July: Catholic events, initiatives & new resources for you!
"If you are suffering from a bad man’s injustice, forgive him—lest there be two bad men."
— St. Augustine
Evangelization News, Tips & Ideas
Proclaim the Beauty and Goodness of Marriage
Nothing is more natural and innate than our awareness of the beauty and "fittingness" of the permanent, lifelong relationship of man and woman in marriage. And yet, our society seems to have forgotten its memory and some are attempting to eradicate our most basic instincts about marriage. The Humanum videos are a series of six 15-minute videos capturing the splendor of the complementarity of man and woman and the marriage relationship. It is designed to present the truth by means of beauty, the kind of beauty that resonates deep within the heart and "unlocks" our memory of the truth. The great news is that these videos are available for viewing for
and can be easily shared with others. Find Humanum at the link below and share them with others as a way to start a meaningful, memory-jogging conversation!
Hope in Christ: Spiritual Support for Addiction
We are pleased to share with you a new resource to assist families and individuals who are struggling with addiction to find the spiritual support they need from our local Church. It is a webpage called “Hope in Christ: Spiritual Support for Addiction” and can be found at
As you know, opioid addiction has reached epidemic proportions and rates are especially high in the state of Pennsylvania. In addition, pornography addiction is destroying marriages at an alarming rate. Addiction, no matter what form it takes, is causing much suffering in the lives of many of our Archdiocesan families and they are looking to the Church for hope and help.
The Hope in Christ webpage will serve as a centralized location where our families can find the spiritual support they need in their time of suffering. We will be posting events and resources being offered by our parishes and local ministries who are extending spiritual assistance to individuals and families struggling with addiction.
Please visit the page to learn more,
Use these resources to tell others about this page:
Hope in Christ flyer
Hope in Christ web banner
Letter from the Archdiocese
Office for the New Evangelization
2018 Catholic Women's Conference
Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 9am-4pm
National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa
Dr. Mary Healy, Sr. Regina Marie Gorman, Emily Stimpson Chapman,
Martha Reyes, Melanie & Damon Owens and
Registration is now open!
A mid-September sellout is expected.
Five Keys to Freedom:
Unlocking the Power of the Gospel in Your Life
Come learn about the Five Keys of Unbound, a simple process of prayer that will help you unleash the liberating power of the Gospel into your life and find greater freedom. This presentation is for everyone. It can be especially helpful for situations such as: relationship problems, habitual sin, chronic anger, fear, sadness, or other areas of life where you feel "stuck" and unable to move forward.
Meghan Cokeley, Director, Office for the New Evangelization & Archdiocesan Unbound Ministry, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
View the Five Keys flyer
Presentation is 2 hours, including a break and time for Q&A. This talk will be available at
various locations and dates.
For presentation times, locations & RSVP, visit
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June 25-29, 2018 - Lectures at 10am and 3pm each day
Event: Penn's Summer Magi Series, "Creation
This series will explore ideas about the creation of the Universe from the perspectives of science, faith and philosophy.
University of Pennsylvania, South America Room, International House, 3701 Chestnut St., Philadelphia
More information and registration:
Visit the website
June 28th, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Event: Holy Hour for Life
The Sisters of Life invite you to join us for a special Holy Hour for Life. Come and pray before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and with the missionary image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Music will be by the Sisters. We will begin with prayer in the Church at 7:00 p.m. followed by a social afterwards.
St. Malachy's Catholic Church, 1429 N. 11th Street, Philadelphia
Starting June 29th, 2018 – 6-9pm
Event: Learn Natural Family Planning (NFP)
Engaged and married couples, as well as single women and men, are invited to learn about NFP. You will learn the signs of fertility of a woman's body and how to achieve or postpone pregnancy in this Church-approved method of family planning for married couples. NFP enhances the marriage vocation by fostering healthy and holy communication, mutual respect and selfless giving of spouses to one another.
Mother of Divine Providence Parish Offices, King of Prussia
Jim and Jen Volpe
To learn more:
Registration is required:
Sunday, July 1, 2018, 1:00-5:00 pm
Event: The Art of Loving, Presented by the Focolare Movement
How can we make a difference in today's world? Join us for fun and games, presentations, and discussions! This event is hosted by the lay ecclesial movement,
. All ages are welcome, and it is a free event. Refreshments will be served potluck style!
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, PA
. Questions? Contact us at
Saturday, July 7, 2018, 12:00pm-2:00pm
Event: Ice Cream, Art Galleries, & St. Augustine
All mothers in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia of all ages and backgrounds are invited to come together for hand-scooped ice cream, local art, and prayer at Saint Augustine's Church.
