With regret, we inform you that due to water damage and other issues caused by a broken radiator, Saint Albert the Great Rectory Adoration Chapel is closed. The area is being contained. We will keep you posted on the progress of repairs and renovations, but the project will take a while. We deeply appreciate your prayers and especially thank all who support our Adoration Chapel.
Looking to Do More for Lent!
Consider feeding your soul by devoting some time each week to enriching your prayer and faith life with the resources offered on FORMED.org. St. Albert the Great parishioners have free access to this exciting new website which provides the best programs, movies, audio talks, and eBooks on the Catholic faith. It offers amazing Faith Formation in an engaging style with the best Catholic teachers, authors, and speakers, on-demand 24/7. From prayer and formation, to family and children's movies, FORMED.org has it all in one place. Watch the FORMED preview below to learn more about what's available, and then check below for how to get access to this amazing content.
To Register for FORMED and start your Free On-Demand access:
- Go to Formed.org
- Enter our PARISH CODE: NKCDNX on the homepage
- Create a personal account with your username/email and password
- Start enjoying the best Catholic content all in one place!
IMPORTANT: DO NOT sign up as an "Individual" – the parish access code above provides more content than the individual subscription.
Then in the future, just login by going to Formed.org and entering your username/email and password.
Giving Hope to All
2017 Catholic Charities Appeal
Archbishop Chaput reminds us that "The gift of hope is a precious treasure, especially to someone on the verge of despair. It’s the hope of the homeless person that the world has not completely forgotten him. It’s the hope of a mother that a quality education is possible for her special needs child. It’s the hope of the immigrant struggling with a new language in a new land. And it’s the hope of the Church herself for new priestly vocations while being able to care for retired Clergy who devoted their lives to the Church and her people. Hope is the opposite of despair. Where despair is darkness, hope is light. Where despair is helplessness, hope is empowerment. And this year the Catholic Charities Appeal will be a channel of hope for hundreds of thousands of people through countless organizations and ministries in the Archdiocese, and a positive source for good in all facets of the Church in Philadelphia including:"
- Social Services
- Evangelization, parish and spiritual life
- Local Mission Activities
Last year 96 families from St. Albert the Great parsh contributed $47,464, to the 2016 Appeal. That's roughly $495.00 per family. We thank those who contributed to last year's appeal for their overwhelming generosity! Now, imagine the difference we could make in the lives of those in need if we doubled the number of families participating in this year's campaign! God has blessed you in inumerable ways. As faithful stewards, we ask you to considering sharing some of your blessings with those in need, and be a blessing in their life. Donate Today!
Morey's Pier Fund Raiser
Purchase your Morey's Pier tickets for Wildwood, NJ at great savings to you--2017 general admission prices have been set! You'll save $9-$23+ off general admission prices. Tickets do NOT expire and they are good for adults or children regardless of height or age. Purchase as many combinations as you like. Tell all your friends and neighbors as this fundraiser offers incredible savings while being easy and convenient. Any seller that sells $300+ worth of tickets will receive one (or more) free all-day waterpark pass! That's a $50 value!
Click here for an order form. Orders are due on Monday, April 10th to the school office or Saint Albert's Rectory. Additional order forms are also available at the Rectory office, Church vestibule, School Office, and School Website. Questions? Please call Judy Pietro 215-938-0796, or email.
Pricing is as follows:
- All-day waterpark only - $37
- All-day amusement only - $50
- All-day Splash and Ride Combination Ticket - $60
(can be used on two separate days)
24 Hours with the Lord - March 24 & 25
Pope Francis has called the Church to celebrate another 24 Hours for the Lord, an initiative in which parishes open the doors of their Church for a period of 24 hours for Eucharistic Adoration. St. Albert the Great parish will celebrate the 24 Hours for the Lord beginning Friday, March 24, at 4:00 PM and concluding on Saturday, March 25, at 4:00 PM. Sign-up sheets are available at the entrances of church. Please consider spending some time with and before the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. It is a wonderful opportunity for prayer this Lenten Season.
