The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for February 5th 2017



The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for February 5th 2017


Saint Miriam in Prose: From our Pastor


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

Saint Miriam in Prayer: Remembering!


Friar Phil, Kathleen, Dana and family, Henry, Jess, Susan and Marty, Diane, Ckrisen, Donte and Micah, Mary,  Maryann, Lisa, Father Bryan, Eleanore, Ruth, Angela, Ruth, Leo, Michael Morgan, Bobbi, Naomi, Phyllis, Lorraine and Guy, Pat Wilcke and her mom, Bishop Greg, Angie, Craig, Trevor, Susan, Bob, Kim, Kate, Terri, Joan, Janet, Mary, Dan, Andrew, Bishop Ken, Freed Family, Chris, Janet, Pat, Sue, Paul, Ed, George, Maureen, Marie, Suzanne, Rich, Cassie, Annie, 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:

Albert C. Funk by Deacon Pat and Bridget Rineer

Louise Freed by Richard Freed

Veronica Macey by Marie Hazleton

Honor Masses:

Micah James Milligan by Kathleen Duncan

Sanctuary Lamp:

In Loving Memory of Veronica Macey by Marie Hazleton

Bread and Wine Sponsor for Month:

In Honor of the Saint Miriam Parish 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 Feast of St Blaise, Bishop & Martyr with the Blessing of Throats!



✝️ First Friday Mass Today! Our monthly First Friday Mass is today at 11:30am! Join us as we gather our children and teach them the importance of blessings and love! All are welcome!


😇 St Blaise “Blessing of Throats” is Sunday! Our annual ‘blessing of the throats’ takes place at all Masses this Sunday, February 5th! Join us and receive a blessing from our priests!


🍍Welcome Vicki Mastro! Our Saint Miriam Board juts grew as we welcome Ms. Vicki Mastro to the Board this past week! Vicki will lead the Finance Team! Thank you, Vicki, for your service to the parish!


💝 Valentine’s Day Basket Raffle Begins Sunday!Get your tickets starting this Sunday and win the beautiful new Valentine’s Day Basket Raffle hosted by the Women of Saint Miriam!


📭 End of Year Statements Mailed. Our Finance Team mailed the balance of End of Year Giving Statements. Thank you to all who gave so generously in 2016 to make our mission happen at Saint Miriam!


📆February Ministry Team Schedules Are Posted! Please visit our parishioner site and download the February ministry team schedules to ensure a wonderful worship! Thank you for all your service to God and our parish!


🍯CrockPot Dinners on February 11th! Join us on Saturday February 11th at 6:30pm for a new tradition in the heart of winter that will warm you up! Crockpot Potluck Night comes to Saint Miriam where every dish will be cooked in a crockpot! Your $15.00 admission includes everything from appetizers to dessert and all the sides and wine, too! Join us! Tickets are now available after all Masses and events or online Click Here!

🏁Father Jim is Worth Another Try: 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? Donate today by Clicking Here!

🐎Pick Your Horse! A ” Night at the Races” Is Coming February 25th! Hello race fans! Plan on attending our first annual “A Night at the Races” on Saturday, February 25th for a night of fun, food and excitement. You’ll have an opportunity to bet on actual horse races and take home some money if your horse wins! For just $20, you’ll receive food, soda, wine, beer and a chance to win some great door prizes!  We will also offer games of chance and a derby hat contest for the ladies!  All of the fun runs from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. Please be sure to see anyone on staff to get your tickets!

👩🏼‍🏫 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 and flash with bright lights for both the visually and hearing 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!


Saint Miriam in Life: The News!


Welcome Our NEW Hanging Altar Cross to Saint Miriam! Worthington Forge has completed the large hanging Altar Cross early and installed this past Monday!!  It is visually spectacular, and yet muted to not detract from the beautiful “Good Shepherd Window!  It was quite a chore for the artist to do what our pastor asked, but they were both successful!  The Cross features entwined ‘wood’ steel rods to match our liturgical set, interwoven and representative of “The Father and The Son’ to create a circular and never-ending space for the “Holy Spirit”! And, at the top is a “Crown of Thorns” seemingly ‘tossed aside’ by Our Lord as He Ascended! Stop and see the beautiful cross this week! And, please see Monsignor Jim or Alan today to sponsor this wonderful creation, or a new Pulpit, scheduled for complete in in March! You may make these memorial tributes in honor of someone you love, too! Two once-in-a-lifetime opportunities! The Altar Cross measures approximately 8 ft. tall  x  4 ft. wide using  3/4 inch beautiful  “wood bark” steel rods that will be bent and interwoven. We also attached a  “crown of thorns” that will hang from one arm of this stunning cross! Please, help us and preserve a legacy for you and your family today!

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! 

✝️ Mass Intentions Needed! Our parish needs Mass Intentions, Bread & Wine Sponsors, and Sanctuary Lamp Memorials. We also have two special intention categories: A Sanctuary Lamp Intention allows your choice of either Mass type to be honored and includes the Sanctuary Lamp Candle burning all week long in the Sanctuary near the Tabernacle where the Presence of Our Lord is kept sacred, to remember your loved one. Please honor your loved ones with the gift of the mass by Clicking Here.  
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! 
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 5th:

  • St. Blaise Blessing of Throats – all Masses
  • Pre-Jordan Class at 12:15pm


Feb 7th:

  • Recovery, Inc. at 6:30pm


Feb 9th :

  • Adoration at 5:00pm
  • Mass at 6:00pm
  • Rosary at 6:30pm
  • Boy Scout Troop #320 at 7:00pm


Feb 11th:

  • AA Sunrise at 8:30am


Feb 11th:

  • Crockpot Potluck at 6:30pm!


Feb 12th:

  • Annual Boy Scout Mass at 10:30am


Feb 14th:

  • The Women of Saint Miriam at 7:00pm


Feb 15th:

  • Sacred Meal Dinner Group at 6:30pm