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Fr. Bob's Corner - April 18, 2021

Posted on April 14, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - April 18, 2021
The season of Easter exists so that we can reflect more deeply on the great mystery of the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead.  Even the apostles had an incredibly hard time understanding seeing the risen Lord in front of their faces.  It was only when Jesus broke open the Scriptures and breaks the bread with them, do they grasp a part of the depth of the sacrifice and redemption that is now before them. What is so striking about our Lord is the humility and compassion He has on the apostles.  They are frightened and confused and He simply shows them His ...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - April 11, 2021

Posted on April 11, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - April 11, 2021
DIVINE MERCY      From Creation, God has revealed his nature as love itself, in Sacred Scripture and most perfectly in the life, Passion, death and Resurrection of his Son, Jesus.  Saints have also borne witness to God’s unfathomable love, e.g., in the writings of Augustine, Aquinas, Catherine of Siena, Francis of Assisi, Margaret Mary Alacoque and Thérèse of Lisieux.       In his second encyclical, Rich in Mercy, Pope St. John Paul II offers an extended meditation on the mystery of God’s mercy, which he ca...

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Divine Mercy

Posted on April 08, 2021 in: Pastor

Divine Mercy
DIVINE MERCY      From Creation, God has revealed his nature as love itself, in Sacred Scripture and most perfectly in the life, Passion, death and Resurrection of his Son, Jesus.  Saints have also borne witness to God’s unfathomable love, e.g., in the writings of Augustine, Aquinas, Catherine of Siena, Francis of Assisi, Margaret Mary Alacoque and Thérèse of Lisieux.       In his second encyclical, Rich in Mercy, Pope St. John Paul II offers an extended meditation on the mystery of God’s mercy, which he c...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - April 4, 2021

Posted on March 31, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - April 4, 2021
Happy Easter!  We celebrate the very high point of human history today.  Our Lord Jesus rises from the dead as the sacrifice offered by the Father in expiation for the sins of the world now conquers death and opens the gates of heaven for us.  Eternal life with our Father is possible. These words we have heard before. It’s been drilled into us.  Do we know what they mean?  Does our soul rejoice in this fact?  All of us who grow up Catholic know the bullet points of our faith.  How easy it is for us to simply say - “it’...

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Divine Mercy Novena & Chaplet Schedule & Prayers
The bulletin has incorrect dates, the schedule below is accurate. DIVINE MERCY NOVENA & CHAPLET will begin on Good Friday, April 2nd.  The schedule is as follows:  Good Friday & Holy Saturday after Morning Prayer which is at 10am in the Upper Church.  Easter Sunday everyone will pray on their own.  Monday (4/5) through Saturday (4/10) will be 15 minutes prior to morning Mass. All are welcome and encouraged to participate.  This will be live-streamed.  Join the Divine Mercy group within Flocknote for the daily prayer...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - March 28, 2021

Posted on March 25, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - March 28, 2021
Happy Palm Sunday!  Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem.  It is this moment that He has come for.  As droves of Jewish people flood Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover, Jesus, too, enters into the holy city as people lay palm branches before Him to honor Him and the things they have heard of Him.  These are some of the same people who, in a few short days, will call for Him to be crucified.  He is followed by His apostles and disciples who will abandon Him in the garden of Gethsemane.  He knows all of this must happen.  It is f...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - March 21, 2021

Posted on March 19, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - March 21, 2021
The Jewish people, before and during the time of Jesus, were required to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem three times a year.  Once in the spring for Passover (remembering the time God led his people out of Egypt), once in the summer for Shavuot (remembering the time God gave his law on Mount Sinai), and once in the fall for Sukkoth (remembering the years God protected the Israelites when they were in the desert).  Jesus would have most certainly made these pilgrimages with Mary and Joseph during the course of His life, as we can see Mary and Joseph were observant J...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - March 14, 2021

Posted on March 12, 2021 in: Pastor

John 3:16. Athletes have recently been putting this on their cleats, eye-black, and even getting tattoos of it. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son”.  It is a very popular quote and we find it in today’s Gospel of John. The author of John is in the middle of speaking about how history changing this event, this gift is.  Those who believe in Him - those who accept this gift live in light, while those who deny this gift live in darkness. One of the most interesting lines of this passage is that when the Light comes into the world - the people preferred darkness.  T...

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A Powerful Movie...ROE V. WADE Inspired by our founder, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Patron of the Pro-Life movement, the St. Mary Mokena MI Village invites you to an advanced private screening of the movie Roe v. Wade ABOUT | Roe V. Wade Movie Click here to get a discounted pass to access the movie. The link will go live on March 19, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, and the film will be available to you for two weeks, until Good Friday, to finish watching it or to re-watch it on the St. Mary Mokena webpage. Watch the film and be inspired to become a promoter and defender of the the sacredness of hu...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - March 7, 2021

Posted on March 06, 2021 in: Pastor

Don’t ask why, but the game Jenga popped in my head the other day.  It was a fun game of strategy of pulling wooden blocks out of a stack in turns with a group of people.  Whoever made the stack tip over and fall lost.  Come to think of it, far too many people win at Jenga.  I digress. I was thinking about the individual wooden blocks and how they can represent the crosses in our life.  The sacrifices we make for our families.  The times we go out of our way for others.  The times we give of ourselves.  You probably know where I’m going with this before I even start - ...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - February 28, 2021

Posted on February 26, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob’s Corner This weekend’s readings are humbling.  God asks Abraham to sacrifice the very best of himself - his beloved son Isaac.  Abraham doesn’t question God or argue with Him or say “Heck no!” to God.  Abraham has a beautiful, singular heart that is directed towards God.  He goes and is about to sacrifice Isaac, when God stops him.  God does not let him, ultimately, sacrifice his beloved son.  Sacrifices in the Old Testament were done in reparation for sins.  You would offer these very valuable animals to show God that you truly understood that...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - February 21, 2021

Posted on February 19, 2021 in: Pastor

This is my favorite time of year. Lent. Not the bright lights of Christmas and the cheer and the big red guy.  My favorite time of year is Lent. It is when the bleakness of winter begins to give way to the newness of spring. Golf season starts. But absolutely most of all - it’s the time of year to unite yourself to the Cross of our Lord. There is no more spectacular a place then at the Cross. ‘Father forgive them...’.   ‘Today you will be with me in paradise.’  ‘Into your hands I commend my spirit.’  It is in and through this sadness that we are reborn. It ...

