Welcome to Saint George Parish Community!

Our Church






"I rejoiced when I heard them say let us go to the house of the Lord."
Psalm 122





 

 


Welcome to our Parish Website!
We are happy you have joined us.

Saint George Parish is a welcoming Catholic community called by God to live out the message of Christ in love and service to all people.

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
Pastor

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. You will also receive a Welcome Packet in the mail. We are happy to welcome new members and look foward to having you join our Parish Community. 
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For your convenience, click here for a link to this week's Parish Bulletin: /media/1/112%20George%20July19%205%2C%202020.pdf  

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         What's New? St. George Open for Private Prayer
We are open for private prayer from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM Monday thru Friday. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be held in the church on Friday. Mass follows daily at 4:00 PM. Please join us as we pray for an end to the Coronavirus and for your personal intentions. 

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       Weekly Reflection from our Pastor, Father Oswald
                                   August 2, 2020

 

        Special Announcement
             Return to Mass


Parishes of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia  resumed public Masses the weekend of June 6 and 7, 2020.  We at St. George are so happy to  have you back! 

All of us need to do our part to make sure that our return to Mass is a peaceful and safe experience for all. Please take the time to read the instructions below. We ask everyone to follow these guidelines when attending Mass during this time:

GENERAL POINTS

* The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation continues
   to be lifted during the Yellow Phase. You are not required to attend Mass at
   this time.

* Please stay home if you are sick.

* Please stay home if you are at higher risk of severe illness with COVID19.
   If you are uncertain about your risk status, please consult your doctor and
   also the CDC Guidelines at the link below.

*Click here to read the CDC Guidelines for those at higher risk:
  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra- precautions/people-at-higher-       risk.html

* Mass will continue to be available via live-stream.

*Live Mass can be found at the Cathedral of Ss. Peter and Paul at
 www.cathedralphila.org,  EWTN at www.ewtn.com, or other local networks.

ST. GEORGE MASS SCHEDULE

* 4:30 PM Saturday, 8:00 AM Sunday, 10:30 AM Sunday

BEFORE COMING TO MASS

* Please wash your hands for 20 seconds using soap and water.

* Before entering the Church, please put on a face mask or cloth covering. 
  Exceptions to this are “children younger than 2 years old, anyone who has         trouble breathing or is unconscious, and anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise    unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance” (CDC Guidelines).

* Please do not come to Mass if you are sick or are at higher risk for severe illness
   with COVID19 (see above).

* Missalettes will not be in the pews during this period. You are welcome to bring 
   your own missal/readings with you.

ENTERING THE CHURCH

* Please maintain reverent silence in respect for the Blessed Sacrament and others 
   who are in prayer.

* Please use designated entrances at the side doors of the church.

* Hand sanitizers will be available at the Church entrances. Please use the hand
   sanitizer upon entering and exiting the Church.

SEATING

    *  When taking your seat, please honor all posted signs about where you may sit. 
        Pews will be marked to ensure proper social distancing.

* Members of the same household may sit together as normal. Please place 6
   feet between your household and members of a different household.

DURING MASS

* There will be no Sign of Peace during Mass during the Yellow Phase.

* The Precious Blood will not be distributed during Mass during the Yellow Phase.

* There should be no holding of hands during the Our Father.

* Bulletins will only be available on line or by contacting the Rectory for a copy.

RECEPTION OF HOLY COMMUNION

* Holy Communion will be single file only.

* Please maintain social distancing in the Communion line. Please keep several
  pews betweenyourself and the person in front of you while in line and when 
  returning to your pew.

* During the Yellow Phase, the faithful are asked to receive Holy Communion
   in the hand.

* Please remove your mask before receiving Holy Communion.

EXITING THE CHURCH

* At the conclusion of Mass, please exit the Church and proceed directly to your   car. Please do not congregate for any reason.

* Please leave your mask on until you exit the Church.

OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU

St. George will follow the guidelines from the CDC for sanitation as we resume public
Masses. 

* To view the CDC guidelines, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/faith- based.html

* The church will be sanitized after each Mass.

If we all do our best to follow these guidelines, we can hopefully eradicate this awful pandemic and return to some semblance of normalcy.
In the meantime, be safe and keep well.

