The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for March 10, 2019!

Week of Sunday, March 10th 2019

The First Sunday

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,

Marilyn, Diane, Christopher, George, Chester, Marie, Mila, Donna, Kate, Colleen, Darlene, Alexander, Gabi, Gene, Dana, Christopher, Trish, Bill, Willie, Jeanette,Erin, Kate, Andy, Sean, Lorraine, Theresa, Jeff, Catherine, Emma Sue, Sarah, Beckie and Ethan, Anthony, Denise, Dick, Ruth, Ross, Rosemary, Rob, Myra, Ciara, Keith, William, Jim, Ingrid, Antionette, Michael, Mary Alice, John, Debbie, John, Maria, Father John Francis, Rob, Myra, Marta, Anne, Catherine, Wendy, Eileen, Jack, Ruth, Maia, Chuck, Tom, Lucy, Emma, Abigail, Amina.

( 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.)

Let’s Eat!

A Cafe’ Experience That Works Wonders!
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!
For more information and our delicious current month’s menus, just Click Here!

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

Louise “Weezie” Testoni by Stephen Logan

Jinny Hoelker by Ed Hoelker 

Joseph Cicali by Donna Link

Bishop Mel Borham by Father Bryan

John Edward Kuhn by Father Bryan

Honor Masses:


George Dornblaser by Donna Link
Patrol Officer Andy Chan



Sanctuary Lamp: (burns all week, “In Memory or Honor of”)


In Loving Memory of Bill Hazleton by Marie Hazelton

Bread and Wine Sponsor for Month:

In Memory of  “Our Gigi” Jeanne MacDoanld by Liz Foote and Jane Arenas


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!

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 2018-2019: 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.
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!

 This Week: Who Is Celebrating!? 

Sunday Mass – Lent 1 – Mar 10th
Early Mass (7:30am-8:00am): Father Bryan
Family Mass (9:00am – 10:00am): Father Bryan
Morning Mass with Baptism (10:30am – 11:40am): Father Bryan
Sunday Rosary – Mar 3rd 
 8:30am in Sanctuary:  Deacon Pat
Stations of the Cross – Mar 14th 
     6:30pm:  Br. Sean Hall
Just These Few!
The Newest News, Just for you!

Advertise in Our Bulletin! – Deadline March 31, 2019

t’s that time of year again! The full-color bulletin for Saint Miriam Parish and Friary is our largest communications tool. We publish a 6-8-page bulletin each week and print enough copies for all four Masses and any weekly special events that occur within our parish, school, cemetery, and special events. The bulletin, The Saint Miriam Weekly Focus, includes our weekly Mass and Events Schedule, Wedding and Engagement Announcements, Mass intentions, the Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers and Altar Servers Schedule as well as a personal blog post from me, as pastor. It also includes a special section geared toward our wonderful school and our historic cemetery as well! All events for Parish, School, Cemetery, and Community activities for the week is updated with regularly scheduled parish and school meetings, as well as social events taking place in our community. It is an exciting publication!

Stations of the Cross Every Thursday!

Join us on March 7th at 6:30pm as we begin our journey in Lent!

Be an Ambassador!!

Please see Donna Link today – or anyone on staff – to become an “Exhibit Ambassador” and welcome others to our parish! Volunteer for an hour or a several hours, one time or weekly through the exhibit this Lent! Learn more by seeing anyone on staff today or email Donna here!

Homeless Exhibit Makes the News!

Our Exhibit has now made the news! Monsignor Jim was interviewed by Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, Helen Urbinas for her column, and Bill Anderson for FOX 29 News for his special segment entitledFor Goodness Sake

We Need Scarves and So Do Those in Need!

Our Scarves with a Purpose Program helps warm the homeless by being added to every Blessing Bag and we need your gifts! Please drop off your knitted and store bought scarves this week to the Library!

March Ministry Schedule Posted!

March Ministry Team Schedule… is published live online! Thank you for your gift of service to God and church! Any changes, please see Deacon Pat if you cannot find a replacement. 

Note: All things for the coming Season of Lent are being highlighted in purple!
🧶 Please join the Prayer Shawl Group!
It is their monthly meeting today in the Undercroft after the 9:00 AM Family Mass. Knitters and crocheters of all skill levels (learners to experts) are welcome to join us in making beautiful shawls for the sick and saddened members of our parish community.  If you are unable to come to our meetings, we would be glad to provide you with information on how to participate in this ministry by making shawls in the comfort of home! Don’t do needlecraft? We are always appreciative to receive your donations of machine washable yarn (a great  way to clean out those yarn stashes!), 10 x 12 paper gift bags (to deliver the shawls) and/or gift cards to craft stores (AC Moore, Michael’s, Joann Fabrics, etc.) to purchase needed supplies.


