The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for February 26th 2017


The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for February 26th 2017


Saint Miriam in Prose: From our Pastor


📰  Click Here to visit our Pastor’s Blog for this week!

Saint Miriam in Prayer: Remembering!


Steve, Kelly, Margaret, Nick, The Morgan’s, Maureen and Chris, John, Billy, Dave, Mike, Jonette, Joy, Rick, Steve, Wendell, Judy, Richelle, Kathleen, Marek, Dana, Greg, Susan and Marty, Diane, Ckrisen, Donte, Micah, Mary,  Maryann, Lisa, Father Bryan, Eleanore, Angela, Ruth, Leo, Bobbi, Naomi, Phyllis, Lorraine, Guy, Pat, Angie, Craig, Trevor, Bob, Kim, Kate, Terri, Mary, Dan, Andrew, Ken, Freed Family, Chris, Janet, Pat, Sue, Paul, Ed, George, Marie, Suzanne, Rich, Cassie, Linda, Mike, Shannon, Richard, Victoria, Marianne, Donna, Joe, Maureen, and BJ.

( To be included in our prayer list, or to receive pastoral care, communion for shut-ins, or any other pastoral need, please let us know by Clicking Here.)

Saint Miriam in Reflection: The Mass.

Our Mass Intentions…
All Mass Intentions May be Viewed by Clicking Here.

Memorial Masses:

Margaret Storz by Shaun Little

Louise Freed by Richard Freed

Josephine Alessio Gabriel by Ronnie Gabriel

Michael Gabriel by Ronnie Gabriel

Walter Laub by Mike Gabriele


Honor Masses:

Megan Wilcke

by Pat Wilcke

Sanctuary Lamp:

In Memory of Josephine Alessio Gabriel and Michael Gabriel by Ronnie Gabriel

Bread and Wine Sponsor for Month:

In Honor of the Saint Miriam Parish Ministry Team and  Board by Pat Wilcke

(✜ Mass Intentions Available: Please make your Mass Intentions today? See anyone on staff for Masses, Sanctuary Lamp, and Bread and Wine Sponsors or Click Here to make your intentions online! Thank you!)

Saint Miriam New News: a priori!

 To read our full list of current events for this week,  visit Focus in Brief ,  by Clicking Here!)
Today we honor The Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time!


💟 Join us for Ash Wednesday and Love Lent Again!
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday! Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation, and spiritual discipline. Ash Wednesday emphasizes two themes: our sinfulness before God, and our human mortality. Our services focus on both themes, helping us to realize that both have been triumphed through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Join us at 12:15pm for a simple service of Ashes and Prayers, and then at 6:30pm for Ash Wednesday Mass! Begin your Lent with Saint Miriam.
✝️ A Beautiful Lent at Saint Miriam!
Get ready for a different kind of Lent this year! Believe it or not,  is almost Lent and Saint Miriam has many wonderful opportunities to deepen your Lenten Experience. First, on Ash Wednesday, March 1st we will hold two services at 12:15pm and 6:30pm; Then, join us on Thursday, March 2nd, and every Thursday in Lent at 6:30pm for our Stations of the Cross devotional. The First Sunday of Lent, March 5th, we will have an “Instructed Eucharist” at the 10:30am Morning Mass where Monsignor Jim will explain the meaning behind the actions of the Mass. We will also hold a beautiful Lenten Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 6:00pm on Wednesday, March 29th to Mass on Thursday evening, March 30th at 6:00pm; join us as we wait with our Lord. Finally, be sure to join us for a wonderful Lenten Retreat on Saturday, March 18th with Sr. Eleanor Francis who will then join Monsignor and concelebrate the 10:30am Mass on Sunday, March 19th! A beautifully moving Lent is coming! Get ready and prepare a way for the Lord in your life!
👨🏼‍🏫‍‍‍‍‍ An Instructed Eucharist Comes in Lent to Saint Miriam Next Sunday, March 5th!
Many parishioners enjoyed the last time this was done by our pastor and some have expressed a desire for some sort of real-time worship teaching or commentary, which would shed light on the various elements of the Mass. Such a teaching service is often known as an “Instructed Eucharist.” In an Instructed Eucharist the different parts of the service are described: their history, purpose, and rubrics are explained and will take place at the 10:30am Mass on Sunday, March 5th, The First Sunday of Lent to begin to deepen our affection for the Sacrifice of the Mass and our love our Our Lord! Join Monsignor Jim for a wonderful instructed way to learn and grow this Lent!



