HEARTS ON FIRE

Exciting News!!!

Our pastoral efforts this year (using the academic year – September 2019 to June 2020) will be guided by the theme “Hearts on Fire.” Jesus sets our hearts on fire with His love. Fanning the flame of love keeps the fire going. This is at the core of our faith life. We are in a living relationship with the Lord through baptism. Our Lady of Grace Parish will be offering different opportunities to accent this theme and help us to grow in our relationship with the Lord and each other in the communion we share. More information will follow in our bulletin, website, and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/olgparish). We hope this theme helps you to draw ever closer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus this year and beyond!

Our current list of “Hearts on Fire” offerings is here!! Check out our 2-page flyer below and mark your calendars for the many exciting events and opportunities coming soon to Our Lady of Grace. More details about many of these events can be found below the flyer, and more will be posted as their dates approach. Additional events may be coming as well, so stay tuned! We cannot wait for the year ahead! See you there! 🙂

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Your love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created, and You shall renew the face of the earth. O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit, we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

You can find more detailed information about our upcoming events and opportunities below! Stay tuned for continued updates!

Join Monsignor Prior for his Advent talk in the St. John Neumann Room on Wednesday, December 4 from 7:00-8:00 PM! This event is FREE and open to all ages. Hope to see you there!

Please join us as we welcome renowned Catholic speaker and Associate Director of Anthem Philly (the Office for Youth and Young Adults for the Archdiocese of Phila.), Megan (Mastroianni) Mohan, for her talk on our theme, Hearts on Fire! This talk is FREE, open to all ages, and will take place in the church on Monday, December 9 from 7:00-8:00 PM.Invite your friends and family and come enjoy Megan’s talk! She is such a dynamic speaker and her words cut right to the heart. It’s a great way to begin the Advent season! Questions? Contact Maddie Appleby at youthminister@olg1.org.

OREMUS: A GUIDE TO CATHOLIC PRAYER BIBLE STUDY
Wednesdays from January 8 – March 4 // 10:00 AM or 7:00 PM (choose the time that works best with your schedule) // Cost: $25

Do you find it easy to pray? Is prayer an integral part of your day? Do you hear God’s voice in your daily life, and know how to respond accordingly?
For many of us, the answer to these questions is, “no.” We all desire an intimate relationship with God. But, since learning to “say our prayers” as children, we never moved beyond rote recitation to an authentic conversation with God.

In this Oremus Bible Study, you will:
– Become aware of God’s presence in your life
– Discover the simple, yet profound steps of Catholic prayer
– Learn how to respond to God and express yourself in prayer
– Discover how to hear God’s voice in Scripture, in your heart, and in ordinary moments
– Learn how to overcome frustrations, distractions, and dryness in prayer
– See that desolation and consolation are a normal part of everyone’s walk with God
– Grow in your relationship with God and those around you
– And so much more!

Join us for this invaluable 8-week Bible Study! Registration forms are available at all entrances of the church. You can also sign up after all Masses on November 16 & 17. For more information, please contact Chris Flack at dre@olg1.org or 215-757-5530.

Ignite High School Youth Group is going on another Steubenville Catholic Youth Conference this summer, July 10-12, 2020! This weekend-long retreat at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio is an incredible experience for all. The trip includes: high-energy concerts, talks by dynamic, funny, and inspiring speakers, Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and so much more. Anyone in 8th-12th grade is welcome! Please see the flyer above for more information, and contact Maddie Appleby at youthminister@olg1.org or 215-757-7700 as soon as possible if you or someone you know is interested. We can’t wait for this trip of a lifetime!

***Check out last year’s Conference promo video to get a sense of what the weekend is like!

Below, you can find info and pictures from the Hearts on Fire events that have already taken place!

Discipleship Fair: September 7-8, 2019

The Discipleship Fair served as the official kickoff of our “Hearts on Fire” year! This event was a great opportunity to check out and get involved in the many ministries, organizations, and programs offered by Our Lady of Grace. There was even a prize drawing for visiting each table! Prizes included: dinner for your family cooked by Monsignor Prior (winner: the Hobson Family); a ShopRite giftcard (winner: Mike Begley); and a Target giftcard (the Walsh Family). Thanks to all who participated and volunteered to make this wonderful weekend possible!

Fall Bible Study: “The Mass” with Bishop Robert Barron

Allow your heart to be set on fire by the beauty of the Mass!
This is a six-week study taking place on Wednesdays from September 11 – October 23 (no session on Oct. 17). You can choose to come to the 9:00 AM or the 7:00 PM session, depending on the time that works best with your schedule. Both sessions will be held in the IHM Center. This Bible Study costs $25.00 per person. Questions? Contact Chris Flack at: 215-757-5530 or dre@olg1.org, or Monika Rosengarten at 267-242-4749.

Rise & Ignite Youth Groups – Bonfire Kickoff

Rise (Middle School) & Ignite (High School) Youth Groups’ Bonfire Kickoff event took place on Sunday, September 15! The Bonfire marked the official start of the Rise & Ignite 2019-2020 year – now, both groups will be meeting every Sunday (see Rise & Ignite’s page for more details: http://www.olgparishpenndel.org/in-our-youth-activities/youthgroups/). Are you or your child in 6-8th or 9-12th grade? Contact Maddie Appleby for more information about our youth groups! youthminister@olg1.org

IHM Center Dedication & Open House

Thank you to all who came to the Dedication and Open House of the newly renovated parish offices, called the IHM Center (338 Hulmeville Ave.)! Our Pastor Emeritus, Fr. Dooner, was here at OLG on Sunday, September 22 to celebrate the 10:00 AM Mass – after which, he, Msgr. Prior, and Fr. Flores blessed the IHM Center. The open house followed, and we celebrated with hospitality (coffee, baked goods, etc.) on the grounds. Thank you for helping to make the day such a success!

3rd Annual Blocktoberfest

OLG’s 3rd Annual Blocktoberfest took place on Friday, October 4 from 5:00-10:00 PM in the church parking lot! There was live entertainment, food trucks, beer on tap, cornhole, a bounce house, temporary tattoos, balloon animals courtesy of Chippy the Clown, raffles, 50/50, and so much more! All proceeds benefited St. Joseph/St. Francis Homes for Children. Thank you to everyone who came, and to everyone who volunteered to make this wonderful community event possible!

Parish Mission: Time for God in a Busy World

Thanks to all who came to our Parish Mission, which ran from Sunday, October 13 to Wednesday, October 16! The theme of the Mission was: “Time for God in a Busy World.” We heard about: “The Present: The Sacrament of the Present Moment” on Night 1; “The Past: The Gift of Memory” on Night 2; “The Future: Where Do We Go From Here?” on Night 3; and “Celebrating Christ’s Presence Now: The Eucharist” on Night 4. Thank you to Fr. John Graden, OSFS (Oblates of St. Francis de Sales) for speaking to us and leading us throughout the week, and to everyone who helped to make this wonderful mission possible!