The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam: February 21st 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!

Greg, Paul, Cy, Anthony, Alan, Marie, Monsignor Jim, Sean, Ruth, Jim and Kelly, Louise, Rick, Harold, JJ, Paulette, Deb, Steven, Donna, Richard, Paul, Susan, Joan, Joe, Thomas Paul, Maureen, Jerry, Mary, Angela, Mary Grace, Maia, Bishop Ken, Andrea, Rick,  Liz and Jane, Paulette, and 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 Brief: A Quick Look!

Today we … honor The Second Sunday of Lent! 
 
A Printed Gift, Every Week, Just for You! Beginning on Easter Sunday, Saint Miriam will now offer a printed, beautiful editor of our Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam eNewsletter! This new full-color printed piece will feature ads on the back cover in support of our parish, and unlike the parishes, these ads will run for an ENTIRE YEAR – from Easter to Easter! If you own a business, or can ask someone who does, now is the time to reserve your space as the covers are limited and going fast! Email us by Clicking Here and get your ad space today! Then be sure to join us on Easter morning for the launch of the print edition of the Saint Miriam Weekly Focus Newsletter 
 
Zion Gets a Facelift and We Need You! Our Zion Preschool is expanding in the fall and we have waited to do the final carpet and painting until we were able to financially. So, now we need to paint the hallway and the restroom before the carpet arrives! Many hands will make this job quick! Volunteer today by letting Kathleen Duncan know? Thank you…every brush stroke helps a child have a beautiful place to learn and grow!
 
Build a Church for the Price of a Cup of Coffee? This year, as a devotion for Lent, please consider signing up for eGiving by Clicking Here. For the price of a cup of coffee a day, just $1.50, you can build an entire church! Please give today and help us build tomorrow. Can you sign up for a minimum of $50.00 a month and help you parish thrive? Without you, we will surely fail.  
 
Creating a Legacy of Love! That is th theme of this year’s annual Stewardship appeal as announced by our priests at last Sunday’s Masses! Please pick up an advanced discussion brochure available now and prepare for the actual launch of this year’s campaign on Sunday, March 6th 2016. The campaign will be limited and end on April 10th 2016! Join us as we leave en endowment that begins in our hearts!
 
Confession is Good for the Soul! Please consider attending to the Sacrament of Reconcilation during Lent. Confession is available every Thursday and Sunday, or other days by appointment. Confession brings you healing and closer to God. Abeautiful time of year to find solace in the words of Jesus while sitting with your trusted priests.
 
Stations of the Cross in Lent! Please join us every Thursdayin Lent for the Stations of the Cross in the Sanctuary.  A beautiful way to honor this holy season!
 
Give a Mass and Get a Lenten Gift! Please join us in honoring the sacrifice of the Mass by getting you Mass Intentions, Sanctuary Lamp Intentions, and Bread and Wine Donations for 2016, and in return you will get a wonderful Lenten gift! See Kathleen, Deacon Pat, or any of the Women of Saint Miriam after the Sunday morning Masses today!
 
Secular Franciscans… Please see Monsignor Jim to pick up a reading pamphlet for our next gathering in April! Join the Franciscans and lead with your heart!
 
Saint Miriam Cafe’ Changes its FocusNow when you eat well, you educate children, too! Learn more by Clicking Here!
 
A Trip to Sedona! Join us on Sunday, March 6th at the 11:00am Mass and find out how you can get a vacation week in beautiful Sedona, Arizona! At Saint Miriam, we make giving fun!
 
Register for ParishSoft Starting in March! Our parish uses a software system called, ParishSoft, and it helps us to maintain a solid database of all parishioners, their sacraments and needs, as well as contact information for emergencies. The system also allows us to create a full-color parishioner booklet! To ensure that we have all needed – and correct – information on all members of Saint Miriam, Kathleen Duncan will begin to schedule brief meetings with members of the parish on Sunday, March 6th and 13th, and April 3rd and 10th. Week day appointments are also available in the parish office Monday-Thursday from 9:00am – 1:30pm – just call to arrange at 215-836-9800. Thank you for allowing us to update our data and make a beautiful keepsake booklet!
 
Pastor Away: Monsignor Jim will be away for some needed down time from February 22nd through February 29th – please contact Father Joseph during this time for all urgent matters. Enjoy your time with your family, Father Jim!
 

Saint Miriam in Life: News!

Camp Zion Registration Now Open! Please spread the word about our Summer Camp at Zion Preschool this year! Learn more here and tell your family and friends! The best place to learn and grow and in summer…have fun, too!
 
It’s Quizzo Time?! Parishioners, Parents, Past Parents, Faculty and Staff, their family and friends are all invited to enjoy this fun night out that supports the children of our Preschool and Parish. Friday, April 1st, 2016, we will be hosting a Quizzo Night and the MC this year will be Father Jim! The game is played in teams where each team attempts to answer the most trivia questions correctly through ten rounds. Teams are limited to 10 people and all participants must be 21 years of age or older. Teams are encouraged to choose a theme and decorate their tables. Teams are welcome to bring their own food and beverage. Coffee and water will be provided. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Quizzo begins at 7 p.m. Prizes will awarded to Quizzo championship team (1st and 2nd place), best decorated table (1st and 2nd place), and class of Zion parents with the most attendees. Registration is $200 per table.  For additional information, contact BethAnn at the preschool at 215-836-9800 x 707 or Click Here!
 
