The Weekly Focus @ Saint Miriam: November 1st 2015

 

Saint Miriam in Prose: From our Pastor

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Saint Miriam in Prayer: Remembering!

Ricky, Susan, Dave, Patrick, Bessie, Robert, Rich, Guy, Eleanore, Ed, Liz and Jane, Paulette, Patricia, Bill, Louise, Marie, Ruth, BJ, Angela, Chester, Stacia, Victoria, James, Juliana, Charles, Fred, and Dee.
 
(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 Brief: A Quick Look!

Today we … honor The Solemnity of All Saints and The Commemoration of All The Faithful Departed, All Souls Day! 

All Saints and All Souls Day! Today as we honor our loved ones and this year we will plant a tree in memory! The beautiful trees in front of the altar will be planted soon in their honor and memory. See anyone on staff to get your intentions in today (there is till time!) See the beautiful memorial tree, too, located in the Narthex of the Sanctuary today!
 
Welcome Newcomers! New to Saint Miriam or wish to learn more about us? Or just gain a deeper appreciation for who we are as a parish community? Then join us today at 1:00pm as we welcome Newcomer Gathering Day in the Diener Room!
 
Plan to Join us for ‘The Longest Night’ on December 22nd! Our annual tradition, “The Longest Night Service”, a ‘Blue Christmas’ Service will again occur on December 22nd at 6:30pm.  Please join us and learn more about this beautiful happening Here.
 
Thank you to Father B!  Thanks to Father Bryan for our new Holy Water Fonts to be installed later on Sunday! St. Francis and holy water…does it get any better than this? Thanks, Father, you are a blessing!
 
First Friday Mass! Join us as we bring back First Friday Mass for the children at our preschool! Every first Friday of the month, we will hold First Friday Mass in the sanctuary at 11:30am! Our next gathering is Friday, November 6th at 11:30am with Msgr. Jim. The children and their families will gather for a simple liturgy with a children’s message! Join us in support as we bridge the parish and school!
 
New Schedules in New Format Coming! We heard you! The computer generated schedules for serving were tedious and a burden so new ministry schedules will be released this week in a simple format! Let us know how we did?
 

Saint Miriam in Life: News!

Saint Miriam to Help Dead Woman Find Dignity. An article was forwarded to Monsignor last week regarding the murder of a transgendered woman in the city, named Diamond Williams. She was killed by ‘a john’ some two+ years ago in 2013 and, having been disowned by her family, her remains have been left at the Medical Examiner’s office until she was finally and recently cremated. Now, her remains are at the GALAEI organization. They have sought support to bury her all to no avail and after reading of it, our pastor decided we could not stand by and do nothing. Therefore, we will bury Ms. Williams on Saturday, November 14th with a brief memorial followed by internment in our Union Cemetery of Whitmarsh at Saint Miriam. The services begin at 11:00am. Please join us as we perform an act of corporal mercy and show the world we believe all life matters in life and death.

Visit the Cafe’ On-Line, tooOur Saint Miriam Cafe’  is such a hit and now will grow again with the introduction of seasonal features, colored menu boards, new punch cards for seasonal hot and cold lattes, its own Facebook page Cafe and a feature on its own at our parish website at its Cafe Page! And if you can spare time to help a little on Sunday, please let Lorraine know. Join us every Sunday and see what’s cookin’

Serving the Parish Community as a Lay Minister? If you serve as a reader, greeter, altar server, sacristan or usher, please join us as we honor you on Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 at the 11:00am Mass! Everyone receives a gift and a little love, too! Join us as we honor those who honor us!

Advent 40-Hour Devotion Coming!  If you have interest in deepening your devotion to Christ, join us for a “40 Hours with Jesus: An Advent Devotional”  for the Season of Advent! It is like a mini retreat where we will devote time to confessions, adoration, and sitting with our Lord! The Forty Hours Devotion is a special 40-hour period of continuous prayer made before the Blessed Sacrament in solemn exposition and will begin with a Mass on Thursday, December 3rd 2015 at 6:00pm. The Forty Hours Devotion begins with a Solemn Mass of Exposition, which concludes with the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and a procession. The Blessed Sacrament remains on the altar in a monstrance. During the next 40 hours, the faithful gather for personal or public prayer in adoration of our Lord. At the end of the 40 hour devotion, the Mass of Reposition is offered, again concluding with a procession, benediction and final reposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Join us as we ‘sit, watch, and wait’ with Our Lord this year! Sign up in the Diener Room today or see anyone on staff. You really do not want to miss this one!

Toys for Tots! The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and we help through our Zion Preschool every year! See the box in the school/admin wing starting October 30th!

Join us for Thanksgiving Dinner!  Every year our Zion Preschool at Saint Miriam holds an annual Thanksgiving Day Brunchfor the students, families, and staff! Deep fried and baked turkey, stuffing, relish dishes, desserts and so much more! Join us on Tuesday, November 24th 2015 at 12 Noon and show your Saint Miriam spirit of thanksgiving! To bring a dish, RSVP, or learn more…email us here!
 
