The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for September 3rd 2017

Week of Sunday, September 3rd 2017

 

The Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

From our Pastor…

 
Click Here to visit our Pastor’s Blog for this week!
 
 

Saint Miriam in Devotion.

 
Click Here to read Franciscan Moments
our weekly Devotional!
 
 

Support Our Mission!

 
Click Here to Visit Our Current Fund Raisers
 
 

In Prayer,

 

Victims of Hurricane Harvey, Laura, Patty, Maureen and family, Bill, Sean, John, Desiree, Keith, Devyn, Dana, Gregory, Thomas, Linda, Dan, Patrick, Jim, Ruth, John, Jim, Colin, Peggy, Mel, Pat, Melissa, Jen, Mary, Lorraine, Regina, Alexa, Pam, Margaret, Guy, Tom, Joanne and Father John, Mary, Maureen and Chris, Regan Family, Marie, Rick, Gina, Rita, The Huggins, Brenda, Deb, Donald, Martha, Rick, Rita, Andre, Alana, Ken, Mimi, Deb, Josh, Ruth, Joe, Mike, Bruce, Joanne, Karen, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Marie, Christina, Michael, Joe, Mary Lou, Wayne, Kevin, Richard, Dana, Greg, Susan and Marty, Mary, Lisa, Bryan, Angela, Leo, Naomi, Phyllis, Pat, Angie, Bob, Terri, Mary, Dan, Chris, Janet, Pat, Sue, Paul, George, Marie, Suzanne, Cassie.

 
( To be included in our prayer list, or to receive pastoral care, communion for shut-ins, or any other pastoral need, please let us know by Clicking Here.)
 

Current News!

 
 
💰💰 A Very Generous Gift!
 
A very generous parishioner has decided to help by offering the parish the chance at a Matching Gifts Campaign! This parishioner will match every donation given to this fund up to $10,000! Please mark your giving envelope with “Special Gift” or go online and watch us get up to $20,000 by donating to Saint Miriam! Gifts MUST be in by September 17th!
 
 
 
🚧 Final Days of Construction…
 
We are now in the final days of being a ‘campus under construction’! The new outdoor deck is being added to the Friary Rectory this week, and the roof is being coated to prevent leaking. Touch up painting and final lighting is going in, too. The Fire and security updates are almost all completed. The carpet for the main levels will be installed this Saturday and then the following Tuesday they will return to complete all the carpet base molding! Tuesday we will replace all furnishings to the Betsy and Walter Diener Room, as well as the Laurie Lending Library will begin to come back to life! Wednesday the furnishings for the Rectory will arrive and Thursday the Donor event will take place after Adoration and Benediction! Please volunteer to help us in any way possible next week and be sure to make your donations by Clicking Here
 
 
 
☕️ Saint Miriam Cafe’ 3.0 Comes This Sunday!
 
Our Saint Miriam Cafe’ has become a wonderful way of doing fellowship and supports the children of our school, too! A true win-win! However, with the larger crowds we have delays and some serving issues and so we are creating an improved way to fellowship that begins this Sunday! Join us as we create even better ways for the Saint Miriam Cafe’ to be your way of being in communion with one another after Mass!
 
 
 
 
Private Reception for Donors of New Friary Rectory Set!
 
The Friary Rectory will host a private reception on Thursday, September 7th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm for all who gave to make this dream possible! Please join us! Invitations are in the mail, but please RSVP to Information@mySaintMiriam.org! (If you did not receive your invitation, please Click Here.)
 
 
 
⛲️ “Baptism Sundays” Take on a Whole New Excitement Beginning September 17th!
 
We are excited to announce that every third Sunday, as always, we will honor the Sacrament of Baptism with a joyful experience called “Baptism Sunday” at 10:30am Mass! However, these Masses will take on their own music, liturgy, and song with an increased sense of participation and excitement beginning this month on September 17th at the 10:30am Mass! The Liturgy Committee has worked very hard on this new format with our Ministry Team and they are all very excited to have it debut this month! Please join us! This Mass includes the welcoming of candidates and their families, a change to the music scores, and a unique and wonderful interactive experience for all who attend! Come and renew your own Baptismal Covenant with us in a splendid way every month, except during the Season of Lent!
 
 
 
 
👩‍🍳 Get Your Saint Miriam Cookbooks!
 
We are excited to announce that the Women of Saint Miriam cookbook is ready to publish and its their newest fundraiser. From now until September 17th we are still looking for your recipe(s) to be a part of this true community project! The cookbooks will be sold in the Café, and Online… and will be available on a Cookbook website, too… and your name with your recipe can be included! Get yours for only $25 each beginning this month  by Clicking Here!
 
 
 
 
Sponsor a Piece of Rectory Furniture Today: A note from Monsignor…
 
Dear Friends and Fellow Parishioners:
 
We have put together a list of furnishings needed and are seeking those who wish to sponsor a piece of furniture to prevent me from a large personal expense on my credit. Many do not remember, but when we purchased this property, we were short for the closing so I sold my condo in Philadelphia to make up the $80,000 shortfall; that included all of the furnishings, too, for a quick closing on the sale. I literally have a few pieces of artwork and some linens left to my name. To be honest, everything I own is in the RV that I have called home for almost 3 years now. I sacrificed to make this dream possible. I need your help to get us over the finish line. Please donate to the Friary or sponsor a furniture piece today. Thank you for listening.
 
In Hope,
 
Father Jim
 
 
 
 
Join us for the Formal Blessing and Dedication of Our New Rectory Next Sunday!
 
Please Click Here to give a donation to our Friary Rectory and be sure to get a miniature St. Francis Joliet statue and your invitation to our private reception for all donors ahead of the open house! Your support is needed today! Then, plan to join us next Sunday Sunday, September 10th 2017 at the 10:30am Morning Mass for the formal blessing and dedication by our pastor, Monsignor Jim, on! Join us for this festive occasion of joy and thanksgiving as another dream comes true!
 
 
 
‍‍‍ Small Groups Begin this Month!
 
Our Small Groups will return this month with a few changes, a couple that will go away as they fell into disuse, and some great new additions, too! Take look and get ready to group together again! Fall is almost here! 
 
 
 
🚌 Our School Returns September 7th!
 
Our school returns in two weeks so please follow our security protocols again! All visitors, staff, parishioners must use the Administration Entrance – just follow the signs! Please do not take offense if you are challenged, especially by new team members who do not know you! No entry to any portion of our building is permitted during school hour without proper clearances and/or an escort. We take the safety of our children seriously, you should, too!
 
 
 
‍‍‍ PREP Teacher-Parents Meeting Set for September 10th!
 
Join us for our annual Parent-Teacher-Priest meeting! It happens on Sunday, September 10th and all questions will be answered and our new PREP Calendar will be handed out! This is an exciting time!
 
 
 
📆 September Ministry Schedules Posted!
 
The ministry and serving schedules for September have been posted. Please be calm, but they have a new look due to the change to our Mass days and also Adoration. Thank you for all you do! Please take a moment to download a copy. Any issues, please email Kate at Kate.McClelland@mySaintMiriam.org!
 
 
 
Blessing of the Backpacks Slated for September 10th!
 
Join us for the “Blessing of the Backpacks” on Sunday, September 10th 2017! Bring your child’s backpack and place before the altar and we will bless them at the 9:00am Family Mass! Then, join us for our annual PREP/CCD annual Parent-Team Meeting and learn all about this year’s exciting program! You don’t want to miss this one! Sign your child up by Clicking Here!
 
 
 
🕌 Plan Ahead and Join us for an Interfaith Event on October 1st!
 
In light of recent world events, it is more vital than ever to promote understanding and cooperation among different religions. We will host an interfaith event on Sunday, October 1st after the 10:30am Morning Mass right here at Saint Miriam! This program will present four speakers representing the traditions of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Each speaker will focus on the shared values of forgiveness and hospitality within their religious scriptures and traditions. What we have in common is far greater than what divides us! An interactive afternoon with Rev. Linnea Clark Pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Dr. Ruth Sandberg, Leonard and Ethel Landau Professor of Rabbinics, and Director, Certificate in Jewish-Christian Studies at Gratz College, Dr. Usame Tunagar, Assistant Professor of Communication, Cabrini University, and Monsignor Jim St. George, Pastor at Saint Miriam. Each speaker will speak for about 20 minutes about how these two values are reflected in their Scriptures and in their religious tradition to demonstrate that all three religions are not what you see on the evening news, but have a long history of shared beliefs and values. Join us!
 
