Lent Begins Wednesday!

The penitential season of Lent begins this Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, February 26, 2020 and lasts until the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, April 9, 2020.

The bishops of the United States prescribe, as minimal obligation, that all persons over 14 years of age are gravely obliged to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent.  All persons over 18 years of age and up to the beginning of their 60th year are gravely obliged to fast by limiting themselves to a single full meal on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, while the other two meals are to be light.

All the faithful are encouraged at attend Mass and to receive the Most Holy Eucharist daily, to use frequently the Sacrament of Penance, to undertake spiritual reading, especially the study of the Sacred Scriptures, and to attend parish Lenten devotions and Lenten educational programs.

Ashes will be distributed on Ash Wednesday at the 10am Mass at St. Joseph Church and at the 6:30am and 7:30pm Mass and 1:30pm Scripture Service at Presentation BVM Church.

On Sundays, we will pray the Stations of the Cross at 9:30am at St. Joseph Church.  A video will be shown in the Parish Community Room following the 10am Mass each Sunday.

All are encouraged to participate in the annual CRS Rice Bowl, which has aided countless hungry persons here in our Archdiocese and throughout the world.

You can sign up for daily Lenten reflections at the following sites:

FORMED Daily Lenten Reflections

Dynamic Catholic’s Best Lent Ever!

Vincentians/Miraculous Medal Shrine “Amazing Grace this Lent”

Funeral Notice: Jean Lembach

Jean LembachPlease pray for the soul of  Jean Lembach, who passed away on February 10, 2020.

There will be a visitation on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 9am at Saint Joseph Church, followed by the funeral Mass at 10am.   Click here for the obituary.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.
May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, thro
ugh the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Catholic Schools Week 2020

This week is Catholic Schools Week which is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States.  We thank God for the many people who dedicate their lives in service to our Catholic Schools and for the parents and benefactors who have given support and witness to the importance of Catholic education.  We pray that God will continue to bless their efforts and that our Catholic Schools students will continue to grow in faith, knowledge and service of others.

Although our own parish school, Saint Joseph School, closed in 2004, we are blessed that a number of our parish children attend our twinned parish’s school, Presentation BVM School. Registrations for the 2019-2020 academic year for grades K through 8, as well as the full day Preschool 3 and Pre-Kindergarten 4 programs, are now being accepted. Call the school at (215) 379-3798 to reserve a time to visit and tour the school. They look forward to meeting you and sharing their Pres Pride!

Come Out and Support Your Local First Responders

The 100% Volunteer Cheltenham Fire Company is excited to announce that it is teaming with NBC10 for a screening of a new episode of the hit series: CHICAGO FIRE.  The event will be held at Presentation BVM Church Hall,100 Old Soldiers Rd., Cheltenham from 6pm to 8pm on January 22, 2020.

This will be a very exciting evening! NBC10 will be on-site with Harry Hairston to emcee the event. There will be NBC10 give-aways and light refreshments. The Cheltenham Fire Company will be featured on Philly Live as well as on additional segments of the news, and the StormRanger10 Mobile Weather Vehicle may be parked at the event with potential live coverage (weather dependent).

Enjoy snacks, fun and surprises while learning how to help your local fire house!

The Epiphany of the Lord

The Epiphany Home Blessing is an ancient blessing in the Catholic tradition that transcends cultures and continents.  Legend holds that the letters correspond to the initials for the names of the Three Magi: Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar.  More importantly, these letters abbreviate the Latin phrase Christus Mansionem Benedicat” – “May Christ bless this house”.

The year “2020” is divided by this phrase as a reminder to keep Jesus at the center of our lives and our relationships, wherever we go.  The four crosses signify the four corners of the world to which we the Baptized are commissioned to proclaim the Gospel.  The crosses also remind us that in the Year of Faith that we are called to:

  • grow in faith
  • witness to our faith
  • share our faith
  • be transformed in faith

Traditionally this blessing is done on Epiphany but it can be done at any time. The chalking ritual below is as a way to encourage every household of faith to begin the New Year in faith.  This is a simple and versatile way to include family members of varied Christian denominations.  The short prayer that follows can be shared at the main entrance of the home.

Chalking Entranceway Prayer

Begin by singing a refrain of familiar a Christmas song (e.g. “What Child is This?”)

Leader:  The Lord be with you;
ALL:  And with your spirit.

Leader: May Christ dwell in this house and bestow peace to all its inhabitants!
ALL: And all who enter it!

Leader: Let us pray.  O God, you once used a star to lead wise ones and all people of good will to your Son.  May the light of Christ guide us to recognize him in the epiphanies of our lives, each and every day.  As we cross this threshold each day for work, study or play remind us of our true purpose – to love your people, do your will and lead others to you just as did the wise men of old.  May all who enter here find your gracious hospitality in our company and may all who dwell here seek you in the face of every guest.
ALL:  Christ bless this house.

