Announcements

14th Sunday after Pentecost

Announcements for Sunday, August 30, 2015

Priest: Rev. Fr. James Bartoloma

Mass Intention: Josephine Castiello (45th Anniversary) (RIP) req. by John Castiello

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Help Needed: Thanks to Steven Ball we have been given a pipe organ on loan for our use, which Fr. Kelley has given us permission to have placed in the church. Pertaining to the small Italian organ: It will be packed at the Cathedral and moved to St. Edmond's on the Friday, September 11th.

We need help loading & unloading the truck on Friday, September 11. I would like to request the assistance of at least 4 volunteers to meet at the Cathedral at approximately 9 AM to help load the organ there, and proceed to help unload the organ at St. Edmond's. My GUESS is that the total time commitment would be 4 hours. All other arrangements have been made, and there should be no further expense to the parish.

All volunteers are asked to email Fr. McKale at tlmcommunityofphila@gmail.com

Thank you in advance for your help.

 

Site Coordinator: The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has appointed Dr. John Lilley site coordinator of the TLM Community of Philadelphia at St. Edmond Church.

 

July Finances:

Income: $3,053.25 [July 5 $1,038; July 12 $559; July19 $389.25 & July 26 $1,067]

Expenses: $2,200 [Rent $400; Donation to Mater Ecclesiae $100; Music $1,200+direct sponsorship; Clergy $500]

Balance: $853.25

 

Mass Sponsorship: In response to an inquiry:  Anyone who wishes to sponsor a Mass at St. Edmond Church should contact Fr. McKale directly. To sponsor one of our regular Sunday Masses, Missa Cantata with organ & quartet, the donation is $1,000 - Solemn High $1,500.  It would need to be far in advance so that arrangements may be made. All monies would need to be given in one envelope with the total amount.

 

Available Mass Intentions as of August 30:

Thursday, September 24

Sundays, November 8, 15, 22, 29 & December 6, 13, 20 & 27

Upcoming Masses:

Sunday, September 20 Missa Cantata @ Noon at St. Edmond Church

Monday, September 21 through Friday, September 25 Low Mass @ 9am at Holy Redeemer Chinese Catholic Church (1/2 mile away from the Convention Center)

Thursday, September 24 Missa Cantata @ 7pm at Holy Redeemer in honor of Our Lady of Ransom

Saturday - No TLM scheduled

Sunday, September 27 - No TLM scheduled

 

Music Schedule:

 

September 13: Quartet a cappella (No organ) - Missa Octavii Toni   by  Orlando Di Lasso                                                Domine memorabor by  Nobuaki Izawa

September 20: Quartet a cappella (No organ) - Missa Quaturor Vocem  by   Domenico Scarlatti

September 25: Quartet a cappella (No organ) - Missa Aeterna Christi Munera Giovanni Pierluigi da                               Palestrina

 

E-Giving: A few people have asked me about E-giving. Please know that on www.latinmassphila.org there is a PayPal button on the right side of the home page. You can make one-time donations or you can set up a monthly donation through a credit card. If you prefer, you can always mail a check to my rectory in Doylestown.

Registration: It is important that if you are new that you fill out a registration form. Also, you can sign up for e-mail bulletins at www.latinmassphila.org If you did not receive notification of the move to St. Edmond via postcard and e-mail, that means that I do not have one or the other part of your contact information. If forms are not out, please see Theresa Herr or one of the servers.

Website: www.latinmassphila.org

International Institute for Culture: Check out upcoming events at http://www.iiculture.org/aboutus.asp

Relics on Tour: The relics of St. Maria Goretti are on tour. For more information, please see http://mariagoretti.com/tour-schedule-3/    for location dates and times. They are presently scheduled to be in our area in September 2015.

Events: If anyone has pertinent information that would be appropriate for our bulletin, please e-mail it to Fr. McKale @ tlmcommunityofphila@gmail.com.

Mass Intentions: If anyone still has unfulfilled Mass intentions, Fr. McKale can pass them on to a priest that will satisfy the intention by offering a TLM or Divine Liturgy (Byzantine). Please specify if you have a preference. The donation is $10. If you would like a Mass card, please include an extra $5 for the card. We are presently out of Mass cards; they should be at St. Edmond's by Labor Day weekend.

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6th Sunday after Pentecost

Announcements for Sunday, July 5, 2015

Priest: Rev. Fr. Gerald Carey

Mass Intention: William Canfield (Living)    req. by Clara Tamashunas

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Upcoming TLM: At the Carmelite Monastery, located at 1400 66th Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19126, a Missa Cantata (High Mass) will be offered on Sunday, July 12 as part of the Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel (July 8 - 16). Rosary & Litany will be at 6:45pm and Mass at 7:30pm.

Registration: It is important that if you are new that you fill out a registration form. Also, you can sign up for e-mail bulletins at www.latinmassphila.org If you did not receive notification of the move to St. Edmond via postcard and e-mail, that means that I do not have one or the other part of your contact information. If forms are not out, please see Theresa Herr or one of the servers.

Finances:

May 2015

Income: $3752.50 May 3:$787; May 10:$773; May 17:$519; May 24:$1021;                                                       May 31:$652.50

Expenses: $3168.00 Music:$1525 (+ direct sponsorship); Rent:$500; Ascension                                                    Mass $400; Clergy $675; Moving Expense $68 for stamps

Balance Forward: $584.50***

June 2015

Income: $3267 June 7:$1561*; June 14:$623; June 21:$595; June28:$488

Expenses:$1925.30 Music:$800**(+direct sponsorship); Clergy:$525; Rent:$400;                                            Liturgical Supplies:$104.80; Moving Expenses:$95.50

Balance:$1341.70***

*Promise me this much every week and we could well afford the quartet :-)

** Music expenses were lower not by design but because some musicians were not available two weeks.   We hope to avoid this in the future.

*** It is very heartening to see us not in the red these past two months. Thank you for your support and dedication.

 

Assigned Intentions are listed here; please check the spelling of names.  If they are incorrect, please e-mail Fr. McKale at tlmcommunityofphila@gmail.com. If the date is not what you requested, it is because it was already taken. In the future, please place contact information on the Mass Intention envelope, preferably an e-mail address.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

7th Sunday after Pentecost

Zofia Zabrowarna (RIP)

Andrew Perrong

Sunday, July 19, 2015

8th Sunday after Pentecost

Intentions of the Confraternity of St. Peter

Michael Z. Ladson

Sunday, July 26, 2015

9th Sunday after Pentecost

All Deceased Law Enforcement Officers

Michael Fiocca

Sunday, August 2, 2015

10th Sunday after Pentecost

Leo & Agnes Burrows (Deceased)

Mary Uhlman

Sunday, August 9, 2015

11th Sunday after Pentecost

Rustom Ghandhi (RIP)

Christopher & Meredith Iwane

Friday, August 14, 2015

Assumption

Mater Ecclesiae

Mater Ecclesiae

Sunday, August 16, 2015

12th Sunday after Pentecost

Dee, Connie, Fran, Augie (Living)

John A. Laurito

Sunday, August 23, 2015

13th Sunday after Pentecost

Angie Laurito (RIP)

John A. Laurito

Sunday, August 30, 2015

14th Sunday after Pentecost

Josephine Castiello (45th Anniversary) (RIP)

John Castiello

 

 

 

 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

15th Sunday after Pentecost

Mary Grace Pagano

Anthony Corvaia, Jr.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

16th Sunday after Pentecost

Mrs. Margaret Brill

John A. Laurito

Sunday, September 20, 2015

17th Sunday after Pentecost

Michael, Lisa, Flora, Haly Brill (Living)

John A. Laurito

Monday, September 21, 2015

Feast of St. Matthew

Anthony, Angie, MaryAnn Laurito (Living)

John A. Laurito

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Feast of St. Thomas of Villanova

Dee, Connie, Fran, Augie (Living)

John A. Laurito

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Ember Wednesday/St. Linus

Pasqua Schittone (RIP)

Pasqua

 

Available Mass Intentions: Please write legibly & include e-mail or telephone number (as of June 28, 2015).

