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Best Advent Ever

Posted on November 12, 2019 in: General News

Are You Ready to Get Ready? SO… WHAT IS Dynamic Catholic's BEST ADVENT EVER? It’s a totally free and totally awesome daily video program (sent straight to your email) that will help you prepare for Christmas like never before! Join now!

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Saturday, December 7, 2019, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM  Event: The Seasons of Infertility: A Retreat for Women Join other women experiencing infertility for a day of talks, personal reflection and sharing as we walk together in hope and the confidence that God is calling us to a unique fruitfulness.   Location: Mother Boniface Spirituality Center, Philadelphia, PA Speakers include: Kimberly Henkel, PhD,  Alexandra Kleineck, Ann M. Koshute, MTS, Andrea Mahoney To learn more:  Visit the website: https://springsinthedesert.org/the-seasons-of-infertility/

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PURIFIED with Jason Evert

Posted on October 31, 2019 in: General News

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 7:00-9:00  PM Event: PURIFIED with Jason Evert The innocence of the family is under attack like never before.  For 20 years, Jason Evert has brought a liberating message to more than a million teenagers on six continents. On November 13, 2019, he’ll bring that same message to the teens in West Chester. Come and discover how to protect and heal yours. This is a rare opportunity for parents and teens and is open to those age 13 and older, teens and adults. One need not be Catholic to attend. Get your tickets today so you don’t miss out! Location: Saints Simon and Ju...

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Five Keys to Freedom:  Unlocking the Power of the Gospel in Your Life Come learn about the Five Keys of Unbound, a simple process of prayer that will help you unleash the liberating power of the Gospel into your life and find greater freedom. This presentation is for everyone. It can be especially helpful for situations such as: relationship problems, habitual sin, chronic anger, fear, sadness, or other areas of life where you feel "stuck" and unable to move forward. General audience: Wednesday, November 6, 7:00-9:00 PM, St. Mary's, Schwenksville - View the flyer For marrie...

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Confession survey results...

Posted on October 24, 2019 in: General News

Confession survey results... Over the last two months, we've been asking local Catholics to fill out a short survey about when is the best time to offer Confessions to enable you to get there more often.  This was in response to come very troubling statistics about the practice of sacramental confession here in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. We received over 600 responses to the survey and, as promised, we are sharing the results with you!   Survey results are posted here: phillyevang.org/confession It is our hope that this information will be helpful to our parishes in ...

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Five Keys to Freedom presentation - Nov 6 Come learn about the Five Keys of Unbound, a simple process of prayer that will help you unleash the liberating power of the Gospel into your life and find greater freedom. This presentation is for everyone. It can be especially helpful for situations such as: relationship problems, habitual sin, chronic anger, fear, sadness, or other areas of life where you feel "stuck" and unable to move forward.  Wed, Nov 6, 7-9 PM, St. Mary's in Schwenksville. Free and open to the public. More info & RSVP: phillyevang.org/events.   View the flyer

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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 bishop in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and he’s the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. Place: Larkin Center (basement of the Rectory). All Adults – Age 18 and up Questions? Call Sallianne Tschoepe at stschoepe50@gmail.com

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Genesis to Jesus What is the Bible, where does it come from, and what is its purpose? How are Catholics supposed to read the Bible and what story does it tell? These are the ever-important questions answered in Genesis to Jesus, the newest Journey through Scripture video Bible Study from the St. Paul Center. Join us to learn the basic Catholic principles for reading Scripture and to survey the broad outlines of the books of the Bible and their place in the story of salvation. All are welcome. If you never attended a bible study and know nothing about the bible, this is a perfect course for you. Come join us Tuesd...

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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.  STRIVE is a 21-day detox from porn by Matt Fradd, and published by Philadelphia-based Cardinal Studios. Thousands of men from around the world have seen a powerful transformation in their lives with this online series. STRIVE is available in both English and Spanish, and is offered at no cost. STRIVE is the most powerful ...

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Our Parish Mission Statement

Posted on October 05, 2019 in: General News

Revising Our Parish Mission Statement: A Parish Mission Statement is a concise expression of a parish's purpose for existence.  It helps the parish identify itself as a community of faith and set broad goals.  It responds to the questions:  Who are we as a parish?  What do we value?  What do we seek to become as a parish community? The Parish Mission Statement is rooted in the mission of the universal church and the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Mission Statement.  As an initial element of pastoral planning, the Parish Mission Statement is to be inspirational, motivational and give overall ...

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Blessed John Henry Newman

Posted on September 26, 2019 in: General News

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 – 7:00 PM  Event: Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter Mass in Celebration of the Canonization of Blessed John Henry Newman   Join us on Oct 15 as we celebrate the (Oct 13) canonization of John Henry Newman. This will be a Solemn Choral Mass in the Ordinariate Use of the Roman Rite with treasures of the Anglican musical patrimony including Darke's Communion in F, the hymns of Newman, and a new anthem composed for the occasion by W. J. B. Gatens. Location: Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia  More info: cathedralphila.org/o...

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Monday, October 14, 2019 Event: Fruit that Will Last: Cultivating the Mission of Disciple-Making in Your Parish Join us for a workshop with internationally-renowned author and speaker, Sherry Weddell, on how to move your parish out of the “business as usual” mentality and into a community that is “on fire for mission.”  This workshop is designed for clergy, parish councils, ministry leaders and anyone who desires to see a culture of missionary disciple-making take root in their parish.  Speaker: Sherry Weddell, author of Forming Intentional Disciples and co-founder of the Catherine...

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SoulCore Exercise Classes

Posted on September 26, 2019 in: General News

SoulCore Exercise Classes SoulCore is a movement that pairs core strengthening, stretching and functional movement with the prayers of the rosary. A sensory experience combining candlelight, music, scripture and movement to nourish body, mind & soul and encourage deeper reflection on the virtues of the rosary. A beautiful alternative to yoga. Please bring an exercise mat, water and wear comfortable clothing. Classes are free. Leader: Nicky Verna Locations and dates:  Saturday, October 5 - 9am - St. Ann Parish, Phoenixville Friday, November 22 - 9:30am - St. Pius X Parish, Broomall Saturday, Decemb...

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SoulCore Exercise Classes

Posted on September 26, 2019 in: General News

SoulCore Exercise Classes SoulCore is a movement that pairs core strengthening, stretching and functional movement with the prayers of the rosary. A sensory experience combining candlelight, music, scripture and movement to nourish body, mind & soul and encourage deeper reflection on the virtues of the rosary. A beautiful alternative to yoga. Please bring an exercise mat, water and wear comfortable clothing. Classes are free. Leader: Nicky Verna Locations and dates:  Saturday, October 5 - 9am - St. Ann Parish, Phoenixville Friday, November 22 - 9:30am - St. Pius X Parish, Broomall Saturday, Decemb...

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Caregivers Training Workshop

Posted on September 26, 2019 in: General News

Nourish for Caregivers Training Workshop  Join us for a 'caring for caregivers' workshop on Saturday, November 2nd from 9 am to noon at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center in Center City.  This event is for anyone who would like to learn how to care more effectively for caregivers and/or those who are interested in starting a Nourish for Caregivers support group. The workshop will introduce you to the Nourish for Caregivers ministry, the nuts and bolts of getting started, and also provide ideas for serving caregivers in your parish or community, even if you don't plan to start a Nourish group.  All...

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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 Facebook page! Please visit us at: Facebook.com and search: Visitation BVM CYO! All our latest news and happenings will be posted throughout the year. If you require any assistance, please contact the Registrar at visitationregistrar@gmail.com Thank you!  

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Chris Stefanick - REBOOT! Live!

Posted on September 19, 2019 in: General News

Thursday, October 10, 2019, 7:00 - 9:30PM Event: Chris Stefanick - REBOOT! Live! Featuring internationally acclaimed speaker, author and TV host Chris Stefanick, REBOOT! is the fun, inspiring and practical experience of applying the beauty and genius of the heart of the Gospel to every aspect of your life.  From prayer and spirituality, to work, dating, marriage and parenting, health and more!  For ages 12 and up!  Order tickets online. Location: Archbishop John Carroll High School, Radnor, PA Speakers include: Chris Stefanick, Real Life Catholic To learn more:  Visit the website: re...

