The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for February 4, 2018!

Week of Sunday, February 4th 2018

 
 
The Feast of St. Blaise,
Bishop and Martyr

From our Pastor…

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

Saint Miriam in Devotion.

 
Click Here to read Franciscan Moments,
our weekly Devotional!
 
 

Support Our Mission!

 
Click Here to Visit Our Current Fund Raisers
 
 
In Prayer,
 
Bond Family, Sadie, Lorraine, Matthia and Ethan, Bridget, L’Anita, Kelly, Donte, Christine, Ckrisen, Brendan, Robert, Normajean, Ray, David, Caryl, Derek, Dana, Greg, David, Jose, Malcolm, Jane, Shawn, Nicole, Charlie and Annie, Father Ken, Catherine, Raphael, Kevin, Greg and Paul, Bill, John, Desiree, Thomas, Linda, Dan, Patrick, Ruth, Mel, Pat, Melissa, Jen, Mary, Margaret, Maia, Liz and Jane.
 
 
( 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.)
 
 
February 4th!
 

‍St Blaise Blessing of Throats!

 
Join us as we honor St Blaise Blessing of Throats at all Masses this Sunday! Devotions like walking the Stations of the Cross during Lent, receiving ashes on Ash Wednesday, kissing the cross on Good Friday, and getting our throats blessed on St. Blaise day are essential parts of our Catholic lineage. Each ceremony or ritual excites us, elevates our hearts; we come away refreshed and with a sense that something beyond the ordinary has just happened, not just to us but to thousands of the faithful that same day in every corner of the world. We can’t help but know that it’s good to be Catholic!
 
 

Women of Saint Miriam Move to Sunday!

 
The Women of Saint Miriam are moving to Sunday! Join them this Sunday and see what the are all about and the good they do after the 10:30am Mass!
 
 
February 11th!
 

‍Laudato Si Small Group is official!

 
Over the past few months a group of parishioners led by Msgr. Jim met to read and discuss Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si, On Care for Our Common Home”. Inspired by this experience, the group decided to continue to meet and explore ways that we, as a parish, can care for “our home”, the Earth. In the near future we will be developing a Mission Statement defining our objectives and goals. We are planning to regularly reach out to our faith community to share what we have been learning and to offer ideas that each of us can consider to reduce our carbon footprint. We welcome your input and feedback as we start this very exciting journey. Join us as we continue to make our planet Green and reduce our carbon footprint with our newest Small Group, Laudato Si! Meeting February 11th at 12:15pm in the Diener Room!
 
 
February 13th!
 

‍ Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper!

 
 

Join us in Fellowship and Dinner the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten Season for Pancakes, Bacon, Sausage, Coffee, Tea, Juice and Milk.

Adults – $10
Children under 13 – $5

Tickets can be purchased in the Saint Miriam Cafe or on any Kiosk located on all levels of the church and school. It is listed under ‘Special Events’ on our website!
 
 
February 14th!
 

‍No! Not Just Valentine’s Day This Year!

 
Ash Wednesday
 
Two services for Ash Wednesday will be honored at Saint Miriam again this year at 12:15pm and 6:30pm! Join us for the start of the holy Season of Lent 2018!
 
 
Ashes to go, too!
 
We will be hosting Ashes to Go at the Ft Washington Rail Commuter Station on Wednesday, February 14th from 7:30am – 9:00am!
 
 
February 15th!
 

‍Stations of the Cross for Lent!

 
Join us for Stations of the Cross for Lent every Thursday at 6:00pm! (There will be no Adoration on Thursdays until after Easter)
 
Current News!
 
 

 

🙏🏼 A Note of Support from Our Family to the Bond Family…

On February 6th last year one of our teachers and family members here at Saint Miriam and Zion Preschool at Saint Miriam lost her son. Margaret Bond’s son Nick died after suffering a hockey injury and we are sending our love and support, as we all remember the loss and the love that lives on from Nick to his family.  We are family; that never changes, not even in death. We love you Margaret.
 
 
 

❤️ Valentine’s Day Raffle!

The Women of Saint Miriam will begin this Sunday to offer their annual Valentine’s Day Basket Raffles! See them in the Undercroft!
 
 
 

📺 Videos to Take a Break for Lent!

The post Mass video announcements will end for Lent. Please let us know your opinion!
 
 
 

✜ Ash Wednesday is Coming!

The start of Lent occurs Wednesday, February 14th 2018 and we honor the day with two services at 12:15pm and 6:30pm. Additionally, we will be distributing ashes at the Ft Washington Commuter Rail Station from 7:00am – 9:00am and 5:00pm – 6:00pm! Join us!
 
 
 

😁 Missing a Tooth?

Be sure to notify the pastor if you child is missing a tooth! Did you know that the tooth fairy visits Saint Miriam every month!? 
 
 

 

📅 Ministry Team Schedules for February Now Posted!

The next month is now posted at our internal website! Please check your dates and thank you for your continued service to God and parish! Thank you, too, for our new group of Lectors! Way to go!
 
 
 
“Breath of Life” Lenten Retreat 2018!
 
Join us on Saturday, March 3rd 2018; The Second Week of Lent from 9:00AM to 5:00PM for a wonderfully warm and loving Lenten Retreat with Sr. Eleanor Francis! Learn more by Clicking Here
 
 
 

School Open House in February!

