Today is the Feast of Philadelphia’s Saint Katherine Drexel. One of her many wonderfully inspiring quotes is this: If we wish to serve God and love our neighbor well, we must manifest our joy in the service we render to Him and them. Let us open wide our hearts. It is joy which invites us. Press forward and fear nothing. How is God asking you to “press forward”? Our Cathedral, where her Shrine is located, will host a Feast Day Mass on Wednesday at 12:05 (it will be live streamed). Read more HERE. Learn about Mother’s amazing life of generosity HERE.
We launch today our weekly video reflection on Saint Joseph. Deacon Bill will be coordinating men of the parish to offer reflections on Saint Joseph and we will package them in short videos that will be shared with the Church Family here. The first video offers a reflection from Deacon Bill. Please share these with others as we move forward in Christ! Want a wonderful way to celebrate the Feast of Saint Joseph on March 19th? Join Father Chris for a Morning Retreat at the Padre Pio Shrine; it is free and you are welcome to ride on the Church Bus with Father Chris (let him know if this is your desire). All are welcome!
Through the generosity of many in the parish we have collected $4,204 for the purchase of this amazing painting: The Gift of Myrrh. The goal remain $5000 for the painting and another $500 (estimated) for the framing. It will take several months before the painting is ready to be installed. If you are looking for a way to share you stimulus check or a portion of your tax refund, consider making a donation to the “Art Fund”. Once we have completed this will will raise another $5,500 for the second painting which will be a memorial to victims of sexual abuse within the Church.
The gift of every child is such a blessing. Obviously, not every child does not come at the ideal time or under the ideal conditions. As Christians, we must remain vigilant in offering hope to couples who are facing an unplanned pregnancy during and after their pregnancy. We are blessed to have so many resources available for couples and we must be a bridge to link those in need with the resources. Our parish office is always ready to help! On Friday, March 12th our Parish will keep vigil at the Planned Parenthood at 1144 Locust Street from 8am to 5pm to pray and offer help to those whose hearts are open to receiving what we can offer. If you would like to join our efforts, please contact Richara (no experience needed; we will have someone stand with you and you will receive an abundance of graces).
As a Federal Retail Pharmacy Partner, Rite Aid is now able to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to a select group of qualified individuals in PHILADELPHIA, including seniors Ages 75+. To better serve the members of our communities who do not have access to a computer or require personal assistance, we have established a COVID-19 vaccination scheduling hotline: COVID-19 Vaccination Scheduling Hotline 866-674-4659 (Monday – Friday 9AM – 5PM) Rite Aid #1941 (7401 Ogontz Avenue) Next Day Appointments Only. To schedule an appointment through the hotline, qualified individuals MUST provide a valid mobile phone number and email address so Rite Aid can communicate any updates and reminders moving forward. To support our community as efficiently as possible, we encourage any qualified individuals with computer access to schedule through our online link at RITE AID VACCINES. In addition, Einstein Health is offering vaccines at Enon (up the street form us) on Tuesdays. You must have an appointment. PLEASE SIGN UP if you are eligible and please share with our elders.
As we move through the long season of this pandemic, we must keep our young people connected to the Good News of the Gospel. Please share this THIS VIDEO TEACHING FROM FR CHRIS and be sure to download the handout as well so our young disciples will remain in a place of grace! Download the handout for the young disciple as well…
We want to stay connected through text messaging and voice messaging. When we have winter weather issues and other emergencies, we want to have a variety of ways to connect with our Church Family (knowing not everyone checks emails very often). Thus, we are now using Church Cast as a way of sending text messages and voice messages. Please sign up so you can be included! So far, 122 people have signed up…can we reach 160 by next week? This means YOU need to sign up.
This Saturday, March 5th is the annual Catholic Men’s Conference. Like so many things, it is virtual. Join men from our parish and across the diocese for some wonderfully inspiring talks without having to leave your home. Find our more or sign up HERE. If you need help with the sign up, please contact Arleen in the Parish Office.
Be sure to watch our last Black History Month video sharing the life of Venerable Henriette DeLille…may her life be a blessing to you in your journey of faith. We are grateful to Madison for her presentation.
The Office of Black Catholics has published the 1st Edition of their Newsletter. Please check it out….