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What Can We Do?  The Role of the Laity in a Time of Crisis As the Church undergoes this period of profound crisis, many of us feel helpless as we watch a drama unfold that we can do nothing about. But the truth is that we are not powerless. The history of the Church tells us that lay people have a role to play in the Church’s times of turmoil. Join us for an evening of reflection on the mission of the laity in times of ecclesial crisis and learn what you can do to cooperate with Christ’s action to purify and heal His Church. View the flyer for more details Please RSVP here Dates/Locations:&n...

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SEPTEMBER 22-24 St. John Neumann, the 4th bishop of Philadelphia, instituted the 40 Hours Devotion as a special, annual time of parish Eucharistic devotion—long before the advent of perpetual adoration in parishes.  Because we have 24/7 perpetual Eucharistic adoration here, the topic was discussed last year by the parish council & the conclusion was that we should move away from 40 Hours & into an annual Parish Mission, which will occur over Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday nights from 7-8 pm. in the Upper Church.  It will be led by Fr. Steve DeLacy, the Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of ...

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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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Parish Ministry Fair

Posted on September 04, 2019 in: General News

This weekend IS OUR PARISH MINISTRY FAIR – Please stop by the Gym (in the school) after Mass!  Come help us CELEBRATE our Parish Family.  You will get a chance to meet other parishioners and learn more about your parish.  If you are interested, you can find out how you can give your Time and Talent to God by serving His people by becoming a member or volunteer – many hands make less work.  We will have REFRESHMENTS for you, so please stop over! If you were not able to make the Parish Ministry Fair, call Sallianne Tschoepe at 610-212-6673 or e-mail at stschoepe50@gmail.com for more informa...

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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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Parish Mission

Posted on August 14, 2019 in: General News

SAVE THE DATE - Parish Mission Fr. Steve Delacy will present a Visitation BVM Mission Sept. 22-24 on "A Journey with the Archangels: Message, Healing, and Spiritual Warfare". Save the date and more info to come.

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Sister Germaine

Posted on August 01, 2019 in: General News

Sister Germaine Grabowska, CSFN, entered her eternal reward on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 4:35 PM at Mount Nazareth, Philadelphia. Sister was 105 years young. Sister Germaine spent 34 blessed years at Visitation Parish, serving as fourth grade teacher in the School for 11 years,  tutor and cafeteria monitor for another 11 years and caretaker of the Adoration Chapel for 12 years.  Sister's smile and kind ways touched many people, young and older , and brought them closer to God. Sister exemplified selfless giving in everything she endeavored to accomplish.  God grant her eternal peace in His presence....

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Sister Germaine

Posted on August 01, 2019 in: General News

Sister Germaine Grabowska, CSFN, entered her eternal reward on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 4:35 PM at Mount Nazareth, Philadelphia. Sister was 105 years young. Sister Germaine spent 34 blessed years at Visitation Parish, serving as fourth grade teacher in the School for 11 years,  tutor and cafeteria monitor for another 11 years and caretaker of the Adoration Chapel for 12 years.  Sister's smile and kind ways touched many people, young and older , and brought them closer to God. Sister exemplified selfless giving in everything she endeavored to accomplish.  God grant her eternal peace in His presence....

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Blood Drive

Posted on July 31, 2019 in: General News

Hello all, Visitation Blessed Virgin Mary Church and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive. Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today! Drive Details: Site: Jeffersonville Golf Club Address: 2400 W. Main Street, Jeffersonville, PA, 19403 Room Name: Banquet Room Date: Wed Aug 7, 2019 Time: 2:00: PM - 7:00: PM Coordinator Name: Gina Parlanti Coordinator Phone Number: 610-222-4460 Click here to make an appointment If you would rather not schedule online, please feel free to call or email the Visi blood drive coordinator for an appointment. You can contact Gina...

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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 Council II) The Religious Education Program is in need of several more volunteers for the 2019-2020 year. Aides to the teachers are most needed at this time. Please ask the Holy Spirit if you are called to share your Faith with the young people of our Parish by becoming a catechist or aide for PREP. We are in need of several vo...

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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 Essay Contest. First Place: Olivia Wallace, 10th Grade, John Paul II High School Second Place: Giavanna Pisano, 12th Grade, John Paul II High School Third Place: Luke Baran, 11th Grade, Regina Luminis Academy Mrs. Betty Welsh’s comments represent those of all the judges: “I am sooo happy that all of these are win...

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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 6:30PM. The Statue of the Blessed Mother at the Our Lady of Life Shrine will be crowned after the conclusion of Mass. A Parish picnic follows the ceremonies at the Parish Pavilion. We are in need of dessert donations. Donations can be dropped off at the CYO pavilion prior to the Procession. All are invited! Please try to join...

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Noah Movie

Posted on April 11, 2019 in: General News

The Noah movie done by Sight & Sound is showing in local theatres this weekend (2 days only-4/11 & 4/13)-family outing?    

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Are you ready for them at Easter?     Many inactive Catholics will be in your pews… Many of us spend a lot of time (and prayer!) thinking about how to help inactive Catholics reconnect with their faith. At Easter Mass, many of those inactive Catholics will be in your pews!    What small things might you do before and after Mass to "cast your net" and try to connect with those who have not been to Mass in awhile?  Remember, you don't need to convert anyone on the spot, what you need is simply the beginning of a relationship, a first connection. For example, collect e...

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6ABC to Air St. Katharine Drexel Documentary “Saint Katharine Drexel: The Holy Heiress,” a 30-minute documentary on the life and work of Saint Katharine Drexel, will air at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 30th, on 6ABC.  The program is a special presentation of 6ABC’s FYI Philly.  Click here for more details. “The Holy Heiress” presents Saint Katharine Drexel, from her early years growing up in Philadelphia, to her religious life dedicated to serving the needs of African Americans and Native Americans, and how she became a saint.  It also tells of the translation and ins...

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Spiritual Multiplication Workshop Friday, April 5, 2019, 9 AM-12 PM Come learn what it takes to form disciples who are equipped to form other disciples, igniting a chain reaction of disciple-making in your parish. This workshop, presented by the experienced evangelizers from Catholic Christian Outreach, is relevant for clergy, religious, parish leaders and interested individuals. It will cover topics such as: How to foster parish growth by cultivating a climate of spiritual multiplication Shifting from investing in programs to investing in people   The art of intentional accomp...

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Sunday, March 31, 2018 from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM  Event: Dynamic Catholic Event- Find Your Greatness- with Dr Allen Hunt  Our lives change when our habits change. Based on Matthew Kelly’s book The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, Find Your Greatness will introduce you to four simple ways to reach your full potential. Great habits create great lives. Are your habits helping you become the-best-version-of-yourself? At the Find Your Greatness Event learn the habits for a great life! This half-day event features live music and includes a free bag of Dynamic Catholic resources for every attendee. Loca...

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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, of any parish and of the Church.  As far back as Tertullian, a 3rd century Christian author, the family has been seen as the domestic Church.  Yet, as the Universal Church is today struggling with the tragic clergy sex abuse scandal, families are struggling with the tragedy of pornography due to easy access throug...

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Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 10:30 AM Event: The Annual Archdiocesan Mass Honoring the Gifts of Persons with Disabilities, The Deaf Community, Family, Friends and Caregivers Principal Celebrant:  Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap                           Location: Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. More Info: View flyer here. There will be a reception immediately following the Mass. To RSVP go to www.opdarchphilly.org, or call the Office ...

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March 12, 2019, 7:00 - 9:00 PM  Event: Five Keys to Freedom:  Unlocking the Power of the Gospel in Your Life Come learn about the Five Keys of Unbound, a simple process of prayer that will help you find greater freedom from the things that bind you. This presentation is for everyone. It can be especially helpful for situations such as marital/family discord, habitual sin, chronic anger, fear, sadness, or other areas of life where you feel "stuck" and unable to move forward.   Speaker: Meghan Cokeley, Director, Office for the New Evangelization, Archdiocese of Philadelphia Location: Ma...

