May 11th - St. Agnes Parish
Saint Agnes Catholic Church
233 West Gay Street
West Chester, PA. 19380
Saint Agnes Catholic Church
233 West Gay Street • West Chester, PA 19380
www.saintagnesparish.org • Phone: 610-692-2990 • Fax: 610-692-9623
Rev. Alfonso (Fr. Al) J. Concha
Rev. Laurence J. Gleason
Rev. Stephen J. Baker, O.S.A.
Rev. John Franey
Deacon Victor Gonzalez
Deacon Clement J. McGovern
Deacon Martin LoMonaco
Sr. Helen Miriam, I.H.M., Superior of Convent-610-692-9430
Sr. Joan Felicia, I.H.M., School Principal- 610-696-1260
Felicia Navarro, Coordinator of Religious Education-610-436-4640
Sr. Helene McGroarty, I.H.M., Hispanic Ministry-610-344-7224
Sr. Martha Staarman, O.S.U., Hispanic Ministry-610-436-5580
Mr. Sean McElwee, Director of Music- 610-344-7244
Mrs. Barbara Kirby, Director of Outreach Services
Mr. John Mattia, Facilities Manager- 610-692-2990
Mrs. Joan Fogarty, Business Manager- 610-692-2990
Mr. Samuel Riccardo, Jr., Cemetery Manager- 610-692-4421
8:00 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. (Sunday Vigil)
7:00, 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.
12:00 p.m. (Spanish) 5:15 p.m.
Weekdays: 6:30 & 8:00 a.m.
First Friday: 6:30 & 9:00 a.m.
Holy Days: 5:15 p.m (anticipated)
6:30 & 8:00 a.m. 12:10 & 5:15 p.m
(Spanish) 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Second, Third and Fourth Sundays: 1:30 p.m.
First Sunday in Spanish:
Pre-Jordan, First Sunday (TPH)
Saturday: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Vigil of Holy Days & First Friday Eve: 4:00-4:30 p.m.
Marriages: To register for Pre-Cana contact:
Daily Prayer This Week:
This can be a very good week to grow in a sense of and practice with the notion of being a “contemplative in the
midst of action.” We have practically a whole week of gospels about Jesus' gift of himself to us as the “Bread of
Life.” This gives us the opportunity to let that mystery be in the background of our consciousness every day this
week, as we go about our everyday tasks. What makes it “contemplative” is that we will be asking for graces each
morning, and we will let our desires and our activity interact.
We can begin reflecting upon how often we “work for food that perishes.” The pay-off, the success, the accomplishment, the reward we receive for what we do is often quite passing and unsatisfying. It would be important to
be able to sense anything that appears to be food that doesn't last and name it as such this week. The real food, the
life-giving nourishment that our Lord offers us is himself. (Creighton Reflections)
PROMISES OF MARY TO THOSE WHO PRAY THE
"Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have
Week of May 4, 2014
Monday: Easter Weekday (white)
6:30 AM: Joseph Novielli by The Miller Family
8:00 AM: Tom Walker by The Delor Family
Tuesday: Easter Weekday (white)
6:30AM:Bertha Guntie by The Miller Family
8:00AM: Emma Pavelchek by Ann Henson
Wednesday: Easter Weekday (white)
6:30 AM: Frank Angelucci by Mastrovito Family
8:00 AM: Maureen L. McGovern
Thursday: Easter Weekday (white)
6:30 AM: Daniel Redmond by Jody,Lisa Carlini
8:00 AM:Jeanne Harkins by George&Kathleen Finnerty
Friday: Easter Weekday (white)
6:30 AM: Mary Walker
8:00 AM: Joan Pastuszek by Wendy Laurento
Saturday: Easter Weekday (white)
8:00 AM: Dorothy Dougherty by Daniel Dougherty
during their life and their death the light of God and the
plentitude of His graces; at the moment of death they
shall participate in the merits of the Saints in Paradise!
Join us daily for the Rosary of The Blessed Virgin Mary
immediately following the 8 a.m. Mass.
