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Focus in Brief: Our Weekly Announcements for July 2nd 2017!

 
 
Focus in Brief:  Our Weekly Announcements for July 2nd 2017!
 

Independence Day Weekend!

 
 
 
🔎 Newsletters Combine Next Week!
 
Focus in Brief and The Focus @ Saint Miriam combine into one eNewsletter next week. This will be the only publication this week and then next week, we will send out one newsletter every week on Fridays! Enjoy!
 
 
 
 
 
❗️Mass and Missal Changes this Week!
 
We will begin to move to adopting fully the Roman Missal to allow us to be in sync with those who seek us out from other Catholic traditions. We already adopted much of the changes, but now we will simplify our missal and place in the pew cards to assist all of us in this time. The missal changes this coming Sunday. If you are comfortable with the old translation responses, feel free! Just know we are trying to get everyone ‘on the same page’! 
 
 
 
 
 
🎅🏼 Christmas in July at Saint Miriam!
 
Join Saint Miriam and make any purchase in the store kiosk located temporarily in the undercroft during construction where all items are 50% off in July only! Get shopping and support the work of our parish!
 
 
 
 
 
💒 We Need You to eGive at Saint Miriam!
 
eGiving on a regular basis allows us to do what we do, and without it, we struggle, and one day we might just fail. So, if you have not engaged your giving profile, please create one today and support a parish that is always there for you! Look around, see how we care for all that we have and how we grow and ask if your support is valued?
 
 
 
 
 
🔔 Our Bell Gets Another Rope!
 
This past week David and Chet installed the new rope on our Tower Bell! Now, we can both ‘toll’ and joyfully ‘ring’ our bell! We also need people who want to help us ring for Masses, so see anyone on staff today to volunteer, or send us a note by Clicking Here!
 
 
 
 
 
👨‍🏫 We Need Teachers for Fall!
 
Please think about volunteering to help us this fall with PREP/CCD? We need two teachers or assistants to help us as our classes are growing! Please see Sean Hall or Father John today, or email us here! Don’t let us, the kids, or God down…if you feel he call…help us make this next year fun and exciting for our children! 
 
 
 
 
 
⧛⧛⧛Fence Installation Set to Begin Next Wednesday!
 
Please think about volunteering to assist with our fence installation along our property (from Bethlehem Pike to the garage and then over to Rt 73) next Wednesday and Thursday! Let us know by seeing anyone on staff or Clicking Here!
 
 
 
 
 
🐛 Ordinary Time, Extraordinary God!
 
We, as a church, return to Ordinary Time! Because the term ordinary in English most often means something that’s not special or distinctive, many people think that Ordinary Time refers to parts of the calendar of the Catholic Church that are unimportant. It should be noted that the season of Ordinary Time makes up most of our Liturgical Year and refers to those periods that fall outside of the major liturgical seasons, yet Ordinary Time is far from unimportant or uninteresting! Ordinary Time is called “ordinary” not because it is common, but simply because the weeks of Ordinary Time are numbered. The Latin word ordinalis, which refers to numbers in a series, stems from the Latin word ordo, from which we get the English word order. Thus, the numbered weeks of Ordinary Time in fact represent the ordered life of the Church, or the period in which we live our lives neither in feasting (as in the Christmas and Easter seasons) or in more severe penance (as in Advent and Lent), but in watchfulness and expectation of the Second Coming of Christ. Likewise, the normal liturgical color for Ordinary Time is green and soon the vestments and altar cloths will bear the color! It is in this glorious time we learn of the works of our Lord! Come and meet an extraordinary God in this wonderful Ordinary time!
 
 
 
 
 
 

📲 Parish App Issues? Don’t Worry! 

We apologize for any issues you may have experienced with our parish app! It seems that another non-profit, also called Saint Miriam, but for homeless people also wished to have their own app and so we worked together (as Christians should!) and we changed our App name to Saint Miriam – Flourtown! Please delete and reload your App to take full advantage of the changes and to eliminate any loading issues! Off we GROW!
 
 
 
 
 

🏚 Our FIRST Scheduled Event in the New Friary Announced! 

We are excited to announce that a small group space will also be included as part of the new Friary Rectory, and the group below, Laudato Si, will be the FIRST such group to take place in the Rectory so sign up now as the space will be limited! Exciting times for our parish! Sign up below!
 
 
 
 
 

🌏 Pope Francis’ Laudato Si Comes to Saint Miriam!

As the care for God’s earth and our environment have become politically charged issues of late, we decided that as a parish community, with a strong “Green Policy” and emphasis on reducing our carbon footprint, we should engage this issues together and see what insights God brings to us. Therefore, beginning this September, we will form a small group with a desire to engage Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si, (Medieval Central Italian for “Praise be to you”) on the call of every Christian to care for God’s world. With so much information and conversation, often based on misinformation or hijacked fact, we felt this a great opportunity to engage, grow, and support one another in developing our human role to be co-creators with God and within creation. We will provide the books, you provide the willingness to grow! Contact us today and we will begin our journey this fall with respectful sharing, dialogue, and growth! We will also be bringing in many elements to honor this group and discussion including Altar Candles, Paschal Candle, Saint Miriam Water Bottles, and much more! This will be a very exciting group to be part of!
 
 
 
 
 
🏗 Support Our New Friary Rectory Today!
 
The construction has begun and they are making great progress, so watch as building demands and changes to entry and parking, as  we build our new Friary Rectory! Please give to this effort by Clicking Here, and receive your miniature bronze statue of St. Francis Joliet! Then, watch for the construction to begin as we become even better! We need your support now more than ever!
 
 
 
 
 
🚧 Rectory Construction Brings Changes!
 
Our construction is well underway and will continue until around September. This will cause us to lose the main Admin/School walkway for much of that time and also bring us some interior disruptions. Please watch signs and postings and also note that the Upper Road will be closed, too, when construction vehicles need to use the ‘construction staffing area’ to bring materials and lift them to the second level. As they say, please pardon our dust and any inconvenience as we build a new home!
 
 
 
 
 


Focus in Brief: Our Weekly Announcements for June 25th 2017!

 
 
Focus in Brief:  Our Weekly Announcements for June 25th 2017!
 

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time!

 

 
 
🔎 Focus in Brief Gets a Fresh Look!
 
If you noticed, our revised image for our weekly publication is fresher and reflects the new parish interior! Enjoy the new look of Focus in Brief!
 
 
 
 
 
😎 Blessing of the Seersucker Returns This Sunday!
 

Join Saint Miriam as we continue an annual and ‘fun’ tradition this coming Sunday, June 25th. After the 10:30 Morning Mass, parishioners will be led out of the church and into the front garden for a service called, “Blessing of the Seersucker”! This brief service, with a uniquely Southern take on the “kirking” or blessing of the tartans, celebrated by Monsignor Jim’s former parish in Washington DC has made its way to Saint Miriam for some eight eight years now! While tartans may represent ancestral links with Britain, Saint Miriam makes seersucker representative its own clan, especially those who struggle through a hot summer! Help us welcome in summer, thank God for all we have, and for good weather and wonderful vacations by joining us on June 25th and enjoy a souther drink on the lawn with us, too! The first 12 folks who enter wearing something seersucker also take home a special gift so arrive early!

