We, the faithful of the Roman Catholic Church of Saint Ephrem, join together with Pope Francis, the Shepherd of the Universal Church, Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., D.D. Archbishop and Shepherd of the Church of Philadelphia, and our pastor, Monsignor Kenneth P. McAteer, Shepherd of the Saint Ephrem Parish Family, to proclaim that we are called to be, and to become loving family centered in Jesus; and to proclaim to everyone the good news that Jesus Christ is the light of the world who offers to all who follow Him the light of the life.
We acknowledge and accept that each of us is unique, and has special gifts from the Holy Spirit. We wish to nurture, develop and share these gifts within and for the Body of Christ. We cherish these gifts that surround us, the splendor of creation and the beauty of human life.
We Recognize Christ’s call to be one in Him, and therefore we commit ourselves to:
-Worshiping God in spirit, truth, and prayer, particularly through the celebration of the Eucharist and the other Sacraments of the Catholic Church.
-Promoting and nourish a strong, Catholic family.
-Proclaiming in word and deed the Good News of Jesus Christ to all persons.
-Learning and sharing with others the teachings of our Catholic faith so that all believers may become to deeper understanding, conversion, and personal witness to Christ.
-Providing, a Catholic religious education for every child whether through attending our parish school or P.R.E.P program.
-Remember that Christ, Who is love, calls us to love one another and to serve all of our sisters and brothers, particularly the needy of our parish family.
We ask the blessing of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, through the intercession of Mary, our Blessed Mother and Saint Ephrem, our parish patron. May the Lord of light guide us through our earthly journey and to our heavenly home.