🔘Gluten-Free Hosts ARE Available at Every Mass! 

Did you know that Gluten-Free Communion Wafers are available at every Mass? We consecrate several gluten-free wafers and all you need to do is ask when you approach the priest for Holy Communion! Here is a good method:
Priest: The Body of Christ!
Communicant: Amen! Father, may I please have a gluten free host?
It’s that simple!
Greeters, Ushers,  Crucifers, and Acolytes, Oh My!
This Lenten Season, Monsignor Jim has requested a revamping of the Greeters, Ushers, Crucifers, and Acolytes in an effort to involve more people, and to offer more coverage for every Mass. It is not fair for a parish of our size to ‘see’ the same people always serving in the same roles. It is also a principle cause for burning out! Therefore, we will begin to ‘share things up a bit’ and request that our Greeters and Ushers assigned help folks into the parish as well as usher you out of your pews for Holy Communion. We would also like more children to serve the altar; will you ask your child to become an acolytes in 2017? Please see Deacon Pat or Father Jim this week!

📹BoxCast LiveStreaming Coming to Saint Miriam: Get Ready! 

By live video streaming and archiving our Sunday Masses, Adoration, Rosary, Weddings, and Funerals, we can connect with our parishioners even when they can’t be with us, or while they travel, or even ill at home! We have chosen BoxCast after a long and in-depth search for the best solution for our needs ad the most cost-effective! BoxCast is a complete, easy-to-use live streaming solution that will begin at Saint Miriam the Lent!  We will begin by live streaming Adoration and Mass every Thursday and our Morning Mass at 10:30am every Sunday! We are also open to broadcasting more, so let us know your thoughts and welcome in the world to our wonderful parish!
Adoration Brochure and Prayer Cards Now Available Every Thursday?

Many folks are simply intimidated by Adoration, when in reality it is Our Lord calling you to come and sit with Him for a time! We have designed two new help aids: one is a beautiful new brochure on Adoration, and the second is a beautiful prayer to recite while you are with Jesus. Pick them up today on your way into the Sanctuary for Adoration, today and every Thursday before Mass from 5:00 – 6:00pm, or download by visiting our main website Here!

📿 A Saint Miriam Novena: A Gift to the People of Saint Miriam! 
A Novena is a form of worship within the greater Catholic Church consisting of special prayers, or services, on nine successive days. We have received the gift of our own Novena this week and we will use it this coming Lent! A Novena to St. Miriam was written by Mr. Eric Healy, Holy Infant Parish, on the occasion of the Baptism of his daughter, Abigail Miriam Healy. Please visit the Novena by 
Clicking Here and see Deacon Pat to be included this Lent as we pray it for the first time!



📰Print-Edition of ‘The Saint Miriam Focus’, 2017 Edition Now Open! 

Our beautiful print-edition of the weekly newsletter, The Focus at Saint Miriam, comes alive once each year for renewals and new ads and you can help! Why not ask your businesses, employers, or friends with home businesses to consider advertising in our weekly bulletin? Unlike other parishes, our is a once-per-year print at the same cost as many charge for only three months AND we also rotate their ads live at our website, changing them once every week! These are live linked to their own website for direct referrals! A true win-win! The 2017 edition will be ready for Easter 2017 so act fast! Please consider helping us and to lace an ad, learn more, or send a link, just Click Here!

‍🎤Love The Choir? Sing, Sing, and Rehearse! 

Our fledgling Saint Miriam Choir will begin their 2017 rehearsal schedule on Wednesday,  March 15th at 7:30pm, immediately following the special Lenten-edition of our Sacred Meal Dinner Group! Please consider coming to the meal for some delicious food and fellowship at 6:30pm and then stay and sing your hearts our for the Lord! Thanks to all who will make this endeavor sing with life!

✍ Write Down Your Prayer Intentions, too, at Saint Miriam! 