 
 
 
 
 
🚧 Construction Flood Hits Saint Miriam.
 
Sadly, the roof was open for a steel beam when the weather struck this afternoon. We suffered some water damage on all levels and are mitigating the issues through the remainder of this week. Therefore all THURSDAY services, including Adoration, Mass, and Rosary are canceled. We apologize for inconvenience, but this will allow us time to get ready for Sunday! Please pray for us as we make needed repairs. To help offset our unexpected costs, please use this link with appreciation.
 
 
 
 
 
🐛 Ordinary Time, Extraordinary God!
 
We, as a church, return to Ordinary Time! Because the term ordinary in English most often means something that’s not special or distinctive, many people think that Ordinary Time refers to parts of the calendar of the Catholic Church that are unimportant. It should be noted that the season of Ordinary Time makes up most of our Liturgical Year and refers to those periods that fall outside of the major liturgical seasons, yet Ordinary Time is far from unimportant or uninteresting! Ordinary Time is called “ordinary” not because it is common, but simply because the weeks of Ordinary Time are numbered. The Latin word ordinalis, which refers to numbers in a series, stems from the Latin word ordo, from which we get the English word order. Thus, the numbered weeks of Ordinary Time in fact represent the ordered life of the Church, or the period in which we live our lives neither in feasting (as in the Christmas and Easter seasons) or in more severe penance (as in Advent and Lent), but in watchfulness and expectation of the Second Coming of Christ. Likewise, the normal liturgical color for Ordinary Time is green and soon the vestments and altar cloths will bear the color! It is in this glorious time we learn of the works of our Lord! Come and meet an extraordinary God in this wonderful Ordinary time!
 
 
 
 
 
 
💦 New Water Tank Installed!
 
As we prepared for construction, we needed to inventory our mechanical  systems and  noted that while we replaced the boilers, the hot water tank was almost 16 years old and using a lot of energy. So, in compliance with our “Green Policy” as a parish that wishes to care for God’s earth, and reduce our carbon footprint, we replaced the tank to a modern version with a 9 year warranty! It produces faster hot water, with less energy, and more of it, too! A win-win!
 
 
 
 
 
 

🍹 Pucker Up, Baby…It’s Seersucker Time!

Pucker Up, Baby for The Blessing of the Seersucker this year! Our annual tradition continues! After the 10:30 am Mass on June 25th, (see announcement details below) all our parishioners will be led out of the church to welcome in summertime and this year everyone gets their choice of special southern drinks, too! There will be both alcohol and non-alcohol versions so have fun! (And our pastor, Monsignor Jim, will don on his finest Seersucker Suit, too!) Come and see! Join us on June 25th at 10:30 am! 
 
 
 
 
 

📲 Parish App Issues? Don’t Worry! 

We apologize for any issues you may have experienced with our parish app! It seems that another non-profit, also called Saint Miriam, but for homeless people also wished to have their own app and so we worked together (as Christians should!) and we changed our App name to Saint Miriam – Flourtown! Please delete and reload your App to take full advantage of the changes and to eliminate any loading issues! Off we GROW!
 
 
 
 
 

🏚 Our FIRST Scheduled Event in the New Friary Announced! 

We are excited to announce that a small group space will also be included as part of the new Friary Rectory, and the group below, Laudato Si, will be the FIRST such group to take place in the Rectory so sign up now as the space will be limited! Exciting times for our parish! Sign up below!
 
 
 
 
 

🌏 Pope Francis’ Laudato Si Comes to Saint Miriam!

As the care for God’s earth and our environment have become politically charged issues of late, we decided that as a parish community, with a strong “Green Policy” and emphasis on reducing our carbon footprint, we should engage this issues together and see what insights God brings to us. Therefore, beginning this September, we would like to form a small group with a desire to read (or re-read) Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si, (Medieval Central Italian for “Praise be to you”) on the call of every Christian to care for God’s world. With so much information and conversation, often based on misinformation or hijacked fact, we felt this a great opportunity to engage, grow, and support one another in developing our human role to be co-creators with God and within creation. We will provide the books, you provide the willingness to grow! Contact us today and we will begin our journey this fall with respectful sharing, dialogue, and growth! We will also be bringing in many elements to honor this group and discussion including Altar Candles, Paschal Candle, Saint Miriam Water Bottles, and much more! This will be a very exciting group to be part of!
 
 
 
 
 
📰 Social Media Construction Updates Coming!
 
Saint Miriam will begin to post construction updates weekly on our social media venues to keep everyone posted on progress, closures, door changes, etc. Please keep up with us and stay safe as we build a new Rectory! Please also consider helping us by making a donation toward this project and in return you will receive a miniature St Francis Statue!
 
 
 
 
 
👨‍🏫 We Need Teachers for Fall!
 
Please think about volunteering to help us this fall with PREP/CCD? We need two teachers or assistants to help us as our classes are growing! Please see Sean Hall or Father John today! Don’t let us, the kids, or God down…if you feel he call…help us make this next year fun and exciting for our children! 
 
 
 
 
 
📅 Ministry Team Schedules for July Are Ready, too! 
 
We are pleased to have posted our Ministry Team Schedules for June and Kate is now working on July’s Schedule with Monsignor Jim. Please contact her for any date conflicts like vacations, etc., or choose a date you’d like to serve! Kate’s email is Kate.McClelland@mySaintMiriam.org! Thank you for your service to God and the parish!
 
 
 
 
 
🏗 Rectory Construction Has Begun!
 
The construction has begun and they are making great progress, so watch as building demands and changes to entry and parking, as  we build our new Friary Rectory! Please give to this effort by Clicking Here, and receive your miniature bronze statue of St. Francis Joliet! Then, watch for the construction to begin as we become even better!
 
 
 
 
 
🚧 Rectory Construction Changes!
 
Our construction will be occurring from June – September and will cause us to lose the main Admin/School walkway for much of that time. Please watch signs and postings and also note that the Upper Road will be closed, too, when construction vehicles need to use the ‘construction staffing area’ to bring materials and lift them to the second level. As they say, please pardon our dust and any inconvenience as we build a new home!
 
 
 
 
 


Focus in Brief: Our Weekly Announcements for June 18th 2017!

 
Focus in Brief:  Our Weekly Announcements for June 18th 2017!
 

Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ!

 
 
 
👨‍👧‍👦 Happy Father’s Day 2017!
 
The building of our new Friary Rectory has begun, we held an official ground breaking ceremony last Sunday, and this weekend we honor Father’s Day with hotdogs, baked beans, said, and other picnic foods! Come and join us as we give thanks for dad and all we enjoy as a parish this Sunday! Happy Father’s Day!
 
 
 
 
 

📲 Parish App Issues? Don’t Worry! 