This year’s early fall registration and open house for our wonderful preschool will take place on Wednesday, February 21st from 9:00am – 11:30am! Help spread the word about our school, one of the best places on earth to learn and grow!
 
 
 

Stained Glass Doors Coming!

This year’s major project will soon be underway with the installation of the stained glass panels from our former parish building in Blue Bell into our main Sanctuary Doors! The doors will be removed to allow the contractor to install the beautiful panels and honor everyone who gave so generously! We waited until our 10th anniversary, coming up in March, and to allow for a stronger financial position! So, to help offset these costs, please give generously and mark your gift “Glass 2018” and watch for the unveiling before Easter!
 
 
 
Sanctuary Lamp and Bread and Wine Sponsors Needed!
 
Please make your Mass intentions and sponsor the Sanctuary Lamp for the year! Click Here to honor your loved ones during this coming year and support your parish!
 
 
 
❤️ Warm a Life with “Scarves with a Purpose”!
 
Just a reminder that since it’s fall, the parish has begun collecting scarfs for the homeless. So, if you can find the time please grab some yarn from your stash and make a scarf or two for a good cause, or simply buy one or two and place them in the collection basket! There’s a collection basket is located in the Betsy and Walter Diener Room.
 
 
 
‍‍‍👩‍🍳 Saint Miriam Cookbooks!
 
We are excited to announce that the Women of Saint Miriam Cookbooks have arrived! The cookbooks will be sold in the Saint Miriam Café, in the Office, and Online… and, they are available on the website, too! Get yours for only $25 each by Clicking Here!
 
 
 
Smile Amazon Makes Saint Miriam Smile, too!
 
Join us by selecting Saint Miriam as your charity of choice at Amazon Smile and every time you make a purchase, we receive a small donation! Every bit helps! Join us at our website and under Support by Clicking Here!
 
 
 
✛ Lent 2018!
 
We will have an interesting Lent this year with Ash Wednesday falling on February 14th which is also Valnetine’s Day! Then, not to be out done, but Easter Sunday is also April Fools‘ Day!  We will also be hosting a Pancake Supper and every Sacred Meal in Lent will feature a Lenten Supper, and there is a wonderful Lenten Retreat, too! Join us as we begin to turn toward Lent 2018!
 

Saint Miriam, The Mass.

 
Our Mass Intentions…
 
All Mass Intentions May be Viewed by Clicking Here.
 
 
Make a Mass Intention by Clicking Here.
 
 
Memorial Masses: “In Loving Memory of…”
 

Louise Freed by Rick Freed

Diamond Williams by Rick Freed

Donna Miniscalco by Henry Miniscalco

Deacon Raymond Wellbank by Kathy Wellbank

Louise Testoni by Stephen Logan

Gregory Hanson by Kathy Wellbank
 
Sadie Weldon by Pat Wilcke
 
Nicholas Bond by Parish and School Team
 
 
 

Honor Masses: “In honor of”

Victoria Amento by Marilyn Amento
 
 
 

Sanctuary Lamp: burns all week, “In Memory of”:

In Memory of Louise Testoni by Stephen Logan
 
 
 
Bread and Wine Sponsor for Month:
 
Honor of Luca and Sophia Bertyl by Molly and Michael Gatto
 
 
 

Click & Easy Support!

 
Mass Intentions Available: Please make your Mass Intentions today? See anyone on staff for Masses, Sanctuary Lamp, and Bread and Wine Sponsors every Sunday, or Click Here to make your intentions online!)
 
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, or given a short link to click on 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!
 
Why Not GoodShop, Search, and Go Amazon, too? Please support Saint Miriam by downloading and using GoodSearchand 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 Support.

 
 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, 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! As we hold three recognized non-profits, many companies are pleased to support us! Please remember to ask…it never does hurt! 
 
Visit the Online Store for the Parish! Please visit our online store 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, and much more! Just Click Here!
 
♻️ Go Greener at Saint Miriam! 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 2017-2018: Sponsor a Child Today! 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! Sponsor a Child today by Clicking Here!
 
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!
 
Secondly, 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.
 
 
 

Welcome to The NEW Saint Miriam Cafe’!

 
☕️ Eat Good Food, Enjoy Each Other, & Help a Child, too?
 
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 learn and grow!  
 
A Cafe’ Experience That Works Wonders!
 
Many of you have spoken and love the new Cafe’! In fact, our scholarships have more than tripled! Come and see how we do fellowship this Sunday!
 
Last month we raised over $779.76 just by eating good food! 
  
For more information and our delicious current month’s menus, just Click Here! 
 
 
 
 

Upcoming Highlights!

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

 

Feb 4th:

  • St Blaise Blessing at all Masses

 

Feb 5th:

  • Tommy Conwell at 4:30pm

 

Feb 6th:

  • Weekday Mass at 12:15pm
  • Recovery, Inc. at 6:30pm

 

Feb 7th:

  • Tommy Conwell at 4:30pm
  • Weekday Mass at 6:00pm
  • AA General Meeting at 7:00pm

 

Feb 8th:

  • Daily Mass at 12:15pm
  • Rosary at 5:15pm
  • Adoration at 5:30pm
  • Boy Scout Troop #320 at 7:00pm

 

Feb 10th:

  • AA Sunrise at 8:30am
 

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