A Warm Welcome to the Website of St. Maria Goretti Parish Where Stewardship Is a Way of Life
We are a dynamic and growing Faith community located in the Northwestern suburbs of Philadelphia and proud to be a part of that historic Archdiocese. We hope that this page, and the links provided will be a doorway to helpful knowledge in the pursuit of the Truth which is Christ Jesus Our Lord.
Rev. Andrew Brownholtz, Pastor
Rev. Leonard Peterson, Pastor Emeritus
1601 Derstine Road
Hatfield, Pennsylvania 19440
Rectory Phone: (215) 721-0199
Fax: (215) 721-4320
PREP Phone (215) 721-6559
**CATHOLIC CHARITIES APPEAL**
This weekend, May 18-19th is In-Pew Weekend, please take a card home and consider how you can transform the reality of people’s lives. The reality is that one-third of Philadelphia's population lives below the poverty line. Last year, we raised $44,060 for the Catholic Charities Appeal. Currently, we have raised $38,101 of our $80,000 goal for the 2013 Catholic Charities Appeal. I thank all those who have given to this great cause and I ask those who have not yet given, to reflect on those individuals who are the most hungry, ill, and vulnerable among us, and prayerfully consider how you can help them by giving to the 2013 Catholic Charities Appeal.
UN-DECORATION AND MOVING TIME
Easter has been a beautiful celebration and it is time to clear away our decorations. Could many hands be available to undecorate on Tuesday, May 21st at 9am? We will try also to move decorations to the school shed to clear out the boiler rooms and candle room. Thank you in advance. Any questions, call Lynne at 215 872-4685.
FOOD FOR THE POOR
Members of our parish will be revisiting villages (including Santa Maria Goretti) in Nicaragua, Central America on June 3, 2013 with Monsignor Schmidt/Father Chuck’s Challenge, hosted by Food for the Poor. There is still a few items needed:
• Cloth diapers, diaper pins or large safety pins
• Diaper rash crème, anti-diarrhea medication
• Small nerf like balls, Frisbees, jump ropes
• Old suitcases (will not be returned) 62”ONLY L+w+h
• Space saver bags
• Monetary donations to help defray the travel cost of this mission/pilgrimage.
We have filled approx. 25 suitcases with supplies for the villagers. Donations are needed to help with the the airline fee of these bags. Contact Nancy Sharp #267-261-5049 or email NLS902@hotmail.com or Americo Cajina #215-715-5255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All money and items are tax deductible! Items may be dropped off in the ministries room (back of church) parish center or contact Nancy for pick up or drop off at my house! Thank you and God Bless you and your family.
Attention all Catholic young men ages 14 to 17! Do you know where your life is going? The Lord Jesus has a great plan for you! You are invited to attend the Fifth Annual Quo Vidas Days to spend time with other young men your age looking at the Lord’s calling your life while having fun. QVD is led by priests and seminarians of the Archdiocese and is supported by the Archdiocesan Vocation Office for the Diocesan Priesthood.
QVD will be held from June 27th to June 30th at Malvern Retreat House in Malvern, PA. The cost of the event is $100. If you are interested, please contact Father Andrew Brownholtz or Father Kevin Gallagher at 610-667-5778 or visit our website: www.HeedTheCall.org
TRUCK DAY ~ MAY 18th
Saint Vincent DePaul will be sending a truck to collect clothing, shoes and small household appliances. No furniture of large appliances. The truck will be parked over by Bergey Road from 9am to 2 pm. It’s time to spring clean those closets and help those less fortunate.
Anyone interested in donating flowers on the Altar in memory of a loved one, celebration of a special anniversarybor birthday… Please call the parish office to reserve your special date.
**SAVE THE DATE**
Parish Appreciation Picnic/60th Anniversary Celebration
Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 21st following the 5pm Vigil Mass. Help to plan this fun event. Next meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 7th at 7pm. Please join us!
Old Parish Pictures
Anyone that has pictures or parish memorabilia from the past 60 years, please consider sharing them with us for the 60th anniversary. We have a committee that will be putting something together for our 60th celebration. If you have anything you would like to share with us, please be sure to put your name on it and drop it off at the Parish Center. It will be returned to you once a copy has been made. Thanks for helping
put some parish memories together for all to enjoy!
PARISH OFFICE HOURS
Monday through Thursday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Any comments or questions about this website can be directed to the parish webmaster.
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We, the faithful of St. Maria Goretti Parish, exist to give thanks and praise to God, acknowledging the saving action of Jesus Christ and the sanctifying grace of the Holy Spirit, strive to proclaim the message of Christ by embracing the Stewardship Way of Life.
We therefore commit ourselves to:
. Seeking to see the face of Christ in one another by welcoming all in to our church as members of our parish community.
. Striving to become a sacramental parish by creating a community centered on prayer and worship, especially of the Holy Eucharist.
. Recognizing our God given gifts and sharing them with others, we provide resources, programs and ministries to assist the community in its life long journey of Faith.
. Attending to the spiritual and physical needs of our parishioner, the surrounding and global community, we spread God’s message through service.
Parish Mission Statement
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7th Annual SMG Golf Outing July 19th 2013
SMG will host its 7th annual golf outing on Friday July 19, 2013. Arrival time is 12:30 PM to 12:45 PM and golf will begin at 1:30 PM at Macoby Run Golf Course in Green Lane, Pa. The outing is open to ALL parishioners and friends.
Click here for more information and a registration form