Lisa Jacobsen, Samantha Calfapietra, Charles Gebel,
George Dargay, Carol Theis, Susan Curran, Geralyn
Mattera, Bob Hoeveler ,Barbara Watkins, Kenneth
Wylie, Cheryl McGlinchy,Tiffany Brandt, Franklin
Young, Agnes Grady Chesko,Breelyn Valentine, Ted
Wright, Noreen C. Crowley, Phil Kennedy, Zachary
Trexler, Megan Whitman, Alexandra Kendell
Please pray for the repose
of the souls of
Our family and friends
May they rest in peace
USMC: Cpl John Mitas, 2nd Lt. , Pvt. Joseph Rochfo
rd,Jr., Capt. Ryan Yeandel, Capt. Gregory W. Kosh, Sgt.
Isaac Pineda ,Pvt. Joshua Feliciano, Cpl Mark Bayer
USAF: 1st Lt. Timothy J. Baldwin, 1st Lt. Kathleen Styron, Capt. Jared Yankech, Capt. Katie Sullivan,1st
Lt.Adam M. Sema, 2nd Lt. Jessica Clark
USN: LTJG Charles G. Schappert, CTR2 Alexandra
Haney, CTR3 Reilly Haney, Lcpl Anthony Serrato
USA: Specialist Jason Hall, 1st Lt Grant T. Hahn, Capt.
John Paul Snook, Sgt. James Mac Fadden,1st Lt Eric
Lugo, David P. Estes, Private 2nd Class, Specialist Ian
Donoghue,1st Class,2nd Lt. Walter R. Snook, Capt. Jessica Bayer Chominski 1st Lt. John Eife, SPCMatthew
Eastertide! A season abounding in Joy!
Last Sunday, Divine Mercy Sunday, our parish was
awash in profound joy! We joined the rest of the
Catholic world and all men and women of good will
in celebrating the canonizations of Pope Saint John
Paul II and Pope Saint John XXIII by blessing two
newly installed stained glass windows made for us by
Philadelphia artist Michael Mezalick. Michael and
his design studio have just completed the restoration
of our magnificent 19th century windows created by
Geman artist, Paula Himmelsbach Balano. The new
windows, located in the vestibule of the Church, hon‐
or Pope Francis and Pope Saint John Paul II. They
were blessed by Father Al just before the 10:30 Mass
with a group of young, First Holy Communicants in
attendance. As Father said: “We can not attend the canonizations in Rome but
we can unite our voices and our Faith in this important event at Saint Agnes Church in West Chester during
the Mass and the dedication of our new windows is a gesture of our appreciation for John Paul II’ s service to
the Church and to people everywhere.”
The joy of our children entering into the most intimate relationship with Jesus for the first time in the Most
Holy Eucharist, the wonder of the two new Pope Saints and the profound mystery of Divine Mercy are almost
inexpressible! It is almost too much beauty for us poor human beings to take in.
Happily the beauty and wonder of First Holy Communions continues though the next month, we have the
exceptional beauty of the stained glass windows to remind us of the wonders of our Faith and the Mercy of
our God endures forever! Thanks be to God!
O SACRAMENT MOST HOLY
"When, in adoration, we contemplate the
consecrated Host we discover the greatness of this gift. The Eucharist is the precious treasure of the Church and humanity."
Adoration every Wednesday following
the 8 a.m. Mass. Concluding at 8 in the
Please stop in the chapel to visit the
Sacred Heart of Jesus! All are welcome!
Sunday CollecƟon Report
Sunday CollecƟon: 4/27/14-$22,436.50
(includes direct debit of $1520.50)
EASTER COLLECTION TO DATE:$58,780.62
Sunday CollecƟon: 4/28/13– $27,037.35
(includes direct debit of $1598.50)
Thank You for your generous support to
St. Agnes Parish!
More Words of Gratitude from the
Pastoral Council ElecƟons 2014-2015
May 17 & 18
St. Agnes will be holding elecƟons for the Pastoral Council for the 2014-2015 year on Saturday,
May 17 and Sunday, May 18 at all Masses that
weekend. Please indicate your choices on the
ballots at the end of each pew and place your
ballot aŌer Mass in the box which will be in the
vesƟbule. Thank you for your thoughƞul consideraƟon of these important posiƟons to our parish community.
Thanks be to God we have so many generous benefac‐
tors! We thank all of you who allow us to be the stew‐
ards of your gifts to people in need in our community.
