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I would like to thank you for remembering your Sunday contributions and tithes.  If you are able you can put your envelopes through the mail slot of the rectory or donations that can be made by credit card or PayPal.  When you make your donation it will say it has gone to the school campaign.  It is the account we are using during this emergency situation.  We will be updating it.  All donations will go to the parish. Check the button that says "Share your mailing address with St. Athanasius School Campaign" so we can acknowledge your donation. Thank you and God Bless you for remembering the parish.


New Year’s Prayer  (Prayed by Fr. Anayo on New Year’s Day)

Merciful Father,   Thank you that you make all things new. Thank you for all that you've allowed into our lives this past year, the good along with the hard things, which have reminded us how much we need you and rely on your presence filling us every single day.

We pray for your Spirit to lead us each step of this New Year. We ask that you will guide our decisions and turn our hearts to deeply desire you above all else. We ask that you will open doors needing to be opened and close the ones needing to be shut tight. We ask that you would help us release our grip on the things to which you've said "no", "not yet", or "wait." We ask for help to pursue you first, above every dream and desire you've put within our hearts.

We ask for your wisdom, for your strength and power to be constantly present within us. We pray you would make us strong and courageous for the road ahead. Give us ability beyond what we feel able, let your gifts flow freely through us, so that you would be honored by our lives, and others would be drawn to you.

We pray that you'd keep us far from the snares and traps of temptations. That you would whisper in our ear when we need to run, and whisper in our heart when we need to stand our ground. We pray for your protection over our families and friends. We ask for your hand to cover us and keep us distanced from the evil intent of the enemy; that you would be a wall of defense to surround us, that we’d be safe in your hands- cover us with the Precious Blood of Jesus and surround us with the Fire of the Holy Spirit.

We confess our need for you…fresh…new…again. We ask that you make all things new, in our hearts, in our minds, in our lives, in this  New Year. We pray for your refreshing over us. We ask that you would provide for our needs. We ask for your grace and favors, your blessings to cover us, and that you would help us to prosper and make every plan that you have birthed in our heart to succeed.

Shine your light in us, through us, over us. May we make a difference in this world, for your glory and purposes. Set your way before us, and grant success to our plans, aspirations, and dreams. Help us to reflect your peace and hope to a world that so desperately needs your presence and healing.

To you be glory and honor, in this New Year, and forever.

In Jesus’ name.  Amen.         St. Athanasius, St. Benedict, St. Therese. Pray for us.



Pope Francis proclaims “Year of St Joseph”

With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from today, 8 December 2020, to 8 December 2021.

The Holy Father wrote Patris corde against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, which, he says, has helped us see more clearly the importance of “ordinary” people who, though far from the limelight, exercise patience and offer hope every day. In this, they resemble Saint Joseph, “the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence,” who nonetheless played “an incomparable role in the history of salvation.”

A daily prayer to St Joseph… and a challenge

In his letter, Pope Francis notes how, “Every day, for over forty years, following Lauds [Morning Prayer]” he has “recited a prayer to Saint Joseph taken from a nineteenth-century French prayer book of the Congregation of the Sisters of Jesus and Mary.” This prayer, he says, expresses devotion and trust, and even poses a certain challenge to Saint Joseph,” on account of its closing words: “My beloved father, all my trust is in you.  Let it not be said that I invoked you in vain, and since you can do everything with Jesus and Mary, show me that your goodness is as great as your power.”

At the conclusion of his Letter, he adds another prayer to St Joseph, which he encourages all of us to pray together:

 Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,

Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.

Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil.  Amen


COVID Testing Available in St. Raymond's school parking lot

(7940 Willians Avenue)   through Jefferson University on Thursday (11 am to 7 pm) and    Saturday (8 am to 4 pm).  




  Dear Parishioners and Friends of St Athanasius Church and School. 

As we come to the realization that Covid 19 is not going away any time soon, short of a miracle, which we should pray for, we continue to work to provide the Ministry of the Church to her people.  I am grateful to Fr. Anayo and Deacon Mahoney for their continued assistance in our online services and Liturgies. We are back to a regular Mass schedule, 4 pm Saturday, 10 am Sunday at St. Benedict and 10 am at St. A’s.  Because of the low numbers attending and the cost of running the air conditioners all day, we will temporarily suspend the celebration of the 6 pm Sunday evening Mass until further notice.  Daily Mass is at 9 am, Monday through Friday, and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is every Tuesday following the 9 am Mass until the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Benediction at 6 pm. Confession will be available on Tuesdays from 2 till 4 pm. Confession will be heard in the sacristy with social distancing and mask-wearing being observed. All of the aforementioned are open to the public, with social distancing and mask-wearing.   Weekday Mass, Adoration, and the 10 am Sunday are all live-streamed on the website and also our YouTube channel, Saint Athanasius Philadelphia.  No one is under any obligation to attend Mass, but it is available if you would like to attend.  We also have Benediction and Litany, Monday through Friday at 6 pm, live-streamed only.  The Churches are cleaned after Mass.

