The Weekly Focus for May 17th 2015

 

From the Pastor:

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

 

Join us in Prayer….

Rob, Father Joseph and Family, Repose of Sal Ciccone, Larry, Robert, Cindy, Father Bryan, Maria, Carol, Trudy, Kathleen, Pat, Holly, Louise, Anthony, Dylan, Cindy, Father Bryan, Vivian, Joseph, Dee, Ruth, Andrea, Lorraine, Guy, Maureen and Chris, Msgr. Joe, Mtr. Dorothy, Peggy, Tom and Ava Rose.
 

Saint Miriam Life & News!

Today we … honor the The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord and Baptisms, too!
 
Put The Kids Through College! For Part #1 – Annual Financial Planning Seminar, after the 10:30am Mass with Michael Conk. The topic for this first featured speaker will be Financial Planning and Paying for College ! And then our Part #2 is on Social Security/Medicare, and Retirement Planning 101 on October 25th! Click Here to download a flyer today!
 
Help “Shore Us Up” Through Summertime?  Yes! Pun intended! Every year we, like many churches during the summertime, expect and try to plan for what has become known as ‘the summer slump’! But, did you know that July and August offerings typically fall by 40% or more! Think about your own home: could you manage to make ends meet if your income were suddenly cut by 40%-50%?  Please sign up to support us electronically before the summer begins and show your love of the parish and support of those who have to keep us here in your absence! Click Here to begin today!
 
Something BIG is about to Sprung?  Click Here and register and be among the first to hear the good news! Just add ‘Include me’ in your the text of your message and watch your mail! Nothing like a cryptic message, huh?
 
Masses and Memorials! Please remember to give the gift of a memorial or honor intention with our Mass Intentions today. Please Click Here and honor someone you love today.
 
Goddard Gone. Please note that there will be some construction as Goddard School closed next door to us on our campus. A new Malvern School will open in its place so there will be some inconvenience until construction is completed. Any issues, please let someone on staff know?
 

PREP Goes on Vacation! Our Saint Miriam PREP Program goes on vacation for the summer after the May 17th classes! Please thank all of our teachers, substitutes, and especially Dr. Shaun Little, our Director of Education, for such a wonderful year! Stay tuned for fall registrations that will open in July! A blessed summer to our students and families…please remember that summer doesn’t mean stay away from God!

Small Groups on Annual Break Soon! Saint Miriam winds down for a brief break during the summer vacation season; So, from June – the end of august, all of our Small Groups take a break, too! Visit the Small Groups page over the break and see where your heart will take you when we begin a new in September! Visit the Small Groups Page Here.
 
New Missals! Saint Miriam will now offer two versions of its ordinary missals for Mass. The cover that features a modern graphic of a gold chalice and bread will be used at the Early and Late Masses, while the one that features a Jerusalem Cross will be used for the 10:30am Morning Mass along with feast days and solemnities. It just keeps getting better!
 
“Friends of Francis” Takes In Saint Miriam! Saint Miriam is proud to be included among the list of premier organizations that support the work of Friends of Francis, a global effort to encourage all people – believers and non-believers – to engage in action to make our world a better place. Through our website we will share the stories of those working for Good. We will help people to find organizations doing good work. We will help mobilize the energy and goodwill of young people through our Student Chapters. We will encourage businesses to pay their employees a living wage, to support their communities and care for the environment. And we will develop and advocate specific proposals to develop a human-centered and moral economy whose primary purpose is to provide the responsibility and dignity of employment to all who seek it. Learn More Here!
 
Pucker Up, Baby! Blessing of the Seersucker is June 14th! Our annual tradition continues! After the 10:30am Mass on June 14th, all our parishioners will be led out of the church and into the Saint Miriam Bell Garden for a Blessing of the Seersucker to welcome in summertime! This brief service is a uniquely Southern take on the “kirking” or blessing of the tartans, celebrated by Washington National Cathedral, All Soul’s Parish (our pastors former home!), and others. The blessing of seersucker is always a fun way to begin the summer season and this year everyone gets a special drink, too! (And our pastor dons on his finest Seersucker site, too!) Come and see! Join us on June 14th!
 
