The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for September 24th 2017

Week of Sunday, September 24th 2017

The Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

&

InGathering Sunday!

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,

 

Jenn, Joshua, Joanne, Ronnie, Kevin, Greg, Paul, Gerard, Msgr. Jim, 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.)
 
 
 
Download Mass Schedule Here!
 
Current News!
 
 
 
 Double Gifts Extended Until Sunday!
 
 
A very generous parishioner has decided to let us go one more week to help us by her 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 the end of SUNDAY! So far we are at almost $6,000!
 
 
 
 Interfaith Event Next Sunday at Saint Miriam!
 
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!
 
 
 
📆 Ministry Team Schedules Posted for October!
 
Ministry Team Schedules are posted now for October! They may be viewed and downloaded by Clicking Here! Please download and review! Any issues, please contact Kate at Kate.McClelland@mySaintMiriam.org! Thank you for your service! 
 
 
 
🍍Welcome Father John Trubina Today!
 
Father John F. Trubina has been appointed by the bishop to serve as an Assisting Priest at Saint Miriam! Please welcome Father John (our second!) when you see him on campus! Father is a professed Franciscan and a member of the The Friary at Saint Miriam community! Welcome Father John Francis!
 
 
 
🍍Welcome to our New Greeters, Ushers, and EM’s!
 
Ramona Salotti will serve as Greeter, Head Usher and Eucharistic Minister, Patricia Liguori will pick up Head User and PREP Teacher,  Molly Gatto will serve as a Reader/Lector and Greeter, and Pat Wilcke will add Head Usher to her service to the parish! A BIG thanks to all who volunteer to make us so wonderful! Welcome aboard! We can always use more help, to volunteer your service, please see anyone on our team!
 
 
 
🐱🐕🐟 Blessing of the Animals Set for October 7th at 11:00am!
 
Join us again as we bless all God’s creatures in honor of St. Francis Day! Be sure to spread the word and gather the pets and stop by for a wonderful blessing! Every pet leaves with a special treat!! Join us in the Angels of Assist Garden (Note: for inclement weather, we will be inside the parish!)
 
 
 
👜 Designer Bag BINGO on October 20th!
 
On Friday, October 20, 2017 join us for a fun night of Designer Bag BINGO! This event will support the Zion Preschool at Saint Miriam. We’ll be in the Undercroft Room. Tickets are just $30 per ticket/$25 per ticket if PAID by October 13. Your ticket includes 10 Games & Chance for Door Prizes and Complimentary Dessert and Coffee. Doors open at 6:00PM – Games begin at 6:45PM. Sign up by Clicking Here!
 
 
 
🍕 “Frizza” is coming on the October 4th for PREP/CCD Students!
 
What is Frizza you ask? It is Pizza with a Franciscan Friar, of course! On Wednesday, October 4th after the 6:00pm Mass, the students will get brief introduction to Adoration and Benediction, as well as actually touch the Monstrance! Then, they will go upstairs to the Friary and eat pizza with our priests and friars! Just one more way this year of PREP is fantastic! (or, is it fran-tastic?!)
 
 
 
🎃 It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
 
Our annual Pumpkin Patch opens SundayOctober 8th 2017 with the arrival of the great pumpkins and runs through Halloween Day, October 31st! Help us on Sunday the 8th unload and set up and be sure to get you pumpkins and support our great school and kids! Then, on Saturday, October 14th, we will hold our annual Pumpkin Festival! Food, games, pumpkins, face painting, and more! Join us!
 
 
 
👻 It’s Scary, but Not too Scary! – Haunted History Tours, October 27th & 28th
 

Once again we will offer our Historic Haunted Tours of our Cemetery on two nights this year! Join us for something spook-tacular! Oh, yes, and boo! Join Union Cemetary of Whitemarsh at Saint Miriam for a classic All Hallow’s Eve flashlight tour that includes an exciting tour of our cemetery grounds and a walk through the pumpkin patch. This year, our own Bob Pardi will be playing the role of Griffith Jordan, who served as Sexton of the cemetery around the turn of the century and who lived a rather colorful life! Come and learn and experience a new way of engaging history, and being scared, too!

 
 
‍ 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!
 
 
 
🎶 Come and Get Your Song On This Week with Charlie!
 
We love you so much that we created The Saint Miriam Choir! It is under the direction of our wonderful music director, Charlie Masters, and you do not need any previous experience, only a desire to sing beautiful music with your Saint Miriam family. The choir will rehearse once each month on a Wednesday evening, announced in advance, from September through May (Yes, they have the summers off!) and also every Sunday around 10:00am. Please consider being part of this special music ministry opportunity. Please see Charlie today or contact us using this form!
 
