NOVEMBER 2, 2008
COMMEMORATION OF ALL THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED (ALL SOULS)
RESPECT LIFE: FAITHFUL CITIZENSHIP
There seems to remain some confusion concerning the integration of our deep belief concerning the
sanctity of all human life and the appropriate exercise of our rights as citizens. Throughout October
I have concentrated on providing reflections on our Catholic belief of the sacredness of Human Life
and its implications on our lives. In the October 23rd issue of the Catholic Standard and Times,
Cardinal Rigali addressed this issue, and the following are excerpts from his article. When reading
the Cardinal’s words, it is most important to remember that as our bishop, he is our foremost teacher of the faith in our
Our own common sense tells us that not every issue is of the same importance. At various times in history, a people
or nation is confronted with an issue that transcends others in importance and that demands a courageous response.
The transcending issue of our day is the intentional destruction of innocent human life, as in abortion. We wish with
all our hearts that no candidate and no party were advocating this heinous act against the human person. However,
since it is a transcending issue, and even supported in its most extreme and horrific forms, we must proclaim time
and time again that no intrinsic evil can ever be supported in any way, most especially when it concerns the gravest
of all intrinsic evils: the taking of an innocent life.
We bishops of Pennsylvania quoted from the late Pope John Paul II’s Post Synodal Exhortation on the Vocation
and Mission of the Lay Faithful, and I quote him again here: “The inviolability of the person which is a reflection
of the absolute inviolability of God, finds its primary and fundamental expression in the inviolability of human life.
Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights — for example, the right to health,
to home, to work, to family, to culture — is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental
right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination” (Christifideles
At this moment in our country’s history, defense of innocent human life is a moral responsibility for all of us. The
same God who thundered from Mount Sinai: “Thou shalt not kill,” thunders still. When life in the womb is
destroyed, God thunders: “This is a child!” When by the most barbaric means, unworthy of any civilized people,
the brain of a child is sucked out of his or her head by a vacuum, God thunders: “This is a child!” When a baby
is left to die of exposure on a shelf because of a failed abortion, and this is considered a “right” by any leader, God,
the Source of all law and authority, thunders: “This is a child!” When we are faced with every modern means of
education and communication, in addition to the law placed in our hearts at creation, no one, and most especially,
no Catholic, can ever say: “I did not know.”
The human dignity that we proclaim works two ways: it affords us a great privilege but it also demands a
responsibility. The feeble defense “I did not know” cannot be used by any responsible person in our time when
confronted with the reality of abortion. We do know. We know because we can reason and think and see. Along with
this position, which is confirmed by modern science, comes a command: “Thou shalt not kill.” It is not a question
of politics but a question of the gravest of intrinsic evils; and just as the reality of what it is cannot be explained
away, neither can our responsibility.
Throughout our history, Catholics have earned their right to call themselves patriotic Americans. Faithful
citizenship not only includes dying for one’s country or working towards its prosperity, it also includes being
faithful to a law which is higher than the expediency of the moment with the same generosity of body and heart, and
the same courage that is given on the battlefield and in the workplace. We remind ourselves of this as we continue
to be called to faithful citizenship and respect for life in the “earthly city” without forgetting that we are ultimately
called to live as citizens of heaven forever.
SPECIAL SECOND COLLECTION NEXT WEEKEND!
November 8-9, 2008
Cardinal Justin Rigali as requested that all parishes in the
Kindly remember in your prayers all of the sick or disabled Archdiocese take up a special collection as soon as possible
members of our parish family, especially Mary Falcone, Nicole which will go to help the Hurricane damaged areas in Texas.
Lamonaca, Steve Pilotti, Karen and William Gordon,Velia Hurricane Gustav and Ike touched land in Louisiana, with the
Meccariello, Maria Sciascio, Sandra Doane, Ed Drill, Anthony majority of damage caused by Hurricane Gustav. Hurricane
Ciarlone, Sean McDermott, Dom Novelli, Vera Tramutolo, Ike did impact significantly the Dioceses of Houma-
Teresa D’Amico, Melinda Moyer, Margie Allen, Angelo Thibodaux, Lake Charles and Lafayette. Ike also destroyed
large areas of South Texas, in particular the Archdiocese of
Tantalo, Angela Falcone, Lauren Robb, Robert Roux, Elsa
Galveston-Houston and the Diocese of Beaumont where the
Marsili, Martin Lemma, Carolyn Lindsay, Michael Dorizio, Ray
greatest damage has taken place. Please be generous.
