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Fr. Bob's Corner - August 01, 2021

Posted on July 28, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - August 01, 2021
We are in the 18th Sunday in Ordinary time currently and the Church wants us to focus our attention on Jesus as the “true bread” that comes from heaven. Last weekend was the feeding of the 5 thousand people with the loaves and the fishes and next weekend is the Jewish hierarchy complaini...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - July 18, 2021

Posted on July 16, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - July 18, 2021
Summer is in full swing and isn’t it sweet? Families going on vacations and spending time with each other and just being with one another. Often during funerals, I tell people that the word for compassion, literally in Latin, means to suffer with another person.  It’s the reason ...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - July 11, 2021

Posted on July 08, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - July 11, 2021
When I was about done with my time in the seminary, we were driving on our way back from downtown and decided to stop at Wendy’s on the way home for a quick bite. (Wendy’s is the best by the way). As we were in the drive-thru, we noticed the car behind us and it was Archbishop Chaput. We...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - July 4, 2021

Posted on July 01, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - July 4, 2021
It is a humbling fact that God chooses the weak to shame the strong. It’s always been that way. In our first reading today, Elijah, a humble man, is chosen to be the mouthpiece of God and go to His chosen people and tell them to amend their ways. One man is chosen to go to hundreds of thousand...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - June 27, 2021

Posted on June 24, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - June 27, 2021
I would like to extend a heartfelt welcome to Fr. Mulranen as he re-joins our parish family. It is such a blessing to have him here with us to minister to the great people we have. It’s also a great blessing to have him here personally. I look forward to learning from Father Muhlranen&rsquo...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - June 20, 2021

Posted on June 18, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - June 20, 2021
Fr. Bob’s Corner I love watching videos of soldiers coming home and surprising their loved ones. It’s just heartwarming and awesome to see people’s reactions to something so great as seeing their loved one when they had no idea of when they would see them again. So much joy and ...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - June 6, 2021

Posted on June 03, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - June 6, 2021
      This week our beloved school ends a year unlike any other.  We have much to be thankful for.  Our awesome new principal, along with the administration, teachers, and staff have done a remarkable job.  In the midst of a pandemic, they have continued to te...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - May 30, 2021

Posted on May 26, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - May 30, 2021
This weekend, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity - reminding us of the three-fold personhood of God. When we pray, we do not shout into a void of nothingness and hope for an echo that resembles some sort of god. No, we have relationship with the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.Bei...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - May 23, 2021

Posted on May 20, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - May 23, 2021
I would like to provide for a few updates around the parish:  1)  We received great news that Father Frank Mulranen will be re-joining the parish family beginning on June 21.  Please welcome him back to Visitation when you see him.  I know a lot of people are excited to have h...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - May 16, 2021

Posted on May 12, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - May 16, 2021
This weekend follows Ascension Thursday, where Jesus returns home to the Father after spending time with His disciples after He rises from the dead. He ascends to the Father because that is where He belongs - the Father and the Son together.  We can look to our own father’s as a confirmat...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - May 09, 2021

Posted on May 06, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - May 09, 2021
At almost every wedding, you will hear a reading from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, “Love is patient, love is kind....”.  I imagine that couples pick this reading because it sounds very nice and it exhibits traits of a good marriage - kindness and patience and not je...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - April 18, 2021

Posted on April 14, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - April 18, 2021
The season of Easter exists so that we can reflect more deeply on the great mystery of the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead.  Even the apostles had an incredibly hard time understanding seeing the risen Lord in front of their faces.  It was only when Jesus broke open the Scriptures and ...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - April 11, 2021

Posted on April 11, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - April 11, 2021
DIVINE MERCY      From Creation, God has revealed his nature as love itself, in Sacred Scripture and most perfectly in the life, Passion, death and Resurrection of his Son, Jesus.  Saints have also borne witness to God’s unfathomable love, e.g., in the writings of...

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Divine Mercy

Posted on April 08, 2021 in: Pastor

Divine Mercy
DIVINE MERCY      From Creation, God has revealed his nature as love itself, in Sacred Scripture and most perfectly in the life, Passion, death and Resurrection of his Son, Jesus.  Saints have also borne witness to God’s unfathomable love, e.g., in the writings o...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - April 4, 2021

Posted on March 31, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - April 4, 2021
Happy Easter!  We celebrate the very high point of human history today.  Our Lord Jesus rises from the dead as the sacrifice offered by the Father in expiation for the sins of the world now conquers death and opens the gates of heaven for us.  Eternal life with our Father is possible....