Thursday, September 24, 2015 (9am),

Thursday, September 24, 2015 (7pm),

Friday, September 25, 2015,

Website: www.latinmassphila.org

International Institute for Culture: Check out upcoming events at http://www.iiculture.org/aboutus.asp

Events: If anyone has pertinent information that would be appropriate for our bulletin, please e-mail it to Fr. McKale @ tlmcommunityofphila@gmail.com.

Mass Intentions: If anyone still has unfulfilled Mass intentions, Fr. McKale can pass them on to a priest that will satisfy the intention by offering a TLM or Divine Liturgy (Byzantine). Please specify if you have a preference. The donation is $10. If you would like a Mass card, please include an extra $5 for the card. Mass cards should be in the back of Church.

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If you or people you know are attending the World Meeting of Families, please pass this information on to them.

 

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES TLM SCHEDULE

 

Sunday, September 20 Missa Cantata @ Noon at St. Edmond Church

Monday, Sept. 21 --- through Friday, Sept 25   ---  Low Mass @ 9am at Holy Redeemer Chinese Catholic Church (1/2 mile away from the Convention Center)

Thursday, September 24 Missa Cantata @ 7pm at Holy Redeemer in honor of Our Lady of Ransom

Saturday - No TLM scheduled

Sunday, September 27 Missa Cantata @ Noon @ St. Edmond Church

 

                        For other locations, please visit www.latinmassphila.org





5th Sunday after Pentecost

Announcements for Sunday, June 28, 2015

Priest: Rev. Fr. Harold McKale

Mass Intention: Mr. & Mrs. Fran Ciociola (Living)     req. by John A. Laurito

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Reminder: Please remember to write checks out to: Traditional Latin Mass Community of Philadelphia or TLM Community.  Also, if you do not yet receive the newsletter e-mail, you can sign up on www.latinmassphila.org and click on the top menu under Contact.  Thanks, Fr. McKale.

Upcoming TLM: At the Carmelite Monastery, located at 1400 66th Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19126, a Missa Cantata (High Mass) will be offered on Sunday, July 12 as part of the Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel (July 8 - 16). Rosary & Litany will be at 6:45pm and Mass at 7:30pm.

Available Mass Intentions: Please write legibly & include e-mail or telephone number (as of last week).

Sunday, August 16, 2015, Sunday, August 30, 2015,

Sunday, September 6, 2015, Sunday, Sunday, September 20, 2015,

Monday, September 21, 2015, Tuesday, September 22, 2015,

Wednesday, September 23, 2015, Thursday, September 24, 2015 (9am),

Thursday, September 24, 2015 (7pm), Friday, September 25, 2015,

New Mailing address:

Please do not send anything to Fr. McKale at Nativity BVM anymore. Please send all correspondence to him at OLMC Rectory, 235 E. State St., Doylestown 18901-4770. To contact Fr. McKale via e-mail for anything pertaining to the TLM, please use tlmcommunityofphila@gmail.com.

Also, please do not send anything to Fr. Kulczynski at Maternity BVM anymore. Please send correspondence to him at Holy Martyrs Rectory, 120 Allison Rd., Oreland 19075-1896. Thank you.

Welcome to St. Edmond Church

For your information:

To get to the restroom, one enters the door to the right of St Joseph's altar (there is a sign that says restroom), and proceed through the wooden door. The restroom is on the LEFT.

The parking lot is behind the rectory, and the rectory is attached to the back of the Church. We can use the reserved spaces if necessary.

At St. Edmond Church, there is a ramp for use by anyone who has difficulty with steps. It is on the east side (observer's left).

There is no rail, so we will be using the modesty panel in the front. Please look to the ushers for direction.

Please be patient as we all adjust to our new home.

Website: www.latinmassphila.org

International Institute for Culture: Check out upcoming events at http://www.iiculture.org/aboutus.asp

Events: If anyone has pertinent information that would be appropriate for our bulletin, please e-mail it to Fr. McKale @ tlmcommunityofphila@gmail.com.

Mass Intentions: If anyone still has unfulfilled Mass intentions, Fr. McKale can pass them on to a priest that will satisfy the intention by offering a TLM or Divine Liturgy (Byzantine). Please specify if you have a preference. The donation is $10. If you would like a Mass card, please include an extra $5 for the card. Mass cards should be in the back of Church.

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If you or people you know are attending the World Meeting of Families, please pass this information on to them.



WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES TLM SCHEDULE


Sunday, September 20 Missa Cantata @ Noon at St. Edmond Church

Monday, September 21 through Friday, September 25 Low Mass @ 9am at Holy Redeemer Chinese Catholic Church (1/2 mile away from the Convention Center)

Thursday, September 24 Missa Cantata @ 7pm at Holy Redeemer in honor of Our Lady of Ransom

Saturday - No TLM scheduled

Sunday, September 27 Missa Cantata @ Noon @ St. Edmond Church

                        For other locations, please visit www.latinmassphila.org



5th Sunday after Easter

Announcements for Sunday, May 10, 2015

Priest: Rev. Fr. Harold McKale

Mass Intention: Gloria Wingel req. byMr. & Mrs. Brian Brown

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May is Mary's Month; let us not forget our Queen and our Mother.

First Holy Communion: Elizabeth Rose Rintye will make her First Holy Communion today.

Upcoming TLM: Solemn High Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul on Ascension Thursday, May 14 at 7pm. It is a holy day of obligation.

Sung Vespers: As was mentioned last week, St. Mary's Student Schola from Norwalk, CT will sing (Tridentine) Vespers on Saturday evening at 4pm in Holy Trinity Church. The doors will be open at 3:15pm. Sung vespers takes about 40 minutes. Mr. Corvaia is working on attaining parking relaxation for us. If you wish to see their website, it is http://www.stmarynorwalk.net/music/

Internet Presence: Because of our move, all websites tied to Holy Trinity will be completely shut down by the beginning of the fiscal year, July 1, 2015. Our official website, facebook, blog, etc will be tied to www.latinmassphila.org. For the most up-to-date information, please consult there. Fr. Jason Kulczynski and Mr. Nicholas Bianco maintain these sites.

