Today`s Holy Word of God - St Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother

February 15, 2015
We celebrate the Holy Eucharist primarily to give
honor, praise, glory, and gratitude to Almighty
God. It is also offered for the needs of the Church
universal, for the intentions of those assembled,
and also for particular intentions, which for this
week are the following:
Vigil: The Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
5:00pm For your intentions
The Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:30am For all the sick
9:30am For priestly and religious vocations
11:30am For your intentions
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today’s Holy Word of God
First Reading: Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46
The lepers are to be brought to the priest.
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1
Do everything for the glory of God.
Gospel: Mark 1:29-239
Jesus healed the leper who spread the word.
Please refer to At Home with the Word, pages 46-47 for
suggested practices, insights into today’s Scriptures, and
reflection points.
Weekday in Ordinary Time, President’s Day
Saturday, February 14th: Vigil: Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
9:00amLisa, Connor & Matthew Hotchkiss-req Mom & Dad Holy Eucharist: 5pm. Confirmation Liturgy of the Word during
Mass. Spaghetti dinner tickets on sale after Mass: $10.
The Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order
9:00am Frances Pia -req Anna Marrone
Ash Wednesday
9:00am Joseph L. Zunino -req Pat & Teresa Waller family
7:00pm Special Intention
Thursday after Ash Wednesday
9:00am Mary Frascella– Family
Friday after Ash Wednesday
9:00am Palma Manfredini—req Dom Manfredini family
Saint Peter Damian, bishop, doctor of the Church
9:00am Denise Merget—req Melanie Villar
SATURDAY, February 21, 2015
Vigil: First Sunday of Lent
5:00pm For your intentions
First Sunday of Lent
7:30am For all the sick
9:30am For priestly & religious vocations
11:30am For your intentions
Sunday, February 15th: Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Holy
Eucharist: 7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am. Spaghetti dinner tickets on
sale after Masses: $10. High School Youth Group: 6pm at Saint
Gabriel Hall.
Monday, February 16th: Holy Eucharist: 9am. PREP sessions:
4:30pm to 5:45pm & 6:30pm to 7:45pm.
Tuesday, February 17th: Holy Eucharist: 9am. Rosary: 6:30pm in
the Narthex. Choir rehearsal: 7pm to 8:30pm.
Wednesday, February 18th: Holy Eucharist: 9am & 7pm. Imposition of blessed ashes within each Mass.
Thursday, February 19th: Holy Eucharist: 9am. Stewardship/
Finance Council Meeting: 7pm.
Friday, February 20th: Holy Eucharist: 9am. Spaghetti Dinner Setup at Hall: 6pm.
Saturday, February 21st: Rosary:8:30am in the narthex. Holy Eucharist: 9am. Churchkeepers: 9:30am. Spaghetti Dinner Prep at Hall:
10am. Sacrament of Reconciliation: 4:00pm-4:30pm.
Saturday, February 21st: Vigil: The First Sunday of Lent. Holy Eucharist: 5pm. Spaghetti dinner tickets on sale after Mass: $10.
Sunday, February 22nd: The First Sunday of Lent. Holy Eucharist:
7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am. Annual Spaghetti dinner at Hall:
Specific Mass intentions are accepted for most 12:30pm to 5pm. Take-out ends at 4:30pm. Tickets on sale after
weekdays. Please arrange through the Church Masses: $10 and at the door.
Office. Weekend Masses are celebrated for the
intentions of all present or for the designated
intention cited or for the presiders’ intentions
of obligation.
There are some available Mass intention dates for
March and April. Please contact the
Church Office.
Our Parish Religious Education and Faith Formation
Program, PREP, is for all children in grades 1 through
8, who are not enrolled in a full-time Catholic school.
Sessions are held every Monday from either 4:30 pm
to 5:45 pm or 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm from September
through April. Families who have children in our
program are expected to celebrate the weekend
Mass with our parish community and to support the
work of the parish prayerfully and financially. We
respectfully request at least a $3/week offering to
the weekend collection.
For the sick in our parish and larger community,
especially: Barry Zsilavecz, Nicholas Vitale, Ashley
Margetich, Nancy and Steve Murphy, Hanna
Goodwin, Nancy McKee, Sophie Akridge, Karen
Alison, Mike Prendergast, Ralph Papa, Syd Nunn,
Lonnie Stanley, Diane Miller, Tommy Vaheym, Ro
Ferranto, Keyra Bryant, Jordan Dougherty, Maryann
Steele, Jordan Guerin, Stephanie Price, Hilaire Lysle,
Kari Albertus, Sandy Henry, Robert Gallagher,
Edward Lafferty, Pat Kelleher, Scott Riale, Thelma
D’Amico, Clara Bertz, Jennie Lupo, Carol Greenhalgh,
Lisa Estock, Julia Donohue, Debbie Geist, Pat
Rybinski, , Russell Carmosino, John Lucas, Steve
Pizzini, Ann-Marie Farquharson, Dan Powers.
