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www.strichardchurch.org Parish Rectory SAINT RICHARD PARISH- Strengthened by the Holy Spirit Two Beautiful Churches ~ One Great Parish Pastor Parochial Vicar Director of Faith Formation Sacramental Information Baptisms Reconciliation Marriage Anointing of the Sick Exposition & Benediction Parish Registration Senior Citizens Group St. Pio Catholic Regional School St. Richard Church Mass Schedule Holy Spirit Worship Site Mass Schedule 1845 Hartranft St. Philadelphia, PA Parish Mission Statement: “Standing united as ONE FAMILY, with ONE HEART to share ONE FAITH in celebrating God’s love, mercy and charity.
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Parish Mission Statement:
to share ONE FAITH in celebrating God’s love, mercy
and charity.
The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
SUNDAY February 5th
10:00 HOLY SPIRIT Deceased priest of the Archdiocese
11:30 Dec’d members of the Ficarra family req. by family
MONDAY February 6th
TUESDAY February 7th
Vincent & Carmela Lombardi
WEDNESDAY February 8th
THURSDAY February 9th
Rose & Joe
SATURDAY February 11th
4:30pm Helen & Nicholas Puglese requested by son
week In Loving Memory of
Ambrogio & Edith Gioni ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
VOTIVE CANDLES IMO Dot Gangi requested by Joe & Eileen Ceraso
IMO Emilio Gentile and Val D’Alessandro
requested by Fran, Lena and Dana
IMO Anna McNichol requested by Rose Lioy
IMO Anna McNichol requested by Millie Mancini
IMO Stash Bolc requested by Denise Bolc
IMO Rosina Cima requested by Danny & AnnaMarie Ricci
IMO Mary & Charles Shultz requested by Skip & Judy
IMO John Milligan requested by Judy
their friends on social media, some people are being ridiculed
and attacked for their convictions, property is being destroyed
and some people are getting beat-up. When you turn on the
TV, do you wonder if there is any good news out there?
Recently, I read a quote by Archbishop Fulton J.
Sheen. For those of you who are too young to remember - he
was famous for the thousands of homilies, speeches and re-
treats he gave over the decades to a record number of audi-
ences. His "Life Is Worth Living" programs in the 1950's
were extremely popular, competing effectively against shows
starring Milton Berle and Frank Sinatra. A television critic
exclaimed; Sheen can't sing, can't dance, and can't act - all he
is, is sensational.
His wisdom applies to our situation today. He said -
"There is no other subject on which the average mind is so
much confused as the subject of tolerance and intolerance."
Tolerance applies only to persons; but never to principles
Intolerance applies only to principles, but never to persons
(from "The Curse of Broadmindedness" by Archbishop Fulton
J. Sheen)
The world charges the Church with intolerance, and
the world is right. The Church will be intolerant about the
sanctity of marriage, she will be intolerant about her creed, she
will be intolerant about respect for life and be ready to die for
it. And while she is intolerant even to death, in adhering to the
truths given to her by her Divine Founder, she will be tolerant
to those who say she is intolerant.
Remember Jesus said: "Father, forgive them, they
know not what they do."
Let us keep each other in prayer.
God Love Ya!
The following has been donated to the
St. Richard Altar Fund:
IMO Peter F.McGee
IMO Joseph W. Mikalic
Saturday May 6th 10:00 a.m.
(Bishop Senior will be the Celebrant and Confer the
Sacrament to the 6th graders) If you have a child attending a school other then Saint Pio
Regional School or Saint Richard PREP, please call
Maryellen Carroll at the Rectory. Every child seeking
these sacraments needs to be part of the Sacrament For-
mation class. Please call ASAP to receive the entire sched-
ule of activities and requirements.
Pre-Cana Classes In preparation for the sacrament of Marriage,
Pre-Cana classes are required for all couples.
You must register in advance for this class.
For registration and more information visit
www.philamarriageprep.com .
Pre-Jordan Classes In preparation for Baptism Pre-Jordan classes are held
Sundays in St. Richard Church after the 11:30 Mass.
(Dates are subject to change.) The parents of the child are required to attend the class;
godparents are also welcome but not required to attend.
Please call the rectory to make arrangements for the
Baptism and to attend the class. After you have attended
the class and acquired certificates of
eligibility for your godparents, you may then call the
rectory for an appointment to book the date of
your choosing. The class dates are:
February 19th
March 19th
Parish Registration
It is IMPORTANT that all Catholics within our boundaries be registered and be active participants of the parish. Circumstances often change registration status. If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, you need to be sure you are registered correctly in the parish.
