Maria Goretti: The Story of the Patroness of Modern Youth on FORMED "The story of Saint Maria Goretti is retold in this beautifully made film from Italy [lasting an hour and a half]. . . . Luigi and Assunta Goretti keep their faith despite hardship, and they instill in their children a deep love for God. Their daughter Maria is especially devout. But tragedy strikes more than once: sickness and death affect the Goretti Family and then their young neighbor Alessandro does the unthinkable." We celebrated the Feast Day of St. Maria Goretti on Tuesday of this week, July 6th. Click the link above to watch!
Saint Alphonsus Parish would like to start a parish book club where the readers would choose from a variety of genres like mysteries, sci-fi adventure, biographies... Anyone who is interested please contact Mary Frances Kelly at email@example.com.
It's AFF Wednesday! Daily Reflection from Dr. Tim Gray of the Augustine Institute on FORMED Tuesday of this week is the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles. To listen to a beautiful 5-minute reflection about these two great leaders of the early Church, click on the link above!
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“St. Thomas More: Age of the Author” from True Reformers on FORMED On Tuesday of this week, the Church celebrated the Feast of St. Thomas More, whose life is examined in Episode 1 of the True Reformers series (38 minutes). “The Renaissance was an age of discovery and innovation during which many lost their way amidst bold new visions of secular happiness. Thomas More was one of the greatest humanists of his age but also a man devoted to the spiritual life. His lifetime of learning, charity, and service to the public good of England enabled him to stand a patient and holy witness – and one of the greatest of modern martyrs – against the tyranny of Henry VIII.” Click the title above to watch this video!
Last Saturday, at the 5:00 PM Vigil Mass we blessed our new Sleeping Saint Joseph statue. In observance of the Year of Saint Joseph, you are invited to write your personal intentions on the papers provided in the chapel and to place those intentions in the basket underneath the statue.
Introducing the first graduating Saint Alphonsus Pre-K at OLM class! We were blessed this year to have such a wonderful group of young students to help pave the way for future classes in our Pre-K program. A very special thank you to Mrs. Colleen Pohle, Mrs. Patricia Kensey, and Principal John C. McGrath for being such proponents of Catholic Education and for making this year a success! To watch the graduation ceremony or view pictures click the title above.
“Fan or Follower?” by Jeff Cavins on FORMED “In this talk, Jeff Cavins shares how he has come to see that Jesus wants us to surrender . . . our own comfort to follow him. We are all fans of Jesus, but how many of us are truly his disciples?” Click the link above to listen to this hour-long Lighthouse Talk.
What a wonderful day for a celebration! Last night our Saint Alphonsus CYO Community came together for food, fun, and togetherness outside on the field. Thank you to all who participated! A special congratulations to Maura Dianno and Conor Koschineg, the winners of the St. Alphonsus HS scholarship awards! Click the picture to the left for photos and video!
This week's pick is the video: “Sacred Heart of Jesus” at formed.org “Using passages from Sacred Scripture, Dr. Tim Gray and Dr. Ben Akers discuss the Church’s teaching on the Sacred Heart of Jesus and also the historicity of the devotion.” The program lasts 30 minutes. The Church traditionally dedicates the month of June to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and we will celebrate the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart this Friday, June 11. The program lasts 30 minutes. Click the image to the left to watch this video!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Corpus Christi procession yesterday! What a fantastic day of celebrating our faith and community after a trying year! Click the picture on the left to view photos!
“Bishop Barron on Should Suffering Shake Our Faith” at wordonfire.org A new survey from Premier Christian News found that 67% of people who call themselves religious have had their faith in God shaken due to the events of the COVID crisis. However, suffering should never negate the existence of God.” Find out why in this ten-minute video from Bishop Robert Barron. Click the image to the left to watch!
“What Makes Joseph the Ideal Man” by Bobby Angel at Ascension Press “Even though there isn’t a single word attributed to the earthly father of Christ in scripture, he’s still the best (non-divine) example of what a good husband, father, brother, and man should look like.” In this 10-minute video, Bobby Angel highlights three virtues to imitate in the life of St. Joseph: justice, obedience, and dedication to one’s vocation. Click the image on the left to view this video.
St. Rita of Cascia: The True Story at stalphonsusparish.formed.org Philadelphia is home to the National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia on Broad Street, and the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Rita this Saturday, March 22nd. “Famous as the patroness of hopeless situations, St. Rita dealt with many very difficult and tragic events in her life. Through it all, she developed a profound faith in God that was the source of her great strength, and why she is a popular saint for all those dealing with difficult events in their own lives.” Parental guidance is recommended. To view this one-hour docu-drama, click the link above!
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This weekend, we will continue our monthly Novena to Saint Joseph after Mass. The words of the Novena are available in the link above. Please feel to bring your own copies of the Novena to Mass so we can more easily pray the Novena together as a community!
Jesus of Nazareth: The Story of the Man Closest to Christ on stalphonsusparish.formed.org "In this first feature film ever on the story of St. Joseph [approx. 1 1/2 hours], we are shown the human, noble, and deeply spiritual aspects of Joseph, the carpenter, son of David, servant of God, and loving husband of Mary. He is presented as a man of faith who must grapple greatly with the profound mysteries of the miraculous conception, the Virgin Birth, the Incarnation of the Son of God, and the incredible challenges of protecting and raising Jesus amidst the threats on his life from the moment of his birth and beyond." The film uses creative license in telling the story. Click the link above to watch!