The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for December 11th 2016

 
 

The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for December 11th 2016

 

Saint Miriam in Prose: From our Pastor

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

Saint Miriam in Prayer: Remembering!

 

Matthew, Pat Wilcke and her mom, Bishop Greg, Father Joseph and his family, John, Kim, Angie, Devera, BJ,  Lorraine, Norma, Kim, Craig, Scott, Trevor, Susan, Bob, Kim, Kate, Terri & family, Joan, Janet, Fran, Mary, Dan, Andrew, Sebastian, Kevin, Bishop Ken, Freed Family, Anita, Chris, Ken, Janet, Pat, Greg, Dana, Charlie, Annie, Donna, Sue, Paul, Ed, George, Maureen, Marie, Suzanne, Roland, Rich, Cassie, Annie, Linda, Mike, Shannon, Nathan, Roland, Ruth, Brenda, Linda, Mike, Richard, Christopher, Victoria, Janice, Cuffey Family, Marianne, Donna, Joe, Maureen, Mary, Angela, Mary Grace, BJ.

 
( 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.)
 
 

Saint Miriam in Reflection: The Mass.

 
Our Mass Intentions for This Week are:
 

Memorial Masses:

Loving Memory of Gary Barr by John and Karen Barr

Loving Memory of Louise Freed by Richard Freed

Loving Memory of Robert and Helen Heffner by Deacon Pat

 

Honor Masses:

Honor of of Msgr. Jim by Lorraine and Guy Cuffey

Honor of of Christopher Mitchell by Lorraine and Guy Cuffey

 

Sanctuary Lamp:

In Honor of the Women of Saint Miriam by Kathleen Duncan

 
 

Bread and Wine Sponsor for Month:

In Loving Memory of Louise Freed by her family

 
(✜ Mass Intentions Available: Please make your Mass Intentions today? See anyone on staff for Masses, Sanctuary Lamp, and Bread and Wine Sponsors or Click Here to make your intentions online! Thank you!)
 
 

Saint Miriam in Brief: A Quick Look!

 
👓 To read our full list of current events for this week,  visit Focus in Brief ,  by Clicking Here!)
 
 
Today we honor The Third Sunday of Advent!
 

 

 

 Join us for Breakfast with St. Nick this Saturday! Please be sure to bring the kids and grandkids to our annual Breakfast with Santa! This year on Saturday, December 10th at 9:00am! Learn more by Clicking Here!
 
 

⏰ New Sunday Mass Times! Join us for our new  Mass schedule line up of 7:30am (Early Mass), 9:00am (Family Mass), and 10:30am (Morning Mass) 

 
 
⌚️ A Time Change in PREP/CCD Classes The Week and Next! As you know, we have our Nativity Play coming up on Sunday, December 18th following the 10:30am Morning Mass. To ensure we are ready, we will need to have a full practice in the church this Sunday, December 11th.  To make that happen, we will need to move the Family Mass to 10:30am this week and again on December 18th.  Everything will remain the same.  PREPlay children will still go to class after the homily and the PREP children will go to class after Communion until 11:45.  We will then all practice in the Sanctuary after class. Also, as I mentioned in a previous e-mail, we are in need of a few PREPlay children to participate as well.  They should be able to stay seated and attentive for about 45 minutes.  If your child(ren) plan to participate, please remain after their class so that they can practice with the other children. Please Shaun Little know if you have any questions. Also, since this is our only full cast practice, please make every effort to be in attendance on Sunday.
 
 
📰 The Longest Night Getting Some Press! Join us for the Longest Night (See below) and the word is getting out! We will soon have a feature article in the Times Herald and the Montco-Happening just published, too! See it here! It is a beautiful moving event so plan to join us on the 21st of December!
 
 

👏🏼 Thank you, Monsignor Jim, for Offering Consolation at the Annual Tree Lighting! Monsignor Jim did a wonderful and moving job of offering hope to those grieving at Boyd-Horrox-Givnish Funeral Home’s annual tree lighting and remembrance service this past Wednesday evening. Father, you work so hard and we love you and thank you! 

 
🌺 Christmas Flowers for a Meaningful Holiday! Make a meaningful purchase today that honors those you love! Christmas Flower Memorials are ready, Click Here!
 
 

💁🏼Volunteer Reception Help Needed!Our parish, school, and cemetery are very busy and we are in need of some part time volunteer receptionist support! We added a new reception counter and are ready for some help now! So, if you could donate a few hours a week, on days of your choice, please let Msgr. Jim know? Thank you! 

 
 

🍍Welcome to the Family at Saint Miriam! Our parish, school, and cemetery are very busy and we recently added some new team members!  Welcome aboard to the Saint Miriam and Zion Preschool/Saint Miriam Academy Team! Please welcome:

 

Regina Dugan – Teacher

Kim Fedoruk – Teacher

Ria King – Early Childhood/Toddler Teacher

 
 

🎊 End of Year Giving is Always needed, Especially at the End of Every Year! One of the ways we remain financially strong and viable is that we pay off all outstanding vendor debt by the end of every year. Is is easy? No, but from the date of our founding some almost nine years ago, were have achieved this with the generous help from all of you! Why? Our pastor decided to implement this policy from the start of the parish, because he noticed that too many parishes fail as debt increases and then becomes insurmountable. Does it work? Yes! Think about it, in less than eight years Saint Miriam did the impossible: built a vibrant and growing parish, school, and cemetery with little debt and growing revenue. Please…if you are considering a generous gift, make it by December 31st – take the tax benefit and allow us to move into 2017 on a strong footing!See Monsignor today!

 
 
🔆 It’s Almost Time to Decorate!  Annually, we help prepare the grounds and indoors for the Season of Christmas and we need your help! See Sean Hall to volunteer to add lights to our trees and warmth to our Altar this year!
 
 
💟 Another Way to Give Back: “Scarfs with a Purpose @ Saint Miriam”! We have teamed with with Evol Majers to distribute newly created homemade scarfs from our wonderful Prayer Shawl Ministry Group for homeless persons in our area! Our warm, made with love, scarfs will be going to those who need warmth the most! Please support his new ministry by donating materials or making a generous donation or joining the group and helping make wonderful strength-giving knitted items for those in need of some pastoral care! See Midge Olson today to join the g
 
 
🎭 Christmas Pageant is Coming! Our annual Christmas pageant is Sunday, December 18th 2016 after the 10:30 am Morning Mass. The holiday season is a coming soon and having the kids perform is one of our church’s favorite Christmas activities is wonderful way to enjoy the coming of Christ! Join us!
 
 
🌚Join us for The Longest Night! Saint Miriam, will once again offer the community what has become widely known as a “Blue Christmas” service that they entitle, The Longest Night on Wednesday, December 21st 2016 at 6:30pm. This service will take place in beautifully renovated Sanctuary located in Flourtown on the corner of Bethlehem Pike and Church Road. It is open to everyone. This service recognizes that not everyone is up and cheery for the Christmas holidays.  There is a growing attentiveness to the needs of people who are ‘blue’ at Christmas. Increasing numbers of churches are creating sacred space for people living through dark times. Such services are reflective, accepting where we really are, and holding out healing and hope. And that is why on December 21st at 6:30pm, Saint Miriam will hold its The Longest Night Service on the actual Winter Solstice, the longest day of the year, with the year’s least amount of daylight. Symbols not to be lost or overlooked.
 
 
📑 Update Your Bookmarks: We Changed Directions for Current Events! On our parishioner website (www.SaintMiriam.com) we updated page links for current events from: 
 

http://www.saintmiriam.com/news-press/

to this:
 

http://www.saintmiriam.com/current-events/

Stay up to date with us and visit today! 
 
