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! 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!

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