Finances April 2015:

Collections / Expenses

Holy Thursday $435.00  / $890.00

Good Friday $401.00  / $890.00

Holy Saturday $679.00  / $865.00

Easter Sunday $1,715.00  / $1,040.00

April 12, 2015 $721.00  / $325.00

April 19, 2015 $668.00  / $625.00

April 26, 2015 $544.00  / $650.00

Total $5,163.00  / $5,285.00

Balance -$122.00

A couple of things:

Expenses are the standard ones: Rent, musicians, supplies, priest and sacristan stipends as well as administrative fees. There was an extra administrative cost for the newspaper ads for Holy Week, about $375. Overall, the deficit is going in the right direction, and if you do not include the Triduum, we would be in the black for this month. Because of the added expense of the Solemn Mass for the Ascension, there may be a slight deficit in May 2015. It is my hope and expectation that our finances will improve and that we will be without a deficit by the end of June of this year. On many fronts, I see light at the end of the tunnel. Let's keep working together. Fr. McKale

International Institute for Culture: Check out upcoming events at http://www.iiculture.org/aboutus.asp

Events: If anyone has pertinent information that would be appropriate for our bulletin, please e-mail it to Fr. McKale @ frmckalenativitybvm@gmail.com.

Available Mass Intentions: None at present.

Mass Intentions: If anyone still has unfulfilled Mass intentions, Fr. McKale can pass them on to a priest that will satisfy the intention by offering a TLM or Divine Liturgy (Byzantine). Please specify if you have a preference. The donation is $10. If you would like a Mass card, please include an extra $5 for the card. Mass cards should be in the back of Church.

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If you or people you know are attending the World Meeting of Families, please pass this information on to them.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES TLM SCHEDULE

Sunday, September 20 Missa Cantata @ 12:00 Noon at St. Edmond Church, located at 21st Street & Snyder Avenue in South Philadelphia.

Monday, September 21 through Friday, September 25 Low Mass @ 9:00 am at Holy Redeemer Chinese Catholic Church (1/2 mile away from the Convention Center - No On-Site Parking during these days)

Thursday, September 24 Missa Cantata @ 7:00 pm at Holy Redeemer in honor of Our Lady of Ransom

Saturday - No TLM scheduled

Sunday, September 27 Missa Cantata @ 12:00 Noon @ St. Edmond Church

For other locations, please visit www.latinmassphila.org

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We are moving..... Please join us  Beginning June 7, 2015 at

St. Edmond Church

21st Street and Snyder Avenue

Philadelphia, PA

Join us on June 7th for Mass & Procession in honor of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Until May 31, 2015

at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church

6th and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia PA



Important Message from Rev. Fr. Harold McKale

Sunday, May 3, 2015

I have what I believe is good news to share with you today. As I stated back in July when I took over the administrative responsibilities from Fr. Ron Check, I mentioned how important the Latin Mass is to me and that I would do everything in my power to promote and strengthen its presence for you in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Back in July 2014, Fr. Check was considering a move. I also believe that it is in our best interest for a variety of reasons such as an ability to use all liturgical options, improve parking availability and have access to facilities for social and other events before or after Mass.

It pleases me to announce that a new home has been found for us. Now no place is perfect, and each has its positive aspects as well as challenges. It is my firm belief that this move is in the best interest of our long-term growth, So I offer the negatives first then the positives:

- First, our new home does not have a pipe organ; it has an Allen organ; nonetheless, our Music Director, Steven Ball assures me that he can still provide the level of music to which we are all accustomed.

- Secondly, the sanctuary has been changed in the wake of Vatican II; nonetheless, the altar is very beautiful; it is marble and has a praedella for the priest, and has a very workable sanctuary.

On the positive side:

- We would have the ability to make full use of the liturgical options provided by the Church.

- The church has its own parking lot.

- Like Holy Trinity, the church is very fine looking inside and out. It was once known as the Cathedral of South Philadelphia. There is an area which we can utilize for socials and other events.

Here is the plan: I have already spoken to Msgr. DiGirolamo, thanking him for his gracious hospitality these past two years.

It is my intention to send out postcards to anyone for whom I have an address as well as an e-mail.

Our last Mass at Holy Trinity Church will be Sunday, May 31. We will be moving that week, which I leave to John Lilley to coordinate and I am certain he will need your assistance.

On Sunday, June 7, the Feast of the External Solemnity of Corpus Christi, I hope you will join us at St. Edmond Church at 21st & Snyder. Fr. Bartoloma will have the privilege of offering our first Mass there. It is a worship site of St. Monica Parish; the pastor is Fr. Joseph Kelley, and he is very excited to receive us.

May God bless you.


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4th Sunday after Easter

Announcements for Sunday, May 3, 2015

Priest: Rev. Fr. Harold McKale

Mass Intention: Florence Gibajlo req. byPeter W. Frey


May is Mary's Month; let us not forget her. 

Archdiocesan May Procession: TODAY, Sunday, May 3, 2015 – 2 PM

This is a prelude to the World Meeting of Families. The procession begins with the Liturgy of the Word at the Cathedral followed by an outdoor procession, rosary and crowing of Our Blessed Mother. A family will be chosen to crown Mary, rather than a May Queen in light of the upcoming World Meeting of Families.

First Holy Communion: Elizabeth Rose Rintye will make her First Holy Communion next Sunday, May 10 at the noon Mass.

Upcoming TLM: Solemn High Mass At Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul on Ascension Thursday, May 14 at 7pm. It is a holy day of obligation.

International Institute for Culture: Check out upcoming events at http://www.iiculture.org/aboutus.asp

Events: If anyone has pertinent information that would be appropriate for our bulletin, please e-mail it to Fr. McKale @ frmckalenativitybvm@gmail.com .

Available Mass Intentions: None at present.

Mass Intentions: If anyone still has unfulfilled Mass intentions, Fr. McKale can pass them on to a priest that will satisfy the intention by offering a TLM or Divine Liturgy (Byzantine). Please specify if you have a preference. The donation is $10. If you would like a Mass card, please include an extra $5 for the card. Mass cards should be in the back of Church.

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3rd Sunday after Easter

Announcements for Sunday, April 26, 2015

Priest: Rev. Fr. Gerald Carey

Mass Intention: Josh Burchel (Living) req. by Mark Matthews

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Social TODAY after Mass in the narthex of the Church immediately following Mass.

Prayers requested: Steve Miola has died. Please keep the happy repose of his soul and the consolation of Paula, his widow, in your prayers. Requiescat in pace.

TLM Links: You may remember a while back that it was mentioned by me that a link would be attached to the Archdiocesan website for the Latin Mass in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. You can access it at www.archphila.org click on Office for Divine Worship under the Archdiocese Menu or you can go directly to the Office for Divine Worship http://www.odwphiladelphia.org/ Once at the Office for Divine Worship, the link is under Sacred Liturgy. Deo Gratias.

Upcoming TLM: Solemn High Mass At Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul on Ascension Thursday, May 14 at 7pm.

International Institute for Culture: Check out upcoming events at http://www.iiculture.org/aboutus.asp

Archdiocesan May Procession: Sunday, May 3, 2015 – 2 PM

This is a prelude to the World Meeting of Families. The procession begins with the Liturgy of the Word at the Cathedral followed by an outdoor procession, rosary and crowing of Our Blessed Mother. A family will be chosen to crown Mary, rather than a May Queen in light of the upcoming World Meeting of Families.

