Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church
1900 Meadowbrook Road + Feasterville, PA 19053 + 215-357-1221
A Bible/Faith Sharing Group meets on Wednesday
mornings at 9:15 in Mary’s Chapel (Sept. through May).
The Charismatic Prayer and Praise Group meets on
Monday evenings at 8:00 in the rectory office. All are
welcome to praise the Lord with prayer, song and Sacred Scripture.
Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament is celebrated
Tues. from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Mary’s Chapel.
Saturday Vigil:
5:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Monday– Friday: 8:30 a.m.
Holy Days:
6:30 a.m., 10:00a.m. & 7:00p.m.
9:00 a.m.
4:00 to 4:30p.m.
Reverend William F. McGeown, Pastor
Reverend Daniel P. Devine, Pastor Emeritus
Deacon Robert J. Stewart, Permanent Deacon
Deacon Eric M. Umile, Permanent Deacon
Sister Diane M. Wolf, S.S.J., Pastoral Assistant
Mrs. Joyce Boag, Director of Religious Education
Mrs. Kathleen McLaughlin, Director of Liturgical Music
Mrs. Susanne Brooks, Coordinator of Youth Ministry
Mrs. Dot Vogel, Parish Secretary
Mr. Fred Perazzelli, Business Manager
St Katharine Drexel Regional Catholic
Principal: Ms. Laura A. Clark, 215-357-4720
Baptisms are scheduled for the first and third Sundays of
each month at 12:15 p.m. Preparations for your child’s
Baptism should begin prior to the baby’s birth. Call the
rectory to register for Baptism
Please make arrangements to celebrate the Sacrament of
Marriage by calling for an appointment with the parish
priest at least six months before the wedding date.
Please contact the rectory if someone is sick, in the hospital, or wishes to receive the Holy Eucharist or the
Anointing of the sick.
Facebook Feasterville
Janice Bauer
James Brennan
Steve Dwyer
Matthew Hastings
Sharon Koob
Ann M. Baldassarre
Stephen J. Clark
Bernie Frederick
Jack James
Fr. William McGeown
Deacon Bob Stewart
Robert Watson
Sr. Diane Wolf, SSJ
Henry Carroll
Kathleen Farrell
Joseph Gnias
James Lomanno
Kevin Leonard
Kevin Shire
Edward Shannon
Diane Steele
Robert Watson
New parishioners are most welcome and are encouraged
to register at the rectory as soon as possible after moving
into the parish. Please call the rectory for an appointment.
DRE Office: 215-357-3445
The Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 1, 2015
As a parish community united in Jesus and dedicated to Mary,
We are called to discipleship through worship and service.
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 1, 2015
A Message from Deacon Eric
The headline caught my eye: “Pope Francis: No Place
for Wimpy Christians.” As one who prefers a forthright,
“muscular Christianity” myself, I say “Amen to that!” I
don’t always agree with everything this Pope says (or
what the media says he says). Separating the two can
be a challenge. But I’m sure it was the real Francis
speaking who said, “God did not give us a spirit of
cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and
of self-discipline.” And who said, “The spirit of timidity
goes against the gift of faith, keeps it from growing,
moving forward, and becoming great.”
In today’s gospel, the Jews in the synagogue are
amazed that Jesus teaches “as one having authority
and not as the scribes.” Indeed, he teaches with authority because he is Authority. The word authority
comes from the word author. Since Jesus is God, He
truly is the author of all things, and all things owe allegiance to him. The unclean spirit in the young man
knows this: “I know who you are—the Holy One of
God!” All the angels and demons know it. But
strangely, we deny it (or at least the proudest among
us do). And the weakest among us wimp out at the
very moments we ought to be standing tall and professing our faith! What sad, sorry creatures we are to
deny our Creator!
Pope Francis is right. There’s no place for wimpy
Christians, especially now, when the principalities and
powers of this world are aiming to stifle Christian
voices. We must push back hard, with the strength of
our convictions, against the forces of unbelief. But we
must be careful—always careful—to speak the truth in
love. It’s a delicate balancing act. But we must speak
up. We ignore this spiritual contest to our peril. This is
not a time for lukewarmness or timidity. It’s a time for
courage. Ours is a cause worth fighting for!
