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.
Coming This Fall!
Beginning Tuesday, September 20, St. Albert the Great Parish will host a monthly program known as Symbolon. What is Symbolon? Symbolon is an innovative program featuring video and discussion sessions that brings together some of the most trusted Catholic teachers in the world to guide participants through the breadth and richness of the Catholic faith. The program will be held on the third Tuesday of every month (the 4th Tuesday in November) from 7:00 - 8:45 PM in the parish hall and will feature a different topic every month. Participants may come to every session or those that they are most curious about. There are 20 sessions in all!
Over the course of the program, we'll delve into topics such as Divine Revelation, Catholic understanding and interpretation of the Bible, the person of Jesus and his nature as fully human and fully divine, the story of salvation, why we need the Church, the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives and the life of the Church, what happens after we die, the sacraments, morality, Catholic social teaching, and much, much more. We'll take on some of the most challenging questions Catholics have about their faith and the teachings of the Church, and provide participants with a deeper appreciation for and understanding of their faith. More importantly, participants will be able to put what they learn into daily practice as they are taught how to live what they believe. For a complete list of dates and topics, click here.
Stay tuned for more details!
Archbishop Outlines Dangers of Housebill 1947
There is much misinformation in the media concerning Housebill 1947. The bill is being hailed as good legislation that is just and fair by those seeking its passage, but the bill is seriously flawed. Archbishop Chaput has written a letter that explains the dangers of this bill and its fundamental flaws. The Archdiocese has also provided a Fact Sheet addressing its concerns over the law in its present form as well as detailed information on what the Archdiocese has done over the course of the last decade and a half to address abuse issues and provide a safe environment for children in all areas of parish life. That fact sheet may be found here.
A recent OP-ED piece published on June 5 by the Philadelphia Inquirer and written by Stephen E. Jenkins, an attorney in Wilmington, DE, provides additional insight and clarification on the dangers of this legislation.
The Archbishop urges Catholics to contact their State Legislators to oppose this bill. The PA Catholic Conference via its website is helping those wishing to contact their Senators and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee via email. You can learn more about this issue by visiting pacatholic.org.
The contact information for members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and District Senators is listed below. Please contact them to oppose this bill, as it does not provide justice for ALL victims.
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.
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!
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