The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for November 6th 2016

 
 

The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for November 6th 2016

 

Saint Miriam in Prose: From our Pastor

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

Saint Miriam in Prayer: Remembering!

 

Marie, Rita, Grammy Fina, Angela, Bishop Greg, Craig, Susan, Kim, Bob, Kim, Kate, Terri & family, Joan, Janet, Fran, Mary, Dan, Andrew, Sebastian, Kevin, Bishop Ken, Freed Family, Anita, Chris, Ken, Janet, Pat, Greg, Dana, Charlie, Annie, Donna, Sue, Paul, Ed, George, Maureen, Marie, Suzanne, Roland, Rich, Cassie, Annie, Linda, Mike, Shannon, Nathan, Roland, Ruth, Brenda, Linda, Mike, Richard, Christopher, Victoria, Janice, Cuffey Family, Marianne, Donna, Joe, Maureen, Mary, Angela, 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 for This Week are:
 
 

Memorial Masses:

All Souls’ Memorials

 

Honor Masses:

 

Sanctuary Lamp:

In Loving Memory of  Alton E. St. George by Father Jim

 

Bread and Wine Sponsor for Month:

In Loving Memory of Louise Freed by her family

 
 
(✜ 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 in Brief: A Quick Look!

 
( 👓 To read our full list of current events for this week,  visit Focus in Brief ,  by Clicking Here!)
 
 
Today we honor the combined Feasts of … 
 
The Solemnity of All Saints (All Saints’), 
and 
The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls’)!
 
 
🙇🏼 …and there’s Still Time!  Be Sure to Honor All Saints’ and All Souls’ 2016! Praying for the living and the dead has always been a part of Catholic tradition and at Saint Miriam we will honor these very important feast days with the lighting of special candles! First, we will offer stunningly beautiful votive lights hanging from a large, simple branch over our Altar tended from our own wooded grounds at the edge of our cemetery. Then, on the evening of All Souls, at 6pm sharp, our cemetery will set aglow with the light of votive candles within beautiful star luminaries! Parishioners and the general public are invited!Purchase a luminary for your own remembrances, and why not consider adding a few extra so we can add a light to a grave of someone in our cemetery that no longer has anyone left to remember them? What an absolutely beautiful way to honor both the living (Saints) and the dead (souls) at Saint Miriam this All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day for 2016!  You may still make a memorial or honor online! 
 
🎬 Filming us as a Success Story! Mitsubishi Electric was at the parish to film on Thursday afternoon for what they titled a “Success Story” that features Saint Miriam and Wes Carver Electric! Their video marketing staff member, Ken Brown, flew in from Atlanta for this shoot and it will be featured nationally in their television commercials! Watch for its release nationwide this fall! Saint Miriam…a true success!
 
A GREAT Success! The Haunted and Historic Tour! Our first annual Saint Miriam classic All Hallow’s Eve flashlight tour was a huge success! Thank you to all who came and hosted the hundreds of folks over two days! A big thank you to Robert Pardi, our Historian, Dr. Shaun Little, Pat Wilcke, and Michael Gabriele, David Olson, Alan Entwistle, Kathleen Duncan, and Chester Mack for all their effort in making this event a success!
 

If You Missed the Historic Cemetery Tour…You’re in luck! Our parish historian, Robert Pardi, is making himself available after the 9:00am Family Mass every month on the Second Sunday to take you and your family on a guided tour! Join him and enrich yourself in the history that Saint Miriam now has become good stewards of!

 
🎫 Join us for This Year’s Silent Auction! Tickets Now Available! Remember to join us for our Annual Silent Auction coming up on Friday, November 18th with an auction preview at 6:00pm and includes a wine and cheese and wonderful homemade desserts, too! This year’s items include vacations to Disney and Arizona, a 7 night cruise for two on the Rhine River, condo vacations, timeshares, a trip to Cabo San Lucas, gift baskets, center pieces, gift certificates, so much more! Plan to join us and if you have something to donate, please let us know ASAP by Clicking Here!
 
See Charlie Today and Join the Choir! It’s true! We love you so much that we created The Saint Miriam Choir! It is under the direction of our wonderful music director, Charlie Masters, and he is preparing for a Christmas Eve performance and you are invited to sing! You do not need any previous experience, only a desire to sing beautiful music with your Saint Miriam family. Contact Charlie today!
 
November Ministry Team Schedules are Posted! Our Ministry Team Schedules are posted for November online at our internal parishioner website. Be sure to check out your service dates! Thank you for all you do to make Saint Miriam so special!
 
Don’t Roll The Dice! All the Events in One Place? Did you know that all of our upcoming events are not only posted on our Facebook page, but also in our internal website under News & Events by Clicking Here? Visit every week for updates and stay in the know to be involved in the life of our wonderful parish!
 
Caring for Our Pastor Who Makes All Things Possible for Us…Did you know that we are seeking to put into place a modest salary for Monsignor of only $25,000 a year? Did you know that we are not there yet? Did you know that he has not taken a salary since our founding almost nine years ago? Did you also know that he tithes to our parish every week? See the gauge of our progress in the Bell Tower Lobby today and help support him by Clicking Here by making your weekly or monthly donation using Vanco that will go directly to our Pastor’s Fund. Is he worth it to you?
 