The season of Lent is a 40-Day sojourn into one's soul, where we are afforded with an opportunity to deepen and explore our faith relationship with God while contemplating the mysteries of Christ his Son. Following his baptism, Jesus having been filled with the Holy Spirit, was then led by the Spirit into the desert where he prepared himself to live a life sumbitted to the will of God. We all have shared in the same baptism. We all have received the same Spirit. Lent affords us with our own desert experience by offering us an opportunity to be led by the Holy Spirit to a deeper communion with God and to experience a converision from wordly wants to a desire to serve God as Christ did. In our effort to assist you on this journey, St. Richard Parish is offering several spiritual activities throughout the Lenten Season. For a complete schedule of our parish Lenten activities, services, and Liturgies, please click here for a brochure in PDF format.
Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross will be celebrated during Lent on the following dates in church:
MARCH 24, 29, 31 and APRIL 5 at 2:00 PM with the school children - all are invited.
MARCH 24, 31 and April 7 at 7:00 PM
The Living Stations will take place in Church at 7:00 PM on April 12. This is a first for St. Albert the Great, and a must see event! Our entire 8th Grade from SATG school will be involved in the production.
Fasting and Abstinence
All Catholics fourteen years of age and older are obliged to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and on all the Fridays of Lent.
Catholics between the ages of eighteen and fifty-nine are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The fast means taking only one full meal and, if necessary, two light meals that together would not make a full meal. Nothing is taken to eat between meals except water.
The laws for fast and abstinence do not apply to people who are sick, or those who need to eat at certain times for health reasons (to take medicine, while expecting, etc.). Those who cannot fast are encouraged to do some other act of penance on those days.
Free Lenten Resources
Click here for a Lenten message from Pope Francis. Loyola Press is providing additional Lenten resources that include The Seven Last Words Devotion, a Multimedia Stations of the Cross for Children, as well as various articles and activities. Logon to Loyola Press to select the resources you desire.
Our Sunday Visitor has made available a wonderful resource for Lent. This 63 page document contains wonderful information on the Sacrament of Penance, reflections on living with pain and living with God, inspirational stories about saints, and guides for Lectio Divina. This resource can be downloaded here.
The USCCB features a variety of suggestions and resources to help the faithful "give up," "take up," and "lift up" during this Lenten season. Their Lent 2017 calendar features daily inspiration on how to "give up" material things, including food, superfluous to your basic needs; "take up" charitable habits directed to helping and caring for others; and "lift up" those in need through giving alms, prayer, and participation in devotional practices. More information and resources can be found here.
Relevant Radio’s Drew Mariano will host the Chaplet of Divine Mercy every weekday at 4:00 p.m. EDT. Relevant Radio can be heard locally on 640 AM. Although there are many areas of the Archdiocese that do not receive the Relevant Radio signal at this time, anyone can listen via streaming audio via a free mobile app, which can be downloaded at https://www.relevantradio.com/app.
To Print or Not to Print?
The Archdiocese is considering resuming a print publication containing local Church news that would come out every week. The subscription rate would be $40 to $50 annually. If you think you would subscribe to a regular Archdiocesan publication, please contact the rectory at 215-947-3500 or via email to say you are interested in a print publication. Your interest does not obligate you to purchase a subscription. The Archdiocese is merely evaluating the feasibility of a print publication at this time.
Symbolon - The Catholic Faith Explained
Join us for our Adult Faith Formation series, Symbolon, where you will not only discover the breadth and richness of our Catholic faith, but also how to live it in daily life. Presented by some of the most trusted Catholic teachers in the world, Symbolon is designed to help participants learn the “big picture” of the Catholic faith with the Creed as their guide. Through video, facilitated discussion, and reflection, we'll delve into the mystery of the Catholic faith as well as some of the hard hitting questions many of us have about our faith. Join us the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 7:00 - 8:45 PM in the parish auditorium for this incredible exploration into your Catholic faith. Our next session is scheduled for April 18 and will address the question of "Why do I need the Church?" Registration is ongoing! Register today!
For a complete list of dates and topics, click here.