The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam for September 24th 2017

Week of Sunday, September 24th 2017

The Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time


InGathering Sunday!

From our Pastor…

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Saint Miriam in Devotion.

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our weekly Devotional!

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In Prayer,


Jenn, Joshua, Joanne, Ronnie, Kevin, Greg, Paul, Gerard, Msgr. Jim, Victims of Hurricane Harvey, Laura, Patty, Maureen and family, Bill, Sean, John, Desiree, Keith, Devyn, Dana, Gregory, Thomas, Linda, Dan, Patrick, Jim, Ruth, John, Jim, Colin, Peggy, Mel, Pat, Melissa, Jen, Mary, Lorraine, Regina, Alexa, Pam, Margaret, Guy, Tom, Joanne and Father John, Mary, Maureen and Chris, Regan Family, Marie, Rick, Gina, Rita, The Huggins, Brenda, Deb, Donald, Martha, Rick, Rita, Andre, Alana, Ken, Mimi, Deb, Josh, Ruth, Joe, Mike, Bruce, Joanne, Karen, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Marie, Christina, Michael, Joe, Mary Lou, Wayne, Kevin, Richard, Dana, Greg, Susan and Marty, Mary, Lisa, Bryan, Angela, Leo, Naomi, Phyllis, Pat, Angie, Bob, Terri, Mary, Dan, Chris, Janet, Pat, Sue, Paul, George, Marie, Suzanne, Cassie.

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Current News!
 Double Gifts Extended Until Sunday!
A very generous parishioner has decided to let us go one more week to help us by her offering the parish the chance at a Matching Gifts Campaign! This parishioner will match every donation given to this fund up to $10,000! Please mark your giving envelope with “Special Gift” or go online and watch us get up to $20,000 by donating to Saint Miriam! Gifts MUST be in by the end of SUNDAY! So far we are at almost $6,000!
 Interfaith Event Next Sunday at Saint Miriam!
In light of recent world events, it is more vital than ever to promote understanding and cooperation among different religions. We will host an interfaith event on Sunday, October 1st after the 10:30am Morning Mass right here at Saint Miriam! This program will present four speakers representing the traditions of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Each speaker will focus on the shared values of forgiveness and hospitality within their religious scriptures and traditions. What we have in common is far greater than what divides us! An interactive afternoon with Rev. Linnea Clark Pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Dr. Ruth Sandberg, Leonard and Ethel Landau Professor of Rabbinics, and Director, Certificate in Jewish-Christian Studies at Gratz College, Dr. Usame Tunagar, Assistant Professor of Communication, Cabrini University, and Monsignor Jim St. George, Pastor at Saint Miriam. Each speaker will speak for about 20 minutes about how these two values are reflected in their Scriptures and in their religious tradition to demonstrate that all three religions are not what you see on the evening news, but have a long history of shared beliefs and values. Join us!
📆 Ministry Team Schedules Posted for October!
Ministry Team Schedules are posted now for October! They may be viewed and downloaded by Clicking Here! Please download and review! Any issues, please contact Kate at! Thank you for your service! 
🍍Welcome Father John Trubina Today!
Father John F. Trubina has been appointed by the bishop to serve as an Assisting Priest at Saint Miriam! Please welcome Father John (our second!) when you see him on campus! Father is a professed Franciscan and a member of the The Friary at Saint Miriam community! Welcome Father John Francis!
🍍Welcome to our New Greeters, Ushers, and EM’s!
Ramona Salotti will serve as Greeter, Head Usher and Eucharistic Minister, Patricia Liguori will pick up Head User and PREP Teacher,  Molly Gatto will serve as a Reader/Lector and Greeter, and Pat Wilcke will add Head Usher to her service to the parish! A BIG thanks to all who volunteer to make us so wonderful! Welcome aboard! We can always use more help, to volunteer your service, please see anyone on our team!
🐱🐕🐟 Blessing of the Animals Set for October 7th at 11:00am!
Join us again as we bless all God’s creatures in honor of St. Francis Day! Be sure to spread the word and gather the pets and stop by for a wonderful blessing! Every pet leaves with a special treat!! Join us in the Angels of Assist Garden (Note: for inclement weather, we will be inside the parish!)
👜 Designer Bag BINGO on October 20th!
On Friday, October 20, 2017 join us for a fun night of Designer Bag BINGO! This event will support the Zion Preschool at Saint Miriam. We’ll be in the Undercroft Room. Tickets are just $30 per ticket/$25 per ticket if PAID by October 13. Your ticket includes 10 Games & Chance for Door Prizes and Complimentary Dessert and Coffee. Doors open at 6:00PM – Games begin at 6:45PM. Sign up by Clicking Here!
🍕 “Frizza” is coming on the October 4th for PREP/CCD Students!
What is Frizza you ask? It is Pizza with a Franciscan Friar, of course! On Wednesday, October 4th after the 6:00pm Mass, the students will get brief introduction to Adoration and Benediction, as well as actually touch the Monstrance! Then, they will go upstairs to the Friary and eat pizza with our priests and friars! Just one more way this year of PREP is fantastic! (or, is it fran-tastic?!)
🎃 It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
Our annual Pumpkin Patch opens SundayOctober 8th 2017 with the arrival of the great pumpkins and runs through Halloween Day, October 31st! Help us on Sunday the 8th unload and set up and be sure to get you pumpkins and support our great school and kids! Then, on Saturday, October 14th, we will hold our annual Pumpkin Festival! Food, games, pumpkins, face painting, and more! Join us!
👻 It’s Scary, but Not too Scary! – Haunted History Tours, October 27th & 28th

Once again we will offer our Historic Haunted Tours of our Cemetery on two nights this year! Join us for something spook-tacular! Oh, yes, and boo! Join Union Cemetary of Whitemarsh at Saint Miriam for a classic All Hallow’s Eve flashlight tour that includes an exciting tour of our cemetery grounds and a walk through the pumpkin patch. This year, our own Bob Pardi will be playing the role of Griffith Jordan, who served as Sexton of the cemetery around the turn of the century and who lived a rather colorful life! Come and learn and experience a new way of engaging history, and being scared, too!