The names of the sick will be posted for six weeks.
Upon request they will continue to remain on our
prayer list. Please also remember in your prayers all
our servicemen and women.
Please pray for all who have died especially Mary
A statement letter, for tax purposes, confirming your
donations for last year (2014) is available upon
request. We can only verify what has been donated
in the offering envelopes or identifiable by check.
Please contact the Church Office. We are grateful for
your generous financial support.
We offer our sincere thanks to all who are contributing in any
way to the building up of our parish community. On the weekend
of February 7-8, there were 523 worshippers. The regular
collection amounted to $7,855. 176 envelopes were presented
for an average of $41.95 per envelope donor.
The weekly collection goal for this fiscal year remains at
$10,000. Our average weekly collection is $8,750, which
includes e-giving. Thanks to all donors, who are helping us
reach our goal. We need and appreciate your support. May
God reward your generosity, which helps us meet our expenses,
save for our capital projects, and provide for our future.
We rely on your generous participation in our Sacrificial
Giving—Tithing Way of Christian Stewardship. Thank you for
doing your share to help build up your parish by giving of your
time, talent, treasure. Please give serious prayerful
consideration to participating in tithing, a spiritual way of
Church support, which entails contributing 5% (or as close as
you can come to this standard) of your weekly income as a sign
of giving back to the Lord in gratitude the first fruits of all with
which he has blessed you. He will provide for your needs and
will never be outdone in generosity.
Another stewardship standard for sharing financial resources is
to contribute weekly an hourly wage or compensation or its
equivalent. Trust in the Lord’s providence! Decide to be a
generous steward. You will be rewarded in many ways.
Electronic giving (or e-giving) is an optional way to support our
parish and its mission. Currently e-giving adds about $1500 to
our reported weekly collection. For more information, please
contact the Church Office or our parish website.
When away, please remember to make your needed and appreciated donations before or afterward. Thank you!
Stewardship is also expressed by giving of time and talent to
the Lord’s work in the parish. We have many ministries and
invite you to consider participating in at least one.
This votive candle signals the Eucharistic presence of
the Lord Jesus in the tabernacle and burns
continuously. (14 days) Donations are accepted for
these candles to memorialize the deceased or for
any other worthy intention. This week the candle
will burn for a special intention.
A seven-day votive candle at the statue of our parish
patron, St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother, may be
lit in memory of the deceased or for any other
worthy intention. This week the lamp will burn for a
special intention.
All Catholics living in our parish area should register at your
earliest convenience, to acquire a sense of belonging to our
faith community and to avail yourself of the services of the
parish. Please fill out the preliminary form below and drop in
the Sunday offering basket. The Church office will telephone
to arrange for an appointment to meet with the pastor to
welcome you and to complete a full registration form. Thank
you and God bless you.
Address ___________________________________________
Phone: _________________________________
We are concluding the winter portion of Ordinary
Time in the Church’s liturgical year. This Wednesday
ushers in the Paschal cycle, the
Lenten-Easter season. In its
origins, Lent began as a season to
more intensely prepare
catechumens for the Easter
sacraments of Baptism,
Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist.
It was also a season for the
already initiated to prepare to renew their baptismal
commitment by the traditional works of Lent: prayer,
fasting, and almsgiving.
These are still worthwhile practices. Daily Mass is
certainly worth celebrating, if not every day, then one
or more days. On most Wednesdays, we will have
Mass at 7:30pm preceded by Stations of the Cross.
Ash Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinence from
meat. Fasting means eating only one full meatless
meal and not in between meals. The Fridays of Lent
are days of abstinence from meat. Almsgiving means
being sensitive and charitable especially to the poor
and needy.
Operation Rice Bowl neatly combines these three
traditional practices. They are available in the
vestibule by the pamphlet rack. The rack has many
good booklets on this special season of grace. See also
the special insert in today’s bulletin.
Our 26th annual spaghetti dinner will be held on
Sunday, February 22nd. Many volunteer helpers are
needed and wanted. High school students needing
service hours are welcome. Please check the poster
in the Narthex. Tickets are on sale for $10 after
Masses or from the Church Office.
Don’t miss this special parish event and community
builder, as well as enjoying a delicious home style
dinner suitable for all age groups!
