The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for October 16th 2016

 
 

The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for October 16th 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!

 

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:

Donna Brown by Saint Miriam Family

Louise Freed by Richard Freed

Robert Borucki by Vicki Mastro

 

Honor Masses:

Sean Hall by Pat Wilcke

Janet, Mary & Fran for healing by Msgr. Jim

 

Sanctuary Lamp:

In Loving Memory of  Robert Borucki by Vicki Mastro

 

Bread and Wine Sponsor for Month:

Sandy Sanders and Sally Dickson by Jan & Gardo Augustin
 
 
(✜ 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 Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time!
 
 
📸 🎃”Pix in the Patch” Is This Saturday! On Saturday, October 15th from 2:00pm until 5:00pm join us as we welcome our professional photographer for Pix in the Patch where you and your family can get an Autumnal photo in the pumpkin patch! Refreshments, cider, donuts pumpkin decorating, a balloon bounce, and more! Join us! It’s all FREE!
 
🍴✟Sacred Meal Dinner Group is This Wednesday! Join us this coming  Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 at 6:30pm, for another Sacred Meal Dinner Group! A small, monthly gathering of folks over a warm meal that they cook together. We gather to share what we call a “sacred meal”, a worship service that takes place around an actual dinner table in the parish fellowship hall. The meal is patterned after those shared by Christians in the first few centuries of the church, which evolved into our current day “Holy Communion” celebrations with participants sharing the bread and the cup. Learn more Here and wait until you see what we did this time! Join us! 
 
🏁 This Year’s Auction Needs You! Help us get ready for our annual silent auction! We are in need of craft type items such as fall/Christmas wreathes, center pieces, table-top trees, ceramics, ornaments, wall décor, and/or signs. These items can either be store bought or hand made. All items should be brought to the church by  Sunday, October 16. See Kathleen Duncan or Shaun Little for additional information or email us by Clicking Here.
 

🎟Get Your Lottery Tickets In! If you have not yet received your lottery tickets or you need more, please see someone on staff. We only have a few remaining! If you have received them, please be sure to return the money and the stubs by October 30th. Without them you won’t have a chance to win. Good luck and thank you for helping to support our school! 

🎃Our Pumpkin Patch is Open Daily! Our annual Pumpkin Patch is open daily from sunrise to sunset! Stop by the campus, pick up a pumpkin, and support our kids! This year’s crop (of students and pumpkins!) is simply grand!
 
♻️ The Women WENT Green and So Can YOU! The Women of Saint Miriam hosted a Norwex demonstration fundraiser this past Tuesday with Kelly Gallagher, a parishioner and Norwex consultant, who shared about the many environmentally friendly products that help to reduce chemicals in our home and reduce waste in the environment. Norwex shares the mission of Saint Miriam to care for our community and reduce our carbon footprint. Proceeds from the sales will be donated to Saint Miriam. Now, by Clicking Here, you can help heal the world and support the parish, too! 
 
🍽 Shallow Sign Ups Means Cancellation is Looming! Sign up Today or We May Not Make It!  If you wish too join a Foyer Group, please do so – otherwise, we may cancel the groups if there is a lack of interest this year. Then, plan ahead and join us on Friday, October 21st at 6:30pm for our annual Foyer Dinner Kick Off Dinner! This year’s theme will be All Hallow’s Eve.…Boo! Beginning every October and meeting through May, our Saint Miriam Foyer Dinner Groups afford a unique opportunity to dine together and grow as a community! We begin with a kick off dinner on October 21st  – hosted by our own pastor – and group members are randomly assigned by our coordinator! Foyer Groups are small groups of 5-8 persons sharing simple meals and fellowship and the intention is to simply to have fun.  A ‘Group Captain’ can be chosen to schedule, and then each month, one or two of the members host a gathering. They convene the group and welcome all into their home and provide one or two main dishes to share. Then everyone else brings something, too! It’s that simple and that much fun! There is no agenda, just fellowship and building a great community!
 
🕸🕷Join us for a Haunted and Historic Tour! Join Union Cemetery of Whitemarsh at Saint Miriam for a classic All Hallow’s Eve flashlight tour that includes an exciting tour of our century grounds and a walk through the pumpkin patch. Experience the enchanting art and landscape of our cemetery grounds after dark, as an experienced tour guide leads you along winding, dimly-lit pathways and behind the graves of historic figures that include: Harvey Longabaugh, the brother of the Sundance Kid; Thomas May Peirce, founder of Peirce College; the Van Billiard Family who perished on the Titanic;  and George Jago, a Civil War soldier as well as many  other Civil and Revolutionary War veterans.  The nighttime walking tours will focus on the cemetery’s rich history, and of course, some of the liveliest spirits buried within our hallowed grounds, after all, Union Cemetery is on the Haunted Places in Pennsylvania list! Tours will last approximately 30-45 minutes, and will be followed by seasonal refreshments aside blazing fire pits near our pumpkin patch.  Two evenings of the All Hallow’s Eve Walking Tour: Haunted History at Union CemeteryFriday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th. Each night, tours will begin at 7PM. Attendees are advised to wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and to bring a flashlight.
 
