Welcome to Saint George Parish Community!
"I rejoiced when I heard them say let us go to the house of the Lord." Psalm 122
If you are new to the area, just visiting, or looking to learn more about the Catholic faith, we invite you to join us for Mass and one of our many community events. Come and learn more. Or contact us by phone or Email.
Reverend Leo P. Oswald
If you would like to register online, please click on the Newcomers tab for the Registration Form and fill in the information. Once submittted, you will be contacted by a member of our staff to confirm the information and to let you know that it has been processed.
Pope Francis Proclaims "Year of Mercy."
December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016
The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy is a remarkable occasion during which the entire Catholic Church, under the humble leadership of Pope Francis, opened wide the doors to the saving mercy of Christ. The Year of Mercy is celebrated from December 8th, 2015 - the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of Vatican II - and will end on the Solemnity of Christ the King, November 20, 2016.
During this special period of time in the Church, Pope Francis called all Catholics to be profound witnesses to mercy and to "find the joy rediscovering and rendering fruitful God's mercy, with which we are all called to give comfort to every man and every woman of our time." To learn more, please visit the Vatican’s official Year of Mercy website at www.im.va or the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website at www.usccb.org.
We are especially encouraged to practice the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy, to receive the Sacrament of Penance as often as needed, and to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Please plan to spend some quiet time, especially throughout this Year of Mercy, with the Blessed Sacrament on Fridays, any time between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:45 PM (Fall Schedule Resumes September 9, 2016) and on Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM for the recitation of the Most Holy Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet in St. George Chapel.
Holy Day of Obligation
All Saints Day, November 1, 2016
Mass will be celebrated at 4:00 PM on Monday, October 31st, and at 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM on Tuesday, November 1st. Please join us. Note: The Rectory Office will be closed.
Annual Thanksgiving Day Mass
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Please join us as we come together as a Parish Community to thank God for all of his many blessings. Bring a dry packaged good or canned good for the Food Cupboard, which you can place in the basket in the sanctuary during the Presentation of the Gifts. Our little Pilgrims and Indians will be present as well to present a food basket, which will help us provide a meal for those in need. May the Lord bless you and your family with a Happy Thanksgiving!
Tree of Mercy
For every Spiritual or Corportal Work of Mercy completed, parishioners and friends are asked to write down their kindness on one of the ribbons provided in our church. A basket with ribbons can be found next to the Tree of Mercy in the Baptismal area of the church. For your convenience, you will also find a list of the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy and suggestions on how to practice them. You don't have to sign your name, just write down your good works. Example: Feed the hungry, visited the sick, helped an elderly person cross the street, etc... Each ribbon represents a blossom. During the fall when the trees begin to lose their leaves, we hope to fill up our tree with the vibrant colors of all our good works. At the conculsion of the Year of Mercy on November 20th, we will share with our parishioners the types of good works being done within our parish community and post the results in our Parish Bulletin.
If you are interested in helping a family in need for Thanksgiving or Christmas, now is the time to contact our Rectory office to add your name to the Sponsor list for the holidays. Families in need come to us often, most especailly during the holidays, for food, and other assistance. You can help by considering gift cards, food and/or monetary donations, or by actually purchasing gifts for children in need. If you are interested in helping out this holiday season, please call 610-237-1633 by November 9th, or email Mrs. Lynda Batten at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Thank you and God bless you for considering this Work of Mercy!
Villa Saint Joseph Annual Chance Drive
The Sisters of Saint Joseph will be selling chances before and after Masses for their Annual Chance Drive in support of Villa Saint Joseph during the weekend of November 19th-20th. Please consider purchasing some chances to win a cash prize and help to support Villa Saint Joseph. Thank you and God bless you!
Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him. Show us Your face and we will be saved. Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money; the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things; made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief. Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that You spoke to the Samaritan woman:“If you knew the gift of God!” You are the visible face of the invisible Father, of the God who manifests His power above all by forgiveness and mercy:let the Church be Your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified. You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God. Send Your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing, so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord, and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind. We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy, You who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.
Our Mass Schedule
Saturday: 4:30 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM
Weekdays: Mon-Wed-Fri 4:00 PM, Tues-Thurs-Sat. 8:00 AM
Confession: 3:30-4:15 PM Every Saturday at St. George Church and Mondays during Lent and Advent following the 4:00 PM Mass. Also by appointment.
Our Rectory Hours
Monday thru Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Sunday: 8:30 AM-12:30 AM
Trunk or Treat
October 29, 2016
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Saint George Parking Lot
Fill your car with lots of goodies for our little trick or treaters. Decorate your trunk to win a prize. 1st Place is $100, 2nd Place is $50, and 3rd Place is $25. There will also be prizes for the best family costume and best children's costume and best decorated or carved pumpkin. Arrive by 4:00 PM to begin decorating your trunk. Hot dogs and drinks will be served. Registration is necessary. Please contact Mrs. Guidetti at 610-237-1633 by Tuesday.
Neighborhood Clean-Up Day
Our Youth Group will be sponsoring a Neighborhood Clean-Up Day on Saturday, November 18. For the convenience of our parishioners and friends who cannot rake their yards due to sickness, disability or age, we are providing this free service. Please contact Mrs. Guidetti at 610-237-1633, ext. 106 if you would like to add you name to the list to have your leaves raked and removed. If you would like to volunteer to help us, please let Mrs. Guidetti know asap. This is an excellent service project for our Confirmation candidates.
Annual Memorial Mass
November 2, 2016
Parishioners and friends are invited to join us for our Annual Memorial Mass, where we will remember all those who have died during the past year. This is a unique Mass in that everyone shares a common bond. Remembering the words of the liturgy, "all the ties of friendship and affection, which knit us as one throughout our lives, do not unravel with death," we believe it is good to come together so that the Lord Jesus can minister to our minds and hearts as we struggle with the emptiness and loneliness, which are caused by death. This special Mass will be celebrated on All Souls Day, when we remember not only those who have recently passed, but indeed all of the faithful departed. Please join us.
St. George Parish is holding a 6-week Bereavement Series in the Convent on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on October 6 thru November 10, with Sister Therese DeStefano and Mimi Ednie. If you would like to register, please contact Mimi Ednie at 610-529-4244 or 610-4761-5114. If you are interested in a smaller group at another time or date, please call to discuss your needs. Smaller sessions or one on one sessions can also be made available. Please don’t hesitate to call with your questions or suggestions. Don’t grieve alone. Discussion is helpful. We are here to help you through your time of loss.
Empty casserole pans and suggested casserole recipes are placed at the main (front) doors of the church on the last weekend of every month. Filled, frozen casseroles are then returned on Casserole Weekend, which falls on the first weekend of each month unless otherwise announced. Casseroles can be returned directly to the Rectory Office on Saturday between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM, and on Sunday between 8:30 AM and 12:30 PM. Casseroles can also be dropped off Monday thru Friday between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. All Casseroles are picked up by and delivered to St. John's Hospice in Philadelphia where meals are provided for the homeless.
They are also in need of toiletries for homeless men who come to them for showers and respite. If you would like to donate toiletries such as soap, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, shaving cream, and men's sock, please put your travel size donations in a box or a bag marked "St. John's Hospice" and drop them off to the Rectory Office. Please join us in our efforts to end hunger. God bless you for reaching out to those in need.