The Weekly Focus for February 15th 2015

 

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Join us in Prayer….

 
Edmund, Mary, Susan, Linda, John, Joan, Lee, Celine, Andrea, Ruth, Glenn, Sean, Lorraine, Guy, Chris, Maureen, Chester, Donna, Lucille, Bonnie, Gabriel, Louise, Dee, Jim, Art, Shirley, Dorothy, Joe, Elizabeth, Geraldine, Bryan, Christopher.

 

Saint Miriam Life & News!

 
Today we … launch a new way of thinking about church as a continuation of Make Church Matter from two years ago! Join us as we look deep within to see, ‘Do we really trust God?”
 
Welcome Deacon Anthony! Bishop +James ordained a new deacon at Saint Miriam last Sunday! Welcome to the family, Deacon Anthony Green!
 
End of Year Statements! All End of Year Giving Statements went out and there will be no annual Stewardship Appeal this year so we included a pledge card. Please complete and send back so we can begin to budget for 2015! If everyone submits, we can forgo any appeals!
 
Join us for Ash Wednesday! Our Ash Wednesday Schedule is below. Be sure to attend and begin Lent with the right spirit and intention!
 
Resetting the New App! Our new App recently updated and weekly you will be receiving notifications called ‘Push Notifications” that will tell you when we have made an update, posted a new sermon or blog post, or the Focus eNewsletter, too! Once in a while, as with all technology, the App needs to be reset. If you have any issues, please consult your device’s instructions to reset your App and stay in the know!
 
Oh oh…it’s February! We know that it doesn’t mean much to any of us until we hit the mortgage payment again more rapidly than last month! In February, we lose a few days and so our giving needs to be stronger. Please…make every effort to give a little extra and maintain a weekly giving habit…it really does make a difference!
 
Need to Find a Deeper Lenten Experience? Why not take advantage of our Lenten and Easter Package? The very special devotional kit includes: (1) Full Color Mass Card, a Saint Miriam Holding Cross with Gift Box, a Meditation CD, a Franciscan Rosary, a Lenten Cross
Pin, and a Devotional Book for Lent AND an Easter Flower Memorial or Honor – a $145 value for only a one-time gift of $100! Get one today, we have only 25 to go around!
 
Next Sacred Meal in March:  We will hold our next Sacred Meal group on March 18th at 6:30pm. February’s meal is postponed as it falls on Ash Wednesday.
 
Thinking Lent Yet? A new “All About Lent” Section is below! Check it out and plan to deepen your experience with God this year!
 
Cafe’ Gift Cards Now Available! Visit the Saint Miriam Cafe’ today and get one of our brand new gift Saint Miriam Cafe’ Gift Cards! These cards are heavy-duty, customized plastic and have the logo of our new Cafe’ and can be purchased in any amount and even reloaded! Make a great gift and is easier to use every week than cash! Let’s all support the gift of the Cafe’!
 
Our New App is a Hit! The Saint Miriam App is here! Download for iOS/Apple for iPhone and iPad or Android by Clicking Here. Tell your friends!
 
The V-Day Basket Raffle IS Today! Here it is! The Valentine’s Day Basket Raffle happens today! Get your last minute tickets! Raffle tickets will be on sale for $10 and 3 for $25. Don’t miss out, purchase your tickets in The Saint Miriam Cafe’ and also through all your friends of Saint Miriam for this basket worth well over $850!
 
Think to PLAN Ahead! Every year, as part of our wise stewardship to you, we offer a financial planning seminar with the assistance and hard work of one of our own, Michael Conk. This year, we will offer TWO! And, to help with your planning, they will occur after the Morning Mass on Sunday! Please mark your calendars! 1st will be Financial Planning and Paying for College on June 28th! And then our #2 is on Social Security/Medicare, and Retirement Planning 101 on October 25th!
 
All About Lent!
 
Ash Wednesday Schedule : Occurs on Wednesday, February 18th and we will host two services. The 12:15 will be a Service for Ashes and Penitence and the 6:30pm will include a brief Eucharist as well. Join us as we gather to usher in the holy season of Lent!
 
