Tickets are now on sale for the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale, Saturday December 1 at 8:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased online through PayPal or by calling the rectory.
Friends in High Places & Friends on MissionDear OLPH,
October is one of my favorite months for Saints. Therese of Lisieux (10/1) kicks off the month, quickly followed by our Guardian Angels (10/2) and Francis of Assisi (10/4). Then mid-month we honor Teresa of Jesus (10/15), followed by Ignatius of Antioch (10/17), Luke the Evangelist (10/18) and Isaac Jogues, John de Brebeuf and Companions - the North American missionary martyrs (10/19). A panoply of heroic witnesses, from different countries, languages, time periods and walks of life. Each a spectacular instrument for good in the hands of our Lord: “He made me a sharpened arrow, in his quiver he hid me. He said to me, you are my servant…” (Isa 49:2-3). Each Saint faithful to the mission God entrusted to her or to him. As Teresa of Calcutta has been oft quoted, “God does not call us to be successful; He calls us to be faithful,” a one sentence recipe for sanctity.
Intercede for us, dear Mother, in obtaining pardon for our sins. love for Jesus, final perseverance and the grace always to call upon you, Mother of Perpetual Help. Amen
The Church Year
- Advent - four weeks of preparation before the celebration of Jesus' birth
- Christmas - recalling the Nativity of Jesus Christ and his manifestation to the peoples of the world
- Lent - a six-week period of penance before Easter
- Sacred Paschal Triduum - the holiest "Three Days" of the Church's year, where the Christian people recall the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus
- Easter - 50 days of joyful celebration of the Lord's resurrection from the dead and his sending forth of the Holy Spirit
- Ordinary Time - divided into two sections (one span of 4-8 weeks after Christmas Time and another lasting about six months after Easter Time), wherein the faithful consider the fullness of Jesus' teachings and works among his people
The mystery of Christ, unfolded through the cycle of the year, calls us to live his mystery in our own lives. This call is best illustrated in the lives of Mary and the Saints, celebrated by the Church throughout the year. There is no tension between the mystery of Christ and the celebration of the saints, but rather a marvelous harmony. The Blessed Virgin Mary is joined by an inseparable bond to the saving work of her Son, and the feasts of all the Saints proclaim the wonderful works of Christ in his servants and offer the faithful fitting examples for their imitation.In the feasts of the Saints the Paschal Mystery of Christ is proclaimed and renewed.