Download Our App and Stay In Touch this Summer! 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 Here, and be sure to tell your friends as it is a great outreach tool!
 
Spirituality Group Next Saturday!  Our Spirituality Group will join together on May 23rd at 10:00am this month for a special meeting and guest, too. We will prepare for the summer break in faith and all are welcome to join us. Light refreshments will be offered.
 
Music CD Still Available! Please support our music ministry by purchasing a meditation CD and here is what Pat Wilcke shared: “Dear Maria and Charlie: I just wanted you to know that the CD that you & Charlie created has really helped me lately. I had a particularly challenging week last week and did a great deal of driving for work & personal responsibilities.The beautiful music really helped to reduce my stress. Thank you again for a wonderful CD.”
 

June 7th Confirmation! Please pray for those children of the parish who will be receiving Confirmation this year and please be in attendance on their special day to honor their commitment and work!  Confirmation Candidates on June 7 are Jonathan Siegler, Brianna Zielinski, and Molly Heller!


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The Weekly Focus for May 3rd 2015

 

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

 

Join us in Prayer….

Pat, Holly, Louise, Anthony, Dylan, Cindy, Father Bryan, Vivian, Donna and Chester, Ro, Trudy, Joseph, Father Joseph, Dee, Ed and Eleanore, Ruth, Andrea, Sean, Bridget and Pat, Bishop Jim, Lorraine, Guy, Maureen and Chris, Msgr. Joe, Mtr. Dorothy, Shirley, Maria, Charlie, Alexander, Peggy, Tom and Ava Rose.
 

Saint Miriam Life & News!

Today we … honor the Fifth Sunday of Easter and May Crowning of our Blessed Mother!
 
 “May Day” is Here! Celebrate with us on today as we honor our Blessed Mother with a Grand Procession, spread flowers, and sing “Bring Flowers of the Fairest” – the cart will be beautifully decorated again and Mary will go with us outside! it’s all for for the annual May Crowning at the 10:30am Mass! Bring your love – and all the children – to honor our Mother!
 
Attention PREP Parents: There will be no formal classes this week as well.  This is a beautiful way to honor our Blessed Mother with your families.  Our First Holy Communion children are asked to come dressed in the suit or dress that they will be wearing for FHC this Sunday.  We encourage all of our children to wear their “best” attire for this important event.  Please make every effort to attend BOTH weeks with your children.  Remember what message does it send to them if you don’t come to Church when there is no class?
 
Put The Kids Through College! For Part #1 – Annual Financial Planning Seminar, after the 10:30am Mass with Michael Conk. The topic for this first featured speaker will be Financial Planning and Paying for College ! And then our Part #2 is on Social Security/Medicare, and Retirement Planning 101 on October 25th! Click Here to download a flyer today!
 
Did You Know?  Every year we, like many churches during the summertime, expect and try to plan for what has become known as ‘the summer slump’! But, did you know that July and August offerings typically fall by 40% or more! Think about your own home: could you manage to make ends meet if your income were suddenly cut by 40%-50%?  Please sign up to support us electronically before the summer begins and show your love of the parish and support of those who have to keep us here in your absence! Click Here to begin today!
 
A Note on Social Media from Our Pastor! I just wanted to write a brief note to remind everyone that social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, et al) are very public. Your posts of encouragement and you posts of anger or prejudice reflect on your membership here at Saint Miriam. We are an inclusive, loving, and welcoming community. I pray you keep these words in your heart, as you allow your fingers to write or post images that run contrary to our belief. Thank you. Msgr. +Jim
 
Sharing Tax Benefits is Simply Grand! This week was tax return time! If you are receiving a tax refund, why not consider sharing a part of it with Saint Miriam? After all, God was gracious enough to sustain you in your work and life this past year, perhaps giving a little back is worth the effort for a grander next year? Give a portion of your return to the One who gave it to you by Clicking Here?
 