A Lenten Retreat! A new Lenten Retreat will take place at the parish on Saturday, February 21st from 9:00am to 3:00pm and will include a wonderful fresh warm lunch! RSVP required to plan for food! Please RSVP today by clicking the mail icon on your App, or to Info@mySaintMiriam.org!
 
Ashes to Go! Our Ministry Team will be participating in Ashes to Go this year and will make themselves available at the Ambler Station – from 7am-9am and 4pm- 6pm, and also at the Norristown Transportation Center Station – from 7am-9am and 11am-1pm and 4pm- 6pm. Please pray for them!
 
Stations of the Cross Return! Stations of the Cross refers to a series of artistic representations, often sculptural, depicting Christ Carrying the Cross to his crucifixion. This beautiful devotional will take the place of our Rosary every Thursday at 6:30pm during the weeks of Lent, starting on Thursday, February 19th 2015. Join us and deepen your connection with our Christ!
 
Lenten Suppers: Our annual Lenten Suppers will begin with the Thursday after Ash Wednesday following the Station of the Cross. Please see the sign up form located in the Fellowship Hall to offer your gift of soup, salad, bread, or a simple dessert! Join us and journey through the Thursdays of Lent!
 
New Mass Schedule begins with Lent: A new Mass schedule is in your pew pockets and you are welcome to read and/or take a copy home! Beginning February 22nd we will have three Sunday Masses at 9:00am, 10:30am, and 5:00pm! Learn more here.
 
Lenten Devotion Books: A new devotional guide for Lent will be made available again this year. It comes in two formats (eBook and Print) Please let Deacon Pat know if you would like one, and which format you would prefer. Email by clicking the mail icon on your App, or to Info@mySaintMiriam.org!
 
The Scrutinies of Lent Return! These very special rites are celebrated on the middle three Sundays of Lent, at liturgies where the Elect are present. This time can be wonderful to reflect upon the journey these Elect are making during Lent, as an inspiration and source of renewal for us in our journey. These are ancient rites and they may, at first, seem strange to us.  But they are profoundly rooted in our human experience.  We need to examine (scrutinize) how we are, the areas of our lives where we are tempted, or seriously sin – in what we do and what we fail to do.  We really need healing and the strength that can come from the support of our sisters and brothers. Please make every effort to be with the parish at the 10:30am Mass on March 8, 15, and 22. Please invite parents, sponsors, and Godparents, as applicable.
 
 
 

Saint Miriam Cafe’ Menu for February!

 

February 1st

Biscuit Cheese Omelette Sandwich – $1.50

Tuna Salad & Crackers- $1.50

Loaded Potato Soup – $2.00

Variety of Pastries & Cookies

 

February 8th

Biscuit, Cheese & Egg Breakfast Cups (Sausage – Bacon – Veggie) – $1.00

Chicken Stew & Biscuit – $2.50

Variety of Pastries & Cookies

 

February 15th

Bacon Egg & Cheese Muffin – $2.00

Grilled Cheese – $1.00

Tomato Basil Soup – $2.00

Variety of Pastries & Cookies

 

February 22nd

Spinach Egg & Cheese Strata – $2.00

Turkey Gumbo Soup- $2.00

Variety of Pastries & Cookies
 

 

Upcoming Events!

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

 

Today – Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
 – Youth Group’s Annual St. Valentine’s Day Party is Today!
 
Feb 18th – Ash Wednesday at 12:15pm and 6:30pm
 
Feb 19th – Mass at 6:00pm, Stations of the Cross at 6:30pm, followed by Lenten Supper at 7:00pm!
 
Feb 21st – Lenten Retreat 2015 from 9:00am – 3:00pm – sign up by clicking the mail icon!
 
Feb 22nd – Donna and Chester will renew their wedding vows at the 10:30am Mass.
 
Feb 22nd – The new 5:00pm Mass begins! Join us and tell your friends!
 
Feb 24th – Pray Shawl Group meets at 7:00pm