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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 part of Archbishop Chaput's Remain in My Love initiative. Speakers: Megan Murphy, Fr. Dennis Gill, Damon Owens Location: Various parishes throughout the Archdiocese More info:  View the flyer and visit archphila.org/remain2019 for more info and RSVP  

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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 part of Archbishop Chaput's Remain in My Love initiative. Speakers: Megan Murphy, Fr. Dennis Gill, Damon Owens Location: Various parishes throughout the Archdiocese More info:  View the flyer and visit archphila.org/remain2019 for more info and RSVP  

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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 part of Archbishop Chaput's Remain in My Love initiative. Speakers: Megan Murphy, Fr. Dennis Gill, Damon Owens Location: Various parishes throughout the Archdiocese More info:  View the flyer and visit archphila.org/remain2019 for more info and RSVP  

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March 9, 2019 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM Event:  Man Up Philly 2019  Catholic Men's Conference Now in its 11th year Man Up Philly Men's Spirituality Conference seeks to encourage men to be better fathers, husbands, brothers, and Catholics through enlightening and energizing talks, prayer, Eucharistic adoration, along with the reception of Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist.   Location:  Neumann University Mirenda Center  1 Neumann Way, Aston PA 19014 Speakers include:  Eagle star Ron Jaworski, Matthew Kelly, Evangelist Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, Irish tenor Mark Forrest. Mass ...

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WE ARE GOD’S FAMILY!

Posted on February 21, 2019 in: General News

Sunday, March 3, 2019, 7:00 PM, and Monday, March 4, 2019, 7:30 PM Event: Parish Mission: WE ARE GOD’S FAMILY!   Two exceptional presentations for every family: March 3 – The Joy To Be, March 4 – Family Keys to Life & Love.    Presenter: Damon Owens, founder and executive director of Joytob.   Location: St. Rose of Lima Parish, 424 S. Main Street, North Wales, PA 19454 More info: www.joytob.org Contact the Parish Office: 215-699-461

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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 evangelizing. In the words of Pope St. Paul VI, “…even the finest witness will prove ineffective in the long run if it is not…made explicit by a clear and unequivocal proclamation of the Lord Jesus. The Good News proclaimed by the witness of life sooner or later has to be...   Read the full article ...

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The ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA TO HOST RELIC OF THE INCORRUPT HEART OF SAINT JOHN VIANNEY AT  THE CATHEDRAL BASILICA OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is pleased to announce the presentation of the relic of the incorrupt heart of Saint John Vianney, patron saint of parish priests. The Shrine of Ars, France, in collaboration with the Knights of Columbus, has organized a national tour of this relic in the United States from November 2018 through early June 2019. The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul will present the relic of Saint John Vianney’s incorrupt hear...

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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 to SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH - 11:30AM Lunch and Dinner served Saturday and Breakfast served Sunday WHERE: ST. MARY OF PROVIDENCE CENTER, ELVERSON 227 Isabella Road, Elverson, PA 19520 Cost: $50 per person (scholarships available) We will talk about what it means to be a young, dynamic, Catholic woman in today’...

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Visitation BVM’s CYO Speech Program 2019: Registration for the 2019 Speech program is now open. Our speech program is opened to Visitation School and PREP students in grades 6 -8. The program runs for 9 weeks. Speech sessions are held on Sunday evenings from 7 – 8:30 pm in the Jr High. Speech will begin on Sunday, January 13, 2019, and end with our final evening on Sunday, March 10, 2019. This 9 week program helps develop and promote confidence in public speaking. In a small group setting, our students will work on presenting two speeches. The groups will receive instruction from a seasoned moderator, and the s...

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RELIGIOUS FREEDOM--PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE NOT GOD-FREE ZONES!  The Respect Life/Religious Freedom Group at Mother of Divine Providence parish in King of Prussia is sponsoring a very special program on Saturday, October 27 at 1:00 pm in Providence Hall.  please join us as we are honored to host speakers from Catholics for Freedom of Religion featuring founder Barbara Samuells.  They have appeared on EWTN and Relevant Radio and have helped educate thousands of parents, teachers and school children in the New York Metro area.  Barbara will be the keynote speaker at the NY State Convention of ...

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Youth Club -  Bowling with Pizza, Oct. 21 Attention Visi Boys and Girls 6th Grade or 12 and older!          Back by popular demand! Our next event:  Bowling with pizza                                           When:  Sunday October 21st Time:  2:15 PM drop off at Facenda Whitaker pick up after 5pm (parents must sign out youth) Place:  ...

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Rosary Rally

Posted on October 03, 2018 in: General News

2018 Rosary Rally  You are invited to join us for a PUBLIC RECITATION OF THE ROSARY for the benefit of our country on October 13, 2018 at Noon until 1 PM.  There will be two locations; one is at Walgreen’s on the corner of Main Street and North Park Avenue; the second is at the Keystone Grill at the corner of Main Street and Barry Ave.  

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Christmas Bazaar Basket Raffle

Posted on October 03, 2018 in: General News

2018 Christmas Bazaar Basket Raffle New Items Collection The Visitation BVM Christmas Bazaar Committee is seeking donations of new items or gift cards/gift certificates for the Basket Raffle. Thanks to the generosity of our parishioners and the local business community, our Basket Raffle has been a huge success. We would like to ask all our parish families to consider donating.  Perhaps you have a new, in-the-box, unwanted gift that needs a home or an unused gift card or extra tickets to a sporting event or theater. Or perhaps you could find a super sale on an item that would make a great addition to a gift basket. T...

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Annual Haunted House

Posted on October 03, 2018 in: General News

Haunted House Planning Meeting--Sunday, October 7th 7:00 PM to 8:30PM at the Rectory's Larkin Center.  All high school students and their friends are invited to participate in haunting the rectory basement.  If you have any questions, email dzamp16@gmail.com.   

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The Blessing of Animals

Posted on October 03, 2018 in: General News

THE BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS, in honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, will take place on Sunday, October 7th at 1pm in front of the Shrine of Our Lady of Life.   All God’s creatures great and small are welcome!  

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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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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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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 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 were released. For me personally, it re...

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Prayer Vigil Friday, Sept. 14th

Posted on August 21, 2018 in: General News

All Catholics of the greater Philadelphia area are invited to an evening of prayer before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament to ask for His mercy upon His Church in this moment of profound crisis. We come to make reparation for our own sins and those of our bishops and priests. We come also in confident hope that from Christ’s superabounding mercy will come the purification, healing and restoration of holiness for which we long.  For more information:  http://archphila.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Have-Mercy-flyer.pdf

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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@archphila.org ● www.archphila.org   For Immediate Release August 14, 2018 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 h...

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Autism Help-Line

Posted on August 08, 2018 in: General News

Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Help-Line:  Do you need help accessing services and supports for someone with an intellectual disability or Autism? A collaboration of Catholic Social Services-Developmental Programs, The Office for Persons with Disabilities and the Schools of Special Education of the Archdiocese is offering this convenient help-line to assist families connect to disabilities services provided by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. To reach the Help-Line call: 484-472-5041 or email: IDDhelp@chs-adphila.org. 

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Our Lady of Confidence Christian Retreat for Persons with Disabilities:   A three day retreat at Malvern Retreat House has been scheduled for October 9, 10, & 11, 2018 for adults with disabilities.  The retreat is geared for adults with intellectual, physical or emotional disabilities.The retreat directors are Fr. Jim DeGrassa and Fr. Mike Speziale.   If you or someone you know would enjoy a three day retreat that includes having your faith in God refreshed and strengthened please share this brochure and registration form.  For information email:  OLCRetreat@gmail.com o...

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Catholic Christian Outreach

Posted on August 07, 2018 in: General News

Dear Friends, You've heard of ChristLife, Evangelical Catholic, Christ Renews His Parish, Catholics Reaching Out - all wonderful and effective evangelization ministries.  I am pleased to introduce you to yet another way to launch an evangelization movement in your parish: Catholic Christian Outreach, or CCO.   CCO is Canada's version of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) and after tremendous success on college campuses they have moved into parishes to help them foster conversion to Christ through their powerful Discovery series.   If your pari...

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In his most recent column Archbishop Chaput writes, “Predictably, as soon as Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement earlier this summer, pro-abortion groups began lobbying the U.S. Senate hard to reject any nominee who might question or oppose Roe v. Wade. The irony here is exquisite. In past elections, abortion advocates have piously lectured Catholics to avoid making the abortion issue a “litmus test” in rejecting candidates for office. Now – no surprise -- many of the same abortion advocates are doing exactly what they warned us not to do: making abortion a litmus test in ...

