This Sunday, January 26th the Knights of Columbus will host a pancake breakfast. After the 9:00 AM Mass please join us in Walker Hall for breakfast. The cost is $ 8.00 for adults, $5.00 for children and those under 5 eat free. There is also a discount for families of 4 or more. See you then for breakfast.
Nominations for Parish Pastoral Council
There will be three seats open on the Parish Pastoral Council at the end of this fiscal year. Nominations will be taken in Mid-March. When the forms appear in the pews, please consider nominating yourself or someone whom you think would be an asset to the council.
Catholic Relief Services and our Parish
Catholic Relief Services has been in existence for over 75 years. In 2018, CRS celebrated its 75th anniversary. Born out of the refugee crisis following World War II, today the CRS staff, partners, supporters and beneficiaries serve in more than 100 countries around the world, responding to disaster, strengthening communities, and so much more.
Recently, along with a number of parishioners, I met with the leadership of CRS in the Mid-Atlantic Region to begin to explore the possibility of forming a CRS Chapter in our parish to make the work of CRS an integral part of St. Cornelius.
I am going to contact pastors of neighboring parishes to see if they are interested in joining us. This CRS ministry may not be the answer to conversion of faith for the entire parish, but it could be the opportunity many are looking for in order to articulate and live their faith.
The focus at this time is multi-dimensional:
- Education. To raise awareness of what CRS does.
- Advocacy. Communicate with our government agencies to advocate for and help maintain 1% of the federal budget to overseas support. This involves communicating with Congress and other elected officials.
- Community fundraising efforts. The chapter will be a conduit for CRS fundraising efforts, education and communications to let people know what happens with the donations.
- CRS will supply an ongoing level of support via monthly national conference calls. From this we may receive specific assignments for our chapter.
This effort on behalf of CRS is still very new and will continue to grow and develop over time. I present this topic as a way of asking you to give prayerful consideration to participate in this unique opportunity to live your discipleship and work to bring the goodness of the Kingdom of God to those most in need.
I invite all you to explore this opportunity further by coming to a meeting in the Fr. Simon Room in the PLC on Thursday, February 6th at 7:00PM. If you have any questions you can contact me at the PLC or JoEllen via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catholic Schools Week
I invite you to an Open House at St. Cornelius School as we kick off a celebration of Catholic Schools Week. The Open House is from 1:00 to 3:00 this Sunday, January 26th. Meet with teachers and staff • Tour classrooms • Participate in fun workshops • Check out the beautiful school grounds Faith-based academic excellence. NOW ENROLLING Pre-K through 8th grade.
The Saint Cornelius Literary Society
We had a terrific start to the SCLS. About three dozen parishioners met at 3:00 in the Father Simon Room of the Parish Life Center, where the monthly gatherings will be held. This month the SCLS focused on Graham Green’s The Power and the Glory. Next month we will gather on February 9th and move through some readings of Flannery O’Connor’s stories of American South, which she described as not Christ-centered-but-Christ-haunted. The three short stories we will explore are: A good man is hard to find, The enduring chill and The displaced person. A good collection in paperback is Flannery O’Connor: The Complete Short Stories, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1989). It’s $ 11.39 paperback. $9.99 e-book – for those so inclined.
March for Life
Tomorrow the bus will be leaving St. Cornelius at 8 A.M. for the trip to Washington, DC for the March for Life. Please keep the pilgrims making this important journey on behalf of the most vulnerable – the unborn – in your prayers.
9 Days for Life
Archbishop Chaput is encouraging the faithful throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to join in solidarity with Catholics from throughout the country by participating in “9 Days for Life.” This initiative is sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). It is centered on prayer and calls for an end to abortion as well as renewed respect for the dignity of all human life.
Information regarding “9 Days for Life” is posted on the USCCB website at www.9daysforlife.com. On this site you will find the prayers, programmatic and promotional resources to encourage this nationwide prayer effort. You can also follow along with activities across the country on social media using the hashtag #9DaysforLife. Participants can choose to receive the novena via email, text message, a printable version, or through a free "9 Days for Life" mobile app (with customizable reminders) in English or Spanish.
Stand Up for Life Essay Contest
The St. Cornelius Respect Life Committee and the Knights of Columbus are co-sponsoring an Essay Contest from January 26 to February 23. Contest is open to all students of the parish in grades 6-8. Winners will be notified on March 3, the Feast of St. Katharine Drexel. Cash Prizes: First Place-$75 Second Place-$50 Third Place- $25 Essay Theme: “Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman.” Please go to saintcornelius.org/bulletins for complete details and rules.
Men’s Spirituality Retreat at Malvern
Consider joining us for our Annual St Blaise Men’s Retreat at Malvern January 31, 2020 – February 2, 2020 Prayer. This is not simply a boys weekend away. The weekend involves Discernment, Fellowship Conferences by Father Zlock, pastor of St Monica’s Parish in Berwyn. Along with guest speaker, Matt Lozano, also present for the weekend will be Unbound Ministries, Mass, Confession, Rosary, Stations of the Cross, Adoration Time to get away from the busyness of everyday life and spend time with our Lord for more information Contact: David Santoleri at (302) 345-2637 or Tony Gentile at (610) 513-6834
That Man Is You
This men’s group meets on Wednesday morning beginning at 6:30 AM for alight breakfast a brief video reflection and time for discussion and sharing. It is an early start to the day but well worth the effort.