Our Gift to You!
As our Christmas gift to you, our parish is providing every St. Albert the Great parishioner free access to FORMED.org, an exciting new website where parishioners can access the best programs, movies, audio talks, and eBooks to deepen their relationship with Christ Jesus, and His Church. It offers amazing Faith Formation in an engaging style with the best Catholic teachers, authors, and speakers, on-demand 24/7. Watch the FORMED preview below to learn more about what's available, and then check below on 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.
Make Advent Count
The Church in her wisdom gives us an entire season to reflect on the coming of Christ, yesterday, today, and forever. Yet, how much of this season of preparation is overshadowed by the things of this world which draw our attention away from the promise of eternal life with God and the relationship of love he extends to us through the gift of his only Son, Jesus? Jesus was explicit in his sermon on the mount about making sure our priorities were in order when he said "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be" (Matt 6:19-21). Where is your heart right now, at this very moment? Is God the priority he needs to be? Does love of God and love of neighbor take precedence in your life or is it merely a matter of convenience? In the same sermon, Jesus says, "No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." Who do you serve?
Americans spend over 45 Billion dollars in preparation for Christmas ever year, which includes gifts, decorations, expenses, and the like. Imagine how we could change the world if we actually lived as Christ lived and loved as Christ loved by keeping Christ as our priority at Christmas and each and every day of our lives. By contrast, 10 billion dollars a year is all it takes to provide sanitation and clean water to every person on the planet. Twenty billion a year would end homelessness in the United States once and for all. The United Nations reports that it would take 30 billion a year to end world hunger. Jesus came not to be served, but to serve. As disciples, we are called to serve as he served. So during this season of expectation in which we are called to holiness and repentence, will it be God or mammon? Who will you serve?
Our Fall from Grace and the Road to Holiness
An Evening of Prayer and Reflection for Advent
Do you understand your true worth in the eyes of God? Can you even begin to comprehend the depth of God's love for you? Do you desire to know what God is calling you to in this life, and if so, would you be willing to embrace the destiny God has planned for you? God's incarnation in the person of Jesus and His advent into the world over 2000 years ago was the culmination of His divine plan to restore us to the life of grace we lost through sin and return us to an original state of holiness. The work of that restoration continues today through Christ Jesus in the sacramental life of the Church. God wants us to be wholly like Him and holy like Him, but we cannot achieve this without His help. Join us for an evening of prayer, reflection, and discussion as we explore Our Fall from Grace and the Road to Holiness, and unpack God's plan to help us become the person He has called and created us to be – a saint!
Monday, December 12, from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the chapel.
No registration is necessary and all are welcome.
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 October 18 and will focus on Divine Revelation. Registration is ongoing! Register today!
For a complete list of dates and topics, click here.
Draw Closer to Our Lady This Winter & Spring: Free Study Series!
The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, founded by Dr. Scott Hahn, has partnered with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to offer limited-time free access to its new video Bible study series, The Bible and the Virgin Mary. You can access this 12-part series online at no cost beginning January 18, 2017. The videos can be used for individual or group study. View the schedule of videos here.
To take advantage of this great opportunity to grow spiritually, sign up here. Feel free to share this link with friends and family!
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.