So Shines a Good Deed!

One of my favorite movies growing up as a child was Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder. In one of the final scenes, Grandpa Joe is arguing with Wonka about why his grandson, Charlie, won’t get the grand prize. Grandpa Joe calls Wonka an inhuman monster and a swindler. They go to leave, but Charlie turns back and places the Everlasting Gobstopper on Wonka’s desk as he unexpectedly returns it. Wonka gently cups the candy in his palm then quietly replies, “So shines a good deed in a weary world.” Our own Tom Frey is a living example of this, as are all of the countless volunteers and staff who selflessly work every day together to make our programs and ministry work!
While much of the world has stopped, our mission at Saint Miriam will not be placed on pause. That’s why we have been in 8 newspapers (like the Times Herald) in the last few weeks and last night and this morning we got even more press at Fox 29 News! We were featured on Bill Anderson’s For Goodness’ Sake and not to be out done, we had another featured spot this morning on Good Day Philadelphia where our own Tom Frey was interviewed about the impact we are making with our outreach! Yes! Why? Because every day our parish does real work for real people! I am so proud of what we’ve created!
Now more than ever, we’re so grateful for all the facets of our community that has funded, volunteered, celebrated, and advocated for Saint Miriam through the years, especially during this pandemic. Every single cent given from all of YOU, in all the various ways, from eGiving, to every handwritten check to every online donation, plus all the Mass intentions, and the supplies dropped off, to your generous prayers, too! Because of all of these things – and all your support – we do wonderful work! We learned the power of community and we do these things together, not out of an attitude of self-congratulations, or selfishness, but through great joy that we are part of something better and bigger together: Saint Miriam! At a time when everything feels uncertain, we find comfort and encouragement knowing that you care about our cause, our mission, and our spiritual home.
The passion and care of people like you keep us going, and we hope we make you proud of how we pay these funds forward to benefit not only our parish life but in our outreach, like the Blessing Bag Program, that is so needed, especially during these challenging times.
Please continue to support our good work and here are a few ways you can help us right now from your own homes!
1. Donate Today! Every little bit helps. Your gift will go directly to [helping us stay strong and vibrant for the day when we can return. Thank you for supporting us during this critical time. Donate Today
2. Follow Us on Social Media and through Our Parish App! Keep tabs on all that we’re up to by following us on social media. It’s the easiest way you can see the difference we’re all making together in real-time. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and don’t forget that Saint Miriam App!
3. Fundraise as a Family! Create your own fundraising page to raise money for the Saint Miriam and our Mission. Your kids can help you personalize your fundraiser by posting photos and writing a story about why you’re supporting us. Next, share it with friends and family.
4. Be Sharers of Our Good News! Enjoyed a family Pinterest project? Saw a beautiful story on the news that made you ugly cry? Share your photos, favorite sites, and inspiring stories and quotes on our Facebook page! And, be sure to share our posts on your page and invite your friends to “like us”!
Keep an eye out for updates on the impact of your life with us – together – in the coming weeks, along with other ways to get involved in helping us. Thank you again for your generous support. Our community can do anything because YOU are a part of it!
On behalf of all of us at Saint Miriam, thank you for being a part of our wonderful parish community. We wish you and your family health, safety, and happiness and want you to know that together, we can overcome all things.
In hope to gather together again soon,
Monsignor +Jim

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