🕯Honoring 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! Forms are available after every Mass beginning this Sunday through the end of October!  
 
 

Saint Miriam in Life: Other News!

 
😋 Order Something Tastefully Simple and Support Saint Miriam! Tastefully Simple provides exceptional tasting experiences with simple delicious food and makes meal planning fun and easy. If you liked the tropical pound cake at the luau or enjoyed the scrumptious bread at Ed Hoelker’s birthday party, then you already know how great tastefully Simple products are for any occasion! Our very own librarian and parishioner Peggy Gabriele is also a Tastefully Simple Consultant. Peggy has set up a party link for orders over $60 on her website here to help Saint Miriam. Peggy will have catalogs available  this week after al Masses, if your orders are under the $60 amount, please give your orders directly to Peggy to save on shipping and handling. She will donate her entire commission of 30% back to our parish with each purchase. Dinner is always decided with delicious home-cooked meals that are Tastefully Simple! Please see Peggy for a catalog and order form today. Thank you, Peggy!
 
📿HOLY ROCKS! It’s a Rosary Sale! October is Roary month and why not honor our Blessed Mother with a new rosary? Get a new rosary and support the parish! We have brand new custom-made rosaries in both Franciscan Crown and Standard versions in the Bell Tower Entry! Save and Support with your purchase this week!
 
✝️ 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.
 
⏲ Ministry Team Schedules Posted for October! Please visit our internal website (www.SaintMiriam.com) for the latest additions for October 2016 Ministry Team Schedules! Click Here!
 
🌃Mom & Dad Plan Ahead for a Night Out! Our next monthly “Parents Night Out” is Friday October 21st! Drop the kids off and go out to shop, ear, or just be together! The kids are safe in our school with activities and pizza, too! More to come so plan ahead now!
 
📹 Help us Live Stream: Video Support Needed… We would like to begin to live stream our Masses at Saint Miriam for one 
Mass every Sunday and we are in need of an audio and video enthusiast! If you love working with video, we are willing to give you the support tools to help us live stream Saint Miriam! If interested, please see Monsignor Jim! Thank you!
 
✍🏽 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!
 
🍷The Women are Becoming Uncorked! 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!
 
💒 Join Us Show Your Love for Our Pastor? You can now track our progress toward our goal with the poster in the Bell Tower Lobby! A few weeks ago we asked for your support in building a pastor’s salary fund. Monsignor has worked for us for almost nine years now and has given much to help us remain a vibrant and growing parish. But, with his schedule ever increasing, he has not been able to take on the additional course work at the university he normally teaches at in the fall and spring terms; it simply will not fit into his parish schedule, and so he once again has made a sacrifice and declined the offer to teach this fall. This leaves him in a terribly tight financial position and quite honestly…is our problem to deal with now!  Monsignor has come to us and requested a salary of $25,000 (Yes, he asked for only $25,000 for all he does and the very long hours he works). Will you help us to afford this needed option by giving a weekly or monthly donation ear marked just for him? Please prayerfully consider our request and see Alan today, or just complete the special insert this Sunday and return it to us today….if you are willing to put our pastor first this fall.  Email us to support today.
 
🏬 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 TWO 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 5 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.)
 
 

Daily! 

🎃 –  Pumpkin Patch open!  Join us and support our school children Open Daily from 9:00am to Sunset!

 

Oct 18th –

  • Recovery, Inc. at 6:30pm
  • Boy Scout Leadership at 7:00pm

 

Oct 19th –

🍴- Sacred Meal Dinner at 6:30pm

 

Oct 20th

– Adoration 5:00pm

– Mass at 6:00pm 

– Rosary at 6:30pm

– Boy Scouts at 7:00pm

 

Oct 22nd –

– AA Sunrise at 8:30am

 

Oct 28th – 29th

👻- Historic and Ghostly Tours begin at 7pm, sharp!

 

Nov 2nd – 

🕯- All Souls’ Day Luminaries Lighting at 7:00pm

 

Nov 6th –

✟ All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day! (All Masses!)