coronavirus

Archdiocese plans for schools to reopen with flexibility

Catholic schools in the Philadelphia region are preparing to welcome students for the fall term through a mix of in-person and virtual instruction to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on education.

State’s ‘green’ phase allows more in pews, but precautions continue

Churches can now seat up to 75% of their building occupancy, but face masks and receiving holy Communion by hand are still "strongly recommended" by the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

Watch priesthood ordination today from Cathedral

Archbishop Nelson Perez will ordain five men as priests for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia today, June 20 at 10 a.m. Follow the Mass live, which is not open to the public, here.

As public Mass resumes, liturgical music makes a slow comeback

Large choirs won't be singing in area parishes for some time, but archdiocesan directives offer a chance to better appreciate the human voice as an instrument of divine praise.

Wounded by COVID, we heal in gentleness

As we slowly emerge from coronavirus lockdown, we need more than ever to heed the words of St. Paul, who urged us to "bear with one another through love," writes Gina Christian.

Parishioners look forward to public Masses with joy, anxiety

CatholicPhilly.com spoke with dozens of local Catholics in city and suburbs, and heard voices of eager anticipation of the return of public Masses June 6-7, along with apprehension for its effects on health.

Catholic singles find each other despite COVID

A speed dating service that's helped some 30 couples to the altar so far moved online during the pandemic, keeping participants connected to each other and to God.

Phila. police chaplain blesses hospital workers fighting pandemic

Oblate Father Steven Wetzel prayed over "hands raw from scrubbing" and "shoulders that carry the weight of life and death” at the city's Jefferson Torresdale Hospital on May 21.

Pandemic may lead to changes in the way schools operate, say educators

Schools have had to adjust how they deliver education to students confined to their homes. Teachers, parents and students face a new reality in the fall as the teaching profession reinvents itself, say educators.

Catholic home health care ministers to body and soul

Mercy Home Health workers team up with prayer companions to provide skilled care and spiritual support, both needed more than ever due to COVID-19.