Lots of News From the PREP/CCD Educational Team!
 

A few PREP Education reminders as we quickly approach Lent!
 
1.  Please remember that each family MUST attend Two (2) Thursday Masses and Rosary.  So far this year, only 1 family has fulfilled this obligation.  There’s no better time than during Lent to make and extra sacrifice and increase our prayer.  During Lent, mass will begin at 6:00pm followed by a simple Stations of the Cross.  Please remember to sign in so that there is a record of your attendance. 
 
2.  We will hold a Living Stations of the Cross on Saturday, March 19 at 5pm with the children will playing the parts.  We will be holding practices after class beginning in a few weeks.  This will require a schedule change for those weeks so that we may practice in the sanctuary after mass.  As we get closer, I will send out a reminder about this.
 
3.  SCHEDULE CHANGE – We will have class on March 20th (Palm Sunday), however, it will begin at 10:30.  We will all then attend the 11:00am Morning Mass and participate in the Palm Procession.
 
4.  Now that we are more than half way through the school year, I just wanted to remind everyone of your obligations.  Remember, in order to advance to the next grade in the fall, each child must have achieved each of the following badges.  Please remember, these are the requirements for all PREP students (except for PREPlay).  See our Saint Miriam Parish PREP Information and Expectations 2015-2016

 ….and a few reminders below.
  • Attendance badge (minimum of 25 classes and 2 Thursday masses) Some children have already missed several classes and will not meet this requirement.  In order to ensure progression in the program, you MUST contact me at your earliest convenience to set up a time when classes can be made-up.  Some families have already done this and I thank you!  PLEASE TRY YOUR BEST TO HAVE YOUR CHILDREN AT MASS AND CLASS EACH WEEK!!
  • Service work badge (completed required service hours) Please continue to keep track of service hours.  Log sheets will be collected prior to the recognition mass in May.  Please refer to the letter you were given at the beginning of the year for the number of required hours.  I have also attached it to this e-mail for your convenience.  Please let me know if you need an additional sheet.
  • Stewardship badge (missed no more than four weeks of giving)  I am happy to report that most children have been using their envelopes and have adequately been completing their stewardship obligation.  Please remember that if you need more envelopes please see me.  If you forget an envelope, please just ask the greeter to get you one.  Also, always put your child’s name on their envelope so that they receive credit for it.
  • Class work/Homework badge (completed at least 80% of required assignments) Please be sure to always check your child’s folder each week.  Some folders still have items in there from the fall.  Please remove any old items unless told otherwise by their teacher.  Also, while homework isn’t given every week, it is important to check the folder to ensure that your child does his/her homework.
  • Family participation badge (attended or sold tickets for at least one church event) ALL families were required to either buy or sell 4 tickets for the Silent Auction and Concert.  If you still have not made your contribution, please do so at your earliest convenience and please note that it was for the Concert.
 
eGive to Support on a Regular Basis:  We need everyone to begin eGiving please. As we do not take up a collection, but we depend on regular giving to help us plan our new budget. Please, sign up for electronic and recurring weekly or monthly giving here today! Together, that’s Saint Miriam!
 
Download Our App and Stay In Touch! Our Saint Miriam Parish App was recently updated and features faster download times, and a ‘refresh’ button for the newest content! Download the App by Clicking Hereand be sure to tell your friends as it is a great outreach tool!
 

Saint Miriam in Support: Grow our Mission!

Ways to Support 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!
 
Now TEXT Your Gifts to Saint Miriam! 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 in Mass.
 
Support Us with SCRIP! With our preschool parents asking for SCRIP, we will dust off the program! Scrip is Fundraising While You Shop®. This amazingly successful fundraising program works for any school, church, team, club or other non-profit! Scrip turns everyday shopping into cash for your organization when families use retail gift cards to pay for everyday purchases (like gas and groceries) instead of the usual credit/debit card or other money. Scrip works equally well for onetime fundraising goals or year-round programs. Download the Categorized Family Order Form or see anyone on Staff to pre-order (or check out our in-stock cards by calling 215-836-9800 x 707) and join in and watch us grow…all because of you!
 
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!
 
Searching is Slowing down!  Please support Saint Miriam by downloading and using GoodSearch and GoodShop! Our current total raised is $864.62! 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 Petite: Small Groups!

Life is not meant to be lived alone. In fact, God hates loneliness. You were created to experience life with other people, and that’s why at Saint Miriam, we encourage you to get involved in one of our amazing Small Groups!
 
A ‘Small Group” is a group of three or more people who gather each month in a home, workplace, or oftentimes in our parish. In a group you’ll hang out, study, discuss, laugh, discover, and even pray together! They include Sacred Meal Dinner, Support, Foyer Dinner, Fitness, Spirituality, Women, Prayer Shawl Ministry, and so many more! Our Small Group participants come in all shapes and sizes — married couples, singles, men, women, kids, no kids, workplace, under 20, over 40 — the list goes on! So, no matter where you are in life, there’s a group waiting 
just for you.
  
