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Join us for a Brand New Study Series Dr. Tim Gray—a gifted teacher and scholar from the Augustine Institute—offers an intensive and fascinating course on the life and meaning of St. Peter. Bringing together Biblical stories, historical knowledge, solid Church teaching, and personal insights, Dr. Gray gives a fresh perspective on the life and work of the man Jesus entrusted with His Church. In these ten stirring lectures, we’ll learn what happens when fl awed humanity comes up against God made flesh. Scheduled Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9  PM starting 9/18 to 12/4 The first session is Tuesday, ...

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The Fall ALPHA course at Visitation BVM - FAITH - is yours a Fixer-Upper, Rebuild it with ALPHA Course Will begin on: Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 6:30 PM with dinner in the Visitation School Library, 190 N. Trooper Rd, Trooper, PA 19403 (entrance closest to corner of Chestnut Ave. and N. Trooper Rd) Our evening ends promptly at 8:45 PM We will meet each Thursday for 10 weeks Call for further information or to register: Joe Baldassari: 610-715-1593 OR Ed Byrnes: 610-608-8629 SEE ALPHA  FLYER Also see our website: https://www.visitationbvm.org/Faith-Formation/alpha

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From Our Pastor

Posted on September 10, 2018 in: Pastor

Clergy Abuse—Separating Factual Data from Emotional Hysteria:  Please do not think, for a millisecond, that I am speaking defensively about the current crises in our church around clerical abuse & Episcopal cover-ups—for there is absolutely no defending horrific crimes against the young & vulnerable nor their being kept shrouded in secrecy by leaders wanting to protect the church. Such crimes demand our abhorrence & denunciation, as well as our insistence that our church can, must, & will do better—no ‘ifs,’ ‘ands,’ or ‘buts.’  I’m sha...

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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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Natural Family Planning (NFP)

Posted on September 06, 2018 in: General News

September 24th, 2018 – 6:30-8:30pm  Learn Natural Family Planning (NFP)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 October 22nd and Class 3 is November 19th. Location:  3101 N. Whi...

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Abbey Fest

Posted on September 06, 2018 in: General News

AbbeyFest 2018 September 22, 2018, 1-9:30 PM Join us for the 5th AbbeyFest -- the premier celebration of family, friends, and contemporary Catholic/Christian music in the greater Philadelphia area.  In addition to the music, there are hundreds of Christian vendors, food court, family and kid-friendly activities, Confession, prayer & healing teams, Mass, Adoration, and all ages experiencing the fullness of our faith while encountering Jesus.  Location:  Daylesford Abbey, 220 South Valley Road, Paoli, PA 19301 Artists:  Matt Maher, Building 429, 7eventh Time Down, Rhett Walker Band, OB...

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40 Hours

Posted on September 05, 2018 in: General News

​Our Annual 40 Hours Devotion Opening Mass:  Sunday, Sept. 30th, 10:15am Evening Reflections: Sunday, Sept. 30th,7pm Monday, October 1st, 7pm Tuesday, October 2nd, 7pm (Closing Procession) Guest homilist:  Fr. Matthew Brody, Recently ordained, Assistant at St. Peter and Paul in West Chester.

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