Saint Gabriel Choir continues to invite all to join
in their ministry of leading and supporting our
sung praise of the Lord at our liturgies. Rehearsals
are held on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm at
Church. The choir is scheduled to lead the sung
worship once a month and also for special days.
For more information call or e-mail our choir
directors: Judy & Bob Boesch 570-401-7950 or
[email protected]
“He who sings, prays twice.” (St. Augustine)
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
This process introduces our Catholic faith to all who may be
interested in exploring this treasure. Non-Catholic inquirers,
returning Catholics and life-long Catholics who wish to know
more about our faith are welcome to participate. Committed
Catholics are also sought as team members. For more
information, telephone the Church Office at 610-268-0296. Sessions are held on Tuesdays at 7 pm in the Church Office
Conference Room.
Saint Gabriel parishioners may apply for admission of their children to Catholic schools in our area in the Philadelphia
Archdiocese,: especially Assumption, B.V.M. School, West
Grove, and Bishop Shanahan High School, Downingtown,
subject to their requirements as well as ours. Please contact
the principals: Mrs. Danielle White at Assumption School, 610869-9576 or Sister Maureen McDermott, IHM, at Bishop
Shanahan High School, 610-518-1300.
These schools are worth considering. Call the schools for more
information or to arrange for a tour or visit their websites.
Saint Gabriel parishioners who wish to register their child(ren)
at these schools must request a letter of sponsorship from our
parish. Our requirements for sponsorship are regular Sunday
Mass attendance at Saint Gabriel Church, participation in
parish life, and a minimum contribution to our Sunday
collection of $15.00 /week for the entire calendar year
(52 weeks) for one or more students from the same family.
This latter requirement is to help defray the $1,000.00 per student charge per year that Saint Gabriel parish pays in subsidies
to these parishes for each of our children, as well as the archdiocesan assessment for the support of Bishop Shanahan and the
other diocesan high schools.
These schools are currently enrolling students for next
school year.
The annual men’s spirituality conference will be held this year
at St. Joseph’ University Hagan Arena on Saturday, March 7th.
Featured dynamic speakers include: Dr. Scott Hahn, author of
Rome Sweet Home. Registration is $50; $25 for students,
which includes lunch. Visit to register.
Highly recommended!
The annual collection for the care of the aging and infirm
priests of the Archdiocese will be taken up next weekend,
February 21-22 as a 2nd collection after the distribution of Holy
Communion. Thank you for your usual generosity.
Parents who desire baptism for their children
should contact Father Maisano well in advance for
the important instruction. Faith practice and good
standing in the Church are required of both parents
and sponsors. Letters of eligibility from the sponsors’
respective parishes are required. Baptisms are
celebrated on the 2nd weekend of the month at
the 5pm Saturday Mass or at the 11:30 am Sunday
Couples requesting this sacrament are asked to
contact Father Maisano well in advance of the
desired wedding date. Archdiocesan norms require
at least six months advance notice. Pre-Cana
sessions are also required.
This sacrament of God’s pardon and peace is
celebrated every Saturday from 4pm to 4:30pm or
at other times by appointment. Please contact the
Church Office to arrange a suitable time.
The next Liturgy of the Word for 1st Reconciliation
& 1st Eucharist candidates will be on Sunday,
February 8th at the 9:30am Mass.
For Confirmation candidates, the next Liturgy of
the Word will be held during the 5pm Mass on
Saturday, February 14th.
At the Liturgy of the Word, sacramental candidates
will receive a printed handout with an
accompanying short worksheet, which should be
completed and submitted to the candidate’s
catechist or placed in the weekend collection. The
handout itself should be kept by the candidate.
Group 2 Confirmation candidates are reminded of
their Service Witness project on Monday, March
2nd, beginning at 6:30pm. Candidates are to be
able to recite their Word of Scripture and share
some information about their Confirmation name.
The parish offers prayerful best wishes to William
Timothy Scanlon, son of M/M Timothy and Katie
Nussbaum Scanlon, who was baptized last Sunday.
May he continue to grow in age, wisdom, and
God’s grace.
Phase 2 of our building plans continues. This includes erecting a
much-needed religious education center, a small multi-use
chapel, and perhaps a bell tower or campanile at a later date.
We need and seek the support of all parishioners. You may
place donations and fulfill pledges by making use of the goldcolored envelopes found in your mailed monthly packet. Thank
you for your generosity.
We are presently pursuing plans to construct the multi-use
Chapel, one of the projects we can presently afford. We have
approximately $600,000 to apply to this project. Contingent
upon sufficient funds available in the future, we will address
the Religious Education Center project.
