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Mass in support of  those suffering from addiction.
Join us for a Mass in support of those suffering from addiction. All are invited! St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church 3640 Schuylkill Road (Rt. 724) Spring City, PA 19475 Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM Celebrant:  Rev. Charles R. O’Hara, Pastor Healing...

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NCYC Ablaze – Enciende el fuego (Event for high school teens)
Saturday, November 20, 2021 – 9 AM-6 PM This day event seeks to bring the National Catholic Youth Conference experience to our teens right here in Philadelphia. The event features talks, breakout sessions, Adoration, Mass and much more!  Check-in begins at 9:00am. Day ends with Mass with...

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Archdiocesan Family Festival

Posted on October 19, 2021 in: General News

Archdiocesan Family Festival
Saturday, April 30, 2022 - 9 AM-4:30 PM Speakers: Archbishop Pérez, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, Mike and Alicia Hernon from The Messy Family Project and Corazón Puro  Location: Cardinal O'Hara High School More info: Click here for the Save the Date

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Lily's Gift - support for parents with poor prenatal diagnosis
Do you feel numb and in shock?...Heartbroken?...Frightened and alone? ...Are you considering carrying to term but uncertain how to find resources and support? If a Prenatal Diagnosis is poor, you are not alone.  Lily’s Gift, is a network of concerned parents and professionals...

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New! Nothing Compares Video Teachings
These short videos can be used as part of your invitation to parishioners to return to the in person celebration of Mass. They are taught by priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  Part 1, The Holy Mass (with Fr. Matthew Biedrzycki): English / Español Part 2, The ...

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National Disabilites Awareness Month
Dear Parish Contacts for Persons with Disabilities and Parents, We have three special items to share this month! First is a free piano concert by artist Carlos Alberto Ibay.  You wont want to miss this inspiring opportunity for the entire family on October 17th at 3pm. Also, learn more...

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National Disabilites Awareness Month
Dear Parish Contacts for Persons with Disabilities and Parents, We have three special items to share this month! First is a free piano concert by artist Carlos Alberto Ibay.  You wont want to miss this inspiring opportunity for the entire family on October 17th at 3pm. Also, learn more...

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October is Disability Awareness Month.   The Office for Persons with Disabilities, the Rising Together Alliance and a group of parents with young children with disabilities worked together to create resources to assist children and families to raise their awareness about different disabilities ...

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Kindness Campaign

Posted on October 02, 2021 in: School

Check out the news article on our school's kindness campaign.  

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Fr. Bob's Corner - October 3, 2021

Posted on September 29, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - October 3, 2021
Fr. Bob’s Corner The story of creation is an allegorical story meant to teach a lesson of God’s great love for the world through His benevolent act of creation. The story of God creating the world in 6 days and resting on the 7th and the story of Adam and Eve are not supposed to be in...

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Talk by Catholic author Gary Zimak:  Give Up Worry for Good
Sunday, November 7, 2:00- 3:30 PM Event:  Talk by Catholic author Gary Zimak:  Give Up Worry for Good Join us for this special presentation by Catholic author, radio show host and speaker Gary Zimak on the topic of worry and anxiety. Q &A, discussion afterwards in the church hall...

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Healing Mass and Prayer Service

Posted on September 27, 2021 in: General News

Healing Mass and Prayer Service
Fridays, Oct 1, Nov 5 2021-7:00 PM  Event: Healing Mass and Prayer Service Join us for Mass, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, praise and worship music and healing prayers. Location: National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, 654 Ferry Rd, Doylestown, PA 18901 More info:&nb...

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“Thank You, Father” Letter Writing Campaign
Priesthood Sunday, September 26, 2021 through Thanksgiving, November 25, 2021 Event: 2nd Annual “Thank You, Father” Letter Writing Campaign The Serra Missionaries invite you to send a letter. “THANK YOU, FATHER” is a simple way to show your love and support for our wond...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - September 26, 2021

Posted on September 21, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - September 26, 2021
I want to say thank you to all of our parishioners who have been so generous with their time and talents to make the Installation this past weekend such a beautiful day.  When I walked Bishop Deliman to his car when he was leaving I told him it was a good homily he gave and that he was a little...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - September 12, 2021

Posted on September 10, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - September 12, 2021
Our Gospel this weekend contains one of the most striking contrasts in all of the New Testament. Jesus asks Peter who he thinks He is and Peter says, “You are the Christ”.  Peter has it.  He understands who Jesus is. Right? Unfortunately, Peter does not understand Jesus&rsqu...

