The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for March 5th 2017



The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for March 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!


Steve, a special intention, Mark and Eileen, Ruth, Linda and husband, Kelly, Gina, Noreen, Deborah, Margaret, Nick, The Morgan’s, Maureen and Chris, John, Billy, Dave, Mike, Jonette, Joy, Rick, Steve, Wendell, Judy, Richelle, Kathleen, Marek, Dana, Greg, Susan and Marty, Diane, Ckrisen, Donte & Micah, Mary,  Maryann, Lisa, Father Bryan, Eleanore, Angela, Leo, Bobbi, Naomi, Phyllis, Lorraine, Guy, Pat, Angie, Craig, Trevor, Bob, Kim, Kate, Terri, Mary, Dan, Andrew, Ken, Freed Family, Chris, Janet, Pat, Sue, Paul, Ed, George, Marie, Suzanne, Rich, Cassie, 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:

David Oliver by Michael Gabriele

Louise Freed by Richard Freed

Nick Bond by Kathleen Duncan


Honor Masses:

**None RECEIVED** 


Sanctuary Lamp:

In Loving Memory of Nick Bond by Monsignor Jim

Bread and Wine Sponsor for Month:

In Memory of etsy and Walter Diener by Jan and Gardo Agustin
(✜ 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 First Sunday of Lent!


✝️ A Beautiful Lent at Saint Miriam Continues…
Get ready for a different kind of Lent this year! Lent is here and it brings to some wonderful ways at Saint Miriam to deepen your Lenten Experience. Here is a quick overview!
  • Join us on Thursday, March 2nd, and every Thursday in Lent at 6:30pm for our Stations of the Cross devotional. 
  • The First Sunday of Lent, March 5th, we will have an Instructed Eucharist” at the 10:30am Morning Mass where Monsignor Jim will explain the meaning behind the actions of the Mass. 
  • We will also hold a beautiful Lenten Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 6:00pm on Wednesday, March 29th to Mass on Thursday evening, March 30th at 6:00pm. Join us as we wait with our Lord. 
  • Finally, be sure to join us for a wonderful Lenten Retreat on Saturday, March 18th with Sr. Eleanor Francis who will then join Monsignor and concelebrate the 10:30am Mass on Sunday, March 19th! A beautifully moving Lent is coming! Get ready and prepare a way for the Lord in your life!
  • Evangelism and You! We will begin on  Sunday, March 19th, at 12:00pm with  our opening topic, “How to Be One Hell of a Catholic Evangelist”! 
Learn more and sign up for all of these events, by Clicking Here!
✝️ A Special #GoodFriday is Coming…
Also, in order to deepen your experience of Good Friday, be sure to sign up to follow us on Twitter! Beginning on Good Friday, we will post hashtags for Our Lord’s Passion! Join us every hour and walk with Christ until he lays in a tomb waiting for the Easter light! Experience the Passion with us at 3:00pm on Good Friday and by tweet, too! #CrucifyHim comes alive just for you!
䷠ A Lenten Retreat Like No Other!
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 2017 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! Register Here today! (Scholarships are available to offset some of the cost, if needed, just see Father Jim in confidence. We want this to be accessible to everyone!)
🍝 Boy Scouts Pasta Dinner!
Our Troop #320 will hold its annual Boy Scout Spaghetti Dinner in the Undercroft on Saturday, March 11th from 4:30pm – 8:30pm. Please stop by and eat dinner or take some great pasta home an d support our troop! 
🍹Parent’s Night Out for March is Coming!
Our educators are ready to give you a break, mom and dad! Juts bring the kids to the school entrance on Friday, March 10th at 6:00pm and take off and enjoy a night out! We will care for them, feed them, and entertain them, all while keeping them safe so you can enjoy a date night or run errands or take a nap! Contact anyone at the school today to let us know who is coming at 215-836-9800 x712! 
👕 A Limited Edition Saint Miriam T-Shirt is Available…
A very limited edition T-shirt is in the new Store! It says, “I Belong to the BEST Catholic Parish on the Planet!” and has our logo on the front side, too! Stop by and pick one up! There are only a limited number and can be your’s for a low donation of only $25.00!
👨🏼‍🏫‍‍‍‍‍ An Instructed Eucharist is This Sunday!
Many parishioners enjoyed the last time this was done by our pastor and some have expressed a desire for some sort of real-time worship teaching or commentary, which would shed light on the various elements of the Mass. Such a teaching service is often known as an “Instructed Eucharist.” In an Instructed Eucharist the different parts of the service are described: their history, purpose, and rubrics are explained and will take place at the 10:30am Mass on Sunday, March 5th, The First Sunday of Lent to begin to deepen our affection for the Sacrifice of the Mass and our love our Our Lord! Join Monsignor Jim for a wonderful instructed way to learn and grow this Lent!