A Prayer Intentions Log Book has been added to our ways to honor your loved ones and offer prayer and support. The beautifully bound leather book will be located near the Saint Miriam Burning Bush Votive Stand and you may enter your own prayers and they will be offered in remembrance and pray by our priests at every Mass! The Prayer Intention Book expected to begin Sunday, February 26th! Join us as we offer the highest form of love: prayer for others!
Evangelism Comes to Saint Miriam this Lent: The Dirty Word in Catholics?
Since Pope John Paul II called the Church to a new “horizon of evangelization,” there has been increased interest in the mission of evangelization. Parishes and dioceses throughout the United States have active evangelization teams and offices of evangelization. Yet, as central as evangelization is to the mission and life of the Church, there is still reluctance on the part of many Catholics to become involved in it. Why? Simple: Catholics Don’t Do that! 
Well, we were actually once a mission parish and look at what we’ve become together? So, we would like to begin with a brief introduction to evangelism – spreading the word – about us and the Old Catholic Church and then set ourselves up for even greater success in the three main areas. The idea is rather simple: after a time of formation this Lent, three teams will be formed. The first team will focus on enriching the actively practicing and involved Catholics in the parish. The second team will reach out to lapsed Catholics in the parish. The third team will contact non-Catholics by providing informal visits to their homes or to public venues for a brief introduction to all that we are at Saint Miriam. 
The overall three main areas of our evangelism will encompass (1) Bible, (2) Christ, and (3) The Church. Scripture is the word of God in human language and a source of Divine wisdom. Christ is the Word of God incarnate for us, and the Church is the household of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth made manifest for our worship and God’s glory and praise! 
We will begin with prayer and contemplation through three classes on Sundays (March 19th, 26th, and April 2nd), as an active participant with God to evangelize the community. Scriptural prayer allows us to understand our own lived experience and the experiences of others so that we can present Christ and his gospel in a way that is relevant and life-giving. Only this will bring true peace, justice, and freedom to our world, and only this will satisfy the longing of the human heart.
We will begin on Sunday, March 19th, at 12:00pm with  our opening topic, “How to Be One Hell of a Catholic Evangelist”! 
🏁 We Are STILL Not There! Help Take Us Over The Finish Line?
Please help us get over the finish line! We just went over $20,000, but need your help today! We are trying to give Monsigner a salary of $25,000 a year. Is he worth not more for all he does, and the countless hours he spends caring for us? Please read his letter included in this week’s Focus after all Masses and then donate by Clicking Here!


Saint Miriam in Life: The News!


 📆 March’s Ministry Team Scheduled are Posted! Our Ministry Team and Server Schedules for March are now live! Please review and mark your calendars to serve God this coming Month! Click Here!


👨‍👨‍👦 Join the Choir and Let Your Voice be Heard! 

Our Choir needs you! We will be assembling the Choir in full force for the coming Lenten Season and to bring in Easter! And, at our last Liturgy Committee Meeting, we decided to work together with our PREP children and team to form a combined Saint Miriam Choir made up of both children and adults! Please see Charlie, Maria, or Shaun today!

💒 New Adoration Brochure Comes Home! A beautiful new Adoration brochure is now available at Saint Miriam! Pick one up this week within your Print-Edition of our Weekly Focus Newsletter, or in the Information Center located in our Bell Tower! Learn all about Adoration and how it can change your life to spend an hour with Our Lord! You may also see it by Clicking Here and visiting our new Adoration Page at our website!


👷🏼Rectory Friary Building Plans to be Submitted to Township! Join us in the effort to build a new Rectory! Our architect and engineers have completed the drawings and building plans and they will be submitted to the township this week for approval and permits. Please keep the process in your prayers. Please also visit the plans online by Clicking Here and support this endeavor to give our priests a well-deserved new home by Clicking Here now!

