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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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Follow the Star

Posted on November 20, 2020 in: General News

Follow the Star, Live Outdoor drive-thru Nativity will take place Friday, December 18th from 7-9pm.  Join your parish family and community in spreading some joy.  Sign-up for a time slot to avoid traffic congestion, by selecting a time slot you will help with traffic flow the night of the event. Please arrive within your 15-minute time slot and remain in your car at all times. Entrance to the campus is on Trooper Road near Chestnut Avenue. Adult Volunteers are needed, please send an email to:  VisiLiveNativity@gmail.com.   Cash or check donations will be graciously accepted and...

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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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School Fund Raiser - $5K Raffle

Posted on November 16, 2020 in: School

$5K Annual Raffle Want a chance to win $5,000?  Visitation HASA (Home And School Association) raffle fundraiser is back!  Only 400 tickets will be sold.  The drawing will be December 17th, 2020 at 7:00pm.  Please consider supporting our school.  Tickets are $50 each or $52 if using PayPal.  To purchase a ticket, please contact Tami Peterson at tamipeterson@comcast.net.  Payment may be submitted through PayPal paypal.me/VisitationBVMHasa or check made payable to “Visi HASA”. Please include your name, email and phone number if submitting check to the school.  

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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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FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS - THE PETKA FAMILY Many of you have heard the news of the devastating house fire that one of our families, the Petkas, experienced last week. We are grateful to God that Mr. and Mrs Petka, Teagan and Breylan are safe and unharmed by the fire that overtook their home on Wednesday evening. The Petkas have been overwhelmed and humbled by the generous outreach shown already and, as you can imagine, it is a daunting task to thank each and every one that has reached out. Please know that they are grateful and that they feel the love! We, as a school and parish community, have set up a relief fund fo...

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FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS - THE PETKA FAMILY Many of you have heard the news of the devastating house fire that one of our families, the Petkas, experienced last week. We are grateful to God that Mr. and Mrs Petka, Teagan and Breylan are safe and unharmed by the fire that overtook their home on Wednesday evening. The Petkas have been overwhelmed and humbled by the generous outreach shown already and, as you can imagine, it is a daunting task to thank each and every one that has reached out. Please know that they are grateful and that they feel the love! We, as a school and parish community, have set up a relief fund fo...

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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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