Thursday, September 19, 2019
XXIV Week in Ordinary Time
Food Packing and Catholic Relief Services
We began the week of events for the Fall Festival last Saturday with a 5 K run and a walk around our beautiful campus. I just returned from the golf outing - there only to wish the golfers well, not to play. The events continue this Saturday morning with an act of social justice in which we take seriously the words of the Lord in Matthew 25 to feed the hungry; in this case the hungry of Burkina Faso. Please join us in the Parish Life Center to help pack food to be shipped to Burkina Faso by Catholic Relief Services (CRS). It is an activity that is rewarding and fulfilling. You are the best disciple you can be when you do, give and live for another. I hope to see you there. We start at 9:00 AM and with many hands can be finished by 12:00 noon.
Steve Santoleri Memorial Banquet
Saturday after the 5:00 Vigil Mass I invite you to join me and others at the nearby Clarion Hotel for the first annual Deacon Steve Santoleri Memorial Banquet. Steve was a deacon in service to our parish. I never met him but the memory of him and his good works continue. At that banquet we will be awarding two parishioners the St. Cornelius Service Medal for their work in, and dedication to, our parish. I hope you are able to join us as we celebrate our parish and recognize Deacon Richard Wirth and Mrs. Rose Lovell whose presence has added so much at so many different levels. The celebration begins around 6:00 PM with dinner. The awards ceremony will begin at 8:00 PM after which the tables will be cleared for the dance floor to become available until 10:00.
For information and registration for the dinner and the food packing event (I guess they are both food packing events of a sort) go to the following web site: https://saintcornelius.org/Program/Display/ab98661d-8b5e-4fe2-ba20-f28ef71dfb03
Annual Meeting and Report on the State of the Parish
This weekend a member of the Parish Finance Council will address the gathered assembly at all Masses on the financial profile of our parish. On Sunday, September 28th at all the Masses, I will make my Annual State of the Parish Presentation. This will be followed with a Q & A session on Thursday evening October 3rd at 7:00 PM. The meeting should last about an hour. The presentation on the next two Sundays and Thursday will include an overview of the parish and a review of the finances, including the school. The report on the fiscal year 2019 was distributed a few weeks ago. The three events will explore what is new and what is needed.
The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi is Friday October 4th. On Saturday October 5th we will have the annual Blessing of the Animals on the lawn in front of the Church. Since that is the first Saturday of the month, we will celebrate Mass at 8:00 AM followed by our monthly Bagels with Barron. The animals will be blessed at 10:30 AM.
Medicare Options in Retirement Seminar
On Sunday, September 29th and Sunday October 6th there will be an educational seminar discussing strategies for all your health insurance and Medicare needs in retirement. The following topics will be addressed: Medicare changes, how to comprehend all the choices, understanding all the letters (A, B, C and D) and all the Plans (F, G and N). Timeframe for when to sign up for Medicare will be discussed, as well as penalties. The presentation is free and will be led by Ms. Donna Simpson, a parishioner who works in this field.
The meetings will be in the Parish Life Center on the dates indicated. The session begins at 12:15 PM and will be 60 to 90 minutes in length. Please RSVP if interested, you can RSVP to Donna Simpson (610) 494-8270 ext. 101 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you know of anyone interested in learning more about the Catholic faith and possibly becoming Catholic? A period of discernment within the R.C.I.A. program begins this fall. We have a meet and greet scheduled for Tuesday, September 24th at 7:00 in the Parish Life Center. You are invited to attend to begin prayerful discernment.
October is Pro-Life Month
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the principal celebrant and homilist at this Mass, which marks the beginning of Respect Life Month. That initiative is observed annually during the month of October and serves as an occasion to encourage all Catholics to embrace their shared responsibility to promote a culture that preserve, protect, and cherish human life.
Preceding the Mass, a Holy Hour led by The Sisters of Life will be held at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.
Sunday, September 29, 2019
5:15 p.m. (Holy Hour)
6:30 p.m. (Mass)
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The evening will also kick-off the fall 40 Days for Life campaign. 40 Days for Life is an international effort to end abortion through prayer, fasting and community outreach. Following the conclusion of Mass, faithful will have the opportunity to sign up for prayer vigils that will be held at locations throughout the five-county Archdiocese.
Please visit the link for more information about the Respect Life Sunday Mass, or visit http://phillycatholiclife.org.
To learn more about the 40 Days for Life campaign, please visit
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