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Fr. Bob's Corner

Posted on February 12, 2021 in: Pastor

The response for the psalm for the weekend reads, “I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.”  It reminds me of the Beatles song “Let it Be”.  “When I find myself in times of trouble, mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be”.  The psalms were generally songs that the Jewish people would sing so it somewhat related, but not completely.  Unfortunately, the Beatles song does not have to do with the Blessed Mother.  The psalm, however, points us toward our goal for Lent - to turn to Him.  He is co...

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VisiMoms sponsored Event:  Becoming A Saint: Upper Darby's Fr. Bill Atkinson  Thursday, March 4 the Visimoms will have their Evening of Reflection: "Becoming a Saint"  highlighting an extraordinary priest, Fr. Bill Atkinson.  Our guest speaker, Fr. Michael DiGregorio will present the story of this local priest, who, despite a horrendous accident as a young seminarian, went on to become the first quadriplegic man ever ordained to the priesthood and then had an inspirational three-decade teaching career at Msgr. Bonner High School. All women are invited to this meeting in t...

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Tuesdays, February 23rd, March 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd – 7:00 - 8:30 PM via Zoom Event: Zoom discussion on “Everything You Wanted to Know About the Sacraments but Were Afraid to Ask!” (Part 2) Please join St. Augustine Parish (Philadelphia) as we host five virtual discussions during LENT on the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony & Holy Orders. Why Confession? Can’t I just tell God I’m sorry? Why are Last Rites now called Anointing of the Sick? Can a divorced person receive Communion? Why does the Church only ordain men as priests? We will discuss and answ...

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Tuesdays, February 23rd, March 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd – 7:00 - 8:30 PM via Zoom Event: Zoom discussion on “Everything You Wanted to Know About the Sacraments but Were Afraid to Ask!” (Part 2) Please join St. Augustine Parish (Philadelphia) as we host five virtual discussions during LENT on the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony & Holy Orders. Why Confession? Can’t I just tell God I’m sorry? Why are Last Rites now called Anointing of the Sick? Can a divorced person receive Communion? Why does the Church only ordain men as priests? We will discuss and answ...

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Nourish for Caregivers Support Groups In a recent Sunday Gospel Jesus reminds us that he desires mercy, not sacrifice. Mt 9:13  For caregivers, life is often all about sacrifice. Whether it is putting their own needs aside until the end of the day or forgoing self-care altogether, exhaustion and frustration can be ever present companions. We focus on caring for the caregiver because this role is not just about sacrifice, but also availing one's self to the loving embrace from our merciful Jesus and his most Blessed Mother. The ministry meets in-person at a variety of times and locations throughout the...

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Come & See - Priesthood

Posted on February 01, 2021 in: General News

Various dates January - March, 2021 Come and See Events for Men Discerning a Call to the Priesthood Come and See events, hosted by the Vocations Office for the Diocesan Priesthood are designed to let young men (high school age and above) who are discerning the priesthood. Come and See Events are available for high school men (single day program) and post-high school men (overnight). These events are held monthly between January and March 2021. Ongoing online discernment groups are also available.  More information and registration: Visit https://heedthecall.org/comeandsee/

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Fr. Bob's Corner - January 31, 2021

Posted on January 29, 2021 in: Pastor

        I’ve always found that the truest friends are the ones who challenge us to be better people.  The ones who are there during the tough times, sure.  But the ones who also aren’t afraid to tell us how it is and help us to change for the better.  This is also true in our faith life.  If we aren’t challenged in our faith, then we can’t be better Christians.  We can’t grow in holiness.  And holiness is nothing more than knowing the love of God.  It’s not floating or glowing or any of that.  It’s simply ha...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - January 24, 2021

Posted on January 22, 2021 in: Pastor

Jonah is one of the worst prophets in all of the Old Testament.  God asks him to be a prophet.  He says no.  He tries to escape God (hilariously) and goes on a voyage.  He then is thrown overboard after the crew mates on the ship he is on discover that the reason why they are having such bad weather is because God is hounding Jonah to do His will.  He is then swallowed by a large fish (a whale).  He is then cast onto the shore of the Ninevites who are the worst people.  Finally Jonah agrees to do His will and go through Nineveh telling them to repent.  After doing that, Jonah goes up...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - January 17, 2021

Posted on January 15, 2021 in: Pastor

God speaks to us.  He does!  It’s an undeniable truth.  The incredible volume of this world and it’s problems makes it nearly impossible to hear Him. Notice where Samuel is when God calls to him.  He’s sleeping in the Temple.  We can all sympathize with that.  But he has been spending time with the Arc of the Covenant - the dwelling of God.  While he was in prayer, he passed out.  Samuel is so relatable.  He’s not perfect.  He can’t stay up all night with the holy dwelling of God.  Think of even the holy Apostles in the garden with the ...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - January 10, 2021

Posted on January 09, 2021 in: Pastor

This weekend we celebrate the Baptism of our Lord.  His Baptism was not like the one John the Baptism was performing.  Our Lord was Baptized so that we could see the difference between the two - John the Baptism Baptizing for repentance and Jesus’ was a Baptism in the Holy Spirit, where you hear the words of the Father called you His “Beloved”.  Beloved.  To be loved.  Our Baptism allows us to be loved.  It is the simplest explanation of Baptism - Simply to be loved by God.  Every time we use holy water to bless ourselves - a reminder of that.  Every time we genu...