💧Get Your Holy Water Bottles! Did you know that Saint Miriam offers Holy Water from our beautiful Holy Water Font located in the Bell Tower? Our available holy water bottles are perfectly sized for your purse or pocket and they come with a screw off cap for easy filling and stamped with a gold cross and the words “Holy Water.” Great for transporting holy water, or just use it for convenient storage. The fact of the matter is that holy water is a powerful sacramental and we ought to use it every day! To prevent us from using it without thinking, we should consciously find ways to use it  more.  Holy water can be used to bless people, places, and things that are used by us as humans in our goal of glorifying God with our lives. Here are eight ways to use them!  Pick up yours today!
🏕 Attention: Summer Campers! Our new Summer Camp Program, Camp Zion at Saint Miriam, is ready to debut for summer 2017! Join us for a wonderful five week summer camp program! Our Camp will run 5 weeks – June 12th through July 14th! Learn more by Clicking Here!

✍🏼 Grant Writer Needed!Our school is thriving and also provides us with the opportunity to seek and receive grant funding to help our programming! If you are experienced in writing grants and have some time to help us, please let us know? A good grant writer can actually save children and provide wonderful opportunities! Won’t you consider helping us? 

👩🏼‍🏫 A Little PREP Help Needed!Do you enjoy working with children?  Please consider joining our PREP team!  Our class sizes have increased and we are looking for assistant teachers in our PREPlay room and our second grade room.  Your responsibility would be to assist the head teacher with her tasks.  No planning involved!  Please see Shaun Little, or anyone on staff if you are interested, or Click Here!
🐰Easter Egg Hunt Is a’Comin!! Join us Saturday, April 8th at 10:00am for our annual Community Easter Egg Hunt!  Children ages 2 to 12 years are invited to come out and participate.  And, in the finest tradition of Saint Miriam, we also invite any visually impaired children to join in the fun as well! That’s right, our Easter Egg Hunt this year will include special eggs to make the vet inclusive for all children! Thanks to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in making “special” eggs that make noise  for visually impaired children! This year, EVERY child can participate!  In addition, there will be face painting, crafts and refreshments available. Mark your calendars now…you don’t want to miss this one!
View Our Full Rectory Plans Now OnLine & Help Us Build! View the full gallery at our website now to see how the new Friary Rectory will look! Click Here and help us begin to grow a place for our priests today! Our priests give their lives for us and sacrifice in many ways. Monsignor has been living in an RV since we moved to our beautiful campus. But, many do not know the reason is that he sold his home and donated 100% of the proceeds to secure our mortgage here and he also pays for his RV every month on his own! However, Whitemarsh Township sent a notice that he is not permitted to reside on the campus in an RV and he must move immediately.  Therefore, with the generous help of David, Greg, and our team we have designed a new rectory! As you know, we offer many prayers for all of our benefactors, whether donations are large or small.  But, we are now praying intently for those souls who have the means to give us a larger gift. The building of our Friary Rectory must start in the spring, and we are in urgent need of gifts in the range of $5,000-$50,000 to ensure that will happen, but any size gift is welcome and will add up quickly! How we will beg Our Lord to reward you a hundred-fold above and beyond the measure with which you give to us! May God reward you! Thank you for your considerations and prayers. If you can support this effort, please see Alan or Monsignor, or email by Clicking Here.
 Join Saint Miriam for a Lenten Retreat with Sr. Eleanor Francis! Join Saint Miriam for an All-Day Lenten Retreat on “The Prodigal Son” with (The Reverend) Sister Eleanor Francis of the Community of St John the Baptist, Mother Superior and an active priest in the Episcopal Church.  Mark your calendars now for Saturday, March 18th – 9:00am – 8:00pm! The 2016 Lenten Retreat will Include Morning Prayer, Meditations, Invitation to you to come  inside the story, Forgiveness: What it is and what it’s not, and The Good Samaritan: A Meditation and Discussion! Meals are provided! Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks throughout the Retreat! But, Wait! You’re Not Done Yet! Join Us on Sunday, The Third Sunday of Lent, March 19th 2016, too! Sr. Eleanor Francis will Con-Celebrate the 11:00am Morning Mass with Choir where she will deliver the homily and then present an Adult Forum during our fellowship time in the Saint Miriam Cafe’ in the Undercroft. Her presentation will focus on history and present ministries of the Community of St. John Baptist, with a piece about how they fit into the larger church in North America. Join us for an exciting time to dwell with God during the Holy Season of Lent! The cost includes all meals and materials and is only $45; purchase reservations by Clicking Here!
Matching Gifts Make Giving Easy! Did you ever inquire to see if your employer or club or social network offers assistance to parishes or schools? Your gift could double and help us grow without anything more from your own pocket! So far four parishioners have found ways to help through their work that include United Health Care, IBM, and LVHNN! Please remember to ask…it never hurts! 
Union Cemetery Opens Section F: The St. Francis Green Memorial Section! 
Our brand new cemetery section, featuring St. Francis Joliet, is now open! The section is beautiful and will be even more stunning with the sporing plantings so take advantage of still-ongoing pre-construction prices of 30% off! Graves include single depth, double, family lots, cremation ground burial, and cremation niche entombment, and one stunning space within the base of the St. Francis Joliet Statute itself! Call today for your tour at 215-836-9800 x705!
Update Your Bookmarks for Current Events! Our parishioner website ( has an updated page links for current events! Please visit it today and stay in the know! Click Here and bookmark it today!
♥️ “Scarfs with a Purpose” at Saint Miriam Bringing Warmth to Those In Need! So far we have distributed well over 100 scarves! Way to go!! As you know, we have teamed with with  Evol Majers to distribute newly created homemade scarfs from our wonderful Prayer Shawl Ministry Group for homeless persons in our area! Our warm, made with love, scarfs will be going to those who need warmth the most! Please support this new ministry by donating materials or making a generous donation or joining the group and helping make wonderful strength-giving knitted items for those in need of some pastoral care! See Midge Olson today to join the group, or simply purchase a few scarfs and drop them off to our collection in the Betsy and Walter Diener Room this week!! 