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Fr. Bob's Corner - March 28, 2021

Posted on March 25, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - March 28, 2021
Happy Palm Sunday!  Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem.  It is this moment that He has come for.  As droves of Jewish people flood Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover, Jesus, too, enters into the holy city as people lay palm branches before Him to honor Him and the things...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - March 21, 2021

Posted on March 19, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner - March 21, 2021
The Jewish people, before and during the time of Jesus, were required to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem three times a year.  Once in the spring for Passover (remembering the time God led his people out of Egypt), once in the summer for Shavuot (remembering the time God gave his law on Mount Sin...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - March 14, 2021

Posted on March 12, 2021 in: Pastor

John 3:16. Athletes have recently been putting this on their cleats, eye-black, and even getting tattoos of it. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son”.  It is a very popular quote and we find it in today’s Gospel of John. The author of John is in the ...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - March 7, 2021

Posted on March 06, 2021 in: Pastor

Don’t ask why, but the game Jenga popped in my head the other day.  It was a fun game of strategy of pulling wooden blocks out of a stack in turns with a group of people.  Whoever made the stack tip over and fall lost.  Come to think of it, far too many people win at Jenga. ...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - February 28, 2021

Posted on February 26, 2021 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob’s Corner This weekend’s readings are humbling.  God asks Abraham to sacrifice the very best of himself - his beloved son Isaac.  Abraham doesn’t question God or argue with Him or say “Heck no!” to God.  Abraham has a beautiful, singular heart t...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - February 21, 2021

Posted on February 19, 2021 in: Pastor

This is my favorite time of year. Lent. Not the bright lights of Christmas and the cheer and the big red guy.  My favorite time of year is Lent. It is when the bleakness of winter begins to give way to the newness of spring. Golf season starts. But absolutely most of all - it’s the time o...

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Fr. Bob's Corner

Posted on February 12, 2021 in: Pastor

The response for the psalm for the weekend reads, “I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.”  It reminds me of the Beatles song “Let it Be”.  “When I find myself in times of trouble, mother Mary comes to me, speaking ...

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Alpha

Posted on February 01, 2021 in: Pastor

Does it seem like a good time to spend some time getting to know or grow deeper in a relationship with the one who deeply loves you, created you, formed you?  The ALPHA program will be offered Thursday evenings via Zoom at 7:30pm.  February 11th, 7:30pm!  Sign-up here:  https://...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - January 31, 2021

Posted on January 29, 2021 in: Pastor

        I’ve always found that the truest friends are the ones who challenge us to be better people.  The ones who are there during the tough times, sure.  But the ones who also aren’t afraid to tell us how it is and help us to change for the ...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - January 24, 2021

Posted on January 22, 2021 in: Pastor

Jonah is one of the worst prophets in all of the Old Testament.  God asks him to be a prophet.  He says no.  He tries to escape God (hilariously) and goes on a voyage.  He then is thrown overboard after the crew mates on the ship he is on discover that the reason why they are hav...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - January 17, 2021

Posted on January 15, 2021 in: Pastor

God speaks to us.  He does!  It’s an undeniable truth.  The incredible volume of this world and it’s problems makes it nearly impossible to hear Him. Notice where Samuel is when God calls to him.  He’s sleeping in the Temple.  We can all sympathize with ...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - January 10, 2021

Posted on January 09, 2021 in: Pastor

This weekend we celebrate the Baptism of our Lord.  His Baptism was not like the one John the Baptism was performing.  Our Lord was Baptized so that we could see the difference between the two - John the Baptism Baptizing for repentance and Jesus’ was a Baptism in the Holy Spirit, wh...

