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.
Prayers for Those Who Serve
Do you have a loved one who is serving in the military? Parishioners are invited to provide a 5x7 photograph for the altar of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The photograph of your loved one will allow others to see the face of the person who is serving on their behalf as we pray for their well-being and safe return. Please contact the Rectory Office for more details.
Please check out our September 2015 Youth Group Newsletter for exciting and fun events. We have much planned during the fall months and we hope you can join us for crafts, our annual hayride, the Neighborhood Clean-Up Day, and so much more!
Click here for our September 2015 Youth Group Newsletter
The Saint George Parish Community is pleased to welcome Pope Francis to the United States of America, and indeed to the wonderful city of Philadelphia, for the historic World Meeting of Families. Beginning in 1994, The Year of the Family, the Pontifical Council for the Family has been responsible for orgainizing the World Meeting of Families in Rome (1994); Rio de Janiero (1997; Rome (2000); Manila (2003); Valencia (2006); Mexico City (2009); Milan (2012); and now, Philadelphia (2015). Since its inception by Saint John Paul II, the World Meeting of Families has sought to strengthn the sacred bonds of family across the globe.
The theme for Philadelphia is "Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive."
The Congress is scheduled for Tuesday, September 22 to Friday, September 25 and will be held at the Philadelphia Convention Center. The closing event will take place with the Festival of Families on Saturday, September 26, and the Papal Mass on Sunday, September 27. With as many as 150 nations represented, the World Meeting of Families will bring together generations, different cultures, and various socio-economic groups as well as families from multiple faith traditions. For more details, please visit the World Meeting of Families website at www.worldmeeting2015.org/
Saint George Parish Community
Welcomes Pope Francis to the Philadelphia Area
Prayer for the World Meeting of Families
God and Father of us all, in Jesus, your Son and our Savior, you have made us your sons and daughters
in the family of the Church. May your grace and love help our families in every part of the world be united to one another in fidelity to the Gospel. May the example of the Holy Family, with the aid of your Holy Spirit, guide all families, especially those most troubled, to be homes of communion and prayer and to always seek your truth and live in your love. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
World Meeting of Families 2015
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 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
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. Please join us in our efforts to end hunger. God bless you for reaching out to those in need of a meal.
Question: Why do we address priests as “Father” when it clearly states in Matthew 23:9, “Call no one on earth your Father; you have but one Father in heaven.”
Answer: Perhaps the most pointed New Testament reference to the theology of the spiritual fatherhood of priests is Paul’s statement, "I do not write this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel" (1 Cor. 4:14–15).
Peter followed the same custom, referring to Mark as his son: "She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings; and so does my son Mark" (1 Pet. 5:13). The apostles sometimes referred to entire churches under their care as their children. Paul writes, "Here for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be a burden, for I seek not what is yours but you; for children ought not to lay up for their parents, but parents for their children" (2 Cor. 12:14); and, "My little children, with whom I am again in travail until Christ be formed in you!" (Gal. 4:19).
John said, "My little children, I am writing this to you so that you may not sin; but if any one does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous" (1 John 2:1); "No greater joy can I have than this, to hear that my children follow the truth" (3 John 4). In fact, John also addresses men in his congregations as "fathers" (1 John 2:13–14).
By referring to these people as their spiritual sons and spiritual children, Peter, Paul, and John imply their own roles as spiritual fathers. Since the Bible frequently speaks of this spiritual fatherhood, we Catholics acknowledge it and follow the custom of the apostles by calling priests "father." Failure to acknowledge this is a failure to recognize and honor a great gift God has bestowed on the Church: the spiritual fatherhood of the priesthood. Catholics know that as members of a parish, they have been committed to a priest’s spiritual care, thus they have great filial affection for priests and call them "father." Priests, in turn, follow the apostles’ biblical example by referring to members of their flock as "my son" or "my child" (cf. Gal. 4:19; 1 Tim. 1:18; 2 Tim. 2:1; Philem. 10; 1 Pet. 5:13; 1 John 2:1; 3 John 4).
All of these passages were written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and they express the infallibly recorded truth that Christ’s ministers do have a role as spiritual fathers.
Jesus is not against acknowledging that. It is He who gave these men their role as spiritual fathers, and it is His Holy Spirit who recorded this role for us in the pages of Scripture.
It is also interesting to know that the Pope, in Italian, is referred to as Papa. Jesus refers to His father as Abba, also an intimate term for God as Father. In simple terms, the role of a priest is to be a shepherd/father to his flock, who are the “family” of the Church.
We received another interesting question regarding the Our Father prayer, which we will address in another Bulletin issue. Thank you for your questions. We are happy to address your concerns.