Ready to dive in?  Find a group that fits you or start one of your own!  Click Here to visit our Small Group page!
  

Saint Miriam in Fellowship: The Saint Miriam Cafe’!

We Changed The Way We Do Our Cafe’!
 
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! Your good eating, helps a child! Learn More Here!
 
Just click on this link for the link below for this month’s current menu in PDF format and enjoy it all month long!
  
The February Menu!
 
 
 

Saint Miriam in Calendar Form: Event Highlights! 

(Visit our Parish Calendar Here for full weekly, monthly, and yearly schedules.)
 
February 18th – Mass at 6:00pm and Stations of the Cross for Lent begins at 6:30pm!
 
February 20th – The Imperfect Spirituality Club at 10:00am!
 
February 21st – The Great Litany at the 11:00am Morning Mass!
 
February 25th – Mass at 6:00pm and Stations of the Cross for Lent begins at 6:30pm!
 
February 28th – The Prayer Shawl Group at 10:00am in the Fellowship Space!
 
March 6th        – Pre-Jordan Class at 12:30pm in Sanctuary!

March 13th     – First Reconciliation (Penance) for PREP/CCD Students at 10:00am in The Diener Room!
 


The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam: February 14th 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!

Louise, Rick, Harold, JJ, Paulette, Deb, Steven, Donna, Richard, Paul, Susan, Donna, Joan, Joe, Thomas Paul, Maureen, Jerry, Marie, Mary, Angela, Mary Grace, Maia, Bishop Ken, Rick,  Liz and Jane, Paulette, and 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 Brief: A Quick Look!

 
Today we … honor The First Sunday of Lent! 
 
Changes in the Parish for Lent! You will note a few changes to our parish, as Lent is to be a different time of year, to remind us of our journey in this holy season: First, all of the statues are draped in purple, the crosses are covered, the bells are removed from the pews, the Sacred Chrism Oil Ambry is covered, and the Risen Christ statue in the Bell Tower Entryway is draped, too. we will also end every liturgy in silence, the recessional hymn will be our hearts beating, as a reminder of this hoy time together. We have prepared the House of the Lord for a holy Lent; will you honor all of our effort by attending every Sunday in Lent? 
 
Stations of the Cross in Lent! Please join us every Thursday in Lent for the Stations of the Cross in the Sanctuary.  A beautiful way to honor this holy season!
 
Build a Church for the Price of a Cup of Coffee? This year, as a devotion for Lent, please consider signing up for eGiving by Clicking Here. For the price of a cup of coffee a day, just $1.50, you can build an entire church! Please give today and help us build tomorrow. Can you sign up for a minimum of $50.00 a month and help you parish thrive? Without you, we will surely fail.  
 
Confession is Good for the Soul! Please consider attending to the Sacrament of Reconcilation during Lent. Confession is available every Thursday and Sunday, or other days by appointment. Confession brings you healing and closer to God. A beautiful time of year to find solace in the words of Jesus while sitting with your trusted priests.
 
A Little Teaser to Remind us of How we live Together! Please join us at every Mass today, February 14th, as our priests begin to help us journey in love and support of our community! A unique way to begin Lent is at hand!
 
Happy St. Valentine’s Day with the Ladies! The Women of Saint Miriam have put together Valentine’s Day Baskets to be raffled off for Valentine’s Day! This year will be more love, more choices and more chances as the women have put together 3 baskets from chocolates to massages. With these choices, we’re sure you’ll fine at least one to love! Our Basket Themes are:
 
💋 A Dark Chocolate & Wine Night Basket
💋 The “Be My Valentine” Basket
💋 A Massage & Champagne Basket for Two!
 
Raffle tickets are available starting today after all Masses! So, come and see our beautiful baskets in The Saint Miriam  Cafe’  located in the Undercroft Fellowship Hall! Baskets will be raffled off on Valentine’s Day, Sunday February 14th after the 11:00am Morning MassGet your tickets today and be our Valentine this year!
 
Boy Scouts Pasta Dinner Next Saturday! On Saturday Feb 13th, to close the week is when they will hold their annual Pasta Dinner! The adults cook the meal, Scouts serve. This is a fund raiser to help everyone.  They will arrive at 2:00pm to set up and the dinner will be served from 4:30pm to 7:00pm. Tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for children! Please see Kathleen to chaperone this event?
 
Saint Miriam Cafe’ Changes its FocusLearn more this week on Sunday, February 14th! These changes will include new menu items and emphasis on giving and caring! It just gets better and better!
 
Searching is Slowing down! Oh my!! Please support Saint Miriam by downloading and using GoodSearch and GoodShop! Our current total raised is $864.60! 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 Life: News!

