Thank You Holy Father
for Your Presence and Sharing the Joy of the Gospel
with Pilgrims to the World Meeting of Families!
Pope Francis' New Encyclical
Read Pope Francis' new encyclical, On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si'). This appeal for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet is addressed to "every person living on this planet." Pope Francis calls upon the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path of responsibile stewardship.
Exploring the Joy of the Gospel
Following on the heals of the World Meeting of Families and Papal visit, we invite you to join us for an evening of reflection and conversation on Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, Tuesday, October 27, from 7:00 - 8:30 PM in the chapel.
The evening will feature a video on Pope Francis, and facilitated discussion on The Joy of the Gospel, where Pope Francis challenges and invites us to take the first step, to become involved and risk closeness, to open the doors and welcome the stranger, to become a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty from being out and about on the streets, and to cultivate an authentic faith that is never comfortable or merely personal, but rather engenders a bold desire to change the world, as we take on the smell of the sheep to whom we have been called to serve.
Download a copy of Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) here.
Repect Life Month
October is Respect Life Month, a month dedicated by the Church to respect life in all its forms from the unborn to those aged and infirmed. This year's theme, Every Life Is Worth Living, challenges us to reflect on the truth of who we are. Our worth is based not on what we do or how productive we are. Rather, our true identity is based on the undeniable fact that all people are created in God’s image and likeness and called to an eternal destiny with him. Every human being is magnificent in God's eyes and as Paul in his letter to the Ephesians (2:10), and Pope Franics in his 2013 Day of Life Greeting, remind us, we are each a masterpiece of God's creation.
Below is a list of upcoming parish activities in celebration of Respect Life Month.
Rosary for Life
We invite all parishioners to join the Respect Life Group and Knights of Columbus on Sunday, October 11, at 1:30 PM in front of church, as we pray the rosary for a culture that embraces life and respects the dignity of the human person.
Mass of Anointing
The elderly and chronically ill are invited to a Mass that will include the Sacrament of the Sick on Sunday, October 18 at 2:15 PM. Refreshments will follow in the auditorium. Volunteers are always welcome to assist with the reception and may bring a “finger- food” if they desire. If anyone needs a ride to church or can act as one of our volunteers, please call Marie O'Kane at 215-938-7467.
Respect Life Resources
In addition to the various events being celebrated at St. Albert the Great, the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops has numerous resources and articles on their website for anyone interested in more information on various life issues.
Breaking Open God's Word
Breaking Open God's Word is our weekly Scripture Study that focuses on the upcoming Sunday readings. This study is offered twice a week and is scheduled to begin the week of September 27. For details about the study and when it is being offered, please see our Adult Faith Formation page.
Our online verison of Breaking Open God's Word is now available. Reflections will be published every Monday for the following Sunday readings. To view this week's reflection, click here.
Calling All Junior High Youth in Grades 6 - 8!
Our Junior High Youth Program, Christian Stewardship Involvement, or CSI for short is revving up for a new year of fun, faith, and service. CSI is more than your ordinary service based program. It's grounded in the Works of Mercy and helps young teens live their call to discipleship. Participants learn through hands-on experiences and reflection that service is a fundamental part of Christian discipleship and our journey to become the person God has called and created us to be.
CSI meets the 2nd Sunday of the every Month, following the 12 Noon Mass, from 1:00 - 2:30 PM, in the parish auditorium. Our first gathering is Sunday, October 11. We'll provide the pizza, you provide the passion for making a difference in the life of someone in need. There is no cost for this program, but registration is necessary to assist us with the organization of the program. A registration form is available on the CSI webpage or by calling Dennis M. Mueller at 215-947-3641. We ask that registrations be submitted by October 4.
Attention All Parish Volunteers & Employees!
St. Albert the Great is hosting the Archdiocesan Safe Environment Training session, Protecting God's Children, on Monday, October 19, beginning at 9 AM in the auditorium. Advanced registration is required. Registration can be done at virtus.org. Click on the "Registration" link located on the left side of their homepage. If you do not have access to the internet, you may call 215-587-2466 to register.
Who should complete this training? Any adult over 18 who has direct contact with children in their volunteer role. CYO coaches and volunteers, catechists and CCD volunteers, school faculty and school volunteers, those working with the Liturgy of the Word for Children, CSI, or any other children's ministry, program, or event who have yet to complete this required training are invited to attend.
If you need to complete this training, but cannot attend the session on October 19, please visit the Virtus website and register for a training at an alternate site more convenient to you schedule. All volunteers and employees are required to have completed this training within 90 days of starting ministry or employment.