DiSerafino, Dottie Boyle, Josephine Sorrentino, Jim Sanders,
Edward Hughes, Irma & Americo Italiano, Tony Lalli, Ida
McFadden, Eleanor Tate, Lisa Jackson, Philomena Cappelli,
Lucy DeMasi, Nina MacDonald, Jack McHale, Alec Temoyan,
2 - Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast
Lillian Angelini, Barbara Archer, Mary B. Smith, Edith Parella,
after all the Masses
Joanne McFarland, Rose Lemma, John DeLuccia, Lucrezia
2 - 8:30 am - Mass 100th Anniversary of the
Millianti, Steve Clark , Hugh Bradwel, Congetta and Francis
Downey, Connie DiDario, Howard Price, Stanley Quick, Becky
2 - 11:30 am - Mass for all of the Faithful Departed
Wilson and Daniel Phillips. 2 - 1:00 pm - Baptisms
Please keep in prayer our parishioners serving in the 2 - 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Eucharistic Adoration for all the
Military, especially Miles R. Bower, John C. Church, Jr., faithful departed
Jeremy P. McTiernan, Kristen A. Sproat and Adam H. Bouvier. 3 - 4:30 pm - PREP levels 1 to 6 (school)
4 - 7:00 am - Voting in the Parish Hall
4 - 8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Adoration of the Blessed
Sacrament concluding with quiet reposition
4 - 1:00 pm - Legion of Mary (vicar’s office)
MONDAY, NOVEM BER 3, 2008 5 - 12:30 pm - Cooking with Kids (School)
Martin de Porres, Religious 5 - 7:00 pm - Lecture Series on St. Paul (upper room)
6:30 - Frank Neary, 12 th Anniv (wife, Fran) 5 - 7:00 pm - RCIA (vicar’s office)
8:00 - Eugene Guarnere (Msgr. Marino) 6 - 3:30 pm - Liturgy Board Meeting (vicar’s office)
6 - 7:00 pm - Pre-Cana (upper room)
TUESDAY, NOVEM BER 4, 2008 6 - 7:15 pm - Choir Rehearsal (choir loft)
Charles Borromeo, Bishop 7 - 7:00 am - Living Bridges Men’s Faith Sharing (parish hall)
6:30 - Pasquale Valeriani (Genoeffa Trosini & daughter) 7 - 8:00 am - First Friday Devotions
8:00 - Anne D’Ascanio (Gabriel Roscioli) 8 - 6:30 am - Red Cross Blood Drive (parish hall)
8/9 - SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR HURRICANE RELIEF
W EDNESDAY, NOVEM BER 5, 2008 9 - 10:00 am - Youth Presence Mass
6:30 - Denise Filipone (Charles & Barbara Archer) 9 - 6:00 pm - Youth Ministry Meeting (parish hall)
8:00 - Majorie Michitti (Arnoldo Londrillo) 10 - 8:30 am - Picture Day (school)
10 - 4:30 pm - PREP levels 1 to 6 (school)
THURSDAY, NOVEM BER 6, 2008 10 - 7:00 pm - Knights of Columbus (upper room)
10 - 7:00 pm - Lay Carmelites (vicar’s office)
6:30 - Clara DiMartini (Joanne & Chris Bouvier)
11 - 8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Adoration of the Blessed
8:00 - Rose Odorisio (Michael Maiese)
Sacrament concluding with quiet reposition
FIRST FRIDAY, NOVEM BER 7, 2008
6:30 - Gloria & Gerry Scherick
THE SANCTUARY LAMP
8:00 - Anthony Ricci (Pierina DiPiano)
The sanctuary lamp will burn from October
31 through November 6 in loving memory of Luigi
SATURDAY, NOVEM BER 8, 2008 Tartaglia. This gift was presented by his wife Viola
9:00 - Deceased Members of the Legion of Mary (The Legion) and family..
