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A Most Fitting Honor & Celebration:  Our Visitation BVM school community is greatly blest by the dedication & commitment of so many—among whom Mrs. Theresa Conte shines like the Star of Bethlehem!  Mrs. Conte recently received very well-deserved recognition for her 43 years of loyal service as the principal’s...

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PAPA FRANCESCO IS RIGHT (& EXTREME RIGHT-WING CATHOLICS ARE NOT!):  There are multiple & competing narratives raging around the Catholic world as to the etiology of the clergy sexual abuse scandal & its consequent cover-ups.  Some of them are red herring tales (but beloved of the cultural warriors):  it&rsquo...

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FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK ON KEEPING THE FAITH IN TOUGH TIMES:  As I look around at all of the empty pews each weekend here at Visi, & as I observe the downward spiral of contributions that enable our parish to function, I’m quite aware that a great many of our people are very seriously scandalized & have abandone...

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FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK Some Good News & Warm Welcome!:  Amid all of the ugly news erupting within our church, I am happy to share with you something good.  St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, which prepares our own seminarians as well as those from several other dioceses & religious orders, now has its largest class ...

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Clergy Abuse—Separating Factual Data from Emotional Hysteria:  Please do not think, for a millisecond, that I am speaking defensively about the current crises in our church around clerical abuse & Episcopal cover-ups—for there is absolutely no defending horrific crimes against the young & vulnerable nor their bein...

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This article was printed in the August 19th bulletin. “It’s like déjà vu all over again!”:  This line is attributed to the late, great Yogi Berra; & it comes to mind upon the recent release of the grand jury report that investigated clergy sexual abuse & its consequent cover-ups within 6 dioceses in the s...

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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 has been broad and the content has been difficult to read. The material is painful for everyone, ...

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Visitation BVM is looking to hire a full time Business Manager for our parish and school.   Click here for details.
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Fr. Terry's father, Charles E. Weik, Sr. passed away Monday evening, July 17th.   Funeral arrangements are as follows: Viewing will be held on Friday, July 21, 2017, 7-9 pm and a second viewing will be held Saturday, July 22nd 9-10:30 am.  The viewing for both Friday and Saturday is at Wade Funeral Home, 1002 Radcliffe...

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A Message from the Pastor - Sunday Parking & Timeliness The additon of 24 handicapped marked spaces near the entrance of the Lower Church appears to be working well. These spaces are for anyone who truly needs to use them: either because you use a cane or walker or if you’re bringing someone in your car that cannot walk long ...

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Message from the Pastor On Where We Are Going: My recent message of March 12th, outlining where we are heading, is provoking some good questions - a couple of which I want to clarify here. The Pastoral Leadership Plan created by the cohesive Leadership Team is a revisiting of our mission, purpose, goals & values. I am told that we ...

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Message from the Pastor - DISCIPLE MAKER INDEX SURVEY Here is a wonderful opportunity for you to proactively offer your feedback that will eventually combine with others to help shape & form future directions within our parish; & it will only require about 15 minutes of your me & energies! It is truly an extraordinary thing...

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Changes and Complainers - December 11,2016 Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman knew a thing or two about change—his high profile conversion to Catholicism as one of the leading voices of the Oxford Movement caused a great deal of consternation within the Church of England. I paraphrase a wise insight of his when he observed: ...

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Christmas Bazaar a Huge Success! - December 11, 2016 Many thanks to everyone who came out & made our 60th Annual Christmas Bazaar such an enjoyable affair. It was my first experience of the bazaar here at Visitation, & I am more than quite impressed—so much preparation & coordination, planning, execution & breakdo...

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