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.
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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. In the early Church, Christians described their Creed, their summary statement of faith, as the symbolon, the “seal” or “symbol of their faith”. 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 (4th Tuesday in November) from 7:00 - 8:45 PM in the parish auditorium for this incredible exploration into your Catholic faith. Monthly sessions begin September 20! Register today!
For a complete list of dates and topics, click here.
Abbeyfest 2016 Catholic Music Festival
Dalesford Abbey in Paoli, PA is hosting its 3rd annual Abbeyfest on Saturday, September 24, from 11 AM - 9:30 PM. Its a day filled with Faith, Music, Food & Family Festivities. All ages are welcome! In addition to the great music lineup featuring Sidewalk Prophets, Stars Go Dim, Josh Blakesley Band, Teresa Peterson, & Aly Aleigha, there will be crafts, games, and things for kids. The keynote speaker will be Jeff Cavins. The day will also feature religious items and food for sale as well as Confessions, Vigil mass, and Candlelight Adoration. It’s a great day to be with your family and celebrate your Catholic Faith. Please contact Rose Nihill via email for additional info. Tickets will be on sale at the back of the Church or at theabbeyfest.com.
Archbishop Chaput Addresses Youth at World Youth Day
Last week, Archbishop Chaput attended World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow with a delegation of nearly 100 youth and young adults from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and countless others from around the world. While in Poland, the Archbishop delivered a series of three catecheses for pilgrims. He often speaks from notes rather than a formal text. The outlines for his World Youth Day talks were recently published by CatholicPhilly.com and a link is being shared with you here.
Cave Quest a Wonderful Success
We wish to extend a special thank you to all of our Cave Quest participants and their families for another successful VBS experience. A special thanks goes out to all of our Crew Leaders, Activity Site Leaders, and volunteers whose time and talent made this year's program so wonderful. A photo archive of the week long event can be found in our Photo Gallery.
Registration for CCD Due Now!
Registration for 2016 – 2017 program year is due now. The program is for students who will be entering into 1 through 6 grade this September. 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.
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.
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.
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.
- Holy Door Locations, Hours, and Contact Info
- 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