 
 
‍‍‍ PREP/CCD Registration Deadline Fast Approaching!
 
If you are a parishioner AND have a child, they should be enrolled in Christian education this fall! In order to plan the new and exciting PREP/CCD schedule we need your registrations ASAP! Please register no later than THIS SUNDAY by Clicking Here! This year’s program includes outings, movie nights, and much more!
 
 
 
‍ ‍ PREP Teachers Needed for Fall!
 
Please think about volunteering to help us this fall with PREP/CCD? We need two teachers or assistants to help us as our classes are growing! Please see Sean Hall or Father John today, or email us here! Don’t let us, the kids, or God down and help us make this next year fun and exciting for our children!
 
 
 
 Help Our Children in 2017-2018: Sponsor a Child Today! 
 
There are many ways to help our children become better adults and Christians, as well as better practicing Catholics, and this year we offer two wonderful means to bring a smile – and a little support – right to our school! Sponsor a Child today by Clicking Here!
 
 
 

Laudato Si Schedule Announced!

 
The gatherings for Laudato Si, our limited engagement Small Group for Fall, are as follows. We will decide at each meeting when to hold the next! An email is going out to all who signed up this week, too!
 
  • Sunday September 24th at 12:15 – 1:15pm in the Diener Room
  • Wednesday October 11th at 7:00 – 8:00pm in the Friary
  • Sunday October 22nd at 12:15 – 1:15pm in the Diener Room
  • Wednesday November 8th at 7:00 – 8:00pm in the Friary
  • Sunday November 19th at 12:15 – 1:15 pm in the Diener Room
  • Wednesday November 22nd at 7:00 – 8:00pm in the Friary (If needed)
 
We have ordered the books and needed supplies so it is almost here!
 
 
 

Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament Begins this September, too!

Join us every Thursday from 5:30pm – 6:30pm when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for Adoration in the Sanctuary, as we have done for the past year. However, beginning this fall, we will begin with Benediction promptly at 5:30pm! Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament highlights what we believe as Catholics, the fundamental mystery of the Holy Eucharist: that our Lord is truly present, body and blood, soul and divinity in the Blessed Sacrament. The ritual for Benediction is when the priest places the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance on the altar for adoration. At this time, a hymn of praise is offered as the priest incenses the Blessed Sacrament. During the period of adoration, the faithful whom are gathered may pray in quiet and foster a deeper spiritual communion with the Lord. We also have a new Benediction booklet for you to use! The start of Benediction begins promptly at 5:30pm, following Rosary, for those who are present early! The entire Benediction will last approximately ten minutes and then the balance of the hour will be for personal Adoration! A beautiful way to honor the Lord, always and truly Present! Join us and come sit with our Lord every Thursday!
 
 
 
Preschool Fall Registration Now Open at Saint Miriam!
 
Join Saint Miriam this fall as we continue a legacy of well over 40 years with our wonderful, award-winning, preschool! Learn more and take advantage of early registration discounts and fees waived by Clicking Here or call 215-836-9800 x 712!
 
 
 
Union Cemetery of Whitemarsh at Saint Miriam Special Offer!
 
We have begun to offer a special beginning in July! Purchase any grave or cremation niche and receive an identical one for FREE! Join us and make your purchase today! Call 215-836-9800 x705 to make an appointment and see the selections!
 
 
 
 Update Your Information ASAP and Help Our New Photo Directory!
 
Saint Miriam Parish is growing and we want to make sure that we know and stay in touch with our parishioners. So, we have begun to work on updating our parish database, called ParishSoft, to assure that we have the necessary information for each of you. The updated database will be helpful to our priests in the event of a pastoral emergency, asa it will give them access to your contact information. AND, the exciting part is that with your permission, we are also creating a directory which will include a photo of and/or your family! Learn more by Clicking Here today!
 

Saint Miriam, The Mass.

 
Our Mass Intentions…
 
All Mass Intentions May be Viewed by Clicking Here.
 
Make a Mass Intention by Clicking Here.
 
 
Memorial Masses: “In Loving Memory of…”
 

Louise Freed by Rick Freed

Diamond Williams by Rick Freed

Desiree Fox-Pauley by Donna and Chester Mack
 
Linda Waldrop by Lorraine Cuffey
 
 

Honor Masses: “In honor of”

 
Ruth St. George by Pat Wilcke 

 

Sanctuary Lamp burns all week, “In memory of”:

 
Father Jim St. George by Pat Wilcke 
 
 

Bread and Wine Sponsor for Month:

In Memory of Alton St. George by Father Jim St. George and Ruth St. George
 
 

Click & Easy Support!

 
Mass Intentions Available: Please make your Mass Intentions today? See anyone on staff for Masses, Sanctuary Lamp, and Bread and Wine Sponsors every Sunday, or Click Here to make your intentions online!)
 
TEXT Your Gifts to Saint Miriam TODAY! Text Giving allows you to give to your organization by simply sending a text message to our specially reserved phone number! You just “Text any dollar amount to (215) 515-6511.” Once you text an amount (like “$50” or “120.50”) you would either be sent an acknowledgment for the gift, or given a short link to click on in order to provide their payment information (one time only). You are also prompted by text message with instructions. The whole process is designed to be very simple and self explanatory. Another way to give and support…making it easy so try it today!
 
Why Not GoodShop, Search, and Go Amazon, too? Please support Saint Miriam by downloading and using GoodSearchand GoodShop! Every time you search or buy, we get a small percentage and you get great deals, and often free shipping! Also use Smile Amazon and make us your charity of choice! It all adds up!
 

Saint Miriam in Support!

 
 How Much do You Love Saint Miriam?  There are many ways to support the mission of our parish and a flyer has been prepared to show you how easy it is! Please learn about GoodSearch, GoodShop, eBay, and Amazon Smile! Please support us and pick up a flyer or Support Flyer one today!
 
Matching Gifts Make Giving Easy! Did you ever inquire to see if your employer, club, or social network offers assistance to parishes or schools? Your gift could double and help us grow without anything more from your own pocket! As we hold three recognized non-profits, many companies are pleased to support us! Please remember to ask…it never does hurt! 
 
Visit the Online Store for the Parish! Please visit our online store today and make a purchase to support our ministry by buying your own Saint Miriam Holding Cross, a Mass Cards, Saint Miriam Prayer Cards, a beautiful Rosary, or even sponsor a child, and much more! Just Click Here!
 
♻️ Go Greener at Saint Miriam! Our exclusive customized 24 oz. sport water bottles that combines our love of water with our parish’s “Green Policy” reduces our carbon footprint and will save thousands of plastic bottles from entering the ecosystem! And, the best part is your $10 donation goes directly to help our children’s educational programming! Get your own bottle today by visiting our online store and help go even stay greener!
 
 Help Our Children in 2017-2018: Sponsor a Child Today! There are many ways to help our children become better adults and Christians, as well as better practicing Catholics, and this year we offer two wonderful means to bring a smile – and a little support – right to our school! Sponsor a Child today by Clicking Here!
 
First, why not think about purchasing a brick that will help in the building of a new pathway to our Saint Miriam Summer Playground area and forever create a legacy on our campus! For every donation of $100.00 to The Saint Miriam Fund receive a 4 x 8 Personalized Brick! (Special Size of 8 x 8 is Available for a Donation Amount of $250.00). Learn more about our needed bricks by Clicking Here!
 
Secondly, you may also Sponsor a Child directly now! When you sponsor a child, you create a special relationship between you, a child in need, the community of Saint Miriam, and our team of caring professionals! Together, we are helping to change the future for children through a quality and affordable private education! For just $29 a month, or a one-time donation of only $350, you can provide essential aid and education to improve the well-being of every child that comes to our doors! And, because we actually feed our children during the school day, your donation not only helps give them a good education, you fill their bellies with wholesome food, too! It gives you the opportunity to witness young lives transformed for the future right here in Montgomery County! Learn more here.
 

