A Video Update from Monsignor Jim – September 20, 2020

A Video Update from our Pastor, Monsignor Jim, on changes to our Mass requirements and upcoming events. Please note that Sunday fellowship will continue to be on hiatus pending a clearer path forward to do so safely. However, attendance allowances are being increased and safety measures maintained. CFF deadline is tomorrow! Please register by Monday September 20th at 5:00pm. Thank you for watching this important update. The Falls Retreat Center of Saint Miriam opens September 26th. https://yo...
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We’ve Got You – In Prayer, Thought, and in Hope

Our Strength has always relied on us being a community. That is why we created programs, small groups, and learning venues that go from in person to virtual and all options in between! From infant care to virtual learning through 8th grade, along with children's faith formation; we are in it together, just as we've always been. As you adjust to a temporary new normal – whether your child is in school, home learning or virtual – our prayers and unconditional support go with you. Whatever we...
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Update from Monsignor Jim – July 1, 2020

Dear Friends, As we now evaluate the reopening of our parish last Sunday, we find that we did so many things right and we are very proud! However, we also fell short for some of you with respect to comfort with seating reservations and virtual downloads. Therefore, to make things even easier - and safer - we have added an optional Seat Reservation System to our website’s homepage for every Mass as well as easy to find download links that include: RSVP for a Seat at Mass on Sundays PDF...
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Update from Monsignor Jim – June 30, 2020

Yesterday, I posted by latest weekly devotion, Franciscan Moments @ Saint Miriam. It was on prayer and intent. I was reminded of how important we are to each other and to the gift that God has given us in Saint Miriam. This past Sunday, we opened our doors for the first time publicly in almost 4 months. Think of it, almost 120 days since we last were able to open. Those who came were greeted by a beautiful new Sanctuary. So much has gone into it, so much planning, and so much invested; and so...
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A Special Message from Our Pastor, Monsignor Jim (June 18, 2020)

Dear Friends, Not so long ago, in 2018, an article appeared in the New Your Times that featured the Kensington section of Philadelphia. The article, entitled, "Trapped by the 'Walmart of Heroin': A Philadelphia neighborhood is the largest open-air narcotics market for heroin on the East Coast. Addicts come from all over, and many never leave" featured the haunting image of drug users under a bridge along Kensington Avenue. While we are all dealing with a pandemic, job changes, and family adju...
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An Exciting Update from Our Pastor, Monsignor Jim (June 8, 2020)

Dear Friends Well, it’s just about completed! Our new stunning Sanctuary space is absolutely amazing! We have a few last minute details to accomplish before we all return, but enjoy the video and see the vast amount of effort that went into this project! I pray you will be amazed and it will show you yet another promise kept! Please also sponsor your chairs today! We promised a new space with no capital campaign if we all sponsored one or two chairs. Many have already and we just surpassed...
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An Update from Our Pastor, Monsignor Jim (May 26, 2020)

Dear Friends, Another update is here! We are so excited to announce that we are ahead of schedule on the renovations of our beautiful Sanctuary, which is now on its way to being even more stunning! And, while I know there is some anxiety with respect to the pews, it was interesting that God led us to this planning well in advance of the COVID-19 Pandemic. This has afforded us the ability to reopen more safely. Despite us being ready earlier than projected, I still will be holding off on in-pe...
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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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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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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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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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