We apologize for any issues you may have experienced with our parish app! It seems that another non-profit, also called Saint Miriam, but for homeless people also wished to have their own app and so we worked together (as Christians should!) and we changed our App name to Saint Miriam – Flourtown! Please delete and reload your App to take full advantage of the changes and to eliminate any loading issues! Off we GROW!
 
 
 
 

✝️ In Sorrow… 

We offer our sincerest condolences to Henry Miniscalco who lost his father, Henry G. Miniscalco, this past week. Monsignor Jim will be officiating at the funeral this Friday, June 16th, with internment at Holy Sepulchre. Please pray for the family as they mourn their loss.
 
 
 
 
 

🍹 Pucker Up, Baby…It’s Seersucker Time!

Pucker Up, Baby for The Blessing of the Seersucker this year! Our annual tradition continues! After the 10:30 am Mass on June 25th, (see announcement details below) all our parishioners will be led out of the church to welcome in summertime and this year everyone gets their choice of special southern drinks, too! There will be both alcohol and non-alcohol versions so have fun! (And our pastor, Monsignor Jim, will don on his finest Seersucker Suit, too!) Come and see! Join us on June 25th at 10:30 am! 
 
 
 
 

🏚 Our FIRST Scheduled Event in the New Friary Announced! 

We are excited to announce that a small group space will also be included as part of the new Friary Rectory, and the group below, Laudato Si, will be the FIRST such group to take place in the Rectory so sign up now as the space will be limited! Exciting times for our parish! Sign up below!
 
 
 
 
 
🎯 Help us Gain a High Net Score?!
 
Saint Miriam, in an effort to continue to grow and be of good service our community, has engaged with Net Promoter Score® to determine our overall experience. The process is quite simple: cards are handed out and/or a version is now available online (we have both) and scores are tallied and we end with a Net Promotor Score.  We will do this process for both the schools and the parish beginning this week! We will calculate our NPS using the answer to a key question, using a 0-10 pictographic scale based on one simple inquiry: How likely is it that you would recommend [brand] to a friend or colleague? It’s fast, simple, no name or other identifiers are used so complete it today before you leave Sunday Mass, or right here online!
 
 
 
 
 

🌏 Pope Francis’ Laudato Si Comes to Saint Miriam!

As the care for God’s earth and our environment have become politically charged issues of late, we decided that as a parish community, with a strong “Green Policy” and emphasis on reducing our carbon footprint, we should engage this issues together and see what insights God brings to us. Therefore, beginning this September, we would like to form a small group with a desire to read (or re-read) Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si, (Medieval Central Italian for “Praise be to you”) on the call of every Christian to care for God’s world. With so much information and conversation, often based on misinformation or hijacked fact, we felt this a great opportunity to engage, grow, and support one another in developing our human role to be co-creators with God and within creation. We will provide the books, you provide the willingness to grow! Contact us today and we will begin our journey this fall with respectful sharing, dialogue, and growth! We will also be bringing in many elements to honor this group and discussion including Altar Candles, Paschal Candle, Saint Miriam Water Bottles, and much more! This will be a very exciting group to be part of!
 
 
 
 
 
📰 Social Media Construction Updates Coming!
 
Saint Miriam will begin to post construction updates weekly on our social media venues to keep everyone posted on progress, closures, door changes, etc. Please keep up with us and stay safe as we build a new Rectory! Please also consider helping us by making a donation toward this project and in return you will receive a miniature St Francis Statue!
 
 
 
 
 
👨‍🏫 We Need Teachers!
 
Please think about volunteering to help us this fall with PREP/CCD? We need two teachers or assistants to help us as our classes are growing! Please see Sean Hall or Father John today! Don’t let us, the kids, or God down…if you feel he call…help us make this next year fun and exciting for our children! 
 
 
 
 
 

⛪ Weekday Confessions Come to Saint Miriam!

We have begun to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Confessions, every weekday Monday – Friday from 11:30am until 12:05pm! We also now have a privacy screen available for those who wish to go into a confessional setting! Catch a break and be made whole again during your lunch break!  Then, starting in the fall, we will also add a mid-day Mass every weekday at 12:15pm! Join us as we grow for you!
 
 
 
 
 
🌞 Blessing of the Seersucker Returns on June 25th!
 

Join Saint Miriam as we continue an annual and ‘fun’ tradition on Sunday, June 25th. After the 10:30 Morning Mass, parishioners will be led out of the church and into the front garden for a service called, “Blessing of the Seersucker”! This brief service, with a uniquely Southern take on the “kirking” or blessing of the tartans, celebrated by Monsignor Jim’s former parish in Washington DC has made its way to Saint Miriam for some eight eight years now! While tartans may represent ancestral links with Britain, Saint Miriam makes seersucker representative its own clan, especially those who struggle through a hot summer! Help us welcome in summer, thank God for all we have, and for good weather and wonderful vacations by joining us on June 25th and enjoy a souther drink on the lawn with us, too! The first 12 folks who enter wearing something seersucker also take home a special gift so arrive early!

 
 
 
 
 
📅 Ministry Team Schedules for July Are Ready, too! 
 
We are pleased to have posted our Ministry Team Schedules for June and Kate is now working on July’s Schedule with Monsignor Jim. Please contact her for any date conflicts like vacations, etc., or choose a date you’d like to serve! Kate’s email is Kate.McClelland@mySaintMiriam.org! Thank you for your service to God and the parish!
 
 
 
 
 
 
🏗 Rectory Construction Has Begun!
 
The construction has begun and they are making great progress, so watch as building demands and changes to entry and parking, as  we build our new Friary Rectory! Please give to this effort by Clicking Here, and receive your miniature bronze statue of St. Francis Joliet! Then, watch for the construction to begin as we become even better!
 
 
 
 
 
🚧 Rectory Construction Changes!
 
Our construction will be occurring from June – September and will cause us to lose the main Admin/School walkway for much of that time. Please watch signs and postings and also note that the Upper Road will be closed, too, when construction vehicles need to use the ‘construction staffing area’ to bring materials and lift them to the second level. As they say, please pardon our dust and any inconvenience as we build a new home!
 
 
 
 
 
🔔 New Bell Ways Found and Now You Can Help Ring Our Bell!
 
During our recent renovation to the Bell Tower we discovered we have not one, but two ways to ring our historic bell! So, we are seeking a few bell ringers to help during Sunday Masses! Each of our Masses requires that the bells in our Bell Tower ring out at 30 minutes before, 15 minutes before, and at the start of Mass, and we need some extra ringers! Care to help? Contact us by Clicking Hereor see anyone on staff today! 
 
 
 
 


Focus in Brief: Our Weekly Announcements for June 11th 2017!

 
 
Focus in Brief:  Our Weekly Announcements for June 11th 2017!
 

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity!

 
 
 
 
🎀 Official Ground breaking Ceremony is This Sunday!
 