ANNUAL APPEAL BUILDING FUND
THANK YOU FOR YOUR 2008 Yearly Goal – $200,000.00
FAITHFUL STEWARDSHIP Contributions to date: $44,482.00
10/26/08: $6,410 YTD: $136,925 Outstanding Amount: $155,518.00
10/28/07: $6,132 YTD: $120,593
We thank all of our contributing
Same Period Last year: $67,065.00
parishioners for your generous support
and faithful stewardship.
SUNDAY, NOV. 2 THROUGH From Humble Beginnings,
SUNDAY, NOV. 9, 2008 A Journey Full of Grace
Sunday: Wis 3:1-9; Rom 5:5-11 or 1908-2008
6:3-9; Jn 6:37-40
The Centennial History of
Monday: Phil 2:1-4; Lk 14:12-14
Tuesday: Phil 2:5-11; Lk 14:15-24
Our Lady of the Assumption
(Rom 12:3-13; Jn 10:11-16) Parish.
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EUCHARISTIC ADORATION SAINT PAUL LECTURE SERIES
TUESDAYS AFTER THE “Called to Conversion”
8:00 AM MASS Mark you calendar and plan to join Msgr. Joseph T. Marino for
and throughout the day until 5:00 PM an exciting lecture series on Saint Paul on the Wednesday
More volunteers are needed to spend evenings through November 5. Msgr. Marino has based this
one hour with the Blessed Sacrament each series on a book and seven-day retreat by Ronald D. Wintherup,
week. Presently we have eighteen SS., entitled: “Saint Paul Called to Conversion.”
parishioners who faithfully attend and stay
for an hour and sometimes more. Please consider joining OLA/RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
this group so we can be assured that there will be coverage Saturday, November 8, 2008
for every hour. Sign up book is on the bookcase in the rear 9 AM - 2 PM
of the church. Please be generous in spending time before OLA Parish Hall
our Lord in the communion of prayer. Give the Gift of Life. Please consider giving
blood at OLA. Your act of Christian Charity
LAY CARMELITE MONTHLY MEETING could make a big difference to someone in
Have you ever wished to live your Catholic need of a transfusion. To make an appointment and
Christian life more deeply? Have you ever had that reserve your time to give the gift of life, please call
nagging little sense that God is vaguely missing from your Richard Roth from our Knights of Columbus Council at
life? Come and see if the Lay Carmelites might be the 610-688-7777.
remedy for your unrest. The Charism of the Order is
Prayer; it’s net effect: Loving Service to others as Lay LOST AND FOUND
Members of the Order of Carmelites, St. Elias Province. Found: a holographic bookmark with a picture
Meetings: 2nd Monday of the month, 7:00 pm at the of St. Gabriel and Our Blessed Mother in church and
Vicar’s Office, 2 Forrest Lane, Strafford. COME AND turned into the rectory. There is an indication on the
SEE! Next meeting November 10, 2008. bookmark that it was blessed by Pope Benedict on April
LEGION OF MARY WEEKLY MEETINGS Also found in Church was a Swiss Army Watch
“I was a stranger you invited me in; with a black face and black band. The band is broken.
I was sick and you visited me; A Ladies change purse with no ID.
was in prison and you came to me.” These items can be claimed at the rectory any
day Monday through Friday between 9:00 AM and 5:00
These are the duties of the Legion of Mary for our
very own parishioners of OLA.
There is an ever-increasing number of people to
visit. Please, search your heart and help Our Lady’s
Legion of Mary. We meet on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm at the HELP NEEDED!!
Vicar’s Office, 2 Forrest Lane. An evening meeting will Our Lady of the Assumption Rectory is in need of an
be established if enough people show compassion and evening cook. The days and times are as follows,
interest. Call Diane Jiorle at 610-986-0000 or Diane Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – 3:30 pm until
McTiernan 610-688-0363. 7:30 pm Please contact Bob McCaffrey, Business
“To the extent that you have done it to the least of my Manager at the rectory at 610-688-1178.
brothers you have done it unto me.”
O.L.A. COMMUNITY OUTREACH COME, BE REFRESHED AND RENEWED!
