The Weekly Focus for April 5th 2015


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Join us in Prayer….

Ed and Eleanore, Ruth, Andrea, Sean, Bridget and Pat, Bishop Jim, Lorraine, Guy, Maureen, Chris, Msgr. Joe, Mother Dorothy, Shirley , Powell family, Maria, Charlie, Kieran, and Deacon Joe, Alexander, Peggy and Tom.

Saint Miriam Life & News!

Today we … A special issue for the Focus that covers the Easter Triduum and Easter Sunday! Please note only one Mass on Easter Sunday at 10:30am!
It’s Holy Week! Please join us for the Easter Triduum this year that includes Holy Thursday (7pm), Good Friday (3pm), and The Great Vigil of Easter (7pm). Then attend Easter Sunday Mass at 10:30am. This year, we have a brand new way to bring the Gospel and Passion to life! Download a flyer now!
Easter Flowers and Memorials: Please download your copy of our Easter Memorials and Honors Insert by clicking  Easter Honors for 2015, or pick up a limited number of printed issues in the information center. Thank you to all who gave to make this year a beautiful tribute!
Easter Giving! Join us in support of our parish ministry. If you did not give your Easter Donation, Click Here today! For all the Savior did for you…can you give something back to support His lasting work?
Easter Egg Hunt! Join our youth group on Sunday, April 12th after the 9:00am Mass for a special edition Belated Easter Egg Hunt! 
A Special Thanks! To Lorraine Cuffey, who is one special culinary manager for the Saint Miriam Cafe’, for providing this year’s dinner on Holy Thursday to the Ministry Team and Volunteers! Thank you for all you do to warm our hearts and tummies, too!
Do We Give Well?  Our prayer and fasting also are linked to almsgiving in a meaningful way. Pope Benedict once said “By freely embracing an act of self-denial, we make a statement that our brother or sister in need is not a stranger.” When we turn from our own wants and desires, we can more clearly see our existing blessings and the need to share with our fellow pilgrims in the spiritual journey. We can practice almsgiving in many forms. Many parishes, like Saint Miriam, have programs to assist the needy; we adjust our priorities in order to insure our ministries are sufficiently funded to provide adequate help. The history of our faith provides abundant examples of how sacrifices, eagerly embraced, can provide untold enhancements to our spiritual life. Even if you have not yet adopted some giving disciplines, it’s not too late. You can begin today, just Click Here! Remember the words of Joseph Wirthlin, “Without prayer, fasting is not complete fasting; it’s simply going hungry.”
“Imperfect Spirituality Group” Postponed: The April meeting for our Imperfect spirituality Group for the 18th of April is postponed due to the Ordination of Deacon Joe.
Parish App Updated! Our Saint Miriam Parish App was recently updated and features faster download times, and a ‘update’ 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!
Help Us By Taking Photos? We recently received the gift of a Canon camera! Now we need a few volunteers to take a few photos of during special events when our own Lou cannot make it! Any takers…yes, pun intended!?
Phone Extensions Updated: Please note when you call the parish that our telephone extension have been updated.
Liturgy Committee Meeting. Our next Liturgy Committee Meeting is set for Sunday, April 26th at 100pm in the Laurie Library. Join us!
Secular Franciscans! Our next Secular Franciscans Meeting is a special gathering with Archbishop Cass will occur on Thursday evening, April 16th at 7:00pm! All are welcome!
Support Our Pastor on April 28th: 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 2015 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
Maria Wolf, too!  Our own Maria Wolf will join Msgr +Jim for the event listed above at Keneseth Israel on April 28th and will offer her beautiful voice to the event! Be sure to RSVP today! Don’t miss out on this one!
No More Bread and Wine Sponsors?  We are now out of sponsors! 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.
Volunteer a Little Time to Help us Keep Clean?  Please see Bridget Rineer if you can help keep the parish running smoothy and remain clean and tidy. We need a few people to help us out. Please help us keep our parish lovely!
New Logo! A new Saint Miriam logo was unveiled this week that better ties-in our Franciscan identity. It features St. Francis standing in front of our new Pro Cathedral ‘Sunburst’ design! See it today at both of our websites! 

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.

Archbishop To Arrive! Archbishop A. Edmund Cass will join us for the Ordination of Deacon Joe. He will be welcomed to our parish on Thursday evening, April 16th for Mass, Rosary, and a special Secular Franciscan meeting. All are welcome to join us!
Welcome Father Joseph Ciccone on April 18th 2015! Please plan on joining us as our Bishop ordains Deacon Joseph Lee Ciccone a priest on Saturday, April 18th at 1:00pm, followed by a reception. Click Here to view invite and RSVP. Then, on Sunday, the 19th, we welcome his first Mass and a special cake and reception after the 10:30am Morning Mass! We give thanks, O God, for your wondrous gifts!
Do You Search and Smile Well?  Please support Saint Miriam by downloading and using GoodSearch and GoodShop! Our current total raised is $768.99! 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!
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.

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 Events!


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


Apr 2nd – Holy Thursday at 7:00pm

Apr 3rd – Good Friday at 3:00pm

Apr 4th – Great Vigil of Easter at 7:00pm

Apr 5th – Easter Sunday Mass at 10:30am

 **Please Note one Mass only for Easter Sunday
Apr 9th – Mass at 6:00pm, Franciscan Rosary at 6:30pm
Apr 11th – Divine Fitness at 11:00am and PreCana at 2:00pm
Apr 12th – Saint Miriam Youth Group’s Belated Easter Egg Hunt!
Apr 18th – The Ordination of Deacon Joseph Ciccone at 1:00pm
Apr 19th – Baptism Sunday!
Apr 26th – First Holy Communion at 10:30am Mass
May 3rd – May Crowning at 10:30am!
May 10th  – Mother’s Day!
June 6th – Confirmation at 10:30am Mass