Saint Agnes Catholic Church


Saint Agnes Catholic Church
Saint Agnes Catholic Church
233 West Gay Street • West Chester, PA 19380 • 19380 • Phone: 610-692-2990 • Fax: 610-692-9623
April 28, 2013
Rev. Alfonso( Fr. Al ) Concha
Rev. Laurence J. Gleason
Rev. Anthony J. Cossavella
Rev. Stephen J. Baker, O.S.A.
(Weekend Ministry)
Deacon Victor Gonzalez
Deacon Clement J. McGovern
Deacon Patrick M. Stokely
Sr. Helen Miriam, I.H.M., Superior of Convent
Sr. Joan Felicia, I.H.M., School Principal
Felicia Navarro, Coordinator of Religious Education
Sr. Helene McGroarty, I.H.M., Hispanic Ministry
Sr. Martha Staarman, O.S.U., Hispanic Ministry
Mr. Sean McElwee, Director of Music
Mrs. Barbara Kirby, Director of Outreach Services
Mr. John Mattia, Facilities Mgr.
Mrs. Joan Fogarty, Business Manager
Mr. Samuel Riccardo, Jr., Cemetery Manager
8:00 a.m. & 5:15 p.m.
6:30, 7:30, 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.
12:00 p.m. (Spanish) 5:15 p.m.
Weekdays: 6:30 & 8:00 a.m. & 5:15 p.m.
First Friday: 6:30 & 9:00 a.m. & 5:15 p.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.
Eucharistic Adoration:
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Miraculous Medal Novena:
Wednesday: with 5:15 p.m. Mass
Second, Third and Fourth Sundays:
First Sunday in Spanish:
Pre-Jordan, First Sunday (TPH)
1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m.
Saturday: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Vigil of Holy Days and First Friday Eve: 4:00-4:30 p.m.
From the Pastors desk…..
We can hold the words of Jesus in our hearts all week. As we do, we will discover their attractiveness and
invitation. We will also encounter resistance in ourselves and in others.
It takes practice to stay focused in the background of our daily life. We all have years of habit to overcome.
However, we can practice letting this consoling message of Jesus find a place in our awareness at various
points in our day, whether it is in the shower, while getting dressed, or simply whenever we are on our way
from one place to another. Sometimes it will take a conscious effort to let these thoughts replace the
thoughts that are there already. In the background of our day is where our worries reside. It's where we carry
anxiety and stress. Sometimes it is where we carry on imaginary conversations with others or “replay” past
conversations like a song that we can't get out of our heads. This is when we turn those returning anxieties
over the God, asking God to heal us.
This is a great week to get in touch with our deepening desires and to let my conversations with Jesus grow
in friendship. The easiest way to do this is to say simple ordinary things -- the very way I would say them to
a close friend. (Creighton reflections)
Week of April 28, 2013
"Can there be any comparison to this
Monday: St. Catherine of Siena,Virgin & Doctor of the
Church (white)
6:30AM: Bernard W. Roney by Jean & Rich Yoder
8:00AM: Amalia Velit by Daughter
5:15 PM: Alma Giles
Tuesday: St. Pius V, Pope ( white)
6:30AM: Mary Spaziani by Rose Marcocci
8:00AM: Liam Kirby by Kevin & Barbara Kirby
5:15 PM: Regina Walker by The McAssey Family
Wednesday: St. Joseph the Worker (white)
6:30 AM: Hon. M. Joseph Melody by Jackie & Paul Cody
8:00 AM: Dora T. DiArcangelo by Husband
5:15 PM: Arthur Davison by Liz Reichman
Thursday: St Athanasius, Bishop & Doctor of the Church
6:30 AM: Paparelli Family
8:00 AM: Marie Montgomery by Roberta
5:15 PM: Frank Matecki by Bernadette Matecki
Friday: St. Philip & James, Apostles (red)
6:30 AM: Louis Bowman by Tom & Jill Farrelly
8:00 AM: Raquel Reyes by Rebeca Lacusky
5:15 PM: Dora D’Archangelo by Mozzani Family
Saturday: Easter Weekday (white)
8:00AM: Joe & Dolores Schieber by Liberi Family
blessedness? Adored Lord, increase
my faith, perfect it , crown it. May I
ever find in His adorable Sacrament
the ardent wish , the same fervent desire to be for eternity united to Jesus."
(St. Elizabeth Ann Seton) Adoration
Wednesdays following the 8 a.m.
Mass concluding at 8 p.m. Just a
few minutes of your busy day is so
precious to Our Sweet Jesus! O
come let us adore Him!