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COVID-19 Update - January 3, 2021

Posted on January 03, 2021 in: Pastor

Please click on this link to view Fr. Bob 's message:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffpNiBREmSg&feature=youtu.be We have discovered that one of our administrators have tested positive for COVID 19 using a rapid test.  Based upon this information and out of an abundance of cau...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - January 3, 2020

Posted on December 30, 2020 in: Pastor

Happy New Year! I pray this year brings abundant blessings to you and your family.  I’d like to simply share a prayer with you that was given to me years ago by a priest mentor that is a wonderful prayer.  Maybe this can be our theme this year - abandonment into the arms of God.&nbs...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - January 3, 2021

Posted on December 30, 2020 in: Pastor

Happy New Year! I pray this year brings abundant blessings to you and your family.  I’d like to simply share a prayer with you that was given to me years ago by a priest mentor that is a wonderful prayer.  Maybe this can be our theme this year - abandonment into the arms of God.&nbs...

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This Christmas season, let’s remember that we are called to be a people of Hope.  Our hope is in our Lord.  He made heaven and earth.  Of course, our hope is in our Lord.  It has to be, otherwise we couldn’t make it through our days.  It ...

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Fr. Bob's Corner December 20, 2020

Posted on December 16, 2020 in: Pastor

Christmas is just a few short days away! Exciting.      LOVE the first reading this week. It comes to us from the second book of Samuel. David has unified the people of Israel. It is the high point of the entire Old Testament. They have settled in the Holy Land, at peace, and numer...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - Dec 13

Posted on December 15, 2020 in: Pastor

Fr. Bob's Corner: Rejoice!  It is Gaudete Sunday - the third Sunday of Advent.  It marks a time when we know that the coming of the Lord is near.  When I was growing up, I remember waking our parents up with my brother and sister on Christmas Day and waiting at the top of the s...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - December 6, 2020

Posted on December 03, 2020 in: Pastor

Happy Second Sunday of Advent!!!  Today, we are going to do a little bit of a “deep dive” into the Scriptures for this weekend.  So hold on to your hats: Our first reading today from the Old Testament, from the second of three parts in the Book of Isaiah, we hear the first tim...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - November 29, 2020

Posted on November 27, 2020 in: Pastor

Happy Advent! It might surprise you but Advent is actually a “penitential” season of the Church.  It may be tough to see through the Christmas trees and bright lights and presents and the large man with the white beard dressed in red - but it is  “But Father, hasn’t...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - November 22, 2020

Posted on November 19, 2020 in: Pastor

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King - the weekend before we enter into the sacred time of Advent, where we prepare for His coming at Christmas. The reason why the Church gives us this Solemnity is to point us towards that glorious day in December.  It guides us as the star guide...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - November 15, 2020

Posted on November 12, 2020 in: Pastor

Did you know…Town Bell Given to Church In Trooper   -  article written-up in a local newspaper. The bell in the steeple of the Mt. Vernon Christian Center which has been torn down at Umbria and Wright Sts., has found a new home. It was known as the Old Town Bell of Manayu...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - November 08, 2020

Posted on November 06, 2020 in: Pastor

One of my favorite memories at my first assignment as a priest was a phone call to the rectory about an hour before the Saturday Vigil Mass. There were two priests at the parish at the time - Father Dooner, the pastor and a great mentor, and myself. I picked up the phone and a parishioner on the oth...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - November 01, 2020

Posted on October 30, 2020 in: Pastor

This weekend and Monday we celebrate two special days in the Church - All Saints Day and All Souls Day. It is a reminder to all of us that our home, our true home, is in heaven with our Father. It points us towards and fixes our gaze on the One who calls us to Himself. “Our hearts are restless...

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This weekend’s readings….It's all about LOVE!  AND WE KNOW GOD IS LOVE! “You must love your neighbor as yourself”—is lifted from Leviticus (Lev 19:18). We are brothers and sisters in Christ in the family of our faith, in the family of Visitation.  S...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - October 18, 2020

Posted on October 15, 2020 in: Pastor

To borrow a phrase from our southern friends, “gosh golly almighty” fall is beautiful.  The color of the leaves and the cool fall air.  Great time for a nice fire pit at night.  One of the best times all year.  “He arranges the times and the seasons”. ...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - October 11, 2020

Posted on October 08, 2020 in: Pastor

Love our second reading from Saint Paul today. He is most likely writing this letter from jail for spreading the Good news and writing to the people of Philippi. He has every right to be down on the world around him but isn’t. He writes: ‘I know how to live in humble circumstances; &n...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - October 4, 2020

Posted on October 01, 2020 in: Pastor

Golf is such a great game.  In the words of Bagger Vance, it’s a game that “can’t be won, only played.”  It always amazes me that sometimes you can prepare to the best of your ability - you can stretch and practice and feel great on the range - but the second you st...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - September 27, 2020

Posted on September 24, 2020 in: Pastor

We are not God’s equal.  It is a simple truth - but something that we need to remind ourselves of.  He is infinite - we are finite.  So we are constantly relying on the infinite.  We are constantly trying to understand the infinite using our finite minds.  It goes nice...

