We are committed to keeping our parishioners informed about the life of the Church as the ongoing situation with the Coronavirus pandemic evolves. Included below is information – organized thematically – regarding the life of our parish community at the present time. Please click on each topic to display more information.
You will find several spiritual resources on the right side of your screen (desktop) or by scrolling down to the bottom of the page (mobile device).
This page will be updated frequently.
Masses & Public Services
- Public Masses will be suspended beginning March 18 until further notice.
- The priests will continue to offer Masses without the people. All scheduled Mass intentions will be fulfilled as scheduled to the best of our ability.
- Stations of the Cross (Wed. & Fri.), Rosary and Donuts (Wed.), and Adoration (Wed.) are suspended until further notice.
- Please check below for Adoration and Confession schedules.
Adoration & Confessions
** All services at St. Joseph Church unless otherwise noted.
Adoration & Confessions 8am-9am
Adoration & Confessions 12pm-1pm @ St. Stephen Church
Adoration & Confessions 6:30pm-7:30pm
Confessions will also be heard by appointment. Please contact the priests at the parish office at (814) 677-3020 to make an appointment.
Private Visits to the Churches
- St. Joseph and St. Stephen churches will be open Monday-Friday as usual.
- St. Joseph Church will be open Saturday (12pm-3pm) and Sunday (9am-12pm).
**NB: weekend hours subject to change
- Devotional materials will be available in the churches.
- Please maintain social distance in the churches.
A number of parishioners have asked about online giving options during this time of crisis. While we are not currently in any sort of financial crisis, we will not be immune to the long-term economic impact of this epidemic. If you would like to support our parish during this time, please follow the instructions below.
- Click THIS LINK to go to the secure donation website setup by the Diocese of Erie and the Catholic Foundation of NW PA.
- Select “St. Joseph, Oil City” from the dropdown menu on the right.
- Select the amount you would like to give.
- Choose whether or not to cover the credit card fee and/or to make the donation recurring so you don’t have to go through this process again.
- NB: Most online services that securely process credit card transactions cover their costs by charging a fee for each donation. It is often between 1-2%. So, for instance, if you choose to give $100 and the fee is 2%, our parish will receive $98 and the company that processes the transactions keeps $2. It is not unlike the way in which the parish pays for envelopes to be mailed to your home. If you choose the “Increase my donation amount to cover credit card fees,” you will be charged the additional amount for the fee, and the parish will keep the full amount of the original donation. For instance, if you choose to cover a 2% fee on a $100 donation, you will be charged $102 and the parish will receive $100.
- NB: We do not know the exact percentage of the service fee at this time, but as we noted, they are usually 1-2%.
- Enter your payment information.
- Click “Donate Now.”
Thank you for your generosity.
- All Faith Formation classes and events are suspended until further notice.
Visits to Hospitals, Nursing Facilities, and Homes
- All ordinary visits to these facilities are suspended until further notice.
- The priests will visit for the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick only in situations of need in order to protect the health of patients/residents/etc.
- Funeral services in funeral homes may take place but should be limited in size.
- Funeral Masses are permitted but may not be open to the public; only immediate family of the deceased and funeral home personnel should be present.
TV & Streaming Masses
- Mass can be viewed on television on EWTN daily. This Mass can also be viewed at any time on www.ewtn.com
- Sunday Masses from St. Peter Cathedral, Erie will be live-streamed. Please check www.eriercd.org for more details.
- As the situation develops, provisions may be made to livestream Mass in Oil City. Any updates will be provided on www.oilcitycatholic.com