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Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM With the Annual March for Life in Washington, DC being extremely limited by COVID restrictions, join us instead for a March for Life in Philadelphia. Come and give joy-filled witness to the dignity and sanctity of human life from conception to natural death! Schedule: 9:00 AM Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul followed by a March, ending with a rally on Independence Mall.  Event will conclude at 1:00 PM.  More info:  Click here for the flyer or visit the website.

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Fr. Bob's Corner - January 3, 2020

Posted on December 30, 2020 in: Pastor

Happy New Year! I pray this year brings abundant blessings to you and your family.  I’d like to simply share a prayer with you that was given to me years ago by a priest mentor that is a wonderful prayer.  Maybe this can be our theme this year - abandonment into the arms of God.  I invite you to cut it out of the bulletin and put it maybe next to your bed or in your car.  It comes from Fr. Charles de Foucauld. Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me,  and ...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - January 3, 2021

Posted on December 30, 2020 in: Pastor

Happy New Year! I pray this year brings abundant blessings to you and your family.  I’d like to simply share a prayer with you that was given to me years ago by a priest mentor that is a wonderful prayer.  Maybe this can be our theme this year - abandonment into the arms of God.  I invite you to cut it out of the bulletin and put it maybe next to your bed or in your car.  It comes from Fr. Charles de Foucauld. Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me,  and ...

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This Christmas season, let’s remember that we are called to be a people of Hope.  Our hope is in our Lord.  He made heaven and earth.  Of course, our hope is in our Lord.  It has to be, otherwise we couldn’t make it through our days.  It has been a challenge to remain hopeful this past year.  Whether we’re enduring the unpredictable storms in life or enjoying the stillness after the rains have passed, the peace of God’s constant presence lights our way through the darkness.  Our God will always be our strength, our refuge, our sus...

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Fr. Bob's Corner December 20, 2020

Posted on December 16, 2020 in: Pastor

Christmas is just a few short days away! Exciting.      LOVE the first reading this week. It comes to us from the second book of Samuel. David has unified the people of Israel. It is the high point of the entire Old Testament. They have settled in the Holy Land, at peace, and numerous. David looks around and wants to do something nice for the Lord. The ark of the covenant, the dwelling of God, has been kept in a “tent of meeting” for centuries now - dating back to Moses receiving the 10 Commandments on Mount Sinai. The ark has been protecting them and leading them to the promise land.   ...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - Dec 13

Posted on December 15, 2020 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner: Rejoice!  It is Gaudete Sunday - the third Sunday of Advent.  It marks a time when we know that the coming of the Lord is near.  When I was growing up, I remember waking our parents up with my brother and sister on Christmas Day and waiting at the top of the stairs to be let down to open presents. I remember my parents - barely awake - rubbing their eyes and stalling.  Why wouldn’t they just let us go down and see what Santa brought us? Anticipation.  Think about a time when you had to wait for something great.  Perhaps it was the time when you were about to p...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - December 6, 2020

Posted on December 03, 2020 in: Pastor

Happy Second Sunday of Advent!!!  Today, we are going to do a little bit of a “deep dive” into the Scriptures for this weekend.  So hold on to your hats: Our first reading today from the Old Testament, from the second of three parts in the Book of Isaiah, we hear the first time in all of Scripture the reference to God as a shepherd.  It is in reference to the “second exodus”.  The first Exodus was Moses leading the Israelite people out of slavery in Egypt into the desert for 40 years.  This second exodus is an exodus that happens when the Israelite people were permitted to ...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - November 29, 2020

Posted on November 27, 2020 in: Pastor

Happy Advent! It might surprise you but Advent is actually a “penitential” season of the Church.  It may be tough to see through the Christmas trees and bright lights and presents and the large man with the white beard dressed in red - but it is  “But Father, hasn’t 2020 been penitential enough?” Yes.  It has.  “Don’t we deserve a little bit of joy right now?”  Yes.  You do.  The joy that is offered to us during this time of year that truly lasts is the grace of Jesus dwelling in our hearts.  And this joy lasts much longer than any pres...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - November 22, 2020

Posted on November 19, 2020 in: Pastor

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King - the weekend before we enter into the sacred time of Advent, where we prepare for His coming at Christmas. The reason why the Church gives us this Solemnity is to point us towards that glorious day in December.  It guides us as the star guided the shepherds in the field.  He is not the king the Israelites expected.  They expected a king to rise up and lead the Israelite people to overthrow their conquerors - the Roman Empire.  Instead, the world received so much more.  He is the King that allows us not to overthrow the rulers of this earth but...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - November 15, 2020

Posted on November 12, 2020 in: Pastor

Did you know…Town Bell Given to Church In Trooper   -  article written-up in a local newspaper. The bell in the steeple of the Mt. Vernon Christian Center which has been torn down at Umbria and Wright Sts., has found a new home. It was known as the Old Town Bell of Manayunk and was originally cast in Philadelphia in 1858 and recast for the Mt. Vernon Center, which had to be razed in 1902 because of structural defects in the building. The bell got the name Old Town Bell when it pealed out news of victories by the Union Army in the Civil War.  The Rev. Thomas D. Olsen, Jr., director of ...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - November 08, 2020

Posted on November 06, 2020 in: Pastor

One of my favorite memories at my first assignment as a priest was a phone call to the rectory about an hour before the Saturday Vigil Mass. There were two priests at the parish at the time - Father Dooner, the pastor and a great mentor, and myself. I picked up the phone and a parishioner on the other end kindly asked, “Who has the Mass tonight?” I replied, “Father Dooner has the Mass tonight.”  She responded, “That’s great. I can’t stand that young priest.”  To which I responded, kind of laughing, “Yea. Me too.” A good dose of humility from time to t...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - November 01, 2020

Posted on October 30, 2020 in: Pastor

This weekend and Monday we celebrate two special days in the Church - All Saints Day and All Souls Day. It is a reminder to all of us that our home, our true home, is in heaven with our Father. It points us towards and fixes our gaze on the One who calls us to Himself. “Our hearts are restless until they rest in You”. All Saints Day celebrates the accomplishment of those who are in Heaven, seeing our Father face to face forever. They have received their crown through “running the race” well - most of the time through suffering in faith and much of the time through the giving up of their lives for t...

