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New Mass Schedule Begins Labor Day Weekend:
5pm Saturday Vigil  |  8am, 10am & Noon on Sunday!  Read more here.


 

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Dear OLPH,

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen! Today, Jesus alarms his listeners: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!” The division about which Jesus speaks is the chasm between those who belong to him and those who do not, between those who are on fire for the Lord and those who are...soggy logs. Today, as part of our “What OLPH means to me” series, we hear from Anne-Mari Wojcik, who kindles the flame of faith, both her own and that of our parish family, through the gift of music. God bless, FJW

Dear OLPH,

Last week we introduced our first Message Series here at OLPH, “Prayer and Priorities.” We heard Jesus’ powerful twofold admonition, “One’s life does not consist of possessions.... [be] rich in what matters to God.” Prayer - that deep friendship with God - helps us to recognize what is of true value.

This week (Lk 12:32-48) Jesus builds the case, “Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” Those last haunting words: where your treasure is, there your heart will be. How deeply do our hearts long for heaven?

Dear OLPH,

A hearty thank you to all who have submitted a reflection on “What OLPH means to me!” They have been touching, powerful and life-giving. It is awesome to notice the myriad ways the Holy Spirit works in our community through our people. Keep those reflections a-coming! What you choose to share can just be a “snapshot,” like a memory of your wedding day, or special moment in the life of your family. Send them to (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Let’s celebrate God’s grace in our parish life.

Dear OLPH,

Throughout the summer, this column will highlight these wonderful voices of our parishioners as we live our 100th year as a parish family, and as we try to drink more deeply of the wonder that is OLPH Church and School. I invite you to write and submit something to me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.): a poem, a memory, a story, a glimpse of the communal life we have been sharing as the Body of Christ here in Maple Shade. God bless you!

Dear OLPH,

Today we hear from a poet among us, who draws on some beautiful imagery.

He longs for you,
To be the object of your desire,
To be longed for by you,
The way you long for what you desire
He became food to satisfy your hunger,
That you may hunger for Him...
And be fed He puts himself there where you can see Him
That you might see in His eye the passionate love He has for you…
And rejoice!
Do you think He should not have let that happen to you?
He will show you that He Himself will rise up in that pain,
That is now the opening that He enters into,
The door you can now open to him.
The door on which He knocks

Dear OLPH,

Thank you for your input on the New Mass Schedule ! Totals are close between the two options. I realize that any change causes discomfort, and may be unwanted, because it is an adjustment to what we are accustomed. Please know that we are not entering into this new schedule “willy nilly” but after months of planning and conversation. Please get your ballots in!

Again, the 5pm Vigil Mass will be unchanged. The Sunday morning schedule could be 8 - 10 - noon, or 8 - 9:30 - 11am. We have heard from several people who really favor the 7:30am and others who say that noon Mass is pivotal in their schedule. Thank you for your willingness to consider the alternatives.

Dear OLPH,

As the beautiful 100th anniversary celebration lingers in our hearts and minds, I thought it fitting to ask members of our community to share the richness of “their” OLPH. Throughout the summer, this column will highlight these wonderful voices as we live our 100th year as a parish family, and as we try to drink more deeply of the wonder that is OLPH Church and School. I invite you to write and submit something to me ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) : a poem, a memory, a story, a glimpse of the communal life we have been sharing as the Body of Christ here in the Maple Shade. God bless you!

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