 
 
‍‍‍ Join a Small Group!
 
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!
 
 
 
Update Your Information – Telephone Calls to Begin in October!
 
If you have not updated upper information by October 1st 2017, we will be calling you! So, take a moment and do it today! 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!
 
 
 
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!
 
 
 

Get Your Jesus On at Saint Miriam!

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!
 
 
 
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!
 

 

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
Donna Marie Miniscalco by Henry Miniscalco
Betty Jane Johnson by Gina and Ken Dugan
Vicky Smyth by Ken Dugan
 
 

Honor Masses: “In honor of” 

***None Received – Make one Today!***

 

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

***None Received – Make one Today!***

 
 
Bread and Wine Sponsor for Month:
 
 
 

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!
 
Experience the New and Improved Saint Miriam Cafe’! No lines, no wait, self serve opportunities, wonderful new food stations, and so much more! Come and see how we do fellowship this Sunday!
 
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 Done! Support us Here!
  • New Mass Schedule!
  • InterFaith Program Oct 1st at 1:00pm!
  • Pumpkins Arrive Oct 8th!
  • Halloween Tours Begin Oct 27th!
 
 

Sept 24th:

•Secular Franciscan Group and Ladauto Si at 12:15am!

 

Sep 26th:

• Mass at 12:15pm

  • Recovery, Inc. at 6:30pm

 

Sep 27th:

• Mass at 6:oopm

 

Sep 28th:

  • Mass at 12:15pm
  • Rosary at 5:15pm
  • Benediction and Adoration at 5:30pm
  • Boy Scout Troop #320 at 7:00pm

 

Sep 30th:

•AA Sunrise at 8:30am!

 

Oct 1st:
  • PreJordan at 12:15pm
  • Interfaith Seminar at 1:00pm!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Great Pumpkins!
 
 
Our annual Pumpkin Patch opens October 8th 2017 with the arrival of the great pumpkins and runs through Halloween Day, October 31st!
 
Get you pumpkins and support our great school and kids! Then, on Saturday, October 14th, we will hold our annual Pumpkin Festival! Food, games, pumpkins, face painting, and more!
 
Join us!


The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for September 17th 2017

Week of Sunday, September 17th 2017

 

 

The Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

&

Baptism Sunday!

 

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,

 

Joshua, Joanne, Ronnie, Kevin, Greg, Paul, Gerard, Msgr. Jim, 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.)
 
 
 
A Very Generous Gift Comes to All of Us, BUT Ends Soon!
 
 
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 the week of September 17th!
 
 
Current News!
 
 
 
 
⛲️ “Baptism Sundays” Take on a Whole New Excitement Beginning this Sunday!
 
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!
 
 
🍍Welcome Father John #2?
 
Father John F. Trubina has been appointed by the bishop to serve as an Assisting Priest at Saint Miriam! Please welcome Father John (our second!) when you see him on campus! Father is a professed Franciscan and a member of the The Friary at Saint Miriam community! Welcome Father John Francis!
 
 
 
🐱🐕🐟 Blessing of the Animals Set for October 7th at 11:00am!
 
Join us again as we bless all God’s creatures in honor of St. Francis Day! Be sure to spread the word and gather the pets and stop by for a wonderful blessing! Every pet leaves with a special treat!! Join us in the Angels of Assist Garden (Note: for inclement weather, we will be inside the parish!)
 
 
 
👜 Designer Bag BINGO on October 20th!
 
On Friday, October 20, 2017 join us for a fun night of Designer Bag BINGO! This event will support the Zion Preschool at Saint Miriam. We’ll be in the Undercroft Room. Tickets are just $30 per ticket/$25 per ticket if PAID by October 13. Your ticket includes 10 Games & Chance for Door Prizes and Complimentary Dessert and Coffee. Doors open at 6:00PM – Games begin at 6:45PM. Sign up by Clicking Here!
 
 
 
🎃 It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
 
Our annual Pumpkin Patch opens SundayOctober 8th 2017 with the arrival of the great pumpkins and runs through Halloween Day, October 31st! Help us on Sunday the 8th unload and set up and be sure to get you pumpkins and support our great school and kids! Then, on Saturday, October 14th, we will hold our annual Pumpkin Festival! Food, games, pumpkins, face painting, and more! Join us!
 
