The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for March 11, 2018!

Week of Sunday, March 11th 2018

 
 
 
The Fourth Sunday of Lent
 
 

It’s Stewardship Time

(for Time, Talent and Treasure!)

 
Each Lent, Saint Miriam uses the season to reflect on God’s goodness and generosity towards us. Then, we look at what we give and how we honor that generosity. It is about being god stewards, but also about honoring and supporting all that we have at our beautiful parish! This year, we ask that you reflect on being a good Christian steward! 
 
The Christian steward is one who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them in justice and love with others, and returns them with increase to the Lord. When it comes to financial support of our church family, the biblical ideal is a tithe—or 10%—of one’s income.
 
Our Catholic Church leaders suggest giving 5% to church and 5% to charity.  Most Catholics who tithe reach this ideal gradually. In this area of stewardship, one of the most important steps to consider is to become an ‘intentional giver’ — as opposed to a ‘loose change giver.’  An intentional giver is one who has the willing diligence to ‘do the math,’ that is, to look at his/her annual income and then prayerfully and intentionally decide what percentageshould be set aside for the support of the church and for charity. We urge everyone to be intentional givers as well as to sign up for eGiving to ensure your weekly or monthly gift is received in a timely manner to help us help others!
 
 

Five reasons to be serious and generous with our financial resources:

 

  1. God expects us to be generous even if our financial resources are not much. Remember how Jesus praised the poor widow for her generosity to the Temple (Ref: Mark 12:41-44).
  2. We could have been born in a slum, begging for food every day. Reflection on this accident of our birth should motivate us to be generous with our material blessings.
  3. Consistent financial giving is the best medicine for our greedy tendencies.
  4. Generous financial giving helps to make us a little more like our good and generous God.
  5. It feels good to experience the joy of giving.
 
Our parish seeks to practice what we preach in this area of the Gospel. This past fiscal year, we gave $110,000 from our offertory collections to charities in our local area and abroad.
 
 

So, how are we doing, you ask?

 
To date, less than 30% of all parishioners have returned their pledges or completed the online Stewardship Forms. Of those that have, the average increase is a remarkable 22% INCREASE! And, we have also received 5 brand NEW pledges! We also converted 9 folks from check giving to eGiving! These are all wonderful rends, BUT we need EVERYONE to give to make this year work! So, please…complete the forms handed out this weekend or visit the online site TODAY. 
 
 

Please, give generously and watch as God comes in unexpected ways!

 

Learn more by Clicking Here!

 

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,
 
Chester, Donna, Bridget, Leu, Jane, Ronnie, Peggy, Bond Family, Sadie, Lorraine, Matthia and Ethan, 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 14th – March 25th!
 

Stewardship Appeal 2018!

 
Join us in support of our own parish! As we approach the 10th Anniversary of our founding, it is even more clear that what we have is precious and deserves our active support! Click below to complete your annual Stewardship Appeal forms and allow us to all support the gift we have called Saint Miriam! The is year’s Appeal ends with Palm Sunday. After which, anyone who has not pledged will received a telephone calls as well as follow up letters that will actually cost the parish needed funds. So, please…visit
 
 
March 15th!
 

‍Stations of the Cross!

 
Join us on Thursday, March 15th 2018 at 6:00pm for our next Statons of the Cross. The Stations are a series of fourteen pictures or carvings representing successive incidents during Jesus’ progress from his condemnation by Pilate to his crucifixion and burial, before which devotions are performed in some churches. We honor them every Lent at Saint Miriam! Join us and be moved by what the Lord has done for you!
 
 
March 22nd
 

Eat Out and Help Your Parish, too!

 
🍽 Dine and Donate with us Thursday, March 22nd 2018 at MaGerk’s Pub & Grill at 582 S Bethlehem Pike Ft Washington anytime from 5-9pm and take out counts, too! All proceeds support our children programs! (Take out counts, too!!)
 
 
March 23rd

 

Sit With Jesus…

 
We will sit with Our Lord on Friday, March 23rd from 5:00pm until Midnight and then on Saturday, March 24th from 7:00am until 1:00pm! Join us and sign up in the Library after any Mass. Learn more Here!
 
 
March 29th, 30th, 31st and April 1st!

 

Easter Services!

 
 

Join Us for a Holy Week 2018!

 
 
 
  • Palm Sunday at 7:30am, 9:00am, an 10:30am (Palm Procession at 9:00am [children’s] and 10:30am)
  • Holy Thursday at 7:00pm
  • Good Friday at 3:00pm
  • Great Easter Vigil (Saturday) at 7:30pm
  • Easter Sunday at 7:30am and 9:00am
 
Current News!
 
✜ = All things Lent!
 

 

💒 Stewardship Appeal 2018 Begins with You!

Do you LOVE Saint Miriam? Our Annual appeal to support the work and mission of Saint Miriam coincides with Lent. Why not use this time of reflection, change, and penance to commit to our work together? Please pick up your package today or Click Here!
 
 
 

👛 Mixed Bags Return to Saint Miriam!

