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Legion of Mary

Mother of Divine Providence Parish

Do you want to become a warrior?!  How about a Prayer Warrior for the Legion of Mary at MDP?  If you already pray or want to develop a prayer life, Jesus might be calling you to participate in some level in the Legion of Mary.  Pray about it!

For more information please contact Rosario Fajardo (rcfajrd@icloud.com). Please keep our efforts with Jesus’ Mother Mary in your prayers!

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by Susan Dugary

FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE AND ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Archbishop Chaput’s address the new Grand Jury reports on a new Archdiocesan website.  The website begins:

“TO THE VICTIMS AND SURVIVERS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AT THE HAND OF ANYONE AFFILIATED WITH THE CHURCH, WE ARE DEEPLY SORRY.”

To read more from the Archbishop, please click on the link shown below:

https://view.winstormdp.com/AOP/13/website

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Come on out to the Community Carnival


Tonight (Saturday) is the last night of the 2018 Community Carnival!

August 14th through the 18th

6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

This year we have a new vendor for our carnival rides – Houghton Enterprises is happy to be present at the Community Carnival.   New this year:  WRISTBAND NIGHT – EVERY NIGHT!

We hope to see you on the carnival grounds!

Click on our “Fundraising” tab for complete information on the carnival and to volunteer for open positions.  We particularly need help on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Christian Life

Deacon Greg’s Homily from Sunday, August 12th

Do you ever identify with the people you encounter in Sacred Scripture?  Following some of the recent events in the news, I’ve been feeling like Elijah in today’s first reading: the accusations of sexual abuse within 6 diocese in Pennsylvania and similar accusations against a prominent Cardinal in the Catholic Church; The suicides of celebrities who appeared to have had it all; the more than 160 drug overdoses in one weekend in Philadelphia.  For anyone whose life has been touched by scandal, suicide, substance abuse, the news of such events can bring back horrific memories that reopen old wounds.  If your life hasn’t been directly affected by one of these or similar hardships you most certainly know someone whose life as been.  At some point in our lives all of us have moments when we identify with Elijah and cry out…”Enough, O LORD!  Enough!”  We might come to Mass looking for strength to remain hopeful in the midst of suffering amongst our friends, our family or maybe even ourselves.  The answer that the Church gives us and highlights over five Sundays during this period of Ordinary Time….the Eucharist.

Now don’t misunderstand me.  The Eucharist is not magic.   Receiving Holy Communion won’t magically make our problems disappear.   If it did, could you imagine the crowds that we’d have coming to Mass?  You’d have to come hours ahead of time to get into the church!  The Eucharist comes down from heaven to strengthen us on our earthly journey.   And it lifts us back up so that we might participate in God’s divine life.  In the words of the 2nd Vatican Council,  “The Eucharist is the source and summit of our Christian life.”  The Eucharist gives us hope and sustenance, especially in troubled times. Continue reading

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by Susan Dugary

50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae


Encyclical of Pope Paul VI

ON THE REGULATION OF BIRTH

To His Venerable Brothers the Patriarchs, Archbishops, Bishops and other Local Ordinaries in Peace and Communion with the Apostolic See, to the Clergy and Faithful of the Whole Catholic World, and to All Men of Good Will.

Honored Brothers and Dear Sons, Health and Apostolic Benediction.

The transmission of human life is a most serious role in which married people collaborate freely and responsibly with God the Creator.  It has always been a source of great joy to them, even though it sometimes entails many difficulties and hardships.

The fulfillment of this duty has always posed problems to the conscience of married people, but the recent course of human society and the concomitant changes have provoked new questions.  The Church cannot ignore these questions, for they concern matters intimately connected with the life and happiness of human beings.

1. PROBLEM AND COMPETENCY OF THE MAGISTERIUM

2. The changes that have taken place are of considerable importance and varied in nature.   In the first place there is the rapid increase in population which has made many fear that world population is going to grow faster than available resources, with the consequence that many families and developing countries would be faced with greater hardships.   This can easily induce public authorities to be tempted to take even harsher measures to avert this danger.  There is also the fact that not only working and housing conditions but the greater demands made both in the economic and educational field pose a living situation in which it is frequently difficult these days to provide properly for a large family.

