Fr. David Buffum's Reflection for the Third Sunday of Easter

Father David Buffum offers his reflection for the Third Sunday of Easter in this week's video reflection.   And let us remember, that even though we are apart, we may always partake in a Spiritual Communion.   Saturday, April 25 was to be First Holy Communion at St. Katherine of Siena Parish.  Let us be joined in communion with all the young people now, and on that glorious day when they may receive the Lord in the Body and Blood of Christ.

A Spiritual Communion

Down throughout the ages there have been
times when people were prevented from
receiving Holy Communion during Mass. We
find ourselves in such a time presently.
St. Alphonsus Liguori offered the people of
his time and ours, a great act of humility and
community in the following prayer:

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are
present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I
desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive
You sacramentally, come at least
spiritually into my heart. I embrace
You as if You were already there and
unite myself wholly to You. Never
permit me to be separated from You.

Please remember in a special way the young
people in our parish who were to have made their
First Holy Communion at this time. May they
soon be able to receive this “inestimable gift.”

Fr. Ferrier's Reflection for the Second Sunday of Easter 4-19-20

Father Ferrier offers a reflection this Second Sunday of Easter, reminding us that in a time of many voices, one voice matters most.



Happy Easter!

Peace be with you! These are the words that Jesus expressed to the Apostles on that first Easter night. He spoke them at the end of a traumatic time and a hectic week for his small band of followers. This greeting heralded the dawn of a new era.

Peace be with you are the words that Jesus expresses to us in this confusing and hectic time of our lives and like so many years ago, they also carry with them the promise of a new era.

Peace be with you are the words and the prayers that we need to offer each other. They are the words and the hope which will get us through these scary, confusing and hectic days.

I have had people ask me, “Are they really cancelling Easter?” The simple answer to that question, the honest answer to that question is No! Easter can’t be cancelled. Easter is eternal. Easter is Grace. Easter is God’s gift to humanity. As Pope Francis reminds us, “we are an Easter people, a people of the Resurrection.”

Times will change. Things will be different. But one thing remains constant and unshakable. Jesus is the Risen Lord. That is the promise and the hope that will sustain us and move is forward.

Happy and Blessed Easter!
~Msgr. Kennedy

Monsignor Kennedy's 2020 Easter Message

Msgr. Kennedy shares his 2020 Easter message

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8:00 p.m. Easter Vigil in the Holy Night from the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, celebrated by Archbishop Nelson Pérez

10:00 a.m. Easter hymns from St. Katherine of Siena music ministry
11:00 a.m. Easter Sunday mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, celebrated by Archbishop Nelson Pérez

Read the Sunday bulletin here.

Msgr. Paul Kennedy's Good Friday Reflection

Msgr. Paul Kennedy reflects on Good Friday, the day that Christians around the world mourn the death of Jesus. 

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Msgr. Kennedy's March 28 Message: Join the Virtual Retreat

Archbishop Nelson Perez invites Catholics in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to join in a special six-day Lenten retreat presented online beginning Monday, March 30. He made the announcement Friday, March 27. 

“The Power of Faith and Hope in a Time of Uncertainty: A Virtual Lenten Retreat” will present a video segment at 7 p.m. on Monday and extending each night to Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week in the church.

The videos will be presented at that same time each night and posted to Archbishop Perez’s Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as the archdiocesan Vimeo channel, the archdiocesan website and

Please read more about the retreat here on

March 27 Update from Msgr. Kennedy and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

The public worship of Almighty God that takes place with the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy is the duty and privilege of the Church in all her members. The Coronavirusthe Mysteries of Christ for the glory of the Father and (COVID-19) challenges us to celebrate our sanctification with reasonable limitations and in cooperation with directives from government and health officials to stem the spread of the virus. 

With this in mind the following directives have been issued by Archbishop Perez:

  • The suspension of all public Masses in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia remains in force until 
    further notice.
  • There will be no public celebration of Palm Sunday or of the Sacred Paschal Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil.
  • Easter Sunday Mass is not to be celebrated publicly.

Please note that Palm, a sacramental rich in power to remind us all of Christ’s victory over sin and death, will be Blessed in private on Palm Sunday and will be made available to the Faithful at a later date. It will not be distributed in any fashion on Palm Sunday. 

The Archbishop and all concerned with the good of the Church and the care of Souls realizes the great sorrow that comes from such actions. However, since we are a people of Hope who believe in the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead, we know that like Jesus, we will rise above this present situation and be more devoted to the practice of our faith. 

Our care for one another at this time demonstrates our belief in the words of Jesus in the 25th chapter of St. Matthew’s Gospel, “Whatever you do for the least of your brothers (or sisters), that you do for me.” 

St. Katherine of Siena Update: 3/21

All events and/or gatherings scheduled in any of the St. Katherine of Siena parish buildings are cancelled. This includes parish, outside organizations
or individual events until a later notice is published.
When in doubt, call the Rectory 215-637-7548.

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A Prayer for These Times
Jesus Christ, you traveled through  towns and villages
“curing every disease and illness.” At your command, the
sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of
the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may
experience your healing love.

Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain
their strength and health through quality medical care. Heal
us from our fear, which prevents nations from working
together and neighbors from helping one another. Heal us
from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to
a disease that knows no borders.

Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of
uncertainty and sorrow.

Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at
rest with you in your eternal peace. Be with the families of
those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve,
defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.

Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical
professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and
who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know
your protection and peace.

Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight
to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the
people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to
invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or
prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as
they work together to achieve it on earth.

Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many
people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus
Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and
prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.

Jesus Christ, heal us.