Dear OSJ Family,

Thank you to all who continue to ask about the status of our newly arrived senior priest, Father Mike Siconofli, SJ.  As some may know, Father arrived here following intensive surgery and was hoping to slow down at OSJ after having served for almost eight years as the Catholic chaplain at Quantico.

He enjoyed a thriving ministry to our Marines there and was anxious to begin serving the liturgical and sacramental needs of our parish. He celebrated several Masses in the past few weeks and proved to be an excellent preacher.  Sadly, last week he became ill again and, at the request of the Jesuit Provincial superior, has been summoned back to our health care facility at Fordham University in New York. There he will receive excellent medical attention and it is our hope that he will advance in his restoration to health. Please keep him in your prayers.

Also, I invite anyone to help us at this time in giving a donation to purchase new altar server vestments. Many of them are in need of replacing and, through your generosity, we hope to do that in time for the holidays. Indeed, vestments truly add to the beauty and dignity of our worship. The vestments that we hope to purchase will cost around $160 each and they can be donated in memory of a deceased person or in honor of a living person.

If you choose to purchase one or more vestments, we hope to create an honor roll of these names that will be placed in the church sacristy. If you’d simply like to make a small donation to the fund we will gladly accept that gift as well. Either way, If you’d like to help us purchase new vestments, please see me after Mass or call me at the parish offices 215-923-1733.

Thanks again and let us pray for Father Siconolfi and all who are in need of God’s healing and peace.

With my esteem and prayers,

Fr. Phil Florio, SJ