Come on! Grab A Yard Sign And Help Us Grow! We often try and find new and innovative ways to spread the word about this wonderful parish we call home. Now, you can help! Please pick up a yard sign today from anyone on our team after Mass and take it home and display it in your front yard. At the end of the month, return it to us so we can hand it out to another family to do the same! Through your  efforts, we will continue to spread the word about Saint Miriam and save marketing costs, too! 

Need a Good Book to Read? Check Out Our Wonderful Library! Our books are now on Goodreads and broken down by category. Check out our Goodreads page today! Want to check out a book? Just write your name, email address, and date on the sign out card located in the back of each book and place it in the checkout card holder. Books can be checked out for 30 days. If you’d like to make a book donation to the library or have any questions, email our Librarian, Peggy Gabriele by Clicking Here.
 Visit the Online Store for the Parish! We recently asked our website designer to make a few enhancements to our online store! Please visit it today and make a purchase to support our ministry by buying your own Saint Miriam Holding Cross, a Mass Cards, Saint Miriam Prayer Cards, a beautiful Rosary, or even sponsor a child, or get your annual Luau tickets, and more! Click Here!
 Get A Church in Your Pocket! Our Saint Miriam Parish App was recently updated and features faster download times, and a ‘refresh’ button for the newest content and a bible and more! One more exciting change is on its way this month! So please download our Parish App by Clicking Here!

Saint Miriam in Support: Grow our Mission!