 
 The 2016 Saint Miriam Crystal Tree Needs You!  As we get closer to Christmas, we begin to turn our thoughts to those without and every year we open our generous spirits and wallets to help a child enjoy Christmas! Last year we were able to help four families with a full Christmas experience from food to trees to presents, too! This year we will try and out do ourselves by increasing that number and taking care of the Guadalupe Family Services in Camden where the poorest of the poor have over 480 children in need and NHS Group Home where we annually care for nine persons without a family to provide a Christmas! Join us and pick your favorite crystal ornament fro the tree located in the Betsy and Walter Diener Room and inside is a small piece of paper with a child’s wish! Grant it, return the tag and gift and be rewarded with the spirit of Christmas again! 
 
 

 A Very Merry Saint Miriam Christmas 2016! Remember that Christmas falls on a Sunday so our schedule is Christmas Eve: Family Mass at 4:30pm with Visit from St. Nick, followed by fellowship and carol sing along. Midnight Mass at Eight o’Clock at 8:00pm! Christmas Day: Two Masses only at 9:00am and 11:00am! 

 

🏆 Annual Raymond Leight Award and New Year’s Day Mass! Remember that January 1st is a Holy Day of Obligation in our Church and honors Our Blessed Mother! Too, we honor someone who gave generously throughout the year in time, talent, and treasure so join us and see who will receive this annual award and stay for a reception that is so very wonderful! New Year’s Day at 10:30am!

 
 

Saint Miriam in Life: Other News!

 

♿ Easy-Use Transport Chair Available! An easy to use transport chair will be located in the closet directly inside the handicap entrance. This chair is designed to help those who need transportation or are encumbered with walking issues to enjoy our parish. It is easy to use and has a 300 lb. capacity. Saint Miriam cares!

 
❗ Imperfect Spirituality to Break for Holiday. As December is so busy and the Saturday before Christmas is even busier, we will postpone the December gathering. See you in January with Father Bryan!
 
 Pick Up A Yard Signs & Help Us Grow! We often try and find new and innovative ways to spread the word about this wonderful parish we call home. Now, you can help! Please pick up a yard sign today from anyone on our team after Mass and take it home and display it in your front yard. At the end of the month, return it to us so we can hand it out to another family to do the same! Through your  efforts, we will continue to spread the word about Saint Miriam and save marketing costs, too! 
 
💒 The Year of Love Begins!  Our Church begins the “Year of Love” with the First Sunday in Advent! Over the past year, we as a church have been celebrating the Year of Mercy with our brothers and sisters in the Roman Church. We, as a church, voted at this year’s Synod to endorse the Presiding Bishop’s call for a Year of Love! We are called to strive to be as Christ, and love all; not just our friends and families, but those we encounter daily. We are called to be friendly and helpful, charitable and forgiving. Therefore, upon endorsement of the Synod, all clergy, and by their example; their parishioners shall act in love towards everyone. Let the love of Christ be a gift to the world through our Church. Let us set the example of love as we move forward into a new year of uncertainty, being certain only in God’s love for us and our love for others.  May the God of Love bless you all and may we never fail to share His love with all those we meet!
 
📅 December Ministry Team Schedules are Posted! Our Ministry Team Schedules are posted for November and December  online at our parishioner website. Be sure to check out your service dates! Thank you for all you do to make Saint Miriam so special!
 
🚂 Toys for Tots 2016! We have received our annual Toys for Tots box to collect toys for children around the area. Please support our armed forces this year as they brighten a child’s life with your donation. The box is located in the Admin/School Hallway.
 
📚 Need a Good Book to Read? Check Out Our Wonderful Library! Our books are now on Goodreads and broken down by category. Check out our Goodreads page today! Want to check out a book? Just write your name, email address, and date on the sign out card located in the back of each book and place it in the checkout card holder. Books can be checked out for 30 days. If you’d like to make a book donation to the library or have any questions, email our Librarian, Peggy Gabriele by Clicking Here.
 
📿 Join God – and us – Every Thursday! Every Thursday from 5:00pm – 6:00pm, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for adoration in the Sanctuary before our Thursday Mass at 6:00pm! Understood simply, Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honoring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ. In a deeper sense, it involves “the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us”.  During Eucharistic Adoration, we “watch and wait”, we remain “silent” in His Presence and open ourselves to His Graces which flow from the Eucharist … By worshiping the Eucharistic Jesus, we become what God wants us to be! Like a magnet, The Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us. Join us every Thursday! Need 24 good reasons to come? Read this article!
 
🌷 It’s Never To Early to Plan Ahead: Join Saint Miriam for a Lenten Retreat with Sr. Eleanor Francis! Join Saint Miriam for an All-Day Lenten Retreat on “The Prodigal Son” with (The Reverend) Sister Eleanor Francis of the Community of St John the Baptist, Mother Superior and an active priest in the Episcopal Church.  Mark your calendars now for Saturday, March 18th – 9:00am – 8:00pm! The 2016 Lenten Retreat will Include Morning Prayer, Meditations, Invitation to you to come  inside the story, Forgiveness: What it is and what it’s not, and The Good Samaritan: A Meditation and Discussion! Meals are provided! Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks throughout the Retreat! But, Wait! You’re Not Done Yet! Join Us on Sunday, The Third Sunday of Lent, March 19th 2016, too! Sr. Eleanor Francis will Con-Celebrate the 11:00am Morning Mass with Choir where she will deliver the homily and then present an Adult Forum during our fellowship time in the Saint Miriam Cafe’ in the Undercroft. Her presentation will focus on history and present ministries of the Community of St. John Baptist, with a piece about how they fit into the larger church in North America. Join us for an exciting time to dwell with God during the Holy Season of Lent!
 
🏪 Visit the Online Store for the Parish! We recently asked our website designer to make a few enhancements to our online store! Please visit it 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, or get your annual Luau tickets, and more! Click Here!
 
 Get A Church in Your Pocket! Our Saint Miriam Parish App was recently updated and features faster download times, and a ‘refresh’ button for the newest content and a bible and more! One more exciting change is on its way this month! So please download the App by Clicking Here!
 
 

Saint Miriam in Support: Grow our Mission!

 
 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! Sean Hall discovered that his company, United Heath Care and Optum, offered matching gifts for his donations to Saint Miriam! He applied and we were awarded the match! How about your company?  NOW THREE MORE PARISHIONERS DID TOO!!!  How about you?  
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! Thanks, Sean!
 
Log on and Help the School?Have Fun and Help Zion Preschool at Saint Miriam! We discovered something you should check out! Vacations, golf rounds, cruises and much more that you can enjoy to help Zion Preschool at Saint Miriam. Get a great deal and help a great cause.It’s easy to get involved and make a difference! Visit: http://zionpreschool.travelpledge.com or Click Hereor Visit our Store!
 

🏪 Visit the Online Store for the Parish! We recently asked our website designer to make a few enhancements to our online store! Please visit it 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, or get your annual Luau tickets, and more! Just Click Here!

 
♻️ Go Greener at Saint Miriam (and Saint Miriam Academy, too)! 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! We now have 8 Sponsors so far! 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! Or, 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.
 
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 (meaning it processed) or given a short link to click 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!
 
Mass Donations: A Beautiful Tribute As Catholics the most important thing we do is pray and offer the sacrifice of the Mass. Please…don’t forget to make your Mass intentions today by Clicking HereTogether, we honor God together.
 
Get Your Mass Intentions In Person! Join the Women of Saint Miriam after any Mass and make your Mass Intentions live and in person after any Mass on Sunday! Now you can honor a loved one in person and online, too!
 
Why Not GoodShop, Search, and Go Amazon, too? Please support Saint Miriam by downloading and using GoodSearch and 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 Fellowship: 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! 
 
For more information and our delicious current month’s menus, just  Click Here
 
 
 

Saint Miriam in Calendar Form:  A Few Upcoming Highlights! 

 
( Visit our Parish Calendar Here for full weekly, monthly, and yearly schedules.)
 