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This weekend’s readings….It's all about LOVE!  AND WE KNOW GOD IS LOVE! “You must love your neighbor as yourself”—is lifted from Leviticus (Lev 19:18). We are brothers and sisters in Christ in the family of our faith, in the family of Visitation.  St. Thérèsa of the Child Jesus, (the Little Flower) the saint of love, showed how to...do all things with great love, even the simplest of things.  Picking up a piece of trash, picking up a toy, picking up after a spouse...do it with great love.  Don't grumble.  Loving God is on equal footing of Loving our n...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - October 18, 2020

Posted on October 15, 2020 in: Pastor

To borrow a phrase from our southern friends, “gosh golly almighty” fall is beautiful.  The color of the leaves and the cool fall air.  Great time for a nice fire pit at night.  One of the best times all year.  “He arranges the times and the seasons”.  Everything is His.  The beauty of fall and the bleakness of coming winter.  Our very souls.  He never ceases to amaze. The God who amazes also shocks the Israelite people in the first reading today from Isaiah. He calls King Cyrus His “anointed one”. (Anointed=chosen).  King Cyrus is a Per...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - October 11, 2020

Posted on October 08, 2020 in: Pastor

Love our second reading from Saint Paul today. He is most likely writing this letter from jail for spreading the Good news and writing to the people of Philippi. He has every right to be down on the world around him but isn’t. He writes: ‘I know how to live in humble circumstances;    I know also how to live with abundance. In every circumstance and in all things    I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry,    of living in abundance and of being in need.’ The secret of his life - the secret of being filled with joy even in the middle of being i...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - October 4, 2020

Posted on October 01, 2020 in: Pastor

Golf is such a great game.  In the words of Bagger Vance, it’s a game that “can’t be won, only played.”  It always amazes me that sometimes you can prepare to the best of your ability - you can stretch and practice and feel great on the range - but the second you start your round, you completely forget how to play the game.  Then there are the opposite times - when you just wake up, roll out of bed, and step onto the golf course and play fantastic.  It’s such a weirdly beautiful game.  But through it all - it’s a game that can’t be won - we can’t beat...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - September 27, 2020

Posted on September 24, 2020 in: Pastor

We are not God’s equal.  It is a simple truth - but something that we need to remind ourselves of.  He is infinite - we are finite.  So we are constantly relying on the infinite.  We are constantly trying to understand the infinite using our finite minds.  It goes nicely with the readings from last weekend when we were reminded that God’s ways are not our ways.   A while ago I read a beautiful article by a Father Armond Nigro, S.J., titled, “Prayer: A Personal Response to God’s Presence.”  It speaks of how personal prayer, as opposed to other types like th...

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Fr. Bob mentioned the following book and prayer: Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence, The Secret of Peace and Happiness, By Fr. Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure. S.J. & Blessed Claude de la Colombiere, S.J. PRAYER OF ABANDONMENT Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures – I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul: I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself, to surr...

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Restore Culture Virtual Workshops

Posted on September 18, 2020 in: General News

September 25-27, 2020 Event: Restore Culture Virtual Workshops The Restore Culture Workshop is a FREE three-day online event. During this weekend, attendees will be invited to learn from experts on various topics related to life, love, family, and holiness, but also to hear personal testimonies and unique experiences from people of all backgrounds. This event is perfect for educators and youth mentors who work with teens and young people, but also for parents who want resources to help them form their children in some of the most sensitive and important truths of the Church on what it means to be human. We&...

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Friday, September 25, 2020 - 7:00-9:15 AM Event: “Faith in the Marketplace: A Personal Journey” Presenter: A Presentation by Thomas S. Monaghan: Founder of Domino's Pizza, Founder of Legatus, Former owner Detroit Tigers, Author, “Pizza Tiger” Hosted by: Malvern Retreat House, Malvern, PA More info: This morning event will be offered in person or online. Onsite Cost: $100 per couple; $75 per person; Virtual Cost: $25 per person; For more information or to register, please contact Tara McCormick at 484-321-2534 or email tmccormick@malvernretreat.com.

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Bible Novena

Posted on September 18, 2020 in: General News

September 2020-May 2021 - First and Third Sundays of Each Month Bible Novena The Word of God is living and speaks to each of us daily.  Each day, we turn to God and ask for His guidance and strength. This is accomplished no better than by turning to the Bible - the inspired word of God. Between September 2020 and May 2021, the Vocation Office will be praying an extended Novena, reading the entire Bible over the course of these 9 months, and we invite you to join us as we proclaim and hear the word of God and listen for His voice in our lives. Video reflections from local presenters will be made available to acco...

