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! 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! 

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