The building of our new Friary Rectory has begun and we ask you to join us this Sunday, after the 10:30am Mass, when we will hold an official ceremonial ground breaking ceremony! Come and join us as we Pray to God for His blessings on our new project, and for the safety of all who will work on our campus this summer to bring to us a new addition! Please be careful on the campus and watch the newsletters and social media for updates! Please also consider helping us by making a donation toward this project and in return you will receive a miniature St Francis Statue!
 
 
 
 

🍹 Pucker Up, Baby!

Pucker Up, Baby for The Blessing of the Seersucker this year! Our annual tradition continues! After the 10:30 am Mass on June 25th, (see announcement details below) all our parishioners will be led out of the church to welcome in summertime and this year everyone gets their choice of special southern drinks, too! There will be both alcohol and non-alcohol versions so have fun! (And our pastor, Monsignor Jim, will don on his finest Seersucker Suit, too!) Come and see! Join us on June 25th at 10:30 am! 

 
 
 
 
🎯 Help us Gain a High Net Score?!
 
Saint Miriam, in an effort to continue to grow and be of good service our community, has engaged with Net Promoter Score® to determine our overall experience. The process is quite simple: cards are handed out and/or a version is now available online (we will have both) and scores are tallied and we end with a Net Promotor Score.  We will do this process for both the schools and the parish beginning this week! We will calculate our NPS using the answer to a key question, using a 0-10 pictographic scale based on one simple inquiry: How likely is it that you would recommend [brand] to a friend or colleague? It’s fast, simple, no name or other identifiers are used so complete it today before you leave Sunday Mass!
 
 
 
 
 

🌏 Pope Francis’ Laudato Si Comes to Saint Miriam!

As the care for God’s earth and our environment have become politically charged issues of late, we decided that as a parish community, with a strong “Green Policy” and emphasis on reducing our carbon footprint, we should engage this issues together and see what insights God brings to us. Therefore, beginning this September, we would like to form a small group with a desire to read (or re-read) Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si, (Medieval Central Italian for “Praise be to you”) on the call of every Christian to care for God’s world. With so much information and conversation, often based on misinformation or hijacked fact, we felt this a great opportunity to engage, grow, and support one another in developing our human role to be co-creators with God and within creation. We will provide the books, you provide the willingness to grow! Contact us today and we will begin our journey this fall with respectful sharing, dialogue, and growth!
 
 
 
 
 
📰 Social Media Construction Updates Coming!
 
Saint Miriam will begin to post construction updates weekly on our social media venues to keep everyone posted on progress, closures, door changes, etc. Please keep up with us and stay safe as we build a new Rectory!
 
 
 
 
👨‍🏫 We Need Teachers!
 
Please think about volunteering to help us this fall with PREP/CCD? We need two teachers or assistants to help us as our classes are growing! Please see Sean Hall or Father John today! Don’t let us, the kids, or God down…if you feel he call…help us make this next year fun and exciting for our children! 
 
 
 
 

🏕 Summer Camp Begins Next Monday!

Unlike many of the mega camps, we offer personalized attention for every child with low camper to staff ratios. We cater to preschool aged children and older – and welcome friends and siblings regardless of membership at our school or church.  Learn more here, the fun begins June 12th!
 
 
 
 
 

⛪ Weekday Confessions Come to Saint Miriam!

We have begun to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Confessions, every weekday Monday – Friday from 11:30am until 12:05pm! We also now have a privacy screen available for those who wish to go into a confessional setting! Catch a break and be made whole again during your lunch break!  Then, starting in the fall, we will also add a mid-day Mass every weekday at 12:15pm! Join us as we grow for you!
 
 
 
 
 
🌞 Blessing of the Seersucker Returns on June 25th!
 

Join Saint Miriam as we continue an annual and ‘fun’ tradition on Sunday, June 25th. After the 10:30 Morning Mass, parishioners will be led out of the church and into the front garden for a service called, “Blessing of the Seersucker”! This brief service, with a uniquely Southern take on the “kirking” or blessing of the tartans, celebrated by Monsignor Jim’s former parish in Washington DC has made its way to Saint Miriam for some eight eight years now! While tartans may represent ancestral links with Britain, Saint Miriam makes seersucker representative its own clan, especially those who struggle through a hot summer! Help us welcome in summer, thank God for all we have, and for good weather and wonderful vacations by joining us on June 25th and enjoy a souther drink on the lawn with us, too! The first 12 folks who enter wearing something seersucker also take home a special gift so arrive early!

 
 
 
 
📅 Ministry Team Schedules for July Are Ready, too! 
 
We are pleased to have posted our Ministry Team Schedules for June and Kate is now working on July’s Schedule with Monsignor Jim. Please contact her for any date conflicts like vacations, etc., or choose a date you’d like to serve! Kate’s email is Kate.McClelland@mySaintMiriam.org! Thank you for your service to God and the parish!
 
 
 
 
 
🏗 Rectory Construction Has Begun!
 
The builder has begun so watch as construction demands changes in entry and parking, as  we build our new Friary Rectory! Please give to this effort by Clicking Here, and receive your miniature bronze statue of St. Francis Joliet! Then, watch for the construction to begin as we become even better!
 
 
 
 
🚧 Rectory Construction Changes!
 
Our construction will be occurring from June – September and will cause us to lose the main Admin/School walkway for much of that time. Please watch signs and postings and also note that the Upper Road will be closed, too, when construction vehicles need to use the ‘construction staffing area’ to bring materials and lift them to the second level. As they say, please pardon our dust and any inconvenience as we build a new home!
 
 
 
 
🔔 New Bell Ways Found and Now You Can Help Ring Our Bell!
 
During our recent renovation to the Bell Tower we discovered we have not one, but two ways to ring our historic bell! So, we are seeking a few bell ringers to help during Sunday Masses! Each of our Masses requires that the bells in our Bell Tower ring out at 30 minutes before, 15 minutes before, and at the start of Mass, and we need some extra ringers! Care to help? Contact us by Clicking Here or see anyone on staff today! 
 
 
 
 


Focus in Brief: Our Weekly Announcements for June 4th 2017!

 
 
Focus in Brief:  Our Weekly Announcements for June 4th 2017!
 
Pentecost Sunday! 
 
 
 
 

🎓 End of Year PREP/CCD Pinning Ceremony Sunday and Register and Save for Fall!

Join us as we honor our PREP/CCD Students and watch as they receive their pins for a great year off learning and growing! Join us on Sunday, June 4th at the 9:00am Family Mass! Also, get ready for fall by registering your child early and save! A deposit payment of $100.00 per student is required to retain your child’s registration in the Saint Miriam PREP/CCD program. The total cost for the 2017-2018 Program is $200 per child (with an early discount to $145 if paid by July 1st. Scholarships available for multiple children, please see, or email, our DOE). Please note that an additional $50 per child for sacramental fee for Confirmation and First Holy Communion will also apply. Thank you!
 
 
 
 
🎯 Help us Gain a High Net Score?!
 