PREP Goes on Vacation! Our Saint Miriam PREP Program goes on vacation for the summer after the May 17th classes! Please thank all of our teachers, substitutes, and especially Dr. Shaun Little, our Director of Education, for such a wonderful year! Stay tuned for fall registrations that will open in July! A blessed summer to our students and families…please remember that summer doesn’t mean stay away from God!
 
Download Our App! Our Saint Miriam Parish App was recently updated and features faster download times, and a ‘refresh’ button for the newest content! On some models of smart phones, the Sermons link was lost in this update, but a fix is coming so don’t panic! Download the App by Clicking Here, and be sure to tell your friends as it is a great outreach tool!
 
Congratulations Peggy and Tom (and baby makes three!)!  Peggy and Tom Niemeyer welcomed a brand new little girl this week! Welcome Ava Rose and congratulations to the proud and loving parents!
 
Spirituality Group Change!  Our Spirituality Group will join together on May 23rd at 10:00am this month for a special meeting and guest, too. We will prepare for the summer break in faith and all are welcome to join us. Light refreshments will be offered.
 
Buy a CD and Get… Please support our music ministry by purchasing a meditation CD and here is what Pat Wilcke shared: “Dear Maria and Charlie: I just wanted you to know that the CD that you & Charlie created has really helped me lately. I had a particularly challenging week last week and did a great deal of driving for work & personal responsibilities.The beautiful music really helped to reduce my stress. Thank you again for a wonderful CD.”
 
LAST CALL: Buy an Item, Help the Parish? Both Joe D’Annunzio and Monsignor have a couple items for sale – you make a donation and to the parish and they are all yours! See images by Clicking Here!
 

Pray for Our Confirmation Candidates! Please pray for those children of the parish who will be receiving Confirmation this year and please be in attendance on their special day to honor their commitment and work!  Confirmation Candidates on June 7 are:

Jonathan Siegler
Brianna Zielinski
Molly Heller
 
Search, Smile and Make a Difference!  Please support Saint Miriam by downloading and using GoodSearch and GoodShop! Our current total raised is $779.46! 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!
 
Something BIG is about to Sprung?  Click Here and register and be among the first to hear the good news! Just add ‘Include me’ in your the text of your message and watch your mail! Nothing like a cryptic message, huh?
 

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The Weekly Focus for April 26th 2015

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

Join us in Prayer….

Louise, Anthony, Dylan, Cindy, Father Bryan, Vivian, Donna and Chester, Ro, Trudy, Joseph, Father Joseph, Dee, Ed and Eleanore, Ruth, Andrea, Sean, Bridget and Pat, Bishop Jim, Lorraine, Guy, Maureen and Chris, Msgr. Joe, Mtr. Dorothy, Shirley, Maria, Charlie, Alexander, Peggy and Tom.
 

Saint Miriam Life & News!

Today we … honor the Fourth Sunday of Easter and First Holy Communion Sunday!
 
It’s in the Bag! Thank you to the Women of Saint Miriam for their hard work in another great Mixed Bag Fundraiser!
 
Welcome Our Communicants! Today we honor First Holy Communion and every child has wonderful role at the 10:30am mass! Pilar is reading the second reading and Sophie and Aiden are bringing up the gifts. Welcome to the family and know of our prayers and love!
 
“May Day” is Almost Here! Celebrate with us on Sunday, May 3rd as we honor our Blessed Mother with a Grand Procession, spread flowers, and sing “Bring Flowers of the Fairest” – the cart will be beautifully decorated again and Mary will go with us outside! it’s all for for the annual May Crowning at the 10:30am Mass! Bring your love – and all the children – to honor our Mother!
 
Attention PREP Parents! This is just a reminder that there will be no class this week due to First Holy Communion at the 10:30 Mass.  Although there is no formal class, we are asking that all children attend the 10:30 Mass along with their families in support of those receiving their First Holy Communion.
 
