Hi everyone - It's been a bit of a whirlwind and we can't believe we're just a week away from Candlemas already! It was a very busy Advent and Christmas at the parish. Along with our usual Advent and Christmas preparations, the parish participated in Adopt-A-Family to help provide gifts for families in need. Joanne also organized our 2nd Sock Drive and we collected 133 socks. Then we finished off the Christmas season with providing dinner for families without homes as part of the Family Promise program. Thank you to everyone for spreading Christ's love this season! A few pictures below from Advent and Adopt-A-Family.
**Special thanks to Elise and Michael Hudson, who also participated in Adopt-A-Family, but weren't able to be in the picture.
This Sunday we took some time to lovingly remember Br. Robert Julian Dabrow, a Carmelite of Mercy, who died one year ago today. Before Mass, we prayed the rosary, a devotion he loved. Today's epistle in the Revised Common Lectionary, Ephesians 6:10-20, about the whole armor of God, is extensively quoted in the Rule of St. Albert, the Carmelite Rule; and we sang one of his favorite hymns, "Hark, hark my soul, angelic songs are swelling." Afterwards, we went out for a celebratory dinner at which we toasted his memory. Bob took great joy in praying with the parish, hospitality, good food, and good company, so we're pretty sure he approved. A very special thanks to all who made this a lovely evening.
Ever wonder how much tuna salad it takes to feed 150 people? This much! Thank you to everyone who participated in Operation Tuna Salad this past Friday. Once a month from May-September, folks from the parish join members of the Hunger Task Force of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County to help chop veggies, cook pasta, open giant cans of tuna, measure out mayonnaise, and make enough tuna salad for 150 people at the Life Center of Delaware County. A special thanks to Sue Gibbons for organizing this!
We were working on processing and uploading the video for Sunday Mass, and were greeted with this in the first frame 😄! Hmmm...as one of our clergy in the Boston area once remarked, "We take our faith seriously, but not ourselves."
A special thanks to Paddy for bringing a smile to our faces this evening!
Congratulations to Dave Wood, who was ordained to the diaconate on June 9, 2018 at Holy Cross Chapel located at the Adelynrood Retreat Center! Our newest deacon lives in the Boston area and has a deep love for the traditional liturgy. We're excited for him and looking forward to his diaconate year as he takes his next steps to prepare for the priesthood. A few pictures below!
We don't usually take many pictures during Holy Week services, but we managed to get a couple for each evening of the Triduum. Thank you to everyone who made this a special Holy Week for all!
We are so happy for Tom, who received the Sacrament of Confirmation during the Easter Vigil! Below are Patrick (Tom's sponsor), Tom, and Bp. Tim.
We were excited to have our 2nd Lectionary Bible Study today, which was facilitated by Patrick C.! Last month was our first Lectionary Bible Study discussion, a ministry begun by Elise Hudson. Based on her experiences as a lector reflecting on the Scripture readings before Mass, she conceived of a regular informal, lay-led discussion of the Sunday Mass readings. Each monthly discussion is facilitated by a different lay member of the congregation, who selects whatever format they wish for the discussion, such as sharing reflections on certain words and images to questions about specific aspects of the text. The discussions are lively and thoughtful. We have people from diverse backgrounds and are enriched by the different perspectives! We can't wait until the next discussion on April 15 which will be facilitated by Mike D.
With a community in the Boston area and one in the Philadelphia regions, Super Bowl fever has hit the ICCC along with a friendly wager! The losing side will make a donation to a charity of the winning side's choosing. If the Patriot's win, our Philadelphia community, will be sending a donation to Beverly Bootstraps. If the Eagles win, the ICCC community in the Boston area, Oratory of St. Catherine of Siena, will be sending a donation to the Media Food Bank. FLY, EAGLES, FLY! And here's some inspiration from the Bible and the Philly Orchestra!
Hello everyone - We meant to post these earlier, but it's been a busy week! The parish collected a total of 155 pairs of socks for the sock drive and these are now part of the decorations in the sanctuary. A very special thanks to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County who organized the clothing drive (and decorated the tree!) and to Joanne who organized our sock drive. If you have a chance before or after Mass, stop by the sanctuary and check out the lovely tree and the socks in the baskets at the base of the tree.