The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for October 8th 2017

Week of Sunday, October 8th 2017

The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi 

From our Pastor…

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Saint Miriam in Devotion.

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our weekly Devotional!

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In Prayer,


Keith, Catherine, Father Joe, Joshua, Joanne, Father Ken, Joanne, Sarah, Raphael, Jenn, Kevin, Greg, Paul, Gerard, Msgr. Jim, Victims of Hurricane Harvey, Laura, Patty, Maureen and family, Bill, Sean, John, Desiree, Keith, Devyn, Dana, Gregory, Thomas, Linda, Dan, Patrick, Jim, Ruth, John, Jim, Colin, Peggy, Mel, Pat, Melissa, Jen, Mary, Lorraine, Regina, Alexa, Pam, Margaret, Guy, Tom, Joanne and Father John, Mary, Maureen and Chris, Regan Family, Marie, Rick, Gina, Rita, The Huggins, Brenda, Deb, Donald, Martha, Rick, Rita, Andre, Alana, Ken, Mimi, Deb, Josh, Ruth, Joe, Mike, Bruce, Joanne, Karen, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Marie, Christina, Michael, Joe, Mary Lou, Wayne, Kevin, Richard, Dana, Greg, Susan and Marty, Mary, Lisa, Bryan, Angela, Leo, Naomi, Phyllis, Pat, Angie, Bob, Terri, Mary, Dan, Chris, Janet, Pat, Sue, Paul, George, Marie, Suzanne, Cassie.

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October 7th!
St. Francis Blessing of Animals!
Join us again this Saturday, October 7th at 11:00am as we bless all God’s creatures in honor of St. Francis Day! Be sure to spread the word and gather the pets and stop by for a wonderful blessing! Every pet leaves with a special treat!!
October 8th!
It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
Our annual Pumpkin Patch opens Sunday, October 8th 2017 with the arrival of the great pumpkins and runs through Halloween Day, October 31st! Help us on Sunday the 8th unload and set up and be sure to get you pumpkins and support our great school and kids! Then, on Saturday, October 14th, we will hold our annual Pumpkin Festival! Food, games, pumpkins, face painting, and more! Join us!
A “Flash Francis Sale”!?? Buy a St. Francis, Help Us Leave Behind Our Debt!
If you were kind enough to give toward our Friary Rectory Fund, we are grateful! AND if you did not get your statue, please see anyone on staff and pick one up! Also, the artist, Timothy Schmalz, sent us a great gift! 50 MORE statues to help us get rid of our remaining debt, so we are holding a ‘Flash St Francis Sale” next Week! The sale will be “50 for 50” so bring a donation of $50 or more and walk away with a statue and the assurance you helped make us stronger! Thank you to Timothy and his crew!
Welcome Back Deacon Pat!
Please join us as we welcome back Deacon Pat Heffner! She will be with us several times a month beginning this Sunday!
October 10th!
The Women of Saint Miriam!
September through May, The Women of Saint Miriam meets every 2nd Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm in Undercroft Fellowship Space at Saint Miriam. You become a member simply by virtue of you being female and a member of our parish! Newcomers and friends from outside our community are also welcomed to join in!
October 12th!
First Encounter Prayer Group!
Join Father John next week for a First Encounter! The group is based on the premise of scripture from First John, “God loved us first; therefore, we love!” At the start of every session, a group member will have the chance to share a reflection, an inspiration that God has enacted in their life, a lesson learned or a way that God has intervened in their life. This reflection will be limited to about 15 minutes and is intended to bring life and enrichment to the group of God’s amazing love in a personal encounter. A dynamic and wonderful way to spend an hour!
October 16th!
Mark Your Calendars for Another Great Dine & Donate!
Dine and Donate is scheduled for Monday, October 16th at Fireside Bar and Grille, Ambler, from 11:30am – 10:00pm! Join us and watch us raise money to help our children’s programs while enjoying a great meal!
October 20th!
Designer Bag BINGO!
On Friday, October 20, 2017 join us for a fun night of Designer Bag BINGO! This event will support the Zion Preschool at Saint Miriam. We’ll be in the Undercroft Room. Tickets are just $30 per ticket/$25 per ticket if PAID by October 13. Your ticket includes 10 Games & Chance for Door Prizes and Complimentary Dessert and Coffee. Doors open at 6:00PM – Games begin at 6:45PM. Sign up by Clicking Here!
Current News!
🐶👩‍👩‍👧‍👧 Support PREP & PETS!
Support our Prep Students and our very own Friary dogs, Tucker and Friar! During the month of October, our Prep Students and our very own Tucker and Friar will be collecting for the local pet shelter. Please bring in your items and place in the container located by Saint Francis in our bell tower!
🍱 It’s Simply Tasty!?
Fall is a great time to stock up your pantry for the holidays and help Saint Miriam and Zion Preschool at the same time. Peggy Gabriele,one of our parishioners is hosting a Tastefully Simple Fundraiser and will donate her commission. You can order through this Link, or pick up a catalog and order form on Sunday.
🙏🏼Make a Prayer and a Shawl!