 How Much do You Love Saint Miriam?  There are many ways to support the mission of our parish and a flyer has been prepared to show you how easy it is! Please learn about GoodSearch, GoodShop, eBay, and Amazon Smile! Please support us and pick up a flyer or Support Flyer one today!
Matching Gifts Make Giving Easy! Did you ever inquire to see if your employer or club or social network offers assistance to parishes or schools? Your gift could double and help us grow without anything more from your own pocket! Please remember to ask…it never does hurt! 
Log on and Help the School? Have Fun and Help Zion Preschool at Saint Miriam! We discovered something you should check out! Vacations, golf rounds, cruises and much more that you can enjoy to help Zion Preschool at Saint Miriam. Get a great deal and help a great cause.It’s easy to get involved and make a difference! Visit: or Click Hereor Visit our Store!
 Visit the Online Store for the Parish! We recently asked our website designer to make a few enhancements to our online store! Please visit it today and make a purchase to support our ministry by buying your own Saint Miriam Holding Cross, a Mass Cards, Saint Miriam Prayer Cards, a beautiful Rosary, or even sponsor a child, or get your annual Luau tickets, and more! Just Click Here!
♻️ Go Greener at Saint Miriam (and Saint Miriam Academy, too)! Our exclusive customized 24 oz. sport water bottles that combines our love of water with our parish’s “Green Policy” reduces our carbon footprint and will save thousands of plastic bottles from entering the ecosystem! And, the best part is your $10 donation goes directly to help our children’s educational programming! Get your own bottle today by visiting our online store and help go even stay greener!
 Help Our Children in 2016: Sponsor a Child Today! We now have 8 Sponsors so far! There are many ways to help our children become better adults and Christians, as well as better practicing Catholics, and this year we offer two wonderful means to bring a smile – and a little support – right to our school! First, why not think about purchasing a brick that will help in the building of a new pathway to our Saint Miriam Summer Playground area and forever create a legacy on our campus! For every donation of $100.00 to The Saint Miriam Fund receive a 4 x 8 Personalized Brick! (Special Size of 8 x 8 is Available for a Donation Amount of $250.00). Learn more about our needed bricks by Clicking Here! Or, you may also sponsor a child directly now! When you sponsor a child, you create a special relationship between you, a child in need, the community of Saint Miriam, and our team of caring professionals! Together, we are helping to change the future for children through a quality and affordable private education! For just $29 a month, or a one-time donation of only $350, you can provide essential aid and education to improve the well-being of every child that comes to our doors! And, because we actually feed our children during the school day, your donation not only helps give them a good education, you fill their bellies with wholesome food, too! It gives you the opportunity to witness young lives transformed for the future right here in Montgomery County! Learn more here.
TEXT Your Gifts to Saint Miriam TODAY! Text Giving allows you to give to your organization by simply sending a text message to our specially reserved phone number! You just “Text any dollar amount to (215) 515-6511.”  Once you text an amount (like “$50” or “120.50”) you would either be sent an acknowledgment for the gift (meaning it processed) or given a short link to click in order to provide their payment information (one time only). You are also prompted by text message with instructions. The whole process is designed to be very simple and self explanatory. Another way to give and support…making it easy so try it today!
Mass Donations: A Beautiful Tribute As Catholics the most important thing we do is pray and offer the sacrifice of the Mass. Please…don’t forget to make your Mass intentions today by Clicking HereTogether, we honor God together.
Get Your Mass Intentions In Person! Join the Women of Saint Miriam after any Mass and make your Mass Intentions live and in person after any Mass on Sunday! Now you can honor a loved one in person or online, too!
Why Not GoodShop, Search, and Go Amazon, too? Please support Saint Miriam by downloading and using GoodSearch and GoodShop! Every time you search or buy, we get a small percentage and you get great deals, and often free shipping! Also use Smile Amazon and make us your charity of  choice! It all adds up!

Saint Miriam in Fellowship: The Saint Miriam Cafe’

☕️ Eat & Help a Child?
Now, every time you purchase something wonderful from our Saint Miriam Cafe’ after our Sunday morning Masses, we contribute 100% of that donation to a scholarship fund that allows children without the means to attend our wonderful Zion Preschool at Saint Miriam and Saint Miriam Academy! Your good eating, helps a child!  Last month we raised over $700 just by eating good food! 
For more information and our delicious current month’s menus, just  Click Here

Saint Miriam in Calendar Form:  A Few Upcoming Highlights! 

( Visit our Parish Calendar Here for full weekly, monthly, and yearly schedules.)

Feb 28th:

  • Recovery, Inc. at 6:30pm


Mar 1st:

  • Mid-Day Ash Wednesday Service at 12:15pm
  • Ash Wednesday Mass at 6:30pm


Mar 2nd :

  • Adoration at 5:00pm
  • Mass at 6:00pm
  • Stations of the Cross at 6:30pm
  • Boy Scout Troop #320 at 7:00pm


Mar 3rd :

  • First Friday Mass at 11:30am


Mar 4th:

  • AA Sunrise at 8:30am


Mar 5th:

Stewardship 2017 Begins!

  • Instructive Eucharist at 10:30am Mass!


Mar 19th:

  • Evangelism 101 Begins! 1/3 Sessions!