 

Welcome to The NEW Saint Miriam Cafe’

 
☕️ Eat Good Food & Help a Child, too?
 
Now, every time you purchase something wonderful from our Saint Miriam Cafe’ after our Sunday morning Masses, we contribute 100% of that donation to a scholarship fund that allows children without the means to attend our wonderful Zion Preschool at Saint Miriam and Saint Miriam Academy! Your good eating, helps a child!  
 
Big Changes Are Here!
 
Join us for the unveiling of the New Saint Miriam Cafe’ beginning this Sunday, September 3rd! No lines, no wait, self serve opportunities, wonderful new food stations, and so much more 
 
Last month we raised over $856 just by eating good food! 
  
For more information and our delicious current month’s menus, just Click Here! 
 

Upcoming Highlights!

 
( Visit our Parish Calendar Here for full weekly, monthly,
and yearly schedules.)
 
 
  • Friary Rectory Almost Done! Support us Here!
  • Preschool Early Registration Now Open!
  • New Masses Begin Today!
 
 
Sept 3rd:
  • PreJordan at 12:30pm
  • Monsignor Jim’s Birthday Celebration!
 
Sep 5th:
 
  • Weekday Mass at 12:15
  • Recovery at 6:30pm
 
Sep 6th:
 
  • Mass at 6:oopm
  • AA General Svc at 7:00pm
 
 
Sep 7th:
  • Mass at 12:15pm
  • Rosary at 5:15pm
  • Benediction and Adoration at 5:30pm
  • Donor Private Reception for new Friary Rectory
 
Sep 9th:
  • AA Sunrise at 8:30am!
 
 
 
Sep 10th:
  • Blessing of the BackPack at the 9:00am Family Mass
  • Dedication of new Friary Rectory at 10:30am!
 
 
 
 
It’s Next Week!
 
Another promise kept, another dream realized! Join us on Sunday, September 10th 2017 at the 10:30am Morning Mass when we formally bless and dedicate our new Friary Rectory!
 
This is an exciting time for us, and for God’s church! We have been diligent in our faithful witness that God is loving and welcomes everyone. We have prayed to our Blessed Mother for guidance and hope; she has never let its down! Now, we build a home for those who serve us today, and in the future, as well as numerous upgrades to our facilities! Together, there is nothing we cannot do.
 
Have you supported this effort? Have you given to God and the work of the Church? Have you honored those who sacrifice to make all we have possible? Is God first in your life or last? Make your name known to God today by Clicking Here and help get us over the completion line with a donation to the Rectory Fund! Or, Click Here, and let Father Jim know you cared enough to help offset the expense of furnishings. 
 
Together, we will celebrate on September 10th, but today, we pull together!
 

Special Events Coming up!



The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for August 27th 2017

Week of Sunday, August 27th 2017

 

The Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

From our Pastor…

 
Click Here to visit our Pastor’s Blog for this week!
 
 

Saint Miriam in Devotion.

 
Click Here to read Franciscan Moments
our weekly Devotional!
 
 

Support Our Mission!

 
Click Here to Visit Our Current Fund Raisers
 
 

In Prayer,

 
Bill, Keith, Desiree, Rosario, Josephine, Devyn, Dana, Gregory, Linda, Kate, Dan, Patrick, Jim, Andrea, Ruth, Keith, John, Jim, Colin, Peggy, Mel, Pat, Melissa, Jen, Mary, Lorraine, Regina, Alexa, Pam, Margaret, Annie Lynch, Maia, Liz and Jane, Father Joseph, Guy, Tom, Joanne and Father John, Mary, Maureen and Chris, Regan Family, Marie, Rick, Gina, Rita, The Huggins, Brenda, Deb, Donald, Martha, Rick, Rita, Andre, Alana, Ken, Mimi, Deb, Josh, Ruth, Joe, Mike, Bruce, Joanne, Karen, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Marie, Christina, Michael, Joe, Mary Lou, Wayne, Kevin, Richard, Dana, Greg, Susan and Marty, Mary, Lisa, Bryan, Angela, Leo, Naomi, Phyllis, Pat, Angie, Bob, Terri, Mary, Dan, Chris, Janet, Pat, Sue, Paul, George, Marie, Suzanne, Cassie.
 
( To be included in our prayer list, or to receive pastoral care, communion for shut-ins, or any other pastoral need, please let us know by Clicking Here.)
 

Current News!

 
 
Sponsor a Piece of Rectory Furniture Today: A note from Monsignor…
 
Dear Friends and Fellow Parishioners:
 
We have put together a list of furnishings needed and are seeking those who wish to sponsor a piece of furniture to prevent me from a large personal expense on my credit. Many do not remember, but when we purchased this property, we were short for the closing so I sold my condo in Philadelphia to make up the $80,000 shortfall; that included all of the furnishings, too, for a quick closing on the sale. I literally have a few pieces of artwork and some linens left to my name. To be honest, everything I own is in the RV that I have called home for almost 3 years now. I sacrificed to make this dream possible. I need your help to get us over the finish line. Please donate to the Friary or sponsor a furniture piece today. Thank you for listening.
 
In Hope,
 
Father Jim
 
 
 
☕️ Saint Miriam Cafe 3.0 Comes Next Sunday!
 
Our Cafe’ has become a wonderful way of doing fellowship and supports the children of our school, too! A true win-win! However, with the larger crowds we have delays and some serving issues and so we are creating an improved way to fellowship that begins next SundaySeptember 3rd 2017! Join us as we create even better ways for the Saint Miriam Cafe’ to be your way of being in communion with one another after Mass!
 
 
 
‍‍‍ Small Groups Coming Back with in September!
 
Our Small Groups will return this September with a few changes, a couple that will go away as they fell into disuse, and some great new additions, too! Take look and get ready to group together again! Fall is almost here! 
 
 
 
🚌 Our School Returns September 7th!
 
Our school returns in two weeks so please follow our security protocols again! All visitors, staff, parishioners must use the Administration Entrance – just follow the signs! Please do not take offense if you are challenged, especially by new team members who do not know you! No entry to any portion of our building is permitted during school hour without proper clearances and/or an escort. We take the safety of our children seriously, you should, too!
 
 
 
‍‍‍ PREP Teacher-Parents Meeting Set for September 10th!
 
Join us for our annual Parent-Teacher-Priest meeting! It happens on Sunday, September 10th and all questions will be answered and our new PREP Calendar will be handed out! This is an exciting time!
 
 
 
Support Our Rectory and Get an Invitation!
 
We are almost there! Our new Rectory is ahead of schedule and we anticipate a September 10th dedication, but still need your support! Please Click Here to give any amount now and be sure to get a miniature St. Francis Joliet statue and your invitation to our private reception for all donors ahead of the open house! Your support is needed today! Thank you!
 
 
Private Reception for Donors of New Friary Rectory Set!
 
The Friary Rectory will host a private reception on Thursday, September 7th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm for all who gave to make this dream possible! Please join us! Invitations are in the mail, but please RSVP to Information@mySaintMiriam.org!
 
 
 
📆 September Ministry Schedules Posted!
 
The ministry and serving schedules for September have been posted. Please be calm, but they have a new look due to the change to our Mass days and also Adoration. Thank you for all you do! Please take a moment to download a copy. Any issues, please email Kate at Kate.McClelland@mySaintMiriam.org!
 
 
 
Join us for the Formal Blessing and Dedication of Our New Rectory!
 
The Friary Rectory will be formally blessed and dedicated by our pastor, Monsignor Jim, on Sunday, September 10th 2017 at the 10:30am Morning Mass! Join us for this festive occasion of joy and thanksgiving!
 
 
 
Blessing of the Backpacks Slated for September 10th!
 
Join us for the “Blessing of the Backpacks” on Sunday, September 10th 2017! Bring your child’s backpack and place before the altar and we will bless them at the 9:00am Family Mass! Then, join us for our annual PREP/CCD annual Parent-Team Meeting and learn all about this year’s exciting program! You don’t want to miss this one! Sign your child up by Clicking Here!
 
 
🕌 Plan Ahead and Join us for an Interfaith Event on October 1st!
 
