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PAPA FRANCESCO IS RIGHT (& EXTREME RIGHT-WING CATHOLICS ARE NOT!):  There are multiple & competing narratives raging around the Catholic world as to the etiology of the clergy sexual abuse scandal & its consequent cover-ups.  Some of them are red herring tales (but beloved of the cultural warriors):  it&rsquo...

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FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK ON KEEPING THE FAITH IN TOUGH TIMES:  As I look around at all of the empty pews each weekend here at Visi, & as I observe the downward spiral of contributions that enable our parish to function, I’m quite aware that a great many of our people are very seriously scandalized & have abandone...

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FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK Some Good News & Warm Welcome!:  Amid all of the ugly news erupting within our church, I am happy to share with you something good.  St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, which prepares our own seminarians as well as those from several other dioceses & religious orders, now has its largest class ...

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This article was printed in the August 19th bulletin. “It’s like déjà vu all over again!”:  This line is attributed to the late, great Yogi Berra; & it comes to mind upon the recent release of the grand jury report that investigated clergy sexual abuse & its consequent cover-ups within 6 dioceses in the s...

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Friends, Please watch and share my most recent video with your family, friends, and pastor. In light of the recent scandals, I know many people are wondering whether they should remain in the Catholic Church. And I totally get that; the outrage is warranted. But in this time of crisis, I beg you not to flee, but to figh...

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From The Pastor's Desk “It’s like déjà vu all over again!”: This line is attributed to the late, great Yogi Berra; & it comes to mind upon the recent release of the grand jury report that investigated clergy sexual abuse & its consequent cover-ups within 6 dioceses in the state of Pennsylvania (Philadelphi...

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STATEMENT FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA REGARDING THE RELEASE OF THE REPORT OF THE 40TH STATEWIDE GRAND JURY The Attorney General’s investigation and subsequent grand jury report involving six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania has been broad and the content has been difficult to read. The material is painful for everyone, ...

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Archdiocesan Office for Child and Youth Protection Issues Joint Statement with PA Office of Victim Advocate and Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape Regarding Statewide Grand Jury Report 222 North Seventeenth Street ● Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103-1299 Telephone (215) 587-3747 ● commof@archphila.org ● www.archphila.org   ...

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Get Spirit Savvy!  Young Women of Grace® Retreat for teen girls ages 13+.  This fun-filled day is designed to help girls discover their feminine genius and learn how to use it to not just survive in this toxic culture, but to thrive in spite of it!  This full-day retreat, entitled “Get Spirit Savvy,” will ta...

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Fall Coaches Needed:  Our CYO Program is  in need of several coaches for the 2018 Fall Sports Season.  We need JV and Varsity coaches for Football, Field Hockey, Soccer, and Volleyball.   If you are able to donate your time and talent, please contact Fran Greek, Chief Adult Advisor, at fcg623@yahoo.com.&...

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Our Lady's Missionaries of the Eucharist Invite You To:  Fatima Evening, July 11, 2018      6 P.M. — 8 P.M. Father Harry McCreedy will lead the July 11th Fatima Evening of Prayer for Peace and the Protection of the World at Our Lady’s Missionaries of the Euc...

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Thank You to the seven parishioners whom participated in the nomination process.  Two of the seven Nominees were able to accept their Nomination to Council.  Congratulations to Barb Siso and Roger Tartaglia, who will begin their terms on Parish Council in September 2018  

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June 28th, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Event: Holy Hour for Life with the Sisters of Life The Sisters of Life invite you to join us for a special Holy Hour for Life. Come and pray before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and with the missionary image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Music will be by the Sisters. We will begin with prayer in the Church a...

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Charismatic retreat with Sr. Ann Shields and Fr. James Blount June 29-July 1. Music will be led by Firehill Worship and Mark Griswold. The retreat will feature a healing service, preaching, uplifting music, Sacrament of Reconciliation, private time and adoration.

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Would you like to model your life with the simplicity of St. Francis? The Lay Franciscans will meet Sunday, July 8th at 1pm in the Upper Conference room of the Rectory.  We would love to have you join us as we pray and study the Gospel way of living.  For information, call Helene at 484-679-1809 or just show up. All are welcome....