They say authority comes not from the power to enforce but from the ability to inspire. And we all know
where Jesus’s authority comes from. May his authority
inspire us to go boldly forth, confident and unafraid that
the faith we profess is trustworthy and sure. As Pope
Francis says, “Let’s ask the Lord’s grace to have an
outspoken faith, a faith that is not negotiable depending on the situations that present themselves.” In other
words, a faith for the Ages, the faith once delivered to
the Saints. Now then friends—go forth and speak up!
World Meeting of Families is coming to
Philadelphia in September 2015!
Learn about the World Meeting of Families,
How to prepare your parish,
Get involved, or get your copy of the
Official Catechesis on our new website
You can text “World” to 51555 for updates
Or text “Pray” to 80888 with your
Prayer intentions to make a $10 donation.
Like us on Facebook at
“World Meeting of Families 2015
Follow us on Twitter @WMF2015
To the members of the Women’s Club for their very
generous donation of $1,000.00 to the Parish. We
also thank them for setting up and breaking down the
hall for our Appreciation dinner. I appreciate all your
help. Fr. Bill
Expectant and New Parents
Registration for your child’s Baptism should be
part of the plans for your baby’s arrival. Just call
the rectory, 215-357-1221, to begin the process.
Life will only get busier once your little one arrives.
If your baby has arrived and you haven’t registered, just call. You will be sent a letter with information about the process. For whatever reason, if
your child is older and has never been baptized,
guess what, just call.
The winter-spring classes are:
Saturday, February 21st 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM.
Tuesday, April 14th from 7 PM to 9 PM.
However, registration and the interview must be
completed before attending the class.
Mark your calendars for our 31st annual Penny Party
Basket Night. This year’s theme is “Set Sail on the
USS Assumption”.
Friday, February 20th,
6 PM— 10:00 PM
Admission $15 per person
Adults Only
Admission includes catered dinner
Preview: Thursday 2/19/15 (6 PM—8 PM) and
Friday, 2/20/15 (( 9 AM—2 PM). There is no admission fee for preview.
For Tickets:
Call Megan Newman 215-942-0446 or
Visit the rectory Tuesday through Friday.
This is always a sell-out event so get your tickets
Save Some Money
Support the Assumption BVM
Scholarship Fund
Midas Tire & Auto Service center at 295 E. Street
Road is allowing us to sell a limited number of oil
change gift certificates with 100% of the proceeds
going to the Scholarship Fund. Certificates are $15
each or 2 for $25.00.
The certificates expire in July 2015 and are good at
the Feasterville location only.
Contact Maria
Leszczszyn at 215-953-1285 for more information.
PREP (Parish Religious Education Program)
Confirmation students have received their red folders.
Completed folders are due on March 2nd. Please
return signed and sealed sponsor eligibility forms as
soon as possible..
We will be collecting infant formula during the month
of February prior to the beginning of Lent.
Parents who missed the sacramental preparation sessions on January 15 and January 29 will receive a
letter regarding the information they missed. Please
watch for the letter with all the details.
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)
RCIA is the process by which persons enter the
Catholic Church. It is for those who have never
been baptized, for those who were baptized in another faith tradition, and for those who were baptized Roman Catholic but never completed their
sacraments of initiation. Anyone interested in
learning more about the RCIA process is invited to
call Joyce Boag at 215-357-3445.
Preference forms for Lent and Easter seasons have
been emailed to layministers. Paper copies are
available in the vesting area. If you have not already
returned the form, please do so as soon as
Trevose Behavior Modification
Fabulous 55 Plus Club
Meeting: Our next meeting is on Friday, February
13th in the church hall. Our meeting time is 1:00
PM. New members are always welcome.
Trip: Come join us on our trip to Hunterdon Hills
Playhouse in New Jersey on March 12th. Cost of
the trip will be $90 and includes a delicious sit down
dinner and a performance of a comedy, “Abie’s Irish
Rose”. A deposit of $40 is due by February 13th,
final payment by February 26th. To sign up contact
Gerry Maialetti, 215-355-7461.
A weight loss program that meets at Assumption is
now taking applications for our spring group. If you
are 18 or over and if you have between 20-80 lbs to
lose and are interested, please call 215-355-4397.
