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LENTEN PREPARATION GUIDE
The penitential season of Lent begins this Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, March 2 and lasts until the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, April 14.
 
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; also, at the 6:30am and 7:30pm Mass and 1:30pm Scripture Service at Presentation BVM Church.
 
We will pray the Stations of the Cross at St. Joseph Church on Sundays at 9:15am and on Fridays at 10:30am.

A video series will be shown in the Parish Community Room after the 10am Mass on each Sunday of Lent.

 
All are encouraged to participate in the annual Catholic Relief Service’s Rice Bowl, which has aided countless hungry persons here in our Archdiocese and throughout the world.
FREE DAILY AND WEEKLY LENTEN REFLECTIONS
Don't forget to pick up your FREE Not by Bread Alone: Daily Reflections for Lent 2002 booklet from the back of the Church! 
Also, the following FREE resources are available:
  • Word on Fire is offering a FREE daily Lenten Gospel reflection from Bishop Robert Barron.  Sign up at: dailycatholicgospel.com/lent-reflections-2022
  • EWTN is offering FREE weekly Lenten meditations and a FREE Lenten eBook. Sign up at: ewtn.com/lent
  • Dynamic Catholic is offering a FREE daily Lenten reflection from Matthew Kelly. Sign up at: dynamiccatholic.com/best-lent-ever
  • FORMED is offering a FREE short daily video from on the daily Mass readings and how to apply them to your life. Sign up at: formed.org/lent
  • Relevant Radio is offering a FREE short daily video from that takes you all the way through the Mass, from the preparation to the final blessing. Sign up at: relevantradio.com/lent
  • The Miraculous Medal Shrine is offering a FREE daily video reflection on “The Joy of Sacrifice.” Sign up at miraculousmedal.org/lent-2022

CRS RICE BOWL

Join our faith community—and more than 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States—in a life-changing Lenten journey with CRS Rice Bowl.  Pick up your CRS Rice Bowl from the back of the Church. During the 40 days of Lent, we will reflect on the challenge of global hunger and how it affects our human family.  For more information, visit the CRS Rice Bowl website.


This important campaign will begin this Wednesday, March 2 and continue through Sunday, April 10.  40 Days for Life" is an international, community-based campaign that draws attention to the evil of abortion through the use of a three-point program: Prayer and Fasting - Constant Vigil - Community Outreach.  Many babies, 20,728, are known to have been saved, 229 abortion workers have quit and 114 abortion facilities have closed as a result of the campaigns.

Please consider participating this Lent to peacefully pray in the public right-of-way outside of an abortion center.  Your presence matters.  The babies need you.  You can keep vigil for an hour at one of two Center City locations:
  • Philadelphia Women’s Center (777 Appletree St. – between 7th and 8th Streets and Arch and Cherry Streets). Vigil hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 8am to 3pm. Contact Pat Stanton, (267) 718-4851 or Pjstanton9@gmail.com, to sign up
  • Philadelphia Planned Parenthood (12th and Locust Streets). Vigil hours: Monday – Friday: 8am to 5pm; Saturday: 8am to 3pm. Please contact Dr. Monique Rubero (469) 231-9084 or roobearoo@gmail.com to sign up.
Click here to sign up for a vigil hour at one of these or other local sites.
PARISH HAPPENINGS
  • Senior Friends are back!  They will resume meeting on Wednesday, March 16 at 10:30am in the Parish Community Room.  New friends are most welcome!
  • 2021 contribution statements are now available.  Email the parish office to request one.
  • The weekly livestream of the 10am Sunday Mass from St. Joe's is available via:
or
for non-Facebook users at stjoescheltenham.org/live
  • We do encourage all those who are able to join us in person to do so as soon as possible!  Archbishop Pérez has reinstated the obligation to attend Mass in person on Sundays and Holy Days.
  • Our parish offers Online Giving here. Be sure to select the correct St. Joseph in the dropdown menu!
  • Paper copies of our parish bulletin are available on the tables as you exit the Church.  The bulletin is also available online . Be sure to read the back page and support our loyal advertisers that make our weekly bulletin possible - they need our support now more than ever.
2022-2023 REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED
Registrations for the 2022-2023 academic year for grades K through 8, as well as the full day Pre-School/Pre-Kindergarten program, are now being accepted.  Call the school at (215) 379-3798 or visit the school's website for further information or to schedule a Touring Tuesday appointment.
 
Transfer Grants Available
for students in grades 1-7 transferring from a public or charter school

Scholarships Available
YOU CAN SUPPORT PRESENTATION BVM SCHOOL IN A VARIETY OF WAYS
  • The Presentation BVM Scrip Program has been a successful fundraiser for the school for over 20 years and purchasing Scrip earns you money, too!. Visit presentationbvm.org/scrip or contact Nicole Herbert (215) 939-3900 or Kathleen Hurst (215) 870-8251. They are more than happy to steer you through this convenient (easy to use), caring (helps our school) and profitable (both for you and the school) program.
  • The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Presentation BVM School.  Head on over to: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-1405627 and choose Presentation BVM School as your charitable organization of choice.  If you should have any questions, please contact Mrs. Trudy Rocks at (215) 379-3798 or mrs.rocks@presbvmschool.org
  • Learn how to redirect your state tax dollars to benefit students from Presentation BVM School and receive a 90% state tax credit!  Contact Kevin Kelly, Vice President at the Foundation for Catholic Education, at (610) 793-8597 or kkelly@foundationforcatholiceducation.org for more information.
AROUND THE ARCHDIOCESE...
Mondays at 8pm
Rosary Campaign 
for an End to the Coronavirus and for Renewal in the Church
Join online, by phone or in spirit to 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.  Participants are also asking Our Lady to obtain a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the Church, bringing about our deeper conversion to the heart of Jesus Christ and institutional renewal at every level.  Click here for more details and to log-in.