           Looking ahead to help stem the spread of germs, we have begun the process of making all of our bathrooms, both in Church, school, and in the halls, touchless, (automatic). We are also putting hand washing sinks in the gym and school office, so the children can wash their hands before eating. I am very grateful to the Saint Athanasius Women’s Club, The Ladies Auxiliary of St. Peter Claver, Court 342, The Knights of Peter Claver, Bishop Bevard Council, The Ladies Auxiliary of St Peter Claver, Court 368, and the Knights of Peter Claver Council 368, for their contributions toward this project. May God bless their kindness.

Miss Andrea our principal has been working closely with the Archdiocesan Schools Office to prepare for both in class and distance learning.  We are monitoring the situation day by day.  In order to provide an equitable learning situation for our children in a distance learning situation, we wanted each of our children to have their own Chrome book.  Our goal for distance learning would be, if possible, for the teacher to live stream their classes.  So ideally our children would be sitting with their Chrome book at home, starting their day at 8:15 following a school schedule as best we can.  We already had 100 Chrome books, but were in need of 200 more.  God has blessed our school community through the Mission and Ministry Impact, a program of the Daughters of Charity Ministries, and a private donor who has been very kind to our school in the past, both donors combined donated $50,000., in order to purchase the additional 200 Chrome books.  The technology needed for both Church and School has greatly increased.  Our expenses have been solely for the hardware and software as our Computer Teacher/IT specialist, Joseph Faye has kept us on point.  We have been blessed. 

I have chosen not to have a special collection, or add an extra envelope each month, as I know many are struggling but if you are able and would like to contribute to any of these many ongoing projects, it would be greatly appreciated by so many.  God Bless you and your loved ones.  Let us pray for each other.                                                                                                                                                   Fr. Joseph Okonski


Returning to Mass

St. Athanasius and St. Benedict Church are open for public worship. We will maintain our regular weekend Mass schedule, Saturday at 4, Sunday, 10 at St. Benedict, 10 at St. Athanasius.  Archbishop Perez has dispensed everyone from attending Mass, so no one is obligated to attend.  If you choose to come, you will see the Church doors propped open, and every third pew open for seating.  You are asked to wear your mask throughout Mass and to stay in your pew at Communion time.  Please do not congregate before or after Mass.  If you feel uncomfortable, fearful, or not well, please stay home and be safe.  We will continue to live stream Mass.  There are a series of Welcome back videos which are available on our website or YouTube.  Let us pray for each other, our city, and the country.  God Bless you.



Here is an inspiring article for all who miss Mass and receiving Holy Communion   https://tojesussincerely.com/2020/03/16/i-cried-when-mass-was-cancelled/


Sunday  Mass live-streamed at 10 am.

Daily Mass 9 am and Benediction at 6 pm, Monday through Friday

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Tuesday 9:30 am until 6 pm, Church will be open for private prayer.  Please be mindful of social distancing and wear a mask.  Adoration will also be live-streamed.


St Athanasius Parish is inviting you to attend Bible Study facilitated by Deacon James Mahoney using Zoom.  Zoom allows you to participate using your computer or your telephone phone either a cell phone or landline.  

Topic: Bible Study          Day: Every Wednesday          Time: 7:00 PM (1 hour)

COMPUTER and Smartphone          Join Zoom Meeting (click on the link below)


 Meeting ID: 868 3900 8916       Password: 547692
TELEPHONE    Join Zoom Meeting (dial the number below & type in Meeting ID and Password

when prompted) +1 301 715 8592 US    Meeting ID: 868 3900 8916     Password: 547692




St. Raymond has 12 Noon prayer over the phone, Please call  1-877-309-2073,  Enter access code 319 414 445.    We will pray the Angelus, Psalm 91, have some intercessory prayer.

Catholic Call to Prayer  Monday through Friday. 6:30 AM Dial 1-857-232-0158 dial   336656   to listen to a 5 minute reading of Scripture, reflection, and prayer


 Magnificat, daily prayers, the daily Mass readings, and reflection  https://us.magnificat.net/free


God Bless you all.    Fr. Joseph Okonski. Fr. Anayo Nna, Deacon James Mahoney, Deacon Fred Poellnitz. Deacon Stephen Hopkins


The Act of Contrition,

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because of Thy just punishments, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin.

A 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. Amen.—St. Alphonsus Liguori

(There are more prayers on the Home page, just scroll down.)





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