We particularly wish to acknowledge this week our
long friendship and partnership with the Delaware
Valley Children’s Charity. Janie Wermuth, the execu‐
tive director of DVCC, has assisted all of our programs
for families with children with lavish generosity. It is
only through the willingness of individuals and organ‐
izations that the Holy Spirit brings about so much
We are looking forward to our summer Camp of
Light! We have many enthusiastic and competent
young people to help us and with the children’s activi‐
ties and learning experiences. We will be accepting
good, clean summer clothing for children and bathing
suits, towels and sunscreen beginning this week.
Your donations are a blessing for a child in need!
“The community of believers was on one heart
From the Dorothy Day Ministry Center:
This summer our head councilors at The Camp of
Light will be Nicole Chevalier and Natalie Gomez.
Camp of Light provides summer enrichment for chil‐
dren ages 4 through 12 who might otherwise have no
special summer experience. The children are joyful
and their parents are very appreciative of this special
If you are a a high school student interested in help‐
ing children of families in need in our community
through sports, arts, music, science and just plain fun
please contact our volunteer coordinator, Marie Hol‐
land at [email protected] Camp of
Light runs from Monday, June 23rd through Friday,
August 8th on Monday, Wednesday and Friday morn‐
ings from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Your time and
talent and friendship are a gift for a child who is just
waiting for you!
Looking for a Few Good Men and Women
Are you seeking a way to serve your parish and to thank
God for His goodness to you? We need your help to
care for our beautiful parish, in particular, our sacred and
We are hoping to form a “Guardian Ministry” group
who might gather for prayer on Thursday and Friday
evenings in the upper church, perhaps from 6:30 to 7:00
p.m. After prayer it would be their responsibility to
make sure the Church is secure and to lock up for the
evening. This would require mature men and women
who can make a firm commitment and understand that
this would be a sacred trust.
Those interested in serving Our Lord in this particular ministry should contact Father Al for further direction.
Next Weekend !
Celebrate a Special Mother’s Day
Breakfast at the Knights of Columbus Banquet Hall
10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Breakfast made to Order, Table Service, Balloons for
kids, and Special surprise for Mom.
Menu-Omelet to order-Sausage-Bacon-French ToastFruit-Beverages- Bagels-Cereal
Buy Tickets NOW $10 adult $5 kids (12 under)
www.kofc1333.org using PAYPAL or Mail Check to
Knights Breakfast PO Box 56 West Chester, Pa
CYO BOARD MEMBERS NEEDED!
The St. Agnes CYO is looking for a few new
board members to take office starting in
CYO Board Positions Opening at end of July
Service Director / Spiritual Director
Seasonal Athletic Director
Please consider helping out! For more detailed information regarding the available positions, please contact
Tim Wierman, President - CYO
[email protected] 610-766-1798
First Holy Communion
May through June 1st at the 10:30
A.M. Masses we will celebrant First
Holy Communions for St. Agnes and
PREP children receiving the sacrament.
May God Bless these children and
their families at this very special
All volunteer adults who interact
with youth are required by the Archdiocese of to attend a training
This work-shop is free of charge.
Event : VIRTUS Training Workshop
Location: School Cafeteria
Date: May 28, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
You can sign up by calling the rectory
Technology Addendum and Mandated Reporter Training can be taken online at
Thank You for keeping our children safe!!
PRAY FOR OUR PRIESTS
Pray for our Priests of St. Agnes
and our seminarians priests-to-be
Rev. Alfonso Concha, ordained
May 15, 1976
Rev. Laurence J. Gleason, ordained
May 18, 1996
Rev. Stephen Baker, O.S.A., ordained
August 18, 1990
Rev. John A. Franey, ordained
May 18, 1963
Deacon Robert Gross, ordinaƟon
May 17, 2014
Mr. Mark Cavara, ordinaƟon
Mr. Anthony Raymundo, ordinaƟon
All parishioners are invited to pray for our priests
and seminarians of St. Agnes as well as the bishops, priests and seminarians of our archdiocese
during the month of May. Special prayer cards
are available in the back of church to use to pray
for the intenƟons of our priests and seminarians.
All are also invited to join us at the annual St.
