The Parish That Says, "Welcome!"
St. Albert the Great Parish has been serving the needs of the local Catholic community
in Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties since 1962.
Advent is Latin for "coming." The Church in her wisdom gives us an entire season to prepare not just for Christmas, but also for Christ's second coming, and to remind us of our need to embrace and welcome Christ into our lives each and every day! Take time during this season to focus on your relationship with God and try to take advantage of every opportunity to deepen that relationship through the various seasonal offerings listed below. Your Christmas will be far more enjoyable once your enter into the spirit of the Advent Season.
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. Details about the Year of Mercy and resources will be posted on our website as information becomes available.
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.
- A free 4 part video series produced by Ascension Press for Catholics interested in Living Life with the Church during this 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.
Advent Evening of Reflection
Join us Monday, December 14, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM in the chapel for our annual Advent Evening of Prayer and Reflection. Our guest speaker will be Sr. Marganne Drago, SSJ, who will lead participants in a prayerful and lively discussion on Cultivating Virtues in Daily Living: Attractive? Possible? Necessary! Take time from the hustle and bustle of your Christmas preparations to enjoy what the season of Advent offers and come to listen, learn, and discuss ways to grow into virtue as a way of life.
Festival of Choirs
Our annual Festival of Choirs will be held on Sunday, December 20, beginning at 6:30 PM in Church. This annual favorite is filled with song, prayer, reflection, and a children's tableau. In the spirit of sharing the incredible news of Christ's Advent into the world, invite someone you know to attend so that they may experience the true beauty of the Advent Season! Family and friends are welcome to join us and refreshments will be served in the auditorium following the festival.
St. Albert's Giving Tree
Our annual Giving Tree is an opportunity for us to extend the mercy of Christ Jesus to those most in need – the poor, the neglected, the homeless, the abused, and the vulnerable. Every parishioner is encouraged to embrace their call to discipleship in the Year of Mercy, and the Giving Tree affords us with an incredible way to begin our sojourn to be the hands, feet, and face of Christ to a world desperate for his love.
On Thanksgiving Day, our Giving Tree will be placed in the gathering area of Church. As in previous years, we will assist Holy Family Home, Immaculate Mary Home, the Pajama and Book Program, Birthright, Guiding Star Ministries, the Sisters of St. Joseph at St. Joseph Villa, our Rio Bravo Mission, and the St. Vincent DePaul Society. New this year are Dawn's Place, a residential program for exploited women, and St. Mary's Franciscan Shelter for Homeless Families, which is currently providing housing for five families. Details about the work of these organizations can be found here.
Gifts can be returned at our annual "Festival of Carols" on Sunday evening, December 20, or you can bring them to Church the weekend of December 19-20 and leave them under the tree before Mass. Your generosity and willingness to allow God to use you as an instrument of his mercy and love are deeply appreciated!
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. 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.