Just a reminder that there will be a Prayer Shawl Group meeting this Sunday, 10/8, after the 9:00 Mass. Since it’s fall, the parish has begun collecting scarfs for the homeless. So, if you can find the time please grab some yarn from your stash and make a scarf or two for a good cause. There’s a collection basket is located in the Betsy and Walter Diener Room.

💒 Help Us Get Ready for The Auction!
Each year, we at Saint Miriam enjoy our largest fund raising event in November. This event combines a Concert, Wine & Cheese Tasting, and a Silent Auction! It always occurs the Friday before Thanksgiving week at the parish. We call it, Strings and Keys in a House of God! This year’s event is slated for Friday, November 17th with auction preview at 6pm! Donate an item or service by Clicking Here!
📆Ministry Team Schedules Posted for October!
Ministry Team Schedules are posted now for October! They may be viewed and downloaded by Clicking Here! Please download and review! Any issues, please contact Kate at! Thank you for your service!
‍🎨 Get Ready to Paint City Hall! Uncorked Artists Returns to Saint Miriam!!
We are scheduled for December 10th at 2:00PM for the most fun FUN-draiser of the year! This year, Father Jim picked the image to be painted, too! Plan to join us and online registrations can be found by Clicking Here, too! This year we will be painting “Christmas at City Hall in Philadelphia”! Stay tuned!
It’s Scary, but Not too Scary! – Haunted History Tours, October 27th & 28th

Once again we will offer our Historic Haunted Tours of our Cemetery on two nights this year! Join us for something spook-tacular! Oh, yes, and boo! Join Union Cemetary of Whitemarsh at Saint Miriam for a classic All Hallow’s Eve flashlight tour that includes an exciting tour of our cemetery grounds and a walk through the pumpkin patch. This year, our own Bob Pardi will be playing the role of Griffith Jordan, who served as Sexton of the cemetery around the turn of the century and who lived a rather colorful life! Come and learn and experience a new way of engaging history, and being scared, too!