❣ Ambassadors STILL Needed!
Please see Donna Link today – or anyone on staff – to become an “Exhibit Ambassador” and welcome others to our parish! Volunteer for an hour or a several hours, one time or weekly through the exhibit this Lent! Learn more by seeing anyone on staff today! 


✝️ Wait Until You “Feel” Good Friday this Year! 
We have completely redesigned ur liturgy components for this coming Good Friday. You feasibly don’t want to miss the Easter Triduum this this year! More to come!
🖼 We Are All Homeless NOW at Saint Miriam!

We Are All Homeless Coming to Saint Miriam for Lent!  Saint Miriam is now home for the WE ARE ALL HOMELESS project! The exhibit features the works from Willie Baronet. We will tie this exhibit to our Lenten experience! Join us now as we sink more deeply into how we live a life of service and care for the marginalized and the lost and the lonely. From the opening of the exhibit on March 9th to its closing celebration on April 27th, we will become homeless.


✝️ Lenten Books Available!

Please pick up a FREE booklet for Lent. They are available on a first come, first served basis. You may also see Deacon Pat for your copy before Lent!
🍽 Join Sacred Meal Dinner on March 20th!

Our Sacred Meal Dinners will return on March 20th at 6:30pm where we will combine our Homeless theme with our Lent Edition so join us!

🛐 Stations of the Cross: Homeless edition!

Join us as we journey the Stations of the Cross but this year using our WE ARE ALL HOMELESS EXHIBIT as a background to deepen our journey! Every Thursday in Lent!


⻌ Follow In My Footsteps: A Lenten Mini-Retreat

Join Saint Miriam as we walk through the Stations of the Cross in a musical journey! Each Station of the Cross will be rotated between a live performance  by Charlie and Maria, as well as poetic and narrative readings, and then conclude with a Lenten Meal! Jesus commands us to follow Him. It is His way, a way of lining for many people who have been condemned to human life, inhumanely, and Jesus goers to the darkest corners of our human lives to bring us life and light to all of our condemnations, our darkness, great and small. The Truth is Him who died that we might live! Join us on Thursday, April 11th 2019 for the journey that changed the world! Get ready to RSVP soon! Watch the News!

🐎 Donkeys are Coming!

Get ready for Lent and Palm Sunday with TWO live donkeys for our Palm Procession on Sunday April 14th at the 9:00am Family Mass this year! And, if your child has string attendance in PREP/CCD, they might be chosen to play Jesus and ride the donkey this year! 

Weekly Announcements
Our Ongoing News!
👩🏼‍🦱  Prayer Shawl Group of Saint Miriam Meet Today!
Our wonderful prayer shawl ministry group meets after the 9:00am Mass! Join them in the Fellowship Space!
👩‍👩‍👧‍👧 Family Mass to becomes More Family Friendly!
All readings, music, instruments, Hymn boards and PowerPoint Screens, and more are now all about families, and children will help where possible! Please see Deacon Pat or Sean Hall to volunteer and we encourage ‘families serving together, too’! Also, all new hymns in our brand new hymnal will be identified with RISE before the Hymn Number!
🗞 Join the Saint Miriam Parishioner Group!
We have a new parishioner group on Facebook and it is for parishioners and their family! Be sire to “Like Us” on Facebook and get the invite too! A great way to stay in the know and also receive timely announcements and updates as well as interact with other parishioners! 
📦 Welcome the We Are All Homeless Coming to Saint Miriam! 
Saint Miriam is now home for the WE ARE ALL HOMELESS project! The exhibit features the works from Willie Baronet. We will tie this exhibit to our Lenten experience! Join us now as we sink more deeply into how we live a life of service and care for the marginalized and the lost and the lonely. From the opening of the exhibit on March 9th to its closing celebration on April 27th, we will become homeless. Please be sure to sign the large cardboard display for visitors in the Undercroft!
🤾🏽‍♀️ Playground Support Needed!
We will be renovating our playground as well as adding a new playground fro the smaller children inn our School. Please consider a donation of equipment or gifting to help us make another dream come true for our children!
🍍 Welcome Father Robert Yellow Fox Boyd!
Father Robert is our only Native American Indian priest and he will be visit us on Sunday, March 24th! Please welcome Father as he visits Saint Miriam! 
📿 Mary-on-the-Go!
We offer every family the opportunity to “Host” our Blessed Mother and pray to her as a family every Thursday! Just sign out the “Mary on the Go” carrying case every Sunday! The kit comes with a beautiful Blessed Mother Statue, Rosary beads for a family of up to 7, a glow-in-the-dark Rosary to pray at night, 7 booklets on how to pray the Rosary, as well as coloring images to teach your children! After you pray the Rosary, simply return the entire kit the following Sunday and another family will have the very same adoration opportunity! A beautiful way to Pray the Rosary!