Invite each person present to chalk the door way with the phrase: 20  + C + M + B +  20.  Provide a step ladder and assistance so that younger family members can participate.  If possible, conclude by singing another song (“O Come All Ye Faithful” or “We Three Kings”)

Leader:  May Christ dwell with us, keep us from harm and make us one in mind and heart, now and forever We pray for this and all good things in the name of your son, Jesus Christ.
ALL:  Come, Lord Jesus, into our homes and our hearts and remain with us now and always.

Funeral Notice: Sr. Margaret Gavaghan, SSJ

Sr Margaret GavaghanPlease pray for the soul of Sr. Margaret Gavaghan, SSJ, who passed away on December 24, 2019.  Sister Margaret lived at our convent for the past 15 years.

There will be a visitation on Monday, December 30, 2019 at 1pm at Saint Joseph Villa, 110 W. Wissahickon Ave., Flourtown, followed by the funeral Mass at 3pm.   Click here for the obituary.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.
May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, thro
ugh the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

2019 Christmas Celebration Schedule

Christmas CrechePlease note that the schedule for Sunday Masses on the weekends of December 21/22 and 28/29 will be the regular schedule in both parishes.

CONFESSIONS
Saturdays, December 21: 4pm – 4:45pm at Presentation B.V.M. Church.
There will be no confessions Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve.

CHRISTMAS MASSES AT SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH
December 24 – 5pm (Carols begin at 4:30pm)
December 25 – 10am (Carols begin at 9:45am)

CHRISTMAS MASSES AT PRESENTATION B.V.M. CHURCH
December 24 – 7:30pm (Carols begin at 7pm)
December 25 – 8:30am and 11:30am

SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD- Holy Day of Obligation
December 31 – 5pm Mass at Saint Joseph Church
January 1 – 10am Mass at Presentation B.V.M. Church (No 6:30am Mass)

Funeral Notice: Stephen Antol

Steve and Margaret Antol at the St. Joseph Spaghetti Dinner on May 18, 2012

Please pray for the soul of  Stephen Antol, husband of Margaret, who passed away on December 1, 2019.

There will be a viewing on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 8:30am at Saint Joseph Church, followed by the funeral Mass at 10am.   Click here for the obituary.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, thro
ugh the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Memorial Mass: Vicki Fella-Pleier

There will be a memorial Mass for Vicki Fella-Pleier, Saint Joseph School  Class of 1970, on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 12 noon at Saint Joseph Church.  The Mass will be celebrated by Father Eugene C. Wilson, Saint Joseph School Class of 1978.  There will be a visitation that morning beginning at 11 a.m.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.
May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, thro
ugh the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Funeral Notice: Dolores Stingel

Dolores Stingel with her late husband, Dan

Please pray for the soul of  Dolores Stingel, who passed away on November 7, 2019.

There will be a visitation on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 10am at Saint Joseph Church, followed by the funeral Mass at 11am.   Click here for the obituary.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.
May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, thro
ugh the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Funeral Notice: Margarete Quarry

Please pray for the soul of  Margarete Quarry, wife of Ron Quarry, who passed away on October 30, 2019.

There will be a viewing on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 10am at Saint Joseph Church, followed by the funeral Mass at 11am.   Click here for the obituary.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.
May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

All Saints Day

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All Saints Day at Saint Joseph, Cheltenham, 1998

Friday, November 1, 2019 is All Saints Day, a Holy Day of Obligation.  Masses at Saint Joseph Church will be Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 5pm and Friday, November 1, 2019 at 10am.

Masses at Presentation BVM Church will be 6:30am and 7:30pm on Friday, November 1, 2019.

ONE NIGHT ONLY – Divine Mercy Movie

Don’t miss your ONE-TIME, ONE NIGHT ONLY opportunity to see “Love and Mercy: Faustina” in theaters on Monday, October 28, at 7pm, including three theaters in our area.

Tickets are selling out quickly so be sure to order your tickets online in advance.  Bring a friend! What a great way to share in the message of Divine Mercy!

Help make “Love and Mercy: Faustina” a complete sell-out across the country.

The docudrama follows the incredible call of St. Faustina to religious life and the healing effects of this message on countless people around the world.

For more information on Divine Mercy, visit thedivinemercy.org.

Funeral Notice: Marie Murphy

Please pray for the soul of longtime parishioner, Marie Murphy, who passed away on October 6, 2019. She was a faithful member of our Senior Friends group.

There will be a viewing on Friday, October 11, 2019 at 9am at Saint Joseph Church, followed by the funeral Mass at 10am.   Click here for the obituary.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.
May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.