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November 28th and 29th, Online Event
Event: “God is Mercy” On-line Conference with SmartCatholics featuring Over 40 Catholic Speakers.
“Real stories of lives utterly changed by God’s love to help you renew your faith and be witness to God’s faithfulness.”
Hosted by the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family, and Faith through Smart Catholics On-line. Catholic Authors, Speakers, Priests, Religious and Passionate Catholics will be presenters. Free Registration.
Location: On-line at https://smartcatholics.com/events/
Speakers: 40+ Speakers including: Fr. Christopher Walsh, Fr. Stephen Delacy, Friars of the Mercedarian Religious Order and more! See website above for list of speakers.
To learn more: https://smartcatholics.com/events/
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 – 7:00 PM
Event: “Tired of Being Tired” Webinar
It’s easy to get burnt out in life. Whether from stress, depression, or even self-defeating thoughts. But, the joyful and exhilarating life God wants for you and your family is right around the corner! Join us as we discuss healthy and Catholic ways to defeat the tiredness and burnout which comes with everyday life. We welcome renowned psychiatrist and recent Catholic convert, Dr. Mohamed Dattu, to share his many thoughts! Webinar ID 919 8474 6957; Webinar Passcode 838651.
Speaker: Dr. Mohamed Dattu, Board Certified Psychiatrist
Hosted by: St. John Vianney Parish, Gladwyne, PA
More info: This event is online only. Please use the Zoom log-in information above to tune in.
Tuesdays, December 1st, 15th, and 22nd – 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Event: Zoom discussion on “Everything You Wanted to Know About the Sacraments but Were Afraid to Ask!”
Please join St. Augustine Parish (Philadelphia) as we host three virtual discussions during Advent on the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Did you ever wonder if babies who die without Baptism go to Limbo/Hell? What does it mean to receive the Holy Spirit in Confirmation? What is meant by “Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist”? We will discuss and answer these and other questions you might have regarding the three Sacraments of Initiation. Please register for each webinar separately.
Hosted by: St. Augustine Parish (Philadelphia) via Zoom
More info: Submit your questions to the speakers in advance to Jacob Marquart, O.F.S. at email@example.com or call (215) 627-1838.
December 2, 9, 16, 23 – 7:30-8:30 PM
Event: Advent Zoom Chats with Young Adults, “Journeying Together”
Join us as we journey together with Isaiah the Prophet, John the Baptist, Joseph and Mary and Christus Vivit (Christ is Alive), the Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation to Young People
How to participate: Zoom Meeting ID: 899 9777 6073; Passcode: ADVENT
December 4th-7:00 PM
Event: Healing Mass and Prayer Service
Join us for Holy Mass, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, praise and worship music and healing prayers.
Location: The Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, 654 Ferry Rd, Doylestown, PA 18901
Dec. 4- 6th, 2020
Online Advent Retreat: Praying Through Infertility
For those struggling with infertility, the time spent preparing for and celebrating Christmas can be bittersweet. But the Lord offers us great hope! Springs in the Desert invites those carrying the burden of infertility and loss to a FREE virtual mini-prayer retreat. Discover ways to connect more deeply to God and your spouse through prayer; contemplate the Lord’s closeness in your suffering; and learn ways to surrender your sorrows to God, and invite Him to guide you and strengthen your marriage. Retreat ends with a Facebook Live event on Dec. 6 at 2pm EST.
Saturday December 5, 2020- 7:00 PM
Event: Presentation The Spirituality of St. Francis de Sales
Speaker: Rev. Thomas F. Dailey, O.S.F.S
Please join us for a presentation on the Spirituality of St. Francis de Sales. Fr. Thomas Dailey is a priest in the religious congregation of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales (the patron saint of journalists and Catholic writers). He holds the John Cardinal Foley Chair of Homiletics and Social Communications at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He also serves as a research fellow for the Catholic Leadership Institute and as a scholarly expert in the Sophia Institute for Teachers.
Location: St. Anthony of Padua Parish, 259 Forest Ave. Ambler, PA 19002; In person in the sanctuary & livestreamed at www.saintanthonyparish.org
Saturday, December 5, 2020 – 10:00-11:15 AM
Event: Women’s Advent Morning of Reflection (on Zoom)
Topic: Understanding Mary’s Heart: Letting Her Fire Ignite Our Hearts
Our Lady’s heart burns with a fire of love for God and for each one of us. Join us for virtual morning of reflection in which we will seek to understand the heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, her role in our lives as Mother, and the peace and tranquility she wishes to bring into our lives, especially in these times of turmoil. We will also look to Mary to understand more deeply what it means to be a woman and how, during this Advent, we can grow closer to her and by doing so, ignite our feminine genius.