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ALPHA

Posted on September 03, 2021 in: General News

ALPHA
Have you been wondering what this ALPHA is all about?  Come and see! Have you been thinking about doing the Alpha course? The Visitation BVM Fall course will begin on: Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 7:00 pm with dessert & refreshments at Michele & John Doman’s House 3426 Mil...

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The King's Men

Posted on September 03, 2021 in: General News

The King's Men
OUR MISSION Under Christ the King’s universal call to serve, we as men, pledge to unite and build up other men in the mold of leader, protector, and provider through education, formation, healing, and action. The King’s Men (TKM) is a Roman Catholic lay apostolate faithfully exec...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - August 29, 2021

Posted on August 27, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - August 29, 2021
       The sentence that every teacher hates to hear: “Summer is almost over”.  And Yogi says “Thank God” because he hates this heat. He’s very excited to see the kids down at school. Which reminds me I made a mistake in one of the art...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - August 22, 2021

Posted on August 19, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - August 22, 2021
Happy Summering!!!  Growing up in New York, my grandmother and mother would, when I was very little, take me over to the votive candle area in church to light a candle for someone.  In all honesty, I had no clue what they were doing.  We would kneel there for a little bit and then get...

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Young Adults

Posted on August 18, 2021 in: General News

Young Adults
Young adults throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are invited to gather at the National Shrine of Saint John Neumann with Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez to celebrate the launch of the Young Catholic Professionals chapter in Philadelphia on Saturday, August 21, 2021.  The evening will begin...

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Young Adults

Posted on August 18, 2021 in: General News

Young Adults
Young adults throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are invited to gather at the National Shrine of Saint John Neumann with Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez to celebrate the launch of the Young Catholic Professionals chapter in Philadelphia on Saturday, August 21, 2021.  The evening will begin...

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Surviving Divorce: Hope and Healing for the Catholic Family
Beginning Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 7:00 PM  Event: Surviving Divorce: Hope and Healing for the Catholic Family This 12-week program addresses both practical and spiritual concerns of separated/divorced Catholics, helping you and your family navigate this difficult time and gr...

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AbbeyFest: Faith, Family and Music Festival
Saturday, September 18, 2021  Event: AbbeyFest: Faith, Family and Music Festival Join us for the area’s largest Catholic music festival!  Families, individuals, young adults, youth groups and more are all welcome. We look forward to welcoming His Excellency Archbishop Nelson J....

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Hope in Christ: Spiritual Support for Addiction Website
Hope in Christ: Spiritual Support for Addiction Website You are not alone! The Church desires to be close to her children who are struggling with addiction and to bring them the healing power of Jesus Christ's love. The Archdiocesan Hope in Christ website is full of Catholic resources for tho...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - August 8, 2021

Posted on August 05, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - August 8, 2021
Happy Summering!!!  It has been so nice to see everyone enjoying their summer break with their family and friends.  I’d like to provide a couple of updates with things going around the parish:         1.  The school staff is ramping up their efforts to ...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - August 01, 2021

Posted on July 28, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - August 01, 2021
We are in the 18th Sunday in Ordinary time currently and the Church wants us to focus our attention on Jesus as the “true bread” that comes from heaven. Last weekend was the feeding of the 5 thousand people with the loaves and the fishes and next weekend is the Jewish hierarchy complaini...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - July 18, 2021

Posted on July 16, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - July 18, 2021
Summer is in full swing and isn’t it sweet? Families going on vacations and spending time with each other and just being with one another. Often during funerals, I tell people that the word for compassion, literally in Latin, means to suffer with another person.  It’s the reason ...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - July 11, 2021

Posted on July 08, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - July 11, 2021
When I was about done with my time in the seminary, we were driving on our way back from downtown and decided to stop at Wendy’s on the way home for a quick bite. (Wendy’s is the best by the way). As we were in the drive-thru, we noticed the car behind us and it was Archbishop Chaput. We...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - July 4, 2021

Posted on July 01, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - July 4, 2021
It is a humbling fact that God chooses the weak to shame the strong. It’s always been that way. In our first reading today, Elijah, a humble man, is chosen to be the mouthpiece of God and go to His chosen people and tell them to amend their ways. One man is chosen to go to hundreds of thousand...