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Abby Fest

Posted on July 11, 2018 in: General News

Matt Maher Returns . . . For the fifth time, Matt Maher will headline this year's AbbeyFest, Saturday, September 22, at Daylesford Abbey in Paoli, PA.  Matt has become an AbbeyFest favorite and a staple of our festival experience in celebrating Faith, Music and Family. His memorable performance of “Lord, I Need You” in 2013 on his knees at the World Youth Day in Rio to a crowd of over 3 million people including Pope Francis, rocked the world (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZa6spYqHsA). Since his 2008 major label debut, Matt has become an eight time-GRAMMY nominee.  He has wri...

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Dear Sisters in Christ, The 2018 Catholic Women's Conference - "Daughters of the King" - scheduled for Saturday, October 27 is expected to sellout in  mid-September.    Read Archbishop Chaput's Column Inviting You to the Conference  Grab your friends and plan to register by the end of the summer!    Please visit the website atcatholicwomensconference.org for full conference details. We look forward to seeing you there!    2018 Catholic Women's Conference     Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 9am-4pm National Shrine of&nb...

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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 “Get Spirit Savvy,” will take place Saturday, July 14th from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.  The day will be jam-packed with interactive hands-on activities, great music, and inspiring speakers who will help the girls to understand the gift of authentic femininity and how to use it to counter the twisted messages be...

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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 Adult Advisor, at fcg623@yahoo.com.  Without coaches, we are not able to support our teams.  All coaches need to have current clearances.    All  CYO sessions are available to Visitation BVM School and PREP students. You must be a registered member of our school or PREP classes to register and p...

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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 Our Lady’s Missionaries of the Eucharist in Birdsboro, PA. For the past 22 years, Father McCreedy has led Candlelight Rosary Devotions to Our Lady of Fatima at his parish. He is a prominent Fatima pilgrimage guide due to his special devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. This event includes Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacramen...

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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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Proximo Travel LLC; Pilgrimages for Catholics and people of all faiths. Trip Dates:  Sunday, November 4 – Thursday, November 15, 2018 Cost: $4,600.00 Airfare and ALL-Included Fr. Brian will host information 2 information sessions at Visitation in the Larkin Center, Monday, July 9th at 3:30pm and at 7pm. Additional question on travel please call 508-854-8001 or email office@Proximotravel.com.  To register, please reference trip #596, contact (855) 842-8001 or (508) 340-9370 or register online at www.proximotravel.com.  

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Proximo Travel LLC; Pilgrimages for Catholics and people of all faiths. Trip Dates:  Sunday, November 4 – Thursday, November 15, 2018 Cost: $4,600.00 Airfare and ALL-Included Fr. Brian will host information 2 information sessions at Visitation in the Larkin Center, Monday, July 9th at 3:30pm and at 7pm. Additional question on travel please call 508-854-8001 or email office@Proximotravel.com.  To register, please reference trip #596, contact (855) 842-8001 or (508) 340-9370 or register online at www.proximotravel.com.  

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Daughters of the King Retreat

Posted on June 20, 2018 in: General News

Saturday, October 27, 9am-4pm National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown. Last year, we had a group from Visitation BVM attend the conference.  If you’re interested in attending this year’s conference and participating in the group rate ($45), please contact the rectory at 610-539-5572 by July 9th.  For more information and a list of the speakers, go to:  www.catholicwomensconference.org  

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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 484-679-1809 or just show up. All are welcome.

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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 chance to live their faith! We are looking for parishioners who want to grow spiritually and develop Christian friendships while serving those in need.  Would you like to be part of Visitation B.V.M.’s “Society of St. Vincent de Paul”?  For more information, call Sallianne Tschoepe – 610-212-66...

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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: Daughters of the King Speakers:  Dr. Mary Healy, Sr. Regina Marie Gorman, Damon and Melanie Owens, Emily Stimpson Chapman, Martha Reyes and more! Location: National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown, PA More info & registration: catholicwomensconference.org  

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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, Bishop Thomas Olmstead, Johnnette Benkovic, Sr. Sheila Galligan, IHM, Fr. Paul Check, Fr. Chris Rogers, and more Location: Villanova University, Villanova, PA More info:  Conference website

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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 ideas of western civilization. Taught by seminary and university faculty on the grounds of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. Applications can be found at the website below. Location: St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, PA Professors include:  Dr. Kevin Hughes, James Despres, Dr. Michael Rombeiro, Kelly Ander...

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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 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 July 27th and Class 3 is August 24th. Location: Mother of Divine Providence Parish Offices, King of Prussia Speakers: Jim and Jen Volpe ...

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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 presented to area Catholic high school athletes who proudly live their faith both on and off the field. Location: The Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park More info: $50/ticket (Bring the family!); Register:  http://www.catholicfoundationphila.org/CACevent

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We go to different schools, but we belong to ONE Parish Family! IF YOUR FAMILY BELONGS TO VISITATION PARISH YOU COULD BE A WINNER !! PRIZES - PRIZES - PRIZES "I am a Voice for the Voiceless" Choose one of the following topics: abortion, infanticide, euthanasia or stem cell research - how can your words and actions be a vocie for the voiceless? WORD Limit 500 for Grades 7-9 1st place  $150.00, 2nd place $125.00, 3rd place $100.00 WORD Limit 700 for Grades 10-12 1st place  $150.00, 2nd place $125.00, 3rd place $100.00 Entries must include a cover page with your name (family name) ...

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VISIMOMS MEETING - The Visimoms, a group here at Visitation for all moms, will meet on Thursday, April 12 at 7:00 in the Larkin Center. We Catholics begin our tradition of the Triduum with sharing on Holy Thursday God's gift of His Body and Blood, and conclude with the celebration of Our Lord's Resurrection. These traditions are so relevant to us even now. Eucharistic miracles in which the consecrated host has suddenly bled, continue today: in Germany in 1970, in Betania, South America in 1991, and when Pope Francis was archbishop in Buenos Aires in 1996, --the same miracle as the one first reported in Lanciano Ita...

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Metanoia is an active community of Catholic young adults in western Montgomery County, PA. The group supports Catholics in their 20s and 30s who are looking to deepen their faith and meet fellow Catholics in the area. Our ministry includes: Theology on Tap, faith- based meetings, community service, retreats, and outdoor events. We meet on Tuesdays at 7:30pm unless otherwise noted. Our upcoming events are listed on our Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/groups/metanoiayoungadults) or contact metanoiayoungadults@gmail.com for more info. April 2018 Tues., April 10: Bible Study @ St. Rose of Lima, North Wales @ 7:30 p.m. Tue...

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Youth Mass Choir: The next Youth Mass is now scheduled for April 22, 2018 at 11:30 A.M.  We are asking all our youth members to plan ahead to join us for practice on April 10th and 17th in preparation for the April 22nd Mass. These practices take place in the Lower Church from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. We hope to welcome some new members to the group as well as some additional adult volunteers. We would be happy to have you assist even for one night each month. Please contact Sister Diane Marie at: sister.diane@visitationbvmschool.org or John Larcinese at jlarcinesesr@verizon.net to let us know of your availability. Youth ...

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ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT. Saturday, March 31st at 10am. Free for kids ages 1 to 9. Registration begins at 9:30am at the Visitation Pavilion adjacent to the Football Field. Sponsored by the High School CYO and Knights of Columbus.

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Religious Education Corner

Posted on March 10, 2018 in: General News

Religious Education Corner “God so loved the world, that He sent His only Son, that whoever believes in Him may have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Salvation has come into the world with the greatest gift possible – God’s own Son. While this saying is seen on billboards, car stickers and posters in many places, this Sunday of Lent gives us the opportunity to restore to this scriptural reference a new sense of reverence and understanding. Our Parish Family is asked to remember all sacramental candidates for this year in their prayers. Please remember our young people who are in the Confirmation prepar...