 

St. George Church to Open
for Private Prayer

Good news! St. George Church is open for private prayer from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM weekdays, followed by Mass at 4:00 PM. We ask all visitors to continue social distancing by remaining at least six feet away from others, keeping in mind that the church is a house of prayer and conversations should be limited to outside of the church doors, thus allowing us to maintain the reverence and respect the Eucharist so deserves. Masks must be worn and gloves are encouraged, especially if you will be lighting a candle. At this time, Holy water fonts will remain empty.

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                           Mass Cards During COVID-19 Restrictions                                         
If you would like to schedule a Mass for a deceased loved one or friend, please call the Rectory Office at 610-237-1633. We will schedule it for you and then upon receipt of your check, we will mail the card to you. If you need it right away, please call the Rectory so that we can prepare it. We will leave it in the mailbox and you can drop your check in the secure lock box at the front door of the Rectory Office. At this time (June 2020) Masses are still available for 2020 and the 2021 book is also open thru June of next year. 


       Parish Religious Education Program



Students in our Parish REligous Education Program who are in Level 2 are preparing for their Fist Holy Communion, will receive the sacrament on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at the 4:30 PM Mass. Rehearsal will be held on Sunday, October 4, following the 10:30 AM Mass. Students are asked to continue working on their Dioramas (miniture creations) of St. George Church and will be advised when to bring them to the church.

Due to COVID19, lessons for the 2020-2021 PREP year will be offered virtually, with monthly gatherings of our sacrament classes for follow up and review. Our PREP is for children in grades 1-8 and begins in September and runs thru the first week in May


Children need religious education in their lives to help them know God and to remain grounded in their faith, which will sustain them through their lifetime. Our ultimate goal in catechesis is to lead the children to a relationship with Jesus where they will find hope, faith and love. We ask parents to allow us to help you do that and please consider joining us.

The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) program is for older students and adults. These sessions are held on Thursday evenings at 6:30 PM. If you are an adult and did not complete your sacraments, if you were never baptized Catholic, or if you would like to learn more about the Catholic faith, please contact Sister Lorraine Muglie, SSJ, Adult Faith Coordinator, for details. 

                   New Parish Religious Education Event
                                                    
   Internet Safety Presentation

The Parish Religious Education Program will be sponsoring an Internet Safety Presentation on Monday, October 19, 2020.  All parishioners and friends are welcome to attend as we are presented with some very important details about the importance of internet safety, not only for ourselves but, most importantly, for our young children. The topics will includes we will Inappropriate Content, Online Privacy, Sexting, Online Sexual Solicitations and Cyberbullying. Please mark your calendar and plan on joining us. Social distancing will be practiced. 

                Check it Out!
To learn more about all the wonderful things we do here at St. George Parish, please make it a point to read our weekly Parish Bulletin.        Included in it you will find a wealth of information about upcoming parish events and youth group activities, as well as local events and numerous articles of interest. If you didn't get a chance to pick one up at Mass, you can find it here on our website. For your convenience, a link has been posted above. Bulletins remain online for a period of three months so you can check out back issues.
     And don't forget to check out the summer articles of interest for both youth and adult activities, interesting places to visit, and the Children's Corner.
     You can also find out more about our Parish functions on Facebook.
     If you have any articles you would like to see included in our Parish Bulletin, please send details by Monday mornings to st.georgesec@rcn.com for consideration.


 

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Our Mass Schedule

Saturday: 4:30 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM
Weekdays: Monday thru Friday 4:00 PM, Saturday 8:00 AM
Holidays: 9:00 AM
Holy Days: As Announced
For other Mass times in our area, visit
www.MassTimes.org.
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.
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      Our Rectory Hours

We are on our summer schedule:
           Monday thru Friday
           9:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Weekend hours are temporarily suspended. 

Due to COVID19 restrictions, these hours are for business that can be handled by phone. If you need to come to the Rectory Office, please call ahead for an appointment. 

   
Regular Hours of Operation
Monday thru Thursday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
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We are pleased to announce that we now have online giving. If you would like to make your contribution online, please visit https://www.osvhub.com/
stgeorgeparish
/funds/offertory
 by clicking here. 
We thank you for your generous support.

     More Ways You Can Help
     Parish Support Initiative 

St. Paul wrote, “May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call.” In difficult times, we must remain hopeful and listen to God’s call. We must always put our faith into action as Jesus reminded his disciples, “I am with you always, until the end of age.”
 
If you are able, please support Saint George Parish through the Parish Support Initiative. This initiative is made possible through a partnership with The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia.

