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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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Opportunities during Lent

Posted on February 19, 2021 in: General News

Daily during Lent:  MASS, MORNING & NIGHT PRAYER & ADORATION Morning Prayer & Night Prayer—to began Thursday, February 18th!  Morning Prayer will be prayed daily Monday thru Saturday 15 minutes prior to Mass.  Night prayer will be prayed nightly Monday thru Thursday at 7:45pm in the Lower Church.  Friday night will me immediately after Stations of the Cross in the Upper Church.  To participate, please download the following free app:  https://www.ibreviary.org/en/. Almsgiving:  Please consider Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl, a Lenten faith-in-act...

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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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Ash Wednesday & Lent

Posted on February 12, 2021 in: General News

Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17th  7:00AM Mass (Lower Church)| 8:15AM  Mass (Upper Church) Noon  - Liturgy of the Word with Homily & Imposition of Ashes (Lower Church) 2:00PM  Holy Hour (Lower Church)  7:00 PM Mass (Upper Church).  The distribution of Ashes - In light of our current situation the distribution of ashes will be given using a long Q-tip.  The Q-tip will be used one time only and will be properly/respectfully disposed of.   MILITIA IMMACULATA (MI) is sponsoring a holy hour in the lower church at 2pm.  Service will include a bible reading, rosary, stations, ben...

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Alpha

Posted on February 01, 2021 in: Pastor

Does it seem like a good time to spend some time getting to know or grow deeper in a relationship with the one who deeply loves you, created you, formed you?  The ALPHA program will be offered Thursday evenings via Zoom at 7:30pm.  February 11th, 7:30pm!  Sign-up here:  https://signup.com/go/rKuQROV.  

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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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Man-up Philly

Posted on February 01, 2021 in: General News

March 6, 2021  Event: Man-Up Philly Men's Spirituality Conference (Virtual) This year's Man-Up is going virtual! Join men from around the Archdiocese as we seek to grow closer to the Lord and become the men that God created us to be.  Speakers: Bishop Joseph Coffey, Colonel Tom Manion, Fr. Mike Schmitz and Mark Forrest Location: Via Livestream More info: View the flyer; Visit the website, https://manupphilly.com/

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