In light of recent world events, it is more vital than ever to promote understanding and cooperation among different religions. We will host an interfaith event on Sunday, October 1st after the 10:30am Morning Mass right here at Saint Miriam! This program will present four speakers representing the traditions of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Each speaker will focus on the shared values of forgiveness and hospitality within their religious scriptures and traditions. What we have in common is far greater than what divides us! An interactive afternoon with Rev. Linnea Clark Pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Dr. Ruth Sandberg, Leonard and Ethel Landau Professor of Rabbinics, and Director, Certificate in Jewish-Christian Studies at Gratz College, Dr. Usame Tunagar, Assistant Professor of Communication, Cabrini University, and Monsignor Jim St. George, Pastor at Saint Miriam. Each speaker will speak for about 20 minutes about how these two values are reflected in their Scriptures and in their religious tradition to demonstrate that all three religions are not what you see on the evening news, but have a long history of shared beliefs and values. Join us!
 
 
 
‍‍‍ PREP/CCD Registration Deadline Fast Approaching!
 
If you are a parishioner AND have a child, they should be enrolled in Christian education this fall! In order to plan the new and exciting PREP/CCD schedule we need your registrations ASAP! Please register no later than Monday, September 4th by Clicking Here! This year’s program includes outings, movie nights, and much more!
 
 
 
‍ ‍ PREP Teachers Needed for Fall!
 
Please think about volunteering to help us this fall with PREP/CCD? We need two teachers or assistants to help us as our classes are growing! Please see Sean Hall or Father John today, or email us here! Don’t let us, the kids, or God down and help us make this next year fun and exciting for our children!
 
 

Laudato Si Schedule Announced!

 
The gatherings for Laudato Si, our limited engagement Small Group for Fall, are as follows. We will decide at each meeting when to hold the next! An email is going out to all who signed up this week, too!
 
  • Sunday September 24th at 12:15 – 1:15pm in the Diener Room
  • Wednesday October 11th at 7:00 – 8:00pm in the Friary
  • Sunday October 22nd at 12:15 – 1:15pm in the Diener Room
  • Wednesday November 8th at 7:00 – 8:00pm in the Friary
  • Sunday November 19th at 12:15 – 1:15 pm in the Diener Room
  • Wednesday November 22nd at 7:00 – 8:00pm in the Friary (If needed)
 
We have ordered the books and needed supplies so it is almost here!
 
 

Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament Begins this September, too!

Join us every Thursday from 5:30pm – 6:30pm when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for Adoration in the Sanctuary, as we have done for the past year. However, beginning this fall, we will begin with Benediction promptly at 5:30pm! Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament highlights what we believe as Catholics, the fundamental mystery of the Holy Eucharist: that our Lord is truly present, body and blood, soul and divinity in the Blessed Sacrament. The ritual for Benediction is when the priest places the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance on the altar for adoration. At this time, a hymn of praise is offered as the priest incenses the Blessed Sacrament. During the period of adoration, the faithful whom are gathered may pray in quiet and foster a deeper spiritual communion with the Lord. We also have a new Benediction booklet for you to use! The start of Benediction begins promptly at 5:30pm, following Rosary, for those who are present early! The entire Benediction will last approximately ten minutes and then the balance of the hour will be for personal Adoration! A beautiful way to honor the Lord, always and truly Present! Join us and come sit with our Lord every Thursday!
 
 
Preschool Fall Registration Now Open at Saint Miriam!
 
Join Saint Miriam this fall as we continue a legacy of well over 40 years with our wonderful, award-winning, preschool! Learn more and take advantage of early registration discounts and fees waived by Clicking Here or call 215-836-9800 x 712!
 
 
Union Cemetery of Whitemarsh at Saint Miriam Special Offer!
 
We have begun to offer a special beginning in July! Purchase any grave or cremation niche and receive an identical one for FREE! Join us and make your purchase today! Call 215-836-9800 x705 to make an appointment and see the selections!
 
 
 Update Your Information ASAP and Help Our New Photo Directory!
 
Saint Miriam Parish is growing and we want to make sure that we know and stay in touch with our parishioners. So, we have begun to work on updating our parish database, called ParishSoft, to assure that we have the necessary information for each of you. The updated database will be helpful to our priests in the event of a pastoral emergency, asa it will give them access to your contact information. AND, the exciting part is that with your permission, we are also creating a directory which will include a photo of and/or your family! Learn more by Clicking Here today!
 

Saint Miriam, The Mass.

 
Our Mass Intentions…
 
All Mass Intentions May be Viewed by Clicking Here.
 
Make a Mass Intention by Clicking Here.
 
 
Memorial Masses: “In Loving Memory of…”
 

Louise Freed by Rick Freed

Diamond Williams by Rick Freed

Desiree Fox-Pauley by Donna and Chester Mack
 
Anna and Max Walloe by Lorraine Cuffey
 
 

Honor Masses: “In honor of”

 
Ruth St. George by Pat Wilcke 

 

Sanctuary Lamp burns all week, “In memory of”:

 
Ruth St. George by Pat Wilcke 
 
 

Bread and Wine Sponsor for Month:

In Memory of Alton St. George by Father Jim St. George and Ruth St. George
 
 

Click & Easy Support!

 
Mass Intentions Available: Please make your Mass Intentions today? See anyone on staff for Masses, Sanctuary Lamp, and Bread and Wine Sponsors every Sunday, or Click Here to make your intentions online!)
 
TEXT Your Gifts to Saint Miriam TODAY! Text Giving allows you to give to your organization by simply sending a text message to our specially reserved phone number! You just “Text any dollar amount to (215) 515-6511.” Once you text an amount (like “$50” or “120.50”) you would either be sent an acknowledgment for the gift, or given a short link to click on in order to provide their payment information (one time only). You are also prompted by text message with instructions. The whole process is designed to be very simple and self explanatory. Another way to give and support…making it easy so try it today!
 
Why Not GoodShop, Search, and Go Amazon, too? Please support Saint Miriam by downloading and using GoodSearchand GoodShop! Every time you search or buy, we get a small percentage and you get great deals, and often free shipping! Also use Smile Amazon and make us your charity of choice! It all adds up!
 

Saint Miriam in Support!

 
 How Much do You Love Saint Miriam?  There are many ways to support the mission of our parish and a flyer has been prepared to show you how easy it is! Please learn about GoodSearch, GoodShop, eBay, and Amazon Smile! Please support us and pick up a flyer or Support Flyer one today!
 
Matching Gifts Make Giving Easy! Did you ever inquire to see if your employer, or club, or social network offers assistance to parishes or schools? Your gift could double and help us grow without anything more from your own pocket! Please remember to ask…it never does hurt! 
 
Visit the Online Store for the Parish! Please visit our online store today and make a purchase to support our ministry by buying your own Saint Miriam Holding Cross, a Mass Cards, Saint Miriam Prayer Cards, a beautiful Rosary, or even sponsor a child, and much more! Just Click Here!
 
♻️ Go Greener at Saint Miriam! Our exclusive customized 24 oz. sport water bottles that combines our love of water with our parish’s “Green Policy” reduces our carbon footprint and will save thousands of plastic bottles from entering the ecosystem! And, the best part is your $10 donation goes directly to help our children’s educational programming! Get your own bottle today by visiting our online store and help go even stay greener!
 
 Help Our Children in 2016: Sponsor a Child Today! There are many ways to help our children become better adults and Christians, as well as better practicing Catholics, and this year we offer two wonderful means to bring a smile – and a little support – right to our school!
 
First, why not think about purchasing a brick that will help in the building of a new pathway to our Saint Miriam Summer Playground area and forever create a legacy on our campus! For every donation of $100.00 to The Saint Miriam Fund receive a 4 x 8 Personalized Brick! (Special Size of 8 x 8 is Available for a Donation Amount of $250.00). Learn more about our needed bricks by Clicking Here!
 
Secondly, you may also Sponsor a Child directly now! When you sponsor a child, you create a special relationship between you, a child in need, the community of Saint Miriam, and our team of caring professionals! Together, we are helping to change the future for children through a quality and affordable private education! For just $29 a month, or a one-time donation of only $350, you can provide essential aid and education to improve the well-being of every child that comes to our doors! And, because we actually feed our children during the school day, your donation not only helps give them a good education, you fill their bellies with wholesome food, too! It gives you the opportunity to witness young lives transformed for the future right here in Montgomery County! Learn more here.

