Wonderful to see so many at Easter!
Great to see so
many of you
April 8, 2021
Holy Week and
are always times of great blessing. I'm sure you feel the same. Although the preparation takes many hours, believers have the opportunity to delve more deeply into the mysteries of God's mercy and love. Last year, we celebrated Holy Week and Easter at the same time we were trying to convert a brick-and-mortar parish into an online faith community. This year, we still are battling the coronavirus, but there is much more
than fear. The vaccinations have given us confidence that things will get better before too long.
It was marvelous to see so many of you at Holy Week and Easter services! It was only the first or second time in a year you had been inside the church for many of you. Many are still cautious about joining us in person, but I am confident that you soon can join us in worship. In the meantime, please continue to worship with us through the website and Facebook.
Easter Egg Hunt!
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Please continue to pray for a
speedy end to COVID-19
and for the people it affects, including our parish members.
In the past, every year a friar from the Villanova Province of the Augustinians has come to visit us and preach about the
Augustinian Foreign Missions
. As a former missionary to Japan, I was called upon to make those appeals many times. Our provincial leadership has decided to take a different approach now. Our missionaries in Japan and Peru still need our support, but so do our young friars in formation, our retired friars, and the work our friars do for the poor.
For that reason, starting this year, we will hold the first
. Please see details in the next section below.
to read the Bulletin for Easter weekend.
Augustinian Annual Appeal
Augustinian friars have served OMGC since its founding in 1885.
The Province of Saint Thomas of Villanova will conduct its first
in support of the friars’ way of life and ministries in our parish during April. This general appeal will replace the Augustinian Foreign Mission Appeal. Besides supporting our foreign missions and young friars in formation, the Appeal also raises money to support retired Augustinians,
Fr. Jim Martinez
, who was pastor here for 31 years.
We are grateful to those parishioners who already support the friars' mission and way of life, and we count on your continued assistance. As a community founded to engage in the work of evangelization, we go where we are most needed, vowed to poverty, to share our spiritual and material goods. As mendicants, we rely on the charity of those we serve to help us sustain our way of life beyond what we can earn ourselves. This Appeal helps us provide for our brothers who cannot work because of age or health, and those who are students information preparing for ministry.
Father Liam will introduce the Augustinian Annual Appeal in two weeks on April 24-25, 2021, followed by a direct mail appeal.
Donations will also be accepted online at:
. Gifts of any amount are welcome and will make a difference in the friars' lives and those they serve.
If you'd like to, you can make your gift in honor of Fr. Jim! (click on “Tribute Gift”)
Our Youth Group Movie afternoon scheduled for this Sunday, April 11, has been
due to unforeseen circumstances. Please watch the Bulletin and eNewsletter for updates.
Thank You to the OMGC Youth Group
A very special thank you to our OMGC Youth Group for organizing the “Cleaning Baskets'' which were given to families who “graduated” the Interfaith Hospitality Network program but are still struggling during the pandemic. The baskets were beautifully presented and provided needed supplies. The time and effort you put forth for our families were essential for them to stay safe during the pandemic. Thank you also to all those that donated cleaning items for the baskets. Your care and efforts are so appreciated!
Interfaith Hospitality Network News
The IHN-ML has a new name,
Family Promise of the Main Line
. This name change allows us to use more resources from our longtime parent affiliate, Family Promise.
You may be wondering what has been happening at IHN-ML, now Family Promise of the Main Line. We have added services to help our families who "graduated" the IHN-ML remain secure during the pandemic and beyond. In addition to housing families, we also help families take preventive measures, so homelessness does not occur. Our volunteers are still a central and essential part of Family Promise of the Main Line, as are all our faith communities. Our volunteers are so appreciated, especially at this time. Your donations and work organizing activities have been important for the security of our families. Please know you are very valued and essential to the success of our mission.
You are invited to join the IHN Family Promise community for the Giving Day Doorways of Hope Campaign on April 21, 2021. (Early giving will open on April 14, 2021.) This campaign continues to give hope to families experiencing a housing crisis, homelessness, poverty, food insecurity, and so much more. Will you help keep families home for good?
Giving Day LInk
Family Promises Giving Day: April 21, 2021
~All work and proceeds directly support the work and mission of the IHN-ML, now Family Promise of the Main Line~
If you are interested in becoming a part of the IHN Family Promise Committee, helping to arrange things when our guests are joining us, please contact Karen or Joe Carey. We need many new volunteers!
Do you sing? Play an instrument?
Now is a great time to join
No matter what age or type of musician, serving in Music Ministry has great benefits:
Leading the assembly to growth in faith through sung liturgy
Being a part of a great group of dedicated, talented people who foster each other’s artistry
Skill-development and confidence-building
Good posture, enhanced breathing and relaxation skills
Deepening of your own faith
An enhanced understanding of liturgy, sacrament and Scripture
We need musicians of all ages to be a part of OMGC Music Ministry:
Youth band (high school age) singers
nstrumentalists (electric & acoustic guitar, brass/woodwind, piano/synth,
percussion, strings, etc.)
Adult instrumentalists (all of the above instruments)
Instrumentalists should have at least one year of experience with their instrument.
If you would like to find out more about Music Ministry, talk to Roger Pisani, Director of Music Ministries/Pastoral Associate, after any of the weekend liturgies, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (610) 525-0147 ext. 234.
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Our thanks to all who so generously support our parish even during this time of quarantine.
Online Parish Giving
on Thursday, April 8 at 10:24PM