The Weekly Focus for February 8th 2015


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Join us in Prayer….

Edmund, Mary, Susan, Linda, John, Joan, Lee, Celine, Andrea, Ruth, Glenn, Sean, Lorraine, Guy, Chris, Maureen, Chester, Donna, Lucille, Bonnie, Gabriel, Louise, Dee, Jim, Art, Shirley, Dorothy, Joe, Elizabeth, Geraldine, Bryan and Christopher.
And, for our dead: Virgina “Jinny” Hoelker, Vincent Shetzline, and Beverly Pierson.


Saint Miriam Life & News!

Today we … Baptize Luna Rose at the Early Mass and ordain Anthony Wayne at the Morning Mass! Join us and be blessed by these wonderful events in the life of our parish!
A ‘Thank You’ from Ed Hoelker:  Ed lost his wife, Virginia, last week and we honored her with a beautiful Funeral Mass. Ed sends his thanks to all who made his grief a bit easier. Please join us in our ongoing care and support of Ed and his family.
Pastor Away:  Monsignor Jim will be away from the parish from February 9th – February 14th to attend to his family in their shared time of grief. He will be very limited in his access and will not be able to return until his trip is over. Please contact Deacon Pat or Msgr. Joe for any needs.
Sacred Meal in March:  We will hold our next Sacred Meal group on March 18th at 6:30pm. February’s meal is postponed as it falls on Ash Wednesday.
Thinking Lent Yet? A new “All About Lent” Section is below! Check it out and plan to deepen your experience with God this year!
Cafe’ Gift Cards Now Available! Visit the Saint Miriam Cafe’ today and get one of our brand new gift cards! These cards are heavy-duty, customized plastic and have the logo of our new Cafe’ and can be purchased in any amount and even reloaded! Make a great gift and is easier to use every week than cash! Get Cafe-ing!
What’s New in the Cafe’?  Tassimo Italian Lattes with a FREE Demitasse Rock Candy Sticks! These small unwrapped natural demitasse rock candy sticks are an old time classic. Delicious to munch on by themselves, or delightful to stir into hot beverages such as cappuccino, latte, tea, and even regular ol’ coffee. These sticks are approximately 4 3/4” in length of delicious rock candy! Get yours this weekend!
Our New App is a Hit! The Saint Miriam App is here! Download for iOS/Apple for iPhone and iPad or Android by Clicking Here. Tell your friends!
What’s the “V” for? The new addition to our Hymn board will make it easier for you to know which verse of the Alleluia we will be using for the particular Sunday you are attending! The Alleluia currently being used has 4 verses and we alternate every week, which has caused a bit of confusion for folks. So, now the v.1 (etc.) will indicate the verse we will sing together! So, belt it out and proclaim the Gospel of Christ!
Women and a GREAT V-Day Basket! Here it is! The Valentine’s Day Basket Raffle! Get your tickets! The Basket value is over $800!!! Raffle tickets will be on sale for $10 and 3 for $25. Don’t miss out, purchase your tickets in The Saint Miriam Cafe’ and also through all your friends of Saint Miriam.
Stroudsmoor Inn Overnight ‘Suite” Stay with Romantic Dinner and Breakfast Included!
8″ Android Tablet w/Google Play & Tech Support
Crystal Heart Frame
Elegant Serving Tray
Handcrafted Shawl
Saint Miriam Relaxation CD
Set of 5 Massage Oils
Heart Journal
Gifts of Beauty
Lenox Heart Ornament
& A bottle of Red & A bottle of White
Think to PLAN Ahead! Every year, as part of our wise stewardship to you, we offer a financial planning seminar with the assistance and hard work of one of our own, Michael Conk. This year, we will offer TWO! And, to help with your planning, they will occur after the Morning Mass on Sunday! Please mark your calendars!
1. Financial Planning and Paying for College on June 28th!
2. Social Security/Medicare, and Retirement Planning 101 on October 25th!