Remember to pray for those who are sick:
Lisa Jacobsen, Lynne (Beury) Klinger, Maureen Kueggeri, Mary DiVitis, Trudy Cruice, Samantha Calfapietra,
Charles Gebel, George Dargay, Carol Theis, Susan Curran, Geralyn Mattera, Bob Hoeveler ,Mary Jane Campbell, Diane Taylor, Barbara Watkins, Kenneth Wylie
Kathlina Patanella
Holy Day Of Obliga on
The Ascension Of The Lord
May 9th
May 8th: 5:15 pm An cipated,
May 9th: 6:30 am,8:00 am, 12:10 pm,
5:15 pm, 7:00 pm (Spanish)
"Jesus Christ, the Spouse of
our souls and our very dear
Friend wishes us to remember His goodness to us and all
His gifts and wants us to prize
them above all else. Whenever we meditate devoutly
and lovingly upon the sacred
mysteries of the Rosary, Our
Lord has an accidental joy
and so has Our Lady and
all the saints in heaven.
(St. Louis DeMontfort)
Join us daily for the recitation of the Holy Rosary
following the 8 a.m. Mass
Sunday Collec on Report
Sunday Collec on:4/21/2013
Thanks to the generosity of our parishioners our Lenten
daily collec on totaled $7756.62!
(includes direct debit of $1,598.50)
Sunday Collec on: 4/22/2012
Lenten Collec on 2013
The collec on was donated to help the following parishes:
(includes direct debit of $1,104.00 )
Thank You for your generous support of
St. Agnes Parish!
St. Katherine Drexel, St. Veronica, St. Francis of Assisi, Our
Lady of Fa ma, and Mission Montero, Peru
We appreciate your generous support!
St. Agnes Parish Stewardship of Treasure/ Increased Giving Appeal is being well received
by the people of this Parish. To date 78 people have responded to Fr. Al’s le er represen ng a combined weekly increase of $263.42. Please use the special envelope to indicate your new contribu on amount and enclose it in this envelope. You may also use this
envelope to note any special circumstances. Next week use your regular Sunday envelope
for your new giving amount.
From the Blessed Dorothy Day Ministry Center (The Day Room):
Gratitude to all who made last Sunday’s celebration of our 21 years of welcoming people in need
such a beautiful occasion. We are deeply grateful to Father Al for his tender, fatherly love and
guidance. We thank all the Day Room and Nurses Center staff and the Educational Support Ser‐
vices teachers who daily bring joy and kindness to their work.
Special thanks to Sharon Chevalier and Kathy Schmidt (both of whom also cook
for the Day Room) for their generosity and talent in preparing a joyous recep‐
tion. The children in our Count Down to Kindergarten Program did a splendid
job of singing “Happy Birthday Dear Day Room” and counting to 21 with Father
Al. May God bless us all with many more happy years of caring for one another!
Please assist us to continue this blessed work by helping to stock the shelves of
our Food Bank for the summer. Your generosity is a great blessing for families who are struggling
to provide for the nutritional needs of their children as well as for many of our older guests with‐
out resources.
Thank you in advance for your kindness!
First Holy Communion
During the Easter Season the children
of our parish have been preparing with their families all year will receive Our Lord in Holy Communion at the 10:30 am Mass each week. May God
bless and strengthen these children and their families as they eagerly await this joyous and important event in their lives.
CCD re-registra ons have gone out.
Please remember to have your child(ren) reregistered by May 26.
New Student Registra on forms can be found on the
Parish web-site at You
may also request it via email at
[email protected] or call 610-436-4640.
As always we are in need of addi onal volunteers for
the Religious Educa on program in the Parish. There
are mul tudes of ways in which you can share your
gi s and enthusiasm for our Faith with the young people of our Parish. Please consider lending your support and join our already wonderfully faithful group of
volunteers. For informa on please email us
[email protected] or call at 610-436-4640.
St. Agnes Alive
Our Parish planning efforts are beginning to take
shape! The Pillar groups have begun their focused
efforts - to expand our service of the spiritual and
practical needs of our families, grow in faith and
strength as a community, and provide leadership and
support to accomplish the goals of St. Agnes' fiveyear Strategic Plan. Over the last several weeks, the
Evangelization and Outreach Pillar, under the leadership of Jim Hennessy and Joan Fogarty, have met
with their team of volunteer parishioners, and are
announcing the formation of a dedicated Ministry
within St. Agnes Parish Senior Ministry – we are seeking volunteers to
help with supporting our senior citizens of St. Agnes. If you can make a little time, or have the inclination to help and would like to learn how, please
email Mary Kay O’Rourke at [email protected] or call the rectory (610-692-2990),
and speak with Joan Fogarty. Our first steps will
be to provide regular Communion Calls (training provided by Deacon Pat), and possibly other visits,
transportation, or light household support as needed.
We would like to get started soon, so don’t delay!
