk our journey of faith together. To facilitate future communications and to help us to serve better the needs of the parish, please make sure we have your family’s current contact information, especially cell phone numbers and e-mail addresses. Contact the parish office with updated… … Continue Reading…
  • Dear Friends in Christ, (9/16/2018) - I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as the pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish. I am grateful for all the pastors that I’ve had since my youth and since I was ordained a priest that have shown me what it means to be a pastor as Jesus the Good Shepherd has called us to be. We are formed through the method that Jesus used to form his disciples. It is through witness, example, and the sharing of life together - a life of faith expressed in deeds, not merely abstract teaching or a “how to” manual perfected over years of experience. Jesus said to his disciples, “Come and follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” I’ve had the privilege to follow and to live with some exemplary pastors who cared for me as a brother priest and taught be through that care to be sensitive… … Continue Reading…
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