Agnes priest mass on Pentecost Sunday June 8th
at 9am to pray for the intenƟons of our priests
and show our appreciaƟon for the vital role
they play in our spiritual lives.
Adult Faith Formation
School of Community – weekly companionship & reflection on
the presence of Christ in our lives using writings promoted by
Communion & Liberation, a lay movement founded by Msgr.
Meets: Tuesday evenings 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Day Room
Contact: Barbara Kirby (610) 429-0697
Women’s Bible Study – “Walking toward Eternity”
Meets: Thursday mornings 9am – 11 am TPH
Contact: Sharon Chevalier (610) 738-7720
Men’s Bible Study
Meets: Friday mornings 6:30 am – 7:30 am TPH
Contact: Denny Masson –484-716-1649
The King’s Men
Meets:Tuesday evenings 7:00 am—8:30 am TPH
Contact: Denny Masson—[email protected]
Adult Evening Study - Catholicism: The New Evangelization
Meets: Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 PM (cafeteria)
Contact: Rob & Terry Gallagher (610) 996-6761 or
Breaking Open of the Word- is a time to come together as a
community and share how God speaks to us through his Word in
Sacred Scripture proclaimed in the Sunday readings at Mass.
Breaking Open the Word is every Sunday immediately following
the 10:30 Mass. Both take place in the Religious Education Office. All are welcome to come and learn about the faith or
share it with others. Anyone interested may contact Claudia
Robuck at [email protected] or the Religious Education Office at (610) 436-4640.
Crown of Thorns Prayer Ministry The ministry prays for healing of people with mental, emotional and physical illnesses, conversion of hearts and souls to God, and reparation of sins. Any
questions please contact Chris Turner at [email protected] or
call at 484-459-3838.
Join us for Praise & Worship Adoration this Wed
Are you in your 20s and 30s and looking for other
Catholics your age? CYACC (pronounced "kayak")
exists to offer social, spiritual, and service opportunities to Catholic young adults in the local area. Join us
this week for our monthly Praise & Worship Adoration followed by food/drinks/social time. The Holy Hour begins at 7:30pm in the lower chapel of St.
Agnes in West Chester. Check us out on Facebook,
at www.cyacc.org, or by emailing [email protected]
See you Wednesday!
IGLESIA SANTA INÉS
4 de mayo de 2014
Tercer Domingo de Pascua - Ciclo A
Misa en español: Todos los domingos a las 12:00 (mediodía ) y días de precepto a las 7:00 pm.
Horario de confesiones: Miércoles de 7:00 a 8:00pm, en la capilla y sábados de 4:00 a 5:00 pm en la iglesia.
Bautizos: El primer domingo de cada mes a la 1:15pm. Comuníquese con la hermana Martha (610) 436-5580.
Pláticas pre-bautismales: El último jueves de mes a las 7:00 pm, en la capilla con el diácono Victor González.
Catecismo: Martes a las 6:15pm en la cafetería de la escuela. Para inscripción, comuníquese con la Hna Elena en
la oficina del Ministerio Hispano (610) 344-7224.
Grupos de Oración: Se reunen en el Thomas Patrick Hall (TPH) los miércoles a las 7:00pm. Para información,
comuníquese con el diácono Victor González.
Exposición y canto de la Coronilla de la Divina Misericordia: El primer sábado de cada mes a la 7:00pm en la
capilla. Para más información comuníquese con el diácono Victor González.
Formación en la fé para padres de familia: Martes a las 6:30pm en el Thomas Patrick Hall (TPH). Para información comuníquese con la hermana Elena en la oficina del Ministerio Hispano. (610)344-7224.
Los hombres del Rey: Programa de formación masculino. Martes de 7:00-8:30pm en el Centro Parroquial. Para más información comuníquese con: Denny Masson (484)354-9601; Jim Herlihey (484)716-1649 o Domingo Panameño (484)5741508.
Clases de Inglés: Lunes y jueves a las 6:30pm en el Thomas Patrick Hall (TPH) Para información llamar a la hermana Elena
Quédate con nosotros porque atardece y el día va de caída
Cuando los discípulos de Emaús le pidieron que se quedara con
ellos, Jesús contestó con un don mucho mayor. Mediante el sacramento de la Eucarisơa encontró el modo de quedarse enellos.