Many are continuing to fulfill their pledges. We are also
grateful to all who, although having completed their pledge,
continue to make donations.
Because of the generous stewardship of many parishioners
and friends of the parish, we have thus far built and furnished
our Church, the Church Office, and the Rectory, all of which
have been paid for.
All parish families who have not made a financial faith
promise or pledge are encouraged to do so. If you would like
more information, please contact the Church Office. Please
pray for the continued success of our campaign and project.
Please consider an end of year donation. Thank you.
Our parish participates in this food and friendship outreach,
providing meals and friendly visits for those in need, financial
or other. Please contact our new parish coordinators: Ron &
Lenore Lupo at 610-268-5927 or 484-888-3012 or
[email protected] or the Church Office (610-268-0296) to
participate in or to benefit from this outreach ministry. There is
a supply of trays in the vestibule near the food donation basket
in the vestibule. Please help yourself and return the filled trays
to the freezer at Saint Gabriel Hall during the scheduled times.
There is also a freezer at the Saint Rocco Parish Center,9016
Gap Newport Pike, just south of our Church. Our parish freezer
is located at Saint Gabriel Hall, which will be open on Friday and
Saturday, from 8am to 8pm, on Sunday, 8am to 3pm and
Monday through Thursdays from 8am to 4pm. Please use the
right-hand side door closest to the PREP Building.
Universal Prayer: Prisoners
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild
lives of dignity.
Evangelization Prayer: Separated Spouses
That married people who are separated may find welcome
and support in the Christian community.
Please keep these intentions in your prayers.
His Word Today by Rev. William J. Reilly
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 15, 2015
Scripture Readings This Week
Sunday, February 15, 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Levitcus 13:1-2, 44-46; 1 Corinthians 10:31—11:1;
Mark 1:40-45
Monday, February 16, Weekday
Genesis 4:1-15, 25; Mark 8:11-13
Tuesday, February 17, Servite Order Founders
Genesis 6:5-8, 7:1-5,10; Mark 8:14-21
“I turn to you , Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with
the joy of salvation.”… “A leper came to Jesus and kneeling
down begged him and said, ‘If you wish, you can make me
clean.’ Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched
him, and said to him, ‘I do will it. Be made clean.’”
We read the psalms - praising, thanking, seeking forgiveness and
begging assistance. Our goal should be to make the psalmist’s
prayer our own. How important to turn to the Lord with great confidence whatever the circumstance, as we seek His joy and
It was with confidence that the leper approached the Lord, seemingly reminding Him of His ability to change his life. The words of
Wednesday, February 18, Ash Wednesday
Mark are clear describing his kneeling and attitude, earnestly askJoel 2:12-18; 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 ing help. What follows is the attitude and response of Jesus.
Thursday, February 19, Lenten Weekday
Moved with pity He reached and touched, something prohibited in
Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Luke 9:22-25
society at that time, and spoke a healing word. Whatever my
needs, healing of a relationship, forgiveness, the gift of faith, I
Friday, February 20, Lenten Weekday
come to God today with great confidence. I do not need to say ‘if
Isaiah 58:1-9a; Matthew 9:14-15
you wish,’ as the Lord wants what is best for me. I need only to
Saturday, February 21, Lenten Weekday
approach Him with humility and confidence that expresses my
Isaiah 58:9b-14; Lk 5:27-32
faith and dependence on He who can do what I both want and
The Parish extends prayerful best wishes to
Michael B Loftus and Ashley E. Stoddard, who
entered into the Sacrament of Marriage last
Saturday. May their mutual love continue to
reflect the love of Our Lord Jesus for his spouse,
his Holy Church.
Father, all life is in your care. You have entrusted
us to one another, that we may show our brothers
and sisters the same love you have for us.
We pray, then, for the least among us, the children in the womb. Protect them from the violence
of abortion.
We pray for those that are scheduled to die. Save
them from death.
Give new hope to their parents that they may turn
away from the desperate act of abortion.
Grant conversion to the abortionist and to the
Show us how we are to respond to the bloodshed
in our midst, and lead us to the day when this
place of death will be transformed into a haven for
Guard us with your joy and peace for in you, life is
victorious. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Everyone deserves a birthday! Choose Life!
