The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has suspended all public Masses, effective March 18, until further notice, to ensure the health and welfare of Catholics throughout the region.
St. John Fisher Church will be open from 8am until 12:30pm on Sundays for private prayer. The Chapel will be open Monday through Wednesday weekdays from 8:30-noon.
For more information the Parish Action Plan during the COVID19 closure, please click the COVID19 tab, above.
May Procession on Wheels 2020
Live Stream Mass at St. John Fisher
To watch the Sunday Vigil Mass celebrated at 4:00pm on Saturday at St. John Fisher, please click this link.
The link above can be used to watch the previously recorded Mass at your convenience until 11:00pm Sunday. You can also watch the video of the Mass directly on the parish Facebook page. Follow us on Facebook at Saint John Fisher.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION AVAILABLE ON SUNDAY BEGINNING MAY 24: The opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation is available in the Church shrine area (left of the Sanctuary), beginning Sunday May 24. Confessions will be heard between 8:30 - 9:15 a.m., and 10:15 - 11:00 a.m. All of the safety protocols we have been following will apply: wear a mask; sit at least 6 feet away from one another; use hand sanitizer when entering church, and wipe down the pew with the provided materials when you arrive and leave. More can be found in Father's May 21 letter to the Parish by clicking here.
PARISH OFFICE HOURS EXPANDED: Following Memorial Day, the Parish Business Office will be opened to more days during the week -- Thursday and Sunday, from 8:30 a.m. until noon. The staff is here to serve you from Mondays through Thursdays, and Sunday, 8:30 to noon each day. If you have business at the parish, need to drop off food donations, or wish to visit the Chapel, please come during those hours. If you need to contact the office during other hours, please call and leave a message or send an email to the person you need to speak with, and they will reply. Thank you for your patience!
WHEN WILL PUBLIC MASS BEGIN? We don't know for sure, although we anticipate it will happen, possibly as soon as June 6. The Archdiocese will make the recommendation on how and when to resume public Masses, and at St. John Fisher, we must be prepared with the supplies needed to clean and sanitize the church properly to hold large gatherings in succession on a single day. Please continue to monitor the website for details as we move toward daily and weekend Masses.
SJF MAY PROCESSION STORY RUNS ON CATHOLIC PHILLY.COM: The Archdiocesan New website ran a nice story about the May 10 May Procession by St. John Fisher Parish and the Knights of Columbus. You can read it by clicking here.
LIVE STREAMING MASS: While Father McDermott will be celebrating the Mass in private following the directives of the Archdiocese, you are invited to join him via your personal computer, I-Pad or other mobile device. The link can be found above. Each week, Father will celebrate the 4:00pm Vigil Mass live. It will be recorded and remain available on Facebook until 11:00 pm on Sunday.
Father McDermott's letters to our parishioners during the COVID 19 outbreak can be found by clicking this link. Father will be posting periodic updates about what is happening at St. John Fisher, and thoughts about how each of us can continue to practice our faith in an time when we cannot pray together.
DISPENSATION FOR SUNDAY MASS: On March 18, Archbishop Nelson Perez, suspended all public Masses in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia until further notice. He also dispensed all Catholics in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. Here is a list of televised and live-streaming Masses:
- Daily Mass
- EWTN Weekly TV Schedule
- CatholicTV Daily Mass
- Saint Mary Magdalen Parish Daily Mass (Media)
- The Miraculous Medal Shrine Monday Novena and Mass (Philadelphia)
- Mass From Bishop Barron’s Chapel
- Sunday Mass
GIVE ON-LINE WITH WESHARE: Now would be a good time to consider making your weekly offering through the online giving platform, WeShare. You can control when your donation is made, and can be confident in the security of your financial information. If you want to try it for a week, scroll to the bottom of this page and click the WeShare button. When the new page opens, scroll down to "Sunday Collection" and click the "Make a Donation" button. Then you can choose between "recurring" or "one time" donations. As always, we are thankful for your continues support of St. John Fisher Parish.
CATHOLICPHILLY.COM PROFILES ST. JOHN FISHER PARISH RENOVATIONS: A nice article, with a photo slide show, was written and posted on the Archdiocese' website, CatholicPhilly.com. Here's a link: https://catholicphilly.com/2019/12/news/local-news/parish-rebuilds-70s-style-church-unites-delco-catholics/
ST. JOHN FISHER PARISH PHONE APP: The mobile phone app for St. John Fisher parish has changed. If you previously uploaded the app to your phone, you will need to do it again. If you haven't tried it yet, we encourage you to do so! It's easy! Send a text message to the phone number 555888; type PARISHAPP1 for Apple products; type PARISHAPP2 for android phones, and press send. A link will pop up. Click that link, which will take you to the WeConnect Parish App page. Click "open". For the best use, click 'allow' for location (so it finds churches near you) and notifications. Then you will be given a list of parishes...select St. John Fisher. That's it! You can see the bulletin on your phone, and several other items of interest. By allowing notifications, the parish can send you a text message when important news happens (like when public gathering restrictions are lifted and Mass can be said 'live' again).
Thursday-Saturday: temporarily closed
Sunday: temporarily closed