All About Lent!
Ash Wednesday Schedule : Occurs on Wednesday, February 18th and we will host two services. The 12:15 will be a Service for Ashes and Penitence and the 6:30pm will include a brief Eucharist as well. Join us as we gather to usher in the holy season of Lent!
A Lenten Retreat! A new Lenten Retreat will take place at the parish on Saturday, February 21st from 9:00am to 3:00pm and will include a wonderful fresh warm lunch! RSVP required to plan for food! Please RSVP today by clicking the mail icon on your App, or to!
Ashes to Go! Our Ministry Team will be participating in Ashes to Go this year and will make themselves available at the Ambler Station – from 7am-9am and 4pm- 6pm, and also at the Norristown Transportation Center Station – from 7am-9am and 11am-1pm and 4pm- 6pm. Please pray for them!
Stations of the Cross Return! Stations of the Cross refers to a series of artistic representations, often sculptural, depicting Christ Carrying the Cross to his crucifixion. This beautiful devotional will take the place of our Rosary every Thursday at 6:30pm during the weeks of Lent, starting on Thursday, February 19th 2015. Join us and deepen your connection with our Christ!
Lenten Suppers: Our annual Lenten Suppers will begin with the Thursday after Ash Wednesday following the Station of the Cross. Please see the sign up form located in the Fellowship Hall to offer your gift of soup, salad, bread, or a simple dessert! Join us and journey through the Thursdays of Lent!
New Mass Schedule begins with Lent: A new Mass schedule is in your pew pockets and you are welcome to read and/or take a copy home! Beginning February 22nd we will have three Sunday Masses at 9:00am, 10:30am, and 5:00pm! Learn more here.
Lenten Devotion Books: A new devotional guide for Lent will be made available again this year. It comes in two formats (eBook and Print) Please let Deacon Pat know if you would like one, and which format you would prefer. Email by clicking the mail icon on your App, or to!
The Scrutinies of Lent Return! These very special rites are celebrated on the middle three Sundays of Lent, at liturgies where the Elect are present. This time can be wonderful to reflect upon the journey these Elect are making during Lent, as an inspiration and source of renewal for us in our journey. These are ancient rites and they may, at first, seem strange to us.  But they are profoundly rooted in our human experience.  We need to examine (scrutinize) how we are, the areas of our lives where we are tempted, or seriously sin – in what we do and what we fail to do.  We really need healing and the strength that can come from the support of our sisters and brothers. Please make every effort to be with the parish at the 10:30am Mass on March 8, 15, and 22. Please invite parents, sponsors, and Godparents, as applicable.

Saint Miriam Cafe’ Menu for February!


February 1st

Biscuit Cheese Omelette Sandwich – $1.50

Tuna Salad & Crackers- $1.50

Loaded Potato Soup – $2.00

Variety of Pastries & Cookies


February 8th

Biscuit, Cheese & Egg Breakfast Cups (Sausage – Bacon – Veggie) – $1.00

Chicken Stew & Biscuit – $2.50

Variety of Pastries & Cookies


February 15th

Bacon Egg & Cheese Muffin – $2.00

Grilled Cheese – $1.00

Tomato Basil Soup – $2.00

Variety of Pastries & Cookies


February 22nd

Spinach Egg & Cheese Strata – $2.00

Turkey Gumbo Soup- $2.00

Variety of Pastries & Cookies


Upcoming Events!

(Visit our Parish Calendar Here and below is a Quick Recap of Upcoming Events!)


Today – Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 – The Baptism of Luna Rose and Ordination of Anthony Wayne!
Feb 12th – Mid-Week Mass at 6:00pm- Rosary Devotional at 6:30pm 
Feb 18th – Ash Wednesday at 12:15pm and 6:30pm
Feb 19th – Stations of the Cross at 6:30pm followed by Lenten Supper at 7:00pm!
Feb 21st – Lenten Retreat 2015 from 9:00am – 3:00pm – sign up by clicking the mail icon!
Feb 22nd – Donna and Chester will renew their wedding vows at the 10:30am Mass.
– The 5:00pm Mass begins! Join us and tell your friends!