The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for June 4th 2017

The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for June 4th 2017



Saint Miriam in Prose: From our Pastor


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

Saint Miriam in Prose: in Devotion

Click Here to read Franciscan Moments
our weekly Devotional!

Saint Miriam Fund: Mission Support

Click Here to Visit Our Current Fund Raisers

Saint Miriam in Prayer: Remembering!


Rick, Elizabeth Johnson (BJ), Paula, Bernice, Ken, Mimi, Deb, Josh, BJ, Ted Miller Family, Ruth, Shaun and Ethan, Ken, Joe, Hazlina, Mike, Bruce, Joanne, Maryalice, Karen, Father John, Chester and Donna,Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Lawrence, Joe, Lilian, Christina, Aiden, Mary Lou, Carrie, Anthony, Carmen, Maia, Marie, Brenda, John, Wenger family, Kevin, Richard, Loretta, Rosalie, Rosalie, Robert, Pat, Nancy, Fran, Norene, Regina, Norene, Wayne, Kathleen, Katie, Linda, Andy, Eileen, Mark, Gabrieles’, Steve, Kelly, Deborah, Margaret, Nick, Maureen and Chris, John, Billy, Dave, Jonette, Joy, Rick, Steve, Wendell, Judy, Richelle, Kathleen, Dana, Greg, Susan and Marty, Diane, Mary, Lisa, Bryan, Angela, Leo, Bobbi, Naomi, Phyllis, Lorraine, Guy, Pat, Angie, Trevor, Bob, Kim, Kate, Terri, Mary, Dan, Andrew, Ken, Freeds’, Chris, Janet, Pat, Sue, Paul, Ed, George, Marie, Suzanne, Rich, Cassie, Linda, Mike, Shannon, Richard, Victoria, and Marianne.

( 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: “In Loving Memory of…”

Michael Dancho by Marie Hazelton

Karen Sue Janowiak by Women of Saint Miriam

Louise Freed by Rick Freed

Diamond Williams by Rick Freed 

Elizabeth Johnson by Msgr. Jim


Honor Masses: “In honor of”

***None Received*** (Please visit our website to make a memorial or honor by Clicking Here.) 


Sanctuary Lamp: “In Loving Memory of…”

Karen Sue Janowiak by Women of Saint Miriam


Bread and Wine Sponsor for Month:

***None Received*** (Please visit our website to make a memorial or honor by Clicking Here.) 
(✜ 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!)

Saint Miriam New News: a priori!

 To read our full list, please visit Current Events for this week,  or our Focus in Brief ,  by Clicking Here!)
Today we honor Pentecost Sunday!

🎓 End of Year PREP/CCD Pinning Ceremony Sunday and Register and Save for Fall!

Join us as we honor our PREP/CCD Students and watch as they receive their pins for a great year off learning and growing! Join us on Sunday, June 4th at the 9:00am Family Mass! Also, get ready for fall by registering your child early and save! A deposit payment of $100.00 per student is required to retain your child’s registration in the Saint Miriam PREP/CCD program. The total cost for the 2017-2018 Program is $200 per child (with an early discount to $145 if paid by July 1st. Scholarships available for multiple children, please see, or email, our DOE). Please note that an additional $50 per child for sacramental fee for Confirmation and First Holy Communion will also apply. Thank you!
🎯 Help us Gain a High Net Score?!
Saint Miriam, in an effort to continue to grow and be of good service our community, has engaged with Net Promoter Score® to determine our overall experience. The process is quite simple: cards are handed out and/or a version is made available online (we will have both) and scores are tallied and we end with a Net Promotor Score.  We will do this process for both the schools and the parish beginning this week! We will calculate our NPS using the answer to a key question, using a 0-10 pictographic scale based on one simple inquiry: How likely is it that you would recommend [brand] to a friend or colleague? It’s fast, simple, no name or other identifiers are used so complete it today before you leave Sunday Mass!
🕴🏻Our New Ambo is Here!
The final liturgical furniture piece has arrived! Our new Lecturn or Ambo has been installed! It was the last ordered piece to our new Sanctuary Set from New Holland Church Furniture and is stunningly beautiful! To allow us to enjoy the new furnishings, Monsignor divided the cost over the last two years and the set is now complete! Thank you to all who helped make this possible! 
👨‍🏫 We Need Teachers!
Please think about volunteering to help us this fall with PREP/CCD? We need two teachers or assistants to help us as our classes are growing! Please see Sean Hall or Father John today! Don’t let us, the kids, or God down…if you feel he call…help us make this next year fun and exciting for our children! 

🏕 Summer Camp Begins Next Week!

Unlike many of the mega camps, we offer personalized attention for every child with low camper to staff ratios. We cater to preschool aged children and older – and welcome friends and siblings regardless of membership at our school or church.  Learn more here, the fun begins June 12th!

🏫 Summer School Closing Fast Approaching.

Please note that our schools will officially close for the summer break on Friday, June 9th 2017with an annual end of year “Moving Up Ceremony” at 9:00am! This event is open to the public, so join us as we bid a summer farewell to our students!

⛪ Weekday Confessions Come to Saint Miriam!

We have begun to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Confessions, every weekday Monday – Friday from 11:30am until 12:05pm! We also now have a privacy screen available for those who wish to go into a confessional setting! Catch a break and be made whole again during your lunch break!  Then, starting in the fall, we will also add a mid-day Mass every weekday at 12:15pm! Join us as we grow for you!
🌞 Blessing of the Seersucker Returns on June 25th!