FOOD ITEMS! Reflections for Women.
Please remember the less fortunate when you go shopping! All Women Invited. Join us in the Upper Room on
We need canned goods for our Food Bank. Items like Tuesdays. Next Meeting November 11, 2008 10:30am-
Tuna fish, canned meats or chicken, one can meals (like 11:30am. Discussion of Joyce Rupp's "May I Have this
ravioli), cereal, pasta, tomato sauce, mac & cheese, rice, Dance" (November Chapter) Mark you calender for the
baby-food and other non-perishable items. These items last meetings of the year on December 2nd and 16th! For
can be placed in the basket in the center aisle of the church more information, Please contact Sister Rose at 610-688-
when you come to Mass, and they will be brought up in 6590
procession at the presentation and preparation of the Gifts.
We thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness! IF
YOU HAPPEN TO BRING ITEMS DURING THE CUSTODIAL POSITION
WEEK – you can place them on the cart in the freezer There is a part-time Custodial Position available at
room under the rectory office. Archbishop Carroll High School, 211 Matson Ford Road,
Radnor, PA. Light housekeeping duties (sweeping, dusting,
litter removal, vacuuming where appropriate), Mon. through
COMMUNITY OUTREACH Fri., 15 hours per week, negotiable afternoon/evening time
TO THE PRISON COMMUNITY – frame. Interested parties should contact the president at
Collecting any gently used or new Bibles and rosaries Archbishop Carroll High School at firstname.lastname@example.org or
call 610-688-7610, ext. 114.
for inmates at Graterford Prison on the weekends of
November 7-8. Place items in the wicker baskets in
the vestibule of the church. ST. KATHARINE OF SIENA SCHOOL NEW S
Mark your calendars for these important dates!
MONDAY, November 10 – 10 am - 2 pm and 6:30 pm –7:30
CONSIDER BECOMING A pm is Registration for the 2009-2010 school year for
LITURGICAL MINISTER! CURRENT SKS school families. A school tour will take
We are looking for Lectors to Proclaim the Word of God place at 11 am.
at our weekend Masses. If you would like to join this
Ministry Team, call Mary Murphy at 610-687-6421. We TUESDAY, Nov. 11 from 10 am – 2 pm and 6:30 pm – 7:30
are also looking for Ministers of Hospitality/Greeters and pm is Registration for the 2009-2010 school year for NEW
Ushers. If you would like to volunteer for this important families. A school tour will take place at 6:30 pm.
ministry, please call Vince Caprio at 610-644-3482 or you
If you have questions or need further information, please call
can call the rectory at 610-688-1178.
the school office at 610-688-5451 for detailed information.
Check out our school website at
Stand Up For Life Dinner
Sunday, November 23, 2008 2 ND ANNUAL BEEF AND BEER
4:00 p.m. Cocktails – 5:00 p.m. Dinner St. Katharine of Siena School
Sheraton Philadelphia Center City featuring BLACKTHORN
17th & Race Street Friday, November 14 th at 7:00 PM
The proceeds from this “fun-raiser” will benefit the
featuring: Dr. Alveda King school. For general info, sponsorship opportunities and raffle
If you are interested in attending this dinner, info log onto www.stkatherineofsiena.org.
please contact the rectory. Msgr. Marino is For tickets, contact Jeanne Mulvanerty by phone at
supporting this effort by purchasing a table for 10. 484-431-8741 or by email mulvanertys103@ verizon.net
Seats will be given out on a “first-come first-served” This event sold out last year, so get your tickets early.
basis. Please make your reservation by November 10, Tickets will not be sold at the door.