‍ Get Your Saint Miriam Cookbooks!
We are excited to announce that the Women of Saint Miriam cookbook is ready to publish and its their newest fundraiser. From now until September 17th we are still looking for your recipe(s) to be a part of this true community project! The cookbooks will be sold in the Café, and Online… and will be available on a Cookbook website, too… and your name with your recipe can be included! Get yours for only $25 each beginning this month by Clicking Here!
Come and Get Your Song On This Week with Charlie!
We love you so much that we created The Saint Miriam Choir! It is under the direction of our wonderful music director, Charlie Masters, and you do not need any previous experience, only a desire to sing beautiful music with your Saint Miriam family. The choir will rehearse once each month on a Wednesday evening, announced in advance, from September through May (Yes, they have the summers off!) and also every Sunday around 10:00am. Please consider being part of this special music ministry opportunity. Please see Charlie today or contact us using this form!
Update Your Information: See the Flyer today!
If you have not updated your parish information, take a moment and do it today with the special flyer being handed out at all Masses! Saint Miriam Parish is growing and we want to make sure that we know and stay in touch with our parishioners. So, we have begun to work on updating our parish database, called ParishSoft, to assure that we have the necessary information for each of you. The updated database will be helpful to our priests in the event of a pastoral emergency, asa it will give them access to your contact information. AND, the exciting part is that with your permission, we are also creating a directory which will include a photo of and/or your family! Learn more by Clicking Here today!
Help Our Children in 2017-2018: Sponsor a Child Today!
There are many ways to help our children become better adults and Christians, as well as better practicing Catholics, and this year we offer two wonderful means to bring a smile – and a little support – right to our school! Sponsor a Child today by Clicking Here!
Union Cemetery of Whitemarsh at Saint Miriam Special Offer!
We have begun to offer a special beginning in July! Purchase any grave or cremation niche and receive an identical one for FREE! Join us and make your purchase today! Call 215-836-9800 x705 to make an appointment and see the selections!

Saint Miriam, The Mass.

Our Mass Intentions…
All Mass Intentions May be Viewed by Clicking Here.
Make a Mass Intention by Clicking Here.
Memorial Masses: “In Loving Memory of…”
Louise Freed by Rick Freed
Diamond Williams by Rick Freed
Donna Marie Miniscalco by Henry Miniscalco
Betty Jane Johnson by Gina and Ken Dugan
Sterrett Mayson by Veronica Mayson

Honor Masses: “In honor of”

Chester and Donna Mack by Donna Mitchell

Sanctuary Lamp: burns all week, “In memory of”:

In Honor of Sean Hall by Pat Wilcke
Bread and Wine Sponsor for Month:
In Memory of Mike and Kay Dancho by Marie Hazleton

Click & Easy Support!

Mass Intentions Available: Please make your Mass Intentions today? See anyone on staff for Masses, Sanctuary Lamp, and Bread and Wine Sponsors every Sunday, or Click Here to make your intentions online!)
TEXT Your Gifts to Saint Miriam TODAY! Text Giving allows you to give to your organization by simply sending a text message to our specially reserved phone number! You just “Text any dollar amount to (215) 515-6511.” Once you text an amount (like “$50” or “120.50”) you would either be sent an acknowledgment for the gift, or given a short link to click on in order to provide their payment information (one time only). You are also prompted by text message with instructions. The whole process is designed to be very simple and self explanatory. Another way to give and support…making it easy so try it today!
Why Not GoodShop, Search, and Go Amazon, too? Please support Saint Miriam by downloading and using GoodSearchand GoodShop! 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 in Support.

 How Much do You Love Saint Miriam?  There are many ways to support the mission of our parish and a flyer has been prepared to show you how easy it is! Please learn about GoodSearch, GoodShop, eBay, and Amazon Smile! Please support us and pick up a flyer or Support Flyer one today!
Matching Gifts Make Giving Easy! Did you ever inquire to see if your employer, club, or social network offers assistance to parishes or schools? Your gift could double and help us grow without anything more from your own pocket! As we hold three recognized non-profits, many companies are pleased to support us! Please remember to ask…it never does hurt! 
Visit the Online Store for the Parish! Please visit our online store today and make a purchase to support our ministry by buying your own Saint Miriam Holding Cross, a Mass Cards, Saint Miriam Prayer Cards, a beautiful Rosary, or even sponsor a child, and much more! Just Click Here!
♻️ Go Greener at Saint Miriam! Our exclusive customized 24 oz. sport water bottles that combines our love of water with our parish’s “Green Policy” reduces our carbon footprint and will save thousands of plastic bottles from entering the ecosystem! And, the best part is your $10 donation goes directly to help our children’s educational programming! Get your own bottle today by visiting our online store and help go even stay greener!
 Help Our Children in 2017-2018: Sponsor a Child Today! There are many ways to help our children become better adults and Christians, as well as better practicing Catholics, and this year we offer two wonderful means to bring a smile – and a little support – right to our school! Sponsor a Child today by Clicking Here!
First, why not think about purchasing a brick that will help in the building of a new pathway to our Saint Miriam Summer Playground area and forever create a legacy on our campus! For every donation of $100.00 to The Saint Miriam Fund receive a 4 x 8 Personalized Brick! (Special Size of 8 x 8 is Available for a Donation Amount of $250.00). Learn more about our needed bricks by Clicking Here!
Secondly, you may also Sponsor a Child directly now! When you sponsor a child, you create a special relationship between you, a child in need, the community of Saint Miriam, and our team of caring professionals! Together, we are helping to change the future for children through a quality and affordable private education! For just $29 a month, or a one-time donation of only $350, you can provide essential aid and education to improve the well-being of every child that comes to our doors! And, because we actually feed our children during the school day, your donation not only helps give them a good education, you fill their bellies with wholesome food, too! It gives you the opportunity to witness young lives transformed for the future right here in Montgomery County! Learn more here.