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A Biblical Walk Through the Mass Teaser
A Biblical Walk Through the Mass Teaser - YouTube  A Biblical Walk Through the Mass (Newly filmed at our own Cathedral!)At each celebration of the Most Holy Mass, God becomes fully present to us, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. He comes to be completely united with us. Ever...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - June 27, 2021

Posted on June 24, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - June 27, 2021
I would like to extend a heartfelt welcome to Fr. Mulranen as he re-joins our parish family. It is such a blessing to have him here with us to minister to the great people we have. It’s also a great blessing to have him here personally. I look forward to learning from Father Muhlranen&rsquo...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - June 20, 2021

Posted on June 18, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - June 20, 2021
Fr. Bob’s Corner I love watching videos of soldiers coming home and surprising their loved ones. It’s just heartwarming and awesome to see people’s reactions to something so great as seeing their loved one when they had no idea of when they would see them again. So much joy and ...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - June 6, 2021

Posted on June 03, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - June 6, 2021
      This week our beloved school ends a year unlike any other.  We have much to be thankful for.  Our awesome new principal, along with the administration, teachers, and staff have done a remarkable job.  In the midst of a pandemic, they have continued to te...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - May 30, 2021

Posted on May 26, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - May 30, 2021
This weekend, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity - reminding us of the three-fold personhood of God. When we pray, we do not shout into a void of nothingness and hope for an echo that resembles some sort of god. No, we have relationship with the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.Bei...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - May 23, 2021

Posted on May 20, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - May 23, 2021
I would like to provide for a few updates around the parish:  1)  We received great news that Father Frank Mulranen will be re-joining the parish family beginning on June 21.  Please welcome him back to Visitation when you see him.  I know a lot of people are excited to have h...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - May 16, 2021

Posted on May 12, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - May 16, 2021
This weekend follows Ascension Thursday, where Jesus returns home to the Father after spending time with His disciples after He rises from the dead. He ascends to the Father because that is where He belongs - the Father and the Son together.  We can look to our own father’s as a confirmat...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - May 09, 2021

Posted on May 06, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - May 09, 2021
At almost every wedding, you will hear a reading from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, “Love is patient, love is kind....”.  I imagine that couples pick this reading because it sounds very nice and it exhibits traits of a good marriage - kindness and patience and not je...

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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 ...

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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...

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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 o...

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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....

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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 Su...

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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...

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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 Sin...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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 t...

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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 o...

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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 ...

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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 D...

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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 ...

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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 hav...

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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 ...

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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, wh...

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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 ...

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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.&nbs...

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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.&nbs...

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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 ...

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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 numer...

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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 s...

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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 tim...

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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...

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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 guide...

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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 Manayu...

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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 oth...

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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...

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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.  S...

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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”. ...

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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; &n...

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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 st...

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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 nice...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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: ...

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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. B...

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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. B...

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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 spiritua...

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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 fai...

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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 w...

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THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS NEED YOUR SUPPORT NOW MORE THAN EVER! Football Mania is the main source of funding for several charitable works including scholarships, youth activities, respect life activities, community outreach and parish support.  Your $20 donation gives you the chance to win ...

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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 rece...

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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...

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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 E...

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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, ...

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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 &a...

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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 de...

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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 ...

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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, e...

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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 c...

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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...

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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 M...

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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 new...

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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 bi...

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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.  S...

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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 ...

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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 try...

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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...

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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 Es...

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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:...

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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 remind...

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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                 &...

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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.  Ov...

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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, ...

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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 par...

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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 ...

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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...

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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 o...

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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 o...

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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 s...

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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 & reli...

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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 consequ...

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Click here to view Father Mike Schmitz's video ...

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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 cr...

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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 i...

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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...

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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@archp...

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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...

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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 A...

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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 ...

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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. W...

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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 484-67...

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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 cha...

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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:&nbs...

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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, ...

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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...

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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...

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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 pre...

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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 dire...

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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...

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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. Reu...

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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 neigh...

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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. C...

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