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Letter from Fr. Jim about Sodalitium Christianae Vitae (SCV) Fall 2013: Before coming to Philadelphia, Archbishop Charles Chaput was the Archbishop of Denver where he became familiar with Sodalitium Christianae Vitae (SCV). Once in Philadelphia, the Archbishop was interested in bringing SCV here. This religious society also expressed interest in coming to Philadelphia and staffing a parish connected to a university.
In May 2013 SCV visited five parishes in the Archdiocese that had universities nearby. After visiting, they informed Archbishop Chaput that if they were to come to Philadelphia, they would like to staff Saints Agatha and James Parish. Since then, the Archbishop has decided to entrust the pastoral care of the Parish to them. The members of this religious association will assume the leadership of the Parish on July 1, 2014. SCV will be assigning one priest and three laymen to Saints Agatha and James and they will live in the Rectory. Fr. Ben, Fr. George, and Fr. Jim will no longer be living at Saints Agatha and James Parish. They will be reassigned to another responsibility in the Archdiocese.
With this change, providing pastoral care at the three local hospitals will no longer be the responsibility of Saints Agatha and James Parish. Instead, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will assume direct responsibility for the hospital ministries. The details of how this will happen have not yet been finalized. When they are, they will be shared with the Parish.
Sodalitium Christianae Vitae is a young, growing, and vibrant movement and association in the Catholic Church today. It will provide great leadership and an exciting future for Saints Agatha and James Parish and the Newman Ministries. During this time of transition, let us pray that God blesses SCV and our Parish in this new endeavor.
March for Life - Wednesday, January 22, 2014: Plan now to be part of this important event! Start the day by attending Mass celebrated by Archbishop Chaput at 10:00AM at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. For more information, call the Office for Life and Family at 215-587-0500 or visit www.phillycatholiclife.org. All are invited.
Collegium Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture: Tuesday, December 10, 8:00AM-8:50AM, Newman Center, lower level, 3720 Chestnut Street. "Catholic Approaches to Studying Non-Christian Traditions." Collegium Institute Fellow Dr. Clemens Cavallin, visiting professor in Religious Studies at Haverford Coollege, will lead a discussion on the relationship between Catholic theology and the field of Religious Studies. For more info, write email@example.com. Visit the Collegium Institute's website: www.collegiuminstitute.org.
Pray the Rosary! Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings at 8:00PM in the Chapel, Upper Level, Newman Center, 3720 Chestnut Street. Come join in praying the Rosary! All are welcome!
Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius: Two sessions: (1) meets weekly on Sunday mornings at 11:30AM in the Assumption Convent, 47th and Springfield Avenue; (2) meets weekly on Monday evenings at 7:30PM in the Newman Center, 3720 Chestnut Street. For further information: firstname.lastname@example.org. Experience a deeper conversion into life with God in Christ.
On Hiatus / To return after the Holidays: Babysitting during Sunday 9:30AM Mass in the Sacristy for children whose parents are attending Mass. To sign up or to help, contact email@example.com.
On Hiatus / To return after the Holidays: Children's Liturgy of the Word during Sunday 9:30AM Mass in the Baptistery for children whose parents are attending Mass.
Youth Confirmation: Class for middle school and high school students wishing to prepare for Confirmation meets on Sundays at 10:30AM in the Parish Hall.
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) meets on Sundays at 4:00PM in the Newman Center, Upper Level, Rm. 17: Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Or in learning more about the Catholic Faith? RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) introduces adults to the Catholic faith and way of life. Regardless of your religious background, whether you already know you want to become Catholic or simply wish to learn more, RCIA will help. This program is also for Catholics who have not received First Communion and/or Confirmation. Last meeting in 2013 will be on Sunday, December 8. RCIA will meet in 2014 beginning Sunday, January 26. For further info, contact Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meditation/Centering Prayer: You are welcome to join this small ecumenical group which meets for Meditation/Centering prayer in the Newman Center on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 7:00PM. For information about the group and about learning to pray in the Christian contemplative tradition, please contact Tom Connolly at 484-995-4046 or email@example.com.
Volunteers needed for Liturgical Ministries: We need Acolytes, Lectors, Musicians, Choir Members, and Ushers. If you are interested in helping in any capacity, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
38th Street Stained Glass Windows: Walk along 38th Street between Chestnut and Sansom and view our stained glass windows! We thank those who contributed to these windows. If you are interested in contributing to the restoration of additional windows, please write to email@example.com.