Franklin Fountain at 116 Market St., Philadelphia, PA
To Learn More:
Visit the website:
or email Gosia Sanchez at
July 8-16, 2018, 6:30 pm and 7:00 pm
Event: Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Join the Discalced Carmelite Nuns for these nine days of prayer with confidence that our Lady takes our intentions to her divine Son.
Carmelite Monastery, 66th and Old York Road, Philadelphia, PA 19126
6:30 pm will be the Holy Rosary and the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Confessions are available during this time. 7:00 pm will be Holy Mass. The closing mass will be located at the Cathedral Basilica of SS Peter and Paul, Philadelphia, PA. For more info,
read their flyer.
July 10-20, 2018
Event: Philadelphia Catholic Scholars Program
Male juniors and seniors in high school are invited to apply for the 2018 Philadelphia Catholic Scholars Program: Faith & Reason. Taught by seminary and university faculty on the grounds of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, PA
Dr. Kevin Hughes, James Despres, Dr. Michael Rombeiro, Kelly Anderson
To learn more:
Visit the website:
Friday, July 13, 2018, 9:30am-7:00pm
Event: Brothers of Borromeo Vocation Camp
B.B.V.C. is an opportunity for middle school boys in Grades 6, 7, & 8 to come together at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary for a day of fun, food, and faith!
Activities include Mass, sports, great talks, activities, and a Eucharistic Procession.
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, PA
Please register by June 30;
View the flyer
Visit the website
Saturday, July 14, 2018, 9:00am-8:00pm
Event: "Get Spirit Savvy" Retreat for Teen Girls
Women of Grace
hosts a one-day retreat to help teen girls use their God-given feminine genius as a tool to protect their hearts and minds against the modern-day culture. The day includes two meals, an outdoor nature walk, crafts, games, Mass and more!
Johnnette Benkovic and Susan Brinkmann of Women of Grace, Katelyn D'Adamo of Generation Life
Malvern Retreat Center's Family Life Center
or call 610-644-0400
July 12-July 15, 2018 (Clergy Track on July 11)
Event: Annual Courage International Conference
Annual gathering of the
Courage Roman Catholic Apostolate
that ministers to men and women who experience same-sex attractions and those who love them.
Archbishop Charles Chaput, Bishop Thomas Olmstead, Johnnette Benkovic, Sr. Sheila Galligan, IHM, Fr. Paul Check, Fr. Chris Rogers, and more
Villanova University, Villanova, PA
Monday-Friday, July 16-20, 2018, 9:30 am-12:00 pm, and 1:30-3:30 pm
Event: Called to Love: Theology of the Body Summer Intensive Course
Join us this summer for a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in John Paul II's
Theology of the Body
! This short, one-week intensive course studies his "Wednesday catechesis"-- through an in-depth examination of the text and a discussion of his scriptural, theological, and philosophical methodology. It shows how the dual unity of man and woman and their interpersonal communion, even in the body, image divine trinitarian life.
Pontifical John Paul II Institute, Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.
: Call 202-526-3799 or email
. The class fee is $150. Registration can be found and downloaded at the Institute's
July 23 & 24, 2018, 9 am- 5 pm (Concert July 24 at 7:00 pm)
Event: Cantate Domino Festival
The camp, open to boys and girls ages 7 through 15, provides a unique musical experience including an introduction to sacred repertoire, vocal breathing techniques, vowel formation, choral tone, sight singing and music theory.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul,
18th and the Parkway, Philadelphia
. Registration is $50 per child, and each additional child per family is $25.
July 24th - July 27th, 2018
Pilgrimage to Sainte-Anne-De-Beaupre Shrine, Quebec, Canada
The Pilgrimage Tour includes round trip bus fare and hotel accommodations. Meals are not included. Sine as early as 1665 with the writings of an Ursuline nun, Blessed Marie de l'Incarnation, the pilgrimage history of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré is one that is marked by extraordinary events which continue even to this day. Passports are required for entry into Canada.
Contact Randy Pagnotta at
; For tour details, visit
August 3-5, 2018
Event: The Joy of Restoration Retreat for Men and Women
All of us need restoration from time to time in our spiritual lives, our relationships with God and others, in our families and communities. This retreat will look at restoration in terms of: forgiveness and accountability, impediments to evangelization and spiritual growth, relationships with God and others, mercy and healing.
Damon Owens, Devin Schadt, Dr. Peter Kleponis, Megan Murphy, David Abel, Marty Rotella, Msgr. William King
Malvern Retreat House, Malvern, PA
For more information:
Cost is $265 per person (includes accommodations and meals), Visit the
for more details and registration
Friday-Sunday, Aug 17-19, 2018
Event: Retrouvaille for Stressed or Troubled Marriages
A healing program that offers a welcoming and loving space to married couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope that it is not too late for a different and better marriage.