Welcome to The NEW Saint Miriam Cafe’!

☕️ Eat Good Food & Help a Child, too?
Now, every time you purchase something wonderful from our Saint Miriam Cafe’ after our Sunday morning Masses, we contribute 100% of that donation to a scholarship fund that allows children without the means to attend our wonderful Zion Preschool at Saint Miriam and Saint Miriam Academy! Your good eating, helps a child!  
Big Changes & Easier Cafe Experience!
Experience the New and Improved Saint Miriam Cafe’! No lines, no wait, self serve opportunities, wonderful new food stations, and so much more! Come and see how we do fellowship this Sunday!
Last month we raised over $997 just by eating good food! 
For more information and our delicious current month’s menus, just Click Here! 

Upcoming Highlights!

( Visit our Parish Calendar Here for full weekly, monthly,
and yearly schedules.)
  • Friary Rectory Done! Support us Here!
  • Blessing of Animals on Oct 7th at 11:00am!
  • Pumpkins Arrive Oct 8th!
  • Pumpkin Festival Oct 14th from 1-3pm!
  • Halloween Cemetery Tours Begin Oct 27th!

Oct 8th:

  • Pumpkin Delivery at 12:oopm!


Oct 10th:

  • Mass at 12:15pm
  • Recovery, Inc. at 6:30pm
  • Women of Saint Miriam at 7:00pm


Oct 11th:

  • Mass at 6:oopm
  • Choir Rehearsal at 6:30pm


Oct 12th:

  • Mass at 12:15pm
  • Rosary at 5:15pm
  • Benediction and Adoration at 5:30pm
  • First Encounter Prayer Group at 6:30pm
  • Boy Scout Troop #320 at 7:00pm


Oct 14th:

  • AA Sunrise at 8:30am!
a Franciscan Parish!
We, Saint Miriam Parish, proclaim to all the unconditional love of God. We share a set of ancient beliefs, rich historical traditions and a dedication to renew the sacred in our daily lives. Our mission is to carry the gospel, sacraments, and God’s love to all including the unchurched, the alienated, and the disenfranchised. We accept people where they are, as they are, without judgment or condemnation. We welcome everyone to the Lord’s table and we value the dignity of each human being without reservation. We strive, with God’s grace, to live truly authentic Christian lives.
We do this through following in the footsteps of our Seraphic Father, St. Francis. We are guided by his ideals and his love of God, prayer, nature, peace, and all humanity. We are rebuilding the Church though his love today. Our priests are Friars and adhere to a life of charity and sacrifice. We have much to be proud of!
Today, on this Feast of St. Francis, remember to thank the priests that guide us and give so much. Bring them a gift, hug them, tell them how much they mean to you and your family. Make this a day special to them, also a day to honor them for their love of us.
As St. Francis once said, ‘preach the gospel, and if necessary use words!’
Let this the be the day we show our love through action!

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