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Attention Visi Boys and Girls 12 and older! Our Next Event - Bowling and Pizza When: Sunday March 25th Time: 2:15 PM drops off at Facenda Whitaker - pick up after 5 pm (parent must sign out children) Place: Facenda Whitaker Bowling Lanes, 2912 Swede Road, East Norriton, PA 19401 Please drop of $20 in an envelop clearly marked "Youth Club Bowling" at the Rectory By March 15th to guarantee a spot. Price includes show rental, pizza, water bottles, and lots of fun! Please feel Free contact Patricia King Newell at newpat99@gmail.com with any questions.

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A Baby's Breath Run for Life 2018 - April 7th at the Norristown Farm Park. 1 Mile Fun Run 9AM and 5K run at 9:30AM. Please register online at http://www.ababysbreath.org/events/NOR_RFL.html An enjoyable morning for the family supporting moms and their babies! For more information, please contact Dorothy Swedkowski, Race Director at 610-316-6281

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Visi Youth Mass 11:30 AM and Youth Club in the Larkin Center this Sunday, Feb. 25 This coming Sunday, February 25 is the Visi Youth Mass at 11:30am and following the Mass we will host another gathering of our Youth Club in the Larkin Center .. approximately 12:30pm till 3:30pm.  We have several board games and are working on possibly a group trivia or jeopardy type of game.  We will eat hot dogs and chips, water and hot Chocolate along with some other snacks! Kindly RSVP so I can get an idea of how many youths will attend. If you would like to make a small donation toward the food cost, that would be appreciat...

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Thursday, February 22, 2018, 4:00 – 5:30 pm Event: Religion and Public Life Lecture with Archbishop Chaput The Matthew J. Ryan Center at Villanova University is honored to host Archbishop Chaput for our inaugural Religion and Public Life Lecture. Archbishop Chaput will discuss the impact of the Cultural Revolution generation on the course of the country and the Church today. Location: Connelly Center Cinema, Villanova University, Villanova, PA Speaker:  Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. To learn more: Open to the public; Questions? Contact Austin Detwiler at austin.detwiler@...

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March 3, 2018 7:30 AM- 4:30 PM Event: Man-Up Spirituality Conference "Christ Crucified - the Power and Wisdom of God This year, we celebrate the 10th Annual Man Up Spirituality Conference in the Archdiocese. The conference provides an opportunity for men to come together in true Christian brotherhood and to hear inspirational talks from fellow men on the journey of faith. The day, which will include time for Adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, will conclude with Mass. Location: Mirenda Center at Neumann University, Aston PA Speakers include: Jim Towey, Don Saleski, Mark Forrest, former Eagle S...

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March 3, 2018 7:30 AM- 4:30 PM Event: Man-Up Spirituality Conference "Christ Crucified - the Power and Wisdom of God This year, we celebrate the 10th Annual Man Up Spirituality Conference in the Archdiocese. The conference provides an opportunity for men to come together in true Christian brotherhood and to hear inspirational talks from fellow men on the journey of faith. The day, which will include time for Adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, will conclude with Mass. Location: Mirenda Center at Neumann University, Aston PA Speakers include: Jim Towey, Don Saleski, Mark Forrest, former Eagle S...

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Struggling with a problem or burden?  You are invited to the Unbound: Freedom in Christ Conference on Saturday, February 24, 2018, 9am-4:45pm at SS Simon & Jude Parish in West Chester. Unbound is a ministry of healing and deliverance that helps you find freedom in areas of your life where you feel bound. This conference will help you discover the freedom that Jesus Christ has in store for you and teach you how to help others find that freedom. Unbound can help with relationship problems, inability to forgive, anger, fear, sadness, and other spiritual obstacles. $50 per person; $20 for priests/religious/...

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Every Man Has This Mission

Posted on January 30, 2018 in: General News

Every Man Has This Mission It is the mission of every man to guide his sons and other boys into mature manhood. Are you equipped to accomplish this? Come learn about Fraternus, a parish-based ministry in which adult Catholic men are formed to be "True Mentors" to help guide boys into authentic, virtue-based manhood rooted in Jesus Christ. Catholic Men are invited to learn more at a Fraternus Information Session on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 7pm at St. Charles Seminary in Wynnewood. No charge to attend. Please RSVP at phillyevang.org/events. To learn more about Fraternus, visit fraternus.net...

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Lent: A Journey To Limitless Joy

Posted on January 29, 2018 in: General News

Lent: A Journey To Limitless Joy, An Evening with Fr. John Bartunek – Begin Lent this year with a renewed vision on how you can experience the deep joy of the journey towards Easter. On Saturday, February 10th at Saint Katharine of Siena Church in Wayne, renowned Priest, speaker and author of The Better Part, Fr. John Bartunek will provide his insights into his own personal journey towards joy. Registration begins at 6:45 pm followed by book signings and talk. Visit: Lent.RCPhilly.com for more information and registration or email Patellen Corr at PatellenCorr@gm...

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The Cross and the Light Passion Play  The Archdiocese of Philadelphia joyfully welcomes the highly-acclaimed Passion play, The Cross and the Light for Lent 2018. The Cross and the Light presents the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus in a way you’ve never experienced, using Broadway-caliber video arts, acting, music and singing. This event is perfect for Lent. Invite your friends and family to experience this show on March 8, 9, or 10 at St. John Bosco Parish in Hatboro, PA. The event will reach over 6,000 people over the course of 6 shows and is expected to sell out. Order your tickets today at ...

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The Cross and the Light Passion Play  The Archdiocese of Philadelphia joyfully welcomes the highly-acclaimed Passion play, The Cross and the Light for Lent 2018. The Cross and the Light presents the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus in a way you’ve never experienced, using Broadway-caliber video arts, acting, music and singing. This event is perfect for Lent. Invite your friends and family to experience this show on March 8, 9, or 10 at St. John Bosco Parish in Hatboro, PA. The event will reach over 6,000 people over the course of 6 shows and is expected to sell out. Order your tickets today at ...

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Youth Mass and Group - Consider getting involved in the Youth Group and Choir. All Visi Youth 12 and older are welcome. Join us for the 11:30 AM Youth Choir Mass January 28th and right afterwards for a Movie, Popcorn and Pizza in the Larkin Center. Please email newpat99@gmail.com for more info.

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ANNUAL SPAGHETTI DINNER: The Knights of Columbus are hosting its Second Annual Knights of Columbus Spaghetti  Dinner on February 3, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Visitation BVM School Gym. Plan to shake those winter doldrums and join us for an evening of good food and great company! Tickets are $10.00 for an adult or $12.00 at the door, and $5.00 for children under 5, or $7.00 at the door. Tickets are available for purchase at the Visitation Rectory, our council website (www.kofc7565.org), through any member of the council, or by contacting Gary Garofalo at ggarofalo10@comcast.net or 610-630-0903. The Knig...

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For information on National Marriage Week please follow this link:  http://www.foryourmarriage.org/celebrate-national-marriage-week-usa/

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Seminary Lecture Series

Posted on November 09, 2017 in: General News

Monday, November 13, 2017, 7pm Seminary Lecture Series - Philosophy Lecture Speaker: Rev. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., Professor of Biology, Providence College Topic: "Defending Adam After Darwin: The Origin of Sapiens as a Natural Kind" (Evolution and Creation) Abstract by Rev. Austriaco: "For many contemporary Christian theologians, evolutionary biology rules out any account of an Adam and Eve that would explain the origin of our species. In response, I propose that there are sound and robust reasons to think that human beings share an intrinsic essence that puts them into a natural kind. I ...

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Young Adult Movie Night

Posted on November 02, 2017 in: General News

Friday, November 10, 2017, 7pm - 10pm Young Adult Movie Night at the Seminary Join us for a viewing of "I Confess," an Alfred Hitchcock thriller and a discussion to follow. It will be a fun way to grow in our understanding of this great Sacrament as we celebrate the fact that God still calls men to be the priests who hear our confessions. Soft drinks and snacks will be provided! Location: St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, 100 E Wynnewood Rd, Wynnewood, PA  More info: Young Adult Movie Night at the Seminary

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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 directly applied to the programs and events aimed at helping men become better disciples of Jesus Christ and to answer His call. There will be a reception, a brief program of entertainment, presentations and vocation stories by some of our newly ordained clergy. Location: St. Charles Borromeo Seminary More info: To reque...