Also noteworthy is a new understanding of the dignity of woman and her place in society, of the value of conjugal love in marriage and the relationship of conjugal acts to this love.

But the most remarkable development of all is to be seen in man’s stupendous progress in the domination and rational organization of the forces of nature to the point that he is endeavoring to extend this control over every aspect of his own life – over his body, over his mind and emotions, over his social life, and even over the laws that regulate the transmission of life.

New Questions

3.  This new state of things gives rise to new questions.  Granted the conditions of life today and taking into account the relevance of married love to the harmony and mutual fidelity of husband and wife, would it not be right to review the moral norms in force till now, especially when it is felt that these can be observed only with the gravest difficulty, sometimes only by heroic effort?

Moreover, if one were to apply here the so called principle of totality, could it not be accepted that the intention to have a less prolific but more rationally planned family might transform an action which renders natural processes infertile into a licit and provident control of birth?  Could it not be admitted, in other words, that procreative finality applies to the totality of married life rather than to each single act?  A further question is whether, because people are more conscious today of their responsibilities, the time has not come when the transmission of life should be regulated by their intelligence and will rather than through the specific rhythms of their own bodies. Continue reading

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Don’t take a vacation from Mass

Summer is a wonderful time to get away for rest and rejuvenation, but don’t let summer fun draw you away from what is always important, your weekly Mass obligation.

Check out the Mass times in the area you are traveling by visiting www.masstimes.org

Enjoy the summer and be safe.  We look forward to seeing you on your return to King of Prussia.

 

 

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MDP: Shore Up the Future

MDP: Shore Up the Future

Dear Family and Friends of MDP,

On December 8th, Mother of Divine Providence parish celebrated its 63rd Anniversary as the Catholic community of King of Prussia.  Throughout those many years, we have been blessed with a beautiful campus, an outstanding elementary school and wonderful parishioners.

Most of you who are founding members, built a solid and beautiful campus where the liturgical, spiritual, sacramental, educational and cultural needs of our parishioners can be met.  We need now to “Shore Up the Future” for generations of Catholics to come.

Last fall you should have received in the mail a copy of our Parish’s June 30, 2017 Operating Report.  Your weekly contributions to the Sunday collection have allowed the parish to operate on essentially a break-even basis.

Like many of us, as our campus ages, it needs repairs that go beyond our normal operating budget which is funded by our Sunday collection.   Over the next 2-3 years, we face several large repair and/or replacement projects that are necessary to keep our campus safe and functional.  These projects, which can no longer be deferred, include the following: Continue reading

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Resources to Build Strong Families

Support, encouragement, and advice for marriage and parenting at every age and stage.  Solid Catholic content sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:  http://www.foryourmarriage.org

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Deacon Greg Maskarinec’s Easter Homily

Christos Voskrese!  Voistinu Voskrese!  Those are the first words I remember hearing each Easter morning as a child.   Well, not the first.  The first words were talking with my brothers about the excitement of Easter while we lay in bed waiting for the go ahead to get up.  We talked about what kind of candy we would get in our Easter basket.  And we’d talk about the feast we’d have after Mass: ham, kielbasa, pascha with raisins, kolachi, hrutka and hard boiled eggs.

When we got out of bed we’d exchange the obligatory Easter greeting with one another…Chritos Voskrese! and the response…Voistinu Voskrese!  As a kid, I hated that part!  Why couldn’t we just say “Christ is Risen!  Indeed He is Risen!” which is what the Slovak “Cristos Voskrese! Voistinu Voskrese” translates to in English.  Or better yet, why couldn’t we be like a normal family an just say “Happy Easter”?

When I first learned that Easter greeting I’m sure I was too young to understand what it meant that Christ is risen from the dead.  That was many years ago.  My understanding of Easter and its profound implications have deepened over the years.  Hopefully, so has yours.  By Jesus’ passion and death He has paid the price for our sins.  By Jesus’ resurrection He had conquered death and we are no longer held in its clenches.  By Jesus’ resurrection He has ushered in a new kingdom – a new heaven and earth.  We are members in this new kingdom through our baptism into Jesus’ death and resurrection.  We don’t have to live as though this is the only shot at life.  We don’t have to grasp at every pleasure that only brings temporary happiness.  We trust that we will rise with Christ in gloried bodies that do not experience the decay and limitations of our earthly bodies. Continue reading

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