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Bible Novena

Posted on September 18, 2020 in: General News

September 2020-May 2021 - First and Third Sundays of Each Month Bible Novena The Word of God is living and speaks to each of us daily.  Each day, we turn to God and ask for His guidance and strength. This is accomplished no better than by turning to the Bible - the inspired word of God. Between September 2020 and May 2021, the Vocation Office will be praying an extended Novena, reading the entire Bible over the course of these 9 months, and we invite you to join us as we proclaim and hear the word of God and listen for His voice in our lives. Video reflections from local presenters will be made available to acco...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - September 20, 2020

Posted on September 18, 2020 in: Pastor

I had a spiritual director (a priest you would meet with and discuss where God is in your life and your spiritual practices and such) who was this young, Italian priest who really challenged you to apply yourself in your spiritual practices.  One week, I really applied myself to all my spiritual practices and was feeling pretty good about myself.  So we met at the end of the week and I told him all of these wonderful things I was doing.  After listening to these accomplishments, with a straight face, he responded, “You’re nothing.”  This response took me by complete surprise, so I went...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - September 13, 2020

Posted on September 11, 2020 in: Pastor

I honestly laughed when I read the opening lines from the first reading today.  It’s from the Book of Sirach which is in the Old Testament.  It is written during a time period of Israel’s history where they are under occupation and are trying to find ways to hold onto their faith in the midst of persecutors who are trying to get the Israelites to convert.  Sirach’s main message is that whoever keeps God’s Commandments is favored by the Lord.  So, the author of Sirach offers advice throughout the Book in order for the listener to adhere to God’s Law, and not be dissuaded by ...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - September 6, 2020

Posted on September 02, 2020 in: Pastor

“If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts.” In my parents’ house on Long Island, my mother has this little 4 inch framed sign on the island countertop in the kitchen.  It reads, “Good morning.  This is God.  I’ll be taking care of all your worries today.”  I always laugh at the sign - but it always stays with me. As the world begins to come back to life again, and we get back into some sort of rhythm of life, it’s important for us to have that reminder.  He is there.  He is loving life into us.  He is on our side.  What have ...

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Message and Call to Action from the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference: Governor Wolf and the PA Department of Education are looking to take most of the funding that Congress wants distributed equitably in COVID-19 relief to ALL schools in PA and across the country.   Pennsylvania received $471 million in funding from Washington. But PCC Education Director Sean McAleer says “the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) created its own set of rules to distribute that money that blatantly ignores federal guidance. The end result significantly lowers the amounts to be given to Catholic and nonpublic scho...

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Visitation BVM School's Home & School Association has announced update plans to hold a semi-virtual Mom's Night Out. Click here for information and watch our websites & social media for exact dates.

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Dear Friends, I am offering a sort of ‘heads up’ blurb of information to let you know that we are working on planning for our Catholic High Holy Days liturgies:  those of Holy Week & the Sacred Triduum.  I invite you & your family to join us, united in prayer. For the sake of safety, we will suspend the distribution of blest palm branches & braided palms.  Our supply of palms will be blest at our Face Book live-streamed Passion Sunday Mass at 1 pm. on Saturday—please take note this is a private not public Mass & there will be no gathering or assembly.  It will be ...

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Holy Week/Triduum Liturgical Update, March 31, 2020 Dear Friends, The evolving situation with the spread of the pandemic requires of us enormous flexibility to shift & pivot as circumstances require.  There is some alarm as to distributing blest palm branches & also food for the Easter meal as they could become a means for the transmission of the virus.  Consequently, we will not distribute any blest palm branches until it is entirely safe for us to do so.  We will store the blest branches in refrigeration so that they may be given out at a later time.  I am canceling the Holy Saturday ble...

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Visitation BVM Family

Posted on March 28, 2020 in: Pastor

Dear Friends, After celebrating & recording Mass for the 5th Sunday of Lent on Friday afternoon, I returned to the rectory which has been closed for some time now, to discover one of our receptionists in the front office, retrieving some needed information. The weather was beautifully sunny, & she walked over with a couple of other women from their homes, a fair distance away.  It was good to see some familiar faces & hear their voices in this time of near isolation & social distancing.  They asked me how I was faring, & I said that I was doing okay—all things considered.  I e...

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Update 3/23/20

Posted on March 23, 2020 in: Pastor

Dear Friends, We are living in unprecedented times with the potentially life threatening Coronavirus, & I hope that you are taking every precaution possible to keep yourself & your family members healthy & safe!  Please be assured that I am praying for us, asking our dear Lord & His Blessed Mother to spare us further scourge from this invisible enemy.  I invite you to join me as we pray together in such prayer. In order to more easily facilitate opportunity for personal/private prayer, I am moving the daily adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from our perpetual adoration chapel between the ho...

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  Dear Friends, We are living in unprecedented times with the potentially life threatening Coronavirus, & I hope that you are taking every precaution possible to keep yourself & your family members healthy & safe!  Please be assured that I am praying for us, asking our dear Lord & His Blessed Mother to spare us further scourge from this invisible enemy.  I invite you to join me in such prayer. In order to more easily facilitate opportunity for personal/private prayer, I am moving the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from our perpetual adoration chapel between the hours of 8 am. unt...

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Update from our Archbishop 3/18/20

Posted on March 18, 2020 in: Pastor

Dear Brother Priests and Deacons, The pastoral and temporal response of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to evolve as this public health matter develops. During these uncertain and anxious times, all of us remain committed to fulfilling the mission of the Church through her various ministries and I know much has been asked of you in recent days.   Yesterday afternoon, Archbishop Pérez recorded pastoral messages for the people of the Archdiocese (English and Spanish), for all Church employees, and for the young people in our schools. Links to all of those videos can...

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Update as of 3/17/20

Posted on March 17, 2020 in: Pastor

Dear Friends: Mass and all non-sacramental activities & gatherings within our parish have been suspended indefinitely, per our Archbishop and as is being advised by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in order to try to prevent further spread of the Coronavirus.  It is very important, especially for those of us older than 60 & with underlying health conditions, to remain vigilant & cautious. Sunday the church doors will remain open from 7:30 am until 12:30 pm for you to come and pray.  Mass will not be celebrated.  I will celebrate Mass Saturday evening and hope to be able to have it telev...