Speaker: Meghan Cokeley, Office for the New Evangelization, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Sponsored by: St. Andrew Catholic Church, Newtown PA
More info: View the flyer; No cost to attend; Click here to register or visit the website tinyurl.com/y4qbt2lr.
December 6-10, 2020
Event: Pastoral Conversion Advent Conference (online)
Sponsored by the Institute for Ministry Formation at Saint Vincent Seminary, LaTrobe, PA, this online conference will engage church leaders & lay ministers in the most important questions & approaches to pastoral conversion. “Catechesis needs to be presented as an ongoing proclamation of the Mystery of Christ, the objective of which is to foster in the heart of the baptized that full stature of Christ (cf. Eph 4:13) that is derived from a personal encounter with the Lord of life.” – Instruction on the Pastoral Conversion of the Parish, 23
Speakers: Fr. Boniface Hicks, OSB, Dan Cellucci, Annie Sarlo, Msgr. Brian Bransfield, Dr. Michel Thierren and more!
Learn more and register at: https://www.pastoralconversionconference.com/
Tuesday, December 8, 2020-7:00 PM (ENGLISH)
Event: Online Virtual Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Although we cannot go to France or visit your parish community during this extraordinary time, we are blessed to bring Lourdes virtually to you with an exceptional blessing from the Holy Father! Pope Francis has proclaimed a Plenary Indulgence for Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage ExperienceTM to be broadcast or live-streamed directly to you with the same grace as if we were in your local parish or the Sanctuary in France! Each experience is led by a one of our trained guides. Together we will journey to the Lourdes Grotto in our hearts and unite together under the mantle of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Location: Live-streamed online at the website below
More info: Please go to the website for more details, to register and to order your Lourdes pilgrimage kit: https://lourdesvolunteers.org/online-lourdes-virtual-pilgrimage-experience-2/
Thursday, December 10, 2020 – 12:30 PM EST
Event: Rowan Williams on “Saving our Order: Thomas Becket, Henry II and the Law of Church and State” – Webinar
The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy at Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law is co-sponsoring a virtual public lecture to mark the 850th anniversary of the murder of Saint Thomas Becket. Thomas Becket, saint and martyr, was the 39th Archbishop of Canterbury, serving from 1162 to December 29, 1170 when he was brutally murdered in his cathedral by knights loyal to King Henry II. His death sent shockwaves through medieval Europe which continue to resonate in the present day. The speaker, Rowan Williams, theologian and poet, was the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, serving from 2002 to 2012. He subsequently sat as a cross-bench peer in the House of Lords, and was Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge until his retirement from both in the summer of 2020. The Zoom lecture is free of charge but registration is required.
Speaker: Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury
More info: Register at https://ecclawsoc.org.uk/events/rowan-williams/ and a code will be emailed to you allowing entry to the lecture.
Sábado, 12 de diciembre, 2020, a las 3 pm (Hora del este)
Evento: Peregrinaje Virtual a Lourdes vía Internet en español
Juntos iremos a la Gruta en nuestros corazones y estaremos unidos bajo el manto de Nuestra Señora de Lourdes. Preparemos nuestros corazones (en lugar de nuestros equipajes) para este peregrinaje spiritual. No habrá turbulencia ni usaremos millas de viajero frecuente—¡pero recibiremos la misma Gracia! Un sobre conteniendo Agua de Lourdes y una imagen de Nuestra Señora de Lourdes en la Gruta que ha tocado una reliquia de primer grado de Sta. Bernardita Soubirous será enviada por correo postal a todos los que respondan (RSVP).
Mas información y inscripción gratis: https://lourdesvolunteers.org/online-lourdes-virtual-pilgrimage-experience-spanish/
Sunday, December 13th, 2020-2:00 PM
Event: Cathedral Virtual Christmas Concert
The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul proudly presents our first-ever Virtual Christmas Concert, Prayer for Peace,on December 13, 2020 at 2pm. Join the Cathedral choir and instrumentalists as they perform works by Abbie Betinis, Frank La Rocca, Julian Wachner, William Walton, as well as beloved Christmas Carols for all to participate. May we all experience the hope, joy and love of our Lord, Jesus Christ, throughout the Christmas season. A link to the concert will be emailed to you on the day of the concert, or any subsequent day after Dec. 13 when a ticket is purchased.
