An Update from Our Pastor, Monsignor Jim (May 18, 2020)

Dear Friends: I know that many of you are undoubtedly also turning your thoughts to what will church life and school life look like when we return over the summer and into the fall. As you may have noted, we have been proactive in making our plans and we are all still exploring various models and schedules that might be feasible and would still allow for adequate distancing to lessen risk of exposure at both the parish and school levels. For the Parish, our plans for chairs and not pews...
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An Update from Our Pastor, Monsignor Jim (May 8, 2020)

Our Pastor’s latest video update. Please note that almost immediately after production, the Governor delayed our opening. Please adjust our planned tentative opening for the school to Monday, June 8 2020. Our facilities are cleaned and ready, our year end is extended, our programs are expanded to include a year-round infant and daycare, and we made a summer camp program too! (More information on that will be coming soon.)  Please note that we will adjust these timelines based on the most current...
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Our School Planned Reopening

We are designated as “Wave One, Group C” which tentatively places our Infant and Daycare to open June 8th, 2020 at 7:00am. Please note that we will adjust these timelines based on the most current advice to ensure the safety of our students and faculty.  Below are the Staff and Student procedures and policies we are putting in place to ensure everyone's health and safety. To download the Student Reopening Policy, please click here. To download the Staff Reopening Procedures and Policies, p...
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Our Planned Reopening and Safety Procedures with Our Sanctuary Renovation Schedule

The Governor’s Office has issued “Reopening Pennsylvania”, a segmented planned roll-out of soft openings by region. Our parish falls in the designated area as “Wave One, Group C” which tentatively places a safer opening on or after, May 18th, 2020 at 7:00am. We have decided to renovate our Sanctuary to provide a safer worship experience before we open. The document below outlines our plan for reopening. Please note that we will adjust these timelines based on the most current advice to ensure pu...
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An Update from Father Jim, May 5th 2020

Dear Friends: My hope is this message finds you all well! We are looking forward to the day when we can meet and worship in person again. Until then, we continue to work hard for your, our parishioners and to provide you with a quality worship experience, even from afar, and our neighbors who are suffering on the streets. Currently, we are participating in giving Tuesday now, a global day of giving in unity taking place today, May 5th, so that we can be part of the response to the unpreced...
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April 30th, 2020 Update – Life (As We Knew It) May Not Be Coming Back Anytime Soon, But Don’t Fret…We Got This!

We realize that our life as a Catholic Parish isn’t coming back anytime soon; at least not the way we thought, perhaps even hoped; at least not exactly like it was before this pandemic. Therefore, we have been actively moving along to adapt. Virtual-Worship and Gatherings have been our new way of life and we have found that God is using this for the good! So, while we will come back to in-person gatherings one day, we will also use the literal gifts we have learned from this time of hiatus, to m...
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An Update from Father Jim, April 27th 2020

Dear Friends, In times of trouble and in times of joy, I pray. It is often in the darkest hours that I most strongly feel the power of prayer. I hope you find comfort in prayer too. I know prayer works; that is why I share the first image with you here! It is from my desk as I write thank you cards to those of you who gave so generously! I am grateful. God is grateful. Saint Miriam survives because of you! Prayer fuels our hearts and minds. It helps us to grow stronger in our faith, more u...
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Come & Explore Our Campus!

During this pandemic, our beautiful campus is open to you every day during daylight hours! Explore our 12+ acres of peaceful contemplation, historic cemetery, and life-sized statues of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Francis with his Friends, and the Beggar Christ at our main entry. Practice social distancing while enjoying fresh air, walking in solitude or taking a jog along our Upper and Lower Roads. Please remember to bring your leashed pets too! Everyone is welcome!     h...
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Update from Father Jim – April 22nd, 2020

Dear Friends: So Shines Another Good Deed! While much of the world has stopped, our mission at Saint Miriam will not be placed on pause. That’s why we have been in 8 newspapers (like the Times Herald https://www.timesherald.com/news/coronavirus/carsafe-project-and-blessing-bags-help-homeless-survive/article_05ab0e56-fa2c-58db-8851-5bf1b4cde397.html ) in the last few weeks and last night and this morning we got even more press at Fox 29 News! We were featured on Bill Anderson’s For Goodness...
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Update from Msgr Jim – April 20th, 2020

