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Father Joseph Okonski and Deacon James are inviting you to RCIA class of instructions.    Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

RCIA is the introduction to the Catholic Faith.

RCIA is sacramental preparation for:

  • Baptism
  • Confirmation
  • Holy Communion

Classes are on Tuesdays at 7 pm

IParticipate through ZOOM using your computer or telephone, cell, or landline.

To join using the telephone dial 1 301 715 8592, when prompted: meeting Id 868 3900 8916  passcode 547692.

Using your computer or tablet, join Zoom meeting --  Meeting id 868 3900 8916  passcode 547692.

Further information please call the rectory.



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.





                              THE YEAR OF SAINT JOSEPH  ARCHDIOCESAN NOVENA  TO                               

                      SAINT JOSEPH    MARCH 19 THROUGH NOVEMBER 19, 2021


The Archdiocesan Novena to Saint Joseph can be prayed in any setting, especially before or after Holy Mass but not as a part of the Mass, at parish meetings, in the classroom, and in the family home. The praying of this Novena is to unite everyone in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on the 19th of each month, from March through November 2021, in single petition of confident prayer to the Lord through the heavenly intercession of Saint Joseph. Please keep in mind the monthly Archdiocesan intention.

 Leader:     Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All:            Who made heaven and earth.

 [When prayed apart from Holy Mass;

Leader:     We read in the Holy Gospel (Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a):

 Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.

   Now, this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.   When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,

but before they lived together,  she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus because he will save his people from their sins.” When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.

 Leader:     The Gospel of the Lord.

All:            Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

  Novena Prayer to Saint Joseph

Leader:     Let us pray.

O Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Foster Father of the Divine Child, Jesus, you were entrusted as the protective guardian of the Holy Family in Nazareth. Give today this same protection to the family of the Church in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Intercede with Christ before the Father of us all:  

 For the clergy and faithful,     For married couples and single men and women,   For all those in the consecrated life,  For families and young people,    

 For the poor, the lonely and neglected,  For all the sick, suffering and dying. For a deepening of our spiritual life,   For a strengthening of the moral life, or a bolder witness to the truth of the Gospel.     

For all of us,                          

Saint Joseph, with you as our firm example, may we remain confident in the plan of the Father for us, with lives of faith rooted in the saving death and resurrection of his Son and ever faithful to the demands of the Christian life with the grace of the Holy Spirit. Through Christ our Lord.

All:            Amen.

Leader:     Saint Joseph, patron and protector of the Universal Church.

All:            Pray for us!

 If circumstances permit, the Litany of Saint Joseph may be added to the Novena Prayer.

                                    LITANY OF SAINT JOSEPH


Leader:                                         All:

Lord, have mercy                          Lord, have mercy

Christ, have mercy                         Christ, have mercy

Lord, have mercy                          Lord, have mercy


God our Father in heaven have mercy on us God the Son, Redeemer of the world have mercy on us God the Holy Spirit have mercy on us

Holy Trinity, one God have mercy on us

 Holy Mary                                     pray for us

Saint Joseph                                  pray for us

Noble son of the House of David      pray for us

Light of patriarchs                          pray for us

Husband of the Mother of God         pray for us

Guardian of the Virgin                     pray for us

Foster father of the Son of God        pray for us

Faithful guardian of Christ               pray for us

Head of the holy family                   pray for us

Joseph, chaste and just                  pray for us

Joseph, prudent and brave              pray for us

Joseph, obedient and loyal              pray for us

Pattern of patience                         pray for us

Lover of poverty                            pray for us

Model of workers                           pray for us

Example to parents                        pray for us

Guardian of virgins                         pray for us

Pillar of family life                          pray for us

Comfort of the troubled                  pray for us

Hope of the sick                            pray for us

Patron of the dying                        pray for us

Terror of evil spirits                        pray for us

Protector of the Church                  pray for us

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world  have mercy on us                            

  Lamb of God, you take away  the sins of the world   have mercy on us

Lamb of God, you take away  the sins of the world  have mercy on us 


Leader:       God made him master of his household.

All:            And put him in charge of all that he owned.


Leader:     Let us pray.  Almighty God, in your infinite wisdom and love

you chose Joseph to be the husband of  Mary, the mother of your Son.  As we enjoy his protection on earth may we have the help of his prayers in heaven. We ask this through Christ our Lord.       All:         Amen.



Let us pray in particular through the intercession of Saint Joseph


  OCTOBER 19         For an end to racial and ethnic divisions, the protection of religious freedom  

                               and the legal safeguarding of all human life

 NOVEMBER 19      For a Christian death accompanied by the celebration of the Sacraments

                                and for the eternal rest of all the faithful departed



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).  




  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.  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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