  • Dec 11th:

    • Third Sunday of Advent
    • Prayer Shawl Group at 10:00 am
    • Nativity Play Practice at 12 noon

    Dec 13th:

    • Recovery, Inc. at 6:30pm

    Dec 15th :

    • Adoration at 5:00pm
    • Mass at 6:00pm
    • Rosary at 6:30pm
    • Boy Scout Troop #320 at 7:00pm

    Dec 17th:

    • AA Sunrise at 8:30am

    Dec 20th:

    • Choir Rehearsal at 7:00pm

    Dec 21st:

    • The Longest Night Service at 6:30pm

    Dec 22nd:

    • Boy Scout Troop Holiday Party at 7:00pm

    Dec 24th:

    • Christmas Eve Masses at 4:30pm and 8:00pm


The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for December 4th 2016

 
 

The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for December 4th 2016

 

Saint Miriam in Prose: From our Pastor

The_Focus2016

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

Saint Miriam in Prayer: Remembering!

 

Bishop Greg, Father Joseph and his family, John, Kim, Angie, Devera, BJ,  Lorraine, Norma, Kim, Craig, Scott, Trevor, Susan, Bob, Kim, Kate, Terri & family, Joan, Janet, Fran, Mary, Dan, Andrew, Sebastian, Kevin, Bishop Ken, Freed Family, Anita, Chris, Ken, Janet, Pat, Greg, Dana, Charlie, Annie, Donna, Sue, Paul, Ed, George, Maureen, Marie, Suzanne, Roland, Rich, Cassie, Annie, Linda, Mike, Shannon, Nathan, Roland, Ruth, Brenda, Linda, Mike, Richard, Christopher, Victoria, Janice, Cuffey Family, Marianne, Donna, Joe, Maureen, Mary, Angela, Mary Grace, BJ.

 
( 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.)
 
 

Saint Miriam in Reflection: The Mass.

 
 
Our Mass Intentions for This Week are:
 

Memorial Masses:

Loving Memory of Florence Denski by Vicki Mastro

Loving Memory of Louise Freed by Richard Freed

 

Honor Masses:

**None Received** 
 

Sanctuary Lamp:

**None Received** 
 

Bread and Wine Sponsor for Month:

In Loving Memory of Louise Freed by her family

 
(✜ Mass Intentions Available: Please make your Mass Intentions today? See anyone on staff for Masses, Sanctuary Lamp, and Bread and Wine Sponsors or Click Here to make your intentions online! Thank you!)
 
 

Saint Miriam in Brief: A Quick Look!

 
👓 To read our full list of current events for this week,  visit Focus in Brief ,  by Clicking Here!)
 
 
Today we honor The Second Sunday of Advent!
 

 

⏰ New Sunday Mass Times! Join us for our new Mass schedule line up of 7:30am (Early Mass), 9:00am (Family Mass), and 10:30am (Morning Mass) 

 

Monsignor Jim to Offer Consolation at Annual Tree Lighting! Monsignor Jim has been invited once again to Boyd-Horrox-Givnish Funeral Home at 200 W Germantown Pike, Norristown, PA 19401 for their annual tree lighting and remembrance service on Wednesday, December 7th 2016 at 6:00pm. Join him in support and invite someone who lost a loved one.

 
🌺 Christmas Flowers for a Meaningful Holiday! Make a meaningful purchase today that honors those you love! Christmas Flower Memorials are ready, Click Here!
 

💁🏼Volunteer Reception Help Needed! Our parish, school, and cemetery are very busy and we are in need of some part time volunteer receptionist support! We added a new reception counter and are ready for some help now! So, if you could donate a few hours a week, on days of your choice, please let Msgr. Jim know and join our wonderful team? Thank you!

 

🎊 End of Year Giving is Always needed, Especially at the End of Every Year! One of the ways we remain financially strong and viable is that we pay off all outstanding vendor debt by the end of every year. Is is easy? No, but from the date of our founding some almost nine years ago, were have achieved this with the generous help from all of you! Why? Our pastor decided to implement this policy from the start of the parish, because he noticed that too many parishes fail as debt increases and then becomes insurmountable. Does it work? Yes! Think about it, in less than eight years Saint Miriam did the impossible: built a vibrant and growing parish, school, and cemetery with little debt and growing revenue. Please…if you are considering a generous gift, make it by December 31st – take the tax benefit and allow us to move into 2017 on a strong footing! See Monsignor today!

 
💟 Another Way to Give Back: “Scarfs with a Purpose @ Saint Miriam”! We have teamed with with Evol Majers to distribute newly created homemade scarfs from our wonderful Prayer Shawl Ministry Group for homeless persons in our area! Our warm, made with love, scarfs will be going to those who need warmth the most! Please support his new ministry by donating materials or making a generous donation or joining the group and helping make wonderful strength-giving knitted items for those in need of some pastoral care! See Midge Olson today to join the group!  You can also help just by purchasing and dropping off a new scarf to our collection bin in the church, too! Everyone can help another in need this winter!
 

✝️ Mass Intentions Needed! Our parish needs Mass Intentions, Bread & Wine Sponsors, and Sanctuary Lamp Memorials. Please honor your loved ones with the gift of the mass by Clicking Here

 
Uncorked Painters is This Sunday! The Women of Saint Miriam are hosting a special (and very intoxicating!) fundraiser for our parish! Please join us for a painting party (both men and women are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun) on Sunday, December 4th from 2:00pm until 5:00pmPlease note that this is an “adults only” fundraiser; no children please, as wine will be served. Child care will be offered in the school with advanced RSVP’s! So plan on joining us in the parish Undercroft and enjoy a Sunday afternoon of fun and creativity. BYOB is the word of the day and some really great snacks will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own favorite snacks, too! All painting supplies and instructions will also be provided and no experience is needed; just your fun side! The Uncorked Artist will be donating five of our instructor paintings to be raffled off with 100% of the proceeds from this raffle benefiting the parish! We will also have a Special Basket to raffle and a fun-tastic 50/50, so be prepared for lots of fun! Invite your friends and family to attend this really FUNdraiser  at Saint Miriam! Register today by Clicking Here!
 
 Join us for another great and fun “Dine to Donate” event at Fireside Bar & GrillLocated at 1211 S Bethlehem Pike, Ambler, PA 19002, on Monday, December 5th anytime from 11:30am-10:00pm! Yes, take out counts, too! Just tell your server you are supporting Saint Miriam and Zion Preschool at Saint Miriam! Plan ahead to join us!
 
 Join us for Breakfast with St. Nick! Please be sure to bring the kids and grandkids to our annual Breakfast with Santa! This year on Saturday, December 10th at 9:00am! Learn more by Clicking Here!
 

 Pick Up A Yard Signs & Help Us Grow! We often try and find new and innovative ways to spread the word about this wonderful parish we call home. Now, you can help! Please pick up a yard sign today from anyone on our team after Mass and take it home and display it in your front yard. At the end of the month, return it to us so we can hand it out to another family to do the same! Through your efforts, we will continue to spread the word about Saint Miriam and save marketing costs, too! 

 
🎭 Christmas Pageant is Coming! Our annual Christmas pageant is Sunday, December 18th 2016 after the 10:30 am Morning Mass. The holiday season is a coming soon and having the kids perform is one of our church’s favorite Christmas activities is wonderful way to enjoy the coming of Christ! Join us!
 
🌚Join us for The Longest Night! Saint Miriam, will once again offer the community what has become widely known as a “Blue Christmas” service that they entitle, The Longest Night on Wednesday, December 21st 2016 at 6:30pm. This service will take place in beautifully renovated Sanctuary located in Flourtown on the corner of Bethlehem Pike and Church Road. It is open to everyone. This service recognizes that not everyone is up and cheery for the Christmas holidays.  There is a growing attentiveness to the needs of people who are ‘blue’ at Christmas. Increasing numbers of churches are creating sacred space for people living through dark times. Such services are reflective, accepting where we really are, and holding out healing and hope. And that is why on December 21st at 6:30pm, Saint Miriam will hold its The Longest Night Service on the actual Winter Solstice, the longest day of the year, with the year’s least amount of daylight. Symbols not to be lost or overlooked.
 
