The Weekly Focus for February 22nd 2015


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Join us in Prayer….

Msgr Joe, Mother Dorothy, Ali, Edmund, Paul, Susan, Bebe, Daniel, Linda, John, Lee, Celine, Andrea, Ruth, Glenn, Sean, Lorraine, Carol, Chris, Maureen, Chester, Donna, Lucille, Bonnie, Gabriel, Louise, Dee, Betty, Jim, Art, Shirley, Abbey, Joe, Elizabeth, and Shelly.


Saint Miriam Life & News!

Today we … we launch our new Mass at 5:00pm and announce a brand new way of thinking about church! Join us as we look deep within to see, ‘Do we really trust God?”
Congratulations Newlyweds, Again!  Chester and Donna Mack deserve a hooray as the honor their anniversary at the 10:30am Mass!
Congratulations Honor Students! Our warmest best to Honor Roll students at Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, Brianna Kennedy Heffernen and Mia Beatriz Heffernen! And, let us not forget to Jonathan and Alanna Siegler who are also honor students distinction. Way to go!
Deacon Joe Join EC! Our own Deacon Joe was appointed to the Executive Committee for the parish, as we anticipate and prepare for his upcoming ordination to the priesthood on April 18th 2015! Congratulations Deacon Joe!
More Congratulations, too! Ed Hoelker won the Women of Saint Miriam Valentine’s Day Basket last week! Congratulations, Ed!
Cafe’ Help? Lorraine, our great Saint Miriam Cafe’ Culinary Manager, needs a little help on the first two Sundays in March. Care to help make her life easier and our palates satisfied? See her today!
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!
THINK Lent ! 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’!
Parish  App Updated! The Saint Miriam App was recently updated! It features sermons, blogs,a dn weekly devotionals, as well as all the news and now in an easier format! Download for iOS/Apple for iPhone and iPad or Android by Clicking Here. Please be sure to tell your friends! A great outreach!
Welcome New Secular Franciscans! The Secular Franciscan Order, formerly known as the Third Order, is a community of Catholic men and women who seek to pattern their lives after Christ in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. It was established by St. Francis of Assisi himself early in the thirteenth century. Saint Miriam is a Franciscan Old Catholic Parish, as such we pattern our life and ministry after St. Francis. Members of the SFG learn to deepen their faith, assist in the salvation of their sisters and brothers through the work of their hands, feet, and deepen their intercessory prayer life. Today we welcome a few new members at a simple 1:00pm ceremony in the Sanctuary. They include Donna and Chester Mack, Robert Danner, and Donte Milligan! Join us and pray for them!
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!
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!
A Deeper Lent Devotional Kit:  Our Lenten and Easter Package is very special and 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!
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 – First Sunday in Lent
–  Secular Franciscans Meet at 1:00pm
–  New Mass begins at 5:00pm
Feb 26th – Mass at 6:00pm, Stations of the Cross at 6:30pm, followed by Lenten Supper at 7:00pm!
Feb 24th – Prayer Shawl Group meets at 7:00pm
Mar 7th – Men’s Spirituality Group meets at 11:00am
Mar 8th – Lenten Scrutinies Begin