Community Thanksgiving Interfaith Worship Service! Monsignor Jim will be a featured speaker at the annual Community Thanksgiving Interfaith Worship Service to be held on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 7:30pm at Christ’s Lutheran Church, Pennsylvania Avenue, Oreland, PA. Please plan on joining us and supporting Father!
 
Help Promote Saint Miriam?  There are many simple ways to support the parish and one is to share and like all of our posts from our various Social media pages like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Remember, if you don’t share people don’t see the posts!
 
Download Our App and Stay In Touch! Our Saint Miriam Parish App was recently updated and features faster download times, and a ‘refresh’ button for the newest content! Download the App by Clicking Hereand be sure to tell your friends as it is a great outreach tool!
 

Saint Miriam in Support: Join and 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!
 
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 in Mass.
 
SCRIP is Back, Baby! With our preschool parents asking for SCRIP, we will dust off the program! Get ready for the re-launch of SCRIP soon! Scrip is Fundraising While You Shop®. This amazingly successful fundraising program works for any school, church, team, club or other non-profit! Scrip turns everyday shopping into cash for your organization when families use retail gift cards to pay for everyday purchases (like gas and groceries) instead of the usual credit/debit card or other money. Scrip works equally well for onetime fundraising goals or year-round programs. Our partner, Great Lakes Scrip Center®, has helped thousands of organizations earn more than 500 million dollars over the last 20 years and we have had a program almost since we began the parish! Download the Categorized Family Order Form and join in and watch us grow…all because of you!
 
Get Your Candles! Everyone loves Yankee Candles! Great gifts for holidays, anniversaries, hostess gifts and birthdays. Order online and product is shipped directly to your home and Saint Miriam receives 40% profit. Volunteers will be available throughout the campaign to assist you with your online orders. Just click on this link , our group code is 990048826. Now you can click on a category and start shopping for America’s best loved candles and accessories. Please support Saint Miriam and help us grow. The sales dates are September 27, 2015 – October 12, 2015. The online campaign is extended to December 31, 2015. Let’s all pray for success!
 
Get Your Mass Intentions In Person Beginning Today?  Join the Women of Saint Miriam after any Mass and make your Mass Intentions live and in person! Now you can honor a loved one in person and online, too!
 
Search, Smile, and Make a Difference!  Please support Saint Miriam by downloading and using GoodSearch and GoodShop! Our current total raised is $844.29! 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 Petite: Join a Small Group!

Life is not meant to be lived alone. In fact, God hates loneliness. You were created to experience life with other people, and that’s why at Saint Miriam, we encourage you to get involved in one of our amazing Small Groups!
 
A small group is a group of three or more people who gather each month in a home, workplace, or our parish. In a group you’ll hang out, study, discuss, and discover, and pray together. They include Sacred Meal, Support, Dinner, Fitness, Spirituality, Women, Prayer Shawls, and so many more!
 
Our Small Group participants come in all shapes and sizes — married couples, singles, men, women, kids, no kids, workplace, under 20, over 40 — the list goes on. No matter where you are in life, there’s a group for you.
 
Ready to dive in? Find a group that fits you or start one of your own! Click Here to visit our Small Group page!
 

Feature Small Group Announcement…

 

Local Professor to Visit Our Saint Miriam Spirituality Group!

We are happy to announce that Prof. Marianne Kepler will be our special guest speaker at the November 21st Imperfect Spirituality Group meeting. Prof. Kepler will focus on handling stress in our everyday lives and would like to invite everyone out to join her for this all important topic.

Marianne is a professor of psychology at Bucks County Community College where she teaches Stress Management, and she has incorporated many alternative healing practices into her course, including Reiki.  Marianne is a Reiki master and has been practicing for twelve years. 

The Imperfect Spirituality Group next meeting is November 21st at 10:00am and meets regularly the third Saturday of every month. Please come out to welcome Marianne Kepler and also hear the upcoming topics list from our new group leader, Father Bryan!

 
 

Saint Miriam in Fellowship: The Saint Miriam Cafe’!

 
Just click on this link for this Month’s Menu in PDF format and have it all month long!
 
The November Menus!
 

Saint Miriam in Calendar Form: Event Highlights! 

(Visit our Parish Calendar Here for full weekly, monthly, and yearly schedules.)
 
 
October 31st – Toys for Tots Collection Begins!
 
November 1st –Newcomer Gathering at 1:00pm in the Betsy and Walter Diener Room.
 
November 4th – First Friday Mass at 11:30am in the Sanctuary for Zion Preschool at Saint Miriam!
 
November 15th –Baptism Sunday at 11:00am Morning Mass.
 
November 20th – Annual Concert and Silent Auction at 6:00pm!
 
November 22nd – Honoring those who Serve our Parish at 11:00am Morning Mass!
 
November 24th – Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner at 12:00pm at the School!
 
November 24th –Community Thanksgiving Interfaith Worship Service at 7:30pm (Christ’s Lutheran, Oreland)
 
November 29th –Baptism of Victoria Olson at 11:00am Morning Mass. 
 
December 22nd – The Longest Night Service at 6:30pm!