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PREP Classes on Wed. Feb. 20

Well, the weather forecast for tomorrow, Wed., Feb. 20, looks bad.  To insure the safety of our families, the Director of Religious Education has cancelled both sessions of PREP classes for Wed., Feb. 20.  Classes on Tues., Feb. 19, are being held as scheduled.  Please take care when driving in poor road conditions!  

1st Eucharist Parents' Meeting Postponed

The meeting for the parents of First Eucharist candidates scheduled for Monday evening, February 11, has been postponed due to inclement weather.  The meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 13, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  During this mandatory meeting, information will be provided about the upcoming retreat and details about the reception of the Sacrament.  Please call the Religious Education Office, 610-485-0441, ext. 5, with any questions.  

Following Christ meeting on Mon. Feb. 11 cancelled.

Due to the inclement weather, the first meeting of the Following Christ program, scheduled for Monday, Feb. 11 at 6:15 p.m., has been cancelled. Please plan to join us next week, Monday, February 18, to kick-off the 8-week program.  We gather at 6:15 in the Parish Center Hall for dinner, followed by a video presentation and small group discussion.  Open the door following Christ in a more meaningful way!  For more info, contact the Parish Office. 

Happy New Year!

"When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, when the kings and princes are home, when the shepherds are back with the flocks, the work of Christmas begins:  to find the lost, to heal the broken, to feed the hungry, to release the prisoner, to rebuild the nations, to bring peace among people, to make music in the heart."  These words of philosopher, theologian and author Howard Thurman speak to the mission of Christians everywhere - to love one another.  We hope you have a blessed, productive New Year!    

Christmas Mass Schedule

Merry Christmas!  The community of St. John Fisher has been busy this month preparing for the upcoming celebration of the Lord's birth! The church and the grounds have been decorated, the choirs have been practicing, we collected and distributed hundreds of gifts through the Giving Tree, and enjoyed a live Nativity plan during Advent Family Night.  We're ready!  Are you?  Please join us in celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord!  Masses on Christmas Eve will be at 4:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.mA concert of carols will begin 30 minutes before each Vigil Mass -- the Children's Choir will begin at 3:30, the Adult Choir will sing at 6:00 and the Knights of Columbus will begin at 8:00.  These Masses are generally crowded, so you may want to arrive early to ensure seating for your entire family.  Masses on Christmas morning are at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.  

Let's not forget that January 1 is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, a Holy Day of Obligation.  A Vigil Mass will he held on Monday, December 31, at 4:00 p.m..  Mass on New Year's Day will begin at 10:00 a.m., to give you a few hours to sleep in! 

Father McDermott, Father Devlin, Deacon Daniel Bingnear and the entire staff of St. John Fisher wish you a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

You are Invited...

Are you looking for a deeper spiritual understanding and awareness of the salvation that comes through Jesus Christ?  Are you seeking more meaning in your life?  You are invited to join the family of St. John Fisher for Christlife, a program that provides an opportunity to deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ, learn to reflect that depth of love each day, and grow in a greater appreciation and understanding of the Church as a community.  We will meet for seven weeks on Monday evenings, beginning September 24 and ending on November 19.  Dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m., followed by a video presentation and small group discussion.  There is no cost to attend, and childcare will be available.  Please call the Parish Business Office at 610-485-0441, ext. 2, to let us know if you are coming.  If you have been looking for a way to renew your connection with your faith, we hope you will join us!  

Holy Saviour Property is Sold

Father McDermott made the announcement during Mass on the weekend of Aug. 18/19 that the Holy Saviour property has been sold.  The Church was relegated in 2015, and the property went up for sale in July 2015.  The purchaser is DGC Development Group, a local developer with other property in Lower Chichester.  After real estate fees, retiring the Holy Saviour parish debt, and paying extraordinary maintenance costs, the net proceeds are $654,000.  The Parish Pastoral Council and Finance Committee have identified remodeling the St. John Fisher church building, incorporating stained glass and marble from Holy Saviour Church, as an appropriate use for the funds. It is hoped that just as we have come together as a parish community, a remodeled church will glorify God, further unite our community and provide a welcoming place for future generations.     

August 15 - Holy Day of Obligation

Don't forget that Wednesday, August 15 is a holy day of Obligation.  The feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be celebrated with the Holy Mass, offered at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14, and at 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday in the Church.  The Parish Business Office will be open on Wednesday during regular business hours (8:30 - 4:30 p.m.). 

Pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. Shrines

St. John Fisher Parish has organized a bus trip to visit the two national shrines in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, July 17.  The first stop will be the Shrine of St. John Paul II, which houses a permanent exhibit about the life and ministry of this popular pope.  There will be an opportunity for Reconciliation, prayer before a first-class relic, and Mass at noon.  The second stop is the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the largest Catholic Church in the U.S.  Lunch at your own expense in the cafeteria before we take a guided tour of the Basilica.  The charted coach bus will leave St. John Fisher parking lot at 8 a.m., and will return to Boothwyn around 6 p.m.  The cost is $45 for adults and $25 for children under 14.  Call the Parish Office at 610-485-0441, ext.  to reserve a seat! 

Congratulations to the 2018 First Eucharist Class!

On Saturday, May 12, 36 children from the parish received Jesus through the Holy Eucharist for the first time.  Congratulations to these children and their families!  We rejoice with them at this precious time, and ask God to continue to bless them!