The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for November 18, 2018!

Week of Sunday, November 18th 2018


The Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time and Baptism 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,
John, Father Bryan, Dannie, Carol, Rick, Mary Alice, John, Debbie, John, Myra, Ruth, Lorraine, Maria, Connor, Cathy, Maia, Patricia, Chrissy, Myra, Bob, Liz, Everett, Dick, Pat, Lisa, Wendy, Eileen, Jack, Maria, Mary Lou, Andrew, Marie, Shealyn, Celine, Marta, Cindy, Mehmet, Anne, MaryAnn and Ken, Bridget, Tom, Michael, Bobbette, Shirley, Kevin, Lucia, Ruth, Maia, Shealyn, Eileen, Maria, Liz, Jessica, Everett, Jen, Ezra and family, Lisa, Wendy, Eileen, Jack, Baby Adam, Maria, Mary Lou, Andrew, Pat, Marie, Shealyn, Celine, Marta, Everett, Cindy, Mehmet, Anne, MaryAnn and Ken, Bridget, Tom, Michael, Bobbette, Shirley, Kevin, Lucia, 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
Honor Masses:
Maria Wolf by Saint Miriam Ministry Team

Alan Entwistle by Pat Wilcke


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

In Honor of Our Troops by Donna and Chester Mack

Bread and Wine Sponsor for Month:

In Memory of Vincent McNamara by Barry and Kate Vandegrift In Honor of Our Troops by Donna and Chester Mack


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 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.

 This Week: Who Is Celebrating!? 

Sunday Mass
Early Mass: Father John Francis   
Family Mass: Father John Francis
Morning Mass: Monsignor Jim
Thursday Rosary:
 6:15pm in Library: HOLIDAY – NO ROSARY
Sunday Rosary:
 8:30am in Sanctuary:  Robert Danner
🍂 Our NEW Fall Schedule! 🍂
Our new Fall Mass & Servce Schedule has been updated!
Please vise our website by Clicking Here.
Current News!

🎺 Concert is FRIDAY! Join us!

Today we are in countdown mode to our annual concert and silent auction just hours away! Get ready for a fabulous evening! Join us!

💒 Acolyte Training This Sunday!

Ed Hoelker and Deacon Pat will be having a refresher and training on serving the altar on November 18th after the 10:30 Mass. Please plan to attend. We are hoping to have some new people interested in serving, and your valuable experience will be needed . Please talk this up and perhaps we can get even more servers!

✝️ This Advent Learn About The Mass with Monsignor Jim!

Prepare yourselves to be transformed through insights on this most privileged and intimate encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ as we walk through the Liturgy. See how Mass brings us out of the fallen world and into the heavenly realm, how it resonates with a call from God and a response from his people, the Church, and most importantly, how we are intimately joined with the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus through the Holy Eucharist! The Mass will help you understand how to fully, consciously, and actively participate in the source and summit of the Christian life. Join us as we learn about the Mass with Bishop Barron beginning Sunday, November 25th through Sunday December 16th 2018 at 12:15pm – 1:30pm in the Laurie Lending Library! Space is limited! Sign up in the Library today!

💽 Come, Follow Me CD’s Now Available!

Our professional produced music CD for the holidays is now available! Make your purchase and help us while making someone’s Christmas great! 

👨‍👩‍👧 Blended Families Support Coming Up!

Parenting and marriage are hard enough and then you add the challenges of being a blended family! We can support each other and discuss topics that are common in our families. Join us for the initial group on Friday, December 7th from 7:00-8:00pm at Saint Miriam and then we will reconvene after the holidays. Feel free to contact Katie Wenger by e-mail ( or call/text (267-304-4442) with any questions.


🛐 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!

🎊 Make a Difference Where it Counts with End of Year Giving!

Please give generously at the end of every year! It helps offset your tax burden and enables us to move into a new year with less debt to help our children, programs, and outreach! Please remember Saint Miriam as you plan for a brand new year! We won’t forget you, please don’t forget us! Make your end of year gift today!

🧧 In Kind Donation: A Great Option!

Did you know that when you donate new supplies to the parish, like fellowship, office or school supplies, or even yarn for the Prayer Shawl Group, you can get an “in-kind donation” as long as the supplies were purchased by you, donated to the parish without any compensation back? See anyone to help us stay supply-ready and get a tax benefit, too!

🎄The 2018 Giving Tree Comes to Saint Miriam!

As you know every year we place gifts with tags to children and vulnerable adults under a Giving Tree in the Library – we collect them from November to Christmas where they are delivered to the neediest of families – this year we will care for Carson Valley Children’s Center, Guadalupe Family Services, NHS Group Home, and provide a full Christmas (from tree to food to gifts) for two families in need in Camden and Wilmington. We will also add a small gift to our Blessing Bag program for the homeless!


💽 Stewardship is Canceled!

You Heard it here first! Pick up your envelope, or visit Here, and see how we will care for Saint Miriam and get a free gift, too!

🍁 PREP/CCD and the Pumpkin of Thanksgiving is Here!

In preparation for this Thanksgiving, our PREP/CCD students have a few pumpkins before the altar. On the pumpkins they placed all of the things they are grateful for and we are asking that all of our parish join them by placing all of the things you are thankful for, too!! Let’s make this a true season of remembering what we have to be thankful for! 

🕯 Sponsor an Advent Candle This Year!