 

The NEW Saint Miriam Cafe’

 
☕️ Eat & Help a Child?
 
Now, every time you purchase something wonderful from our Saint Miriam Cafe’ after our Sunday morning Masses, we contribute 100% of that donation to a scholarship fund that allows children without the means to attend our wonderful Zion Preschool at Saint Miriam and Saint Miriam Academy! Your good eating, helps a child!  
 
Big Changes Coming Next Week!
 
Join us for the unveiling of the New Saint Miriam Cafe’ beginning next Sunday, September 3rd! No lines, no wait, self serve opportunities, wonderful new food stations, and so much more 
 
Last month we raised over $730 just by eating good food! 
  
For more information and our delicious current month’s menus, 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Upcoming Highlights!

 
 
( Visit our Parish Calendar Here for full weekly, monthly,
and yearly schedules.)
 
 
  • Friary Rectory Almost Done! Support us Here!
  • Preschool Early Registration Now Open!
  • New Masses Begin September 3rd!
 
 
Aug 27th:
  • Liturgy Committee Meeting at 12:30pm!
 
Aug 29th:
  • Recovery Inc. at 7:00pm
 
Aug 31st: (Final Before Time/Day Changes!)
  • Adoration at 5:00pm
  • Mass at 6:00pm
  • Rosary at 6:30pm
 
Sep 2nd:
  • AA Sunrise at 8:30am
 
Sept 3rd:
  • PreJordan at 12:30pm
  • Monsignor Jim’s Birthday Celebration!
  • New Mass Schedule Begins
 
Sep 7th:
  • Donor Private Reception for new Friary Rectory!
 
Sep 10th:
  • Blessing of the BackPack at the 9:00am Family Mass
  • Dedication of new Friary Rectory at 10:30am!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It’s Almost Here!
 
 
Another promise kept, another dream realized! Join us on Sunday, September 10th 2017 at the 10:30am Morning Mass when we formally bless and dedicate our new Friary Rectory!
 
This is an exciting time for us, and for God’s church! We have been diligent in our faithful witness that God is loving and welcomes everyone. We have prayed to our Blessed Mother for guidance and hope; she has never let its down! Now, we build a home for those who serve us today, and in the future, as well as numerous upgrades to our facilities! Together, there is nothing we cannot do.
 
Have you supported this effort? Have you given to God and the work of the Church? Have you honored those who sacrifice to make all we have possible? Is God first in your life or last? Make your name known to God today by Clicking Here and help get us over the completion line with a donation to the Rectory Fund! Or, Click Here, and let Father Jim know you cared enough to help offset the expense of furnishings. 
 
Together, we will celebrate on September 10th, but today, we pull together!

 

 

 
 
 


The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for August 20th 2017

Week of Sunday, August 20th 2017

 

The Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From our Pastor…

 
Click Here to visit our Pastor’s Blog for this week!
 
 

Saint Miriam in Devotion.

 
Click Here to read Franciscan Moments
our weekly Devotional!
 
 

Support Our Mission!

 
Click Here to Visit Our Current Fund Raisers
 
 

In Prayer,

 
Devyn, Dana, Gregory, Linda, Kate, Dan, Patrick, Jim, Andrea, Ruth, Keith, John, Jim, Colin, Peggy, Mel, Pat, Melissa, Jen, Mary, Lorraine, Regina, Alexa, Pam, Margaret, Annie Lynch, Maia, Liz and Jane, Father Joseph, Guy, Tom, Joanne and Father John, Mary, Maureen and Chris, Regan Family, Marie, Rick, Gina, Rita, The Huggins, Brenda, Deb, Donald, Martha, Rick, Rita, Andre, Alana, Ken, Mimi, Deb, Josh, Ruth, Joe, Mike, Bruce, Joanne, Karen, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Marie, Christina, Michael, Joe, Mary Lou, Wayne, Kevin, Richard, Dana, Greg, Susan and Marty, Mary, Lisa, Bryan, Angela, Leo, Naomi, Phyllis, Pat, Angie, Bob, Terri, Mary, Dan, Chris, Janet, Pat, Sue, Paul, George, Marie, Suzanne, Cassie.
 
( To be included in our prayer list, or to receive pastoral care, communion for shut-ins, or any other pastoral need, please let us know by Clicking Here.)
 

Current News!

 
 
 
🍕Pizza Sale Today in the Saint Miriam Cafe’!
 
The Saint Miriam Cafe’ is holding a Pizza Sale this Sunday! Choose your pizza, take it home, and enjoy! This is a “take out only special” so get them while they last this coming Sunday after and Mass! Each for $4.00 or three for $10.00! Get your healthy, tasty pizza pie this weekend and support the parish, too!
 
 
 
Sponsor a Piece of Rectory Furniture Today!
 
We have put together a list of furnishings needed and are seeking those who wish to sponsor a piece of furniture to prevent Father Jim from a large personal expense on his credit. Please help us by supposing a piece of furniture by Clicking Here!
 
 
 
Support Our Rectory and Get an Invitation!
 
The Rectory is ahead of schedule and we anticipate a September 10th dedication, but still need your support! Please Click Here to give any amount now and be sure to get a miniature St. Francis Joliet statue and your invitation to our private reception for all donors ahead of the open house! Your support is needed today! Thank you!
 
 
Private Reception for Donors of New Friary Rectory Set!
 
 
The Friary Rectory will host a private reception on Thursday, September 7th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm for all who gave to make this dream possible! Please join us! Invitations are in the mail, but please RSVP to Information@mySaintMiriam.org!
 
 
📆 September Ministry Schedules Posted!
 
 
The ministry and serving schedules for September have been posted. Please be calm, but they have a new look due to the change to our Mass days and also Adoration. Please take a moment to download a copy. Any issues, please email Kate at Kate.McClelland@mySaintMiriam.org!
 
 
Join us for the Formal Blessing and Dedication of Our New Rectory!
 
 
The Friary Rectory will be formally blessed and dedicated by our pastor, Monsignor Jim, on Sunday, September 10th 2017 at the 10:30am Morning Mass! Join us for this festive occasion of joy and thanksgiving!
 
 
Blessing of the Backpacks Slated for September 10th!
 
 
Join us for the “Blessing of the Backpacks” on Sunday, September 10th 2017! Bring your child’s backpack and place before the altar and we will bless them at the 9:00am Family Mass! Then, join us for our annual PREP/CCD annual Parent-Team Meeting and learn all about this year’s exciting program! You don’t want to miss this one! Sign your child up by Clicking Here!
 
 
‍‍‍ PREP/CCD Registration Deadline Fast Approaching!
 
 
If you are a parishioner AND have a child, they should be enrolled in Christian education this fall! In order to plan the new and exciting PREP/CCD schedule we need your registrations ASAP! Please register no later than Monday, September 4th by Clicking Here! This year’s program includes outings, movie nights, and much more!
 
 
‍ ‍ PREP Teachers Needed for Fall!
 
Please think about volunteering to help us this fall with PREP/CCD? We need two teachers or assistants to help us as our classes are growing! Please see Sean Hall or Father John today, or email us here! Don’t let us, the kids, or God down and help us make this next year fun and exciting for our children!
 
 

Deadline is Sunday for Laudato Si, our FIRST Scheduled Event in the new Friary!

Our first ever event is a small group and in order to get the books and materials, we need to place a final date on registrations! Please register no later than Sunday, August 20th for Laudato Si! Sign up today, as the space will be limited! Exciting times for our parish!
 
And to those who sign up, you will not only receive a book, a water bottle to care for God’s resources, but also be at the blessing of new altar candles in September! A very exciting group indeed!
 
 
Laudato Si Schedule Announced!
 
The gatherings for Laudato Si, our limited engagement Small Group for Fall, are as follows:
 
  • Wednesday September 13th at 7:00 – 8:00pm in the Friary
  • Sunday September 24th at 12:15 – 1:15pm in the Diener Room
  • Wednesday October 11th at 7:00 – 8:00pm in the Friary
  • Sunday October 22nd at 12:15 – 1:15pm in the Diener Room
  • Wednesday November 8th at 7:00 – 8:00pm in the Friary
  • Sunday November 19th at 12:15 – 1:15 pm in the Diener Room
  • Wednesday November 22nd at 7:00 – 8:00pm in the Friary (If needed)
 
We have ordered the books and needed supplies so it is almost here!
 