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2017 Christmas Bazaar Basket Raffle - New Item Collection The Visitation BVM Christmas Bazaar Committee is seeking donations of new items or gift cards/gift certificates for the Basket Raffle. Thanks to the generosity of our parishioners and the local business community, our Basket Raffle has been a huge success. We would like to ask all our parish families to consider donating. Perhaps you have a new, in-the-box, unwanted gift that needs a home or an unused gift card or extra tickets to a sporting event or theater. Or perhaps you could find a super sale on an item that would make a great addition to a gift basket. The ...

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Bible Study - Jesus Revealed -

Posted on September 06, 2017 in: General News

Jesus Revealed: Encountering Christ in His Biblical Names Starts - Tuesday, Sept 19 @ 7:00pm in Visitation Junior High School Library Contact Bob Hehn at rahehn@aol.com or call 484-557-1371 to register. See Flyer The Ultimate Bible Study This Fall, join Dr. Paul Thigpen as he dives deep into Scripture from Genesis to Revelation to illuminate the many names of Jesus in Scripture and explain how each one reveals something new about Our Lord. Jesus Revealed, a new18-part program, is like no other Catholic Scripture Study. Jesus Revealed is an engrossing exegesis of the entire Bible, focusing on the typologi...

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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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The Militia Immaculata is very pleased to have Meghan Cokeley from the Archdiocese's Office of the New Evangelization as our guest speaker.  Meghan wears many hats for the Archdiocese including directing the New Evangelization initiative.  She played a major role in the coordination of Pope Francis’ World Meeting of Families visit to Philadelphia in 2015.  If you want to hear more about Evangelization in the Archdiocese, join us Tuesday August 8th at 7 pm in the Larkin Center.  

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Calling all Alumni - Visitation BVM school is creating a digital alumni database of all graduates of the school from 1956 to 2016. The goal of this project is to create a more inclusive Visitation community, for those still home and for those that have moved away. Through this database, we will be able to organize alumni events such as reunions, social gatherings, sports outings, competitions, etc. Please help us update our records to include your current information by going to school.visitationbvm.org/alumni-form and completing the form there. Contact: alumni-dba@visitationbvmschool.org if you have any questions. All ...

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Metanoia is an active community of Catholic young adults in western Montgomery County, PA. The group supports Catholics in their 20s and 30s who are looking to deepen their faith and meet fellow Catholics in the area. Our ministry includes: Theology on Tap, faith based meetings, community service, retreats, and outdoor events. We meet on Tuesdays at 7:30pm unless otherwise noted. Our upcoming events are listed below, contact metanoiayoungadults@gmail.com for more information, or visit our Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/groups/metanoiayoungadults) for more details. Tues., July 11: Bible Study @ Corpus Chris Parish,...

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Jesus is waiting for you. Consider spending an hour with him in our beautiful Adoration Chapel located behind our school. A great video - https://youtu.be/7237JVOZnLU Through the years of our Church, many religious orders took Perpetual Adoraon as their mission --- adoring Our Lord around the clock. Sadly, the numbers of religious have declined dramacally. It was St. Pope John Paul II who greatly supported this practice to be taken up by the laity. In his encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharisa, the Pope encouraged pastors to keep the Blessed Sacrament exposed and available for adoraon by the faithful. He hoped the...

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Fatima Holy Hour - Thursday, July 13 Dear Church Family, Please plan to attend a Holy Hour in the Lower Church on Thursday, July 13 at 7:00 PM and pray for world peace. This date is the 100th anniversary of the second apparition of Our Lady of Fatima to the three shepherd children of Fatima, Portugal. The Holy Hour will provide an opportunity for a plenary indulgence. Visitation Parish initiated its Fatima celebration on May 13, the anniversary of the first apparition, with a Rosary Rally in the school parking lot. Despite a steady rain, more than fify people prayed fervently for an hour before our Parish Pil...

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Visitation’s Respect Life Committee was honored to read essays written by students who are firmly grounded in their faith and willing to stand up and speak for the Sanctity of all Human Life.  We received 39 essays (38 Visitation students and one Gwynedd Mercy student).   We are happy to announce the winners of the Annual  Respect Life Essay Contest.   Sr. High School--1st Place--11th Grade Gwynedd Mercy Academy Student, Breanna Sundheim Jr. High School --1st Place--7th Grade Visitation Student, Niwinski Jr. High School--2nd Place--7th Grade Visitation Student, Amilyn Thomas Jr. Hi...

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WINE - WOMEN IN the New Evangelization Conference Join women from the greater Philadelphia area and across the country for the first-ever National Catholic Women’s Conference hosted by WINE!  Dynamic Catholic speakers Kelly Wahlquist, Teresa Tomeo, Kitty Cleveland and Sarah Christmyer will inspire you and musician Amanda Vernon will rejuvenate your spirit. The day will include time for Mass, Confession, prayer, rest, socializing, and shopping. Saturday, October 21, 2017, 8:30am-4pm, National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown, PA.  Special group rate available, so bring your friends! For...

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PERPETUAL ADORATION CHAPEL WISDOM COMES WITH AGE But sometimes age comes alone. An old folklore adage to be sure. But consider this: with care and feeding, our bodies mature and age and a certain amount of physical and practical life experience is gained in our years on earth. But how would you describe your spiritual life if someone asked you? Could you in sincerity and truthfulness say it has developed, grown, matured over your lifespan? Or did you take it for granted that it would mature on its own, without any input from you? Visiting Jesus in our Perpetual Adoration Chapel may help you not only discern where you...

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Goodbye and Thank you - Father Saban This is indeed a brief note to say Thank You so much! Your kind and words, generous gifts, expressive cards and hugs and handshakes have indeed surprised me and humbled me. But I also Thank You for all the ten years I have served here. Visitation always had a wonderful reputation as a parish that is alive and quite lively! I got to be part of that. All the people who serve the parish by means of Church or school, CYO or PREP, Altar servers and cleaners, employees and volunteers, you have, together, filled me with life and hope and a wonderful affection! I hope I returned that many ti...

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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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The MI(Militia Immaculata) is very pleased to have Pat Hopkins as our guest speaker for our next prayer & share meeting on Wednesday, June 14th at the home of Joe Valovage (22 Wheat Sheaf Lane) beginning at 7pm. Pat is involved with many of our parish ac vi es including the Finance Commitee, Parish Council, Eucharis c adorer, strong supporter of our elementary school, and extraordinary minister. He gives freely of his time, talent, and treasure (a true steward). 

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Women's Fellowship: Visitation Women's Guild will hold their Annual Mother - Daughter Covered Dish on Tuesday night, June 13th, beginning with Mass in the lower Church at 6:30 PM followed by a "Covered Dish" dinner in the Larkin Center. For more information on the "Covered Dish" dinner or on the Women's Guild, please call Rosanne Terranova at roemike1031@verizon.net

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The Summer Marriage Course

Posted on June 03, 2017 in: General News

The Summer Marriage Course - A Marriage Course (themarriagecourses.org) begins June 14 at a Mill Road, Worcester township home. The Marriage Course is a series of seven sessions, designed to help couples invest in their relationship and build a strong marriage. Enjoy a dinner for 2 in a relaxed setting viewing a video and talking with your spouse about topics of importance once a week for 7 weeks, starting Wednesday, June 14 and ending on August 2. Cost is reasonable and free babysitting is available. To register, contact John Doman at jmdomanjr@gmail.com. Treat yourself and your spouse this summer! Come and see!

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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. Reunions, alumni soccer games, golf outings, sporting events, competitions, you name it. This will help us reach out to you so we can make these events happen. We can’t do this without your help. If you know any other Visitation Alumni, please share this form with them. The more the merrier. Once you’ve filled out...

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PERPETUAL ADORATION CHAPEL - Please visit and signup for a hour time Somemes people new to Adoration ask what will I do for an hour in the chapel? St. Catherine Laboure, proponent of the Miraculous Medal, might help. She states: “Whenever I go to the Chapel...I tell God everything that is in my heart. I tell him about my pains and my joys, and then I listen. If you listen, God will also speak to you, for with the good Lord, you have to both speak and listen. God always speaks to you when you approach Him plainly and simply.” Why not go to visit our Lord in the Adoration Chapel today and bring you...