 The 2016 Saint Miriam Crystal Tree Needs You!  As we get closer to Christmas, we begin to turn our thoughts to those without and every year we open our generous spirits and wallets to help a child enjoy Christmas! Last year we were able to help four families with a full Christmas experience from food to trees to presents, too! This year we will try and out do ourselves by increasing that number and taking care of the Guadalupe Family Services in Camden where the poorest of the poor have over 480 children in need and NHS Group Home where we annually care for nine persons without a family to provide a Christmas! Join us and pick your favorite crystal ornament fro the tree located in the Betsy and Walter Diener Room and inside is a small piece of paper with a child’s wish! Grant it, return the tag and gift and be rewarded with the spirit of Christmas again! 
 

♿ Easy-Use Transport Chair Available! An easy to use transport chair will be located in the closet directly inside the handicap entrance. This chair is designed to help those who need transportation or are encumbered with walking issues to enjoy our parish. It is easy to use and has a 300 lb. capacity. Saint Miriam cares!

 
Don’t Forget! Advent Reflections Booklet Are Available…Believe it or not, it is almost Advent! And, annually, we help prepare you spiritually for the coming of Christ with a popular, easy-to-use annual booklet called Advent & Christmas: Waiting in Joyful Hope! During the especially busy Advent and Christmas seasons, this booklet offers brief, down-to-earth reflections that bring prayer and Scripture into everyday life in a thought-provoking and lasting way. This year’s reflections are by Bishop Robert Morneau and provide deeply insightful reflections on Scripture readings from the daily Mass, and every reader will grow in their understanding of the word of God. This book will help busy people achieve their goal of enriching their personal prayer life during the seasons of Advent and Christmas. Please contact Deacon Pat to secure your copy before they – like Advent – is well past us by  Clicking Here!
 
 See Charlie Today and Join the Choir! It’s true! 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 he is preparing for a Christmas Eve performance and you are invited to sing! You do not need any previous experience, only a desire to sing beautiful music with your Saint Miriam family. Contact Charlie today!
 

 A Very Merry Saint Miriam Christmas 2016! Remember that Christmas falls on a Sunday so our schedule is Christmas Eve: Family Mass at 4:30pm with Visit from St. Nick, followed by fellowship and carol sing along. Midnight Mass at Eight o’Clock at 8:00pm! Christmas Day: Two Masses only at 9:00am and 11:00am! 

 

🏆 Annual Raymond Leight Award and New Year’s Day Mass! Remember that January 1st is a Holy Day of Obligation in our Church and honors Our Blessed Mother! Too, we honor someone who gave generously throughout the year in time, talent, and treasure so join us and see who will receive this annual award and stay for a reception that is so very wonderful! New Year’s Day at 10:30am!

 
 

Saint Miriam in Life: Other News!

 

❗ Imperfect Spirituality to Break for Holiday. As December is so busy and the Saturday before Christmas is even busier, we will postpone the December gathering. See you in January with Father Bryan!

🎊 It’s Almost Time to Decorate! Annually, we help prepare the grounds and indoors for the Season of Christmas and we need your help! See Sean Hall to volunteer to add lights to our trees and warmth to our Altar this year!
 
💒 The Year of Love Begins!  Our Church begins the “Year of Love” with the First Sunday in Advent! Over the past year, we as a church have been celebrating the Year of Mercy with our brothers and sisters in the Roman Church. We, as a church, voted at this year’s Synod to endorse the Presiding Bishop’s call for a Year of Love! We are called to strive to be as Christ, and love all; not just our friends and families, but those we encounter daily. We are called to be friendly and helpful, charitable and forgiving. Therefore, upon endorsement of the Synod, all clergy, and by their example; their parishioners shall act in love towards everyone. Let the love of Christ be a gift to the world through our Church. Let us set the example of love as we move forward into a new year of uncertainty, being certain only in God’s love for us and our love for others.  May the God of Love bless you all and may we never fail to share His love with all those we meet!
 
📅 December Ministry Team Schedules are Posted! Our Ministry Team Schedules are posted for November and December  online at our parishioner website. Be sure to check out your service dates! Thank you for all you do to make Saint Miriam so special!
 
🚂 Toys for Tots 2016! We have received our annual Toys for Tots box to collect toys for children around the area. Please support our armed forces this year as they brighten a child’s life with your donation. The box is located in the Admin/School Hallway.
 
📚 Need a Good Book to Read? Check Out Our Wonderful Library! Our books are now on Goodreads and broken down by category. Check out our Goodreads page today! Want to check out a book? Just write your name, email address, and date on the sign out card located in the back of each book and place it in the checkout card holder. Books can be checked out for 30 days. If you’d like to make a book donation to the library or have any questions, email our Librarian, Peggy Gabriele by Clicking Here.
 
🔔Our Bell Needs You! Quasimodo, Where Are You? Please help us ring our historic church bell at all Masses on Sundays! We toll our bell at 30 min before, 15 before, and at time of start. Maybe you’d like to help learn how to ring our bell? See anyone on staff or email us by Clicking Here!
 
📿 Why Not Join God Every Thursday? Every Thursday from 5:00pm – 6:00pm, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for adoration in the Sanctuary before our Thursday Mass at 6:00pm! Understood simply, Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honoring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ. In a deeper sense, it involves “the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us”.  During Eucharistic Adoration, we “watch and wait”, we remain “silent” in His Presence and open ourselves to His Graces which flow from the Eucharist … By worshiping the Eucharistic Jesus, we become what God wants us to be! Like a magnet, The Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us. Join us every Thursday! Need 24 good reasons to come? Read this article!
 
🌷 It’s Never To Early to Plan Ahead: Join Saint Miriam for a Lenten Retreat with Sr. Eleanor Francis! Join Saint Miriam for an All-Day Lenten Retreat on “The Prodigal Son” with (The Reverend) Sister Eleanor Francis of the Community of St John the Baptist, Mother Superior and an active priest in the Episcopal Church.  Mark your calendars now for Saturday, March 18th – 9:00am – 8:00pm! The 2016 Lenten Retreat will Include Morning Prayer, Meditations, Invitation to you to come  inside the story, Forgiveness: What it is and what it’s not, and The Good Samaritan: A Meditation and Discussion! Meals are provided! Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks throughout the Retreat! But, Wait! You’re Not Done Yet! Join Us on Sunday, The Third Sunday of Lent, March 19th 2016, too! Sr. Eleanor Francis will Con-Celebrate the 11:00am Morning Mass with Choir where she will deliver the homily and then present an Adult Forum during our fellowship time in the Saint Miriam Cafe’ in the Undercroft. Her presentation will focus on history and present ministries of the Community of St. John Baptist, with a piece about how they fit into the larger church in North America. Join us for an exciting time to dwell with God during the Holy Season of Lent!
 
🏪 Visit the Online Store for the Parish! We recently asked our website designer to make a few enhancements to our online store! Please visit it 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, or get your annual Luau tickets, and more! Click Here!
 
 Get A Church in Your Pocket! Our Saint Miriam Parish App was recently updated and features faster download times, and a ‘refresh’ button for the newest content and a bible and more! One more exciting change is on its way this month! So please download the App by Clicking Here!
 
 

Saint Miriam in Support: Grow our Mission!

 
 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! Sean Hall discovered that his company, United Heath Care and Optum, offered matching gifts for his donations to Saint Miriam! He applied and we were awarded the match! How about your company?  NOW THREE MORE PARISHIONERS DID TOO!!!  How about you?  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! Thanks, Sean!
 
Log on and Help the School?Have Fun and Help Zion Preschool at Saint Miriam! We discovered something you should check out! Vacations, golf rounds, cruises and much more that you can enjoy to help Zion Preschool at Saint Miriam. Get a great deal and help a great cause.It’s easy to get involved and make a difference! Visit: http://zionpreschool.travelpledge.com or Click Hereor Visit our Store!
 

🏪 Visit the Online Store for the Parish! We recently asked our website designer to make a few enhancements to our online store! Please visit it 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, or get your annual Luau tickets, and more! Just Click Here!

 
♻️ Go Greener at Saint Miriam (and Saint Miriam Academy, too)! 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! We now have 8 Sponsors so far! 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! Or, 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.
 
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 (meaning it processed) or given a short link to click 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!
 
