The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord is still a holy day, even if no obligation exists this year. Since all public Masses are suspended because of restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the obligation to attend Mass on Thursday, May 21 is dispensed.
But the faithful may join in spiritual communion on this day by watching the livestreamed Mass celebrated by Father Dennis Gill at 5 p.m. in the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul.
Any of the following links may be used to watch the Mass:
The feast that commemorates Jesus Christ’s ascension into heaven is observed annually on the 40th day after Easter Sunday and 10 days prior to Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit.
In a time of crisis CatholicPhilly.com keeps the information flowing
During the current coronavirus crisis, you can help CatholicPhilly.com deliver the kind of news people need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live ― every day.
Budgets are tight at this time, and CatholicPhilly's is no different than those of most families. We make sure your donation in any amount will go a long way toward continuing our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month.
Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Won't you consider making a gift today?
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can ― a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by credit card here:
Or make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103