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PARISH PATRONAL CELEBRATION IN HONOR OF THE FEAST OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 Mass & Crowning of the Blessed Mother at 6:30 PM – Upper Church Our Annual Parish Feast Mass, May Procession and Appreciation Cook-Out will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 31st, beginning at 6:30PM. The Statue of the Blessed Mother at the Our Lady of Life Shrine will be crowned after the conclusion of Mass. | A Parish picnic follows the ceremonies at the Parish Pavilion. We are in need of dessert donations. Donations can be dropped off at the CYO pavilion prior to the Procession. All are invited! Pleas...

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CYO UPDATES

Posted on May 11, 2017 in: General News

CYO UPDATES 2017 Varsity Banquet and JV Recognition Assembly Online registration opens May 10, 2017 (closes May 31st at midnight) Varsity Recognition Banquet – Monday June 12, 2017 Open to all 7th and 8th grade CYO participants and their families who participated in Fall, Winter and Spring Sports & the Speech Program during the 2016-2017 School Year. Banquet Location: CROWNE PLAZA, Valley Forge 260 Mall Boulevard King of Prussia, PA Doors open at 6:30 pm, program begins at 7:00 pm.  The ticket price is $30 per person. A ticket is required for all attendees. (Example: 1 student and two par...

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RETREATS at MALVERN RETREAT HOUSE Malvern Family Festival Malvern Retreat House will host a Family Festival on Sunday, June 11 from 1pm-6pm. The day will kick off with outdoor Sunday Mass presided by Bishop Edward Deliman at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine.  After Mass, other activities that will be offered include performances by The Donut Man and Grammy-Nominated Singer/Songwriter Marty Rotella, children's games, food, and DJ-directed music and activities. The cost is only $25 per car, including food. Please visit malvernretreat.com or call 610-644-0400 for more information.   Separated & D...

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PERPETUAL ADORATION CHAPEL - New Prayer Ministry As you have read in recent Bulletins, our Parish website has been updated in order to foster a greater, more vibrant community spirit within the Parish, using opportunities provided by improved technology.  One of the new facets of the website will allow parishioners to request prayers for special concerns or intentions. Those prayer requests will be transferred to an intention on box on the window sill of the Perpetual Adoration Chapel. Adorers are asked to check the box upon entering the Chapel and to select one of the paper slips with an intention. Prayers during ...

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Respect Life Contest

Posted on April 30, 2017 in: General News, ProLife

Respect Life Contest ALL Junior and Senior High School Students are invited to participate in a ProLife Essay Contest. The contest includes all students – public–home school–private—all members of VBVM Parish. Grades 7-9 – Three PRIZES $$$ Grades 10-12 – Three PRIZES $$$ Grades 7-9 essay should be 500 words or less. Grades 10-12 essay should be 700-words or less. Your essay should be typed with a cover letter containing your name, school, grade. TOPIC: “What does the Sanctity of Life of the Human Person mean in your life?” E-mail your entry to: vbvm...

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Fatima Rosary Rally

Posted on April 30, 2017 in: General News

Fatima Rosary Rally Please plan to participate in the May 13th 100-Year Fatima Anniversary Rosary Rally from Noon to 1PM. It will be held in the Visitation Church Parking Lot at the Knights of Columbus sign adjacent to Trooper Rd. Join us in celebrating and honoring the centenary of the first Fatima apparition and praying for our nation. As we all know, the United States is in great need of prayer (Rosary), repentance and conversion – the Fatima message. Please contact Bob Hehn at 484-557-1371 for more information. Our Lady of Fatima to Lucia dos Santos, Francisco and Jacinto Marto: “P...

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CYO Update - Pee Wee Cheer Registration is now open.  Pee Wee Cheer is open to any Visitation School or PREP student K-4th grade interested in participating.  Please log into your account on Sports Illustrated Play account at visitationbvm.siplay.com and register your child. Sports Illustrated Play is our primary system of record and communication. If you don’t have an account on the system, you’ll need to create one prior to registering.  All sessions are held in the Visitation Gym. The clinic will run for 6 sessions on the following dates: Tuesday, April 25, Wednesday, April 26, Thursday, Ap...

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A Baby’s Breath Run for Life 2017 Please come and enjoy a morning of family fun on Saturday, April 8th at the Norristown Farm for The Annual Run for Life – benefiting A Baby’s Breath Crisis Pregnancy Center – helping moms and their families for 17 years! 1 Mile Fun Run 9 am; 5K Run 9:30 am. Walk, Run or Wheel! Please register at www.ababysbreath.org/events/NOR_RFL.html or more information, please contact Dorothy Swedkowski, Race Director at 610-316-6281 or budswed@verizon.net.

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FREE Easter Egg Hunt FOR AGES 1-9 Saturday, April 15, 2017 (Sorry, No Rain Date), 10:00 AM Visitation’s Pavilion at the Football Field RSVP number of children & ages by April 12th to visiegghunt17@gmail.com For more information contact: Dom Zampogna @ 610-306-2682 Age groups are: 1-2 year olds, 3-4 year olds, 5-6 year olds & 7-9 year olds Sponsored by: Visitation High School CYO & Knights of Columbus  

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Youth Mass Ministry - We invite all interested young people from Junior High through College to come out for the next Youth Mass on April 23, 2017 at 11:30 A.M. in the Lower Church. The Youth Mass group is in need of musicians: guitar players, piano players or any other instrumentalists. The next practice will be held on April 4 & 18st at 7:00 P.M. in the lower Church. Important Need for our Youth Ministry: It is very important that some adult volunteers offer their time and talent to coordinate the Youth Mass for our Parish, as we move on with this ministry. Some kind individuals have given their efforts to la...

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Easter Schedule 2017

Posted on March 31, 2017 in: General News

Easter Schedule 2107 Penance: Wednesday, April 12th, 7-8PM (No Confessions on Holy Saturday) HOLY WEEK Celebration of the Living Stations Tuesday, April 11, 7:00 PM Wednesday, April 12, 9:00 AM Holy Thursday – April 13, 2017 Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 PM Adoration at the Repository in the Lower Church throughout the night. Good Friday – April 14, 2017 Morning Prayer – 10 AM Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3 PM Holy Saturday – April 15, 2017 Morning Prayer – 10 AM Blessing of Food in the Lower Church at 12 Noon Easter Vigil at 8...

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Visitation BVM School hosting first annual Food Fest Coming this spring, Visitation BVM School will be hosting out first annual Food Fest the Friday night of Mother's Day weekend. On May 12th from 6pm-10pm, bring the family out and enjoy a fun night of tasty eats and drink from a variety of food trucks. Enjoy live entertainment, local vendors (so kids can shop for mom) and kid activities. There will be fun for the whole family. Mark it on your calendars! No entrance fee, just pay as you go. Please come out and support our great school. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @visifoodtruck.  

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Human Life Action recently sent you a call to action on S.J.Res. 13 asking you to contact your Senators and urge them to co-sponsor and work for a vote on this resolution. The Senate has not yet voted but we understand that they could vote this week. This resolution will reverse a December rule change made by former President Obama which prevented states from excluding providers such as Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds through the Title X family planning program. On February 16, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.J. Res. 43 to nullify a ruling by former President Obama which prevented states from ...

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FORMED - To All Parish Family Members Formed offers free downloadable books, Bible studies, audio presentations, meditations, videos and movies with a Catholic focus and much more from which you can choose. Log on at: www.formed.org and sign up using your e-mail address and the Parish Code: RMCGFP (all capital letters) Go to the section entitled for “Individuals.” Enter the Parish Code. Click on “Submit.” Then, follow the process to establish a profile for yourself. Enter all the data and set-up your personal password. Then, you are ready to participate. God bless you on this website journey!

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Save The Date For 9th Annual Archdiocesan Men’s Spirituality Conference; Men on a Mission Saturday, March 4, 2017 at St. Joseph's University Hagan Arena, 2450 N. 54th St., Philadelphia. Featuring: Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Ph.D. - New York Times best- selling author, Catholic TV host; Kevin Reilly - Former NFL Player for the Philadelphia Eagles and cancer survivor; Damon Clarke Owens - International speaker and evangelist, and founder & executive director of Joy To Be (joyTOB.org); Mark Forrest - acclaimed Irish tenor, whose melodic voice has filled concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Ken...

