Welcome to Saint Anastasia, A Roman Catholic Church and School in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Dear Parishioners of Saint Anastasia,
Advent has begun. This time before Christmas is a time to prepare; to prepare for Jesus’ coming. However, it’s also a time to prepare for the celebration of Christmas. Sadly, sometimes there’s a disconnect between the two. Secularism, materialism, entertaining, shopping and so many other things are all too often the only preparations many people make for December 25th. The interior or spiritual preparation that needs to take place comes in last, if it comes in at all.
Preparation is always difficult. The microwave is easy to fall back on when it comes time to “preparing” meals. The internet is ready 24/7 to help us prepare for gift-giving and shopping. We look for short cuts to doing just about all of our tasks.
There’s no way to microwave our spiritual lives. There are no short cuts to developing a relationship with the Lord. There’s no “quick fix” to the spiritual imperfections we all need to address and work about changing. The only solution is to make a sincere and firm resolution that this year we will slow down a bit and concentrate on what’s important. It’s a conscious decision we need to make for ourselves. No one can do it for us. May we examine our hearts and make every effort to do whatever needs to be done to “prepare the way of the Lord.”
Have a great week,
The clothing collection by the St. Vincent de Paul Society will take place Saturday, December 7th. The truck will be in the church parking lot from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM to collect donations of usable men’s, women’s and children’s clothing in plastic bags with ties for the poor and needy of the Archdiocese. They will also be accepting small household goods (bed and bath linens, pots/pans/dishes, cooking utensils, toys, books) and small appliances in good working order. We can not accept any furniture. Because of potential liability and legal issues we are unable to accept children’s car seats or cribs. The donated clothing and household items will go to the Salvation Army, using their truck. The Philadelphia organization of St. Vincent de Paul is currently unable to collect/distribute these items, so the local Salvation Army has offered to do so at this time. These items will go to needy people in our area.
2013 CHRISTMAS SEASON
Saturday, December 21 – 8:15 AM – 9:00 AM
Saturday, December 21 – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, December 22 – 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday, December 24
4:30 PM Christmas Vigil Mass (Church)
4:30 PM Christmas Vigil Mass (Parish Hall)
6:30 PM Christmas Vigil Mass (Church)
8:30 PM Christmas Vigil Mass (Church)
Wednesday, December 25 – CHRISTMAS DAY
7:45 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:00 NOON
SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD
Tuesday, December 31
5:15 PM. Vigil Mass
Wednesday, January 1
7:45 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 12 NOON
Parish Summary of Operations
Please take a moment to review our Summary of Operations for the fiscal year ending June 30th. Thank you.
Come, Spend Time with Jesus – Heart to heart!
Please stop by the St. Anastasia Chapel anytime for any length of time when the chapel is open: Monday to Friday, 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM September thru Mid- June. There are also empty time slots available. Please consider signing up for one or as many times that you wish to spend quiet time with Our Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament by contacting Perpetua Salvucci at 610-359-9817; email firstname.lastname@example.org or click this Sign-Up Genius link.
Reserve time to be with Jesus to ensure that He is never left alone. Jesus is waiting for you!
To learn more about Eucharistic Adoration, please click this video link.