Events: If anyone has pertinent information that would be appropriate for our bulletin, please e-mail it to Fr. McKale @ frmckalenativitybvm@gmail.com .

Available Mass Intentions: None at present.

Mass Intentions: If anyone still has unfulfilled Mass intentions, Fr. McKale can pass them on to a priest that will satisfy the intention by offering a TLM or Divine Liturgy (Byzantine). Please specify if you have a preference. The donation is $10. If you would like a Mass card, please include an extra $5 for the card. Mass cards should be in the back of Church.


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2nd Sunday after Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday)

Announcements for Sunday, April 19, 2015

Priest: Rev. Fr. Jason Kulczynski

Mass Intention: Michael, Jennie & Joseph Lomazzo req. by Raymond LaPalme


Upcoming TLM: Solemn High Mass At Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul on Ascension Thursday, May 14 at 7pm.

Events: If anyone has pertinent information that would be appropriate for our bulletin, please e-mail it to Fr. McKale @ frmckalenativitybvm@gmail.com .

Available Mass Intentions: None at present.

Mass Intentions: If anyone still has unfulfilled Mass intentions, Fr. McKale can pass them on to a priest that will satisfy the intention by offering a TLM or Divine Liturgy (Byzantine). Please specify if you have a preference. The donation is $10. If you would like a Mass card, please include an extra $5 for the card. Mass cards should be in the back of Church.


Social after Mass: There will be an informal social in the vestibule after Mass on Sunday, April 26

This is a good opportunity to get to know one another better.

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Low Sunday

Announcements for Sunday, April 12, 2015

Priest: Rev. Fr. James Bartoloma

Mass Intention: Happy repose of the soul of Marie P. Iannacone req. by John Castiello


NOTICE: Tell them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous, ready to share, thus accumulating as treasure a good foundation for the future, so as to win the life that is true life. (1Timothy 18-19)

Meredith and Christopher Iwane would like to invite you to come and meet fellow HTC attendees and to discuss organizing future HTC social events and charitable works. If you have ideas for how to increase attendance to HTC, or want to suggest charitable works we can support as a group, or just want to meet your fellow Catholic, please join us at the Iwane home (1004 East Passyunk Ave.) after Mass on Sunday, April 12th. Light refreshments will be provided.

Upcoming Baptism: Kevin Christy will receive the Sacraments of Initiation this Saturday, April 18 at 9am. Please keep him in your prayers. Also, note that he is the second convert this year.

March Finances:

Income: 3/1, $695; 3/8, $658; 3/15, $1,044; 3/22, $677 & 3/29, $859

Expenses: Music $3,000 Rent, Clergy & Administrative $1,635

Total Income $3,933 Total Expense $4,635 Deficit $(933)

N.B. We have ended the choral music season early. Easter Sunday was the last for this season with the exception of a couple of future dates.

Thank you: Thank you to Heather Squire who baked us all some Easter treats for Easter Sunday.

Help Needed: We could use more ushers to assist with the collection, keeping order in the back of church and distributing Mass programs and booklets. Please see Tony Corvaia in the back of Church.

Upcoming TLM: Solemn High Mass At Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul on Ascension Thursday, May 14 at 7pm.

Events: If anyone has pertinent information that would be appropriate for our bulletin, please e-mail it to Fr. McKale @ frmckalenativitybvm@gmail.com .

Available Mass Intentions: None at present.

Mass Intentions: If anyone still has unfulfilled Mass intentions, Fr. McKale can pass them on to a priest that will satisfy the intention by offering a TLM or Divine Liturgy (Byzantine). Please specify if you have a preference. The donation is $10. If you would like a Mass card, please include an extra $5 for the card.

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EASTER SUNDAY

Announcements for Sunday, April 5, 2015

Priest: Rev. Fr. Harold McKale

Mass Intention: Easter Memorials


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Many Thanks: Our sincere gratitude goes to: (a) To John Lilley, Larry Reilly and all the MCs, servers and those who assisted with so many details both seen and unseen; (b) To Steven Ball and the Quartet for providing with such beautiful music; (c) To Tony Corvaia and the Ushers; (d) To Nicholas Bianco for taking photographs, videos and web design/internet work; (e) To John Lilley for bulletin work and design. (f) To Chris & Meredith Iwane who opened their home to us for socials as well as to Theresa Herr & others who are planning a Post-Easter social. Without you and so many other volunteers and supporters this great work of God would be exceedingly difficult if not impossible. Thank you to everyone who participated in our Liturgies during the Sacred Triduum and for your continued presence and support throughout the year.

Lastly, THANK YOU to all those who have sent me Easter cards & greetings. Fr. McKale.

Help Needed: We could use more ushers to assist with the collection, keeping order in the back of church and distributing Mass programs and booklets. Please see Tony Corvaia in the back of Church.

NOTICE: Tell them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous, ready to share, thus accumulating as treasure a good foundation for the future, so as to win the life that is true life. (1Timothy 18-19)

Meredith and Christopher Iwane would like to invite you to come and meet fellow HTC attendees and to discuss organizing future HTC social events and charitable works. If you have ideas for how to increase attendance to HTC, or want to suggest charitable works we can support as a group, or just want to meet your fellow Catholic, please join us at the Iwane home (1004 East Passyunk Ave.) after Mass on Sunday, April 12th. Light refreshments will be provided.

Internalional Institute for Culture: The Truth About Pope Pius XII & the Jews During WWII: In 1999, a British journalist named John Cornwell published a book entitled "Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII," in which he spuriously claimed that the Pope who led the Church through the troubling period of the Second World War harbored anti-Semitic sentiments and failed to do enough to defend the Jews of Europe from the Nazis. Our lecturer, Professor Rychlak, responded to these criticisms with his own book the following year, "Hitler, the War and the Pope," in which he debunks Cornwell's trumped up case against Pope Pius XII through documentary research that the previous book either overlooked, ignored, or distorted.

Professor Ronald Rychlak is an advisor to the Holy Sees delegation to the United Nations and a member of the Mississippi Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. He is on the committee appointed by the Mississippi Supreme Court to revise the states criminal code, and he serves on the editorial board of The Gaming Law Review. He is also on Advisory Boards for the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, Ave Maria School of Law, and the International Solidarity and Human Rights Institute. In 2006 the Society of Catholic Social Scientists awarded him the Blessed Frederic Ozanam Award for Social Action, and in 2007 he was an honoree at the U.S. Holocaust Museum for his work on inter-faith dialogue.

SUGGESTED DONATION: General Admission: $25.00/each

Ivy Hall - International Institute for Culture, 6331 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19151, Email: info@iiCulture.org -- www.iiCulture.org, 215-877-9910

Available Mass Intentions:

Upcoming TLMs: For a complete list, go to www.latinmassphila.org


Low Mass (Missa Lecta) At Nativity BVM, on Saturday, April 11 at Noon.

Solemn High Mass At Cathedral on Ascension Thursday, May 14 at 7pm.

Events: If anyone has pertinent information that would be appropriate for our bulletin, please e-mail it to Fr. McKale @ frmckalenativitybvm@gmail.com .

Mass Intentions: If anyone still has unfulfilled Mass intentions, Fr. McKale can pass them on to a priest that will satisfy the intention by offering a TLM or Divine Liturgy (Byzantine). Please specify if you have a preference. The donation is $10. If you would like a Mass card, please include an extra $5 for the card.