 
 
👻 It’s Scary, but Not too Scary! – Haunted History Tours, October 27th & 28th
 

Once again we will offer our Historic Haunted Tours of our Cemetery on two nights this year! Join us for something spook-tacular! Oh, yes, and boo! Join Union Cemetary of Whitemarsh at Saint Miriam for a classic All Hallow’s Eve flashlight tour that includes an exciting tour of our cemetery grounds and a walk through the pumpkin patch.

 
 
 
🎸 Saint Miriam Welcomes Tommy Conwell Rock Academy!
 
Tommy Conwell Rock Academy found a home at Saint Miriam! The Academy is a safe, kid-friendly, teen-friendly, everybody-friendly, no-bullying, no-bragging, inclusive, supportive, and empowering organization whose mission is to make accessible to all the joy of playing in a rock and roll band. There are three ways to enroll: private lessons, joining the band, or both. Learn more by Clicking Here!
 
 
 
☕️ Experience the Saint Miriam Cafe’ 3.0 this Week!
 
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 launched last Sunday to HUGE applause! Join us and experience the new and improved Saint Miriam Cafe’ after Mass!
 
 
 
 
‍ 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!
 
 
 
🎶 Come and Get Your Song On This Week with Charlie!
 
We love you so much that we created The Saint Miriam Choir! It is under the direction of our wonderful music director, Charlie Masters, and you do not need any previous experience, only a desire to sing beautiful music with your Saint Miriam family. The choir will rehearse once each month on a Wednesday evening, announced in advance, from September through May (Yes, they have the summers off!) and also every Sunday around 10:00am. Please consider being part of this special music ministry opportunity. Please see Charlie today or contact us using this form!
 
 
 
‍‍‍ 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!
 
 
 
🍽 Sacred Meal Group Returns on the September 20th!
 
We will begin our wonderfully warm Sacred Meal Dinner Groups on the 20th of September! Join us! Learn more by Clicking Here!
 
 
 
Update Your Information – Telephone Calls to Begin in October!
 
If you have not updated upper information by October 1st 2017, we will be calling you! So, take a moment and do it today! 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!
 
 
 
 Interfaith Event on October 1st at Saint Miriam!
 
 
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!
 
 
 
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!
 
 
 

Get Your Jesus On at Saint Miriam!

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!
 
 
 
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!
 
 
 
 

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
Donna Marie Miniscalco by Henry Miniscalco
 
 

Honor Masses: “In honor of”

 

Rick Freed by Peggy Gabriele

 

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

 

***None Received – Make one Today!***

 
 
Bread and Wine Sponsor for Month:
 
 
 

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!
 
Experience the New and Improved Saint Miriam Cafe’! No lines, no wait, self serve opportunities, wonderful new food stations, and so much more! Come and see how we do fellowship this Sunday!
 
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 Done! Support us Here!
  • New Mass Schedule Begins!
  • Join us for an Exciting “Baptism Sunday” on 17th!
  • Pumpkins Arrive Oct 8th!
  • Halloween Tours Begin Oct 27th!
 
 
Sept 17th:
 
  • Baptism of Trevor, Xander, and Benjamin at 10:30am!
 
Sep 19th:
 
  • Mass at 12:15pm
  • Recovery, Inc. at 6:30pm
  • Boy Scout Leaders at 7:00pm

 

Sep 20th:

  • Mass at 6:oopm
  • Sacred Meal Dinner Group at 6:30pm

 

Sep 21st:

  • Mass at 12:15pm
  • Rosary at 5:15pm
  • Benediction and Adoration at 5:30pm
  • PreCana at 6:30pm
  • Boy Scout Troop #320 at 7:00pm
 
Sep 23rd:
 
  • AA Sunrise at 8:30am!
 
 
 
 
Baptism Sunday!
 
 
 
Today, we celebrate an exciting new format for Baptisms!
 
We are excited to hold these special Sunday Masses every third Sunday where – together as a community of faith – we will honor the Sacrament of Baptism with a joyful experience called “Baptism Sunday” at 10:30am Mass! These Masses will take on their own music, liturgy, and song with an increased sense of participation and excitement beginning this Sunday 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!
 
 
Download Mass Schedule Here!


The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for September 10th 2017

Week of Sunday, September 10th 2017

 The Blessing and Dedication of a New Friary Rectory!

 

The Twenty-third 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,

 

Msgr. Jim, 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!
 
 
 
Join us for the Formal Blessing and Dedication of Our New Rectory THIS 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!
 