Visit www.SupportMyParish.org and select Saint George Parish from the drop-down menu. Your support will ensure that we can continue our work through these uncertain times.
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If you would like information about our Bereavement Group, please contact the Rectory Office at 610-237-1633. One on one sessions can also be made available if requested. 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.
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Empty casserole pans and suggested casserole recipes are placed at the main (front) doors of the church on the first weekend of every month. Filled, frozen casseroles are then 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.   
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Adoration of the            Blessed Sacrament


Adoration is held on Fridays from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM in St. George Church. The Eucharist is exposed for Eucharistic Adoration, inviting you to come and spend time with Jesus in quiet prayer. Please take some time to stop by to pray for your intentions and those of your loved ones. This year, we pray most especailly for peace. Prior to Mass, we offer up the following prayer:
                 

Mary, Queen of Peace, save us all, who have so much trust in you, from wars, hatred, and oppression. Make us all learn to live in peace and educate ourseles for peace, do what is demanded by justice and respect the rights of every person, so that peace may be firmly established. Amen. 

Pope St. John Paul, II
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Marriage Encounter
If you are planning to mary in the Catholic Church and would like information about the Marriage Preparation Experience, please visit www.PhillyCatholicMarriagePrep.com. 
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Due to Covid-19 Guidelines, the following programs are temporarily suspended:

Legion of Mary
The Legion of Mary gathers every Monday evening in St. George Rectory. Please consider joining them and learn about the good works they do for our parish and our community. Meetings begin at 6:30 PM with the Most Holy Rosary. All are welcome. For more details about the Legion of Mary, visit www.legionofmary.ie.
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          Adult Choir

The Adult Choir is on summer vacation, but will return in September.
     Did you know that singing is another form of prayer? We need voices to join our Adult Choir. If you would like to learn more, practice is held every Tuesday evening from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the church. Please feel free to join us or contact Mrs. Kathy Lerro at the Rectory Office for details. We especailly need male voices. Don't be shy!!! Come on out and join the fun.

 

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    Pinochle League
Men who are interested in joining the Pinochle League, are asked to please contact the Rectory Office for details or join us on First Friday in the Parish Hall at 7:00 PM. Games are played on the First Friday of each month. If you would like to attend Mass on first Friday, Mass is celebrated at 4:00 PM. 

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             Weekly Bingo
Bingo is held every Wednesday beginning at 5:00 PM and every Sunday beginning at 2:30 PM in our air-condtioned Parish Hall. Please see the Bingo section of our website for more details. 
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      Bible Study

If you would like information about our Bible study program, please contact Sister Lorraine or Mrs. Terry Moller at 610-237-1633. All are welcome. 
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       Praying Hands Stencil - 6 x 8 inch - Reusable Religious Catholic Fish Wall Stencils Template - Use on Paper Projects Scrapbook Journal Walls Floors Fabric Furniture Glass Wood etc.       
       Election Prayer for Life

O God, we acknowledge you today as Lord, not only of individuals, but of nations and governments. We thank you for the privilege of being able to organize ourselves politically and of knowing that political loyalty does not have to mean disloyalty to you. We thank you for your law, which our Founding Fathers acknowledged and recognized as higher than any human law. We thank you for the opportunity that this election year puts before us, to exercise our solemn duty not only to vote, but to influence countless others to vote, and to vote correctly. Lord, we pray that your people may be awakened. Let them realize that while politics is not their salvation, their response to you requires that they be politically active. Awaken your people to know that they are not called to be a sect fleeing the world, but rather a community of faith renewing the world. Awaken them that the same hands lifted up to you in prayer are the hands that pull the lever in the voting booth; that the same yes that reads your Word are the eyes that read the names on the ballot, and that they do not cease to be Christians when they enter the voting booth. Awaken your people to a commitment to justice. To the sanctity of marriage and the family, to the dignity of each individual human life, and to the truth that human rights begin when human lives begin, and not one moment later. Lord, we rejoice today that we are citizens of your kingdom. May that make us all the more committed to being faithful citizens on earth. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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     Rosary Group
Our Rosary Group gathers every Thursday in the Chapel at 7:00 PM to pray the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaput. Please pray the Rosary privately for your special intentions.
 Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Please tune in each night at 8:00 PM to zoom.us/j/494480541 or dial-in to (646) 558-8656, ID#484 480 541, or visit www.phillyevang.org/rosary and join us as we pray the rosary for an end to the Coronavirus.