All Saints’ Day November 1, 2016

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 All Saints’ Day is a Holy Day of Obligation.  The Mass schedule is 7PM (Vigil Mass on Monday Evening) and 7am, 9am, 11am and 7PM Tuesday.

Why is Nov. 1st a Day of Obligation this year, but not a Day of Obligation certain other years?
In the early 1990’s, the Bishops’ Conference realized that in many rural dioceses, Catholics live far away from their parish church. The Bishops decided that it would be prudent not to ask Catholics to travel long distances to church on 2 consecutive days, eg. Saturday and Sunday or Sunday and Monday. For this reason when August 15th (The Assumption of Mary), November 1st (All Saints’ Day) and January 1st (Mary, the Mother of God) fall on a Saturday or Monday, they are not Days of Obligation. However, when these 3 Holy days fall on Tuesday through Friday, they are Days of Obligation. Christmas Day and Ascension Thursday are always Days of Obligation. Dec. 8th, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, because it is our country’s patronal feast day, is always a Day of Obligation, no matter what day it may fall on. Finally, the Bishops decided that, for uniformity’s sake, these Holy Day guidelines cover every U.S. diocese, even primarily urban dioceses like Philadelphia

Welcome Two new IHM Sisters

Two new IHM Sisters have moved into our Convent. Although residing at St. Ephrem, they teach at Holy Family Regional Catholic School. (Queen of the Universe Parish)

Sister Marilou MacDonald, a native of New York City, has Pennsylvania roots through her father from Centralia, while her mother was from Brooklyn, NY. Since 1954, Sister has served in various roles of Catholic school education in Philadelphia, Delaware and Bucks counties, as well as Metuchen, NJ and Harrisburg, PA dioceses. She is starting her 7th year at Holy Family Regional Catholic School, doing Religious Enrichment in the primary grades. Prior to that, she taught for 10 years at Immaculate Conception Parish School in Levittown

Sister Marie Garman was baptized and raised in St. Joan of Arc Parish, Philadelphia, and entered the IHM Community after finishing her first degree at Immaculata. Since 1984, Sister has taught first grade and has served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, as well as the Dioceses of Camden and Allentown, and is also beginning her 7th year at Holy Family Regional Catholic School.