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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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 Life in the Spirit Conference: Virtual & Free The  Life in the Spirit Conference is being offered free and virtual, beginning May 4 at 7:30 p.m.   A Life in the Spirit Conference has two main objectives: To renew and ignite within us the power of the Holy Spirit that we received at Baptism and Confirmation. To grow in a personal, intimate relationship with Jesus, and thereby experience a personal Pentecost in our lives. Here is the site that explains it and provides registration information: https://youaremadenew.com/life-in-the-spirit-2020/ ...

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Civic Duty--Vote

Posted on April 27, 2020 in: Pastor

As the June 2 primary approaches, we are all reminded of the importance of performing our civic duty by voting.  This year, the State of Pennsylvania is encouraging people to vote safely by mail.  To start the process of signing up for “Vote by Mail” go to www.votespa.com and follow the directions.  If you do not have access to the Internet, you can also get a paper application for “Vote by Mail” by calling the PA Department of State at 1-877-868-3722.

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Message from our Pastor

Posted on April 26, 2020 in: Pastor

Dear Friends, We are not yet out of the woods in terms of ‘flattening the curve’ of this deadly Coronavirus, but the results of so many of us practicing social distancing is noticed as having a positive effect:  so we must keep up our good efforts & not slack off too soon, else we are faced with another wave of this awful pandemic. We remain unable to gather more than 10 persons together in any space, which is why our Eucharistic adoration has been moved from the tiny convent chapel to our much more spacious Lower Church, temporarily no longer 24/7 but for now from 8 am. until 8 pm.  As you ...

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BIG NEWS, on Friday, May 1, 3:00 PM EST, Archbishop José Gomez, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is going to re-consecrate the United States of America to Mary, Mother of the Church. He will do this in union with the Canadian Bishops Conference who will make the same act of consecration of Canada on the same day.  Click here for the press release in English and Spanish

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BIG NEWS, on Friday, May 1, 3:00 PM EST, Archbishop José Gomez, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is going to re-consecrate the United States of America to Mary, Mother of the Church. He will do this in union with the Canadian Bishops Conference who will make the same act of consecration of Canada on the same day.  Click here for the press release in English and Spanish.

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For up-to-date information on restoring Catholic life after the pandemic.... Arise Website:  http://archphila.org/arise/ A few more resources have been added the past few days and many more will be posted over the weekend - be sure to check back on Monday! Sign-up for email notifications.

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Awesome new series coming on April 27! TEN- A series reflecting on the Ten Plagues of Egypt! with Fr. Matt Guckin The Office for Catechetical Formation is sponsoring a series which connects the 10 plagues of Egypt to the present pandemic in which we are immersed. This unprecedented time reminds us how fragile life truly is, and how little control we have.  Many people are turning to the Bible for answers.  Beginning on Monday, April 27, Father Matt Guckin will be spending TEN minutes each day at TEN O'Clock in the morning to discuss each of the TEN plagues in Egypt at the time of Moses.  The ser...

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On Sunday, May 3, 2020, the universal Catholic Church celebrates the 57th World Day of Prayer. Our Holy Father, Pope Francis’ papal message for this year focuses on words chosen to thank priests and support their ministry and are set on the backdrop of the Gospel passage that recounts the remarkable experience of Jesus and Peter during a stormy night on the Sea of Galilee (Mt. 14:22-33). This resonates with the Vocation Office theme of “Jesus I Trust in You”. Especially during this time of uncertainty in our world amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we must place all of our trust in Our...

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Msgr. Joseph Murray

Posted on April 21, 2020 in: General News

Msgr. Joseph Murray
It is with a sad heart that we tell you that Msgr. Thomas Murray's brother Msgr. Joseph Murray passed away Saturday, April 18, 2020 at the age of 87.  It is never easy to hear the news of the passing of a loved one.  Please keep the Murray family in prayer at this difficult time.  Condolences and Mass cards can be sent to Msgr. Thomas Murray at:  St. Eleanor Rectory, 647 Locust Street, Collegeville, PA 19426-2541.

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“Teens, Tweens & Quarantines” is a presentation for parents and caregivers, focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on our children. In a dynamic fashion, this talk will address: the teen/tween brain explain why this pandemic is so difficult for this age group survey the process of loss discuss issues related to independence, autonomy, and privacy offer perspectives and suggestions that parents and caregivers can implement immediately To register click here. Join Jon Mattleman & Minding Your Mind on Tuesday, April 21, 7pm for a live presentation of  "Teens, Tweens &a...

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Divine Mercy Novena

Posted on April 08, 2020 in: General News

Divine Mercy Novena in English Divine Mercy Novena – Good Friday to Divine Mercy Sunday “By this Novena, I will grant every possible grace to souls.” ~Jesus to St. Faustina Join us online, by phone or in spirit for one of the most powerful novenas in the Church, the Divine Mercy Novena. Along with the specific intentions of each day, we will also ask for the grace of an end to the coronavirus pandemic.  Schedule: Good Friday, April 10 at 2:00 PM EST; Holy Saturday, April 11 through Divine Mercy Sunday, April 19 at 3:30 PM EST.  For log-in information, the prayers of the Chapl...

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April 10-12: JESUS Sight and Sound Theater Free Streaming of JESUS Filmed in front of a live audience, JESUS is a state-of-the-art theatrical stage production that has been seen by more than one million people. Witness some of the most awe-inspiring, miraculous events in the gospels as Jesus sets sail with fishermen, challenges the Pharisees, and heals the hurting. From the bustling streets of Jerusalem to the raging Sea of Galilee, experience the greatest rescue story of all time as Sight & Sound’s spectacular original production comes to life in this special worldwide debut—streaming exclusively on ...

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GOOD FRIDAY

Posted on April 08, 2020 in: General News

On Good Friday... Pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart on Good Friday at 12:00 PM EST  Join Archbishop José Gomez, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and archbishop of Los Angeles, in a national moment of prayer in the time of the coronavirus. Together as a nation, we will pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and seek our savior’s healing and protection. Litany of the Sacred Heart: English / Español More information and live-stream details: https://lacatholics.org/sacred-heart/

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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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