Saint Miriam, in an effort to continue to grow and be of good service our community, has engaged with Net Promoter Score® to determine our overall experience. The process is quite simple: cards are handed out and/or a version is made available online (we will have both) and scores are tallied and we end with a Net Promotor Score.  We will do this process for both the schools and the parish beginning this week! We will calculate our NPS using the answer to a key question, using a 0-10 pictographic scale based on one simple inquiry: How likely is it that you would recommend [brand] to a friend or colleague? It’s fast, simple, no name or other identifiers are used so complete it today before you leave Sunday Mass!
 
 
 
 
🕴🏻Our New Ambo is Here!
 
The final liturgical furniture piece has arrived! Our new Lecturn or Ambo has been installed! It was the last ordered piece to our new Sanctuary Set from New Holland Church Furniture and is stunningly beautiful! To allow us to enjoy the new furnishings, Monsignor divided the cost over the last two years and the set is now complete! Thank you to all who helped make this possible! 
 
 
 
 
👨‍🏫 We Need Teachers!
 
Please think about volunteering to help us this fall with PREP/CCD? We need two teachers or assistants to help us as our classes are growing! Please see Sean Hall or Father John today! Don’t let us, the kids, or God down…if you feel he call…help us make this next year fun and exciting for our children! 
 
 
 

🏕 Summer Camp Begins Next Week!

Unlike many of the mega camps, we offer personalized attention for every child with low camper to staff ratios. We cater to preschool aged children and older – and welcome friends and siblings regardless of membership at our school or church.  Learn more here, the fun begins June 12th!
 
 
 
 

🏫 Summer School Closing Fast Approaching.

Please note that our schools will officially close for the summer break on Friday, June 9th 2017 with an annual end of year “Moving Up Ceremony” at 9:00am! This event is open to the public, so join us as we bid a summer farewell to our students!
 
 
 
 

⛪ Weekday Confessions Come to Saint Miriam!

We have begun to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Confessions, every weekday Monday – Friday from 11:30am until 12:05pm! We also now have a privacy screen available for those who wish to go into a confessional setting! Catch a break and be made whole again during your lunch break!  Then, starting in the fall, we will also add a mid-day Mass every weekday at 12:15pm! Join us as we grow for you!
 
 
 
 
🌞 Blessing of the Seersucker Returns on June 25th!
 

Join Saint Miriam as we continue an annual and ‘fun’ tradition on Sunday, June 25th. After the 10:30 Morning Mass, parishioners will be led out of the church and into the front garden for a service called, “Blessing of the Seersucker”! This brief service, with a uniquely Southern take on the “kirking” or blessing of the tartans, celebrated by Monsignor Jim’s former parish in Washington DC has made its way to Saint Miriam for some eight eight years now! While tartans may represent ancestral links with Britain, Saint Miriam makes seersucker representative its own clan, especially those who struggle through a hot summer! Help us welcome in summer, thank God for all we have, and for good weather and wonderful vacations by joining us on June 25th and enjoy a souther drink on the lawn with us, too! The first 12 for;ks who enter wearing something seersucker also take home a special gift so arrive early!

 
 
 
📅 Ministry Team Schedules Are Ready! 
 
We are pleased to have posted our Ministry Team Schedules for June and Kate is now working on July’s Schedule with Monsignor Jim. Please contact her for any date conflicts like vacations, etc., or choose a date you’d like to serve! Kate’s email is Kate.McClelland@mySaintMiriam.org! Thank you for your service to God and the parish!
 
 
 
 

🎨 Bell Tower Gets It Coat of Paint this Thursday and Friday!

Please welcome our own John Shoemaker back as he completes the exterior painting project from last year, but the highest point – our Bell Tower! The exterior louvers need a coat of paint to preserve them, and match the new trim and John will be 40′ high so watch your step and pray for the safety of all of our construction workers and volunteers! 
 
 
 
 
🏗 Rectory Construction Set to Begin Monday, June 5th!
 
The builder is ready! Please watch as soon construction will begin on our new Friary Rectory! Please give to this effort by Clicking Here, and receive your miniature bronze statue of St. Francis Joliet! Then, watch for the construction to begin as we become even better!
 
 
 
 
🚧 Rectory Construction Changes!
 
Our construction will be occurring from June – September and will cause us to lose the main Admin/School walkway for much of that time. Please watch signs and postings and also note that the Upper Road will be closed, too, when construction vehicles need to use the ‘construction staffing area’ to bring materials and lift them to the second level. As they say, please pardon our dust and any inconvenience as we build a new home!
 
 
 
 
🔔 Help Ring Our Bells!
 
We are seeking a few bell ringers to help during Sunday Masses! Each of our Masses requires that the bells in our Bell Tower ring out at 30 minutes before, 15 minutes before, and at the start of Mass, and we need some extra ringers! Care to help? Contact us by Clicking Here or see anyone on staff today! 
 
 
 
 
 


Focus in Brief: Our Weekly Announcements for May 28th 2017!

 
 
Focus in Brief:  Our Weekly Announcements for May 28th 2017!
 
Blessed Memorial Day Weekend! 
 
 
 

🎖Get A Cemetery Ribbons for Memorial Day & Remember Those Who Gave it All!

There is still time! Join us on  Sunday, May 28th after the 10:30am Mass, when we will once again honor the fallen within our beautiful historic cemetery with donated and sponsored ribbons! Your ribbon will be tied by our PREP children to our new cemetery gates prior to the ceremony on May 28th following the 10:30am Mass. Suggested donation is only $10 or 3 for $20. (*Only 1 name per ribbon please!) We will honor their sacrifice by following a bag piper out of Mass that day and pray at the gates of cemetery, followed by taps of a bugler. Our own parish Historian, Robert Pardi, will once again shoot a volley while in full historic uniform! A great opportunity to teach your children about the sacrifice of others! You don’t want to miss this one! Last year it was one of the most moving tributes we honored! You may still get ribbons and join us by Clicking Here!
 
 
 
 

🇺🇸 Holiday Office and School Closings:

Please note that the parish offices and school will be closed for  Memorial Day holiday on both Friday, May 26th and Monday May 29th! Our Mass schedule for Sunday will remain the same! Have a safe Memorial Day weekend!
 
 
 
 

🏫 Summer School Closing Fast Approaching:

Please note that our schools will officially close for the summer break on Friday, June 9th 2017 with an annual end of year “Moving Up Ceremony” at 9:00am! This event is open to the public, so join us as we bid a summer farewell to our students!
 
 
 
 
 

⛪ Weekday Confessions Come to Saint Miriam!

Now, with the added help of Father John to our Ministry Team, we have begun to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Confessions, every weekday Monday – Friday from 11:30am until 12:05pm! Catch a break and be made whole again during your lunch break!  Then, starting in the fall, we will also add a mid-day Mass every weekday at 12:15pm! Join us as we grow for you!
 
 
 
 

🎓 End of Year PREP/CCD Pinning Ceremony in June 4th!

Join us as we honor our PREP/CCD Students and watch as they receive their pins for a great year off learning and growing! Join us on Sunday, June 4th at the 9:00am Family Mass! 
 