🖍 Our Children Coloring Stations of the Cross

Our Children in our PREP Programs are hand coloring their own version of the Stations of the Cross this year to supplement our own set that already adorns our Sanctuary walls! Their colored stations will be hung next to the existing stations to allow us all the opportunity to bring their work to life in prayer, as we gather every Thursday in Lent to pray together at 6:30pm! Aimed at the child in all of us, these stations will be so beautiful and moving! Join us every Thursday, beginning Thursday, March 9th and see their work and pray the Stations of the Cross at Saint Miriam! Also, as a reminder, the Children of our PREP Classes will be coming together for Stations on Thursday, March 16th! Join them and show your care and support!

🎬 Saint Miriam is Live

On the go? You can now take us with you! We Livestream Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. Our Mid-Week Mass on Thursdays at 6:00pm. Then, every Sunday tune in and stream our Morning Mass at 10:30am! (Oh, and ya! Please don’t worry! The congregation is not on camera!) You may view on our websites at our main Parish Site any Clicking Here, or our internal Parishioner website by Clicking Here, or on our Parish App, too, just download by Clicking Here!
🏪 A Store Opens at Saint Miriam!
Thanks to Alan, Sean, and Father Jim we now have a new store located in the main corridor outside the sanctuary! Our store is a 24″ x 24″ x 36″ high slatwall tower four sided rotating display! There you will find everything to support our parish from Saint Miriam Water Bottles ad brand new (limited edition) T-shirts to Mass cards and Rosaries and Holding Crosses and more! Stop by and pick up a gift and support our parish, too!


Saint Miriam in Life: The News!

🏁 It’s Hard to Believe, BUT We Are STILL Not There! Help Take Us Over The Finish Line? Please help us get over the finish line! We just went over $21,000, 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? Please read his letter included in this week’s Focus after all Masses and then donate by Clicking Here!

📰Print-Edition of ‘The Saint Miriam Focus’, 2017 Edition Now Open! Our beautiful print-edition of the weekly newsletter, The Focus at Saint Miriam, comes alive once each year for renewals and new ads and you can help! Why not ask your businesses, employers, or friends with home businesses to consider advertising in our weekly bulletin? Unlike other parishes, our is a once-per-year print at the same cost as many charge for only three months AND we also rotate their ads live at our website, changing them once every week! These are live linked to their own website for direct referrals! A true win-win! The 2017 edition will be ready for Easter 2017 so act fast! Please consider helping us and to lace an ad, learn more, or send a link, just Click Here!


📆 March’s Ministry Team Scheduled are Posted! Our Ministry Team and Server Schedules for March are now live! Please review and mark your calendars to serve God this coming Month! Click Here!


👨‍👨‍👦 Join the Choir and Let Your Voice be Heard! Our Choir needs you! We will be assembling the Choir in full force for the coming Lenten Season and to bring in Easter! And, at our last Liturgy Committee Meeting, we decided to work together with our PREP children and team to form a combined Saint Miriam Choir made up of both children and adults! Please see Charlie, Maria, or Shaun today!


💒 New Adoration Brochure Comes Home! A beautiful new Adoration brochure is now available at Saint Miriam! Pick one up this week within your Print-Edition of our Weekly Focus Newsletter, or in the Information Center located in our Bell Tower! Learn all about Adoration and how it can change your life to spend an hour with Our Lord! You may also see it by Clicking Here and visiting our new Adoration Page at our website!


👷🏼Rectory Friary Building Plans to be Submitted to Township! Join us in the effort to build a new Rectory! Our architect and engineers have completed the drawings and building plans and they will be submitted to the township this week for approval and permits. Please keep the process in your prayers. Please also visit the plans online by Clicking Here and support this endeavor to give our priests a well-deserved new home by Clicking Here now!


✍🏼 Grant Writer Needed! Our school is thriving and also provides us with the opportunity to seek and receive grant funding to help our programming! If you are experienced in writing grants and have some time to help us, please let us know? A good grant writer can actually save children and provide wonderful opportunities! Won’t you consider helping us? 

👩🏼‍🏫 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 1:00pm 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  for visually 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!
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.
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! 

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, 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 $987 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.)

Mar 5th:

Stewardship 2017 Begins!

  • Instructive Eucharist at 10:30am Mass!


Mar 7th:

  • Recovery, Inc. at 6:30pm


Mar 9th :

  • Adoration at 5:00pm
  • Mass at 6:00pm
  • Stations of the Cross at 6:30pm
  • Boy Scout Troop #320 at 7:00pm


Mar 10th :

  • Parent’s Night Out at 6:00pm


Mar 11th:

  • AA Sunrise at 8:30am
  • Boy Scout Pasta Dinner 4:30-8:30pm


Mar 18th:

  • All day Lenten Retreat! 


Mar 19th:

  • Evangelism 101 Begins! 1/3 Sessions!
  • Sr Eleanor Francis Concelebrates the 10:30am Morning Mass with Father!