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Fr. Bob mentioned the following book and prayer: Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence, The Secret of Peace and Happiness, By Fr. Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure. S.J. & Blessed Claude de la Colombiere, S.J. PRAYER OF ABANDONMENT Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you ...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - September 20, 2020

Posted on September 18, 2020 in: Pastor

I had a spiritual director (a priest you would meet with and discuss where God is in your life and your spiritual practices and such) who was this young, Italian priest who really challenged you to apply yourself in your spiritual practices.  One week, I really applied myself to all my spiritua...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - September 13, 2020

Posted on September 11, 2020 in: Pastor

I honestly laughed when I read the opening lines from the first reading today.  It’s from the Book of Sirach which is in the Old Testament.  It is written during a time period of Israel’s history where they are under occupation and are trying to find ways to hold onto their fai...

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Fr. Bob's Corner - September 6, 2020

Posted on September 02, 2020 in: Pastor

“If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts.” In my parents’ house on Long Island, my mother has this little 4 inch framed sign on the island countertop in the kitchen.  It reads, “Good morning.  This is God.  I’ll be taking care of all your w...

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I told my 91 year old grandmother (who, by the way, still walks to church everyday up on Long Island) about two weeks ago or so that the Archdiocese was assigning me to be the parochial administrator of Visitation Parish in Trooper.  She was so excited and said, “Oh! The Visitation of our...

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Goodbye, Farewell, auf Wiedersehen, Adieu, & Ciao! Dear Friends:  I write to inform you of my impending departure as the Pastor of Visitation, BVM parish & of my reassignment as a Parochial Vicar with the status of Senior Priest. This means that I will join Msgr. Tom Murray as a Past...

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How About a Yellow-Green Phase?

Posted on July 04, 2020 in: Pastor

How About a Yellow-Green Phase?:  Some clarification is in order after I mentioned earlier that we would return, schedule wise, ‘full tilt’ upon our entering the Green phase. After some conversation, we decided to proceed but with continued caution, hence the blending of the 2 color...

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Dear Friends, Our due diligence has been rewarded with our progressing to the Yellow Phase, which allows for us the opportunity to gather for Mass once again, albeit with full face masks & the practice of social distancing—except for immediate families together. There is even exciting t...

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Celebration of Sacred Liturgy during Pennsylvania Yellow Phase Archbishop Perez has announced that parishes of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will be able to resume public Masses the weekend of June 6th & 7th.  Our weekend Mass schedule will be as follows:  5:15pm (Vigil), 8:30am &...

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Dear Friends, I hope this note finds you bearing well under the ongoing strain of social distancing & interpersonal isolation which goes with our attempting to flatten the curve of the dreaded Coronavirus that has turned our lives upside down lately. I’m using some of the abundance o...

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Civic Duty--Vote

Posted on April 27, 2020 in: Pastor

As the June 2 primary approaches, we are all reminded of the importance of performing our civic duty by voting.  This year, the State of Pennsylvania is encouraging people to vote safely by mail.  To start the process of signing up for “Vote by Mail” go to www.votespa.com&...

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Message from our Pastor

Posted on April 26, 2020 in: Pastor

Dear Friends, We are not yet out of the woods in terms of ‘flattening the curve’ of this deadly Coronavirus, but the results of so many of us practicing social distancing is noticed as having a positive effect:  so we must keep up our good efforts & not slack off too soon, el...

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Dear Friends, I am offering a sort of ‘heads up’ blurb of information to let you know that we are working on planning for our Catholic High Holy Days liturgies:  those of Holy Week & the Sacred Triduum.  I invite you & your family to join us, united in prayer. For...

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Holy Week/Triduum Liturgical Update, March 31, 2020 Dear Friends, The evolving situation with the spread of the pandemic requires of us enormous flexibility to shift & pivot as circumstances require.  There is some alarm as to distributing blest palm branches & also food for the E...