 
 
👏🏼 BIG Thanks to Everyone…
 
…who helped get us ready for Thursday evening’s donor gathering, and all who put together the parish, and helped get the Saint Miriam Cafe’ up and running, too! It has been a powerfully busy week! A special shout out must go to Alan Entwistle for all his work in logistics and Monsignor for tirelessly working to keep us on track. We will never truly know how much they have done, but it is evident by their fruit! Thanks to all! A special place is what we created! 
 
 
 
‍‍‍ PREP Teacher-Parents Meeting is This Sunday, too!
 
Join us for our annual Parent-Teacher-Priest meeting! It happens on Sunday, September 10th after the 9:00am Family Mass and all questions will be answered and our new PREP Calendar will be handed out! This is an exciting time! 
 
 
 
Blessing of the Backpacks Happens Sunday at our Family Mass!
 
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!
 
 
 
 A Very Generous Gift Comes to All of Us!
 
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! 
 
 
 
Thank You to Miniscalco Brothers Construction, LLC!
 
We grateful to our own Henry Miniscalco and Family for the paving of our parking lot this past week! A very generous gift that we would have never been able to afford! The Miniscalco Family have been consummate supporters of the parish and will be repaving the main entry and exit roads later this year or spring, as weather permits. Please thank them for their generosity! 
 
 
 
☕️ Saint Miriam Cafe’ 3.0 Unveiled!
 
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 launched last Sunday to HUGE applause! Join us and experience the new and improved Saint Miriam Cafe’  after Mass!
 
 
 
⛲️ “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!
 
 
 
 To All Who Sponsored a Piece of Rectory Furniture…
 
Dear Friends and Fellow Parishioners:
 
Thank you for listening and allowing yourselves to help us achieve our goal! Thanks to your generosity and spirit of giving, we were able to furnish our Friary and Rectory and I am forever grateful. I know that many blessings will follow you all the days of your life. Please know of my constant prayers.
 
In Love and Faith,
 
Father Jim
 
 
 
‍‍‍ 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! 
 
 
 
Sacred Meal Group Returns on the 20th!
 
We will begin our wonderfully warm Sacred Meal Dinner Groups on the 20th of September! Join us! Learn more 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!
 
 
 
 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!
 
 
 

Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament is Here!

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!
 
 
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 Will Offer Something Spooky Soon…Stay Tuned!
 
Every year for Halloween we offer pumpkins and something spooky, too! Stay tuned….
 
 

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
Charles and Doris Dean by Midge Olson
Donna Marie Miniscalco by Henry Miniscalco
Maxine Grani by Pat Wilcke
 

Honor Masses: “In honor of”

 

Father Jim by Kelly Chima and Maria Furlong

 

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

 

Linda Waldrop by Women of Saint Miriam and Bishop Montgomery by Mark Hoffman

 
 

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!
 
Experience the New and Improved Saint Miriam Cafe’! No lines, no wait, self serve opportunities, wonderful new food stations, and so much more! Come and see how we do fellowship this Sunday!
 
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 Done! Support us Here!
  • New Mass Schedule  Begin!
  • Join us for an Exciting “Baptism Sunday” on 17th!
 
 
Sep 10th:
  • Blessing of the BackPacks at the 9:00am Family Mass
  • Dedication of new Friary Rectory at 10:30am!
 
Sep 12th:
  • Weekday Mass at 12:15
  • Recovery at 6:30pm
  • Women of Saint Miriam at 7:00pm
 
Sep 13th:
  • Mass at 6:oopm
 
Sep 14th:
  • Mass at 12:15pm
  • Rosary at 5:15pm
  • Benediction and Adoration at 5:30pm
  • First Encounter Prayer Group at 6:30pm
  • Boy Scout Troop #320 at 7:00pm
 
Sep 16th:
  • AA Sunrise at 8:30am!
  • Imperfect Spirituality Group at 10:00am
 
Sep 17th:
  • Baptism Sunday at 10:30am! Come and Experience this!
 
 
 
 
 
Baptism Sunday!
 
 
 
Together, we will soon celebrate an exciting new format for Baptisms!
 
Join us on September 17th, at the 10:30am Morning Mass to experience something wonderful!
 
We are excited to hold these special Sunday Masses every third Sunday where – together as a community of faith – we will honor the Sacrament of Baptism with a joyful experience called “Baptism Sunday” at 10:30am Mass! 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!
 

Special Events Coming up!



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!