Assumption BVM Deceased List
Please pray for all the deceased of our parish, especially Loretta Ross.
February Sanctuary Candle and Flag
Assumption BVM Sick List
The sanctuary candle is burning and the American
flag is flying in loving memory of Jerry Donahue.
Please pray for all the sick of our parish and for all
who care for them: Denise Ang, Mae Tapley, Paul
Gray, Kelly Gray, Barbara Bersin, Baby Tanner
Announced Masses for the week of 2-1-15
St. Katharine Drexel Regional Catholic School
A Message from the Principal
As we end yet another Catholic Schools week, I presented our school parents with a powerful article written by a parent who explained why she sends her children to Catholic school. The following powerful quote
sums up the article and describes our school: “ Our
Catholic school is more than just a school, it is a
deeply invested community. A faith community,
and in a world grown increasingly cold and harsh,
a community of faith and warmth is an immeasurably important springboard in these young kids
lives, and in ours. Undoubtedly, this school prepares the mind. But by God, it prepared the soul
as well.” Please view the full article which is posted
on our school’s Facebook page.
Thank you for your participation in our celebration last
week. We will have an Open House on Monday
from 9:30 to 11:30 since last week’s was canceled
due to the weather. If you haven’t already, I invite you
to visit us and see for yourself just how Saint
Katharine Drexel Catholic School is a true community
of faith, knowledge and service! Thank you for all of
your support and prayers!
Ms. Clark
5:00 PM
8:00 A.M.
11:00 AM
Mon. 8:30 AM
Tues. 8:30 AM
Wed. 8:30 AM
Thurs. 8:30 AM
8:30 AM
5:00 PM
8:00 AM
11:00 AM
Felice Doyle
John Quirk, 1st Anniv.
Mary A. Cook
Thomas Perry
Charles Powers, Jr.
John McDonough
Mark Cocco
Mass for Parishioners
Jack Devine
Mass for Parishioners
James P. Boyle, 10th Anniv.
Please Note
If an Announced Mass is being said in honor of a
loved one or member of your family and you would
like to bring up the gifts for that mass, please sign up
with one of the ushers the week before the mass is
scheduled. Thank you.
Quizzo at Villa Joseph Marie on Feb. 7th
Please join us for Quizzo on Sat., Feb. 7th at 7:00
PM at Villa Joseph Marie High School, 1180 Holland
Rd., Holland. Quizzo is a live trivia game in which
teams of up to 8 players compete for a cash prize.
$15 per person. Must be 21 or older to play. Registration deadline is Feb. 5th. For more information or
to register, please visit Any
questions contact Melissa Amour at 215-357-8810
ext. 115 or [email protected]
St. Katharine Drexel School
A Community of Faith, Knowledge and Service
Archbishop Ryan H.S. Winter Open House
Sunday, Feb. 22nd from 12:30 PM—3:00 PM
2015 LSAA Flag Football Signups
All 6th, 7th and 8th grade families are invited to
attend. For more information call 215-637-1800
ext. 269 or visit
Ages 5 yr -14 yrs. Early Registration Fee—$80.00.
Sign up dates are on the website: Any questions email
Ray Kashow @[email protected]
Evening of Reflection for the Separated
and Divorced
Friday, February 6, 2015—6:30 PM.
An evening of support and friendship, including dinner,
prayer service and presentation by Mary Dyer
Habband will be held at Nativity of Our Lord Parish
Conference Center, 625 W. Street Road, Warminster,
PA.. Contact: Ann Marie, [email protected] or
Interested in making a difference
In the lives of others?
Ever thought about volunteering for a summer?
The SSJ. Mission Corps Summer Experience is a
two-month volunteer program at Saint Mary
by-the-Sea Retreat House in Cape May Point, N.J.
Volunteers are invited to live in community and to
open themselves to God’s transforming grace in
service to retreatants. This opportunity is for women
ages 19-30 who seek an experience of Gospel living. One year of college is required. This program
is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Phila.
The priority deadline for application is March 1,
2015. Dates: June 20—August 12, 2015. Contact
Rebecca Little, Director 215-2487235.or [email protected] Website: