Missing Mass? Philadelphia Archdiocese offers ‘virtual Lenten retreat’

Mark Abrams
March 30, 2020 - 2:06 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Due to social distancing rules, Catholics haven’t been able to attend daily or Sunday Mass in-person, or participate in any Lenten public church devotions.

But, if you head over to Archbishop Nelson Perez’s Facebook page or Instagram account, or the archdiocese’s website, you’ll find a doorway to a weeklong program of talks and meditations.

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Father Dennis Gill, director of archdiocesan office for divine worship, said the idea is to especially reach out to those feeling isolated.

“Each night at 7 p.m., there will be a presentation to encourage and inspire the faithful during this last week of Lent prior to Holy Week to be filled with hope and to know that the virus will pass,” he said.

There will be a different presenter each night.

“Each of these speakers will try to lead those who are listening into a deeper appreciation of this very special time of the church year and this very unique time in our lives,” Gill added. “What we really want to do is make this retreat available in a very unique situation during this stay-at-home period where everyone can participate virtually.”