$$$ FINANCIAL FACTS $$$ We thank those parishioners who, recognizing God’s gifts to them, make their response in our weekly collection. Your continued support is vital, necessary, and deeply appreciated. Sunday, January 15, 2017 Budgetary Goal: $22,500.00 Collection Total: $22,349.00 Total Number of Envelope Offerings: 480 Total Number of Bill Pay Offerings: 82 Capital Improvement: $781.00
Christmas Collection to Date: $94,870.00 Total Number of Returns: 881 Total Received from Christmas Crib: $335.00 (This is given to St. Francis Inn in Kensington.) ANNUAL BLOCK COLLECTION We are grateful for your response to our Annual Block Collection Appeal. We will include this update weekly throughout the coming months. At the end of the appeal a thorough breakdown will be printed in our parish bulletin. God bless you for your gift to St. Dorothy Parish. Goal: $105,000.00 Received to date: $108,630.00 Number of Returns: 863 Percentage of Returns: 42%
St. Dorothy Development Committee 2016 Annual Fund Report January 1 to December 31, 2016 Total Gifts: 446 Total Funds Received: $82,805.00 The St. Dot’s Development Committee would like to thank all those that have contributed to the 2016 Annual Fund Campaign to make it a great success. You have truly strengthened the educational experience of our children at St. Dorothy School.
FIRST RECONCILLIATION On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, the children of St. Dorothy Parish from Room 5 in school and Room 2 in PREP will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time at 7:00 PM. The following week on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, the children of St. Dorothy Parish from Room 6 in school and PREP will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time at 7:00 PM. Please pray for these children and their families as they prepare to celebrate the Lord’s forgiveness.
ANOTHER DISTINGUISHED TEACHER FROM ST. DOROTHY SCHOOL Congratulations to Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Audrey Neill, who has been awarded the 2017 National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) 2017 Lead, Learn, Proclaim Award. This Distinguished Teacher Award recognizes excellence and distinguished service in Catholic school education. Mrs. Neill is one of only forty-two awardees across the nation. She will be honored at the NCEA 2017 Convention in St. Louis, MO in April.
APPRECIATION NIGHT Friday, January 27, 2017 - 7:00 PM As an expression of gratitude to those who have generously given the gift of their time on behalf of St. Dorothy Parish, we will have an evening of finger food, drinks, and socialization on Friday, January 27, 2017 in the school gym/auditorium from 7:00 -11:00 PM. Participants in the following parish activities, together with spouse or a guest, are cordially invited by the priests and sisters of the parish to at least stop in if you can’t spend the evening with us: Activities (Academic/Artistic/Social) Altar Society Athletic Association Board Cantors Choir Members Coaches & Moderators of Extracurricular Activities Collection Counters Community Clothing and Food Drives Development Committee Eucharistic Ministers Evangelization Committee Family Life Board Finance Committee Greeters Grounds Committee Home & School Association Committee H.O.P.E. Volunteers Hospitality Committee Landings Team Lectors Liturgy Committee Liturgy Musicians Parish Nurse Ministry Staff & Volunteers Pastoral Council Prayer Community Officers Pre-Cana Team Pre-Jordan Team RCIA Sponsors Rectory Volunteers Religious Education (PREP) Staff & Volunteers Sacristans School Staff School Volunteers Social Club Officers Ushers Welcoming Committee
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS’ WEEK We begin our celebration of Catholic Schools’ Week with the 11:30 liturgy on Sunday, January 29. An Open House and Registration will be held in the school following the liturgy. All are invited to tour the school, view student work, including Science Fair projects which will be on display in the gym, meet the faculty, and see first- hand the extraordinary spiritual and learning environment St. Dorothy School offers. Come join us as we celebrate the uniqueness of our Catholic school. Registration for new students will also take place on Friday, February 3, from 8:30 to 11:30 in the annex of the Church. Visit the Admissions page on our school website, www.stdorothy.org to review and complete the forms. Please bring the following documents for registration:
Copy of child’s birth certificate
Copy of child’s baptismal record, if not baptized at St. Dorothy Parish
Copy of child’s immunization record
ST. DOROTHY ANNUAL BOOK FAIR Please join us on Sunday, January 29, 2017 in the Library after the 10 and 11:30 AM Masses. Books for all ages will be available for purchase. Scholastic’s tax policy has changed, we are now required to charge tax. Please remember to bring some change to cover the tax. The Book Fair will be open though the week concluding Friday, February 3. For information or to volunteer, please contact Kelly Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or Chris Schumacher at email@example.com.
SPECIAL MASS FOR EACH GRADE One Sunday Mass at 10 AM each month is being celebrated for a specific school grade level. All families of students in private, parochial, or public schools are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate. The students and their families will sit together in a reserved front section of the church. We are hoping these students will participate as greeters, altar servers, and in bringing up the gifts. A special blessing for the grade will be given and there will be refreshments following Mass. The schedule of designated Masses is as follows: February 12 - 7/8th Grades March 19 - 4th Grade May 14 - 2nd Grade
HELPERS FOR GIANT FOOD DONATIONS It is the tradition of St. Dorothy to recognize a need and remain faithful to it. It has been 10 years since we started our ministry at the Giant Food Store on Sproul Road. We gather and distribute a variety of baked goods among 4 needy parishes and the Little Sisters of the Poor. In order to keep a manageable schedule for our volunteers we need a few new recruits. If you could help once a month, on a Sunday or Thursday for approximately 1-2 hours we would be most appreciative. Please call Babs Boyle at (610) 626-1620.