 
 
 
 
📅 Ministry Team Schedules for June Are Ready! 
 
We are pleased to have posted our Ministry Team Schedules for June and Kate is now working on July’s Schedule with Monsignor Jim. Please contact her for any date conflicts like vacations, etc., or choose a date you’d like to serve! Kate’s email is Kate.McClelland@mySaintMiriam.org! Thank you for your service to God and the parish!
 
 
 
 
 
🌞 Blessing of the Seersucker Returns in June!
 

Join Saint Miriam as we continue an annual and ‘fun’ tradition on Sunday, June 25th. After the 10:30 Morning Mass, parishioners will be led out of the church and into the front garden for a service called, “Blessing of the Seersucker”! This brief service, with a uniquely Southern take on the “kirking” or blessing of the tartans, celebrated by Monsignor Jim’s former parish in Washington DC has made its way to Saint Miriam for some eight eight years now! While tartans may represent ancestral links with Britain, Saint Miriam makes seersucker representative its own clan, especially those who struggle through a hot summer! Help us welcome in summer, thank God for all we have, and for good weather and wonderful vacations by joining us on June 25th and enjoy a souther drink on the lawn with us, too! The first 12 for;ks who enter wearing something seersucker also take home a special gift so arrive early!

 

 

 

🏕 Summer Camp Begins June 12th!

Unlike many of the mega camps, we offer personalized attention for every child with low camper to staff ratios. We cater to preschool aged children and older – and welcome friends and siblings regardless of membership at our school or church.  Learn more 
here, the fun begins June 12th!
 
 
 
 
 

🎨 Bell Tower Gets It Coat of Paint in June, too!

Please welcome our own John Shoemaker back as he completes the exterior painting project from last year, but the highest point – our Bell Tower! The exterior louvers need a coat of paint to preserve them, and match the new trim and John will be 40′ high so watch your step and pray for the safety of all of our construction workers and volunteers! Painting work to begin the first week of June!
 
 
 
 
 
🏗 Rectory Construction Set to Begin Monday, June 5th!
 
The builder is ready! Please watch as soon construction will begin on our new Friary Rectory! Please give to this effort by Clicking Here, and receive your miniature bronze statue of St. Francis Joliet! Then, watch for the construction to begin as we become even better!
 
 
 
 
 
🚧 Rectory Construction Changes!
 
Our construction will be occurring from June – September and will cause us to lose the main Admin/School walkway for much of that time. Please watch signs and postings and also note that the Upper Road will be closed, too, when construction vehicles need to use the ‘construction staffing area’ to bring materials and lift them to the second level. As they say, please pardon our dust and any inconvenience as we build a new home!
 
 
 
 
 
🔔 Help Ring Our Bells!
 
We are seeking a few bell ringers to help during Sunday Masses! Each of our Masses requires that the bells in our Bell Tower ring out at 30 minutes before, 15 minutes before, and at the start of Mass, and we need some extra ringers! Care to help? Contact us by Clicking Here or see anyone on staff today! 
 
 
 
 
 
📸 A Photo Directory for Saint Miriam is Coming!
 
Saint Miriam Parish is growing and we want to make sure that we know and stay in touch with our parishioners. So, we are working on updating our parish database called ParishSoft to ensure 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 it will give them access to your contact information. And, with your approval only, we can create a directory that will include your photo, but not your personal information. Therefore, we are requesting that each of parishioner send a photo (you and your family members; photos of your children are optional.) Please send to SaintMiriamPhotos@mysaintmiriam.org(Please name your file(s) lastname_firstname.jpg on each photo. Example: cuffey_lorraine.jpg and cuffey_guy.jpg) Also, if you cannot send a photo please contact Lorraine Cuffey to schedule a time on a Sunday to have your photo taken at church. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Lorraine at lorraine.cuffey@mysaintmiriam.org
 
 
 
 
 
👩‍🍳 A Saint Miriam Cookbook!
 
We are excited to announce that the Women of Saint Miriam are publishing a cookbook as their Fall Fundraiser. From now until September 17th we are 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! Learn more Here 
and even watch a video, too!
 
 
 
 
👷🏼 Tour and Final Reception for Rectory Announced!
 
We are preparing for a new Rectory! Some have stepped up and given and received a miniature St Francis Joliet Statue. So, to entice you further to support this vital project, we are offering construction tours and a final reception before it is opened to the public for those who donate ahead of construction! By making your donation to the Rectory Fund today, you will also be invited to a ‘Hard Hat Tour” during mid-construction, and then enjoy a private cocktail reception in the rectory! Join us by Clicking Here!
 
 
 
 

⧛⧛⧛ Fence Help Needed 1st Week of June!

Our cemetery needs a fence installed around two sections and we can save more than 50% the cost, but need several volunteers to help us. We will rent a post-hole digger to make the job easier, too, but you can help if you volunteer today! Email Monsignor Jim and let him know you can assist by Clicking Here! The final permits should be ready at the township by November 26th! Please…help us by volunteering today!
 
 
 


Focus in Brief: Our Weekly Announcements for May 21st 2017!

 
Focus in Brief:  Our Weekly Announcements for May 21st 2017!
 
 
 Congratulations Ella Mae Montgomery, Henry George Miniscalco, and Harper Agondezzi on the Occasion of your Baptism!
 
 
 
 

🎖Cemetery Ribbons for Memorial Day!

This year, join us on  Sunday, May 28th after the 10:30am Mass, when we will once again honor the fallen within our beautiful historic cemetery with donated and sponsored ribbons! Your ribbon will be tied by our PREP children to our new cemetery gates prior to the ceremony on May 28th following the 10:30am Mass. Suggested donation is only $10 or 3 for $20. (*Only 1 name per ribbon please!) We will honor their sacrifice by following a bag piper out of Mass that day and pray at the gates of cemetery, followed by taps of a bugler. Our own parish Historian, Robert Pardi, will once again shoot a volley and be in full historic uniform! A great opportunity to teach your children about the sacrifice of others! You don’t want to miss this one! Last year it was one of the most moving tributes we honored! You may complete a form after any Mass or join us by Clicking Here!
 
 
 
 
💒 Why I Give….
 
As we close our our annual Stewardship Appeal later next week, we will include some of the wonderful reasons folks support the mission of Saint Miriam! Here is one from this past week and you can, too, help us by Clicking Here
 
“Saint Miriam is such a loving,welcoming and accepting church and the people have become a blessing in my life. I finally have found my Church Family here at Saint Miriam .”
 – Pat L.
 

 

 

🏕 Summer Camp Begins June 12th!

Unlike many of the mega camps, we offer personalized attention for every child with low camper to staff ratios. We cater to preschool aged children and older – and welcome friends and siblings regardless of membership at our school or church.  Learn more 
here, the fun begins June 12th!
 
 
 
 
 
🙏🏼 Why Not Pray with Us?
 
As we grow as a community, we need more support and one way is to join us in praying for the needs of the parish, our community, your friends, family, and the world, too! Join our prayer list at Prayers@mySaintMiriam.org and also send your needs to us, too, so we might pray for you!
 