 
Mamma Lorraine Needs You! Our Saint Miriam Cafe’ is fast becoming the heart of our hospitality! And, under the care and direction of Lorraine Cuffey, it has become a cornerstone. But, she cannot do it alone, so she needs a little help each week in serving, moving orders, packing items, and routine care of the folks who come. Won’t you please consider this vital area of stewardship and volunteer for just one weekend a month?  It is a small amount of time to bring service and hostility to your fellow parishioners and visitors! See Lorraine today!
 
Think Summer! Please spread the word about our Summer Camp at Zion Preschool this year! Learn more here and tell your family and friends! The best place to learn and grow and in summer…have fun, too!
 
It’s Quizzo Time?! Parishioners, Parents, Past Parents, Faculty and Staff, their family and friends are all invited to enjoy this fun night out that supports the children of our Preschool and Parish. Friday, April 1st, 2016, we will be hosting a Quizzo Night and the MC this year will be Father Jim! The game is played in teams where each team attempts to answer the most trivia questions correctly through ten rounds. Teams are limited to 10 people and all participants must be 21 years of age or older. Teams are encouraged to choose a theme and decorate their tables. Teams are welcome to bring their own food and beverage. Coffee and water will be provided. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Quizzo begins at 7 p.m. Prizes will awarded to Quizzo championship team (1st and 2nd place), best decorated table (1st and 2nd place), and class of Zion parents with the most attendees. Registration is $200 per table.  For additional information, contact BethAnn at the preschool at 215-836-9800 x 707 or Click Here!
 
Lots of News From the PREP/CCD Educational Team!
 

A few PREP Education reminders as we quickly approach Lent!
 
1.  There will be an Ash Wednesday service next Wednesday, February 10 at 12:15pm and 6:30pm.  Please make every effort to attend with your family.  While we learn about Lent in class, it is not a replacement for actually attending and experiencing those things that make up our Catholic Lenten traditions.
 
2.  Please remember that each family MUST attend Two (2) Thursday Masses and Rosary.  So far this year, only 1 family has fulfilled this obligation.  There’s no better time than during Lent to make and extra sacrifice and increase our prayer.  During Lent, mass will begin at 6:00pm followed by a simple Stations of the Cross.  Please remember to sign in so that there is a record of your attendance. 
 
3.  We will hold a Living Stations of the Cross on Saturday, March 19 at 5pm with the children will playing the parts.  We will be holding practices after class beginning in a few weeks.  This will require a schedule change for those weeks so that we may practice in the sanctuary after mass.  As we get closer, I will send out a reminder about this.
 
4.  SCHEDULE CHANGE – We will have class on March 20th (Palm Sunday), however, it will begin at 10:30.  We will all then attend the 11:00am Morning Mass and participate in the Palm Procession.
 
5.  Now that we are more than half way through the school year, I just wanted to remind everyone of your obligations.  Remember, in order to advance to the next grade in the fall, each child must have achieved each of the following badges.  Please remember, these are the requirements for all PREP students (except for PREPlay).  See our Saint Miriam Parish PREP Information and Expectations 2015-2016 and a few reminders below.

  • Attendance badge (minimum of 25 classes and 2 Thursday masses) Some children have already missed several classes and will not meet this requirement.  In order to ensure progression in the program, you MUST contact me at your earliest convenience to set up a time when classes can be made-up.  Some families have already done this and I thank you!  PLEASE TRY YOUR BEST TO HAVE YOUR CHILDREN AT MASS AND CLASS EACH WEEK!!
  • Service work badge (completed required service hours) Please continue to keep track of service hours.  Log sheets will be collected prior to the recognition mass in May.  Please refer to the letter you were given at the beginning of the year for the number of required hours.  I have also attached it to this e-mail for your convenience.  Please let me know if you need an additional sheet.
  • Stewardship badge (missed no more than four weeks of giving)  I am happy to report that most children have been using their envelopes and have adequately been completing their stewardship obligation.  Please remember that if you need more envelopes please see me.  If you forget an envelope, please just ask the greeter to get you one.  Also, always put your child’s name on their envelope so that they receive credit for it.
  • Class work/Homework badge (completed at least 80% of required assignments) Please be sure to always check your child’s folder each week.  Some folders still have items in there from the fall.  Please remove any old items unless told otherwise by their teacher.  Also, while homework isn’t given every week, it is important to check the folder to ensure that your child does his/her homework.
  • Family participation badge (attended or sold tickets for at least one church event) ALL families were required to either buy or sell 4 tickets for the Silent Auction and Concert.  If you still have not made your contribution, please do so at your earliest convenience and please note that it was for the Concert.
 
eGive to Support on a Regular Basis:  We need everyone to begin eGiving please. As we do not take up a collection, but we depend on regular giving to help us plan our new budget. Please, sign up for electronic and recurring weekly or monthly giving here today! Together, that’s Saint Miriam!
 
Download Our App and Stay In Touch! Our Saint Miriam Parish App was recently updated and features faster download times, and a ‘refresh’ button for the newest content! Download the App by Clicking Hereand be sure to tell your friends as it is a great outreach tool!
 

Saint Miriam in Support: Grow our Mission!

 
Ways to Support 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!
 
Now TEXT Your Gifts to Saint Miriam! 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 in Mass.
 