Palm Sunday

Announcements for Sunday, March 29, 2015

Priest: Rev. Fr. Ron Check

Mass Intention: For the happy repose of Mrs. Sunny Castiello req. by Dr. Robert Carballo & Mr. Juan Gonzalez

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Holy Week Schedule:

Palm Sunday  12:00 Noon, Fr. Check;

 Holy Thursday 7:00 pm, Fr. McKale;

  Good Friday 5:00 pm, Fr. McKale;

Holy Saturday 5:00pm, Fr. Kulczynski

Easter Sunday  12:00 Noon, Fr. McKale.


Look for our ads: Running in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Friday, March 27 & Wednesday, April 1.


Holy Week Parking: Parking relaxation has been granted on THE EAST SIDE OF 6TH STREET, FROM SOUTH WASHINGTON SQUARE TO PINE STREET & THE NORTH SIDE OF SPRUCE STREET, FROM 5TH TO 7TH STREETS on Holy Thursday from 6pm to 10pm, on Good Friday & Holy Saturday from 4pm to 9pm.



The IMAGE of the SCOURGED CHRIST

Come to see the Pilgrim Statue of the Scourged Christ. This compelling statue will bring home the great suffering of Christ's Passion and will assist you to meditate upon the great cost of our salvation. It is a beautiful work of art that moves the heart to sorrow for sin and can only draw us to love Our Lord more.

The statue is on display at St. Paul Church located at 923 Christian St., Philadelphia, PA 19147. Times are about a half hour before Mass. The mass schedule is Monday to Thursday 7:30am Mass, Saturday 8am Mass, Anticipated Mass on Saturday 5pm, & Sunday 8am & 12pm.

Large groups can arrange other times by calling the Rectory office 215-923-0355 .


Lenten meditations: Meditations taken from St. Alphonsus de Liguori: www.religiousbookshelf.com Another good site is : www.liturgialatina.org


Cathedral Concerts: Mother's Day, May 10 from 3pm until 5pm. Join the choirs of the Historic Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul as they present their 4th Annual Marian Concert. This concert, honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary, will feature works by prominent composers such as Howells, Bruckner, Bach, Tallis, Gounod, and Lotti. This concert is a free-will offering concert.


Help Needed at Mass: We could use more ushers to assist with the collection, keeping order in the back of church and distributing Mass programs and booklets. Please see Tony Corvaia in the back of Church.


Available Mass Intentions: As of March 21 :   May 17, 24 & 31; June 14, 21 & 28   are available


Events: If anyone has pertinent information that would be appropriate for our bulletin, please e-mail it to Fr. McKale @ frmckalenativitybvm@gmail.com .


Mass Intentions: If anyone still has unfulfilled Mass intentions, Fr. McKale can pass them on to a priest that will satisfy the intention by offering a TLM or Divine Liturgy (Byzantine). Please specify if you have a preference. The donation is $10. If you would like a Mass card, please include an extra $5 for the card.


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Passion  Sunday

Announcements for Sunday, March 22, 2015

Priest: Rev. Fr. Gerald Carey

Mass Intention: Special Intention

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SCOURGED CHRIST

Come to see the Pilgrim Statue of the Scourged Christ. This compelling statue will bring home the great suffering of Christ's Passion and will assist you to meditate upon the great cost of our salvation. It is a beautiful work of art that moves the heart to sorrow for sin and can only draw us to love Our Lord more.

The statue is on display at St. Paul Church located at 923 Christian St., Philadelphia, PA 19147. Times are about a half hour before Mass. The mass schedule is Monday to Thursday 7:30am Mass, Saturday 8am Mass, Anticipated Mass on Saturday 5pm, & Sunday 8am & 12pm.

Large groups can arrange other times by calling the Rectory office 215-923-0355 .

Help Needed: We could use more ushers to assist with the collection,  keeping order in the back of church and distributing Mass programs and booklets. Please see Tony Corvaia in the back of Church.

Available Mass Intentions: As of March 21 : May 17, 24 & 31; June 14, 21 & 28.

Look for our ads: Running in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Friday, March 27 & Wednesday, April 1.

Upcoming TLMs:

Solemn High Mass for the Annunciation on March 25 at 7PM in St. Mary Church, 40 Spring Mount Road, Schwenksville, PA

Stump the Priest: Young adults ( ages 18-35 ) ask priests any question you wish. Visit http://www.phillyevang.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/StumpThePriest_Flyer.pdf to submit anonymous questions. Wednesday, March 25 .

Easter Flowers: Easter Flower Envelopes are available. Please turn them in as soon as possible.  Thank you.

Holy Week Parking: Parking relaxation has been granted on THE EAST SIDE OF 6TH STREET, FROM SOUTH WASHINGTON SQUARE TO PINE STREET & THE NORTH SIDE OF SPRUCE STREET, FROM 5TH TO 7TH STREETS on Holy Thursday from 6pm to 10pm,  on Good Friday & Holy Saturday from 4pm to 9pm.

Holy Week Schedule: Palm Sunday Noon, Holy Thursday 7pm, Good Friday 5pm, Holy Saturday 5pm & Easter Sunday Noon.

Lenten meditations: Meditations taken from St. Alphonsus de Liguori: www.religiousbookshelf.com Another good site is : www.liturgialatina.org

Sacrament of Penance: Beginning this week, the Cathedral Parish will offer the Sacrament of Penance each Wednesday evening beginning at 7:00 p.m. for the duration of the Lenten Season in addition to other scheduled times. Likewise, individual parishes throughout the Archdiocese may have alternative dates and times for this Sacrament in addition to already scheduled times. The value of making a good Confession cannot be underestimated.

Events: If anyone has pertinent information that would be appropriate for our bulletin, please e-mail it to Fr. McKale @ frmckalenativitybvm@gmail.com .

Mass Intentions: If anyone still has unfulfilled Mass intentions, Fr. McKale can pass them on to a priest that will satisfy the intention by offering a TLM or Divine Liturgy (Byzantine). Please specify if you have a preference. The donation is $10. If you would like a Mass card, please include an extra $5 for the card.

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Laetare Sunday

Announcements for Sunday, March 15, 201

Priest: Rev. Fr. Harold B. McKale


Mass Intention: Karen Nilsen (Living) req. byAlison Britton

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Upcoming TLMs:

March 17, 2015, Ferial of Lent w/ commemoration of St. Patrick, Low Mass w/ hymns at 7pm in the Upper Church of Nativity BVM Church, 2535 E. Allegheny Ave. Phila, PA 19134.

March 19 at 7PM  - Solemn High Mass for the Feast of St. Joseph at St. Joseph Church, 500 Woodlawn Ave., Collingdale, PA

March 25 at 7PM  - Solemn High Mass for the Annunciation   at St. Mary Church, 40 Spring Mount Road, Schwenksville, PA


Stump the Priest: Young adults ( ages 18-35 ) ask priests any question you wish. Visit http://www.phillyevang.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/StumpThePriest_Flyer.pdf to submit anonymous questions.

Easter Flowers: Easter Flower Envelopes are available. Please turn them in as soon as possible. Thank you.

