Welcome to St. Albert the Great
St. Albert the Great Parish has been forming the lives of disciples
through the Gospel of Christ Jesus in Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties since 1962.
"How precious must man be in the eyes of the Creator, if he 'gained so great a Redeemer' (Exsultet of the Easter Vigil), and if God 'gave his only Son' in order that man 'should not perish but have eternal life!'" (cf. Jn 3.16)
May the depth of God's love reflected in the Resurrection of Jesus fill your family with joy this Easter Season and throughout the year!
SHARING THE FAITH: One Person at a Time
Many Catholics are baffled about how to share the faith, but the good news is it's not complicated. Jesus started with one person, then another, then a handful, and his mission grew. Join author Karen Edmisten as she offers practical pointers to help you share your faith confidently, compassionately, and with the reassurance that the conversion of another person is in the hands of the Holy Spirit.
You Can Share the Faith: Reaching Out One Person at a Time!
presented by author Karen Edmisten May 16, 2016, Nonn - 1 p.m. EST
Registration Now Underway for Vacation Bible School!
This year's exciting Vacation Bible School experience, Cave Quest: Following Jesus the Light of the World," is scheduled for July 11 through 15 from 9 AM to 12 PM daily. Registration for this exciting, funtastic, adventure is underway right now! For information on this year's program, theme, and registration details, please visit our VBS Webpage. Registrations must be received by June 24 to participate. No walk-in registrations accepted.
Volunteers make this program a success each and every year. If you are interested in learning more about how you might become involved visit our VBS Webpage for details or contact Dennis M. Mueller at 215-947-3641 or via email. All volunteers 18 and older must comply with the Safe Environment Program of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and PA Child Protective Service Laws.
Registration for CCD Now Underway
Registration for 2016 – 2017 program year is currently underway. The program is for students who will be entering into 1 through 6 grade this September. Families currently enrolled in the program will receive a registration packet in the mail. To register a new student visit our CCD page to download a registration packet. Registration packets are also available in the parish center.
If you'd have any questions, or require additional information, please contact Dennis M. Mueller at 215-947-3641 or via email.
May is the Month of Mary
Celebrating Our Lady, Undoer of Knots
Our Lady, Undoer of Knots was made famous the world over by Pope Francis who has a wonderful devotion to this title of Mary. His devotion inspired the beautiful artistic Grotto of Our Lady. Undoer of Knots outside the Cathedral Basilica of SS Peter and Paul, which was on display for the World Meeting of Families last September. Pope Francis, while driving by the Grotto, made an unscheduled stop to see the Grotto and he blessed the intentions and prayers of thousands of individuals who tied their intentions on the Grotto's structure.
The image of Our Lady, Undoer of Knots shows Our Lady crushing the coiled serpent while an angel hands to her the many knots which bind God’s children. The “yes” of Mary in the mystery of the Incarnation untied the knot which was the result of Eve’s “no,” the disobedience of our first parents. The image of Our Lady, as well as the prayers offered to her, have given hope to so many, as Our Lady has helped untangle the knots and troubles of the world.
Our Parish May Devotion
Beginning May 1 and for the entire month of May, we will set up in the narthex of our church a “grotto” in honor of Our Lady, Undoer of Knots. Everyone is invited to write and tie a petition at the “grotto,” and then write their name on a piece of paper and leave it in the basket that will be set up next to the grotto. Another parishioner can then take a name from the basket and pray for the intention of the persons whose name appears on the slip of paper.
In addition, near the image, there will be holy cards with the prayer to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots. Take a card, take a name, and pray that our loving Mother, who helps to untangle the troubles and difficulties which ensnare us, will pray for all of the needs of our parishioners and all of the hopes of our parish.
Click here for a beautiful novena devoted to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots.
Be sure to join the parish families as we celebrate Mary and the joyful mystery of the Annunciation at this year's May Procession on Tuesday, May 10, at 7 PM. Our parish school and CCD students will be present as well as first communicants in their communion outfits, and confirmandi in their Confirmation robes. Come celebrate our love for Mary whose great "yes" enabled the Word of God to become flesh and dwell among us.
Help Support Efforts for the Conscience Protection Act
Earlier this week, the USCCB joined twenty-five other major pro-life, religious, and health care organizations in urging the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Conscience Protection Act of 2016 (H.R. 4828). Signatories include ten medical groups representing tens of thousands of health care professionals who object to abortion and are seeking legal protections that allow them to serve patients without violating their conscience.
Please read this material and consider contacting your elected officials via the Human Life Action Center to voice your support for the Conscience Protection Act of 2016. The only way to protect religious liberty is by being proactive in defending it.
The Joy of Love
Pope Francis' New Apostolic Exhortation
Pope Francis released an Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (in English, “The Joy of Love”). Archbishop Chaput writes, "Amoris Laetitia is a serious and extensive reflection on Christian marriage. While it changes no Church teaching or discipline, it does stress the importance of pastoral sensitivity in dealing with the difficult situations many married couples today face. Pope Francis is skilled at analyzing the cultural forces that make Christian marriage a unique witness, and often a special challenge. His recognition of the importance of children and the value of adoption are great expressions of support for family life."
