Local church adjusts to digitized religious practices amid coronavirus pandemic

Congregants at St. Vincent de Paul’s Catholic Church sat for their last mass on March 18, a bittersweet departure for the 350 daily parishioners, as nonessential businesses and practices were officially closed in Pennsylvania and nationwide in light of growing domestic cases of COVID-19. The shutdown comes after Archbishop Nelson Perez of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia suspended all public mass indefinitely in the 214 parishes as of March 17.