Support Us with SCRIP! With our preschool parents asking for SCRIP, we will dust off the program! Scrip is Fundraising While You Shop®. This amazingly successful fundraising program works for any school, church, team, club or other non-profit! Scrip turns everyday shopping into cash for your organization when families use retail gift cards to pay for everyday purchases (like gas and groceries) instead of the usual credit/debit card or other money. Scrip works equally well for onetime fundraising goals or year-round programs. Download the Categorized Family Order Form or see anyone on Staff to pre-order (or check out our in-stock cards by calling 215-836-9800 x 707) and join in and watch us grow…all because of you!
 
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!
 
Searching is Slowing down!  Please support Saint Miriam by downloading and using GoodSearch and GoodShop! Our current total raised is $864.57! 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 Petite: Small Groups!

 
Life is not meant to be lived alone. In fact, God hates loneliness. You were created to experience life with other people, and that’s why at Saint Miriam, we encourage you to get involved in one of our amazing Small Groups!
 
A ‘Small Group” is a group of three or more people who gather each month in a home, workplace, or oftentimes in our parish. In a group you’ll hang out, study, discuss, laugh, discover, and even pray together! They include Sacred Meal Dinner, Support, Foyer Dinner, Fitness, Spirituality, Women, Prayer Shawl Ministry, and so many more! Our Small Group participants come in all shapes and sizes — married couples, singles, men, women, kids, no kids, workplace, under 20, over 40 — the list goes on! So, no matter where you are in life, there’s a group waiting 
just for you.
  
Ready to dive in?  Find a group that fits you or start one of your own!  Click Here to visit our Small Group page!
  

Saint Miriam in Fellowship: The Saint Miriam Cafe’!

 
Just click on this link for this Month’s Menu in PDF format and have it all month long!
  
The February Menus!
 
 
 
 

Saint Miriam in Calendar Form: Event Highlights! 

 
(Visit our Parish Calendar Here for full weekly, monthly, and yearly schedules.)
 
February 11th – Mass at 6:00pm and Stations of the Cross for Lent begins at 6:30pm!
 
February 13th – Scout Week Annual Pasta Dinner from 4:30 – 7:00pm!
 
– Divine Fitness at 11:00am!
 
February 14th – Valentine’s Day and a Special Raffle and Announcement at all Masses!
 
February 20th – The Imperfect Spirituality Club at 10:00am!
 
February 21st – The Great Litany at the 11:00am Morning Mass!
 
 
 


The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam: February 7th 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!

Harold, JJ, Paulette, Deb, Steven, Donna, Richard, Paul, Susan, Donna, Joan, Joe, Thomas Paul, Maureen, Jerry, Marie, Mary, Angela, Mary Grace, Maia, Bishop Ken, Rick,  Liz and Jane, Paulette, Louise, and 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 Brief: A Quick Look!

 
Today we … honor The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time and the Baptism of Bobbi  Selkin and David Lee AND Scout Sunday!
 
Today is also Scout Sunday and the troop will participate in the Sunday Mass. The Boys and leaders will be in uniform and will attend the 11:00am Morning Mass! Join us!
 
Mass Schedule Change Begins Today! Our Sunday Mass schedule will change effective TODAY as the 4:30pm now becomes the 4:00pm Late Mass! …Spread the word for the Lord!
 
Ash Wednesday is February 10th! Once again we will offer Ashes to Go and this year it will be at the Ft. Washington Commuter Rail Station 6:30am to 8:30am and 4:00pm to 6:00pm!
 
Our Ash Wednesday Services will include a Service and Distribution of Ashes at 12:15pm at the parish and an Ash Wednesday Mass at 6:30pm with disruption of ashes at the parish that same evening.  Join us and make this holy season count!
 
Mamma Lorraine Needs You! Our Saint Miriam Cafe’ is fast becoming the heart of our hospitality! And, under the care and direction of Lorraine Cuffey, it has become a cornerstone. But, she cannot do it alone, so she needs a little help each week in serving, moving orders, packing items, and routine care of the folks who come. Won’t you please consider this vital area of stewardship and volunteer for just one weekend a month?  It is a small amount of time to bring service and hostility to your fellow parishioners and visitors! See Lorraine today!
 
Celebrate St. Valentine’s Day with the Ladies! The Women of Saint Miriam have put together Valentine’s Day Baskets to be raffled off for Valentine’s Day! This year will be more love, more choices and more chances as the women have put together 3 baskets from chocolates to massages. With these choices, we’re sure you’ll fine at least one to love! Our Basket Themes are:
 
💋 A Dark Chocolate & Wine Night Basket
💋 The “Be My Valentine” Basket
💋 A Massage & Champagne Basket for Two!
 
Raffle tickets are available starting today after all Masses! So, come and see our beautiful baskets in The Saint Miriam  Cafe’  located in the Undercroft Fellowship Hall! Baskets will be raffled off on Valentine’s Day, Sunday February 14th after the 11:00am Morning Mass! Get your tickets today and be our Valentine this year!
 
