Welcome to our Parish

(Mobile Mass Schedule)

The Rosary will be prayed 20 minutes before each Mass next weekend.

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Your Old Palm for Ashes

Just a reminder that you should collect all the old palm in your home and bring it to OLA.  Please deposit your old palm in the baskets, in the vestibules. The old palm will be burnt to prepare the ashes for Ash Wednesday, March 1st.

Almsgiving During Lent: Water Jugs

During Lent, we collect for the Diocese of St. Thomas to assist with their water supply needs. As a Parish, we have generously collected for several years. Please pick up a purple cup & return each week to empty it into the jugs when you come to Mass.

Click HERE for the complete OLA 2017 Lenten Schedule.

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Our Lady of the Assumption – Altar Servers

We’re looking for Service in a very special space in our Parish, right next to the Altar of the Lord.  We’re looking for Altar Servers, boys and girls, young men and women who would share their time and talent at a weekend Mass of your choice. 

We all want to participate at home in family life and the Church is not much different than home.  We encourage our families to participate in all good things in life (school, sports, music and art) and good things include participation in worship.

The time commitment for a Server is short.  We would have a few practice sessions for training and answering your questions and then we serve at the weekend Mass.  Our schedule is based on the Mass that you normally attend with your family.

We wear simple vestments on Sunday, an alb (white robe) and cincture (belt) is worn over your clothes, we add training and a positive attitude and that’s all we need.  There are other servers scheduled for each Mass and always there is a Priest or Deacon to turn to during the Mass.     

If you have any questions or would like to join us, please contact:

Deacon John P. Rose
jrose@olastrafford.org
610-688-1178 (parish)

We look forward to seeing your family at the Parish events and during the Mass.    

May the Lord Bless you and your family.

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Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Men’s Spirituality Conference 2017
MEN ON A MISSION

Saturday, March 4, 2017

On Saturday, March 4, 2017 at St Joseph University Hagan Arena, the men of our parish are invited to join Catholic Men from throughout the Archdiocese for the 9th Annual Archdiocesan Men’s Spirituality Conference. 

Speakers include EWTN’s Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio, author, TV and radio host and founder of the Crossroads initiative and an authority on the Early Church, inspirational speaker, Kevin Reilly, former Philadelphia Eagle whose career was ended by a rare cancer, and Damon Owens, director of JoyTOB and international speaker on the Theology of the Body.  Acclaimed Irish tenor, Mark Forrest, will provide inspirational accompaniment during a special directed Eucharistic Adoration. 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered, and the Conference will conclude with Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend John McIntyre. For more information and to register – www.manupphilly.com.

Or call Jack Marchiano (610-733-3256)

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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.

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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.

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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:

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:

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:

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Question of the week

 

What practical commitment, to which charity
or person, can I make before Lent begins
so that my prayer, fasting & almsgiving
will reflect Jesus’ radical call to trust?

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 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.