Also, next Sunday, May 3rd will be our annual May Crowning and procession at the 10:30 mass.  There will be no formal classes this week as well.  This is a beautiful way to honor our Blessed Mother with your families.  Our First Holy Communion children are asked to come dressed in the suit or dress that they will be wearing for FHC this Sunday.  We encourage all of our children to wear their “best” attire for this important event.  
 
Please make every effort to attend BOTH weeks with your children.  Remember what message does it send to them if you don’t come to Church when there is no class?
 
“A Week in The Life” FREE Luncheon is THIS Tuesday! The Women of Keneseth Israel present their annual interfaith programs and luncheon entitled: A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF OUR CLERGY on Tuesday, April 28th  at 11:00am at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8939 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027. A panel of clergy, that includes Monsignor Jim, will present a week in their life! Join us for this wonderful event and support our pastor! Please RSVP to Mickie Levin at 215-698-0314 or email to mickie6832@comcast.net. Our own Maria Wolf will join Msgr +Jim for this event and will offer her beautiful voice to the event! Be sure to RSVP today! Don’t miss out on this one!
 
Monsignor also to speak at William Way Center on Wednesday! Msgr. Jim will be included among the speakers for a program, Out and Faithful: Living Into Community, The Religious Response to the AIDS Crisis on Wednesday, April 29th at the William Way LGBT Community Center, located at 1315 Spruce Street, Philadelphia PA 19107 starting at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm). Come and share yet another outreach of our pastor!
 

Put The Kids Through College! For Part #1 – Annual Financial Planning Seminar, after the 10:30am Mass with Michael Conk. The topic for this first featured speaker will be Financial Planning and Paying for College ! And then our Part #2 is on Social Security/Medicare, and Retirement Planning 101 on October 25th! Click Here to download a flyer today!

 
Sharing Tax Benefits is Simply Grand! This week was tax return time! If you are receiving a tax refund, why not consider sharing a part of it with Saint Miriam? After all, God was gracious enough to sustain you in your work and life this past year, perhaps giving a little back is worth the effort for a grander next year? Give a portion of your return to the One who gave it to you by Clicking Here?
 

Two Meetings today: Saint Miriam Board & Liturgy Committee Meetings Today! Our next Liturgy Committee Meeting is set for Sunday, April 26th at 12:00pm and then our Saint Miriam Parish Board members meet today in the Library at 1:00pm. Please pray for them as they help guide our parish community!

Download Our App! Our Saint Miriam Parish App was recently updated and features faster download times, and a ‘refresh’ button for the newest content! On some models of smart phones, the Sermons link was lost in this update, but a fix is coming so don’t panic! Download the App by Clicking Here, and be sure to tell your friends as it is a great outreach tool!
 
Websites Updated, too!  We recently updated both of our websites! Please visit our primary redesigned site at www.mySaintMiriam.org, and our internal parishioner  and news/media site at www.mySaintMiriam.com! Both sites have unique, but complimentary material! Visit them today!
 
Deepen Your Faith Journey with RCIA!  Please contact us if you would like to begin RCIA to learn more about your faith! RCIA or Right of Christian Initiation for Adults is the means through which adults may fully convert to our Catholic Faith, through a serious of rites. It is during the Easter Vigil that RCIA candidates, with the support of their sponsors, fully join and become accepted members of the Catholic Faith.  Join us in a deep journey of faith.
 
Soups On! Please see our new soup cpllecetion comin’ to the Saint Miriam Cafe’ for the next quater! They will include New England Clam Chowder, Chicken Tortilla, Chicken Vegetable with Rice, and a homemade Gezpacho!
 
Buy an Item, Help the Parish? Both Joe D’Annunzio and Monsignor have a couple items for sale – you make a donation and to the parish and they are all yours! See images by Clicking Here!
 

