My Dear Parishioners,
May is the month of Mary and a time when we reflect on Our Blessed Mother’s willingness to make a home for Jesus within her. We too are called to make a home for Jesus in our hearts and Mary will help us do that. You are encouraged to honor Mary by reciting the rosary either privately or join the public recitation of the rosary after the 8:00 a.m. weekday Mass, Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m., or before the 5:00 p.m. Saturday vigil Mass. Our May Procession this year will be on Monday, May 23rd at 7:30. Please bring some flowers from home to honor our Blessed Mother.
Next Sunday we celebrate and honor our mothers. If you have not had a chance to write the names of the mothers and other women in your life that you wanted honored or memorialized on the Mother’s Day envelopes, please drop them off at the rectory or in the sacristy so that we may include them in our Mother’s Day Masses. The intentions will be placed in a basket in front of the Blessed Mother statue and remain there for the rest of the month of May.
Our Casino Night is this Saturday, May 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the Lower Hall. Please join us for some fun and relaxation. The proceeds from this event will go towards the upgrading of our Hall kitchen, which is in real need of an update. This will allow us to continue to use the space for parish functions and other celebrations.
Next weekend our second collection will be for the Catholic Home Missions Appeal. The Archdiocese has asked that the following letter be communicated to all parishes this weekend.
God Bless You!
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Here in the United States there is a great need for revitalization through evangelization. The Church at home needs to be strengthened by sharing the message of Christ in all of its beauty. Soon, as an Archdiocese, we will take up the Catholic Home Missions Appeal (CHMA). This annual collection supports the neediest dioceses in the United States. Funds generated by this initiative make the basic faith formation programs possible in dioceses where Church communities are impoverished and struggling to share the message of the Gospel.
The Melkite Eparchy of Newton, with about 35,000 members, covers the entire United States. Melkite Catholics are members of one of the Eastern Catholic Churches, with their own cultural and liturgical traditions in full communion with the Holy Father and Catholics from the Latin Rite. The nationwide reach of the eparchy means that its parishes and administrative offices are found in locations all around the country. Communications through the internet and the diocesan quarterly magazine are crucial ministries that keep members in touch with each other and their bishop despite the challenge of geographic distance.
With generous support from Catholic Home Missions, Sophia Press distributes its quarterly magazine to 12,000 members. It publishes liturgical books that the faithful need to participate fully in the liturgy. The eparchy’s Office of Communication also maintains the eparchy’s website and conducts the Annual Bishop’s Appeal. When you contribute to the Catholic Home Missions Appeal, you provide a lifeline that allows members of mission dioceses to remain in contact with each other, even if they live across the country.
Your support of this appeal makes a difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters right here in the United States. Please be generous to this appeal through the collection offertory envelope or your parish’s e-offertory platform. #iGiveCatholicTogether ( https://usccb.igivecatholictogether.org/organizations/usccb-catholic-homemissions ) also accepts funds for the collection. To learn more about the appeal and those who benefit from it, please visit www.usccb.org/home-missions.
Thank you for strengthening the Church at home. Please be assured of my prayers for you and your intentions. May God bless you abundantly.
Sincerely in Jesus Christ,
+Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez, D.D.
Archbishop of Philadelphia