MARRIAGE ENRICHM ENT EVENING
Thursday November 6, 2008 7pm – Upper Room
John Paul II’s Theology of the Body
MAIN LINE SINGLES DINNER CLUB, AGES 49-63 We’re offering an evening for marriage enrichment through a
CATHOLIC men and women are cordially invited to join discussion of Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Please
“The Main Line Singles Dinner Club” to share common join us and Deacon Michael Speziale on Thursday evening 11/6
interests and dine together bi-monthly. Our next event is at 7pm for the discussion. If you can’t make it, please encourage
on Sun., Nov. 16 at 16:15 pm, a restaurant event at “The other married couples to join us. It’s certainly a discussion worth
Newtown Grill” located at 191 S. Newtown Street Rd., having to consider the value of marriage, the value of the
Newtown, Sq., PA. For more info call Barb at 610-896- spouse(s) and the source and model which comes directly from
ADULTS 65 AND OLDER CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR
“The Gift of A Lifetime” Mother of Divine providence in King of Prussia is holding their
Invest in the future of annual CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR and Bazaar on Saturday,
Our Lady of the Assumption November 15 th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This year’s event, in
CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITY our newly expanded addition, will feature over 120 crafters,
• Guaranteed income to you and your spouse for life Santa, baked goods, homemade food, entertainment, children’s
• Tax Benefits games, and many other attractions. For directions to the school,
• Secured by Archdiocese of Philadelphia or for more information, call the rectory at 610-265-4178 or log
BEQUEST on to www.mdpparish.com .
• Gift of Cash, Securities, Property
• Tax Benefits
And other ways to help support Catholic Way of life FLOWERS FOR THE BLESSED MOTHER...
For more information please call Bill Boland at were presented on the weekend of October
215-587-5650 26th from the Breault family in memory of
Pick up a brochure in the rear of the church Dermott Glackin, Sadie Laverty and
PETER PAN at Bishop Shanahan High School
Fine Arts Department proudly presents the Broadway musical ATTENTION 7TH AND 8TH GRADE GIRLS
“Peter Pan” on Nov. 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8:00 pm. Two U R CALLED 2 B A DISCIPLE
special matinee performances on Sat., Nov. 15 and Sun., Nov. You are invited to a Day of Reflection on St. Paul &
16 at 2:00 PM. Reserved seats at $12 and $10. Call 610-518- Discipleship sponsored by the IHM Sisters on Sunday,
1300, ext. 4271 for ticket info. November 16, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Villa
Maria House of Studies, 1140 King Road, Immaculata, PA
19345. Mass is included! Bring a brown bag lunch. For more
information, contact Sister Carmen Teresa, IHM, 610-889-
1553, ext. 532, email@example.com.
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2230 or 302-832-8044 or visit the w eb site at For more info contact Mike Prendergast in the Alumni Office at
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• Christmas corner, bakery, crafts, gift items, collectibles,
CARDINAL O’HARA BAND CRAFT FAIR
rummage, furniture, linens, toys, games and more
November 22 and 23, 2008 – 10 am thru 4 pm in the school
• Entertainment 11:30 to 12:30 – McDade Irish Dancers,
cafeteria (1701 Sproul Rd., Springfield, PA).
Santa and Clown.
Shop for Christmas. 80 vendors of hand-made crafts, food,
• Hot and Cold lunches available
jewelry, outdoor items, and beautiful glass items plus much,
For more information contact Sister Helena at 610-520-1976.
much more. Baked Goods, and Breakfast and Lunch items for
Sale by the Band Parent Association. Admission is Free !
CAMILLA HALL ART SHOW
Located on the grounds of Immaculata University, YO! YOU ARE INVITED TO ST. NORBERT’S for the 10 th
Sunday, Nov. 9 from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm Annual Reception and Auction to benefit Bethesda Project and
REFRESHMENTS. Please come and bring a friend. St. G abriel’s Food Cupboard. South Philly Comes to Paoli –
Saturday, Noveber 8, 2008. Delicious Philly Phood. . . Phun
CHRISTMAS TREE NEEDED Entertainment . . . Phantastic philanthropic opportunities. This
is a fabulous event where friends from all over the community
If you have a Pine or Spruce or Cedar Christmas tree on
gather under one roof for great food, fellowship and fun while
your front lawn that might be a little too big, let us know. raising money for Bethesda Project and St. Gabriel’s Food
It might be just the right size for our Outside Christmas Cupboard. Please visit the websites for these two am azing
tree this year. Just call Denise Antonini or Rick West at o rgan izations and get ready to be inspired.
the Rectory, 610-688-1178 and we will have Davey Tree www.bethesdaproject.org – www.stgabrielparish.org.
take a look. 5-108OLA