Mass Donations: A Beautiful Tribute As Catholics the most important thing we do is pray and offer the sacrifice of the Mass. Please…don’t forget to make your Mass intentions today by Clicking HereTogether, we honor God together.
 
Get Your Mass Intentions In Person! Join the Women of Saint Miriam after any Mass and make your Mass Intentions live and in person after any Mass on Sunday! Now you can honor a loved one in person and online, too!
 
Why Not GoodShop, Search, and Go Amazon, too? Please support Saint Miriam by downloading and using GoodSearch and 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 Fellowship: 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! 
 
For more information and our delicious current month’s menus, just  Click Here
 
 
 

Saint Miriam in Calendar Form:  A Few Upcoming Highlights! 

 
( Visit our Parish Calendar Here for full weekly, monthly, and yearly schedules.)
 

Dec 4th:

  • UnCorked Artists from 2-5pm! 🍷
  • Second Sunday of Advent

 

Dec 5th:

  • Dine & Donate” at Fireside Grill from 11:30am – 10:00pm! (Take out counts!) 🍽

 

Dec 7th:

  • Annual Tree Lighting Boyd-Horrox-Givnish Funeral Home at 6:30pm 🎄

 

Dec 6th:

  • Recovery, Inc. at 6:30pm

 

Dec 7th:

  • AA General Meeting, Inc. at 7:00pm

 

Dec 8th :

  • Adoration at 5:00pm
  • Mass at 6:00pm
  • Rosary at 6:30pm
  • Boy Scout Troop #320 at 7:00pm

 

Dec 9th:

  • Christmas Show Rehearsal at 11:00am

 

Dec 10th:

  • AA Sunrise at 8:30am
  • Breakfast with St. Nick – 8:30-11:00am 🎅🏼
 
 


The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for November 20th 2016

 
 

The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for November 20th 2016

 

Saint Miriam in Prose: From our Pastor

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

Saint Miriam in Prayer: Remembering!

 

Angie, Devera, BJ, Peace in our Nation, President Obama and his family as they transition to civilian life,  Secretary Hillary Clinton  in thanks for her service to our country, President-elect Donald Trump, Lorraine, Norma, Kim, Craig, Scott, Trevor, Susan, Kim, Bob, Kim, Kate, Terri & family, Joan, Janet, Fran, Mary, Dan, Andrew, Sebastian, Kevin, Bishop Ken, Freed Family, Anita, Chris, Ken, Janet, Pat, Greg, Dana, Charlie, Annie, Donna, Sue, Paul, Ed, George, Maureen, Marie, Suzanne, Roland, Rich, Cassie, Annie, Linda, Mike, Shannon, Nathan, Roland, Ruth, Brenda, Linda, Mike, Richard, Christopher, Victoria, Janice, Cuffey Family, Marianne, Donna, Joe, Maureen, Mary, Angela, Mary Grace, BJ.

 
( 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.)
 
 

Saint Miriam in Reflection: The Mass.

 
Our Mass Intentions for This Week are:
 

Memorial Masses:

Loving Memory of Donna Miniscalco by Henry Miniscalco

Loving Memory of Louise Freed by Family

 

Honor Masses:

**None Received** 
 

Sanctuary Lamp:

Loving Memory of Donna Miniscalco by Henry Miniscalco

 

Bread and Wine Sponsor for Month:

In Loving Memory of Louise Freed by her family

 
 
 
 
(✜ Mass Intentions Available: Please make your Mass Intentions today? See anyone on staff for Masses, Sanctuary Lamp, and Bread and Wine Sponsors or Click Here to make your intentions online! Thank you!)
 
 

Saint Miriam in Brief: A Quick Look!

 
( 👓 To read our full list of current events for this week,  visit Focus in Brief ,  by Clicking Here!)
 
 
Today we honor the Solemnity of Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe! 
 

 

🗣 Our Great Auction is SURE to be GREAT! Remember to look ahead as our Annual Silent Auction is coming up TODAY, Friday, November 18th with an auction preview at 6:00pm and includes a wine and cheese and wonderful homemade desserts, too! This year’s items include vacations to Disney and Arizona, 7 night cruise for two on the Rhine River, condo vacations, timeshares, a trip to Cabo San Lucas, gift baskets, center pieces, gift certificates, so much more! Plan to join us!

 

😶Join Father Bryan and Learn Why God is Silent on Saturday Morning…We combined four former groups into one exciting new one that will enhance your spiritual life and help you grow to even enjoy the bible, too! Its motto is “Perfectly Imperfect & Beautiful” because that is how we are made by our God! So if you are looking for a good book to read this year with an emphasis on spirituality or just some personal growth, join Father Bryan this Saturday, the 19th, at 10:00am! This month’s topic will be….When God is Silent!

 
🚸 What is a Soul? That was the questions asked by Monsignor Jim during his Children’s Homily last week and the answers came to him in splendid colored drawings from our child in PREP/CCD! They are hanging in the corridor outside the Sanctuary until Advent! Thanks for the beautiful replies!
 

👩‍👩‍👧‍👦 Congratulations Lexi and Family!So TODAY is Lexi’s official adoption day! As part of National Adoption Day, we will be represented at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown to honor the role we play in her life and the life of her family! As our own pastor was adopted (and we know what good that brought to us!) we are so very proud! 

 

⏰ Attention!!! Mass Time Changes! After much thought, reflection, and listening to all of you, Monsignor has made a decision to make a change to our Mass times! Our 11:00am Morning Mass will soon become the new 10:30am Morning Mass effective next Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent, November 27th! Join us for our new Mass schedule line up of 7:30am (Early Mass), 9:00am (Family Mass), and 10:30am (Morning Mass)!

 

⛱ Our Pastor Away. Our pastor will be away from Monday, the 21st of November through the holiday weekend; returning Monday the 28th. For emergencies or pastoral needs, please contact Father Bryan.

 

🔐 Offices Closed for Holiday. Our Administrative, Parish, and School offices will be closed November 23rd-27th to allow our staff and families time away for the holiday! Have a blessed Thanksgiving Holiday! 

 

👊🏼 Yard Signs: You and US! We often try and find new and innovative ways to spread the word about this wonderful parish we call home. Now, you can help! Please pick up a yard sign today from anyone on our team after Mass and take it home and display it in your front yard. At the end of the month, return it to us so we can hand it out to another family to do the same! Through your efforts, we will continue to spread the word about Saint Miriam and save marketing costs, too! 

 
❣️We are Hiring! Saint Miriam is expanding its team! Please spread the word about our current positions available! Part time Maintenance and Grounds staff, Assistance Child Care Worker for our school, and an Associate Priest, too! Spread the word! We are growing!
 
🎊 It’s Almost Time to Decorate! Annually, we help prepare the grounds and indoors for the Season of Christmas and we need your help! See Sean Hall to volunteer to add lights to our trees and warmth to our Altar this year!
 

🎗Don’t Forget! Advent Reflections Booklet Are Available…Annually, we help prepare you spiritually for the coming of Christ with a popular, easy-to-use annual booklet called Advent & Christmas: Waiting in Joyful Hope! Get your copy today from Deacon Pat!

 
🍷Sign Up TODAY To Get Uncorked at Saint Miriam! The Women of Saint Miriam are hosting a special (and very intoxicating!) fundraiser for our parish! Please join us for a painting party (both men and women are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun) on Sunday, December 4th from 2:00pm until 5:00pmPlease note that this is an “adults only” fundraiser; no children please, as wine will be served. Child care will be offered in the school with advanced RSVP’s! So plan on joining us in the parish Undercroft and enjoy a Sunday afternoon of fun and creativity. BYOB is the word of the day and some really great snacks will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own favorite snacks, too! All painting supplies and instructions will also be provided and no experience is needed; just your fun side! The Uncorked Artist will be donating five of our instructor paintings to be raffled off with 100% of the proceeds from this raffle benefiting the parish! We will also have a Special Basket to raffle and a fun-tastic 50/50, so be prepared for lots of fun! Invite your friends and family to attend this really FUNdraiser  at Saint Miriam! Register today by Clicking Here!
 