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Some Minor Changes

Posted on March 03, 2020 in: Pastor

St. John Henry Newman, who was canonized last year by Pope Francis, was an English poet & theologian who converted to Catholicism from the Anglican tradition; & who once wisely observed, “To live is to change, & to live long is to have changed oven.” I recently attempted to change my Siamese cat Pasha’s food to upgrade to something better—away from the canned cat food & dry kibble that he loves so much to a more balanced & healthier diet—gently cooked chicken & fish. What I experienced from him during the past month is feline stubbornness that I never imagined him havin...

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DIRECTIVES FOR THE CELEBRATION OF MASS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA IN RESPONSE TO THE POTENTIONAL SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) The potential spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States and locally at this point requires a pastoral response that impacts the celebration of Mass in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  Effective immediately, the following directives are to be observed:   • HOLY COMMUNION All priests, deacons and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion are to wash their hands with soap and water prior to the celebration of Mass.  A hand sanitizer may be u...

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Welcome Home, Archbishop Perez!

Posted on January 27, 2020 in: General News

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia rejoices to welcome one of her own sons back home as the next Archbishop of Philadelphia, Most Reverend Nelson J. Perez. He will be installed as archbishop Feb. 18 at 2 p.m., in the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul.  "Nelson J. Perez was born in Miami, Florida, on June 16, 1961 to David and Emma Perez and is the brother of the late Dr. David Perez and Louis Martin Perez. He was raised in West New York, NJ. Archbishop Perez earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Montclair State University in 1983. He entered Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, wh...

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New School Board & Vocations

Posted on January 21, 2020 in: Pastor

NEW VISI SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS TO BE INSTALLED: Next weekend, January 17th at the 10:15 am Mass, the members of the brand-new Visitation BVM School Board will be introduced and installed during the liturgy. At all other Masses next weekend, a board member will be speaking after Communion to share news of the board’s dreams and goals for our parish school. This is a board of specific or limited jurisdiction, meaning that its members share in the governance and oversight of our school along with the pastor—who retains certain areas of oversight that remain his responsibility alone. The school board will work dilig...

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Adult Faith Formation (AFF) Monday, October 14th at 6:50 PM to 7:50 PM “Letter to a Suffering Church” A BISHOP SPEAKS ON THE SEXUAL ABUSE CRISIS Join us for the next couple of weeks to view a short video followed by a brief discussion by Bishop Robert Barron. Bishop Barron is a bishop in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and he’s the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. Place: Larkin Center (basement of the Rectory). All Adults – Age 18 and up Questions? Call Sallianne Tschoepe at stschoepe50@gmail.com

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STRIVE

Posted on October 08, 2019 in: General News

A Message from Archbishop Chaput Dear Friends in Christ, We all know that pornography is a silent epidemic, tearing apart countless marriages and families. I’m writing to let you know about a powerful new tool designed to help Catholic men who are struggling in this area.  STRIVE is a 21-day detox from porn by Matt Fradd, and published by Philadelphia-based Cardinal Studios. Thousands of men from around the world have seen a powerful transformation in their lives with this online series. STRIVE is available in both English and Spanish, and is offered at no cost. STRIVE is the most powerful ...

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VISITATION BVM CYO UPDATE Homecoming weekend is October 11 and 12th! Please come out and support our teams. More information will follow in the upcoming weeks! All our Fall sports are in full swing, as well as Pee Wee Soccer. We look forward to a great Fall sports season. We have a new Facebook page! Please visit us at: Facebook.com and search: Visitation BVM CYO! All our latest news and happenings will be posted throughout the year. If you require any assistance, please contact the Registrar at visitationregistrar@gmail.com Thank you!  

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On Being ‘Home Alone,’ & Fears of Missing the Mark:   The iconic photo of the young boy Kevin McAllister (from the Christmas movie Home Alone) pictures Macaulay Culkin with both hands clasping his cheeks—wide-eyed & mouth agape at discovering bungling burglars trying to access his home; & is an apt visual metaphor for the surprise & shock that I experienced here this past summer.  The transfer of Fr. Brian came with precious little warning & it being followed by the archdiocese assigning Fr. Sean here for only 2 summertime months & then reassigning him without any...

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Abbey Fest

Posted on September 05, 2019 in: General News

Join the youth of Visitation for an amazing day at Abbey Fest on the grounds of the Daylesford Abbey. http://catholicphilly.com/2019/09/news/local-news/abbey-fest-set-to-draw-4000-for-6th-annual-concert-fun-day/ To register, contact Laura at visibvmyouth@gmail.com.  

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Power of the Priesthood

Posted on September 05, 2019 in: General News

Check out the Vocation Office for the Diocesan Priesthood website, www.heedthecall.org Take a minute to watch this powerful video:   https://heedthecall.org/power-of-the-priesthood/

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Why Confession?

Posted on August 14, 2019 in: General News

Why Confession?   "Confession is not so much about how bad you are, but about how good God is." -- Fr. James Martin Confessions are heard Saturday morning after the 8:15 Mass and Saturday afternoon from 4-5 PM, in the Lower Church.

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All women and men are called to belong to the new people of God. This people therefore, while remaining one and unique, is to be spread throughout the whole world and to all ages in order that the design of God’s will be fulfilled in each of us… (Paraphrase from Lumen Gentium of Vatican Council II) The Religious Education Program is in need of several more volunteers for the 2019-2020 year. Aides to the teachers are most needed at this time. Please ask the Holy Spirit if you are called to share your Faith with the young people of our Parish by becoming a catechist or aide for PREP. We are in need of several vo...

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Respect Life Essay Contest

Posted on June 20, 2019 in: General News

Respect Life Essay Contest The contest winners of this year’s Respect Life Essay Contest have written outstanding essays giving their thoughts on ProLife—ways to honor and protect the sanctity of each life. It is with pleasure we announce the winners of the 2019 Annual Respect Life Essay Contest. First Place: Olivia Wallace, 10th Grade, John Paul II High School Second Place: Giavanna Pisano, 12th Grade, John Paul II High School Third Place: Luke Baran, 11th Grade, Regina Luminis Academy Mrs. Betty Welsh’s comments represent those of all the judges: “I am sooo happy that all of these are win...

