Welcome to our Parish
January 22, 2017
Third Sunday in
Please click HERE to read the letter from Archbishop Chaput regarding the upcoming Catholic Relief Services (CRS) collection on January 21-22, 2017.
OLA FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT
SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 2017 at 6:00 PM
The OLA Family Movie Night feature film this year will be MARY POPPINS, a movie musical for the entire family. When Jane and Michael, the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family are faced with the prospect of a new nanny, they are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins. Embarking on a series of fantastical adventures with Mary and her friend Bert, the siblings try to pass on some of their nanny’s sunny attitude to their preoccupied parents.
Mary Poppins, starring Julie Andrews, is widely considered to be Walt Disney’s “crowning achievement”, being his only film to garner a “Best Picture” nomination at the Oscars in his lifetime and features the Grammy Award winning songs, “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”.
Sign-Up Sheets are available in the vestibule of the church or in the Parish Office. For more information call the Parish Office at 610-688-1178.
Save the Date
St. Blaise Men’s Retreat at Malvern
February 3rd – 5th, 2017
Have you ever thought about going on a retreat? If you have, come join us at the St. Blaise/Curran Memorial Men’s weekend retreat at Malvern. Our retreat starts on Friday, February 3rd and ends on Sunday morning, February 5th, 2017. Father Dennis O’Donnell will be our retreat master this year.
Taking time to get away from the fast pace of work or school is critical to maintaining your relationship with our Lord. As men, we always have more “important” demands. But really what is more important than strengthening our spiritual fortitude? It also gives us a chance to reconnect with the Lord and see where he is directing us. His goal is to draw us closer to him by being away from our busy schedules and allowing us to focus on what is important on our path toward holiness.
We hope you can join us. Over 20 men from our Parish attend this annual weekend retreat. Mark your calendar now! For additional information and registration, please call any one of the following:
Mondie Novelli @ 610-688-2983
Joe Santoleri @ 610-420-0042
Tony Gentile @ 610- 688-6834
Nick Santoleri @ 215-850-5616
For more information on the St Blaise Retreat click HERE.
LIVING BRIDGES – MEN’S FAITH SHARING
WELCOME NEW MEN!
Friday Morning Men’s Scripture and Faith Sharing Group
For over a decade, OLA has been hosting a Men’s Scripture and Faith Sharing group each Friday morning in the Sacred Heart Chapel from 7-8am. This group, run by Living Bridges, has been meeting for over 30 years and invites all OLA men to join us. You do not need knowledge of scripture to attend – four rotating teachers provide instruction, including Deacon John Rose. Our format generally includes: fellowship, teaching, sharing and intercessory prayer.
All men are welcome, whether you can come weekly or periodically. As Jesus said: “Come and See.” You might be pleasantly surprised. For more information, contact Dean Miller at 610-733-4838 or Living Bridges at 610-525-4770.
For more information on Living Bridges click HERE
The OLA Choir is in need of new members. We invite you to join our talented parishioners who form our parish choir and ask you to consider sharing your “gifts” with our parish community. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings in the Church from 7:15 PM to 9:00 PM. We are looking for all voices: Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass, but most especially tenors and basses. If interested, please see Rick West in the choir loft after any Mass for more information.
The parishioners of St. Patrick’s in Norristown are grateful to the OLA parishioners for their generosity and thoughtfulness in their response to the OLA Giving Trees! Over 200 families in the St. Patrick’s PREP program will receive a Christmas gift thanks to your generosity with the OLA Giving Trees. We received over 300 gifts!
If you were not able to participate in the Giving Trees, please consider donating food items at this time.
OLA KNITTERS NEEDED
As the weather starts to turn colder, please consider
knitting or crocheting a warm hat or scarf to donate to
someone in need. There is a bin in the OLA Giving
Room where you can drop off your finished donations.
Wrapped by His Love is a volunteer initiative
providing warm handmade hats and scarves to the
homeless and underserved at Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia.
In an effort to address the social needs of our Parish, the OLA Pastoral Council is providing the following information, which may be of help to those in need. Listed are the programs and the local organizations or churches that provide services:
Catholic Human Services – Archdiocese of Philadelphia – 215-587-3903
- Project Rachel Ministry – Post Abortion Healing
- Domestic Abuse Support – Support for those in abusive relationships
- Catholic Human Services
Stephen Ministry – A one-to-one lay caring ministry that provides high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting, going through a crisis, grieving or just having challenges coping with life’s daily stress:
- St. Helena Church, Blue Bell
- St Helena Church
Gethsemani Ministry – A Catholic faith-based approach to reduce the stigma association with addictions while raising awareness and providing a Catholic faith-based approach to recovery, healing and support to those in need:
- St Norbert’s Parish, Paoli – 610-644-1655, Ext. 131
- Norbert’s 12-Step Program – 610-640-0848
- St Norbert Church
Christ’s Healing Hands Ministry – A ministry for those affected by addiction:
- St Joseph Parish, Downingtown
- St Joseph Church
Augustine’s Brothers – A Catholic-centered men’s support and accountability group for men who struggle with pornography, offering help with maintaining chastity and purity:
Trinity Senior Transitions – Educational programs about legal, real estate, financial and funeral planning for seniors and their family members/caregivers:
- Steve Lybrand – 610-587-2814
- Trinity Senior Transitions
Question of the week
How do I need to “step outside” myself to fulfill my baptismal mission? To what “periphery” in my world do I need to bring Christ’s peaceable, liberating love?
OLA Poor Boxes
Outreach is an integral part of the Catholic community. The money collected from our Poor Boxes, which are located in the Candle Room and in the Vestibule, is used for our Outreach Ministry.