🌒The Longest Night is Coming! Annually, we honor those who are not feeling so joyful with a beautiful service called The Longest Night. This year it takes place on Wednesday, December 21st 206 at 6:30pm. Join us for one of the most moving services we honor every year!
 
🎄 Introducing the 2016 Giving Tree: The Saint Miriam Crystal Tree!  As we get closer to Christmas, we begin to turn our thoughts to those without and every year we open our generous spirits and wallets to help a child enjoy Christmas! Last year we were able to help four families with a full Christmas experience from food to trees to presents, too! This year we will try and out do ourselves by increasing that number and taking care of the Guadalupe Family Services in Camden where the poorest of the poor have over 480 children in need and NHS Group Home where we annually care for nine persons without a family to provide a Christmas! Join us and pick your favorite crystal ornament fro the tree located in the Betsy and Walter Diener Room and inside is a small piece of paper with a child’s wish! Grant it, return the tag and gift and be rewarded with the spirit of Christmas again! 
 
👀 See Charlie Today and Join the Choir! It’s true! 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 he is preparing for a Christmas Eve performance and you are invited to sing! You do not need any previous experience, only a desire to sing beautiful music with your Saint Miriam family. Contact Charlie today!
 

💒 The Year of Love Begins!  Our Church begins the “Year of Love” with the First Sunday in Advent! Over the past year, we as a church have been celebrating the Year of Mercy with our brothers and sisters in the Roman Church. We, as a church, voted at this year’s Synod to endorse the Presiding Bishop’s call for a Year of Love! We are called to strive to be as Christ, and love all; not just our friends and families, but those we encounter daily. We are called to be friendly and helpful, charitable and forgiving. Therefore, upon endorsement of the Synod, all clergy, and by their example; their parishioners shall act in love towards everyone. Let the love of Christ be a gift to the world through our Church. Let us set the example of love as we move forward into a new year of uncertainty, being certain only in God’s love for us and our love for others.  May the God of Love bless you all and may we never fail to share His love with all those we meet!

 

♿ Easy-Use Transport Chair Available! Beginning Sunday, December 4th, an easy-to-use transport chair will be located in the entry closet directly inside the handicap entrance. This chair is designed to help those who need transportation or are encumbered with walking issues to enjoy our parish. It is easy to use and has a 300 lb. capacity. Saint Miriam cares! 

 
🍽 Join us for another great and fun “Dine to Donate” event at Fireside Bar & GrillLocated at 1211 S Bethlehem Pike, Ambler, PA 19002, on Monday, December 5th anytime from 11:30am-10:00pm! Yes, take out counts, too! Just tell your server you are supporting Saint Miriam and Zion Preschool at Saint Miriam! Plan ahead to join us!
 

🌲Monsignor to Offer Consolation at Annual Tree Lighting! Monsignor Jim has been invited once again to Boyd-Horrox-Givnish Funeral Home at 200 W Germantown Pike, Norristown, PA 19401 for their annual tree lighting and remembrance service on Wednesday, December 7th 2016 at 6:00pm. Join him in support and invite someone who lost a loved one.

 

🙏🏼 Ask Someone to Be Religious? Our Parish has begun Vocations Month and we are seeking people called to a life of service as a Deacon, Priest, or Religious! Know someone you feel called? Why not prompt them to give us a call! Help God help God’s Church today!

 

👏🏼 Boy Scout Troop #320 News! Our Troop helped Saint Miriam set up for their Silent Auction this past Thursday and we are so grateful! And, after they helped us with the Auction set up, the “trekkers” had their final pack checks for this weekend’s hiking/camping trip. Since next week is Thanksgiving Holiday, there is no troop meeting, so the next troop meeting will be the following week on December 1st. Thanks, Troop!

 
✝️ Mass Donations NEEDED! As Catholics the most important thing we do is pray and offer the sacrifice of the Mass. Please…don’t forget to make your Mass intentions today by Clicking Here. Together, we honor God together.
 
 
📅 December Ministry Team Schedules are Posted! Our Ministry Team Schedules are posted for November and December  online at our internal parishioner website. Be sure to check out your service dates! Thank you for all you do to make Saint Miriam so special!
 
 

Saint Miriam in Life: Other News!

 
🎄Christmas at Saint Miriam 2016! Please be sure to take a look at our  2016 Christmas Schedule online! Join us for a festive Nativity of the Lord!
 
🎅🏼 Speaking of Christmas…Join us for Breakfast with St. Nick! Please be sure to bring the kids and grandkids to our annual Breakfast with Santa! This year on December 10th at 9:00am! Learn more by Clicking Here!
 
🚂 Toys for Tots 2016! We have received our annual Toys for Tots box t collect toys for children around the area. Please support our armed forces this year as they brighten a child’s life with your donation. The box is located in the Admin/School Hallway.
 
📚 Need a Good Book to Read? Check Out Our Wonderful Library! Our books are now on Goodreads and broken down by category. Check out our Goodreads page today! Want to check out a book? Just write your name, email address, and date on the sign out card located in the back of each book and place it in the checkout card holder. Books can be checked out for 30 days. If you’d like to make a book donation to the library or have any questions, email our Librarian, Peggy Gabriele by Clicking Here.
 
🔔Our Bell Needs You! Quasimodo, Where Are You? Please help us ring our historic church bell at all Masses on Sundays! We toll our bell at 30 min before, 15 before, and at time of start. Maybe you’d like to help learn how to ring our bell? See anyone on staff or email us by Clicking Here!
 
📿 Why Not Join God Every Thursday? Every Thursday from 5:00pm – 6:00pm, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for adoration in the Sanctuary before our Thursday Mass at 6:00pm! Understood simply, Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honoring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ. In a deeper sense, it involves “the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us”.  During Eucharistic Adoration, we “watch and wait”, we remain “silent” in His Presence and open ourselves to His Graces which flow from the Eucharist … By worshiping the Eucharistic Jesus, we become what God wants us to be! Like a magnet, The Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us. Join us every Thursday! Need 24 good reasons to come? Read this article!
 
🌷 It’s Never To Early to Plan Ahead: Join Saint Miriam for a Lenten Retreat with Sr. Eleanor Francis! Join Saint Miriam for an All-Day Lenten Retreat on “The Prodigal Son” with (The Reverend) Sister Eleanor Francis of the Community of St John the Baptist, Mother Superior and an active priest in the Episcopal Church.  Mark your calendars now for Saturday, March 18th – 9:00am – 8:00pm! The 2016 Lenten Retreat will Include Morning Prayer, Meditations, Invitation to you to come  inside the story, Forgiveness: What it is and what it’s not, and The Good Samaritan: A Meditation and Discussion! Meals are provided! Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks throughout the Retreat! But, Wait! You’re Not Done Yet! Join Us on Sunday, The Third Sunday of Lent, March 19th 2016, too! Sr. Eleanor Francis will Con-Celebrate the 11:00am Morning Mass with Choir where she will deliver the homily and then present an Adult Forum during our fellowship time in the Saint Miriam Cafe’ in the Undercroft. Her presentation will focus on history and present ministries of the Community of St. John Baptist, with a piece about how they fit into the larger church in North America. Join us for an exciting time to dwell with God during the Holy Season of Lent!
 
🏪 Visit the Online Store for the Parish! We recently asked our website designer to make a few enhancements to our online store! Please visit it 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, or get your annual Luau tickets, and more! Click Here!
 
♻️ Blue Water Makes Us Greener at Saint Miriam (and Saint Miriam Academy, too)! 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!
 
 Get A Church in Your Pocket! Our Saint Miriam Parish App was recently updated and features faster download times, and a ‘refresh’ button for the newest content and a bible and more! One more exciting change is on its way this month! So please download the App by Clicking Here!
 
 

Saint Miriam in Support: Grow our Mission!