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Abbey Fest

Posted on May 23, 2019 in: General News

"ALIGHT" ***FLASH SALE*** - Fr. Rob Galea & Joe Melendez ABBEYFEST Sept 21 WITH:  Matt Maher, Mac Powell, Hannah Schaefer FLASH SALE ENDS MAY 31 MIDNIGHT Tickets: TheAbbeyFest.com 

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Parish Patronal Celebration in Honor of the Feast of the Blessed Vigin Mary Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Mass & Crowning of the Blessed Mother 6:30PM – Upper Church Our Annual Parish Feast Mass, May Procession and Appreciation Cook-Out will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 28th, beginning at 6:30PM. The Statue of the Blessed Mother at the Our Lady of Life Shrine will be crowned after the conclusion of Mass. A Parish picnic follows the ceremonies at the Parish Pavilion. We are in need of dessert donations. Donations can be dropped off at the CYO pavilion prior to the Procession. All are invited! Please try to join...

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Mother's Day and Parish Center

Posted on May 10, 2019 in: Pastor

On this blessed Mother’s Day weekend I hope we all take the time to honor our Mothers this day and throughout the course of our daily activities.  Our namesake, the Blessed Virgin Mary, gives us the highest example of grace to live by, and it is through her intervention that we are reminded of the importance of honor and grace in all that we do.   So a happy and joyful Mother’s Day to all of the Mothers in our community! On evening of April 23rd, just following a blessed Easter Weekend, we held our first of several information nights regarding the Parish Center project. This evening was partic...

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ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA OFFICE FOR COMMUNICATIONS 222 North Seventeenth Street ● Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103-1299 Telephone (215) 587-3747 ● commof@archphila.org ● www.archphila.org                                                        For Immediate Release             ...

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ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT’S WEEKLY COLUMN

Posted on March 22, 2019 in: ProLife

SEE THIS MOVIE. IT MATTERS.   A friend of mine, a mother and teacher, has spent the last 40 years caring for young people: her hundreds of grade-school students, her children, and her many grandchildren.  She’s spent those same 40 years volunteering in the cause of life.  Over the decades she’s helped open 11 prolife clinics; led and served on the boards of prolife organizations; marched and picketed; given public talks; and spent hundreds of hours on the phone and in person listening to and trying to help women faced with the crisis of an unplanned pregnancy. She once told me that, in her...

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50 Years Married

Posted on February 27, 2019 in: General News

Visitation BVM couples key to 50 married years.

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SAFE HAVEN SUNDAY

Posted on February 27, 2019 in: General News

SAFE HAVEN SUNDAY             As your pastor, I am constantly impressed and edified by the love I see expressed in the families of this great parish.  As I’m sure you realize, families are the backbone of this parish, indeed, of any parish and of the Church.  As far back as Tertullian, a 3rd century Christian author, the family has been seen as the domestic Church.  Yet, as the Universal Church is today struggling with the tragic clergy sex abuse scandal, families are struggling with the tragedy of pornography due to easy access throug...

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Beginning Sunday, March 10, 2019 Event: Remain in My Love Plenary Sessions for the Renewal of Marriage and Family Life Individuals, couples and families of the Archdiocese are invited to hear national Catholic speakers break open the splendor of Christ's teachings on marriage and family as part of Archbishop Chaput's Remain in My Love initiative. Speakers: Megan Murphy, Fr. Dennis Gill, Damon Owens Location: Various parishes throughout the Archdiocese More info:  View the flyer and visit archphila.org/remain2019 for more info and RSVP  

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Evangelization 101 is a short teaching on one of the fundamentals of Catholic evangelization, drawn from the Church's documents and applied to life.   The Church identifies two dimensions of evangelization, implicit and explicit, both of which are necessary for complete and effective evangelizing. In the words of Pope St. Paul VI, “…even the finest witness will prove ineffective in the long run if it is not…made explicit by a clear and unequivocal proclamation of the Lord Jesus. The Good News proclaimed by the witness of life sooner or later has to be...   Read the full article ...

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Retreat for High School Girls

Posted on January 10, 2019 in: General News

Wonderfully Made: A Theology of the Body Retreat for High School Girls Retreat Leader: Samantha Kelley of FIERCEAthlete.org Priest: Fr. Timothy Danaher, O.P. of St. Patrick Church Rittenhouse Sq., Phila Small Groups facilitated by The Sisters of Life WHEN: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH - 9AM to SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH - 11:30AM Lunch and Dinner served Saturday and Breakfast served Sunday WHERE: ST. MARY OF PROVIDENCE CENTER, ELVERSON 227 Isabella Road, Elverson, PA 19520 Cost: $50 per person (scholarships available) We will talk about what it means to be a young, dynamic, Catholic woman in today’...

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A Most Fitting Honor & Celebration:  Our Visitation BVM school community is greatly blest by the dedication & commitment of so many—among whom Mrs. Theresa Conte shines like the Star of Bethlehem!  Mrs. Conte recently received very well-deserved recognition for her 43 years of loyal service as the principal’s secretary at our parish school.  The Foundation for Catholic Education hosted their annual Hall of Fame Gala at Normandy Farms on Thursday evening, November 29th at which Mrs. Conte was among 3 persons awarded for their longstanding & generous contributions to our school in parti...

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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’s because of the all male priesthood with its outdated celibacy requirements that needs to end; it’s because of individual clergy—bishops, priests, & deacons—with a personal sexual orientation that is homosexual; it’s because of the dearth of women & their ...