Holy Week Parking: Parking relaxation has been granted on THE EAST SIDE OF 6TH STREET, FROM SOUTH WASHINGTON SQUARE TO PINE STREET & THE NORTH SIDE OF SPRUCE STREET, FROM 5TH TO 7TH STREETS on Holy Thursday from 6pm to 10pm, on Good Friday & Holy Saturday from 4pm to 9pm.

Holy Week Schedule: Palm Sunday Noon, Holy Thursday 7pm, Good Friday 5pm, Holy Saturday 5pm & Easter Sunday Noon.

Lenten meditations: Meditations taken from St. Alphonsus de Liguori: www.religiousbookshelf.com Another good site is : www.liturgialatina.org

Sacrament of Penance: Beginning this week, the Cathedral Parish will offer the Sacrament of Penance each Wednesday evening beginning at 7:00 p.m. for the duration of the Lenten Season in addition to other scheduled times. Likewise, individual parishes throughout the Archdiocese may have alternative dates and times for this Sacrament in addition to already scheduled times. The value of making a good Confession cannot be underestimated.


22nd Annual Marian Day: The Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary Legion of Mary invites all to the 22nd Annual MARIAN DAY on Saturday, March 21 from 9:00 4:00pm. Fr. Frederick Miller (from the College Seminary of the Immaculate Conception at St. Andrew’s Hall) will present "Saint Louis Marie de Montfort: Priest and Preacher of The True Devotion to Mary." The day includes a morning and afternoon presentation, Mass, lunch and an afternoon Holy Hour. The event will be held at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood. The cost is only $10. For more information or to RSVP visit www.scs.edu or call (610) 785 6270.


Events: If anyone has pertinent information that would be appropriate for our bulletin, please e-mail it to Fr. McKale @ frmckalenativitybvm@gmail.com .

Mass Intentions: If anyone still has unfulfilled Mass intentions, Fr. McKale can pass them on to a priest that will satisfy the intention by offering a TLM or Divine Liturgy (Byzantine). Please specify if you have a preference. The donation is $10. If you would like a Mass card, please include an extra $5 for the card.

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To prepare for the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’s visit, we are studying a catechesis on family life called Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive. Each month, our parish is reflecting on one chapter. Previous monthly reflections are online at PhillyEvang.org/wmof. You can order the catechesis as a paperback or e-book, and learn more about September’s big event, at WorldMeeting2015.org.

Chapter 4: Two Become One



Our first three chapters reviewed basic Christian faith. We saw how confidence in Jesus opens the door to faith, enabling us to know God and what God has done in history. God creates male and female in his image, and makes a covenant with Israel and the Church. God is faithful to his promises, even when we sin. Because God loved us in this way, we spend our lives trying to return our love to God and share it with our neighbor. In this month’s chapter and in the chapters to come, we will study the implications of these doctrines for marriage and the family. When husband and wife promise to love each other as God loves us all, they make a commitment to love not only romantically, but also with mercy and forgiveness. Our culture sometimes teaches us to think of marriage as a negotiable contract between two individuals who happen to feel sexual chemistry. This view of love is a recipe for instability, since it is still premised on individualism and the waxing and waning of romantic feelings. The Church’s alternative account of love enables us to transcend the culture of individualism and become who we were created to be. Founded on Christ, sustained in the sacraments, Catholic marriage builds humility and self-sacrifice into the dynamic between male and female. As this month’s chapter explains in more detail, sacramental marriage creates intimate communion even in times of suffering and hardship. "Love is our mission," as our catechism’s title declares, because Christ’s love frees us from false, shrunken accounts of love and makes us fully alive.




Chapter 5: Creating the Future



Sexual intimacy between a man and a woman raises the possibility of children. There are many other honorable relationships which include degrees of commitment and affection, but marriage has a unique mission: to integrate the fertility of male and female with the fidelity of God’s covenant. Catholic parenting relies on the same rationale as sacramental marriage: love in the shape of service, sacrifice, trust, and openness to God’s will. If and when a marriage is blessed with children, love orients parents to their children’s education and spiritual formation. Jesus said to his disciples "Let the children come unto me," and it is the responsibility of all Catholic adults to shepherd children into a relationship with God and the people of God. The whole parish should be involved in supporting marriages, families and children. We build the future of our society child by child, family by family. Vatican II called the family a "domestic church," and the little church of the family takes its orientation from the faith and mission of the larger Church. It is a mother’s and a father’s responsibility to be with children at home and in church, and to pray together regularly. Children will learn the faith only when they are taught. The way a family responds to adversity, or gathers for meals, or makes financial decisions and sets priorities - these and many other aspects of "home economics" shape the values and identities of our children. "Love is our mission" because even in the middle of our humble daily routines, Catholics live with a bold and glorious purpose.

- Christopher C. Roberts, catechism editor


Did you know? Archdiocese of Philadelphia schools will be closed Wed, Sept 23-Fri, Sept 25 to enable our school families to attend WMOF together! Families can register at WorldMeeting2015.org.




3rd Sunday of Lent

Announcements for Sunday, March 8, 2015

Priest: Rev. Fr. Jason Kulczynski


Mass Intention: Happy repose of the soul of Andrew Gehringer req by Mr. & Mrs. Brian Brown

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February Finances: Income:$3956.31 Expenses: $5150 Deficit: $1193.69


Detail: $569 (2/1), $366 (2/2), $948 (2/8), $754.04 (2/15), $635.27 (2/18) & $684 (2/22)

Expenses: Music Expenses:$3600 Clergy, Rent & Administrative Expenses:$1550

Deficit $1194

N.B. Until Low Sunday, expenses are about $900 per Mass; Attendance hovers around 50 persons per Mass - to pay our bills, that averages about $20 per person. 

Thank you for your generosity.


Easter Flowers: Easter Flower Envelopes are available. Please turn them in as soon as possible. Thank you.


Holy Week Parking: Parking relaxation has been granted on THE EAST SIDE OF 6TH STREET, FROM SOUTH WASHINGTON SQUARE TO PINE STREET & THE NORTH SIDE OF SPRUCE STREET, FROM 5TH TO 7TH STREETS on Holy Thursday from 6pm to 10pm, on Good Friday & Holy Saturday from 4pm to 9pm.


Holy Week Schedule:    Palm Sunday 12:00 Noon, 

Holy Thursday 7pm,  Good Friday 5pm,  Holy Saturday 5pm  &  Easter Sunday 12:00 Noon.



Lenten meditations: Meditations taken from St. Alphonsus de Liguori: www.religiousbookshelf.com Another good site is : www.liturgialatina.org


Sacrament of Penance: Beginning this week, the Cathedral Parish will offer the Sacrament of Penance each Wednesday evening beginning at 7:00 p.m. for the duration of the Lenten Season in addition to other scheduled times. Likewise, individual parishes throughout the Archdiocese may have alternative dates and times for this Sacrament in addition to already scheduled times. The value of making a good Confession cannot be underestimated.


Upcoming TLMs:


March 17, 2015, Ferial of Lent w/ commemoration of St. Patrick, Low Mass w/ hymns at 7pm in the Upper Church of Nativity BVM Church, 2535 E. Allegheny Ave. Phila, PA 19134.