Oremus Communications (OC) is currently hosting a daily series
of live streaming recitations of the Holy Rosary, praying especially
for promoting the culture of life. Live broadcasts are at 12:15pm
Monday thru Saturday and Sundays at 2pm. Log on to: then clicking onto Listen Live. Petitions and
suggestions may be sent to [email protected] Special
interesting guest speakers are often featured, so please tune in
regularly. The Rosary is also prayed on most Tuesday evenings
at 6:30pm in the Narthex before the statue of Our Lady of the
Pieta,’ and on the first Saturday of each month at 8:30am.
This international event is coming to Philadelphia, September
22-27, 2015. Be part of this historic event and learn more at the
official website:
All the seats on the two busses which the Parish has arranged
for transportation to the Papal Mass on September 27 have
been taken, so, regretfully, no more reservations are available.
In the event of cancellations, you may request to be on a
waiting list.
Our get-togethers on Sunday evenings have been enjoyable , filled with many interesting activities! The Group
welcomes all high schoolers from the parish and beyond.
Bring a high school friend. The Group meets most Sunday
evenings at 6pm at Saint Gabriel Hall. If you have any
questions, contact Kate Bolten (610-470-5438) or Michael
Uhle (484-643-3818).
Many parishioners are very solicitous about providing
for the needy in our area by regularly donating food,
clothing, and money. Non-perishable food only may
be placed in the basket in the Church vestibule
anytime. Monetary donations may be placed in a “St.
Vincent de Paul” envelope found in the vestibule and
placed in the weekend collection. The food is taken
weekly to a local pantry. The monetary donations are
placed in a fund and given to needy families and
individuals as needs arise.
If you or anyone you know in our parish or
community, who could use assistance, on a temporary
or long-term basis, please notify the Church Office.
The Parish and Our Good Samaritan ministry can
provide some help or direction.
The Archdiocesan Catholic Social Services has a local
office in West Chester. It provides a wide range of
services that we encourage you to utilize, such as
counseling, adoption services, etc. Phone 267-3312490 or [email protected]
offers the following programs
Natural Family Planning
Classes are held throughout the Archdiocese. For
more information and dates, phone the Family Life
Office,215-587-5639 or visit [email protected]
Separated and Divorced Catholics
Support group meetings are held at various parish
sites throughout the archdiocese. For more
information, please call the Family Life Office.
Marriage Encounter
This weekend has touched millions of couples, priests,
and religious. For more information and a schedule of
upcoming weekends, or to register, please telephone
Spiritual support group for homosexual men and
women seeking to live according to the Church’s
teaching on sexuality. For information call 1-215-5874505. Confidentiality is assured.
A support group for parents, relatives, and friends of
homosexually orientated persons. For information call
This is a process to help heal troubled marriages,
which has helped many couples. For more
information, phone 1-800-470-2230.
This Scripture based faith sharing group has met weekly
for many years on most Wednesday evenings from 7pm
to 8pm to discuss and reflect on the Scriptures for the
following Sunday or some other Scripture based topics.
We are hoping to expand the number of participants. If
you are interested, please come Wednesday night to
the sacristy near the statue of Our Lady of the Pieta’.
For more information, call the Church Office.
We remind all that we celebrate the best prayer, the Holy
Eucharist every weekday, Monday through Saturday at 9am.
Come pray, in this prayer given us by the Lord himself, to
praise him and to seek his blessings for yourself and others.
Your parish Church is also open for prayerful visits every
weekday from 8am to 5pm and on Sunday from 7am to 3pm.
Come pray in the Eucharistic presence of Our Lord, Jesus
This is the behavioral health company of Catholic Healthcare
Services of the Archdiocese, which provides individual couples,
and family counseling in a welcoming and supportive environment. Staff includes psychologists and Master’s level professsional psychotherapists. Day and evening hours are available.
This is a Medicare provider and accepts most health insurance.
Offices are in Levittown, East Norriton, Northeast Philadelphia,
South Philadelphia, and Springfield, Delaware County. To
schedule an appointment, please phone 855-518--2223.
The Parish is seeking visitors in each neighborhood of our
Parish to visit other parishioners and others to give them some
literature about the parish and also some spiritual reading
material. If interested, please contact Fr. Maisano at the Parish
Office. Our emissaries have found this ministry to be very
spiritually rewarding.
It is spiritually rewarding to celebrate this sacrament of God’s
pardon and peace. It is available on Saturdays from 4pm to
4:30pm or by appointment. Please avail yourself of this
We are renewing our efforts to have parishioners welcome worshippers to our weekend Masses. Individuals
and/or families are welcome to participate. It entails
coming 15 minutes before Mass starts, saying hello or
shaking hands with worshippers, and bringing up the
bread, wine, & collection. If interested, please contact
Angelique Raezer our coordinator at 610-444-1575.