 
 

Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament Begins this September, too!

Join us every Thursday from 5:30pm – 6:30pm when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for Adoration in the Sanctuary, as we have done for the past year. However, beginning this fall, we will begin with Benediction promptly at 5:30pm! Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament highlights what we believe as Catholics, the fundamental mystery of the Holy Eucharist: that our Lord is truly present, body and blood, soul and divinity in the Blessed Sacrament. The ritual for Benediction is when the priest places the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance on the altar for adoration. At this time, a hymn of praise is offered as the priest incenses the Blessed Sacrament. During the period of adoration, the faithful whom are gathered may pray in quiet and foster a deeper spiritual communion with the Lord. We also have a new Benediction booklet for you to use! The start of Benediction begins promptly at 5:30pm, following Rosary, for those who are present early! The entire Benediction will last approximately ten minutes and then the balance of the hour will be for personal Adoration! A beautiful way to honor the Lord, always and truly Present! Join us and come sit with our Lord every Thursday!
 
 
‍‍‍ Small Groups Coming Back with Changes!
 
Our Small Groups will return in September with a few changes, a couple that will go away as they fell into disuse, and some great new additions, too! Stay tuned as we revamp to care for you better! Father John will also be leading a group this fall!
 
 
☕️ Saint Miriam Cafe 3.0 Comes September 3rd!
 
 
Our Cafe’ has become a wonderful way of doing fellowship and supports the children of our school, too! A true win-win! However, with the larger crowds we have delays and some serving issues and so we are creating an improved way to fellowship that begins September 3rd 2017! Join us as we create even better ways for the Saint Miriam Cafe’ to be your way of being in communion with one another after Mass!
 
 
Preschool Fall Registration Now Open at Saint Miriam!
 
 
Join Saint Miriam this fall as we continue a legacy of well over 40 years with our wonderful, award-winning, preschool! Learn more and take advantage of early registration discounts and fees waived by Clicking Here or call 215-836-9800 x 712!
 
 
Union Cemetery of Whitemarsh at Saint Miriam Special Offer!
 
 
We have begun to offer a special beginning in July! Purchase any grave or cremation niche and receive an identical one for FREE! Join us and make your purchase today! Call 215-836-9800 x705 to make an appointment and see the selections!
 
 
 Update Your Information ASAP and Help Our New Photo Directory!
 
 
Saint Miriam Parish is growing and we want to make sure that we know and stay in touch with our parishioners. So, we have begun to work on updating our parish database, called ParishSoft, to assure that we have the necessary information for each of you. The updated database will be helpful to our priests in the event of a pastoral emergency, asa it will give them access to your contact information. AND, the exciting part is that with your permission, we are also creating a directory which will include a photo of and/or your family! Learn more by Clicking Here today!
 

Saint Miriam, The Mass.

 
Our Mass Intentions…
 
All Mass Intentions May be Viewed by Clicking Here.
 
Make a Mass Intention by Clicking Here.
 
 
Memorial Masses: “In Loving Memory of…”
 

Louise Freed by Rick Freed

Diamond Williams by Rick Freed

Dan Perfetto by Father Jim

 

Honor Masses: “In honor of”

 
Make a Mass Intention by Clicking Here.
 

Sanctuary Lamp burns all week, “In memory of”:

 
Make a Mass Intention by Clicking Here.
 
 

Bread and Wine Sponsor for Month:

In Memory of Alton St. George by Father Jim St. George and Ruth St. George
 
 
 

Click & Easy Support!

 
Mass Intentions Available: Please make your Mass Intentions today? See anyone on staff for Masses, Sanctuary Lamp, and Bread and Wine Sponsors every Sunday, or Click Here to make your intentions online!)
 
TEXT Your Gifts to Saint Miriam TODAY! Text Giving allows you to give to your organization by simply sending a text message to our specially reserved phone number! You just “Text any dollar amount to (215) 515-6511.” Once you text an amount (like “$50” or “120.50”) you would either be sent an acknowledgment for the gift, or given a short link to click on in order to provide their payment information (one time only). You are also prompted by text message with instructions. The whole process is designed to be very simple and self explanatory. Another way to give and support…making it easy so try it today!
 
Why Not GoodShop, Search, and Go Amazon, too? Please support Saint Miriam by downloading and using GoodSearchand GoodShop! Every time you search or buy, we get a small percentage and you get great deals, and often free shipping! Also use Smile Amazon and make us your charity of choice! It all adds up!

Saint Miriam in Support!

 
 How Much do You Love Saint Miriam?  There are many ways to support the mission of our parish and a flyer has been prepared to show you how easy it is! Please learn about GoodSearch, GoodShop, eBay, and Amazon Smile! Please support us and pick up a flyer or Support Flyer one today!
 
Matching Gifts Make Giving Easy! Did you ever inquire to see if your employer, or club, or social network offers assistance to parishes or schools? Your gift could double and help us grow without anything more from your own pocket! Please remember to ask…it never does hurt! 
 
Visit the Online Store for the Parish! Please visit our online store today and make a purchase to support our ministry by buying your own Saint Miriam Holding Cross, a Mass Cards, Saint Miriam Prayer Cards, a beautiful Rosary, or even sponsor a child, and much more! Just Click Here!
 
♻️ Go Greener at Saint Miriam! Our exclusive customized 24 oz. sport water bottles that combines our love of water with our parish’s “Green Policy” reduces our carbon footprint and will save thousands of plastic bottles from entering the ecosystem! And, the best part is your $10 donation goes directly to help our children’s educational programming! Get your own bottle today by visiting our online store and help go even stay greener!
 
 Help Our Children in 2016: Sponsor a Child Today! There are many ways to help our children become better adults and Christians, as well as better practicing Catholics, and this year we offer two wonderful means to bring a smile – and a little support – right to our school!
 
First, why not think about purchasing a brick that will help in the building of a new pathway to our Saint Miriam Summer Playground area and forever create a legacy on our campus! For every donation of $100.00 to The Saint Miriam Fund receive a 4 x 8 Personalized Brick! (Special Size of 8 x 8 is Available for a Donation Amount of $250.00). Learn more about our needed bricks by Clicking Here!
 
Secondly, you may also Sponsor a Child directly now! When you sponsor a child, you create a special relationship between you, a child in need, the community of Saint Miriam, and our team of caring professionals! Together, we are helping to change the future for children through a quality and affordable private education! For just $29 a month, or a one-time donation of only $350, you can provide essential aid and education to improve the well-being of every child that comes to our doors! And, because we actually feed our children during the school day, your donation not only helps give them a good education, you fill their bellies with wholesome food, too! It gives you the opportunity to witness young lives transformed for the future right here in Montgomery County! Learn more here.

New Mass Schedule Starting September 2017!

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Saint Miriam Cafe’

 
☕️ Eat & Help a Child?
 
Now, every time you purchase something wonderful from our Saint Miriam Cafe’ after our Sunday morning Masses, we contribute 100% of that donation to a scholarship fund that allows children without the means to attend our wonderful Zion Preschool at Saint Miriam and Saint Miriam Academy! Your good eating, helps a child!  
 
Big Changes Coming in September!
 
Join us for the unveiling of the New Saint Miriam Cafe’ beginning September 3rd! No lines, no wait, self serve opportunities, wonderful new food stations, and so much more 
 
Last month we raised over $730 just by eating good food! 
  
For more information and our delicious current month’s menus, 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Upcoming Highlights!

 
 
( Visit our Parish Calendar Here for full weekly, monthly,
and yearly schedules.)
 
 
  • Friary Rectory Almost Done! Support us Here!
  • Preschool Early Registration Now Open!
  • New Masses Begin September 3rd!
 
 
Aug 20th:
  • Baptism of Caroline McDowell and Morgan Magee at 10:30am Mass!
 
Aug 22nd:
  • Recovery Inc. at 7:00pm
 
Aug 24th:
  • Adoration at 5:00pm
  • Mass at 6:00pm
  • Rosary at 6:30pm
 
Aug 26th:
  • AA Sunrise at 8:30am
 
Sept 3rd:
  • PreJordan at 12:30pm
  • Monsignor Jim’s Birthday Celebration!
  • New Mass Schedule Begins
 
Sep 7th:
  • Donor Private Reception for new Friary Rectory!
 