• Have you moved away from your parental home (not just for college)?
• Have you recently changed your marital status?
• Are you living with your parents, are over 18, and not receiving your own mailings and
envelopes? If you answered yes to any of the above, please call the rec- tory office to update your registration status. If you made your sacraments here at St. Richard/Holy Spirit or went to school here does NOT automatically register you in the parish. In order to receive a Letter of Eligibility from the pastor to be a godparent or sponsor, you MUST be a registered and active participant of the parish. New families moving into the parish…..Welcome! You can register online at www.strichardchurch.org.
All are welcome!!
Come celebrate the
Parish Charismatic Prayer Group
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time February 5, 2017
And the Children shall lead them……We are all called to holiness. We are all called
to respect each other. We are all called to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves.
This week, we are highlighting 3 different lives in the history of the Roman Catholic Church. All three were
children whose lives changed because of what they experienced. One died a martyr at age 14, the other two
endured much suffering. All allowed their love for Jesus Christ to mold their lives.
February 8: St. Josephine Bakhita
St. Josephine’s life began happily with her family in Sudan, Africa in 1869. Tragically, she was kid-
napped by Arab slave traders when she was just seven. They named her Bakhita, which means “lucky.”
She spent the next twelve years sold from owner to owner, suffering cruel treatment. In 1888, Bakhita
was serving an Italian family as a nanny. They left her and the child at a Canossian convent in Venice.
There, she first learned about Jesus. She refused to leave the convent, and because Italian law did not
recognize slavery, she was allowed to stay. Baptized as Josephine Margaret, she became a Canossian
sister in 1896. She spent the remaining 45 years of her life in the convent in Schio, where she was be-
loved for her smile and gentle nature. Her holiness was well known during her life. She often said she
would kiss the hands of her kidnappers and slave masters because without those terrible events,
she would never have become a Christian. She died in 1947 and was canonized St. Josephine Bakhita in 2000.
February 10: Saint José Luis Sánchez del Río
Born in Mexico in 1913, Blessed José Luis Sánchez del Río lived in a time when it
was very dangerous to be a Catholic. While the Mexican government made laws
persecuting Catholics, those faithful to the Church began to resist and fight for their
rights. They called themselves Cristeros, and their motto was “¡Viva Cristo Rey!”
or “Long live Christ the King!” Jose wanted to go with his brothers, who joined the
Cristero army. He begged his mother, saying he wanted to go to Heaven soon. She
allowed him to serve the army as a flag-bearer. During a battle in 1928, he was cap-
tured and convicted of treason. Before his death, he wrote his mother: “I die happy
because I die beside Our Lord…To die for God gives me joy.” He forgave his kill-
ers and died shouting “¡Viva Cristo Rey!” He was fourteen years old. Saint Jose was canonized by Pope Francis on
October 16, 2016.
February 11: Our Lady of Lourdes
Our Lady appeared to a fourteen year old girl named Bernadette Soubirous in 1858 in a grotto in
Lourdes, France. Bernadette saw Our Lady eighteen times from February 11 to July 16. During the
visits of Mary, miraculous things happened. Water flowed from a spring that welled up in the grotto
after Bernadette dug in the earth. This spring continued to flow until it was producing 32,000 gallons
of water daily. This water continues to flow even today. Our Lady told Bernadette that she was the
“Immaculate Conception.” The dogma of the Immaculate Conception had recently been proclaimed
by the Church. Today over two million people every year travel to Lourdes, France to pray in the
church built on the site of the apparition, wash in the bath flowing from the spring, and sing in the
procession. There the people envision Our Lady of Lourdes as she appeared to Bernadette dressed in
white, with a blue sash, holding a rosary and with yellow roses at her feet.
Permission to reproduce or electronically transmit this text is granted by the
Office for Catechetical Formation, Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
February 5, 2017
Calling all ALUMNI of ST RICHARD –
HOLY SPIRIT – ST PIO !!! We are building a database of our School’s Alumni in or-
der to keep everyone updated on all of the GREAT things
that are happening at our school. It will only take a min-
ute to complete. The Alumni form link can be found on
the following websites: St. Richard Parish website at http://www.strichardchurch.org/
St. Pio School website at http://www.stpiocatholicschool.org/
Please pass this note on to your family and friends.
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