From the Pastor 8-21-2016

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG   Dear OSJ Family, At this time I am honored to welcome to our parish, on your behalf, two additional persons who join our pastoral staff. Both are on a part-time basis and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to OSJ. We are happy to welcome to the newly created position of Liturgy Coordinator, Sister Asunta Thanh, acj who is a Handmaid of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a congregation of Sisters founded by Saint Raphaela Mary in 1886 in Spain.  They are a member of the larger Ignatian family as, like the Jesuits, they embrace the spirituality of Saint Ignatius Loyola. Sister Asunta, a native of Vietnam, entered the convent in England where she also taught, and served her religious community as an administrator. She has been a Handmaid for 46 years and has also served as an educator, administrator and spiritual director in schools, parishes and retreat houses in various places in the US. Sister will work with our liturgical ministers and will also volunteer as a teacher with our PREP program. OSJ is also thrilled to welcome our newest Senior Priest, Father Mike Siconolfi, S.J. who has been a Jesuit for 56 years now! Father joins us most recently from having served for 7 years as a distinguished military chaplain with the US Marines at Quantico. Fr. Mike has also served in parish ministry, high school administration, university teaching, and retreat ministry in various Jesuit missions. As a Senior Priest, Fr Mike will share with the parish priests in celebrating Masses, hearing confessions, visiting the sick at Pennsylvania Hospital, and presiding over weddings and baptisms at the parish. We are blessed to have both of these wonderful religious join our parish community and I ask you to join me in welcoming them with open arms! God bless Sister Asunta and Father Mike! In the Lord, Father Phil Florio, S.J....

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From the Pastor 7-31-2016

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in From the Pastor Columns

Dear OSJ Family, Faith, Food and Friends, our parish outreach ministry  will take a short summer break and  reopen again on Tuesday, August 23rd. Accordingly, on behalf of our parish,  I want to thank its coordinator, parishioner, Mary Freedman  and her fine cast of volunteers and staff who every day , make our outreach program a success. Remarkably, Mary reports that FF&F was opened 130 days this year while 7,100 meals were prepared and served by 72 volunteers who kindly donated over 360 hours. Moreover, various community groups and businesses provided meals or donated food. These generous benefactors included; Beneficial Bank, Berkshire Hathaway Fox Roach, and the Ancient Order of the Hibernians.  Additionally, we also offer thanks to the Soultoukis’ for organizing the annual Thanksgiving Day meal that benefits so many. You should know that in addition to the good food served, the mail drop and book loaning services continued.  Outside of lunch, Mary reports that these are the most used services of the program. And again, though the generosity of so many in our parish.  We were able to provide our guests with backpacks, socks and toiletries. Finally we offer thanks to Matthew Menard and the health professionals at Penn Medicine who presented monthly programs on health topics and a special thank you to the Saturday Spirituality Session leaders – Cynthia Locke, Carolyn Lyons, John Trumbore, Fr. Dougherty, and Stephen Paesani who offered  our guests  an opportunity for quiet reflection, prayer  and spiritual discussion. Again, many, many thanks for all of the support and hard work this year. Please think about joining us at FF& F and please consider a small financial gift to keep this outreach program functioning and flourishing! God Bless, Fr Phil...

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From the Pastor 7-24-16

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, Please try to join us at the 5:30pm Vigil Mass on Saturday July 30th as we celebrate the feast day of our Holy Jesuit Founder, Saint Ignatius Loyola, with our worldwide Jesuit Family and the entire Church. Admittedly one of my favorite saints, Ignatius of Loyola was born in 1491 in Azpeitia in the Basque region of northern Spain. The youngest of thirteen children, at the age of 16 he was sent to serve as a page at the local royal court.  Later at the age of 30, while serving as an officer defending the fortress at Pamplona against the French, a cannon ball struck Ignatius, wounding one leg and breaking the other.  This began his conversion. After a long recuperation, and reading the life changing book The Life of Christ and the Lives of the Saints, Ignatius allowed the Holy Spirit to touch his heart. He decided that he no longer desired to serve the King of Spain but rather the Eternal King of Peace, Jesus Christ, as his faithful soldier! He went on to write his infamous Spiritual Exercises, a manual for prayer and greater communion with God, which animates every work of the Society of Jesus—including our parish! It was with his trusted friend Saint Francis Xavier and six other faithful men that they formed a new religious order, the Jesuits. Since they had referred to themselves as the Company of Jesus (in Latin Societatis Jesu) in English their order became known as the Society of Jesus. Ignatius was unanimously elected on the first ballot of the group to be the first Superior General. Ignatius, whose love it was to be actively involved in teaching catechism to children, directing adults in the Spiritual Exercises, and working among the poor and in hospitals, would for the most part sacrifice his love for the next fifteen years–until his death. He worked out of two small rooms, his bedroom and next to it his office, directing this new Society throughout the world. From his tiny quarters in Rome, he would live to see the Society of Jesus grow from eight to one thousand members, with colleges and houses all over Europe, and as far away as Brazil and Japan. The former worldly courtier and soldier, who had turned his gaze to another King and a different type of battle, died on July 31st and his feast day is celebrated by the universal church and the Jesuits on this day! Won’t you join us for the Mass and Dinner to help us honor and remember our good and holy founder? Tickets for the dinner are available at the parish office. Thanks and God Bless Fr Phil...

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