Solemn High Mass for the Feast of St. Joseph on March 19 at 7PM in St. Joseph Church, 500 Woodlawn Ave., Collingdale, PA

Solemn High Mass for the Annunciation on March 25 at 7PM in St. Mary Church, 40 Spring Mount Road, Schwenksville, PA


22nd Annual Marian Day: The Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary Legion of Mary invites all to the 22nd Annual MARIAN DAY on Saturday, March 21 from 9:00-4:00pm. Fr. Frederick Miller (from the College Seminary of the Immaculate Conception at St. Andrew’s Hall) will present "Saint Louis Marie de Montfort: Priest and Preacher of The True Devotion to Mary." The day includes a morning and afternoon presentation, Mass, lunch and an afternoon Holy Hour. The event will be held at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood. The cost is only $10. For more information or to RSVP visit www.scs.edu or call (610) 785-6270.


Events: If anyone has pertinent information that would be appropriate for our bulletin, please e-mail it to Fr. McKale @ frmckalenativitybvm@gmail.com .

Mass Intentions: If anyone still has unfulfilled Mass intentions, Fr. McKale can pass them on to a priest that will satisfy the intention by offering a TLM or Divine Liturgy (Byzantine). Please specify if you have a preference. The donation is $10. If you would like a Mass card, please include an extra $5 for the card.







2nd Sunday of Lent

Announcements for Sunday, March 1, 2015

Priest: Rev. Fr. James Bartoloma

Mass Intention: Jane Anderson (Living)req. by Christopher Anderson

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Pro-life Speaker: Central Association of the Miraculous Medal Centennial Speaker Series: Please join us at the CAMM Art Library (475 E. Chelten Ave., Germantown, PA 19144) on March 4, 2015, at 7 PM to hear the inspirational words of our first speaker, Dr. Monique Ruberu, MD, a pro-life OB/Gyn, who will share her moving conversion story and her passion for the Pro-Life cause. She has co-chaired a 40 Days for Life Campaign in Philadelphia, and is currently coordinating the second such campaign. Dr. Monique has a special devotion to Our Lady, and spends much time in devotion at the Miraculous Medal Shrine. Admission to this event is free.

Easter Flowers: Easter Flower Envelopes are available. Please turn them in as soon as possible. Thank you.

Holy Week Parking: Parking relaxation has been granted on THE EAST SIDE OF 6TH STREET, FROM SOUTH WASHINGTON SQUARE TO PINE STREET & THE NORTH SIDE OF SPRUCE STREET, FROM 5TH TO 7TH STREETS on Holy Thursday from 6pm to 10pm, on Good Friday & Holy Saturday from 4pm to 9pm.

Holy Week Schedule: Palm Sunday Noon, Holy Thursday 7pm, Good Friday 5pm, Holy Saturday 5pm & Easter Sunday Noon.

Lenten meditations: Meditations taken from St. Alphonsus de Liguori: www.religiousbookshelf.com Another good site is : www.liturgialatina.org

Sacrament of Penance: Beginning this week, the Cathedral Parish will offer the Sacrament of Penance each Wednesday evening beginning at 7:00 p.m. for the duration of the Lenten Season in addition to other scheduled times. Likewise, individual parishes throughout the Archdiocese may have alternative dates and times for this Sacrament in addition to already scheduled times. The value of making a good Confession cannot be underestimated.

Upcoming TLMs:

March 17, 2015, Ferial of Lent w/ commemoration of St. Patrick, Low Mass w/ hymns at 7pm in the Upper Church of Nativity BVM Church, 2535 E. Allegheny Ave. Phila, PA 19134.

Solemn High Mass for the Feast of St. Joseph on March 19 at 7PM in St. Joseph Church, 500 Woodlawn Ave., Collingdale, PA

Solemn High Mass for the Annunciation on March 25 at 7PM in St. Mary Church, 40 Spring Mount Road, Schwenksville, PA

22nd Annual Marian Day: Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 9:00 - 4:00 pm

"Saint Louis Marie de Montfort: Priest and Preacher of The True Devotion to Mary"

At St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. For more information, email advancement@scs.edu or Call 610.785.6270.

Events: If anyone has pertinent information that would be appropriate for our bulletin, please e-mail it to Fr. McKale @ frmckalenativitybvm@gmail.com .

Mass Intentions: If anyone still has unfulfilled Mass intentions, Fr. McKale can pass them on to a priest that will satisfy the intention by offering a TLM or Divine Liturgy (Byzantine). Please specify if you have a preference. The donation is $10. If you would like a Mass card, please include an extra $5 for the card.

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Lent

Scripture and Tradition - Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the holy season of Lent. On this day the foreheads of Catholics everywhere are smudged with dirty little crosses of ash, which is made from the previous year’s palm. The priest tells us "Remember man that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return." These ashes symbolize a whole variety of things such as worthlessness, sorrow, grief, penance, and a sign of affliction. Scripture makes mention of the Jews and early Christians wearing sackcloth and ashes as a sign of repentance. Ash Wednesday was established by Pope St. Gregory the Great (590 AD – 604 AD) as a day of fasting and abstinence. By the 11th century the practice was universal for all the faithful.

While the season of Lent is not explicitly mentioned of Sacred Scripture, we can find a reasonable basis for it in Scripture. The number forty is symbolic for either or both purification and preparation. We look to the Flood where God purifies the world of evil. We see the Israelites wandering in the desert for forty years to purify them of their lack of faith to prepare them to enter the Promised Land. We read of Elijah fasting for 40 days before he is taken up to heaven. Most importantly, Christ goes into the desert to fast and pray before He begins His public ministry. Also, note that this fasting and prayer is followed by the three temptations of the devil.

Therefore, Lent has a Scriptural basis albeit not explicit. It is a time set aside by the Church for us to focus on what is truly important – our relationship with Our Blessed Lord. We examine our lives in relation to the example that Christ gives us. For He never asks us to do anything without showing us how to do it.

Lent is a time for us to grow in humility of heart. Humility of heart requires that we recognize our total dependence on God and be honest about our fault, our failings and our sins, mortal as well as venial. To be humble of heart requires that we be generous of heart. Very often when others rebuke us or point out our faults to us, we can tend to become defensive or make excuses. It is possible that they are incorrect; however, it is also possible that they are correct and we are blind to that fault. Humility of heart requires that we recognize that and take the criticism without insisting on our own defense.

Cautions: We need to be cautious of some tendencies in our human nature. First, how often have we made grandiose promises for Lent and within two weeks of Lent we are back where we were 5 weeks ago? Make your Lenten resolutions practical and doable. Write them down! Be accountable to yourself.

Secondly, be mindful of your motivation. It needs to be centered on Christ not your own self-love or pride. For example, fasting & dieting are two different things! Third, remember the necessity that we all have to purify ourselves constantly of our imperfections with the help of God’s grace. St. John of the Cross uses the image of a window that is dirty and is unable to be illuminated by the light of the sun. In contrast, a window that is clean not only permits light to illuminate it but seems to become light itself. One ceases to notice the window and sees only the brilliant blinding sun. This is what a pure soul looks like, for when Christ sees a soul that is free of mortal sin He fills it with His grace. The less a soul is tainted with venial sins the more radiant it becomes.