It’s Quizzo Time?! Parishioners, Parents, Past Parents, Faculty and Staff, their family and friends are all invited to enjoy this fun night out that supports the children of our Preschool and Parish. Friday, April 1st, 2016, we will be hosting a Quizzo Night and the MC this year will be Father Jim! The game is played in teams where each team attempts to answer the most trivia questions correctly through ten rounds. Teams are limited to 10 people and all participants must be 21 years of age or older. Teams are encouraged to choose a theme and decorate their tables. Teams are welcome to bring their own food and beverage. Coffee and water will be provided. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Quizzo begins at 7 p.m. Prizes will awarded to Quizzo championship team (1st and 2nd place), best decorated table (1st and 2nd place), and class of Zion parents with the most attendees. Registration is $200 per table.  For additional information, contact BethAnn at the preschool at 215-836-9800 x 707 or Click Here!
 
Think Summer! Please spread the word about our Summer Camp at Zion Preschool this year! Learn more here and tell your family and friends! The best place to learn and grow and in summer…have fun, too!
 

Saint Miriam in Life: News!

 
Help Sing a New Song? Please stop by and visit with Charlie today! We are beginning to form the new edition of the Saint Miriam Choir to sing on special days throughout the year and we need your voice!.…Blessed are they who sing to the Lord!
 
Boy Scouts Pasta Dinner Next Saturday! On Saturday Feb 13th, to close the week is when they will hold their annual Pasta Dinner! The adults cook the meal, Scouts serve. This is a fund raiser to help everyone.  They will arrive at 2:00pm to set up and the dinner will be served from 4:30pm to 7:00pm. Tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for children! Please see Kathleen to chaperone this event?
 
Lots of News From the PREP/CCD Educational Team!
 

A few PREP Education reminders as we quickly approach Lent!
 
1.  There will be an Ash Wednesday service next Wednesday, February 10 at 12:15pm and 6:30pm.  Please make every effort to attend with your family.  While we learn about Lent in class, it is not a replacement for actually attending and experiencing those things that make up our Catholic Lenten traditions.
 
2.  Please remember that each family MUST attend Two (2) Thursday Masses and Rosary.  So far this year, only 1 family has fulfilled this obligation.  There’s no better time than during Lent to make and extra sacrifice and increase our prayer.  During Lent, mass will begin at 6:00pm followed by a simple Stations of the Cross.  Please remember to sign in so that there is a record of your attendance. 
 
3.  We will hold a Living Stations of the Cross on Saturday, March 19 at 5pm with the children will playing the parts.  We will be holding practices after class beginning in a few weeks.  This will require a schedule change for those weeks so that we may practice in the sanctuary after mass.  As we get closer, I will send out a reminder about this.
 
4.  SCHEDULE CHANGE – We will have class on March 20th (Palm Sunday), however, it will begin at 10:30.  We will all then attend the 11:00am Morning Mass and participate in the Palm Procession.
 
5.  Now that we are more than half way through the school year, I just wanted to remind everyone of your obligations.  Remember, in order to advance to the next grade in the fall, each child must have achieved each of the following badges.  Please remember, these are the requirements for all PREP students (except for PREPlay).  See our Saint Miriam Parish PREP Information and Expectations 2015-2016 and a few reminders below.
 

  • Attendance badge (minimum of 25 classes and 2 Thursday masses) Some children have already missed several classes and will not meet this requirement.  In order to ensure progression in the program, you MUST contact me at your earliest convenience to set up a time when classes can be made-up.  Some families have already done this and I thank you!  PLEASE TRY YOUR BEST TO HAVE YOUR CHILDREN AT MASS AND CLASS EACH WEEK!!
  • Service work badge (completed required service hours) Please continue to keep track of service hours.  Log sheets will be collected prior to the recognition mass in May.  Please refer to the letter you were given at the beginning of the year for the number of required hours.  I have also attached it to this e-mail for your convenience.  Please let me know if you need an additional sheet.
  • Stewardship badge (missed no more than four weeks of giving)  I am happy to report that most children have been using their envelopes and have adequately been completing their stewardship obligation.  Please remember that if you need more envelopes please see me.  If you forget an envelope, please just ask the greeter to get you one.  Also, always put your child’s name on their envelope so that they receive credit for it.
  • Class work/Homework badge (completed at least 80% of required assignments) Please be sure to always check your child’s folder each week.  Some folders still have items in there from the fall.  Please remove any old items unless told otherwise by their teacher.  Also, while homework isn’t given every week, it is important to check the folder to ensure that your child does his/her homework.
  • Family participation badge (attended or sold tickets for at least one church event) ALL families were required to either buy or sell 4 tickets for the Silent Auction and Concert.  If you still have not made your contribution, please do so at your earliest convenience and please note that it was for the Concert.
eGive to Support on a Regular Basis:  We need everyone to begin eGiving please. As we do not take up a collection, but we depend on regular giving to help us plan our new budget. Please, sign up for electronic and recurring weekly or monthly giving here today! Together, that’s Saint Miriam!
 
Download Our App and Stay In Touch! Our Saint Miriam Parish App was recently updated and features faster download times, and a ‘refresh’ button for the newest content! Download the App by Clicking Hereand be sure to tell your friends as it is a great outreach tool!
 

