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.
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 (4th Tuesday in November) 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.
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
"We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern." - Pope Francis, 9/16/13
There is much for Catholics to consider this November. The following items are being provided as resources to help Catholics form consciences for faithful citizenship.
The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops issued a statement that represents their guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy. All the faithful are urged to use this statement to help form their consciences; to teach those entrusted to their care; to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue; and to shape political choices in the coming election in light of Catholic teaching. The statement lifts up our dual heritage as both faithful Catholics and American citizens with rights and duties as participants in the civil order.
Archbishop Chaput's recent article published on Catholicphilly.com, called About those unthinking, backward Catholics, is an excellent read that helps shed light on the hatred and bigotry of the political machine for the Church and the Gospel values for which it stands.
Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, also wrote an article entitled, The Gospel Serves the Common Good, Not Political Agendas, the text of which can be found below.
At this important time in our nation’s history, I encourage all of us to take a moment to reflect on one of the founding principles of our republic – the freedom of religion. It ensures the right of faith communities to preserve the integrity of their beliefs and proper self-governance. There have been recent reports that some may have sought to interfere in the internal life of the Church for short-term political gain. If true, this is troubling both for the well-being of faith communities and the good of our country.
In our faith and our Church, Christ has given us a precious gift. As Catholics, we hold onto our beliefs because they come to us from Jesus, not a consensus forged by contemporary norms. The Gospel is offered for all people for all times. It invites us to love our neighbor and live in peace with one another. For this reason, the truth of Christ is never outdated or inaccessible. The Gospel serves the common good, not political agendas.
I encourage my fellow Catholic brothers and sisters, and all people of good will, to be good stewards of the precious rights we have inherited as citizens of this country. We also expect public officials to respect the rights of people to live their faith without interference from the state. When faith communities lose this right, the very idea of what it means to be an American is lost.
Politicians, their staffs and volunteers should reflect our best aspirations as citizens. Too much of our current political discourse has demeaned women and marginalized people of faith. This must change. True to the best hopes of our founding fathers, we are confident that we can and will do better as a nation.
Trunk or Treat
Come and join us for St. Albert's Trunk or Treat event! It will be held in the church parking lot on Friday October 28th! A ticket is $6 (if purchased by October 24th) and allows your child entry into the event, including a slice of pizza OR a hot dog & a bottle of water. Click here for a ticket order form.
In addition to purchasing the tickets EACH CAR should plan on having a minimum of 400 pieces of candy to distribute--of course, decorating your car is strongly encouraged! The parking lot will be open at 4:45pm & will close promptly at 5:30pm for the event to begin!
Join us after trunk or treating for a dance party with DJ Frank in the cafeteria. There will also be a bouncy house outside for the children to enjoy. Additional pizza, hot dogs, water, pretzels, and of course hot chocolate will be sold. Expect that the lot MAY stay closed until at least 8:30pm for safety purposes. If you have any questions, please contact Garyn Kobryn via email.
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!
Parish Pilgrimage for the Year of Mercy
St. Katharine Drexel Shrine, Bensalem, PA
In conjunction with the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Saint Albert the Great Parish will make a pilgrimage to the Holy Door of Mercy at the Shrine of Saint Katharine Drexel. The date is Saturday, October 29, 2016, from 10:30 to 2:30. The day will include a tour of the shrine, a visit to Saint Katharine’s resting place a movie about Saint Katharine Drexel, and perhaps a few games for the children. Mass will be celebrated by Msgr. Duncan along with Eucharistic Adoration and Confessions. There will be a cold lunch offered by a local caterer and the cost will be $17.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12 and children under 2, no charge. (The price is for admission and lunch.) The Shrine is in Bensalem, a short trip from St. Albert which you can travel to by car. Please indicate your intention to go on the sign-up sheets on the tables in the entrance ways of church, the caterer asks for a two week notice for the number of lunches. For more information, please call Len Cornwall 215-676-1209. The Jubilee Year of Mercy ends November 20 so don’t miss this wonderful day and an opportunity to walk through one of the six designated Holy Doors in the Philadelphia Archdiocese.
Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa of Calcutta a saint on September 5. This wonderful woman, who was considered by many to be a living saint when she was alive, has much to offer the Church in terms of inspiration for what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Below are two resources pertaining to the Church's newest saint. The first is a reflection that delves into the relationship between St. Teresa of Calcutta and St. John Paul II. The second contains a prayer that St. Teresa of Calcutta used with her sisters and a prayer of intercession to St. Teresa. In th words of St. Teresa, may we always remember that, "Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love."
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