September 25, 2020 - Friday Update
The Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 27, 2020
Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but also for those of others. Have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus.
Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians 2:4,5
PARISH NEWS & EVENTS
Live Stream Mass from Saint Max - 4:00 pm Saturday Vigil 7:30, 9:00, 10:30 am Sunday 8:00 am Daily
PREP NEEDS YOU
Are you good with technology? Do you enjoy sharing your faith?
We are still in need of a 5th Grade catechist for the 2020-2021 PREP year!
PREP is virtual, so you can prepare lessons from the comfort of your own home! You will also have three co-teachers checking assignments for all of the kids in your classes. If you are interested, please email the PREP Office at
Join Us for a Women’s Bible Study here at St. Max!
Are you feeling overwhelmed and would like to refuel and refresh your soul while making authentic connections with others? Would you like to have a better understanding of your faith and learn more about God?
If so, we invite you to join
Walking with Purpose
, known as “The Modern Woman’s Guide to the Bible”. During this program, you will connect with the other women in the parish, learn more about your Catholic faith, and discover just how much God loves you.
We have two different evening groups starting in early October; choose the one that fits your schedule:
Tuesdays from 4:45-6pm
Wednesdays from 7-8:30pm
For questions or to sign-up, please email Katie Gildea at
. There will be a $40 fee to cover the cost of materials.
A Reflection from Deacon Hickey
NEWS & EVENTS
Permanent Diaconate Information Night (on Zoom)
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 7 PM
Lay men of the Archdiocese (above the age of 29) are invited to an online information session to learn about the vocation of the Permanent Deacon in the Church the process of discernment and formation for the
. No commitment is required to attend. After the introductory talk there will be time for Q & A.
Please register for this webinar at:
October 17, 2020 5:15 pm
The Annual Archdiocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass
has been scheduled for Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 5:15 pm at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul at 18
and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Archbishop Nelson Pérez will be the principal celebrant and homilist. This Mass will be celebrating, in particular, those couples marking their 1 year, 5 year, 10 year, 25 year and 50 year wedding anniversary milestones. For more details,
see the flyer
. To RSVP
or call the Office for Life and Family at 215-587-0500.
Holy Hour for the Election
With all of the turmoil surrounding the upcoming election, please help us spread the word about this very important Holy Hour for the Election on November 1 at the Cathedral!
Please also consider hosting a holy hour like this at your own parish.
If you'd like a customizable version of the
to use for your own parish holy hour, send an email to Meghan at
Holy Hour for the Election: 50 People, 50 States, One Hour
Sunday, November 1, 2020 - 2-3 PM -
Solemnity of All Saints
Join us for an hour of prayer and adoration before Jesus in the Eucharist as we petition for grace and blessing upon our country, especially asking for God’s will to be accomplished in the upcoming presidential election. We hope for at least 50 people to be present, one for each State of the United States of America, but more are welcome! Please kindly RSVP at the link below.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia, PA
Click here for the flyer:
Click here to RSVP
Archdiocesan Marriage Preparation Courses For Engaged Couples
September 11-12th, October 9-10, October 23-24th, November 6-7th and
December 4-5th, 2020
We are thrilled for you and your upcoming marriage! The Archdiocese of Philadelphia offers the
Program, a thorough, enjoyable, and comprehensive program, which discusses practical “life skills” and the sacramentality of marriage.
The purpose of Marriage Preparation is to introduce you to the theology behind the sacrament and give you practical advice using sound psychology that will equip you for your life journey together. All courses are being delivered in a live online format until further notice.
For more information and to register, visit:
From the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship - Robert Cardinal Sarah
Let us return to the Eucharist with joy!
Links in English and Spanish are below.
October 2020-May 2021 - Second Tuesdays of each month
Event: Catholic Grandparents Zoom Meeting
Grandparents! You have a great influence for evangelizing the family. A Catholic Grandparents ministry is being organized to support other Grandparents and to pray for our children and grandchildren. Please join us to learn how you can help build a vibrant Grandparents ministry and become equipped to pass on the faith. Our meetings are currently taking place via Zoom due to COVID-19.
Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday October 13 7pm to 8:30pm.
Contact Lidia Manieri 610-350-7232 email@example.com or Paul and Mary Kay Dunne 610-724-6534
The 20th Anniversary of the Canonization of
Saint Katharine Drexel
Sunday, October 4, 2020 at the 11:00 AM Solemn Mass Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul
Join us on Sunday, October 4, 2020, at the 11AM Solemn Mass to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Saint Katharine Drexel’s Canonization. She was declared and canonized a saint by Pope Saint John Paul II on October 1, 2000. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Saint Katharine Drexel became our nation’s second U.S.-born saint. A fierce advocate for the poor, she spent her life—and her fortune—assisting those in need. We welcome everyone to join us to celebrate this joyous occasion. All are welcome to present intentions and petitions at the Saint Katharine Drexel Shrine, to be placed at the Tomb of Saint Katharine, asking her heavenly assistance. Prayer intentions may also be sent online through the website. Details about her Canonization are available by clicking here:
St. Katharine Drexel 20th Anniversary Information
Saturday, October 10, 2020 - Noon-6:30 PM
Eucharistic Day of Prayer for Healing and Peace in Our City and Nation
Let us come before the Lord, truly present to us in the Most Blessed Sacrament, with all our many prayers and petitions for healing and peace within us and among us. After 12:05 PM Mass, the Most Blessed Sacrament will be solemnly exposed for adoration until 5:00 PM with the prayer of the Holy Rosary during each hour according to these intentions:
1-2 PM – Hour of Prayer for an End to Violence in our Neighborhoods (
Joyful Mysteries; led by the Nepomuceno Family
2-3 PM – Hour of Prayer for an End to Divisions in our Families and Communities (
Luminous Mysteries; led by the Tolton Ambassadors
3-4 PM – Hour of Prayer for the Protection of Human Life, Marriage and the Family (
Sorrowful Mysteries; led by the Sisters of Life
4-5 PM – Hour of Prayer for an Outpouring of the Gift of Reconciliation in Our Nation (
Glorious Mysteries; led by the Cathedral Young Adults
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia
All are welcome; no registration is required. Free parking is available in the Cathedral parking lot.
Click here for the flyer and full details
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 7:00-8:30 PM
Lecture: Built Upon Rock: Finding Your Footing in a Period of Great Turmoil
(This lecture will be offered in person)
Providentially, this year’s tumultuous presidential election coincides with the 25th anniversary of the great papal encyclical,
which contains the Church’s fundamental teachings on the dignity of the human person and our unrelenting obligation to uphold that dignity in all aspects of life and society. Join us for an evening lecture on how these teachings provide us with the grounding we need to keep our footing and navigate confidently through these difficult and turbulent times.
Christine Flowers, immigration attorney and columnist
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia
More info and registration:
Click here for the flyer
; Please register at
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on Friday, September 25 at 11:43AM