FAMILY TO FAMILY MINISTRY TO COLLEGE FRESHMAN The poet Rilke said, “I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world.” We celebrate the widening circles of our parishioners starting college by reaching out to them with care packages of treats, Dot’s memorabilia, letters of encouragement, and religious items. If you have a student beginning their college career and would like them included in this ministry, please let us know. Contact Joanne Montie at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Porth at email@example.com with names and campus addresses. Please keep these young parishioners and their families in your prayers!
OUR LADY OF FATIMA PILGRIM STATUE St. Dorothy Parish is beginning the Pilgrim Virgin Devotion. Parish families can sign up to have the statue of Our Lady of Fatima (Pilgrim Virgin) in their home for one week, to help carry out the message of Fatima by praying the Rosary together daily (or as frequently as possible). If you would like to have the statue of Our Lady of Fatima in your home for a week, please sign up in the vestibule of church (Township Line entrance) this weekend or call Anne Marie Sherman at (610) 259-2064.
GIANT A+ REWARDS You can earn Rewards for St. Dorothy School every time you use your Giant Bonus Card. Simply register your Bonus Card online under A+ Rewards, the code for our school is 23713. The Rewards will be donated directly to our school. Thank you for your support!
PEOPLE WHO KNIT OR CROCHET We are looking for volunteers who would be interested in making Prayer Shawls as Christmas presents for our homebound parishioners. If you are interested, please contact Clare Bradley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (610) 853-2414.
SEEKING CLASSMATES FROM ST. DOT’S CLASS OF 1955 Seeking Classmates from St. Dot’s Class of 1955 for a 60th Reunion. Contact Peter DiBona at (302) 652-4501 or email@example.com; or Pat McMahon Magee at (610) 544-0157 or Pmagee01@hotmail.com.
SUNDAY OFFERINGS The requested Sunday Offering amount of $29 has been in effect since the Fall of 2013. Due to on-going cost of living increases, the requested amount will increase by 3.4% (1.7% per year) to $30 this Fall. Your financial support has enabled the parish to continue making many important capital improvements without taking on any debt. Right now, we are renovating two 60 year old restrooms in the church annex and constructing a restroom in the church. Thank you very much for your generous support of “your” parish.
Joe Dougherty Parish Business Manager
HOLY COMMUNION FOR THE HOMEBOUND If you are homebound, or know someone in the parish who is homebound, and would like to receive Holy Communion each Sunday, please contact Deacon Joe McGonigal at (610) 732-4197 or by email at DeaconJMcGonigal@stdots.org. Each Sunday, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will visit those in the parish who are unable to attend Sunday Mass.
NEW BIBLE STUDY COURSE In September we will be offering The Acts of the Apostles. The Spread of the Kingdom shows how Christ’s kingdom on earth is empowered to carry out His work in the world. The book of Acts shows the church, enlivened by the Holy Spirit, teaching, preaching, healing, and restoring outcasts in the same way that Jesus did on earth. It will take place on Thursday nights in the annex library from 7 to 9 PM. There will be 10 classes from September to December and 10 from January to March. If you are interested, please call (610) 853-1499.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED We are looking for volunteers to lead or co-lead the next St. Dorothy Breakfast with Santa event in December. If interested, please contact Anne Cox at (484) 620-6296 or Stephanie Russo at (610) 888-3588. Support from the previous committee will help with the transition. Thank you!
HUP EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS NEEDED Eucharistic Ministers are needed at the Catholic Chaplain’s Office at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 34 & Spruce Streets, Philadelphia. Volunteers serve on one Sunday morning per month with a team of volunteers. Currently, most of the Eucharistic Ministers there are from our parish. For more info, call John Buggy at (610) 547-4564.
CHURCH ENVIRONMENT UPKEEP Anyone who may have a desire to help with the weekly or daily upkeep of the Church, dusting, sweeping, straightening up the pews, ironing altar linens, is most welcome. It is a wonderful, generous group to work with and everyone's help is so appreciated, even for a half hour. Contact Sister Thomasina Marie at (610) 853-3602 or Joe Powell at (610) 328-3594.
CHANGES TO MANDATED REPORTER TRAINING Under NEW Pennsylvania law effective 12/31/2014, any person, paid or unpaid, who works, volunteers, and/or comes into direct contact with children in a program, activity or service is a Mandated Reporter and MUST immediately report suspicions of child abuse or neglect. If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, these three steps must be followed:
Call ChildLine at 800-932-0313
Within 48 hours of your report, submit a written CY-47 report with the county Children & Youth services where the alleged abuse took place.
MOTHERS OF YOUNG CHILDREN St. Dorothy Parish offers mothers an opportunity for:
quiet time for prayer and reflection
meeting other mothers of young children
sharing ideas/experiences of motherhood
exploring the meaning of raising a Catholic child
At present there is a small group meeting once a month at the convent. This group meets the first Tuesday of the month from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. For more information or to join this group, contact Sister Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (610) 789- 4112.
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS NEEDED For over 20 years members of Saint Dorothy parish has served as Eucharistic Ministers at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 34th and Spruce St. Currently there is a need for additional volunteers. The program is under the supervision of priests of St. Agatha-St. James Parish at 38th and Chestnut St. and involves distribution of communion on one Sunday morning per month. Contact John Buggy for more information at (610) 446-8048.