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Pope Francis states, “Let us love, not with words, but with deeds.” Our faith calls us to serve the poor. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has been answering that call since 1845.  The Society helps people move out of poverty to self-sufficiency and offers those who serve a chance to live their faith! We are looki...

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Join us for our next Parish Missionary Discipleship meeting as we discuss future plans for our parish.  All parishioners and ideas are welcome.  The meeting will be June 26th, at 7pm, in the Larkin Center.

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PART-TIME RECTORY HELP NEEDED: A part-time housekeeping position is available within the rectory that entails both some house cleaning as well as some cooking.   Interested applicants may contact Mary Ann Smallberger at: 610-539-5572.  

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Registration is now open! This event is expected to sellout in mid-September. Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 9am-4pm 2018 Catholic Women's Conference Join over 1,200 women from around the Archdiocese for a day of friendship, formation, fun and spiritual nourishment.   2018 Theme: Daughters of the King Speakers:  ...

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July 12-July 15, 2018 (Clergy Track on July 11) Annual Courage International Conference  Annual gathering of the Courage Roman Catholic Apostolate that ministers to men and women who experience same-sex attractions and those who love them. Speakers: Archbishop Charles Chaput, Bishop Thomas Olmstead, Johnnette Benkov...

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July 10-20, 2018 Male juniors and seniors in high school are invited to apply for the 2018 Philadelphia Catholic Scholars Program: Faith & Reason. The PCSP is a residential, college-accredited program gathering young men for a rich spiritual and intellectual journey studying the great texts and ideas of western civilization. Taught b...

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June 29th, 2018 – 6-9pm Engaged and married couples, as well as single women and men, are invited to learn about NFP. You will learn the signs of fertility of a woman's body and how to achieve or postpone pregnancy in this Church-approved method of family planning for married couples. NFP enhances the marriage vocation by foste...

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Thursday, May 17, 6-9pm Behind the scenes tour of the stadium including dug outs and press room Meet and take pics with the Philly Phanatic; Meet the Philly’s and Eagles chaplains; Enjoy all your favorite ball park food … hot dogs, cheese steaks;First annual Courage Awards will be presented to area Catholic high school athl...

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Saturday, November 4, 2017, 4:30pm - 7pm Wine and Cheese Vocations Benefit Join us for the second annual Heed Your Call Benefit. This event helps us build and strengthen relationships with our supporters and the faithful of the Archdiocese. No donation is too small and everything will be directly applied to the programs and events ...

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About 30 young people joined the Catholic Young Adults of Chester County to learn the history of eucharistic adoration. “We can be transformed by just showing up,” said a speaker at the talk.  For complete article please follow this link:  Adoration 101  

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Fr. Terry's father, Charles E. Weik, Sr. passed away Monday evening, July 17th.   Funeral arrangements are as follows: Viewing will be held on Friday, July 21, 2017, 7-9 pm and a second viewing will be held Saturday, July 22nd 9-10:30 am.  The viewing for both Friday and Saturday is at Wade Funeral Home, 1002 Radcliffe...

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The Visitation BVM Rectory will be closed Saturday, July 1 through Tuesday, July 4 in celebration of the Independence Day Holiday.
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If you are an alumnus of Visitation BVM School, please take a moment to fill out this form. We’ll be using this information so we can easily distribute information about Alumni News and the happenings of Visitation BVM School. In the future, we plan on having alumni events at Visi. Reunions, alumni soccer games, golf outings...

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Please note that VISI School FOOD FEST will now be held on Friday, May 19th, from 6-10 PM.   We are less than 6 hours from our 1st annual Visi Food Fest. We wanted to share a few reminders for the event. -parking will be available in the front parking lot only and in the surrounding neighborhoods. -because of our limited parki...

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Disciple Maker Index Survey is now available at:  www.DiscipleMakerIndex.com
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We have a lot of exciting things to share, so please browse through the many pages of our new website. Some points of interest for first time users are as follows: Parish Ministries and Organizations. A listing of all Ministries and Organizations with their current contact information. Current Events. You will now be able...

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