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

Parish Office Phone: (215) 721-0199
Fax: (215) 721-4320
PREP Phone (215) 721-6559
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PREP REGISTRATION 2014-2015
If you have not registered for religious education classes please do so this week. Current PREP families should use the pre-printed re-registration forms you received. New student registration forms can be found in the narthex of the church, the Parish Center and on the PREP section of our website. Forms and fees should be returned to the parish center during their regular business hours. Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis.
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JOSEPH’S PEOPLE CHAPTER
Are you Unemployed? Underemployed? Want to learn more about networking? How to create an effective resume? Talk to
others who are sharing the same experience as you are? At Joseph's People we offer support and guidance to those who
are unemployed or underemployed. Join us on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm in the Parish Center Library. Our August meetings are August 7th and August 21st. All are welcome. RSVP required by August 18th
to: Nancy Boak (nancyboak@aol.com)
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BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY
The Bereavement Ministry of Corpus Christi supports the family and friends of those who have lost a loved one. As part of our care and support, we will be offering 8-week Bereavement Sessions on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 - 4:00 PM starting on September 10 and concluding October 29 in the Parish House. Please feel free to join us and there is never any pressure to share. Registration Eileen McCullough, eemccullough@gmail.com, 215-361- 0978 or  Eleanor Rinedoller, momdoller99@verizon.net at 215-699-1858. Registration is preferred, but all are welcome!
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SCRIP NEWS
Shopping for Back to School? Stop by the Scrip Desk, we have Staples, Walmart and Flynn & O’Hara in stock. Thank you
for supporting the parish by purchasing SCRIP!
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DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN BECOMING CATHOLIC?
Ple ase encourage them to contact Al Pandolfo at 215-855-6045 or the parish center at 215-721-0199 or email RCIA@stmariagoretti.net as soon as possible. We would love the opportunity to tell him or her about the wonderful process for spiritual growth called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults - RCIA. In this process adults learn with other adults about Church teachings and prepare to receive the Sacraments of Initiation - Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion. Baptized Catholics who have not completed their Sacraments are also welcome. Don't delay!
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HELP NEEDED WITH ALTAR FLOWERS
After several years of handling the altar flowers, Carmen Haytko is unable to continue in this ministry. We are in need of a volunteer for a replacement. The volunteer or volunteers are needed every other day to water, clip, organize and discard the altar flowers in the main church, chapel as well as by the shrine of St. Maria Goretti. If interested please contact Lynn Hipp at 215-256-8682. Thank you Carmen for years of keeping the altar flowers looking fresh and watered at SMG!
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PARISH APPRECIATION PICNIC
September 6th following the 4pm Vigil Mass Please join fellow parishioners for a special 4pm Vigil Mass followed by a lot of fun activities and plenty of food on SMG ball field. There will be volleyball, games for the kids, raffles, music, a magician and live entertainment from 6:30 to 10pm, plenty of food, lemonade and iced tea or bring a beverage of choice all at no charge to you. Father Brownholtz would like to show his appreciation to all of our parishioners in making Saint Maria Goretti the wonderful parish it is. Please see an insert in upcoming bulletins to get your RSVP in so we can have a head count for food. If you weren’t able to make it last year be sure to mark your calendar now, you don’t want to miss out on a great time with your SMG parish family. For more information or to help with set-up or clean -up, please call Cheryl at the Parish Center at 215-721-0199. For those who are unable to walk over to the ball field please let me know and we will provide transportation from the church parking lot. Hope you can make it!!
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HELP NEEDED ~ HOPE MINISTRY
The newly formed HOPE Ministry is in need of companionship volunteers for weekdays. We have had several requests for a couple hours of help during the day while caregivers run errands. Also, if you have previously signed up to help with the HOPE Ministry and have not been contacted to date, please call Mary Detweiler @ 267-327-4068.
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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.
Special Announcements
Special Announcements
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We, the faithful of Saint Maria Goretti Roman Catholic Parish, come together to give thanks and praise to God for His many blessings, and for our salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.

We seek to proclaim the message of Christ through the celebration of
the Eucharist and the Sacraments of the Church.

Through lives of prayer and service to all our brothers and sisters, we  reflect the presence of Christ to the world, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
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