A BIG Thank You to Our Bread and Wine Sponsors!  We received two MORE  sponsors and are grateful! Did you know that every month someone sponsors our Eucharistic bread and wine? This allows us to cover the expense and for them to honor a loved, too, with a special memorial or honor designation. We do not have anyone to sponsor for the last two months and have been out of these elements and so they have been replenished from the primary expense budget. Won’t you help? See someone on staff today, or email us by Clicking Here.

New Email for Father JosephA new Saint Miriam email has been designated to now, Deacon Joseph Ciccone, in anticipation that the bishop still ordains him next week! Please begin to use Father.Joseph@mySaintMiriam.org. [Please note that Monsignor Joe Klemas is Father.Joe@mySaintMiriam.org] so don’t get confused!
 

Pray for Our Candidates! Please pray for those children of the parish who will be receiving Sacraments this year and please be in attendance on these special days to honor their commitment and work!

First Holy Communion Candidates on April 26 are:
 
Aiden Liguori
Pilar Bickett
Sophie Bickett
 
Confirmation Candidates on June 7 are:
 
Jonathan Siegler
Brianna Zielinski
Molly Heller
 

New Schedules Posted for Ministry Team, Readers, Hospitality, and Sacristy:  Please be sure to download the new schedules that run from April 5th through June 30th 2015 by visiting our internal website by Clicking Here!

Search, Smile and Make a Difference!  Please support Saint Miriam by downloading and using GoodSearch and GoodShop! Our current total raised is $778.99! 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!
 

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The Weekly Focus for April 19th 2015

 

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

Join us in Prayer….

Donna and Chester, Joseph, Father Joseph Ciccone, Dee, Ed and Eleanore, Ruth, Andrea, Sean, Bridget and Pat, Bishop Jim, Lorraine, Guy, Maureen and Chris, Msgr. Joe, Mother Dorothy, Shirley, Maria, Charlie, Alexander, Peggy and Tom.
 

Saint Miriam Life & News!

Today we … honor the Third Sunday of Easter and welcome our newly-minted Father Joseph Ciccone along with Archbishop Cass! We also Baptize two more Christians! Please also note that it is the final day for the Women of Saint Miriam Mixed Bag Fundraiser – so get shopping, as they extended it one more week!
 
Get Your Bags & Help the Parish! Today is the final day for the Women of Saint Miriam Mixed Bag Fundraiser so get shopping! See anyone today in the Cafe’!
 
Welcome Father Joseph Ciccone! Please plan on joining us as we welcome our new priest with his first Mass and a special cake and reception after the 10:30am Morning Mass! We give thanks, O God, for your wondrous gifts!
 
Welcome Our Newly Baptized! Today we baptize Bennett Eugene Rickter Roe and Lukas Argondezzi! Welcome to the family!
 
Join us on June 28th! For Part #1 – Annual Financial Planning Seminar, after the 10:30am Mass with Michael Conk. The topic for this first featured speaker will be Financial Planning and Paying for College ! And then our Part #2 is on Social Security/Medicare, and Retirement Planning 101 on October 25th! Click Here to download a flyer today!
 
Sharing Tax Benefits is Simply Grand! This week was tax return time! If you are receiving a tax refund, why not consider sharing a part of it with Saint Miriam? After all, God was gracious enough to sustain you in your work and life this past year, perhaps giving a little back is worth the effort for a grander next year? Give a portion of your return to the One who gave it to you by Clicking Here?
 
Download Our App! Our Saint Miriam Parish App was recently updated and features faster download times, and a ‘refresh’ button for the newest content! On some models of smart phones, the Sermons link was lost in this update, but a fix is coming so don’t panic! Download the App by Clicking Here, and be sure to tell your friends as it is a great outreach tool!
 
Finally! A Picture Taker!  We recently received the gift of a Canon camera and now we have someone to use it! Welcome Louise Freed as our official in house photographer!
 
Websites Updated, too!  We recently updated both of our websites! Please visit our primary redesigned site at www.mySaintMiriam.org, and our internal parishioner  and news/media site at www.mySaintMiriam.com! Both sites have unique, but complimentary material! Visit them today!
 