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Visitation BVM Family

Posted on March 28, 2020 in: Pastor

Dear Friends, After celebrating & recording Mass for the 5th Sunday of Lent on Friday afternoon, I returned to the rectory which has been closed for some time now, to discover one of our receptionists in the front office, retrieving some needed information. The weather was beautifully sunny, ...

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Updated Planning for Holy Week/Triduum Liturgies Dear Friends, I am offering a sort of ‘heads up’ blurb of information to let you know that we are working on planning for our Catholic High Holy Days liturgies:  those of Holy Week & the Sacred Triduum.  I invite you &a...

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Update 3/23/20

Posted on March 23, 2020 in: Pastor

Dear Friends, We are living in unprecedented times with the potentially life threatening Coronavirus, & I hope that you are taking every precaution possible to keep yourself & your family members healthy & safe!  Please be assured that I am praying for us, asking our dear Lord &a...

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  Dear Friends, We are living in unprecedented times with the potentially life threatening Coronavirus, & I hope that you are taking every precaution possible to keep yourself & your family members healthy & safe!  Please be assured that I am praying for us, asking our de...

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Update from our Archbishop 3/18/20

Posted on March 18, 2020 in: Pastor

Dear Brother Priests and Deacons, The pastoral and temporal response of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to evolve as this public health matter develops. During these uncertain and anxious times, all of us remain committed to fulfilling the mission ...

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Update as of 3/17/20

Posted on March 17, 2020 in: Pastor

Dear Friends: Mass and all non-sacramental activities & gatherings within our parish have been suspended indefinitely, per our Archbishop and as is being advised by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in order to try to prevent further spread of the Coronavirus.  It is very important, e...

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Dear Friends:   As of today, I am suspending indefinitely all non-sacramental activities & gatherings within our parish, as is being advised by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in order to try to prevent further spread of the Coronavirus.  It is very important, especially for...

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Some Minor Changes

Posted on March 03, 2020 in: Pastor

St. John Henry Newman, who was canonized last year by Pope Francis, was an English poet & theologian who converted to Catholicism from the Anglican tradition; & who once wisely observed, “To live is to change, & to live long is to have changed oven.” I recently attempted to c...

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DIRECTIVES FOR THE CELEBRATION OF MASS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA IN RESPONSE TO THE POTENTIONAL SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) The potential spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States and locally at this point requires a pastoral response that impacts the celebration...

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New School Board & Vocations

Posted on January 21, 2020 in: Pastor

NEW VISI SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS TO BE INSTALLED: Next weekend, January 17th at the 10:15 am Mass, the members of the brand-new Visitation BVM School Board will be introduced and installed during the liturgy. At all other Masses next weekend, a board member will be speaking after Communion to share new...

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Gratitude, Support & Understanding

Posted on October 26, 2019 in: Pastor

My Gratitude for Your Support & Understanding:   I am edified & thankful with so many of you expressing sympathy at our diminishment in terms of losing our parish vicar.  Please continue to pray that we will receive another priest, or if it becomes apparent that will not happe...

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STRIVE

Posted on September 26, 2019 in: Pastor

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.  S...

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On Being ‘Home Alone,’ & Fears of Missing the Mark:   The iconic photo of the young boy Kevin McAllister (from the Christmas movie Home Alone) pictures Macaulay Culkin with both hands clasping his cheeks—wide-eyed & mouth agape at discovering bungling burglars try...

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On Being ‘Home Alone,’ & Fears of Missing the Mark:   The iconic photo of the young boy Kevin McAllister (from the Christmas movie Home Alone) pictures Macaulay Culkin with both hands clasping his cheeks—wide-eyed & mouth agape at discovering bungling burglars try...

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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 remind...

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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 o...

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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 o...

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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 s...

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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 & reli...

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From Our Pastor

Posted on September 10, 2018 in: Pastor

Clergy Abuse—Separating Factual Data from Emotional Hysteria:  Please do not think, for a millisecond, that I am speaking defensively about the current crises in our church around clerical abuse & Episcopal cover-ups—for there is absolutely no defending horrific crimes against t...

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From Our Pastor - Aug 19th

Posted on September 09, 2018 in: Pastor

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

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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...

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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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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...

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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 so...

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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...

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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 & ener...

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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 ...

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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 & coordin...

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