Thanks to The Women of Saint Miriam, Mixed Bags are back! Mixed Bags are back! The Women of Saint Miriam are holding a Spring fundraiser from March 4th to April 8th. Mixed Bags are beautiful, eco-friendly products made from recycled and natural materials that are in keeping with the Saint Miriam commitment to the environment. There are bags in different styles and sizes, items for travel, for home organization, as well as kitchen and household products. Catalogues will be available in Fellowship Hall. Please make checks out to Saint Miriam; there is no tax charged. Saint Miriam receives 50% in profits! Spread the word to family and friends. Support the parish and the environment by purchasing Mixed Bag Designs. Buy online by Clicking Here!
 
 
 

🎁 Easter Giving…

Please remember to give an extra Easter Gift this year in the form of monetary support to Saint Miriam. This is also a great time to honor the work of your pastor and ministry team members with a card and gift for all they do! Remember that they give up heir holidays so you have one! Honor their commiuttement and sacrifice this year and don’t forget your parish! Easter Giving Envelopes are available beginning Palm Sunday!
 
 
 
📅 Schedule Changes.
 

Starting March 1st, we have revamped the weekly schedule and some of our small group opportunities. Please be mindful of these changes as we move into March and beyond.

  • Mass times on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:15pm are eliminated.

 

New Thursday Schedules:

  • Confession will be Thursdays from 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Rosary will be Thursdays at 5:15pm
  • Mass will be Thursdays from 5:30pm – 6:00pm
  • Adoration and Benediction will be Thursdays from 6:00 – 7:00pm
  • Stations of the Cross (Lent only) at 6:00pm with no Adoration during Lent (outside the 12/24 Hour Devotional)
 
 

👨‍👨‍👧‍👧 Small Group Changes, too!

 

We will offer a few Small Group Changes, too! Small Group Changes include:
 
  • The Women of Saint Miriam, Second Sunday at 10:30 am in Undercroft Fellowship Hall
  • Imperfect Spirituality Group, Third Sundays at 12:00 Noon in Betsy and Walter Dinner Room
  • First Encounter Prayer Group, Second Monday at 6:30pm in Betsy and Walter Diener Room
 
 
💒💒 Two Saint Miriam? Yes, A New Location and Homeless Outreach!
 
Our Diocesan Bishop has granted Father John Francis Trubina my blessing to form a ‘mission parish’ of Saint Miriam in Wilmington, DE, as well as continuing to build a new ministry for us entitled Sacred Space, an outreach to the homeless population! He will still remain as an Assisting Priest with his current duties for First Friday Mass and two weekends each month at Saint Miriam, here at our main campus.
 
 

📰 Weekly Printed Focus Ads Needs You – FINAL WEEK!

Do you have a business or know someone who does that would place an ad of any size to help support our weekly publication and newsletter? It comes out every Easter and runs for an entire year! Please see Lorraine or Father Jim today! Help us make this year’s publication even better!
 
 
✜ Lent Reflection Books Available!
 
Get you FREE copy of our annual Lenten Devotional and Refection Booklets after Mass this week. A free will donation is always accepted. Allow us to deepen your Lent this year!
 
 
Lenten 12 Hours with Jesus Adoration for 2018!
 
We will sit with Our Lord on Friday, March 23rd from 5:00pm until Midnight and then on Saturday, March 24th from 7:00am until 1:00pm! Join us and sign up in the Library after any Mass!
 
 
🍽 Dine and Donate in March at MaGerk’s!
 
Dine and Donate with us Thursday, March 22nd 2018 at MaGerk’s Pub & Grill at 582 S Bethlehem Pike Ft Washington anytime from 5-9pm and take out counts, too! All proceeds support our children programs!
 
 
👍🏼 Review Us and Like Us!!
 
Please take a moment an Like us on Facebook and send a review, too! It all helps!
 
 

🌲 “Caring for Creation” Small Group!

 
Our Laudato Si Small Group has changed its name to reflect its new mission! Join “Caring for Creation at their next meeting on Thursday, Feb. 22, after Stations of the Cross! They will review a documentary film in the Diener Room. Then their next meeting after that occurs on Sunday, March 18, 12:00pm! Join them!
 
 

😁 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!?
 
 

🚪 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!
 
 
🙏🏼 Mass, Sanctuary Lamp, and Bread & 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!
 
 
😀 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!
 

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 Testoni by Stephen Logan
Souls of Purgatory by Ed Hoelker
Michelle Roll by Marilyn Amento
 
 
 

Honor Masses:  **None Received**

 

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

In Memory of Anthony Tursi by Nicole Pierce
 
 
Bread and Wine Sponsor for Month:
 

Memory of Brock and Matkowski Families by Bob Brock and Dorothea Hatt

 

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 $819.08 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.)
 
 

Mar 11th:

  • Fourth Sunday of Lent
  • Prayer Shawl Group at 10am

 

Mar 12th:

  • Tommy Conwell at 4:30pm
  • Deacon Classes at 6:30pm

 

Mar 13th:

  • Recovery, Inc. at 6:30pm

 

Mar 14th:

  • Tommy Conwell at 4:30pm
  • Weekday Mass at 6:00pm
  • First Encounter Group at 6:30pm

 

Mar 15th:

  • Confessions at 4:00pm
  • Rosary at 5:15pm
  • Mass at 5:30pm
  • Stations of Cross at 6:00pm
  • Boy Scout Troop #320 at 7:00pm

 

Mar 17th:

  • AA Sunrise at 8:30am
 

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