Sep 10th:
  • Dedication of new Friary at 10:30am!
 
 
 
 
 
Ordinary Time,
Extraordinary God!
 
We, as a church, have returned to Ordinary Time! Because the term ordinary in English most often means something that’s not special or distinctive, many people think that Ordinary Time refers to parts of the calendar of the Catholic Church that are unimportant. It should be noted that the season of Ordinary Time makes up most of our Liturgical Year and refers to those periods that fall outside of the major liturgical seasons, yet Ordinary Time is far from unimportant or uninteresting! Ordinary Time is called “ordinary” not because it is common, but simply because the weeks of Ordinary Time are numbered. The Latin word ordinalis, which refers to numbers in a series, stems from the Latin word ordo, from which we get the English word order. Thus, the numbered weeks of Ordinary Time in fact represent the ordered life of the Church, or the period in which we live our lives neither in feasting (as in the Christmas and Easter seasons) or in more severe penance (as in Advent and Lent), but in watchfulness and expectation of the Second Coming of Christ. Likewise, the normal liturgical color for Ordinary Time is green and soon the vestments and altar cloths will bear the color! It is in this glorious time we learn of the works of our Lord! Come and meet an extraordinary God in this wonderful Ordinary time!
 


The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for August 13th 2017

Week of Sunday, August 13th 2017

 

The Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From our Pastor…

 
Click Here to visit our Pastor’s Blog for this week!
 
 

Saint Miriam in Devotion.

 
Click Here to read Franciscan Moments
our weekly Devotional!
 
 

Support Our Mission!

 
Click Here to Visit Our Current Fund Raisers
 
 

In Prayer,

 

Keith, John, Jim, Colin, Peggy, Mel, Pat, Melissa, Jen, Mary, Lorraine, Regina, Alexa, Pam, Margaret, Annie Lynch, Maia, Liz and Jane, Father Joseph, Guy, Tom, Joanne and Father John, Mary, Maureen and Chris, Regan Family, Marie, Rick, Gina, Rita, The Huggins, Brenda, Deb, Donald, Martha, Rick, Rita, Andre, Alana, Ken, Mimi, Deb, Josh, Ruth, Joe, Mike, Bruce, Joanne, Karen, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Marie, Christina, Michael, Joe, Mary Lou, Wayne, Kevin, Richard, Dana, Greg, Susan and Marty, Mary, Lisa, Bryan, Angela, Leo, Naomi, Phyllis, Pat, Angie, Bob, Terri, Mary, Dan, Chris, Janet, Pat, Sue, Paul, George, Marie, Suzanne, Cassie.

 
( To be included in our prayer list, or to receive pastoral care, communion for shut-ins, or any other pastoral need, please let us know by Clicking Here.)
 

Current News!

 
 
💒 Support Our Rectory and Get an Invitation!
 
The Rectory is ahead of schedule and we anticipate a September 10th dedication, but still need your support! Please Click Here to give any amount now and be sure to get a miniature St. Francis Joliet statue and your invitation to our private reception for all donors ahead of the open house! Your support is needed today! Thank you! 
 
 
🍾 Private Reception for Donors of New Friary Rectory Set!
 
The Friary Rectory will host a private reception on Thursday, September 7th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm for all who gave to make this dream possible! Please join us! Invitations are in the mail, but please RSVP to Information@mySaintMiriam.org!
 
 
💒 Join us for the Formal Blessing and Dedication of Our New Rectory!
 
The Friary Rectory will be formally blessed and dedicated by our pastor, Monsignor Jim, on Sunday, September 10th 2017 at the 10:30am Morning Mass! Join us for this festive occasion of joy and thanksgiving!
 
 
🎒Blessing of the Backpacks Slated for September 10th!
 
Join us for the “Blessing of the Backpacks” on Sunday, September 10th 2017! Bring your child’s backpack and place before the altar and we will bless them at the 9:00am Family Mass! Then, join us for our annual PREP/CCD annual Parent-Team Meeting and learn all about this year’s exciting program! You don’t want to miss this one! Sign your child up by Clicking Here!
 
 
👩‍👩‍👧‍👧 PREP/CCD Registration Deadline Fast Approaching!
 
If you are a parishioner AND have a child, they should be enrolled in Christian education this fall! In order to plan the new and exciting PREP/CCD  schedule we need your registrations ASAP! Please register no later than Monday, September 4th by Clicking Here! This year’s program includes outings, movie nights, and much more! 
 
 
💌 Memorial and Honor Plates Installed!
 
Our beautiful brass Memorial and Honor Dedication Plaques are now located on every outdoor Station of the Cross! Thank you to Chet for all his hard work and to all who made their memorials and honors! They are a beautiful addition to our campus! See them this week!
 
 
🙏🏼 New Small Group to Begin in September! Welcome First Encounter Prayer Group!
 
Father John will take the lead on a new Small Group to begin this fall! First Encounter Prayer Group  lasts approximately one hour and meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday at 6:30pm in Betsy and Walter Diener Room. Learn more by Clicking Here!
 
 
 
‍ 👩🏽‍🔧 PREP Teachers Needed for Fall!
 
Please think about volunteering to help us this fall with PREP/CCD? We need two teachers or assistants to help us as our classes are growing! Please see Sean Hall or Father John today, or email us here! Don’t let us, the kids, or God down and help us make this next year fun and exciting for our children! 
 
 

 Deadline Fast Approaching for Laudato Si, our FIRST Scheduled Event in the new Friary!

Our first ever event is a small group and in order to get the books and materials, we need to place a final date on registrations! Please register no later than Sunday, August 20th for Laudato Si! Sign up today, as the space will be limited! Exciting times for our parish! 
 
And to those who sign up, you will not only receive a book, a water bottle to care for God’s resources, but also be at the blessing of new altar candles in September! A very exciting group indeed!
 
 
✝️ New Masses Announced for this Fall!
 
Join Saint Miriam as we welcome a new Mass line up coming this fall! Growing to serve you and our loving God better beginning September 1st! Here is quick overview!
 

Sunday Masses: (Remain the Same!)

  • Three Masses Every Sunday at 7:30am, 9:00am, and 10:30am

 

Weekday Masses: (Added Times and Days!)

  • Tuesday, Thursday at 12:15pm
  • Wednesdays at 6:00pm
  • First Fridays only at 9:00am

 

📿 Rosary Moves to a New Time!
 
Please join us every for Rosary every Thursday, as always, but starting September 7th we begin at 5:15pm in the main Sanctuary by the Blessed Mother Statue!
 
 

🙏🏼 Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament Begins this September, too!

Join us every Thursday from 5:30pm – 6:30pm when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for Adoration in the Sanctuary, as we have done for the past year. However, beginning this fall, we will begin with Benediction promptly at 5:30pm! Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament highlights what we believe as Catholics, the fundamental mystery of the Holy Eucharist:  that our Lord is truly present, body and blood, soul and divinity in the Blessed Sacrament. The ritual for Benediction is when the priest places the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance on the altar for adoration. At this time, a hymn of praise is offered as the priest incenses the Blessed Sacrament. During the period of adoration, the faithful whom are gathered may pray in quiet and foster a deeper spiritual communion with the Lord. We also have a new Benediction booklet for you to use! The start of Benediction begins promptly at 5:30pm, following Rosary, for those who are present early! The entire Benediction will last approximately ten minutes and then the balance of the hour will be for personal Adoration! A beautiful way to honor the Lord, always and truly Present! Join us and come sit with our Lord every Thursday!
 
 

✝️ First Friday Mass Moves to a New Time, too!

Join us every 1st Friday of the month (Sept through June) for First Friday Mass for the children and families of our school at 9:00am! The public and parishioners are welcome!

 
‍‍‍ Small Groups Coming Back with Changes!
 
Our Small Groups will return in September with a few changes, a couple that will go away as they fell into disuse, and some great new additions, too! Stay tuned as we revamp to care for you better! Father John will also be leading a group this fall!
 
 
☕️ Saint Miriam Cafe 3.0 Comes September 3rd! 
 