‍ Get Your Saint Miriam Cookbooks!
We are excited to announce that the Women of Saint Miriam cookbook is ready to publish and its their newest fundraiser. From now until September 17th we are still looking for your recipe(s) to be a part of this true community project! The cookbooks will be sold in the Café, and Online… and will be available on a Cookbook website, too… and your name with your recipe can be included! Get yours for only $25 each beginning this month by Clicking Here!
🎶 Come and Get Your Song On This Week with Charlie!
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 you do not need any previous experience, only a desire to sing beautiful music with your Saint Miriam family. The choir will rehearse once each month on a Wednesday evening, announced in advance, from September through May (Yes, they have the summers off!) and also every Sunday around 10:00am. Please consider being part of this special music ministry opportunity. Please see Charlie today or contact us using this form!
‍‍‍ Join a Small Group!
Our Small Groups will return this month with a few changes, a couple that will go away as they fell into disuse, and some great new additions, too! Take look and get ready to group together again! Fall is almost here!
Update Your Information – Telephone Calls to Begin in October!
If you have not updated upper information by October 1st 2017, we will be calling you! So, take a moment and do it today! Saint Miriam Parish is growing and we want to make sure that we know and stay in touch with our parishioners. So, we have begun to work on updating our parish database, called ParishSoft, to assure that we have the necessary information for each of you. The updated database will be helpful to our priests in the event of a pastoral emergency, asa it will give them access to your contact information. AND, the exciting part is that with your permission, we are also creating a directory which will include a photo of and/or your family! Learn more by Clicking Here today!
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!

Get Your Jesus On at Saint Miriam!

Join us every Thursday from 5:30pm – 6:30pm when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for Adoration in the Sanctuary, as we have done for the past year. However, beginning this fall, we will begin with Benediction promptly at 5:30pm! Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament highlights what we believe as Catholics, the fundamental mystery of the Holy Eucharist: that our Lord is truly present, body and blood, soul and divinity in the Blessed Sacrament. The ritual for Benediction is when the priest places the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance on the altar for adoration. At this time, a hymn of praise is offered as the priest incenses the Blessed Sacrament. During the period of adoration, the faithful whom are gathered may pray in quiet and foster a deeper spiritual communion with the Lord. We also have a new Benediction booklet for you to use! The start of Benediction begins promptly at 5:30pm, following Rosary, for those who are present early! The entire Benediction will last approximately ten minutes and then the balance of the hour will be for personal Adoration! A beautiful way to honor the Lord, always and truly Present! Join us and come sit with our Lord every Thursday!
Union Cemetery of Whitemarsh at Saint Miriam Special Offer!
We have begun to offer a special beginning in July! Purchase any grave or cremation niche and receive an identical one for FREE! Join us and make your purchase today! Call 215-836-9800 x705 to make an appointment and see the selections!


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 Marie Miniscalco by Henry Miniscalco
Betty Jane Johnson by Gina and Ken Dugan
Vicky Smyth by Ken Dugan

Honor Masses: “In honor of” 

***None Received – Make one Today!***


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

***None Received – Make one Today!***

Bread and Wine Sponsor for Month:

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 & 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!  
Big Changes Are Here!
Experience the New and Improved Saint Miriam Cafe’! No lines, no wait, self serve opportunities, wonderful new food stations, and so much more! Come and see how we do fellowship this Sunday!
Last month we raised over $856 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.)
  • Friary Rectory Done! Support us Here!
  • New Mass Schedule!
  • InterFaith Program Oct 1st at 1:00pm!
  • Pumpkins Arrive Oct 8th!
  • Halloween Tours Begin Oct 27th!

Sept 24th:

•Secular Franciscan Group and Ladauto Si at 12:15am!


Sep 26th:

• Mass at 12:15pm

  • Recovery, Inc. at 6:30pm


Sep 27th:

• Mass at 6:oopm


Sep 28th:

  • Mass at 12:15pm
  • Rosary at 5:15pm
  • Benediction and Adoration at 5:30pm
  • Boy Scout Troop #320 at 7:00pm


Sep 30th:

•AA Sunrise at 8:30am!


Oct 1st:
  • PreJordan at 12:15pm
  • Interfaith Seminar at 1:00pm!
The Great Pumpkins!
Our annual Pumpkin Patch opens October 8th 2017 with the arrival of the great pumpkins and runs through Halloween Day, October 31st!
Get you pumpkins and support our great school and kids! Then, on Saturday, October 14th, we will hold our annual Pumpkin Festival! Food, games, pumpkins, face painting, and more!
Join us!

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