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Keeping the Faith in Tough Times

Posted on October 24, 2018 in: Pastor

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 abandoned the regular practice of their weekend worship & support of the church over the recurring awful news of clergy abuse settlements & cover-ups by powerful leaders.  We have received numerous phone calls, voice mail messages, letters & emails angrily denouncing such atrociti...

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Welcome Seminarians

Posted on October 24, 2018 in: Pastor

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 since the year 2000—both the undergraduate & graduate theology divisions together this year welcomed 176 young men into the formation programs there.  For the first time in many years, Visitation BVM is assigned 2 seminarians who will come to us each Thursday during the scho...

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From Our Pastor - Aug 19th

Posted on September 09, 2018 in: Pastor

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 state of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia & Altoona-Johnstown had prior investigations & so are not involved in this current report).  Berra’s quip is humorous, but there is nothing akin to humor & only horror to be found in the scathing, almost 900 pages of documents that ...

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Why Remain Catholic?

Posted on September 07, 2018 in: General News

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 fight--not violently, with the weapons of the world, but with the weapons of the Spirit. We need you. Watch and share the video here: http://bit.ly/2wADHHo Peace, Bishop Robert Barron Founder, Word on Fire Catholic Ministries

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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 (Philadelphia & Altoona-Johnstown had prior investigations & so are not involved in this current report). Berra’s quip is humorous, but there is nothing akin to humor & only horror to be found in the scathing, almost 900 pages of documents that were released. For me personally, it re...

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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, most especially survivors of sexual abuse and their loved ones. We deeply regret their pain and remain focused on a path toward healing. It is important to note that the Archdiocese was not subject to the grand jury investigation and is not part of this report. However, that fact in no way...

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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   For Immediate Release August 14, 2018 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 h...

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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 take place Saturday, July 14th from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.  The day will be jam-packed with interactive hands-on activities, great music, and inspiring speakers who will help the girls to understand the gift of authentic femininity and how to use it to counter the twisted messages be...

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Fall Coaches Needed

Posted on June 25, 2018 in: General News

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.  Without coaches, we are not able to support our teams.  All coaches need to have current clearances.    All  CYO sessions are available to Visitation BVM School and PREP students. You must be a registered member of our school or PREP classes to register and p...

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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 Eucharist in Birdsboro, PA. For the past 22 years, Father McCreedy has led Candlelight Rosary Devotions to Our Lady of Fatima at his parish. He is a prominent Fatima pilgrimage guide due to his special devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. This event includes Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacramen...

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Parish Pastoral Council

Posted on June 24, 2018 in: General News

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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Holy Hour for Life

Posted on June 20, 2018 in: ProLife

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 at 7:00 p.m. followed by a social afterwards. Location: St. Malachy's Catholic Church, 1429 N. 11th Street, Philadelphia Register here!

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Retreat at Malvern

Posted on June 19, 2018 in: General News

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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THE SECULAR FRANCISCANS:

Posted on June 19, 2018 in: General News

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 looking for parishioners who want to grow spiritually and develop Christian friendships while serving those in need.  Would you like to be part of Visitation B.V.M.’s “Society of St. Vincent de Paul”?  For more information, call Sallianne Tschoepe – 610-212-66...

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Discipleship Invitation

Posted on June 19, 2018 in: General News

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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Help Wanted

Posted on May 09, 2018 in: General News

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:  Dr. Mary Healy, Sr. Regina Marie Gorman, Damon and Melanie Owens, Emily Stimpson Chapman, Martha Reyes and more! Location: National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown, PA More info & registration: catholicwomensconference.org  

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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 Benkovic, Sr. Sheila Galligan, IHM, Fr. Paul Check, Fr. Chris Rogers, and more Location: Villanova University, Villanova, PA More info:  Conference website

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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 by seminary and university faculty on the grounds of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. Applications can be found at the website below. Location: St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, PA Professors include:  Dr. Kevin Hughes, James Despres, Dr. Michael Rombeiro, Kelly Ander...

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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 fostering healthy and holy communication, mutual respect and selfless giving of spouses to one another. This date is for Class 1 of 3. Class 2 is July 27th and Class 3 is August 24th. Location: Mother of Divine Providence Parish Offices, King of Prussia Speakers: Jim and Jen Volpe ...

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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 athletes who proudly live their faith both on and off the field. Location: The Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park More info: $50/ticket (Bring the family!); Register:  http://www.catholicfoundationphila.org/CACevent

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Wine and Cheese Vocations Benefit

Posted on October 26, 2017 in: General News

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 aimed at helping men become better disciples of Jesus Christ and to answer His call. There will be a reception, a brief program of entertainment, presentations and vocation stories by some of our newly ordained clergy. Location: St. Charles Borromeo Seminary More info: To reque...

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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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Charles Weik, Sr.

Posted on July 18, 2017 in: Pastor

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 Street, Bristol, PA. Saturday, July 22nd, 11am will be the funeral Mass at St. Mark Church, 1025 Radcliffe Street, Bristol.  (the funeral home and church are across the street from each other) In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to St. Mark's church, 1025 Radcliff...

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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, sporting events, competitions, you name it. This will help us reach out to you so we can make these events happen. We can’t do this without your help. If you know any other Visitation Alumni, please share this form with them. The more the merrier. Once you’ve filled out...

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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 parking we encourage all of our "local" visi families to walk or uber/lyft. -there will be an Uber line in front of the main entrance to the school for those who choose to use their services. -the event is open to the public. -our professional face painter will only be painting fro...

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Disciple Maker Index Survey

Posted on February 06, 2017 in: General News

Disciple Maker Index Survey is now available at:  www.DiscipleMakerIndex.com

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Welcome to the New Site

Posted on December 07, 2016 in: General News

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 to view the Parish Calendar and retrieve helpful information so you never miss another Parish event! Current Parish Bulletin. The Parish Bulletins are readily available for viewing via the Parish Links of the site. Church Images. A collection of pictures, recent events and oth...

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