Dear Friends of Saint Miriam, Before you view my quick update video, I wanted to write to you to let you know that this past week we have once again exceeded our goals, despite being hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are always working hard, even behind the scenes! Below is a short outline of what we have done. It’s amazing! Won’t you please consider making a donation today in order to help us continue? Together, we can reach our goals! Please visit www.mySaintMiriam.org/GIVE Our Masse...
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May Help! – Blessing Bag Outreach

Dear Friends! Thank you for your interest in helping us help others! Our award-winning programs support the most impoverished and marginalized groups by maintaining their dignity and providing support on many levels including: Blessing Bag Outreach - serving those experiencing homelessness in our streets with self-stable nutritional support “Blessing Bags” including brand new socks through Bombas, Inspyr, and Joy of Sox as well as Support Services Information and a hand-written or drawn no...
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An Easter Message of Hope: Do not be afraid!

Dear friends: He is risen! Indeed He is!! I wrote a message for Easter and since then we have done so much! Holy Week was beautiful and livestream and FM radio broadcast worked well! We had a virtual Easter Egg Hunt and folks got communion and reconciliation all this week with a safe drive through; we are so blessed! I’m grateful to all who helped me pull off an Upside Down Easter! And, I even managed to welcome in a new baby boy! Katelyn and I will share our son, Jameson Michael, with ...
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One Day Soon We Will All Be Back to Normal

Until then, why not take advantage of a great school virtually? Call today or take a virtual tour, schedule an in-person tour when we are able to begin in-person meetings, and receive a discount offer like no other! Also, learn about our year-round infant and daycare programs, as well as a new Summer Camp! We also updated our fall return-to-school schedules! Call or visit online today and discover why the region's only S.T.E.A.M.M. School is the most sought after learning program around for o...
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Virtual Lessons for Children Faith Formation (CFF)!

While you've been adjusting to your new normal at home, we've made a few adjustments here, too! During this respite of being able to gather together in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still working to educate the children of the parish! From reading lessons and activities to colorful hands-on activities, we provide a lively way for young children to experience the Gospel. Each week, seeds of growth from us to your home will help you teach your children the way they learn best: thr...
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Update from Msgr Jim – April 6th, 2020 – Holy Week Message

Dear Friends, Holy Week is upon us. 'Do not be troubled and trust in God still’, is a message we all need to hear at this time when so much around us seems confused and dark. I pray my video Message for Holy Week will allow us all to enter this solemn and beautiful week with a renewed sense of hope. In Service, Monsignor +Jim (more…)
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Update from Msgr. Jim – April 3, 2020 – We Did It: PowerPoints, Music and Palms, too!

How to Care for Saint Miriam, Virtually as We Care for You! First, The Music! Last night, we brought you the beautifully moving and LIVE Musical Stations of the Cross! 96 of you tuned in and 38 for the entire performance! Maria and Charlie were spectacular and thanks to Sean and Alan for helping me, too! Some viewers even wrote to say thank you: "So beautiful and inspiring. I was longing to be there in the pew. Thank you for doing this, Fr. Jim, Brother Sean, Maria, Charlie, and the host o...
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COVID-19 Update – Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Dear Families and Friends of Saint Miriam, If you are like me, you may be a bit tired of any message dealing with the Coronavirus outbreak. In recent days, my inbox has been flooded, and I have learned far more about companies and their polices than I would have ever thought; from SimpliSafe to Victoria’s Secrets! But, as much as we may all be a little weary, they are needed until we gain control of this pandemic. This is certainly a challenging time and we are all doing our best to make t...
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Coronavirus Update – Friday, March 13, 2020

3/13/2020 Dear Families, This is certainly a challenging time and it is with a heavy heart that I am writing today. As you are aware, we were closed today to effectuate a thorough and deep cleaning of our entire facilities. The school, parish, and offices have all been disinfected and prepared for your return. Our contracted crew accomplished that by 4:00PM, and while added an unplanned expense for us, they did so on time and with little notice; we are grateful. Then, our Governor made the...
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