Welcome to St. Albert the Great
St. Albert the Great Parish has been serving the needs of the local Catholic community
in Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties since 1962.
The Season of Lent
A Season for Transformation
Lent offers each of us an opportunity to grow in holiness in our attempt to become the saint God has called and created us to be. Through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving we discipline ourselves to grow in our love of God and neighbor. Instead of giving up chocolate to make a difference in your wasteline, try giving up that one sin that you fall into time and time again, and make a difference in the world and in the lives of those around you. Don't let these 40 days pass you by and miss out on God's call to conversion in your life!
There are numerous opportunities for prayer during the season of Lent. For a complete list of offerings, click here for our Lenten Brochure.
Ashes will be distributed at the following Masses and Liturgies on Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2016:
8:00 AM Mass
9:00 AM Mass with School Children
3:30 PM Liturgy of the Word
7:00 PM Mass
Rules for Fasting and Abstinence
All Catholics fourteen years of age and older are obliged to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and on all Fridays of Lent.
Catholics between the ages of eighteen and fifty-nine are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The fast means taking only one full meal and, if necessary, two light meals that together would not make a full meal. Nothing is taken to eat between meals except water.
The laws for fast and abstinence do not apply to people who are sick, or those who need to eat at certain times for health reason (to take medicine, while expecting, etc.). Those who cannot fast are encouraged to do some other act of penance on those days.
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.
Our Prodigal Father - An Invitation to Conversion and Love
A Lenten Evening of Reflection
We are all prodigals in some fashion, wasteful and reckless in our relationship with God, and lavishing our attention on ungodly things. Thankfully, God is a prodigal too, relentless in his pursuit of us and yearning to lavish us with his abundant love. Lent invites each of us to turn away from our prodigal lifestyles and turn towards the abundant love God offers us. In this spirit, we invite you to join us Monday, February 22, from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the church chapel for an exploration into Jesus' most famous parable, The Prodigal Son. Think you know this parable? Think again! Through prayer, reflection, discussion, and video, participants will explore the hidden meaning of this parable and its characters, be challenged to relate the powerful message of the parable to their lives as disciples of Christ Jesus, and be invited to respond to God's invitation of love. No registration is required. For more information please contact Dennis M. Mueller at 215-947-3641 or via email.
Let's be honest. Most of us have struggled with prayer, and many of us continue to struggle with prayer which leads to feelings of frustration and inadequacy. That's not what prayer should be. The good news is we can easily overcome our struggles with prayer with proper guidance.
Join us this Lent for Oremus, a study program that will teach you the essentials of an effective and fruitful prayer life. Over the course of eight weeks you will discover how God speaks to you, even in the smallest encounters. Following the Tradition of the Catholic Church and the wisdom of the saints, you will learn how to express yourself to God in prayer, and how to hear his voice. That's right. You will learn how to discern God's voice in your life, which is an essential step in a conversation with God!
Through DVD & live presentation, group discussion, and at home preparation, you will become aware of God's presence in your life, discover the simple yet profound steps of Catholic prayer, learn how to respond to God and express yourself in prayer, discover how to hear God's voice in Scripture, in your hearts, and in ordinary moments, learn how to overcome the frustrations, distractions, and dryness in prayer, see that desolation and consolation are a normal part of everyone's walk with God, and grow in your relationship with God and those around you.
Sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings February 9, through April 5, 2016 (No session will be held on March 22 - Holy Week). Mark your calendars, save the date, and spread the word! To register for this 8 week study click here. The cost is $20.00 per person. For more information contact Dennis M. Mueller at 215-947-3641 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
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.