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Girl Scout Sunday Celebration

Posted on February 20, 2017 in: General News

Girl Scout Sunday Celebration The Girl Scouts of Visitation along with their Service Unit will be celebrating Girl Scout Week (March 5-12, 2017). Girl Scout week will begin with Mass on Sunday, March 5, at 11:30 a.m. The Girl Scouts will celebrate their Catholic faith together. Girl Scouts have given many girls the opportunity to discover their interests, connect with others and take action to change their community and world for the better. Please join in celebrating with the Girls Scouts at Mass on March 5, at 11:30 a.m.

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Ephesians -  Discover your Inheritance Bible Study Now on Tuesday evenings; 7-8:45PM Visitaon Junior High Library St.Paul’s leer to the Ephesians reveals many remarkable gifts that we as Christians are given in the Church. This letter tells us about the nature of the Church—as a body, as a household, as a mystery, as a communion, as a bride, and as an army. It shows us the great inheritance that awaits us as sons and daughters, adopted fully into the family of God. It reveals how God’s great love for us can transform our daily lives—if we allow it . Ephesians will enrich your faith&mdas...

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The Marriage Course - Invest in your Marriage Want an opportunity to spend some quality me with your spouse? Saturdays in February and March at 6:30 pm, we are offering the Marriage Course. For seven weeks, you will enjoy dinner for two in our school library, transformed into a restaurant style settinng; watch a video and discuss topics - just the two of you. The cost is $80 for the course per couple, which includes 7 meals for two and a workbook. Babysitting will be available if needed. Contact John at 610-513-7227 or jmdomanjr@gmail.com to register. Need more informaon? See http://www.themarriagecourses.org/

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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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  Support our Seminarians and enjoy a pancake Breakfast! The Knights are holding their annual pancake breakfast for our seminarians on Saturday 2/11 from 8AM to 10 AM in the Applebee’s restaurant at 555 South Trooper Road right down the street. The Knights will have Tickets available outside after Saturday 2/4 Vigil and Sunday 2/5 masses and also at the Rectory office, Adults $7 (kids $4.50, Family Max $30). All proceeds go to our Seminarians. Up Coming Events: 2/25 The First Annual Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Dinner. The Knights of Columbus, Pope John Paul I Council 7565 serves St Teresa of Avila and...

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American Red Cross Blood Drive - New Coordinator needed After over 20 years of service as the blood drive coordinator, Theresa Weldie and is stepping down. Thank you, Theresa, for your hard work and dedication to this important service. Let’s keep the blood drive going at Visi! We are looking for a coordinator. This is good community service.There are 3 drives a year which require a small amount of time. We have an established group of good helpers already in place. Please contact Theresa Weldie with any questions at 610-630-8414. DONORS ARE NEEDED Blood Drive Saturday, February 18, 2017 7:30AM to 12:30PM ...

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CYO High School Co-ed Volleyball 2017:  Visitation BVM’s CYO Co-Ed High School Volleyball Registration opens on Tuesday, January 31 and will close on Sunday, February 19, 2017.  All former Visitation BVM school or PREP students, who are currently in high school, are encouraged to sign up for Co-Ed Volleyball.  This is a great opportunity to play volleyball in a fun environment with your old Visi classmates.  Please log into your account on Sports Illustrated Play to register your sons and daughters @ https://visitationbvm.siplay.com.  Each class will have a team (ie Freshman, Sophomore, Junio...

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Youth Mass Ministry

Posted on January 30, 2017 in: General News

Youth Mass Ministry We invite all interested young people from Junior High through College to come out for the next Youth Mass on February 26, 2017 at 11:30 A.M. in the Lower Church. Please e-mail Sr. Diane Marie if you are interested in joining the music ministry for youth Masses, so that your contact information may be added to our e-mail listings.  The next music practice will be held on February 7th at 7:30 P.M. in the Lower Church. We practice on February 7th, 14th and 21st at 7:00 P.M. in the Lower Church. We are welcoming more youth musicians and singers.   

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Visitation New York Trip Feb 19, 2017   Visitation Parish’s “DO YOUR OWN THING” trip Open to ALL Parishioners and their friends to NEW YORK When: Sunday February 19, 2017 Cost: $42.00 per person Where: Mid Town Manhattan---New York City Meet: 9:30 AM at the Visitation Parking Lot Bus Leaves at 9:45 AM (lavatory equipped deluxe motor coach, free snack & drink) Return to Visitation approximately 9:00 PM Itinerary: Drop Off at St. Patrick’s Cathedral Plan your own activities: Shop, Sightsee, Dine, Take the subway to Ground Zero, or See a 3 PM Broadway Matinee Sh...

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Faith Formation - Evangelization and the Acts of the Apostles In this video series, the eloquent and lively, Dr. Mary Healy explores: the call of Jesus to evangelize, the missionary character of the Church, the ongoing spiritual war in our world, the importance of evangelization on to our spiritual life, the impact of the Holy Spirit in making each of us missionary disciples, the power of the Sacraments and techniques from St. Paul for reaching a secular culture. INVITED: Our Adult Parish Community ages 18 and up WHEN: Now on Monday evenings. TIME & LOCATION: 6:50 pm to 7:50 pm in the Lower Conference Room to...

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MAKE EVERY BASKET COUNT! The Knights of Columbus are holding the annual basketball free throw contest, for children 10 thru 13 years of age, on Saturday January 21, 2017 at 9am until 12noon in the Visitation BVM School Gym. Advance registration is not required.  Please contact Grand Knight Mark R. McGovern at kofc.markrmcgovern@gmail.com or 484-686-4955 for additional information.  

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The Catholic Relief Services Collection will be taken up the weekend of January 22, 2017.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated.  

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Please join us on Thursday,  January 19th 7PM in the Lower Church for our annual Respect Life Mass. Refreshments following Mass in the Larkin Center - hosted by the Knights of Columbus.  Please pray that hearts may be changed and inspired to end abortion.  

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Catholic School Week 2017

Posted on January 14, 2017 in: General News

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2017 For prospective and current families Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service January 29 - February 4 SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: Sunday 1/29/17 -10:00 am– 1:00 pm School Tours starting at 10:00 am ART SHOW – Saturday, 1/28 (after 5:15 Mass) and Sunday 1/29 (after all Masses) This is a great opportunity to for all of our parishioners to see what our students are accomplishing and to thank the faculty, staff and volunteers who give so much of themselves to educate our children.

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Reflection for the Solemnity of the Epiphany “The Three Kings, known otherwise as Magi, represent the men and women throughout the world who are welcomed into the house of God. Before Jesus, all divisions of race, language and culture disappear; and in His person, all humanity discovers its unity. The Church has the task of seeing and showing ever more clearly the desire for God which is present in the heart of every man and woman. Each person is called to follow the star in life, the stirring of the Holy Spirit, which lead to fullness of light and love in the Christ Child.” (paraphrase from homilies of...

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Protocols for Receiving Holy Communion Every important occasion carries with it clear expectations about how things are to be done and how people are to conduct themselves on those occasions. There are things to be said and done in certain prescribed ways for the sake of good order and reverence and to express our unity as we receive the Sacrament of our Lord in his Sacred Body & Precious Blood. SIGN OF REVERENCE: Each communicant is to make a sign of reverence before receiving the Host and/or Precious Blood. In the United States, that gesture is to be a bow. For the sake of keeping the communion line flowing sm...

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Sacrament of Marriage  - December 11th, 2016 Congratulations to the following couple who was recently united in marriage: Hope Luken and James William Toolan 

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SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM - December 11th, 2016 Congratulations to the following children who were recently baptized at Visitation B.V.M. Church Thomas Brian Knoll Evan Scott Konstant, Jr. Sienna Avery Konstant Evelina Joy Neilson Noah Brett Overland 

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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. Current Events. You will now be able to view the Parish Calendar and retrieve helpful information so you never miss another Parish event! Current Parish Bulletin. The Parish Bulletins are readily available for viewing via the Parish Links of the site. Church Images. A collection of pictures, recent events and oth...

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