Lent Has Begun
Lent Has Begun
February 18, 2021
Yesterday Lent began with our Ash Wednesday Masses. It was good to see so many of our parishioners: those we have seen the past few months, and those who ventured out for the first time in a while. Our noontime and evening Masses saw a lot of young visitors, mostly from the Villanova campus. It was nice to have so many young people worshipping with us.
Here on the second day of Lent, my heart is full of hope and anticipation. I believe that this Lent, the second and I hope the last Lent that we will have to live through during this pandemic, will indeed be a season of grace for all of us. I have made my resolutions concerning almsgiving, prayer and spiritual reading, and partaking of the graces of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I'm also looking forward to our
Wednesday evening retreat series
, which Roger Pisani and his wife, Carol, will lead us through. Please scroll down to see the details about that series. Also, see below the information about our
Friday Evening Lenten Series
- the one we've had over the past five years. We look forward next year to restoring the simple supper component to that event.
Let us continue to pray for each other and those dealing directly with combating this pandemic. Also, please remember to pray for the people of Texas and other states who are enduring such hardships because of the weather.
to read the Bulletin for this coming weekend.
Friday Evening Lenten Series
Join us this Friday, February 19, at 7:00 pm for Stations of the Cross. Feel free to join us in church or on-line by accessing it at our website:
We look forward to praying with you.
Remember Not The Things of the Past:
See I Do Something New!
An Online Lenten Retreat for Thriving in “Real Life”
Led by Carol and Roger Pisani
5 Wednesdays: February 24, March 3, March 10, March 17, March 24
(attend any or all)
All sessions 7pm-8:15pm
We all know that Lent is a time for renewal,
but what does that really mean?
The book of Ecclesiastes says there is an appointed time for everything. Lent is an
for encountering Christ in such a way that frees us to give up the blocks in our lives so we can thrive here and now in the “life that is REALLY LIFE” (1 Timothy 6:19). When this happens we become living experiences of that life for others: Lenten renewal is about embracing life and joy.
This retreat will help us explore our individual life stories to discern what we may be invited to give up and, at the same time, what we may be invited to embrace at this point in our life journeys.
Through uncovering the wisdom within the Sunday Scripture readings, spiritual exercises and song, we will explore steps to open ourselves to new life and joy - getting in touch with our deepest thirst, learning to see with the eyes of Christ, and trusting in divine love.
Even when all seems lost, God is always doing something new in our lives. Join us on the journey!
This retreat will be offered on the Zoom platform. To register, contact Roger Pisani at (610) 525-0147 x.234 or email
with your name, phone number (in case of emergency) and email address. You may register for subsequent weeks even after the first week is finished.
Rice Bowl Campaign
Our Annual Rice Bowl Campaign kicks off this week! Last year, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia raised almost $214,000 for the Annual Rice Bowl Campaign, of which 75% went to Catholic Relief Services, and 25% stayed here in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia with the NDS (Nutritional Development Service) to combat hunger and poverty. Consider joining us in this Campaign by taking a rice bowl found at the doors of the church, filling it with your donations through Lent, and returning it to the church on Holy Thursday during the Mass of the Last Supper.
Youth Group Information
All students grades 6 through 12 are invited to join in a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, February 23 from 7pm to 7:45. Our topic will be, "What are the Stations of the Cross and Why Do We Pray Them?". This will be the first in a series of Lenten discussions for our Youth Group. No registration is necessary, however, if you are interested, please email
for the Zoom link. Requesting the Zoom link does not require you to be there.
Confirmation Class Reminder
All students preparing for Confirmation in the Spring of 2022 are reminded that we will have a Zoom class this Sunday beginning at 3:30 pm. Please check your email for pre-assignments, instructions, and the link.
As more people return to in-church worshipping on Sundays, we find ourselves in need of greeters and ushers. While we still maintain the 6-foot distance rule, we often need assistance in helping persons find seats and take up the collection. If you are interested and available to help, please contact Karen at
Friday Evening Lenten Journey
Join us for our traditional Friday evening Lent series in an untraditional way! Please feel free to join
virtually or in person
. Each session is only 1/2 hour long, and it is excellent for families to attend together!
Friday, February 19, 7 pm - Stations of the Cross
Friday, February 26, 7 pm - Holy Hour ( 1/2 hour)
Friday, March 5, 7 pm - Taizé Prayer Service
Friday, March 12, 7 pm -Youth Group Prayer Service
Friday, March 19, 7 pm - Communal Penance Service
Friday, March 26, 7 pm - Living Stations Presentation
Please join us in person in church or on-line through our website:
We look forward to praying with you.
NEW 2021 OMGC
Staying connected is more important now than ever before, yet many remain isolated and lonely due to illness or technology limitations. If you are in this situation or would like a simple way to help alleviate it for others, consider joining us in a new endeavor.
We are looking for parishioners interested in being partnered with other parishioners to form the OMGC Prayer Partners group. It is easy; you will sign up to be either a prayer leader or participant. We will pair you up and then send the prayer leaders the supplies to run the prayer meeting over the phone or a Zoom call four times this year.
We are limiting our 2021 Prayer Partner groups to 20-25 partner groups.
Please do not miss this fantastic opportunity to pray together, connect with others, get involved in our parish, and most of all, have fun.
To sign up, please contact Michelle or Roger in the office at 610-525-0147 or email:
Sign up deadline is
February 28, 2021.
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Our thanks to all who so generously support our parish even during this time of quarantine.
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Man Up Philly
Our 13th Annual Man Up Philly Catholic Men’s Conference will be on March 6, 2021.
What is Man Up Philly?
Man Up Philly is a once per year conference focused on men to energize and enable us to be better sons, fathers, and husbands, by living our faith and leading our families by example. Its a day filled with inspirational speakers which over the years has included athletes like Mike Piazza, Rich Gannon, Phil Martelli, Fran Dunphy and other notables like Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and Camden police chief J. Scott Thomson, who are constantly working to bring their faith into their everyday lives.
2021 Virtual Conference
The Man Up Philly volunteer team has made the decision to change the format to a Virtual Event out of an abundance of caution given the COVID-19 status.
Among the 4 main speakers, they will welcome for the first time
Bishop Joe Coffey
, auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Military Services, who was previously a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and is inactive chaplain service with the U.S. Navy. Bishop Coffey is a cousin of Fr. Jack Denny, and a yearly visitor to OMGC.
We want to bring this great day to you to help all of us focus on our faith and reliance on Our Lord. The virtual conference will be available via a webcast and tickets will be available for a reduced cost of $10. Click
to see the brochure.
For registration and for more information here:
on Thursday, February 18 at 9:46PM