As you take the time to explore our website, you can draw a conclusion that we are a very active parish. Assumption BVM is a tight-knit family of faith, dedicated to our Blessed Mother, Mary. We are disciples of Jesus, who worship God and love our neighbor. As you get a “glimpse” of our many activities, I encourage and invite you to experience our family, and enhance our family by sharing your talents and gifts.
Reverend Mike Davis
ABVM to Live-Stream Sunday Masses at 11:00 AM
Beginning this Sunday, March 29, the 11:00 am Mass will be live-streamed and viewed at our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AssumptionFeasterville. Your priests miss you, our beloved parishioners, and want to provide a connection to the Mass, albeit virtually. Thank you to our future priest, Brandon Schmidt, for his technical assistance, which makes this Mass available to you.
An Appeal for your Continued Financial Support
As I am keenly aware of the financial burdens many of you are experiencing now because of the pandemic, I thank you for your support of our parish and its ministries. I thank you who have placed your Sunday contributions through the rectory mail slot or have mailed them in, and for you our e-givers. May I make a request that more of you consider e-giving? By using our parish website at www.ABVMFeasterville.org, you may arrange for e-giving. While I know this pandemic will eventually pass, and we are living with strict restrictions and daily inconveniences, I need to continue to cover the salaries of the Staff members, who are working from home, and pay our bills. I thank you for your generosity and for your considering my request. Blessings to you and your families.
Unfortunately, it has become necessary for the 40 days for life organization to cancel all remaining vigils, which includes Saturday, April 4th at the Louis Dr. Planned parenthood in Warminster. Thanks to Steve Jackson for his leadership in our pro-life efforts, and all the brother Knights who stand up for life, especially those who attended our last vigil at the Comly Rd. PP. Though organized vigils have been curtailed for the time being, please continue to include the right to life in your daily prayers. Thank you all for your efforts.
Sun of Hope Orphanage Village 2020 Lenten Campaign
Our orphanage project has been taking place for several weeks now and it is not too late to still get involved if you haven’t already done so. For those of you that have already sent in your donations, thank you! How can you help? When the church reopens after the Corpnavirus is done, in the back of church, you will find the pictures of the children, who currently reside at the orphanage. Please look the displays over and consider sponsoring a child. You choose on the sponsor form the amount you would like to donate and 100% of your donation will go to the children’s needs. Return the form with your one-time donation and you will receive periodic email updates and a picture at the end of the project--look for an announcement in the church bulletin for photo distribution dates. The picture is just a little reminder that you are making a difference in the life of that little girl or little boy. If you have any questions about the project, please e-mail NewsfromthePews@outlook.com. Thank you!
While public Masses will be suspended as of noon on March 18, as directed by Archbishop Pérez, the church will be open for visits to the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle, and for personal prayer each day from 7:30 am to 7:00 pm each day. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Evening Prayer, and Benediction on Tuesdays have been cancelled, as well as Stations of the Cross on Wednesdays during Lent. Confessions will be heard on the remaining Wednesdays of Lent at 7:30 pm, and on Saturdays from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, while not on Sunday morning. Please continue to pray for those afflicted by the coronavirus, all who have died, all health care providers, and all who are unemployed due to the necessary strict regulations. We will get through this with the Lord's help.
I really miss personally connecting with you, my dear parishioners, and will feel a bit more connected for the celebration of Mass by this Sunday & live-stream Mass at 11:00 am and every Sunday until we can physically gather in church again, by way of Facebook, and do feel a bit more connected during the daily Mass by way of "myParish," thanks to John and Dan Chiodo and Brandon Schmidt.
While I appreciate the virtual connection, I am grieving because I miss seeing you. As the pandemic continues and the isolation increases, I wonder how many of you are grieving too? For me, the ongoing inconveniences have yielded to the pain of separation. This morning, I spoke with one of the Permanent Deacons to whom I offer spiritual direction, and I realized that my separation anxiety pales in comparison to his. He is greatly pained by not receiving Holy Communion, and is grieving. As Father Kelly, Father Renny and I are celebrating private Masses, we have the privilege to receive Jesus' Body and Blood, while you and this dedicated deacon cannot at this time.
I take this opportunity to suggest Spiritual Communion, and provide this prayer: "I love you above all things, and I long for You in in my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You have already come, I embrace You and embrace You and unite myself entirely to You; never permit me to be separated from You." I believe God will bring good from every situation, including this pandemic. For now, please follow all restrictions for your health, the health of your families, and the health of our communities.
Peace and love, Father Mike