Malvern Retreat House, McShain-Horstmann Family Life Center, 315 S. Warren Avenue Malvern, PA 19355
September 1, 2, 3 & September 8 & 9; 12 noon to 8 pm daily
Event: 53rd Annual Polish-American Family Festival and Country Fair
Family-friendly cultural celebration featuring unlimited amusement rides, live music on two stages, performances by Polish folk dance groups, traditional Polish and American cuisine, Little Circus show, crafters, historical re-enactors, and baskets for raffle. Admission: $12 a person
Location: National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, 654 Ferry Road, Doylestown, PA
To learn more: Visit the website:
orcontact the shrine at (215) 345-0601 firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 4, 11, 18, 25 and October 2nd, 7-9 pm (Tuesdays)
Event: We Thirst: Christian Reflections on Addiction
Christian Reflections on Addiction is a compassionate and comprehensive educational series on addiction from a Christian perspective. It is intended for all members of the Church, including those who are suffering from addiction, their loved ones and anyone who would like to learn more about addiction to become part of the solution to the epidemic WE THIRST is approved for continuing education credits by the National Association of Social Workers in Pennsylvania, the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, and the Association of Professional Chaplains.
Nina Marie Corona MA, CRS
SS Peter and Paul Parish, 1325 Boot Road, West Chester, PA
For more information:
Contact Judy Magee at (610) 692-2216 ext. 263
September 5-15, 2018
Event: All Around Ireland in 11 Days ~ Saints and Legends of Ireland ~ Pilgrimage Tour
“Walk in the Footsteps of St. Patrick and the legends that made Ireland great!”
Pilgrimage Tour Includes:
Daily Mass, round-trip airfare, accommodations in centrally located 4-star hotels, daily breakfast, six hotel dinners, a Medieval Banquet and an Irish evening with dinner and a show.
Information Meeting Locations:
St. Thomas Aquinas Rectory (Croydon, PA) and St. Gabriel Rectory (Norwood, PA). Meetings are held Thursdays at 7PM. First meeting March 15th, St. Gabriel’s in Norwood, 19074.
For brochure and to learn more:
Contact New Horizons @ 610-213-4141 or
Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 7:00-9:00 pm
Five Keys to Freedom: Unlocking the Power of the Gospel in Your Life
Come learn about the Five Keys of Unbound, a simple process of prayer that will help you unleash the liberating power of the Gospel into your life and find greater freedom.
Meghan Cokeley, Director of Office for the New Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Archdiocesan Pastoral Center, 222 N. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA
for more information, RSVP
Wednesday & Thursday September 19th & 20th, 2018, 9:00am-9:00pm
Event: Stewardship: A Mission of Faith First Annual Conference
In addition to the formal sessions, other venues will be open including an outdoor Stations of the Cross, Marian Grotto and Vineyard. Additionally, Ironstone Ranch activities including horseback rides and wagon rides will be offered.
Jason and Crystalina Evert, Fr. Michael Gaitley, Damon Owens and more!
The Star Barn Village at Stone Gables Estate; Elizabethtown, PA
View the website
Friday, September 21, 2018 7:15 pm
& Saturday, September 22, 2018 7:45 am - 4:30 pm
Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, presents
Mercy and Mary Retreat
Join the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy for an inspiring retreat featuring best-selling author and acclaimed speaker Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC. This retreat includes: Five dynamic conferences with Fr. Michael Gaitley, Coffee/ donuts/Lunch with the Marian Missionaries, Retreat Mass /Adoration/ Benediction/ Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Book signing with Fr. Gaitley and more!
St. Ignatius Parish, 999 Reading Avenue, Yardley, PA 19067
or Mail In Registration Form located
Friday, October 12, 2018 - Monday, October 22, 2018
Event: Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Rome for Canonizations of Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Oscar Romero
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is sponsoring an eleven day pilgrimage throughout Italy. Pope Francis will preside at the canonization ceremonies at the Basilica of Saint Peter on Sunday, October 14th.
In addition to the Canonization Mass, the journey will feature a private tour of Saint Peter’s Basilica, a visit to the Catacombs to see where the early Christians buried their dead and prayed in secret, a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel, day trips to the cities of Orvieto, Assisi and San Giovanni, site of the tomb of Saint Padre Pio, and a walking tour of major Roman attractions including the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain as well as other historic landmarks.
for more information.
Registration is due by
September 22, 2018
AbbeyFest: Faith, Music and Family Festival
, Paoli, PA
October 13, 2018
, Aston, PA
October 27, 2018
Catholic Women's Conference
January 24-30, 2019
World Youth Day (trip for young adults),
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