 
 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! Sean Hall discovered that his company, United Heath Care and Optum, offered matching gifts for his donations to Saint Miriam! He applied and we were awarded the match! How about your company?  NOW THREE MORE PARISHIONERS DID TOO!!!  How about you?  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! Thanks, Sean!
 
Log on and Help the School?Have Fun and Help Zion Preschool at Saint Miriam! We discovered something you should check out! Vacations, golf rounds, cruises and much more that you can enjoy to help Zion Preschool at Saint Miriam. Get a great deal and help a great cause.It’s easy to get involved and make a difference! Visit: http://zionpreschool.travelpledge.com or Click Hereor Visit our Store!
 

🏪 Visit the Online Store for the Parish! We recently asked our website designer to make a few enhancements to our online store! Please visit it 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, or get your annual Luau tickets, and more! Just Click Here!

 
♻️ Go Greener at Saint Miriam (and Saint Miriam Academy, too)! 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! We now have 8 Sponsors so far! 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! Or, 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.
 
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 (meaning it processed) or given a short link to click 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!
 
Mass Donations: A Beautiful Tribute As Catholics the most important thing we do is pray and offer the sacrifice of the Mass. Please…don’t forget to make your Mass intentions today by Clicking HereTogether, we honor God together.
 
Get Your Mass Intentions In Person! Join the Women of Saint Miriam after any Mass and make your Mass Intentions live and in person after any Mass on Sunday! Now you can honor a loved one in person and online, too!
 
Why Not GoodShop, Search, and Go Amazon, too? Please support Saint Miriam by downloading and using GoodSearch and 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 Fellowship: 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! 
 
For more information and our delicious current month’s menus, just  Click Here
 
 

Saint Miriam in Calendar Form:  A Few Upcoming Highlights! 

 
( Visit our Parish Calendar Here for full weekly, monthly, and yearly schedules.)
 
 

Nov 18th:

  • Annual Silent Auction at 6:00pm!

 

Nov 19th:

  • Imperfect Spirituality Group at 10:00am!

 

Nov 22nd:

  • Thanksgiving Luncheon at 12:00
  • Recovery, Inc. at 6:30pm

 

Nov 23rd – 27th:

  • Parish & School Offices Closed

 

Nov 25th:

  • AA Sunrise at 8:30am
  • Imperfect Spirituality Club at 10:00am

 

Nov 27th:

  • The Holy Season of Advent begins!
  • Mass Times Change: 7:30am, 9:00am, and 10:30am!

 

Dec 4th:

  • UnCorked Artists from 2-5pm!

 

Dec 5th:

  • Dine & Donate” at Fireside Grill from 11:30am – 10:00pm! (Take out counts too!)

 

Dec 7th:

  • Annual Tree Lighting Boyd-Horrox-Givnish Funeral Home, located at 200 W Germantown Pike, Norristown, PA – Msgr. to Speak!
 
 


The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for November 13th 2016

 
 

The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for November 13th 2016

 

Saint Miriam in Prose: From our Pastor

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

Saint Miriam in Prayer: Remembering!

 

Peace in our Nation, President Obama and his family as they transition to civilian life,  Secretary Hillary Clinton  in thanks for her service to our country, President-elect Donald Trump, Lorraine, Norma, Kim, Craig, Scott, Trevor, Susan, Kim, Bob, Kim, Kate, Terri & family, Joan, Janet, Fran, Mary, Dan, Andrew, Sebastian, Kevin, Bishop Ken, Freed Family, Anita, Chris, Ken, Janet, Pat, Greg, Dana, Charlie, Annie, Donna, Sue, Paul, Ed, George, Maureen, Marie, Suzanne, Roland, Rich, Cassie, Annie, Linda, Mike, Shannon, Nathan, Roland, Ruth, Brenda, Linda, Mike, Richard, Christopher, Victoria, Janice, Cuffey Family, Marianne, Donna, Joe, Maureen, Mary, Angela, Mary Grace, BJ.

 
( 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.)
 
 

Saint Miriam in Reflection: The Mass.

 
Our Mass Intentions for This Week are:
 

Memorial Masses:

Loving Memory of Cathy Rossetti by Pat Wilcke

Loving Memory of Stephen Gabriele by Peggy and Mike Gabriele

Loving Memory of Louise Freed by Family

Loving Memory of Gerald Storz by Shaun Little

 

Honor Masses:

Honor of Alan Entwistle by Pat Wilcke

 

Sanctuary Lamp:

In Honor of Alan Entwistle by Pat Wilcke

 

Bread and Wine Sponsor for Month:

In Loving Memory of Louise Freed by her family

 
(✜ Mass Intentions Available: Please make your Mass Intentions today? See anyone on staff for Masses, Sanctuary Lamp, and Bread and Wine Sponsors or Click Here to make your intentions online! Thank you!)
 
 

Saint Miriam in Brief: A Quick Look!

 
( 👓 To read our full list of current events for this week,  visit Focus in Brief ,  by Clicking Here!)
 
 
Today we honor the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time! 
 
 
What is a Soul? That was the questions asked by Monsignor Jim during his Children’s Homily last week and the answers came to him in splendid colored drawings from our child in PREP/CCD! They are hanging in the corridor outside the Sanctuary until Advent! Thanks for the beautiful replies!
 
 
✝️ Mass Donations NEEDED! As Catholics the most important thing we do is pray and offer the sacrifice of the Mass. Please…don’t forget to make your Mass intentions today by Clicking Here. Together, we honor God together.
 
 
❣️We are Hiring! Saint Miriam is expanding its team! Please spread the word about our current positions available! Part time Maintenance and Grounds staff, Assistance Child Care worker for our school, and an Associate Priest! Spread the word! We are growing!
 
 
👏🏼 A BIG Thank You to… John Carty for lighting up our lives once again with a brand new hallway light over the new Raymond Leight Jr. Artwork! And to the Boy Scouts for serving our parish with a well-done grounds clean up along Church Road and Bethlehem Pike! Thank you to all who work so hard together as a team!
 
 
It’s Almost Time to Decorate! Annually, we help prepare the grounds and indoors for the Season of Christmas and we need your help! See Sean Hall to volunteer to add lights to our trees and warmth to our Altar this year!
 
 
Advent Reflections Booklet Available! Annually, we help prepare you spiritually for the coming of Christ with a popular, easy-to-use annual booklet called Advent & Christmas: Waiting in Joyful Hope! Reserve your copy today with Deacon Pat!
 
 
🎄 Introducing the 2016 Giving Tree: The Saint Miriam Crystal Tree! As we get closer to Christmas, we begin to turn our thoughts to those without and every year we open our generous spirits and wallets to help a child enjoy Christmas! Last year we were able to help four families with a full Christmas experience from food to trees to presents, too! This year we will try and out do ourselves by increasing that number of children in need! Join us and pick your favorite crystal ornament and inside is a small piece of paper with a child’s wish! Grant it, return the tag and gift and be rewarded with the spirit of Christmas again! 
 
 
The Longest Night is Coming! Annually, we honor those who are not feeling so joyful with a beautiful service called The Longest Night. This year it takes place on Wednesday, December 21st 206 at 6:30pm. Join us for one of the most moving services we honor every year!
 
 
 
🌟 Auction THIS WEEK! Remember to look ahead as our Annual Silent Auction is coming up on Friday, November 18th with an auction preview at 6:00pm and includes a wine and cheese and wonderful homemade desserts, too! This year’s items include vacations to Disney and Arizona, 7 night cruise for two on the Rhine River, condo vacations, timeshares, a trip to Cabo San Lucas, gift baskets, center pieces, gift certificates, so much more! Plan to join us!
 
 
🍽 Join us for another great and fun “Dine to Donate” event at Fireside Bar & Grill! Located at 1211 S Bethlehem Pike, Ambler, PA 19002, on Monday, December 5th anytime from 11:30am-10:00pm! Yes, take out counts, too! Just tell your server you are supporting Saint Miriam and Zion Preschool at Saint Miriam! Plan ahead to join us!
 
