Saturday – 7:30 AM Divine Mercy: Mondays 3:00 PM – IHM Chapel Miraculous Medal Novena: Saturday Mornings following the 8:00 AM Mass Church Visit & Prayer:Church is opened daily (Monday – Friday) for prayer from 7:45 AM – 4:00 PM.
Please use the front center door to enter the Church. 40 Hours: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday – March 8, 9, 10 Evening Service 7:00 PM #1-016
+ FASTING +
Fasting and external penitential practices are accompanied by an inner attitude of conversion. One goes without food and applies physical discipline to “chastise one’s own soul” (Lev. 16:31), to humble oneself before God (Dan. 9:3) and/or to prepare oneself for an encounter with God. The Church urges all Catholics to voluntarily choose acts of penance on all days of Lent. The minimal obligations are: Ash Wednesday & Good Friday: days of fast and abstinence
Fridays in Lent: days of abstinence
Fasting: all Catholics over 18 years and under 59 years.
Abstinence: all over 14 years
Fasting, an ancient practice common to all world religions is a proven way to awaken the spiritual senses in a body dulled by satisfaction. Voluntary fasting, even for short periods, reminds us that hunger is not an idea but a visceral assault on our most basic human instinct to survive. Wealth, it has been said, “is the power to eat” whenever and whatever you wish. Fasting interrupts this security momentarily and brings us into solidarity with those millions who fast involuntarily in a world where feast and famine are neighbors, often in the same city. Fasting reminds the strong that hunger and poverty are the worst forms of violence against the weak, an insult to human dignity and an affront to basic fairness in our world.
For Christians, a real Lenten fast this year is a chance to recover spiritual resources that have lain fallow and unused. Prayer and fasting are good for the body and soul, and offer a chance to recapture the meaning of Jesus’ words, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied”. + ALMSGIVING (Works of Charity) +
To sacrifice – to do without so that others may have – is the spirit at the core of Christian sacrifice. Jesus sacrificed his life that we might have the fullness of life. The poor or people in need could use those extra coins or dollars that are saved because of a light meal or candy-less day or tobacco-free or alcohol-free Lent. Poor boxes are located at the entrances inside the Church. Monies received in the Poor Box are used by our Saint Vincent de Paul Society which responds to the needs of people in our community. Lenten Coin Folder: Monies saved through Lenten sacrifice may be placed in the Lenten Coin Folders. This
money will benefit Saint Anselm School. Parishioners are asked to designate their Lenten sacrifice monies to our school. Poor Boxes: Monies received in the Poor Box are used by our Saint Vincent DePaul Society which responds to the needs of the people in our community. Catholic Charities Appeal:Your generous, sacrificial gift to the 2015 Catholic Charities Appeal will support the
Are you looking to do a little something extra for Lent? Join Father Friel as we explore the Bible stories we learned as children through the eyes of adult faith:
Tuesday, February 24thCreation, Adam & Eve
Tuesday, March 3rdNoah’s Ark
Tuesday, March 17thThe Sacrifice of Isaac
Tuesday, March 24thDavid & Goliath
Tuesday, March 31stJonah & the Whale We will meet at 7 PM in The Spirituality Center. Come once, twice, or every week!
+ Saint Anselm Parish Pastoral Report 2014 + Every January, after the calendar year ends, the Pastors of the Archdiocese are required to give a Pastoral Report to the Archbishop. It includes the following:
2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 1996 1988
Total number of parishioners 8,003 7,833 8,373 8.192 7,938 8,057 11,855 12,981
Total number of families 2,841 2,881 2,872 2,883 2,984 2,889 3,250 3,146
Total number of single-person households 439 480 467 461 467 467 275 NA
Total number of mixed-faith households 281 380 385 310 415 363
Observations: Throughout the years, Saint Anselm Parish has consistently numbered about 3,000 families. What has changed is the number of parishioners. The difference is because there are less children but still the same number of families. Houses where there were once 2, 3, 4, or 5 children are now “empty nests” with only adults there.
In cooperation with the Archdiocesan Office for Research and Planning, the number of people attending each Mass was counted during October. Seating Capacity of the church is 616 people. 2014 Oct. 4/5 Oct. 11/12 Oct. 18/19 Oct. 25/26
Grade 3 29 Grade 6 31 2014 Observations about School Age Population:
Our census records indicate that there are approximately 100 children in each age group. For example, we have 100 second grade age children, 100 sixth grade children . . . . Note that in 1st grade, there are 29 in our school and 35 in CCD which totals 64 1st grade children receiving religious instruction. Subtracting 64 from 100 registered 1st graders equals 36 first graders NOT receiving religious instruction. Using this formula for each grade 1 thru 6 means that there are 229 children in Grades 1 thru 6 who are registered in the parish but who are not receiving religious instruction. This is a very serious concern!!! If anyone has questions about the facts or statistics for our school, please ask. I wish to thank everyone who supports and promotes our school. Registration for our School will take place in March. Please encourage people – especially those with Pre School Age children to consider Saint Anselm School. Personal tours of our school can be arranged by calling our School Office.
Delaware Valley Veterans Home
Delaware Valley Veterans Home is within the territorial boundaries of the parish. Saint Anselm Parish is responsible for the Pastoral Care of those who reside there. Every Sunday at 11:15 AM, there is a Communion Service at the Veterans Home. Also, Mass and the Anointing of the Sick are celebrated on the first Tuesday of the month at 2:30 PM. Parishioners from the parish are also engaged in Pastoral Care at this institution. Aria Hospital is covered by five local parishes. Saint Anselm Parish ministers to the patients there every Thursday and on the fifth Sunday of the month.
For the last five years, the School District of Philadelphia has leased our annex school building for their Title One Program, MERIT Services and Make and Take Shop. The building was used as an Office Building. For Fiscal Year 2014-15, Saint Anselm Parish leased the Annex for $79,000. A similar amount was received for each of the previous Fiscal Years On Wednesday, February 11th, I received a letter from the Office of Property Management for the School District of Philadelphia. The letter informed me that, due to the financial situation of the School District of Philadelphia, they will terminate their lease on June 30, 2015. The loss of this revenue will impact the school. The income from the lease has kept school tuition costs from being higher than they are. When the lease income is rounded off to $75,000 and the enrollment in the school is rounded off to 300 students, the value of the lease is $250 per student. ($75,000 divided by 300 students is $250 per student). I am asking your help by advertising and telling others that we are looking for a new tenant for our Annex School Building. The annex school is the one story, ground level building that sits next to the gym. This building has nine air conditioned classrooms, 2 offices, 2 large restrooms, and ample parking. Whoever leases the building will find wonderful neighbors in the students and teachers in Saint Anselm School. Please make it clear when you tell others and talk about this that it is the annex school building and not the main school building that is for lease! ************************************
Super Bowl Football Mania
Our Super Bowl Football Mania fundraiser was very successful. We are grateful to all who made it so. 1,391 tickets were sold here. Saint Pius X Parish in Broomall sold 1,206 tickets. 219 people won prizes; 3 people won $50; 216 people won $10 on the $5 ticket they bought. The winner of the $150 Seller’s prize from Saint Anselm Church was Rose Belardino.
Man Up Philly Men’s Spirituality Conference Highly Recommended
Saturday, March 7th St. Joseph University Hagen Arena
Tickets - $50 (includes lunch)
Special student rate of $25 for middle school, high school and university students!
The men of our parish are invited to join Catholic Men throughout the Archdiocese for this annual Conference. Join us for an inspiring time of faith and sharing.For additional information, or to register, please visit the website at www.manupphilly.com