Viewing Category

Pastor

Mother's Day and Parish Center

Posted on May 10, 2019 in: Pastor

On this blessed Mother’s Day weekend I hope we all take the time to honor our Mothers this day and throughout the course of our daily activities.  Our namesake, the Blessed Virgin Mary, gives us the highest example of grace to live by, and it is through her intervention that we are reminded of the importance of honor and grace in all that we do.   So a happy and joyful Mother’s Day to all of the Mothers in our community! On evening of April 23rd, just following a blessed Easter Weekend, we held our first of several information nights regarding the Parish Center project. This evening was partic...

Read More >

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 secretary at our parish school.  The Foundation for Catholic Education hosted their annual Hall of Fame Gala at Normandy Farms on Thursday evening, November 29th at which Mrs. Conte was among 3 persons awarded for their longstanding & generous contributions to our school in parti...

Read More >

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of them are red herring tales (but beloved of the cultural warriors):  it’s because of the all male priesthood with its outdated celibacy requirements that needs to end; it’s because of individual clergy—bishops, priests, & deacons—with a personal sexual orientation that is homosexual; it’s because of the dearth of women & their ...

Read More >

Keeping the Faith in Tough Times

Posted on October 24, 2018 in: Pastor

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 abandoned the regular practice of their weekend worship & support of the church over the recurring awful news of clergy abuse settlements & cover-ups by powerful leaders.  We have received numerous phone calls, voice mail messages, letters & emails angrily denouncing such atrociti...

Read More >

Welcome Seminarians

Posted on October 24, 2018 in: Pastor

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 since the year 2000—both the undergraduate & graduate theology divisions together this year welcomed 176 young men into the formation programs there.  For the first time in many years, Visitation BVM is assigned 2 seminarians who will come to us each Thursday during the scho...

Read More >

From Our Pastor

Posted on September 10, 2018 in: Pastor

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

Read More >

From Our Pastor - Aug 19th

Posted on September 09, 2018 in: Pastor

This article was printed in the August 19th bulletin. “It’s like déjà vu all over again!”:  This line is attributed to the late, great Yogi Berra; & it comes to mind upon the recent release of the grand jury report that investigated clergy sexual abuse & its consequent cover-ups within 6 dioceses in the state of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia & Altoona-Johnstown had prior investigations & so are not involved in this current report).  Berra’s quip is humorous, but there is nothing akin to humor & only horror to be found in the scathing, almost 900 pages of documents that ...

Read More >

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, most especially survivors of sexual abuse and their loved ones. We deeply regret their pain and remain focused on a path toward healing. It is important to note that the Archdiocese was not subject to the grand jury investigation and is not part of this report. However, that fact in no way...

Read More >

Visitation BVM is looking to hire a full time Business Manager for our parish and school.   Click here for details.

Read More >

Charles Weik, Sr.

Posted on July 18, 2017 in: Pastor

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 Street, Bristol, PA. Saturday, July 22nd, 11am will be the funeral Mass at St. Mark Church, 1025 Radcliffe Street, Bristol.  (the funeral home and church are across the street from each other) In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to St. Mark's church, 1025 Radcliff...

Read More >

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 distances. This is all on the Honor System, meaning that it depends on people’s good will & compassion—so please do not take advantage of it if you are able bodied & have no difficulty walking. I have observed a continual pattern of many people arriving late for Su...

Read More >

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 last reviewed these things some years ago, so we are perhaps overdue to do so again. When I arrived here, I stated that I brought no pressing change agenda for my 1st year here, but wanted to experience a full year— learning about the parish culture & the Visi spirit. I also said...

Read More >

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 when you are challenged/ encouraged/invited to give your direct input that will form future policies & programs for your faith community. It is perhaps a far easier thing to simply sit back & do nothing; & then prepare to later criticize those future new formations about which...

Read More >

Changers and Complainers

Posted on December 11, 2016 in: Pastor

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: “To live is to change, & to live long is to change often.” Change can be very stressful, even if it’s desired. The neuroscience of it goes, ‘neurons that fire together, wire together.’ The more we do something, the more it becomes not only habit, but biolo...

Read More >

Christmas Bazaar a Huge Success!

Posted on December 11, 2016 in: Pastor

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 & breakdown—all done with great effi- ciency. Congratulations to everyone who played a part, large or small, in making it such a grand success. Special thanks to: Dom & Angela Zampogna, Chairs; John Larcinese; Diane & Nick Kolodinsky; Dan & Vicki Szostek; Ray Frascino; Nancy Sline...

Read More >