Deepen Your Faith Journey with RCIA!  Please contact us if you would like to begin RCIA to learn more about your faith! RCIA or Right of Christian Initiation for Adults is the means through which adults may fully convert to our Catholic Faith, through a serious of rites. It is during the Easter Vigil that RCIA candidates, with the support of their sponsors, fully join and become accepted members of the Catholic Faith.  Join us in a deep journey of faith.
 
Parish Phone Extensions Updated: Please note when you call the parish that our telephone extension have been updated.
 
Buy an Item, Help the Parish? Both Joe D’Annunzio and Monsignor have a couple items for sale – you make a donation and to the parish and they are all yours! See images by Clicking Here!
 
Liturgy Committee Meeting. Our next Liturgy Committee Meeting is set for Sunday, April 26th at 100pm in the Laurie Library. Join us!
 
“A Week in The Life” FREE Luncheon! The Women of Keneseth Israel present their annual interfaith programs and luncheon entitled: A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF OUR CLERGY on Tuesday, April 28th  at 11:00am at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8939 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027. A panel of clergy, that includes Monsignor Jim, will present a week in their life! Join us for this wonderful event and support our pastor! Please RSVP to Mickie Levin at 215-698-0314 or email to mickie6832@comcast.net. Our own Maria Wolf will join Msgr +Jim for this event and will offer her beautiful voice to the event! Be sure to RSVP today! Don’t miss out on this one!
 
Monsignor also to speak at William Way Center! Msgr. Jim will be included among the speakers for a program, Out and Faithful: Living Into Community, The Religious Response to the AIDS Crisis on Wednesday, April 29th at the William Way LGBT Community Center, located at 1315 Spruce Street, Philadelphia PA 19107 starting at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm). Come and share yet another outreach of our pastor!
 

THANK YOU! Bread and Wine SponsorsWe received two sponsors and are grateful! Did you know that every month someone sponsors our Eucharistic bread and wine? This allows us to cover the expense and for them to honor a loved, too, with a special memorial or honor designation. We do not have anyone to sponsor for the last two months and have been out of these elements and so they have been replenished from the primary expense budget. Won’t you help? See someone on staff today, or email us by Clicking Here.

 
New Email for Father Joseph! A new Saint Miriam email has been designated to now, Deacon Joseph Ciccone, in anticipation that the bishop still ordains him next week! Please begin to use Father.Joseph@mySaintMiriam.org. [Please note that Monsignor Joe Klemas is Father.Joe@mySaintMiriam.org] so don’t get confused!
 

Pray for Our Candidates! Please pray for those children of the parish who will be receiving Sacraments this year and please be in attendance on these special days to honor their commitment and work!

First Holy Communion Candidates on April 26 are:
 
Aiden Liguori
Pilar Bickett
Sophie Bickett
 
Confirmation Candidates on June 7 are:
 
Jonathan Siegler
Brianna Zielinski
Molly Heller
 

New Schedules Posted for Ministry Team, Readers, Hospitality, and Sacristy:  Please be sure to download the new schedules that run from April 5th through June 30th 2015 by visiting our internal website by Clicking Here!

Search and Smile!  Please support Saint Miriam by downloading and using GoodSearch and GoodShop! Our current total raised is $778.94! 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 Cafe’ Menu!

 

Just click on this link for this Month’s Menu in pdf format and have it all month long!

 
April Cafe’ Menu 

 

 

Upcoming Event Highlights!

 

(Visit our Parish Calendar Here and below is a Quick Recap of Upcoming Events!)

 
APRIL:

 

 
Apr 19th – Baptism Sunday and Welcome Father Joseph!
 
Apr 26th – First Holy Communion at 10:30am Mass
 
 
MAY:
 
May 3rd – May Crowning at 10:30am!
 
May 10th  – Mother’s Day!
 
June 6th – Confirmation at 10:30am Mass
 
June 28th – Part 1 – Annual Financial Planning Seminar, after the 10:30am Mass