 
 
 
 

👨‍🏫 From Shaun to Sean!

Shaun Little has served at Director of Religious Education (DOE) for almost 7 years now and has brought our program to a new platform. He also helped us to lead our schools, including Zion Preschool at Saint Miriam, until we reorganized with our new school directors this past spring. But, as with all of us, the time has come for him to step back from his role as DOE. While you will still see him around the parish, we are pleased for his life of service and success and thank him earnestly for all he has selflessly done for our educational programming. So, please welcome Sean Hall as our new DOE for the coming year! The transition  from Shaun to Sean will not impact the ‘aural’ version of the Director, but we are revamping much of the program. Stay tuned and welcome in a renewed PREP/CCD program this fall!
 
 
 
 

📚 Father John to Lead Youth and Education!

Please welcome Father John Connors as he received his first appointment from Mo sign this past week! He will be in charge of leading and growing our youth, education, and teen programs at Saint Miriam! Father will work closely with our new DOE to help ensure a successful program! Any suggestions, please see either Father John or Sean Hall!
 
 
 
 

🎨 Bell Tower Gets It Coat of Paint, too!

Please welcome our own John Shoemaker back as he completes the exterior painting project from last year, but the highest point – our Bell Tower! The exterior louvers need a coat of paint to preserve them, and match the new trim and John will be 40′ high so watch your step and pray for the safety of all of our construction workers and volunteers!
 
 
 
 
🏗 Rectory Construction to Begin June 5th!
 
Our Building Permits have arrived! Plans that were submitted to the Township have been approved, the bank is approved, the builder is ready! Soon…construction will begin on our new Friary Rectory! Please give to this effort by Clicking Here, and receive your miniature bronze statue of St. Francis Joliet! Then, watch for the construction to begin as we become even better!
 
 
 
 
🚧 Rectory Construction to Mandate a Few Changes!
 
Our construction will be occurring from June – September and will cause us to lose the main Admin/School walkway for much of that time. Please watch signs and postings and also note that the Upper Road will be closed, too, when construction vehicles need to use the ‘construction staffing area’ to bring materials and lift them to the second level. As they say, please pardon our dust and any inconvenience as we build a new home!
 
 
 
 
🚘 Our Garage gets a Make Over!
 
Our Maintenance Garage has received a make over this week! New electrical wiring, secure gutters, paint, and now a garage door and brand new opener have all been added! Please watch us as we use our fund wisely to enhance our productivity, reduce our costs, and continue to make Saint Miriam, Saint Miriam Academy, and Union Cemetery at Saint Miriam vital and beautiful!
 
 
 
 

🐒 Going to the Zoo!

Our school children, parents, and educators will be off for their annual field trip to the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown omniscience’s Thursday, May 25th! All classes are taking place at the zoo and the children will not be in the school omniscience’s this day. Just one more way we are making an exciting school even better! Have fun!
 
 
 
 

🇺🇸 Holiday Office and School Closings:

Please note that the parish offices and school will be closed for  Memorial Day holiday on both Friday, May 26th and Monday May 29th! Our Mass schedule for Sunday will remain the same! Have a safe Memorial Day weekend!
 
 
 
 

👝 Weekday Confessions During Lunch at Saint Miriam!

We will officially welcomed our new Associate Pastor, Father John Connors, last week and he has already begun to make an impact! Now, with the added help, we will begin to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Confessions, every weekday Monday – Friday from 11:30am until 12:05pm! Catch a break and be made whole again during your lunch break!  Then, starting in the fall, we will also add a mid-day Mass every weekday at 12:15pm! Join us as we grow for you!
 
 
 
 
🔔 Help Ring Our Bells!
 
We are seeking a few bell ringers to help during Sunday Masses! Each of our Masses requires that the bells in our Bell Tower ring out at 30 minutes before, 15 minutes before, and at the start of Mass, and we need some extra ringers! Care to help? Contact us by Clicking Here or see anyone on staff today! 
 
 
 
 
 
📸 A Photo Directory!
 
Saint Miriam Parish is growing and we want to make sure that we know and stay in touch with our parishioners. So, we are working on updating our parish database called ParishSoft to ensure 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 it will give them access to your contact information. And, with your approval only, we can create a directory that will include your photo, but not your personal information. Therefore, we are requesting that each of parishioner send a photo (you and your family members; photos of your children are optional.) We would also like you to include the following information for each member of your family:
 

Name:

Address:

Home Number:

Cell Number:

Emergency Number:

Birth Date:

Directory Approval Yes or No:
 
Please send to SaintMiriamPhotos@mysaintmiriam.org.(Please name your file(s) lastname_firstname.jpg on each photo. Example: cuffey_lorraine.jpg and cuffey_guy.jpg) Also, if you cannot send a photo please contact Lorraine Cuffey to schedule a time on a Sunday to have your photo taken at church. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Lorraine at lorraine.cuffey@mysaintmiriam.org
 
 
 
 
👩‍🍳 A Saint Miriam Cookbook!
 
We are excited to announce that the Women of Saint Miriam are publishing a cookbook as their Fall Fundraiser. From now until September 17th we are 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! Learn more Here and even watch a video, too!
 
 
 
 
👷🏼 Tour and Final Reception for Rectory Announced!
 
We are preparing for a new Rectory! Some have stepped up and given and received a miniature St Francis Joliet Statue. So, to entice you further to support this vital project, we are offering construction tours and a final reception before it is opened to the public for those who donate ahead of construction! By making your donation to the Rectory Fund today, you will also be invited to a ‘Hard Hat Tour” during mid-construction, and then enjoy a private cocktail reception in the rectory! Join us by Clicking Here!
 
 
 
 

⧛⧛⧛Fence Help Needed 1st Week of June!

Our cemetery needs a fence installed around two sections and we can save more than 50% the cost, but need several volunteers to help us. We will rent a post-hole digger to make the job easier, too, but you can help if you volunteer today! Email Monsignor Jim and let him know you can assist by Clicking Here! The final permits should be ready at the township by November 26th! Please…help us by volunteering today!
 
 
 
 
 
 


Focus in Brief: Our Weekly Announcements for May 14th 2017!

 
 
Focus in Brief:  Our Weekly Announcements for May 14th 2017!
 
Happy Mother’s Day!!
 
 
 
 
👨‍👩‍👦 May 14th is Mother’s Day and We will Be “On the Lawn”!
 
This Sunday, May 14th, we will honor Mother’s Day with flowers, intentions, and a special brunch on the lawn! Join us and don’t forget to bring mom! To help the team set up and bring a dish, please  Click Here!
 
 
 
 

👩‍👧‍👦 Mother’s Day Baskets and Those Women!

The Women of Saint Miriam do it again with a specular Mother’s Day Basket Raffle! You could win one of three baskets! They are a basket of Mally Beauty makeup and beauty products (retail value over $250); a spa basket with wine, meditation book for moms, spa products and a spa gift certificate (retail value over $150), and a cross body bag filled with Avon beauty products. Get your tickets after Mass beginning this Sunday and see the beautiful display in the Bell Tower Entry, too!  
 