This year you can sponsor one of the four Advent candles that will adorn our beautiful Advent Wreath! You may make this an Honor or Memorial tribute, BUT there are ONLY FOUR so act fast! Each candle may be sponsored for all 4 weeks of Advent plus through Christmas Season for only $100 per intention!

👨🏻‍🍳 Claires Gourmet Sale for School!

Our school is having a Claire’s Gourmet Sale! Please purchase your items from the catalog located in the Library today and support our children!

🧹Help Us Stay Clean?!

We have a little light cleaning that we could use some volunteers! The Library and the Undercroft could use light dusting and a weekly vacuuming! Can you help us to prevent us from hiring someone? Please see Sean or Alan today!

🧀 🍷 Help us with the Auction!

We need Wine, Cheese, and Desserts! Sign up today in the Bell Tower or see anyone on staff! 

💲End of Year Giving Statements!

If you wish to receive an End-of-Year Giving Statements for all contributions from 2028, please email us at by December 31st.

💧Take A Water Bottle, Make A Bag, Come to a Meeting, Save the Planet! 

It really will be that easy! Stop by the table in the Bell Tower on Sunday, November 18th and get a FREE Water Bottle while you make a environmentally friendly bag for shopping! Cost? ALL FREE! The catch! Just promise to show up to ONE Caring for Creation meeting and make a difference! The next meeting of Caring for Creation is Sunday, November 18th after the 9:00am Mass in the Library! 

👰🏻We Teamed up with Amay Custom Wedding Gowns!

Now our brides exclusive pricing and the opportunity to have a custom made gown and cost more affordable than many store bought gowns! You may also use them as a wedding planner service, too! Contact Away today and tell them we sent you! We create your wedding and gown your way and make it unforgettable.

🌙 Join Us for The Longest Night!

Join us on Friday, December 21st, 2018 at 6:30 PM. This service recognizes that not everyone is cheery for the Christmas holidays. There is a growing attentiveness to the needs of people who are “blue” at Christmas, creating a sacred space for people living through dark times. This special service is reflective, accepting, holding out healing and hope.

🎄The 2018 Giving Tree Comes to Saint Miriam!

As you know every year we place gifts with tags to children and vulnerable adults under a Giving Tree in the Library – we collect them from November to Christmas where they are delivered to the neediest of families – this year we will care for Carson Valley Children’s Center, Guadalupe Services, NHS Group Home, and provide a full Christmas (from tree to food to gifts) for two families in need in Camden and Wilmington. We will also add a small gift to our Blessing Bag program for the homeless! Look for the tree this Sunday and choose an ornament to make someone’s Christmas! 


☕️ Cafe Help Needed!

We need help with set up and especially take down of the Saint Miriam Cafe’ – can you spend 30 minutes at approximately 11:30am one Sunday a month to help us?

🍽Sacred Meal Return in January!

Because of the way the holidays fall for November and December, our Sacred Meal Dinners will return on Wednesday, January, 23rd 2019 at 6:30pm!

♻ Continuing our Green Policy!

As part of our continuing effort to become even ‘greener’ as a parish community, we added the latest generation LED bulbs to the Sanctuary and will, by December’s end, eliminate all plastic bottled water and replace with ‘Boxed water”! We also wish everyone to increase your use of our refillable bottle station so pick up a free water bottle if you only agree to join us for our next Caring for Creation Group. And, Our Secular Franciscan Group will be designing and baking a new recyclable system for the parish! Watch us turn even greener! 

🎤 Sacred Singers and Franciscan Music Ensemble of Saint Miriam!

Do you enjoy singing and/or playing music in a loving and fun environment!? Join music director Charlie Masters, as we bring together both instrumentalists and vocalists of all ages and interests in a NEW Contemporary Music Ensemble. Specifically, the ensemble will share their ministry by performing together at one Sunday morning mass each season. Listening/part tracks are provided and rehearsals are conveniently scheduled. Again, all voices and instruments are encouraged to be a part of this exciting new music ministry. Please reach out to Charlie for additional details!

🙏🏼 Mass, Sanctuary Lamp, and Bread & Wine Sponsors Are Running Low!!!
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!
📿 Pray the Rosary and Adore Christ!
Join us to Pray the Rosary on Thursdays at 6:15pm or Sundays at 8:30am! Please hold quiet outside the Sanctuary during these times to allow people to pray. Also every Thursday the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for Adoration in the Sanctuary from 4:00pm until 7:00pm.

🌍 We’re On the Web! Main Website: and News, Blogs, Events, Apps & More:

👍🏼 Review Us and Like Us!!
Please take a moment an Like us on Facebook and send a review, too! It all helps!
😀 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!
Upcoming Highlights!
( Visit our Parish Calendar Here for full weekly, monthly, and yearly schedules.)

Nov 18th:

  • 33rd Sunday Ordinary Time
  • Baptism of Dylan Harper Cordrey, Laney Ayr Nicol & Olivia Elle Faust-Gray
  • Caring for Creation after 9:00am in Library

  Nov 20th:

  • Thanksgiving Dinner – School 
  • Recovery, Inc. at 6:30pm
  • Wedding Rehearsal at 6:30pm
  • Boy Scout Leadership at 7:00pm

  Nov 22nd:

  • Holiday – Closed

  Nov 23rd:

  • Wedding of Andrew and Jessica at 3:00pm!

  Nov 24th:

  • AA Sunrise at 8:30am!
Prayer Requests:
215-836-9800 x 712
Our Websites: 
Parishioner Info and Schedules:
215-836-9800 x 705

Leave a Reply