🛣 A Road with Your Name?

We enjoy to access roadways to our campus. They were named by the previous owners as simply, “Upper Road” and “Lower Road”. This spring we will be repaving and are seeking someone who might like to rename the roads with a financial sponsorship! How often does one get the chance to have a roadway named for them?! Please see Monsignor Jim! 

🧣Help Us Help Others Stay Warm!

Our Scarves with a Purpose Program helps warm the homeless by being added to every Blessing Bag and we need your gifts! Please drop off your knitted and store bought scarves this week to the Library!
🛍 Help Us With Our “Blessing Bags”!
These bags provides a homeless person with enough food to sustain them for a few days. Please help us by (1) distributing these bags, and (2) helping with needed supplies! Our current needs are… Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Applesauce, Fruit cups, Juice, Wipe packets, Crackers, Peanut Butter, and Water! (We also help those with pets so dog and cat food is encouraged!) (If you care to help, Smile.Amazon helps the homeless and us!)

🚘 “Car Safe” Comes to Saint Miriam!

Beginning in February we will open our lower parking lot to help those people living within their cars by providing them a “Safe Car Space.” They will register, complete a brief questionnaire to ensure our safety, and get a Blessing Bag and support services. They will be able to stay overnight from 8pm – 7am as well as receive a referral to more permanent housing solutions! 

🔍 “Meeting the Poor in the Flesh”!

Monsignor Jim announced our 2019 Parish Focus will be “Meeting the Poor in the Flesh.” Watch as we care for the community, too! 

🛒 Pick Up a Shopping List!

Please see the special insert – it’s a Shopping List! Simply take this list with you on your normal day to shop, pick up a few extra items for the church, our school, and our Blessing Bag Program and help us grow! (Remember, if you turn in your receipt you will also get credit for tax purposes) so it is a real win-win! Please help us as we help others!

🙏🏼 Helping Our Blessing Bag Program Just Became Easier!

We added a needed shopping list right on line as well as a link to Smile.Amazon! Now, you can buy items for the Blessing Bag Outreach AND support the parish with your automatic donation via Smile.Amazon! Sign up at Smile.Amazon today and help us with every purchase! (

💒 New Exterior Parish Sign Coming!

We contracted for a new exterior sign to better showcase Saint Miriam and it will have a brand new location, too! Get ready! Please help us offset the cost with your special donation today! 

👩🏼‍🏫 Meet the Teachers May 5th!

Join us on Sunday, May 5th at the 9:00am Mass when we show our app reaction for our teachers in our school and PREP! Then, walk over to the school for an open house and see how we teach the next generation!  
🕯 Open Adoration!
Join us every Thursday for Open Adoration. Stop in anytime from 4:00pm until 6:00pm. The sanctuary is open, so is our Lord’s Presence. 
🛍 Blessing Bags Now on Facebook!
Our Blessing Bag Program has its own Facebook Page! Please “Like Us” there, too!
💽 Come, Follow Me CD’s Still Available!
Our professional produced music CD are still available! Make your purchase and help us! 

🛐 St. Francis and St. Miriam Prayer Cards! 

As a distinctly Franciscan parish, after every Mass, please let us know if you wish to receive a special St Francis Prayer Card. Also, St. Miriam Prayer Cards are again available to support the church! See someone today!


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

Mar 10th:

  • First Sunday of Lent
  • Prayer Shawl Group at 10:00am
  • Imperfect Spirituality Club at 12:15pm
  • Visit:  We Are All Homeless Exhibit!

  Mar 12th:

  • Recovery, Inc. at 6:30pm

  Mar 14th:

  • Adoration 4:00-6:00pm
  • Stations of the Cross at 6:30pm
  • Boy Scout Troop #320 at 7:00pm

  Mar 15th:

  • Family Support Group at 7:00pm

  Mar 16th:

  • AA Sunrise at 8:30am

  Mar 17th:

  • Second Sunday of Lent
  • Caring for Creation Group at 10:00am
Contact Us!
Prayer Requests:
215-836-9800 x 712
Our Websites: 
Parishioner Info and Schedules:
215-836-9800 x 705

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