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 ( 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:



Home Number:

Cell Number:

Emergency Number:

Birth Date:

Directory Approval Yes or No:
Please send to (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
👩‍🍳 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!

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