More info: For tickets, please visit.
Online Rosary Campaign for an End to the Coronavirus and Peace in Our Nation
“…there is no problem, as difficult as it may be, that we cannot resolve at this time by praying the Holy Rosary.” – Sr. Lucia of Fatima
Join us online, by phone or in spirit as we pray the Rosary asking the miraculous intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary to put an end to the coronavirus and to bring restoration to those most severely impacted by the pandemic. We are also asking Our Lady to bestow peace on our country during these tumultuous times.
For more details and log-in, visit: http://www.phillyevang.org/rosary
Third Sundays of every month at 11:30 AM
Event: Secular Carmelite Meeting
Interested in becoming a Secular Carmelite? Secular Carmelites live in allegiance to Jesus, seeking to imitate the Virgin Mary’s contemplation of the word of God and detachment. We strive to follow the teachings and example of Saint Teresa of Avila, Saint John of the Cross and other Carmelite saints. The Discalced Carmelite Secular Order invites those faithful, who desire to deepen their spiritual life through prayer, to inquire by attending a meeting.
Location: We meet at the Carmelite Monastery, 1400 Old York Road, Philadelphia. 19126, the third Sunday of every month at 11:30 am.
For information call Maribel at: 215-431-2817.
February 4-7, 2021
Event: FOCUS SEEK Small Group Conference (with Making Missionary Disciples Track for Parishes)
Whether you’ve attended FOCUS events in the past or have never been to a SEEK conference, this year we’re putting together a whole new immersive conference experience you can have right from home — no travel or time off required! SEEK21 will have live broadcast programming that will give you the flexibility to experience SEEK as a group with enough time for fellowship, prayer, meals, discussions and more built into each day. Invite your family, friends, neighbors, Bible study, parish group, etc. to join you for SEEK!
Speakers: Bishop Barron, Chika Anyanwu, Curtis Martin, Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, Sr. Bethany Madonna, Fr. Mike Schmitz and more
Cost: $449 per group (up to 10 people)
More info and registration: https://seek.focus.org/; Limited funding is available to help offset the cost for parish groups to participate in SEEK. Click here to learn more about the SEEK grant.
February 12-14, 2021
Event: RETROUVAILLE: REDISCOVER THE LOVE IN YOUR MARRIAGE Tens of thousands of couples have healed their marriages through Retrouvaille (pronounced Retro-vy). If you know anyone who could benefit from this program, please pass this on. Couples learn to build communication skills and to increase intimacy. It provides help for marriage problems, difficulties or crises. The next program begins the weekend of February 12 – 14, 2021 at the Family Life Center in Malvern, PA.
For more information, or to register, visit www.HelpOurMarriage.org or call 215-766-3944 or 800-470-2230. All inquiries are strictly confidential.
Monthly meetings, various times and locations
Event: Nourish for Caregivers Support Groups
In a recent Sunday Gospel Jesus reminds us that he desires mercy, not sacrifice. Mt 9:13 For caregivers, life is often all about sacrifice. Whether it is putting their own needs aside until the end of the day or forgoing self-care altogether, exhaustion and frustration can be ever present companions. This month, Nourish offers the topic “The Thing About Compassion.” We focus on caring for the caregiver because this role is not just about sacrifice, but also availing one’s self to the loving embrace from our merciful Jesus and his most Blessed Mother. The ministry meets in-person at a variety of times and locations throughout the Archdiocese as well as virtually via Zoom.
More information: visit http://www.phillyevang.org/nourish/ or contact Aimee Gustitis at 610-724-8950 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Courage apostolate is the Church’s invitation to people who experience same-sex attractions, who desire to live in accord with the Gospel call to chastity. A confidential support group led by a priest chaplain, Courage accompanies men and women along the road to integration, freedom and discipleship. Visit the Courage website at www.couragerc.org if you want to learn more. For more information about our local chapter please call: 215-587-4505 or email email@example.com
EnCourage is a ministry within the Catholic Church dedicated to the spiritual needs of parents, siblings, children, and other relatives and friends of persons who have same-sex attractions. Standing by the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, EnCourage members support one another and their loved ones through discussion, prayer and fellowship. Please visit the Courage website at www.couragerc.org if you want to learn more. For more information about our local chapter please call: 215-587-4505 or email firstname.lastname@example.org