Saint Miriam in Support: Grow our Mission!

Ways to Support 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!
 
Now TEXT Your Gifts to Saint Miriam! 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 in Mass.
 
Support Us with SCRIP! With our preschool parents asking for SCRIP, we will dust off the program! Scrip is Fundraising While You Shop®. This amazingly successful fundraising program works for any school, church, team, club or other non-profit! Scrip turns everyday shopping into cash for your organization when families use retail gift cards to pay for everyday purchases (like gas and groceries) instead of the usual credit/debit card or other money. Scrip works equally well for onetime fundraising goals or year-round programs. Download the Categorized Family Order Form or see anyone on Staff to pre-order (or check out our in-stock cards by calling 215-836-9800 x 707) and join in and watch us grow…all because of you!
 
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!
 
Search, Smile, and Make a Difference!  Please support Saint Miriam by downloading and using GoodSearch and GoodShop! Our current total raised is $864.49! 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 Petite: Small Groups!

Life is not meant to be lived alone. In fact, God hates loneliness. You were created to experience life with other people, and that’s why at Saint Miriam, we encourage you to get involved in one of our amazing Small Groups!
 
A ‘Small Group” is a group of three or more people who gather each month in a home, workplace, or oftentimes in our parish. In a group you’ll hang out, study, discuss, laugh, discover, and even pray together! They include Sacred Meal Dinner, Support, Foyer Dinner, Fitness, Spirituality, Women, Prayer Shawl Ministry, and so many more! Our Small Group participants come in all shapes and sizes — married couples, singles, men, women, kids, no kids, workplace, under 20, over 40 — the list goes on! So, no matter where you are in life, there’s a group waiting just for you.
  
Ready to dive in?  Find a group that fits you or start one of your own!  Click Here to visit our Small Group page!
  

Saint Miriam in Fellowship: The Saint Miriam Cafe’!

 
Just click on this link for this Month’s Menu in PDF format and have it all month long!
  
The February Menus!
 
 
 

Saint Miriam in Calendar Form: Event Highlights! 

 
(Visit our Parish Calendar Here for full weekly, monthly, and yearly schedules.)
 
 
February 7th – Scout Week Begins with a Special Mass participation at 11:00am!
 
– St. Blaise Throat Blessing at all Masses!
 
–  Baptisms at 11:00am Morning Mass!
 
February 10th – Ash Wednesday at 12:15pm (Service Only) and 6:30pm (Mass)
 
February 11th – Mass at 6:00pm and Stations of the Cross for Lent begins at 6:30pm!
 
February 13th – Scout Week Annual Pasta Dinner from 4:30 – 7:00pm!
 
February 14th – Valentine’s Day and a Special Raffle and Announcement at all Masses!
 
February 21st – The Great Litany at the 11:00am Morning Mass!
 


The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam: January 31st 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!

Donte and Ckrisen, Richard, Paul, Susan, Donna, Joan, Joe, Thomas Paul, Maureen, Jerry, Marie, Mary, Angela, Mary Grace, Maia, Bishop Ken, Rick,  Liz and Jane, Paulette, Louise, and 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 Brief: A Quick Look!

 
Today we … honor The Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time!
 
Saint Miriam Honors Catholic Schools Week! Join us as we honor our school, staff, and educators! 
 
Our Events:
 
Open House Tour, SundayJanuary 31st from 10:00am – 12:00pm
 
SundayJanuary 31st at 9:00am Family Mass – Teachers and Staff from our Zion Preschool at Saint Miriam attend and speak.
 
WednesdayFebruary 3rd beginning at 9:00am Staff Appreciation “Continental” Breakfast
 
FridayFebruary 5th is First Friday Mass followed by a bring a friend luncheon!
 
Special Thanks to...Community Chiropractic Center of Blue Bell will offer Stress-free Breaks and Complimentary Lunch to Saint Miriam Staff and Zion Preschool Teachers and Administration in honor of Catholic Schools Week on Wednesday, February 3 from 11:00 to 1:00!
 
Mass Schedule Change Next Sunday! Our Sunday Mass schedule will change effective Sunday, February 7th when the 4:30pm will become the 4:00pm Late Mass! …Spread the word for the Lord!
 
It’s Quizzo Time?! Parishioners, Parents, Past Parents, Faculty and Staff, their family and friends are all invited to enjoy this fun night out that supports the children of our Preschool and Parish. Friday, April 1st, 2016, we will be hosting a Quizzo Night and the MC this year will be Father Jim! The game is played in teams where each team attempts to answer the most trivia questions correctly through ten rounds. Teams are limited to 10 people and all participants must be 21 years of age or older. Teams are encouraged to choose a theme and decorate their tables. Teams are welcome to bring their own food and beverage. Coffee and water will be provided. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Quizzo begins at 7 p.m. Prizes will awarded to Quizzo championship team (1st and 2nd place), best decorated table (1st and 2nd place), and class of Zion parents with the most attendees. Registration is $200 per table.  For additional information, contact BethAnn at the preschool at 215-836-9800 x 707 or Click Here!
 