 
Support our Pastor! Our campaign toward giving a modest salary of $25,000 to Monsignor is being tracked now – see the poster in the Bell Tower and give today! We are not even close! See the gauge of our progress in the Bell Tower Lobby today and help support him by Clicking Here by making your weekly or monthly donation using Vanco that will go directly to our Pastor’s Fund. Is he worth it to you?
 
 
⚰️ Cemetery Tour Today! Our Parish Historian, Robert Pardi, is making himself available after the 9:00am Family Mass every month on the Second Sunday to take you and your family on a guided tour! Meet a General from the Revolutionary War, victims of the Titanic disaster, Billy the Kid, and more! Join him every Second Sunday!
 

 

🍷 The Women are Becoming Uncorked! The Women of Saint Miriam are hosting a special (and very intoxicating!) fundraiser for our parish! Please join us for a painting party (both men and women are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun) on Sunday, December 4th from 2:00pm until 5:00pm. Please note that this is an “adults only” fundraiser; no children please, as wine will be served. Child care will be offered in the school with advanced RSVP’s! So plan on joining us in the parish Undercroft and enjoy a Sunday afternoon of fun and creativity. RSVP today… Register today by Clicking Here!
 
 
🎄 Monsignor to Offer Consolation at Annual Tree Lighting! Monsignor Jim has been invited once again to Boyd-Horox-Givnish Funeral Home on 200 W Germantown Pike in Norristown PA for their annual tree lighting and remembrance service on Wednesday, December 7th 2016 at 6:00pm. Join him in support and invite someone who lost a loved one.
 
 
See Charlie Today and Join the Choir! It’s true! 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 he is preparing for a Christmas Eve performance and you are invited to sing! You do not need any previous experience, only a desire to sing beautiful music with your Saint Miriam family. Contact Charlie today!
 
 
November Ministry Team Schedules are Posted! Our Ministry Team Schedules are posted for November online at our internal parishioner website. Be sure to check out your service dates! Thank you for all you do to make Saint Miriam so special!
 
 
 
🎄Christmas at Saint Miriam 2016! Please be sure to take a look at our  2016 Christmas Schedule online! Join us for a festive Nativity of the Lord!
 
 
🎅🏼 Speaking of Christmas…Join us for Breakfast with St. Nick! Please be sure to bring the kids and grandkids to our annual Breakfast with Santa! This year on December 10th at 9:00am! Learn more by Clicking Here!
 
 
🚂 Toys for Tots 2016! We have received our annual Toys for Tots box t collect toys for children around the area. Please support our armed forces this year as they brighten a child’s life with your donation. The box is located in the Admin/School Hallway.
 
 

Saint Miriam in Life: Other News!

 
Need a Good Book to Read? Check Out Our Wonderful Library! Our books are now on Goodreads and broken down by category. Check out our Goodreads page today! Want to check out a book? Just write your name, email address, and date on the sign out card located in the back of each book and place it in the checkout card holder. Books can be checked out for 30 days. If you’d like to make a book donation to the library or have any questions, email our Librarian, Peggy Gabriele by Clicking Here.
 
 
Our Bell Needs You! Quasimodo, Where Are You? Please help us ring our historic church bell at all Masses on Sundays! We toll our bell at 30 min before, 15 before, and at time of start. Maybe you’d like to help learn how to ring our bell? See anyone on staff or email us by Clicking Here!
 
Join God Every Thursday? Every Thursday from 5:00pm – 6:00pm, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for adoration in the Sanctuary before our Thursday Mass at 6:00pm! Understood simply, Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honoring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ. In a deeper sense, it involves “the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us”.  During Eucharistic Adoration, we “watch and wait”, we remain “silent” in His Presence and open ourselves to His Graces which flow from the Eucharist … By worshiping the Eucharistic Jesus, we become what God wants us to be! Like a magnet, The Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us. Join us every Thursday! Need 24 good reasons to come? Read this article!
 
It’s Never To Early to Plan Ahead: Join Saint Miriam for a Lenten Retreat with Sr. Eleanor Francis! Join Saint Miriam for an All-Day Lenten Retreat on “The Prodigal Son” with (The Reverend) Sister Eleanor Francis of the Community of St John the Baptist, Mother Superior and an active priest in the Episcopal Church.  Mark your calendars now for Saturday, March 18th – 9:00am – 8:00pm! The 2016 Lenten Retreat will Include Morning Prayer, Meditations, Invitation to you to come  inside the story, Forgiveness: What it is and what it’s not, and The Good Samaritan: A Meditation and Discussion! Meals are provided! Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks throughout the Retreat! But, Wait! You’re Not Done Yet! Join Us on Sunday, The Third Sunday of Lent, March 19th 2016, too! Sr. Eleanor Francis will Con-Celebrate the 11:00am Morning Mass with Choir where she will deliver the homily and then present an Adult Forum during our fellowship time in the Saint Miriam Cafe’ in the Undercroft. Her presentation will focus on history and present ministries of the Community of St. John Baptist, with a piece about how they fit into the larger church in North America. Join us for an exciting time to dwell with God during the Holy Season of Lent!
 
Visit the Online Store for the Parish! We recently asked our website designer to make a few enhancements to our online store! Please visit it 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, or get your annual Luau tickets, and more! Click Here!
 
♻️ Blue Water Makes Us Greener at Saint Miriam (and Saint Miriam Academy, too)! 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!
 
 Get A Church in Your Pocket! Our Saint Miriam Parish App was recently updated and features faster download times, and a ‘refresh’ button for the newest content and a bible and more! One more exciting change is on its way this month! So please download the App by Clicking Here!
 
 

Saint Miriam in Support: Grow our Mission!

 
 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! Sean Hall discovered that his company, United Heath Care and Optum, offered matching gifts for his donations to Saint Miriam! He applied and we were awarded the match! How about your company?  NOW THREE MORE PARISHIONERS DID TOO!!!  How about you?  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! Thanks, Sean!
 
 Log on and Help the School?Have Fun and Help Zion Preschool at Saint Miriam! We discovered something you should check out! Vacations, golf rounds, cruises and much more that you can enjoy to help Zion Preschool at Saint Miriam. Get a great deal and help a great cause.It’s easy to get involved and make a difference! Visit: http://zionpreschool.travelpledge.com or Click Hereor Visit our Store!
 

Visit the Online Store for the Parish! We recently asked our website designer to make a few enhancements to our online store! Please visit it 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, or get your annual Luau tickets, and more! Just Click Here!

 
♻️ Go Greener at Saint Miriam (and Saint Miriam Academy, too)! 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! We now have 7 Sponsors so far! 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! Or, 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.
 
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 (meaning it processed) or given a short link to click 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!
 
Mass Donations: A Beautiful Tribute As Catholics the most important thing we do is pray and offer the sacrifice of the Mass. Please…don’t forget to make your Mass intentions today by Clicking HereTogether, we honor God together.
 
Get Your Mass Intentions In Person! Join the Women of Saint Miriam after any Mass and make your Mass Intentions live and in person after any Mass on Sunday! Now you can honor a loved one in person and online, too!
 
Why Not GoodShop, Search, and Go Amazon, too? Please support Saint Miriam by downloading and using GoodSearch and 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 Fellowship: 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! 
 
For more information and our delicious current month’s menus, just  Click Here
 
 

Saint Miriam in Calendar Form:  A Few Upcoming Highlights! 

 
( Visit our Parish Calendar Here for full weekly, monthly, and yearly schedules.)
 
 

Nov 15th –

  • Recovery, Inc. at 6:30pm
  • Boy Scout Leadership at 7:00pm

 

Nov 17th

  • Adoration 5:00pm
  • Mass at 6:00pm 
  • Rosary at 6:30pm
  • Boy Scouts at 7:00pm

 

Nov 18th – 

 

  • Wedding Rehearsal at 4:30pm
  • Annual Silent Auction to benefit School and Parish at 6:00pm!

 

Nov 19th –

  • AA Sunrise at 8:30am
  • Imperfect Spirituality Club at 10:00am

 

Nov 24th –

  • Parish Closed for Holiday!

 

Nov 27th –

  • The Holy Season of Advent begins!