The Weekly Focus for March 29th 2015

 

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Join us in Prayer….

 
Peggy & Tom, Donna, Bridget, Pat, Msgr. Joe, Mother Dorothy, Liz, Jane, Mary, Ali, Edmund, Paul, Chris, Maureen, Bonnie, Gabriel, Louise, Dee, Betty, Art, Shirley, Abbey, Joe, Elizabeth, and Shelly.

 

Saint Miriam Life & News!

 
Today we … We experience Palm Sunday and continue to welcome newcomers to our new 5:00pm Mass! The Secular Franciscans meet today at 1:00pm, too!
 
Saying Farewell to Art. We bid a fond farewell to Art Powell this week. He was a bright spot in our days and we will miss him very much. But, we are an Easter People and so we sing with his song of joy…Alleluia! A Funeral Mass is on Friday at 10:00am.
 
Palm Sunday Change for PREP:  This is just a reminder that PREP Classes today will be 10:00am-10:30am. Then, following class, all of the children will participate along with the congregation in the Grand Palm Procession and attend the 10:30am Mass! While all families are encouraged to attend with their children, this is required of all First Holy Communion and Confirmation students. Thank you.
 
Get Your Easter Flowers- ENDS TODAY! Please support the parish by a Memorial or Honor donation toward our Easter Flowers! Please see anyone on staff today, or pick up a form here or in the Fellowship Hall or Information Center today!
 
Passion 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! More next week…for now, please begin to plan and allow us to journey with you through the most sacred of weeks in the Christian Calendar.
 

Do We Pray 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. A most effective method is to consider the Catholic principle of subsidiarity—that it is best to address any problem at the local level if possible. 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 we have not yet adopted some Lenten disciplines, it’s not too late. That is what our Dollar and Dime Challenge has been all about; to teach us how to trust God. Not signed up to help the parish yet? Easter is a wonderful time to care. 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.”

 
Happy Birthday Saint Miriam! Seven years ago this month Saint Miriam came into being! Please remember our nativity with a special gift this month? Thank you, God, for the gift of Saint Miriam!
 
Take a Photo? 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!?
 
New Calendar Feature with Celebrants! We have begun to implement a new Master Calendar feature that includes the name of the Celebrating Priest for each liturgy on Thursdays and Sundays! These will be posted within the ‘Description Section’ for each Mass, at least one month ahead! So, now you will know who is scheduled to be the Presider at each service. Obviously, changes do occur, but a feature that will help those who have a favorite to plan better.  Saint Miriam…always thinking of you, our parishioners!
 
Letters to the Pontiff! Please write a letter to Pope Francis and ask him to visit us at Saint Miriam? Your letters will be combined with those from the children in our PREP classes. Pope Francis has expressed a strong desire that all Catholics work together and has recently written about it and even met with our Presiding Archbishop of the Communion of Old Catholics. This trip should not be about how much money we can make from his papal visit, but rather what bridges can we build…Please see Shaun Little.
 
Liturgy Committee Meeting Set. 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 today at 1:00pm. Then, a special gathering with Archbishop Cass will occur on Thursday evening, April 16th at 7:00pm! All are welcome!
 
Our Pastor to be Featured Speaker: 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 mickie6832@comcast.net.
 
Bread and Wine Sponsors Needed!  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 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!
 
Easter Egg Hunt! Join us on Sunday, April 12th after the 9:00am Mass for a special edition Easter Egg Hunt! 
 
Welcome Father Joseph Ciccone! Please plan on joining us as our Bishop ordains Deacon Joseph Lee Cicccone 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 Good?  Please support Saint Miriam by downloading and using GoodSearch and GoodShop! Our current total raised is $768.69! 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.
 
Father Joe Home: Father made it home finally from his latest hospitalization of a few weeks, but is still on medical leave from the parish. Please pray for him and Mother Dorothy as they make decisions in the coming days and deal with this illness.
 
 

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!)

 

TodayPalm Sunday
 
–  Three Masses at 9:00am, 10:30am, and 5:00pm
 
(Blessing of Palms at 9:00am, Grand Palm Procession at 10:30am, and Palms Distribution Only at 5:00pm) 
 
**Please Note PREP change above for Palm Sunday
 

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 18th – The Ordination of Deacon Joseph Ciccone at 1:00pm
 
Apr 19th – Baptism Sunday!
 
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