Bishop Robert Barron writes, "...Pope Francis wants the truths regarding marriage, sexuality, and family to be unambiguously declared, but that he also wants the Church’s ministers to reach out in mercy and compassion to those who struggle to incarnate those truths in their lives." He goes on to say that "[Amoris Laetitia] does indeed represent a deft and impressive balancing of the many and often contradictory interventions at the two Synods on the Family. As such, it will be of great service to many suffering souls who come to the Field Hospital."
Click here to read this new exhoration online or to download a copy in pdf format. The document is over 250 pages and Pope Francis cautions us to read it with patience and attention.
Additional resources are available from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Please consider sharing this latest work from Pope Francis with others.
We Are Now on Facebook!
As part of our efforts to engage the entire parish community in the Year of Mercy, the Year of Mercy Committee has developed a Facebook page for the parish. This page will be another vital instrument in helping us to communicate various parish happenings and reach out to parishioners through a greater online presence and social media.
Be sure to check out the page using the link below, and be sure to "like us" to stay in the know!
A Biblical Walk Through the Mass
Saint Albert the Great Women's Group will be hosting a five part video series by Dr. Edward Sri entitled, A Biblical Walk Through the Mass, on Monday evenings, at 7 PM in the parish auditorium. The series begins April 4 and runs through May 9. The series is also being provided on Thursday mornings in Room C of the Parish Center, at 9 AM, April 7 through May 12 (stay-at-home moms welcome!).
During this program participants will:
- Learn the biblical background to the words, prayers, and gestures of the Liturgy, all in the context of the revised Mass translation
- Discover how the Mass is a “true re-presentation” of Christ’s redeeming sacrifice on the Cross
- Explore the three key aspects of the Mass as a Sacrifice, Real Presence, and Holy Communion
- Gain helpful insights for getting the most out of every Mass...and much more!
There is a materials fee of $20 per participant. Please take a registration form from one of the entrance tables to the church and return to the rectory or to Kelly Podlaszewski by Sunday, March 13th. Registrations after this time will also be accepted, but immediate materials not guaranteed. To join the Woman's Group or for more information email email@example.com. Emailed forms accepted as well.
Rachel's Vineyard is a ministry of Priests for Life that helps individuals experience healing and peace following an abortion. Rachel's Vineyard conducts over 1000 retreats in 48 states and 57 countries. Married couples, mothers, fathers, grandparents and siblings of aborted children, as well as persons who have been involved in the abortion industry have come to Rachel's Vineyard in search of peace and inner healing. The weekend is a lot of work but yields a fruitful harvest for all who are willing to labor there. If you or someone you know has been effected by the pain of abortion, know there hope, help, and healing. For more information visit Rachel's Vineyard's website.
Catholic Charities Appeal 2016
In response to Pope Francis' challenge during the World Meeting of Families to make a difference in the world by living your Christian faith, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has launched it's most ambitious Catholic Charities Appeal ever. Gifts made to the Catholic Charities Appeal - A New Vision will provide support needed to nearly 180 beneficiaries. For a full list of beneficiaries click here. These beneficiaries of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia include diverse ministries and programs in five key areas:
- Social Services
- Evangelization, Parish and Spiritual Life
- Mission Activities
So, "what about you?" Are you willing to be not just a difference maker, but the difference maker in the life of someone in need? For more information about the Catholic Charities Appeal - A New Vision visit the official Catholic Charities website.
Contemporary Music Group
If you've ever listened to K-Love 106.9 FM, then you know what contemporary Christian music sounds like. St. Albert the Great's Contemporary Music Group plays a mix of contemporary Christian songs from today's artists as well as the traditional Catholic songs with which we are all familiar. The group is open to anyone in 8th grade and up and practices on Tuesday evenings in church at 7:30 PM.
The groups plays at the 5 PM Mass on the 2nd Saturday of the month, and at the 12 Noon Mass on the 4th Sunday of the month September through May. If you play an instrument or sing and are interested in joining the group, please contact Jacqueline Terrizzi-Meyers @ 215-219-7868 or via email.
Celebrating the Year of Mercy
December 8, 2015 begins a special Jubilee Year in the Church which will run from December 8, 2015 until November 20, 2016. Pope Francis declared this Jubilee Year as the Year of Mercy, and challenges Catholics to be Merciful Like the Father. There will be numerous activities and events planned by the Church, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and even St. Albert the Great Parish to allow everyone to celebrate, live, share, and immerse themselves in the mercy of God.
To celebrate the Year of Mercy, Ascension Press is releasing a video series highlighting the power of God's mercy. In this first video of the series, Jeff Cavins reflects on the role the Virgin Mary plays in salvation history. He follows the Ark of the Covenant through the Old Testament and shows how Jesus' birth fulfills the promise of mercy God gave his people. You may sign up to receive this free 4 part video series via email.
To help everyone understand what this year is all about, we have included a couple of resources below to prepare you for celebrating fully the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
- Archbishop Chaput's article on the Jubilee Year that was recently published in First Things, entitled, A Jubilee Year of Mercy.
- Pope Francis' Papal Bull announcing the Year of Mercy.
- A link to resources from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
- Click the official logo on this page to learn more about it's rich symbolism.
- Official Archdiocesan Jubilee Year of Mercy Brochure
- Year of Mercy FAQ Sheet