Thursdays, March 10, 17, 24 and 31, 6:30pm
Mass in the Usus Antiquior, 
Traditional Latin Mass
A different priest will deliver the sermon each week.  Reception to follow each Mass.
Location: Holy Martyrs Church, 121 Allison Rd., Oreland.
More info: holymartyrschurch.org
 
Wednesday, March 23 from 9am until 6pm
Relics Exposition
Over 150 sacred relics of the Lord and the Saints will be on display for private prayer.
Location: Holy Martyrs Church, 121 Allison Rd., Oreland.
More info: holymartyrschurch.org

Saturday, March 26, 2022, 8:30am until a Noon rally
2nd Annual Philadelphia March for Life

Last year, over 1,000 pro-life citizens took to the streets of Philadelphia to proclaim Life and Liberty for our unborn brothers and sisters.  It was a powerful witness to our City of Brotherly Love.
The day begins with both a Catholic Mass and an Ecumenical Prayer Service nearby at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, followed by the March for Life.  We will walk past the Philadelphia Women's Center abortion facility, where 6,500 abortions are committed annual.  The march ends at Independence Mall for an inspiring rally.
To receive more information about this event, please visit prolifeunion.org to sign up for email updates.

Sunday, April 24, 2022, 2:30pm
The Annual Archdiocesan Mass Honoring the Gifts of Persons with Disabilities, The Deaf Community. Family, Friends and Caregivers.
All are welcome to attend this Mass and reception honoring the gifts of persons with disabilities and the Deaf Community.  Archbishop Nelson Pérez is the principal celebrant and homilist.  The liturgical choir will be the Villanova University Pastoral Musicians.  There is a reception immediately following the Mass. 
Location: Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
More Info: Click Here to View Flyer and to RSVP.

Saturday, April 30th 2022 – 9:00am -4:30pm
Archdiocesan Family Festival
Join us for ‘Family, become what you are!’ a fun-filled and blessed day for families in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Come as you are and grow in the Lord together.  Join Archbishop Pérez for Mass, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers for a dynamic presentation on marriage and fatherhood,  Dr. Sax for family social media guidance, Corazón Puro for fun-filled youth activities, and Mike and Alicia Hernon from Messy Family Project, with amazing tips for your irreplaceable family!
Location: Cardinal O’Hara High School, Springfield, PA
More information: Visit our Family Festival webpage HERE.

Saturday, April 30, 2022 -  9:15am  to 3:15pm
Divine Mercy Retreat with Father Chris Alar, MIC
Description:  Come away and rest awhile in the loving embrace of JESUS WHO IS MERCY.   Join us at the National Centre for Padre Pio in Barto, PA for this one day retreat with Father Chris Alar, MIC.
The day includes: Confession, Mass, Benediction, Divine Mercy Chaplet and Two Conferences
Location:  National Centre for Padre Pio - 111 Barto Road - Barto, PA
More info: View Flyer  for more details.

Saturday, May 7, 2022 – 5:15pm Anticipated Mass
Annual Archdiocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass
All couples celebrating their 1 , 5, 10, 25 or 50 year Wedding Anniversary milestones are invited to Mass with Archbishop Nelson Pérez on Saturday, May 7th at 5:15pm. Wedding vows will be renewed. Friends and family are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Please RSVP at phillycatholiclife.org or call the Office for Life and Family at 215-587-0500.
Location: 5:15 pm Anticipated Mass at the Cathedral Basilica SS. Peter and Paul, 
18th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Limited parking is available on a first come, first served basis in Cathedral parking lot.  
More information: Visit www.phillycatholiclife.org

Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 9:30am -2:00pm
Mothers of Children with Disabilities Retreat

David and Mercedes Rizzo, will lead a retreat for mothers and grandmothers who are raising children with disabilities and also those who have adult children with disabilities. The Rizzo’s are parents of a daughter with autism and the author of the book: Praying for Your Special Needs Child.  The day will include Mass with Fr. Tom Higgins, presentations, times of quiet prayer and opportunities to chat with other mothers.
Location:  Malvern Retreat House, 315 S. Warren Avenue, Malvern, PA 19355
More Info:  Click here for the flyer. To register on-line click here.  Register by May 5th.  For more information please contact Malvern Retreat House at 610-644-0400 or the Office for Persons with Disabilities at 215-587-3530 or opdarchphilly.org.

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STAY TUNED WITH CATHOLIC RADIO
Some of the Catholic Stations available in our area:
 
RELEVANT RADIO  - www.relevantradio.com 
Also in our area at 640AM on the radio .

RADIO MARIA     www.radiomaria.us
Also via the Radio Maria App which can be downloaded for free at their website www.radiomaria.us  

DOMESTIC CHURCH MEDIA   www.domesticchurchmedia.org

IN HIS SIGN RADIO  (IHS)     www.inhissign.com
Radio   800AM
SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR THE WEEK
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