Think Summer! Please spread the word about our Summer Camp at Zion Preschool this year! Learn more here and tell your family and friends! The best place to learn and grow and in summer…have fun, too!
 

Saint Miriam in Life: News!

 
Help Sing a New Song? Please stop by and visit with Charlie today! We are beginning to form the new edition of the Saint Miriam Choir to sing on special days throughout the year and we need your voice!.…Blessed are they who sing to the Lord!
 
Boy Scouts Galore and Pasta, too! Week of February 7th to 13th is National Scout Week and we will honor our troop as follows:
 
On Sunday, Feb 7th is Scout Sunday and the troop will participate in the Sunday Mass. The Boys and leaders will be in uniform and will attend the 11:00am Morning Mass!
 
On Saturday Feb 13th, to close the week is when they will hold their annual Pasta Dinner! The adults cook the meal, Scouts serve. This is a fund raiser to help everyone.  They will arrive at 2:00pm to set up and the dinner will be served from 4:30pm to 7:00pm. Tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for children! Please see Kathleen to chaperone this event?
 
eGive to Support on a Regular Basis:  We need everyone to begin eGiving please. As we do not take up a collection, but we depend on regular giving to help us plan our new budget. Please, sign up for electronic and recurring weekly or monthly giving here today! Together, that’s Saint Miriam!
 
Help Promote Saint Miriam?  There are many simple ways to support the parish and one is to share and like all of our posts from our various Social media pages like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Remember, if you don’t share people don’t see the posts!
 
Download Our App and Stay In Touch! Our Saint Miriam Parish App was recently updated and features faster download times, and a ‘refresh’ button for the newest content! Download the App by Clicking Hereand be sure to tell your friends as it is a great outreach tool!
 

Saint Miriam in Support: Grow our Mission!

Ways to Support 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!
 
Now TEXT Your Gifts to Saint Miriam! 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 in Mass.
 
Support Us with SCRIP! With our preschool parents asking for SCRIP, we will dust off the program! Scrip is Fundraising While You Shop®. This amazingly successful fundraising program works for any school, church, team, club or other non-profit! Scrip turns everyday shopping into cash for your organization when families use retail gift cards to pay for everyday purchases (like gas and groceries) instead of the usual credit/debit card or other money. Scrip works equally well for onetime fundraising goals or year-round programs. Download the Categorized Family Order Form or see anyone on Staff to pre-order (or check out our in-stock cards by calling 215-836-9800 x 707) and join in and watch us grow…all because of you!
 
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!
 
Search, Smile, and Make a Difference!  Please support Saint Miriam by downloading and using GoodSearch and GoodShop! Our current total raised is $864.37! 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 Petite: Small Groups!

Life is not meant to be lived alone. In fact, God hates loneliness. You were created to experience life with other people, and that’s why at Saint Miriam, we encourage you to get involved in one of our amazing Small Groups!
 
A ‘Small Group” is a group of three or more people who gather each month in a home, workplace, or oftentimes in our parish. In a group you’ll hang out, study, discuss, laugh, discover, and even pray together! They include Sacred Meal Dinner, Support, Foyer Dinner, Fitness, Spirituality, Women, Prayer Shawl Ministry, and so many more! Our Small Group participants come in all shapes and sizes — married couples, singles, men, women, kids, no kids, workplace, under 20, over 40 — the list goes on! So, no matter where you are in life, there’s a group waiting just for you.
  
Ready to dive in?  Find a group that fits you or start one of your own!  Click Here to visit our Small Group page!
 

Feature Small Group Announcement…

 
The Saint Miriam Youth Group: We’re STILL Looking for a New Leader!
 
The Saint Miriam Youth Group needs a new leader and meets regularly at the parish and engages in special service projects and get togethers to enhance the lives of the children and their community. It is an organization designed for young Catholics to develop a strong identity and live a good life from a young age, developing trust between peers, and living a happy life in a positive manner. The group is coordinated by leader from the parish and assisted by federally and state cleared volunteers. For more information contact us today. For more information, or to help as a group leader in this vital area, please see Kathleen Duncan or Father Joseph or 
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Saint Miriam in Fellowship: The Saint Miriam Cafe’!

 
Just click on this link for this Month’s Menu in PDF format and have it all month long!
  
The January Menus!
 
 
 

Saint Miriam in Calendar Form: Event Highlights! 

 
(Visit our Parish Calendar Here for full weekly, monthly, and yearly schedules.)
 
 
January 31st – Saint Miriam Liturgy Committee Meeting at 12:30pm.
 
– Catholic Schools Week Presentation and Open House!
 
February 4th – Mass at 6:00pm and Rosary at 6:30pm!
 
February 7th – Scout Week Begins!
 
– St. Blaise Throat Blessing at all Masses!
 
February 10th – Ash Wednesday at 12:15pm (Service Only) and 6:30pm (Mass)
 
February 11th – Stations of the Cross for Lent Begins at 6:30pm!
 
February 13th – Scout Week Annual Pasta Dinner from 4:30 – 7:00pm!
 
February 21st – The Great Litany at the 11:00am Morning Mass!