Our Cafe’ has become a wonderful way of doing fellowship and supports the children of our school, too! A true win-win! However, with the larger crowds we have delays and some serving issues and so we are creating an improved way to fellowship that begins September 3rd 2017! Join us as we create even better ways for the Saint Miriam Cafe’ to be your way of being in communion with one another after Mass! 
 
 
Preschool Fall Registration Now Open at Saint Miriam!
 
Join Saint Miriam this fall as we continue a legacy of well over 40 years with our wonderful, award-winning, preschool! Learn more and take advantage of early registration discounts and fees waived by Clicking Here or call 215-836-9800 x 712!
 
 
Union Cemetery of Whitemarsh at Saint Miriam Special Offer!
 
We have begun to offer a special beginning in July! Purchase any grave or cremation niche and receive an identical one for FREE! Join us and make your purchase today!  Call 215-836-9800 x705 to make an appointment and see the selections!
 
 
New Photo Directory Comes to Saint Miriam!
 
Saint Miriam Parish is growing and we want to make sure that we know and stay in touch with our parishioners. So, we have begun to work on updating our parish database, called ParishSoft, to assure that we have the necessary information for each of you. The updated database will be helpful to our priests in the event of a pastoral emergency, asa it will give them access to your contact information. AND, the exciting part is that with your permission, we are also creating a directory which will include a photo of and/or your family! Learn more by Clicking Here today!
 

Saint Miriam, The Mass.

 
Our Mass Intentions…
 
All Mass Intentions May be Viewed by Clicking Here.
 
Make a Mass Intention by Clicking Here.
 
 
Memorial Masses: “In Loving Memory of…”
 

Louise Freed by Rick Freed

Diamond Williams by Rick Freed

Alton St. George by Father Jim

 

Honor Masses: “In honor of”

Jack and Pat Wilcke 
 

Sanctuary Lamp burns all week, “In memory of”:

Louise Freed by Father Jim

 

Bread and Wine Sponsor for Month:

In Memory of Alton St. George by Father Jim St. George and Ruth St. George
 
 
 

Click & Easy Support!

 
Mass Intentions Available: Please make your Mass Intentions today? See anyone on staff for Masses, Sanctuary Lamp, and Bread and Wine Sponsors every Sunday, or Click Here to make your intentions online!)
 
TEXT Your Gifts to Saint Miriam TODAY! Text Giving allows you to give to your organization by simply sending a text message to our specially reserved phone number! You just “Text any dollar amount to (215) 515-6511.” Once you text an amount (like “$50” or “120.50”) you would either be sent an acknowledgment for the gift, or given a short link to click on in order to provide their payment information (one time only). You are also prompted by text message with instructions. The whole process is designed to be very simple and self explanatory. Another way to give and support…making it easy so try it today!
 
Why Not GoodShop, Search, and Go Amazon, too? Please support Saint Miriam by downloading and using GoodSearchand GoodShop! Every time you search or buy, we get a small percentage and you get great deals, and often free shipping! Also use Smile Amazon and make us your charity of choice! It all adds up!

Saint Miriam in Support!

 
 How Much do You Love Saint Miriam?  There are many ways to support the mission of our parish and a flyer has been prepared to show you how easy it is! Please learn about GoodSearch, GoodShop, eBay, and Amazon Smile! Please support us and pick up a flyer or Support Flyer one today!
 
Matching Gifts Make Giving Easy! Did you ever inquire to see if your employer, or club, or social network offers assistance to parishes or schools? Your gift could double and help us grow without anything more from your own pocket! Please remember to ask…it never does hurt! 
 
Visit the Online Store for the Parish! Please visit our online store today and make a purchase to support our ministry by buying your own Saint Miriam Holding Cross, a Mass Cards, Saint Miriam Prayer Cards, a beautiful Rosary, or even sponsor a child, and much more! Just Click Here!
 
♻️ Go Greener at Saint Miriam! Our exclusive customized 24 oz. sport water bottles that combines our love of water with our parish’s “Green Policy” reduces our carbon footprint and will save thousands of plastic bottles from entering the ecosystem! And, the best part is your $10 donation goes directly to help our children’s educational programming! Get your own bottle today by visiting our online store and help go even stay greener!
 
 Help Our Children in 2016: Sponsor a Child Today! There are many ways to help our children become better adults and Christians, as well as better practicing Catholics, and this year we offer two wonderful means to bring a smile – and a little support – right to our school!
 
First, why not think about purchasing a brick that will help in the building of a new pathway to our Saint Miriam Summer Playground area and forever create a legacy on our campus! For every donation of $100.00 to The Saint Miriam Fund receive a 4 x 8 Personalized Brick! (Special Size of 8 x 8 is Available for a Donation Amount of $250.00). Learn more about our needed bricks by Clicking Here!
 
Secondly, you may also Sponsor a Child directly now! When you sponsor a child, you create a special relationship between you, a child in need, the community of Saint Miriam, and our team of caring professionals! Together, we are helping to change the future for children through a quality and affordable private education! For just $29 a month, or a one-time donation of only $350, you can provide essential aid and education to improve the well-being of every child that comes to our doors! And, because we actually feed our children during the school day, your donation not only helps give them a good education, you fill their bellies with wholesome food, too! It gives you the opportunity to witness young lives transformed for the future right here in Montgomery County! Learn more here.

The Saint Miriam Cafe’

 
☕️ Eat & Help a Child?
 
Now, every time you purchase something wonderful from our Saint Miriam Cafe’ after our Sunday morning Masses, we contribute 100% of that donation to a scholarship fund that allows children without the means to attend our wonderful Zion Preschool at Saint Miriam and Saint Miriam Academy! Your good eating, helps a child!  
 
Big Changes Coming in September!
 
Join us for the unveiling of the New Saint Miriam Cafe’ beginning September 3rd! No lines, no wait, self serve opportunities, wonderful new food stations, and so much more 
 
Last month we raised over $730 just by eating good food! 
  
For more information and our delicious current month’s menus, 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Upcoming Highlights! 

 
 
( Visit our Parish Calendar Here for full weekly, monthly,
and yearly schedules.)
 
 
  • Confessions Weekdays 11:30am to 12:15pm.
  • Friary Rectory Almost Done! Support us Here!
  • Preschool Early Registration Now Open!
  • New Masses Begin September 3rd!
 
 

Aug 13th:

  • Baptism of Micah Milligan at 10:30am Mass
 
Aug 15th:
  • Recovery Inc. at 7:00pm

 

Aug 17th:

  • Adoration at 5:00pm
  • Mass at 6:00pm
  • Rosary at 6:30pm

 

Aug 19th:

  • AA Sunrise at 8:30am

 

Aug 20th:

  • Baptism of Caroline Grace McDowell and Morgan Rae Magee at 10:30am Mass!
 

Sept 3rd:

  • PreJordan at 12:30pm
  • Monsignor Jim’s Birthday Celebration!
  • New Mass Schedule Begins
 

Sept 7th:

  • Private Donor Reception for new Friary Rectory!

 

Sept 10th:

  • Blessing of the Backpacks at 9:00am Family Mass!
  • Blessing and Dedication of the new Friary at 10:30am Mass!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ordinary Time,
Extraordinary God!
 
We, as a church, have returned to Ordinary Time! Because the term ordinary in English most often means something that’s not special or distinctive, many people think that Ordinary Time refers to parts of the calendar of the Catholic Church that are unimportant. It should be noted that the season of Ordinary Time makes up most of our Liturgical Year and refers to those periods that fall outside of the major liturgical seasons, yet Ordinary Time is far from unimportant or uninteresting! Ordinary Time is called “ordinary” not because it is common, but simply because the weeks of Ordinary Time are numbered. The Latin word ordinalis, which refers to numbers in a series, stems from the Latin word ordo, from which we get the English word order. Thus, the numbered weeks of Ordinary Time in fact represent the ordered life of the Church, or the period in which we live our lives neither in feasting (as in the Christmas and Easter seasons) or in more severe penance (as in Advent and Lent), but in watchfulness and expectation of the Second Coming of Christ. Likewise, the normal liturgical color for Ordinary Time is green and soon the vestments and altar cloths will bear the color! It is in this glorious time we learn of the works of our Lord! Come and meet an extraordinary God in this wonderful Ordinary time!