Join Saint Miriam as we continue an annual and ‘fun’ tradition on Sunday, June 25th. After the 10:30 Morning Mass, parishioners will be led out of the church and into the front garden for a service called, “Blessing of the Seersucker”! This brief service, with a uniquely Southern take on the “kirking” or blessing of the tartans, celebrated by Monsignor Jim’s former parish in Washington DC has made its way to Saint Miriam for some eight eight years now! While tartans may represent ancestral links with Britain, Saint Miriam makes seersucker representative its own clan, especially those who struggle through a hot summer! Help us welcome in summer, thank God for all we have, and for good weather and wonderful vacations by joining us on June 25th and enjoy a souther drink on the lawn with us, too! The first 12 for;ks who enter wearing something seersucker also take home a special gift so arrive early!


🎨 Bell Tower Gets It Coat of Paint this Thursday and Friday!

Please welcome our own John Shoemaker back as he completes the exterior painting project from last year, but the highest point – our Bell Tower! The exterior louvers need a coat of paint to preserve them, and match the new trim and John will be 40′ high so watch your step and pray for the safety of all of our construction workers and volunteers! 
🏗 Rectory Construction Set to Begin Monday, June 5th!
The builder is ready! Please watch as soon construction will begin on our new Friary Rectory! Please give to this effort by Clicking Here, and receive your miniature bronze statue of St. Francis Joliet! Then, watch for the construction to begin as we become even better!
🚧 Rectory Construction Changes!
Our construction will be occurring from June – September and will cause us to lose the main Admin/School walkway for much of that time. Please watch signs and postings and also note that the Upper Road will be closed, too, when construction vehicles need to use the ‘construction staffing area’ to bring materials and lift them to the second level. As they say, please pardon our dust and any inconvenience as we build a new home!

Saint Miriam in Life: The News!


No Hate at Saint Miriam! Soon “Hate Has No Home Here!” signs will blanket the front edge of our entire front campus wall facing Bethlehem Pike! The hatred and rhetoric against religions, Muslims, immigrants, gays and lesbians, the transgender, refugees, journalists, as well as politics has become so volatile and hate-filled that we are taking a visible stand! Join us in this effort by supporting our parish as we are a place where hate is not welcome!

Help Ring Our Bells! We are seeking a few bell ringers to help during Sunday Masses! Each of our Masses requires that the bells in our Bell Tower ring out at 30 minutes before, 15 minutes before, and at the start of Mass, and we need some extra ringers! Care to help? Contact us by Clicking Here
 or see anyone on staff today! 
A Photo Directory for Parish is Coming! Saint Miriam Parish is growing and we want to make sure that we know and stay in touch with our parishioners. So, we are working on updating our parish database calledParishSoft  to ensure that we have the necessary information for each of you.  The updated database will be helpful to our priests in the event of a pastoral emergency it will give them access to your contact information. And, with your approval only, we can create a directory that will include your photo, but not your personal information. Therefore, we are requesting that each of parishioner send a photo (you and your family members; photos of your children are optional.) We would also like you to include the following information for each member of your family:



Home Number:

Cell Number:

Emergency Number:

Birth Date:

Directory Approval Yes or No:
Please send to name your file(s) lastname_firstname.jpg on each photo. Example: cuffey_lorraine.jpg and cuffey_guy.jpg) Also, if you cannot send a photo please contact Lorraine Cuffey to schedule a time on a Sunday to have your photo taken at church. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Lorraine at
Ministry Team Schedules for June Are Ready! We are pleased to have posted our Ministry Team Schedules for May and Kate is now working on July’s Schedule with Monsignor Jim. Please contact her for any date conflicts like vacations, etc., or choose a date you’d like to serve! Kate’s email is! Thank you for your service to God and the parish!
A Saint Miriam Cookbook! We are excited to announce that the Women of Saint Miriam are publishing a cookbook as their Fall Fundraiser. From now until September 17th we are looking for your recipe(s) to be a part of this true community project! The cookbooks will be sold in the Café, and Online… and will be available on a Cookbook website too… and your name with your recipe can be included! Learn more Here 
and even watch a video, too!
Every Thursday is Back, Even During Summer! Our regular Thursday lineup is back! Adoration from 5:00pm until 6:00pm, Mass at 6:00pm, and Rosary at 6:30pm! Join us and adore our Lord and Our Blessed Mother and watch your life change! 
Mass Donations are Down! It is unbelievable to think, but our Mass Intentions are very low. We recognize it is summer soon, but God doesn’t deserve a ‘backseat’ in your life, neither does your parish. Please, make an intention today. It is a beautiful tribute as Catholics and one of the most important things 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.
Small Groups Summer Break in June! All of our Small Groups will take a break for summer beginning after May! Enjoy them now and come back in September! To get a complete list of our Small Groups, please pick up a brochure in the Bell Tower, or Click Here!
It’s Time to Read a Good Book In Our Very Own 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.
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!
 Visit the Store at the Parish and Online, too! We not only have an onsite Store located adjacent to our sanctuary, but our website designer made a few enhancements to our online store, too! 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 $797 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.)

Now We Offer Weekdays 11:30am to 12:15pm: Confessions


June 4th:

  • PreJordan at 12:00noon


Jun 5th:

  • Rectory Construction Begins!


June 6th:

  • Recovery Inc. at 7:00pm


June 7th:

  • AA General Svc at 7:00pm


Jun 8th:

  • Adoration at 5:00pm
  • Mass at 6:00pm
  • Rosary at 6:30pm
  • Boy Scouts at 7:00pm


Jun 10th:

  • AA Sunrise at 8:30am 

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