The Church has traditionally given us three things to help us grow in holiness and in humility of heart. They are called the three disciplines of Lent: prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Prayer: God desires us to be good. Prayer is necessary because in asking God for help we show humility and He will give us all the grace we need to be good. Remember that Pope St. Peter did not pray at the Last Supper when Christ warned him that he would deny Christ thrice. Rather he boldly stated that he would never do any such thing and we can read about the result in the Gospels. We need to pray humbly. We also should pray in solitude. While communal prayer is good, it is also important that we be alone with God to pray as well. Remember that Our Lord often went alone to pray to the Father. He did not go far off but only a little ways off alone to pray. The season of Lent offers us a whole variety of opportunities to pray such as the Stations of the Cross, Rosary, Chaplets, Eucharistic adoration and Benediction. Some may even make a better effort to get to daily Mass for Lent. In addition, reading Scripture devoutly for at least 15 minutes gains us a partial indulgence. Let us also remember that our Lord sought his apostles’ prayers during the Agony in the Garden when He wrestled with the manifold temptations and the reality of what was to come. This is the origin of the holy hour. He must have felt great disappointment when His apostles continued to fall asleep on Him. St. Therese of the Child Jesus always wanted to be a missionary but she never left the convent, so instead she prayed for missionaries fervently. So also we must pray.

Fasting – Certainly we are required to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, but this is the absolute minimum. Why fast? St. Thomas Aquinas gives us three reasons. First, fasting checks the desires of the flesh. In giving up something that we are permitted to have we strengthen the will. This strengthening of the will makes it easier to resist temptation in things that we are not permitted to do. Coupled with prayer fasting is a powerful spiritual tool. The reality is that some sins cannot be overcome without a regimen of both prayer & fasting. Secondly, fasting makes it easier to contemplate higher things. It makes it easier to pray and it reminds us that we are more than our bodies but we are spiritual beings. The prophet Daniel received a revelation from God after having fasted for three weeks. Moses receives the Ten Commandments after spending 40 days on Mount Sinai in prayer and fasting. Elijah is taken up into heaven after fasting for 40 days. Thirdly, fasting makes satisfaction for sin. It is a legitimate form of penance that helps us to identify with the hungry and the poor; thereby helping us to grow in charity and in holiness. This identification should also discourage us from wasting food especially when we know others are hungry. Abstaining from meat is also required on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent under pain of mortal sin. Also, we are required to either abstain from meat or do some other act of penance on all the other Fridays of the year. This is in honor of the great sacrifice accomplished on Good Friday that sacrifice of the Son of God on the altar of the Cross for your sins and for mine. This intimate connection of Good Friday & the Sacrifice of the Cross needs to be maintained and remembered throughout the year. Abstaining from meat on all the Fridays of the year remind us of the Paschal sacrifice accomplished on Good Friday. Therefore, the only flesh that we should consume on Friday is that of the Son of God. St. Therese of the Child Jesus used to leave a ripe pear on her desk in the convent because she loved ripe pears, but she never ate it. She denied herself that as a sacrifice to God. The practice of giving up things during Lent is a very important form of fasting which is praiseworthy and is to be encouraged.

Almsgiving – The practice of giving money and of ourselves is a very important part of our Lenten season. We must be poor in spirit as the Beatitudes tell us. That is that we recognize everything we have is a gift from God and that we have an obligation to help others in need and to alleviate their suffering if we are able. This involves giving money to the Church and to charities. In addition, it calls us to do good works of charity. Based on the kind of work, the amount of work, and the motivation to do the work God will reward us. Doing charitable works oneself allows us to experience firsthand great reward. It can involve tutoring, visiting hospitals and nursing homes or helping at soup kitchens. The list of possibilities is endless.

Perhaps you can find five things that you will strive to do this Lent so that when the priest asks you in confession "How was your Lent?" you may answer in a positive way and grow in your relationship with God. Happy Lent.1

"Life is short, death is certain, its hour is unknown. You have only one soul, if you lose it, what will happen to you? If you waste the time which you now have, at the time of death, it will no longer be yours. God sees and God will judge: heaven or hell, it is up to you."




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1st Sunday of Lent

Announcements for Sunday, February 22, 2015

Priest: Rev. Fr. Jason Kulczynski

Mass Intention: Happy repose of William Sarle req. byRobert & Kelly Seppy


TODAY: Community After Mass: You're invited to Christopher and Meredith Iwane's house after Mass on Sunday, February 22nd for coffee, donuts, and a chance to meet your fellow parishioners. The Iwane home is located at 1004 East Passyunk (about a 15 minute walk from Holy Trinity Church), with parking on the street or in a municipal lot available. If you are interested in attending, please email Meredith (meredith.iwane@gmail.com).

Synod Consultation of Clergy & Faithful: The recent 2014 Synod of Bishops in Rome met to discuss the topic, The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization, and issued a final document called the Relatio Synodi. This final document is the preparatory document or the Lineamenta for the next Synod of Bishops in Rome. This Synod will take place from October 4 to 25, 2015, with the topic, The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World. Once again, as with the most recent Synod of Bishop, the Office of the Synod of Bishops invites a process of broad consultation among every component of the local Church, including academic institutions, organizations, lay movements and other ecclesial associations.

In order to participate, go to http://archphila.org/synod2015/synod2015.php Responses are due March 9, 2015

Sacrament of Penance: Beginning this week, the Cathedral Parish will offer the Sacrament of Penance each Wednesday evening beginning at 7:00 p.m. for the duration of the Lenten Season in addition to other scheduled times. Likewise, individual parishes throughout the Archdiocese may have alternative dates and times for this Sacrament in addition to already scheduled times. The value of making a good Confession cannot be underestimated.

Upcoming TLMs:

March 17, 2015, Ferial of Lent w/ commemoration of St. Patrick, Low Mass w/ hymns at 7pm in the Upper Church of Nativity BVM Church, 2535 E. Allegheny Ave. Phila, PA 19134.

Solemn High Mass for the Feast of St. Joseph on March 19 at 7PM in St. Joseph Church, 500 Woodlawn Ave., Collingdale, PA

Solemn High Mass for the Annunciation on March 25 at 7PM in St. Mary Church, 40 Spring Mount Road, Schwenksville, PA

22nd Annual Marian Day: Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 9:00 - 4:00 pm

"Saint Louis Marie de Montfort: Priest and Preacher of The True Devotion to Mary"

At St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. For more information, email advancement@scs.edu or Call 610.785.6270.

Events: If anyone has pertinent information that would be appropriate for our bulletin, please e-mail it to Fr. McKale @ frmckalenativitybvm@gmail.com .

Mass Intentions: If anyone still has unfulfilled Mass intentions, Fr. McKale can pass them on to a priest that will satisfy the intention by offering a TLM or Divine Liturgy (Byzantine). Please specify if you have a preference. The donation is $10. If you would like a Mass card, please include an extra $5 for the card.

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Holy Week at Holy Trinity Church

Palm Sunday Mass at Noon

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Holy Thursday Mass at 7pm

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Good Friday Liturgy of the Passion & Death of the Lord at 5pm

Friday, April 3, 2015

Holy Saturday Easter Vigil at 5pm

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter Sunday Mass at Noon

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Please join us for these celebrations during this most holy time.

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