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!

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