Also...Do you know of any Senior in our Parish who
may need outreach - would like to receive Communion on an occasional or regular basis, speak with a
Priest or volunteer, etc.? Please call the Rectory at
610-692-2990, or email Mary Kay at [email protected], so that they can be included in this
Ministry. Thanks so much, and please keep this effort in your prayers.
If you, your family, or someone you know
would be interested participating as a Sunday
Greeter, please go to our sign up page..
....the time is minimal, and the rewards are
Historic St. Agnes Catholic Church
Presents a Year of Faith:
The Musical Legacy of Benedict XVI
Concert & Presenta on
Sunday May 5, 2013, 3:00 PM
The Archdiocesan Boy Choir
Rev. Laurence J. Gleason
*Free will offering to support their Pilgrimage to
Knights of Columbus Council 1333
Annual Sponsorship Appeal
For over 100 years, the 400+ members of our local
Monsignor Schuyler Council 1333 of the Knights of Columbus has been faithfully serving the St. Agnes Parish
and West Chester Community. We accomplish our
great charitable work through the dedicated volunteerism of our Council members and family, as well as
through our fundraising efforts.
We are invi ng businesses, organiza ons, and families
to show their support of our Council’s good works by
becoming an Annual Sponsor. Please visit to learn more about our sponsorship opportuni es. Contact Jim Hennessy with any
ques ons – 610-247-4951, [email protected]
150th Anniversary of President Lincoln’s Proclama on
President Abraham Lincoln, by Proclama on ordained April
30, 1863, as a Na onal Day of fas ng, prayer and humilia on.
He realized a grave public sin had taken over in our na on.
The Pennsylvania General Assembly has set aside Tuesday,
April 30, 2013, the 150th Anniversary of President Lincoln’s
proclama on, as a day of fas ng, prayer and humility. Today’s culture has ignored Our Creator’s Will.
We invite you to gather for one hour at Planned Parenthood,
West Chester from noon un l 1:00 p.m., as an act of reparaon for today’s sin.
If you are unable, to be present, please offer
prayer at home or before the Blessed Sacrament.
For further informa on, please call
Jack and Pat O'Brien at 610-692- 2122.
Year of Faith – Adult Faith Formation
At St. Agnes
Invites you to the Annual Cinco De Mayo Food Sale
Sunday, May 5th– 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
All funds receive go to the Celebra on on Dec. 12th
8:00 am Mass
Rev. Christopher Rogers
Saint Agnes Church
Followed by Rosary Pilgrimage
To Planned Parenthood
Living the Catholic Faith – a Catechism-based journey accompanying those considering entering the Catholic Church (all parishioners invited)
Meets: Thursday evenings 7pm – 8:30 pm Religious
Ed Office
Contact: Religious Education office (610) 529-3600
Breaking Open the Word - reflection on the Sunday
Meets: Sunday mornings after the 10:30 am Mass –
Religious Ed Office
Contact: Religious Education office (610) 529-3600
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. Luigi Giussani
Meets: Tuesday evenings 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Day
Contact: Barbara Kirby (610) 429-0697
Women’s Bible Study – “Walking with Purpose”
Meets: Thursday mornings 9am – 11 am TPH (child
care available onsite)
Contact: Sharon Chevalier (610) 738-7720
Men’s Bible Study
Meets: Friday mornings 6:30 am – 7:30 am TPH
Contact: Denny Masson
Lending Library
Open after the 10:30 am Mass on Sundays – Chapel
Saturday, May 4 - 5:15 PM Vigil Mass
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap
Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul
18th St. & Benjamin Franklin Parkway
To pray for and with married couples in the Archdiocese of
Philadelphia who are newlyweds, who have been married
25 years or more, or who have been married 50 years or
Friends and family are welcome and encouraged
to a end. No prior registra on required.
For more informa on or ques ons, contact
the Office for Life, Family and Laity at
215-587-0500 or email [email protected]
Pray For Our Troops
Remember in your prayer
All those serving in the
United States Military
USMC: Lcpl John Mitas, 2nd Lt. , Pvt. Joseph Rochford,Jr.,
Capt. Ryan Yeandel, Capt. Gregory W. Kosh, Sgt. Isaac
Pineda ,Pvt. Joshua Feliciano, Lcpl Mark Bayer
USAF: 2nd Lt. Timothy J. Baldwin, 1st Lt. Kathleen Styron,
Capt. Jared Yankech, Capt. Ka e Sullivan,1st Lt.Adam M.
Sema, 2nd Lt. Jessica Clark
USN: Ensign Charles G. Schappert, CTR3 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
28 de abril de 2013 –Quinto
Domingo de Pascua Ciclo C
Misa en español: Todos los domingos a las 12:00 (mediodía ) y días de precepto a las 7:00 pm.