 
 
 

🍽 Join Us for One More Sacred Meal Before Summer Break!

 
Join  us next Wednesday at 6:30pm, May 17th, for our final Sacred Meal Dinner Group before we break for summer! Monsignor Jim will lead us and Father John will be at his very first one, so let us make it a good showing! Learn more
Here and RSVP by Clicking Here!
 
 
 
 
🏗 Rectory Construction to Begin 1st Week of June!
 
Our Building Permits have arrived! Plans that were submitted to the Township have been approved, the bank is approved, the builder is ready! Soon…construction will begin on our new Friary Rectory! Please give to this effort by Clicking Here, and receive your miniature bronze statue of St. Francis Joliet! Then, watch for the construction to begin as we become even better!
 
 
 
 
 

👝 Weekday Confessions During Lunch Comes to Saint Miriam!

We will officially welcomed our new Associate Pastor, Father John Connors, last week and he has already begun to make an impact! Now, with the added help, we will begin to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Confessions, every weekday Monday – Friday from 11:30am until 12:05pm! Catch a break and be made whole again during your lunch break!  Then, starting in the fall, we will also add a mid-day Mass every weekday at 12:15pm! Join us as we grow for you!
 
 
 
 
🔔 Help Ring Our Bells!
 
We are seeking a few bell ringers to help during Sunday Masses! Each of our Masses requires that the bells in our Bell Tower ring out at 30 minutes before, 15 minutes before, and at the start of Mass, and we need some extra ringers! Care to help? Contact us by Clicking Here or see anyone on staff today! 
 
 
 
 
💰 Fundraisers: All in One Place!
 
We added a link under Donate at our website (www.mySaintMiriam.org) that lists all in Ione place the current fundraisers join on at Saint Miriam! Click today and support us with some fantastic ways!
 
 
 
 
📸 A Photo Directory, too?
 

Saint Miriam Parish is growing and we want to make sure that we know and stay in touch with our parishioners. So, we are working on updating our parish database called ParishSoft to ensure 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 it will give them access to your contact information. And, with your approval only, we can create a directory that will include your photo, but not your personal information. Therefore, we are requesting that each of parishioner send a photo (you and your family members; photos of your children are optional.) We would also like you to include the following information for each member of your family:

Name:

Address:

Home Number:

Cell Number:

Emergency Number:

Birth Date:

Directory Approval Yes or No:
 
Please send to SaintMiriamPhotos@mysaintmiriam.org. (Please name your file(s) lastname_firstname.jpg on each photo. Example: cuffey_lorraine.jpg and cuffey_guy.jpg) Also, if you cannot send a photo please contact Lorraine Cuffey to schedule a time on a Sunday to have your photo taken at church. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Lorraine at lorraine.cuffey@mysaintmiriam.org
 
 
 
 
👩‍🍳 A Saint Miriam Cookbook!
 
We are excited to announce that the Women of Saint Miriam are publishing a cookbook as their Fall Fundraiser. From now until September 17th we are 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! Learn more Here and even watch a video, too!
 
 
 
 
❤️ Help a Hospice Love More Deeply!
 

Heartland Hospice located in Blue Bell is looking for volunteers.  A volunteer for hospice freely spends some time with a hospice patient to provide a loving presence, play music or engage them in any way to have them feel loved and cared for.  If anyone is interested in this type of ministry (Approx. 6 hours/month) please take a flyer (located in the Diener Room) and/or call Lisa Tischler at 610-941-6700. If you need any guidance, Please see Father John this week. 

 
 
 
👷🏼 Tour and Final Reception for Rectory Announced!
 
We are preparing for a new Rectory! Some have stepped up and given and received a miniature St Francis Joliet Statue. So, to entice you further to support this vital project, we are offering construction tours and a final reception before it is opened to the public for those who donate ahead of construction! By making your donation to the Rectory Fund today, you will also be invited to a ‘Hard Hat Tour” during mid-construction, and then enjoy a private cocktail reception in the rectory! Join us by Clicking Here!
 
 
 
 

⧛⧛⧛Fence Installation Help Needed ASAP!

Our cemetery needs a fence installed around two sections and we can save more than 50% the cost, but need several volunteers to help us. We will rent a post-hole digger to make the job easier, too, but you can help if you volunteer today! Email Monsignor Jim and let him know you can assist by Clicking Here!
 
 
 
 

🎶 A Spring Concert is May 19th!

On May 19th at 7:00PM, our own Maria Wolf and Charlie Masters will be doing our annual Spring Concert. It will be a similar format from last year: a wonderful mix of Classical, Broadway, and a few Standards, too. This year’s theme will be, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”! This famous Julie Garland song will be one of the many you’ll hear that night! So, plan to join us and get your tickets after Mass beginning May 7th for only $20.00! Buy your tickets by Clicking Here!
 
 
 
 
🙏🏼 Join Us Every Thursday and Honor God!
 
Our regular Thursday lineup is back! Adoration from 5:00pm until 6:00pm, Mass at 6:00pm, and Rosary at 6:30pm! Join us and adore our Lord and Our Blessed Mother and watch your life change! 
 
 
 
 
 

🏖 Small Groups Summer Break in June!

All of our Small Groups will take a break for summer beginning after May! Enjoy them now and come back in September! To get a complete list of our Small Groups, please pick up a brochure in the Bell Tower, or Click Here!
  
 
 
 

💒 Stewardship Forms STILL Needed!

Do you love Saint Miriam? We cannot close out our annual Stewardship Campaign with. your forms and your support! Have you pledged that love in the form of Stewardship? Many of our parishioners have neglected to complete their annual Stewardship. Please complete your stewardship forms today by Clicking Here, or seeing anyone on staff this week! 
 
 
 
 

🎖Cemetery Ribbons for Memorial Day!

This year, join us on  Sunday, May 28th after the 10:30am Mass, when we will once again honor the fallen within our beautiful historic cemetery with donated and sponsored ribbons! Your ribbon will be tied by our PREP children to our new cemetery gates prior to the ceremony on May 28th following the 10:30am Mass. Suggested donation is only $10 or 3 for $20. (*Only 1 name per ribbon please!) We will honor their sacrifice by following a bag piper out of Mass that day and pray at the gates of cemetery, followed by taps of a bugler. Our own parish Historian, Robert Pardi, will once again shoot a volley and be in full historic uniform! A great opportunity to teach your children about the sacrifice of others! You don’t want to miss this one! Last year it was one of the most moving tributes we honored! You may complete a form after any Mass or join us by Clicking Here!
 
 
 

 

🏕 Summer Camp Begins June 12th!

Unlike many of the mega camps, we offer personalized attention for every child with low camper to staff ratios. We cater to preschool aged children and older – and welcome friends and siblings regardless of membership at our school or church.  Learn more
here, the fun begins June 12th!