Recibir la Eucarisơa es entrar en profunda comunión con Jesús.
“Permaneced en mí, y yo en ustedes.” Esta relación de ínƟma y
recíproca «permanencia» nos permite anƟcipar en cierto modo
el cielo en la Ɵerra. ¿No es quizás éste el mayor anhelo del hombre? ¿No es esto lo que Dios se ha propuesto realizando en la
historia su designio de salvación? El ha puesto en el corazón del
hombre el hambre de su Palabra, un hambre que sólo se saƟsfará en la plena unión con él. Se nos da la comunión eucarísƟca
para saciarnos de Dios en esta Ɵerra, a la espera de la plena saƟsfacción en el cielo.
Pero la especial inƟmidad que se da en la comunión eucarísƟca
para saciarnos de Dios en esta Ɵerra, a la espera de la plena saƟsfacción en el cielo.
Pero la especial inƟmidad que se da en la comunión eucarísƟca no puede comprenderse adecuadamente ni experimentarse plenamente fuera de la comunión eclesial. La Iglesia es el cuerpo de Cristo: se camina con Cristo en la medida en que se está en relación con su cuerpo. Para crear y fomentar esta unidad. Cristo envía el Espíritu Santo. Y El
mismo la promueve mediante su presencia EucarísƟca. En efecto, es precisamente el único Pan eucarísƟco el que nos
hace un solo cuerpo. El apóstol Pablo lo afirma: Un solo pan y un solo cuerpo somos, pues todos parƟcipamos de un
solo pan. ( Juan Pablo II)
Pizza & Scripture
On Friday, March 14th, the 5th and 6th graders
from St. Agnes School and PREP attended a night
of Pizza and Scripture hosted by St. Agnes CYO.
Erin Downing, Service/Spiritual Directory for
CYO coordinated the event along with wonderful
volunteers who helped.
children were asked to give some
reasons why they liked Pizza and
Scripture. Aiden said, “I thought
Father Gleason explained the
scripture very well.” Henlee said, “I loved
learning more about my faith with friends.” Sam
said, “The first thing I loved about Pizza and
Scripture is the nice people. I loved how Father
and the Moms were so nice and welcoming.”
What a wonderful way to end a long week at
Congratulations to Alison Gore who
scored 98 on the annual National Kits
Music Theory test. This score will
permit her to be placed on the Kits National
Congratulations to two budding pianists Olivia
Zoretic and Alison Gore. Both girls auditioned
for the annual Connie Murray Piano Festival held
at West Chester University and received a
superior rating from the adjudicators. Keep up
the beautiful music girls!
Middle States Update
We received official notification that the
Middle States Association voted to
accredit our wonderful school for the
next seven years until 2021! Thanks for
all of the work and support that went into our
preparations and visit in December. This is a
great achievement for us!
St. Agnes School Registration
Registrations for the 2014 - 2015 school year will be
taken by appointment only. Please call the office to
make an appointment for our next registration day,
April 30. There are limited openings in Kindergarten
and several openings still for full-day or half-day
Tuesday Tours- St. Agnes welcomes all prospective
families to participate in Tuesday Tours. Tours are
every Tuesday at 10:00 am through May. Please
contact the office with any questions (610) 696-1260.
Our Next Tuesday Tour is May 6th. We hope to see
Office for Child & Youth Protection
Safe Environment Program
Kevin Kirby is offering the required Safe
Environment class for anyone who still needs to
attend the Safe Environment Class as required
through the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The
class is scheduled for Wednesday, May 28th at 7
p.m. in the cafeteria. Register through the
rectory office at 610-692-2990. The Mandated
Reporter portion and the technology addendum
can be completed online. The child abuse
clearance can be done online, too. Please call the
rectory office if you have any questions.
Hulafrog, an online resource for parents, recently
sponsored a contest to find the Most Loved
PreSchool. Saint Agnes PreKindergarten received
the most votes and earned the prize of some free
advertising. Check it out at
Our mission at Saint Agnes Catholic School is to develop every student
spiritually, intellectually, physically, emotionally, and socially in a joyful, faithbased environment that inspires integrity, citizenship, leadership and service
to others in the Church and in the world.
MarƟne Simonis, Joan Fogarty
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