Focus in Brief: Our Weekly Announcements for April 3rd 2016

Saint Miriam Academy is Here! 
Spread the good news! No, not just that Good News…this one: It’s official! This fall your children can attend KINDERGARTEN at the all new Saint Miriam Academy. This full-day program will be taught by a certified teacher and will prepare your child for their continued elementary education. Stop by the Open House TODAY between 10:00am and 6:00pm, or call the office anytime 215-836-9800 x707 for your free tour of our newly renovated space! Saint Miriam, Zion Preschool at Saint Miriam, and now Saint Miriam Academy, too!
Anyone can hold an Easter Egg Hunt before Easter!
Not us! PREP classes will resume this coming Sunday, April 3rd and we will hold our annual Easter Egg Hunt after classes conclude (weather permitting). For PREPlay, it will be at approximately 10:00am in the playground. For the PREP/CCD children it will be in the grassy area near the front of the church. Please be sure to bring an empty basket!
😷 Father Joseph on Temporary Leave.
Recently, Father Joseph has recognized an increased anxiety that has exacerbated a preexisting medical issue. After his most recent bought with severe colitis, he and Monsignor Jim believe it is time for him to make a temporary change that will benefit him, reduce tension, and allow him time to fully heal. Therefore, our pastor has offered, and Father Joseph accepted, a three week (3) medical leave effective today. His next date back will be Sunday, April 24th for the 11:00am Mass – a Jubilee for his first year as a priest. Please allow him time to rest and wish him your very best. See you at the end of April, Father, and heal well!
The Gift of St. Francis now Welcomes Everyone to our Beautiful Campus! 
Please join us in thanking our pastor, Monsignor Jim, Sean Hall, and their family for donating the beautiful new St. Francis of Assisi Statue located at the main entrance off Bethlehem Pike! The beautiful and moving statue is given in loving memory of Alton E. St. George, and will serve as a constant reminder every time we enter our grounds that love prevails here! 
Good Eats are Good Treats for Children?
March’s Scholarship Fund raised $585.25 for the children in our schools! Your good eating in the Saint Miriam Cafe’ is helping to bring in more children! Learn more here and keep eating!
‍‍‍ Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

On Mother’s Day, Sunday May 8th, 2016, we would like the gentleman of the parish to honor the women! All of us have a wife, mother, daughter, or a very special women that has made a true difference in our lives. Well Gentlemen, here is your opportunity to show your appreciation and gratitude for the women in our Saint Miriam family. We are asking you to volunteer and help make this a very special day for our women. We will need men for various activities before and after the 11:00 Mass on May 8, 2016. Various ways you might volunteer to help include:

  • Setting Up the table(s)
  • Setting the table(s) with the place settings
  • Placing the appetizers on the buffet table
  • Serving our women at table-side
  • Keeping the appetizers available
  • Preparing Teas & Coffee
  • Clean up after the festivities

Let’s make this a very special occasion for our women by volunteering to take care of them as they care for us. Please feel free to email Lorraine with your commitment to make this year’s Mother’s Day special, or see her in the Cafe’ this week. 

The Printed Edition of the Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam Debuts Easter Sunday!
Saint Miriam is proud to debut a print-edition of the weekly newsletter, The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam! Advertisers have flocked to offset its production costs and we will hand them out for the very first time on Easter Sunday! Join us as we celebrate the new medium and be sure to support the advertisers who helped make it all possible!
Quick Pay is Here at the Cafe’!
Saint Miriam now accepts contactless (NFC) payments, like Apple Pay and Android Pay, and chip cards! This reader is right alongside the Square Register Stand located at the Saint Miriam Cafe’ window in the Undercroft! Now you can pay, donate, and go faster! Learn all about the Saint Miriam Cafe’ by Clicking Here!
⚒Get a Brick, Support the Parish, and Help a Child!
See anyone today and get your brick donation in! A display is located in the Bell Tower Entry to the parish! Beautifully engraved bricks are available to create a path to a new playground for the children of our school! (The path is edged with markets outside the admin/school entrance) Each brick is available by Clicking Here in two sizes and may be made in memorial or honor of someone you love! Help us build a path of hope today!
 Our “Creating a Legacy of Love” Annual Stewardship Appeal!
That is the theme of this year’s annual Stewardship appeal! Please pick up the beautiful informational brochures now available today, along with your pledge form! The campaign will end in only two weeks and includes an endowment! If we do not get enough pledge forms back, the campaign will be extended until we meet budget so please…commit today! It all begins in our hearts!
Mixed Bags are Back! 
The Women of Saint Miriam are offering their annual Mixed Bags Fundraiser for the parish and the school this year! These beautiful and well-crafted bags make great gifts, too! They are manufactured from all recycled materials which is in keeping with our parish’s “Green Policy” to reduce our carbon footprint and save God’s planet!  But act fast as this sale is over Sunday, April 17th! The catalogs are available in the Diener Room, the Admin/School hallway, the parish office, and the Undercroft! So get shopping today and share with family, friends, and coworkers! 
A Fireside Chat and Dine that Supports Saint Miriam? 
Please join us on Monday, April 18th 2016 at The Fireside Bar & Grille located just down the street from us at 1211 S. Bethlehem Pike, Ambler, PA 19002, anytime during the day with no restrictions and everything you purchase (except alcohol, of course!) makes a 20% donation to Saint Miriam! It’s that simple! Eat, chat, and give back! Join us and mark your calendars now!
Give a the Gift of a Mass Today! 
Please join us in honoring the sacrifice of the Mass by getting your Mass Intentions, Sanctuary Lamp Intentions, and Bread and Wine Donations for 2016, and in return you will get a wonderful Lenten gift! See Kathleen, Deacon Pat, or any of the Women of Saint Miriam after any Mass this week, or Click Here right now!
 Saints and Changes are Coming to UCW! 
Please watch as we begin renovations to our Union Cemetery of Whitemarsh at Cemetery! The Cemetery Trust, Cemetery Board, and Parish Board have developed a plan in coordination with our pastor to bring about a beautiful new St. Francis of Assisi Green Memorial Section this summer! The plans include a beautiful new state of life-sized bronze St. Francis, a newly defined grave section, plantings and leveling, lighting, hand forged iron gates at the entry and exit, signage, and much more! Watch as we unveil and plan a dedication for mid to late summer 2016! Early purchases – with deep discounts – will be available to parishioners of Saint Miriam shortly after we begin so stay tuned!