Confesiones: Sábados de 4:00 a 5:00 pm en la iglesia y miércoles de 7:00 a 8:00pm, en la capilla.
Bautizos: El primer domingo de cada mes a la 1:15pm. Comuníquese con la hernana Martha para registrarse a tiempo.(610)
Pláticas pre-bautismales: El último jueves del mes a las 7:00 pm, en la capilla. Comuníquese 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 reúnen en el Thomas Patrick Hall (TPH) los miércoles y sábados a las 7:00pm. Para información,
llame al diácono Victor González. Tel. (610) 696-2617.
Información sobre la acción diferida: Favor de pasar por el day room martes o viernes durante el día.
Jesús, en la noche der la Ul ma Cena, dio a sus discípulos el mandamiento del amor. Ese mandamiento era nuevo no solo en su formulación, sino también en el modo en que afirma que debemos amarnos: Como yo os he amado. Nosotros hemos conocido el amor de
Cristo, que se ha entregado por nosotros en la cruz. Jesús, que va a
separarse de sus apóstoles, les manda que fortalezcan sus vínculos
por el amor. De hecho, su entrega ha de ser la fuente de la que brote
un nuevo amor. La resurrección ilumina el mandamiento, porque
Jesús con su amor ha destruido la muerte. Así el amor, el que nos
viene de Cristo y que nosotros podemos vivir por su gracia, es la respuesta a todos los males y es el bien del hombre. Ese amor de los
cris anos en la erra es también un reflejo del amor eterno que estamos llamados a vivir en el cielo. El amor entre cris anos es además
la fortaleza que custodia nuestra fe y la hace fecunda, abriéndola al
Dios nos ama como el Padre del hijo pródigo y nos
pide que nos amemos unos a otros como Él nos ama.
El cumplimiento del mandamiento de Cristo es la señal por la que el
mundo conocerá que somos discípulos suyos. De hecho, este es el
gran argumento como señala san Juan Crisóstomo, pues a los que
realizan milagros habrá quien los llame impostores, pero ante una
vida íntegra no hay nada que se pueda cri car. Un verdadero amor
es lo que toda persona busca.
Clases de Inglés: Martes y miércoles a las 10:00am, y martes y jueves a las 6:00pm en el Thomas Patrick Hall (TPH) Para información llamar a la hermana Elena (610)344-7224
Formación en la fé para padres de familia: Martes y jueves 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.
Primera comunión: Domingo 12 de mayo. Para información llamar a la hermana Elena en la oficina del Ministerio Hispano.
Concierto: El Coro Juvenil de la Diócesis de Filadelfia Domingo 5 de mayo a las 3:00 pm en la iglesia.
Around Saint Agnes School
The Little Mermaid
Congratulations to the Class of 2013 for the wonderful
rendition of The Little Mermaid! The students performed magnificently. Under the direction of Mrs.
LeeAnne Hosking, Mrs. Barbara McDermott, and Mrs.
Marianne Korchynsky the students sang and danced
and performed the show so well. The costumes added
a unique dimension to the performances. The students
worked hard to make the performances special and they
learned so much along the way. We are so proud of the
students for the quality of work and their dedication to
making the show memorable. Thank you to our 8th
grade parents for their support of the show. The Chorus
of 130 students provided the musical back up for the
cast. The first grade prayer partners of the eighth grade, had a special part, joining the 8th grade on stage. They were
so cute. What a great production!
Congratulations to our 6th grade and PREP students who received
the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday, April 20. We are very proud of
you all, and we pray that God shines His grace upon you.
Saint Agnes School Registration 2013 - 2014 - Registration for the 2013-2014
school year is currently open. We have limited openings in all grades, PK – grade 8. Please contact Ms.
Hammond or Mrs. Wiedersum in the school office for further details. We hope to hear from you soon!
Every week is an adventure at Think Like a Scientist! llc
Join us for our last Think Like a Scientist Session of the 2012-2013 School Year, Creepy Crawly
Critters on May 3! Your child will have a bugtastic time!!!
Contact Coleen Herbst or Jodi Wooten at [email protected] or call us at 610-696-2988 or 610-6928877 for more information.
Saint Agnes School is once again offering discount ckets to Hershey Park for this season. Regular ckets are $31.50 (actual price
$58.80) and ckets for Juniors/Seniors are $27.25 (regular price $37.80). Prepaid meal
ckets are available for $13.75. Order forms are available at the rectory and the school
office or email us and we’ll email the form to you. All orders are due back by April 29,
2013 and will be available for pick up May 25th.
Our mission at Saint Agnes Catholic School is to develop every student spiritually, intellectually, physically, emo onally, and socially in a joyful,
faith-based environment that inspires integrity, ci zenship, leadership and service to others in the Church and in the world.
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