My Dear Parishioners,
Thank you for your generous support for our Manna Food Drive. Once again we collected a tremendous amount of food. As of the time I am writing this column I do not know exactly how much food was collected but I can say that it was impressive. Thank you also to our “Food Collection volunteers.” Every month they transport our bags of food to help feed those in our area. Our food is taken to one of the Archdiocesan approved distribution sites. The site is managed by the Coordinating Council of Health and Welfare, Inc. The “Coordinating Council” is a group of volunteers whose purpose is to give emergency help to needy families, in the area of Bucks and Montgomery Counties, surrounding Warminster. This aid includes food, help with prescriptions, and other special needs. The Council has completed 61 years of service and is supported by donations from area churches, service organizations, businesses, and individuals. If you or someone you know in our area are in need of this assistance, you can go to the Food Cupboard at 75 Downey Drive in Warminster on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. You can call the Food Cupboard at 215-672-9422.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia invites all parishioners to the third and final year of the Archbishop’s Remain in My Love initiative! At this miniconference, national Catholic speakers will present the splendor of Christ’s teachings on the high dignity of the vocation of marriage and Christian family life. This event is for everyone! Married and engaged couples, individuals and families are most welcome. We also invite parish leaders, especially those who are active in marriage and family ministry in their parish.
ABOUT REMAIN IN MY LOVE
In 2017, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput announced a three year project, Remain in My Love, directed to every member of the clergy and lay faithful, to every parish and institution and to the families of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Its goal is to reinvigorate our understanding, practices and celebrations of Christian marriage and family life.
Year 1 (2017) was addressed to the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center and Year 2 (2018) was for parish staffs. This third and final year (2019) brings the Church’s good news about marriage and family life to all of the people of the Archdiocese. The three key topics of Years 1 and 2 will be presented in a mini-conference format and are open to everyone. The conference will immerse all of us in the splendor of Christ’s teachings about marriage and family and provide a way for married couples and families to meet and support one another. There is no more urgent time than now to bring marriage and family to new life and to work to protect this most precious institution created by God.
The 2019 Remain in My Love Mini-Conference will take place on Sunday, September 15, 2019. Families are encouraged to “make a day of it,” attending Mass at the Cathedral, perhaps going out to eat together and then attending the event. All are asked to register for the conference at www.archphila.org/remain2019.
The Plenary Sessions will include:
- Keynote addresses by three national Catholic speakers
- A personal witness from a married couple
- Discussion, Q & A and a call to action on the topic
- Childcare and free parking will be available.
May God Bless you,