Construction Is Done, But a Few More Upgrades in Store! Our newly installed security protocol and entry system is now operational! After we discovered a flaw in our security protocol for our schools, we built a new wall and emergency door! This has now reconfigured the entry and visitor systems at our Admin/School Entrance with the creation of a ‘reception area’ that also includes a new way to check in every child and visitor prior to being permitted to go beyond the entry! And, today, thanks to our own Tom Frey, we are getting new urinals in the men’s restroom and new toilets in the ladies’ restroom! Thanks to all!
 
🎄Christmas at Saint Miriam 2016! Please be sure to take a look at our  2016 Christmas Schedule online! Join us for a festive Nativity of the Lord!
 
🎅🏼 Speaking of Christmas…Join us for Breakfast with St. Nick! Please be sure to bring the kids and grandkids to our annual Breakfast with Santa! This year on December 10th at 9:00am! Learn more by Clicking Here!
 
 

Saint Miriam in Life: Other News!

 
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.
 
Advent Reflections Booklet Available! Believe it or not, it is almost Advent! And, annually, we help prepare you spiritually for the coming of Christ with a popular, easy-to-use annual booklet called Advent & Christmas: Waiting in Joyful Hope! During the especially busy Advent and Christmas seasons, this booklet offers brief, down-to-earth reflections that bring prayer and Scripture into everyday life in a thought-provoking and lasting way. This year’s reflections are by Bishop Robert Morneau and provide deeply insightful reflections on Scripture readings from the daily Mass, and every reader will grow in their understanding of the word of God. This book will help busy people achieve their goal of enriching their personal prayer life during the seasons of Advent and Christmas. Please contact Deacon Pat to secure your copy before they – like Advent – is well past us by Clicking Here!
 
Our Bell Needs You! Quasimodo, Where Are You? Please help us ring our historic church bell at all Masses on Sundays! We toll our bell at 30 min before, 15 before, and at time of start. Maybe you’d like to help learn how to ring our bell? See anyone on staff or email us by Clicking Here!
 
✝️ Mass Donations NEEDED! 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.
 
 
✍ Scheduling Support Volunteer Needed. Are you good with working on schedules and have an eye for detail? Can you use an Excel spreadsheet? Then we need you! Please let Monsignor Jim know if you can help us coordinate our monthly schedules! Thank you!
 
Join God Every Thursday? Every Thursday from 5:00pm – 6:00pm, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for adoration in the Sanctuary before our Thursday Mass at 6:00pm! Understood simply, Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honoring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ. In a deeper sense, it involves “the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us”.  During Eucharistic Adoration, we “watch and wait”, we remain “silent” in His Presence and open ourselves to His Graces which flow from the Eucharist … By worshiping the Eucharistic Jesus, we become what God wants us to be! Like a magnet, The Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us. Join us every Thursday! Need 24 good reasons to come? Read this article!
 
 
Sign Up TODAY! Uncorked Painters Comes to Saint Miriam! The Women of Saint Miriam are hosting a special (and very intoxicating!) fundraiser for our parish! Please join us for a painting party (both men and women are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun) on Sunday, December 4th from 2:00pm until 5:00pmPlease note that this is an “adults only” fundraiser; no children please, as wine will be served. Child care will be offered in the school with advanced RSVP’s! So plan on joining us in the parish Undercroft and enjoy a Sunday afternoon of fun and creativity. BYOB is the word of the day and some really great snacks will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own favorite snacks, too! All painting supplies and instructions will also be provided and no experience is needed; just your fun side! The Uncorked Artist will be donating five of our instructor paintings to be raffled off with 100% of the proceeds from this raffle benefiting the parish! We will also have a Special Basket to raffle and a fun-tastic 50/50, so be prepared for lots of fun! Invite your friends and family to attend this really FUNdraiser  at Saint Miriam! Register today by Clicking Here!
 
It’s Never To Early to Plan Ahead: Join Saint Miriam for a Lenten Retreat with Sr. Eleanor Francis! 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 2016 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!

 

But, Wait! You’re Not Done Yet! Join Us on Sunday, The Third Sunday of Lent, March 19th 2016, too!

Sr. Eleanor Francis will Con-Celebrate the 11:00am Morning Mass with Choir where she will deliver the homily and then present an Adult Forum during our fellowship time in the Saint Miriam Cafe’ in the Undercroft. Her presentation will focus on history and present ministries of the Community of St. John Baptist, with a piece about how they fit into the larger church in North America. Join us for an exciting time to dwell with God during the Holy Season of Lent!
 
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! Click Here!
 
♻️ Blue Water Makes Us 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!
 
 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 the App by Clicking Here!
 
 

Saint Miriam in Support: Grow our Mission!

 
 Ways to Support 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! Sean Hall discovered that his company, United Heath Care and Optum, offered matching gifts for his donations to Saint Miriam! He applied and we were awarded the match! How about your company?  NOW THREE MORE PARISHIONERS DID TOO!!!  How about you?  
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! Thanks, Sean!
 
 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: http://zionpreschool.travelpledge.com 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 7 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 and 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! 
 
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.)
 

Nov 8th –

  • Recovery, Inc. at 6:30pm
  • Women of Saint Miriam at 7:00pm

 

Nov 10th

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

 

Nov 12th –

  • AA Sunrise at 8:30am
  • PreCana at 1:00pm

 

Nov 18th –

  • Annual Silent Auction to benefit School and Parish at 6:00pm!

 

Nov 19th –

  • The Imperfect Spirituality Club at 10:00am!

 

Nov 24th – Parish Closed for Holiday!

 

Nov 27th –The Holy Season of Advent  begins!