Blessed Virgin Mary Church
Celebrating over 100 years of Faith, Hope, Love and Community.
This year on Sunday, July 25th CELEBRATES GRANDPARENTS
On July 25, we celebrate the First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, a Church-wide celebration, instituted by Pope Francis, close to the liturgical memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus.
Celebrate your grandparents, by having a Mass celebrated for their Intentions. The holy sacrifice of the Mass may be celebrated for the living, the deceased and any intention. It has been a long-standing tradition in the Church that the living for whom a Mass is celebrated will receive abundant graces. Mass may also commemorate special occasions, like, birthdays, anniversaries, sacraments, etc. A Mass Enrollment comes with beautiful pictures of Jesus, the Blessed Mother, the Holy Family, or other images of your choice.
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Live broadcast on its website
E.I.T.C Do you know that you, as an individual or company, can designate some of your tax money to help support Catholic Schools like BVM?
For more info, call
Sister Virginia at 610-789-8503
#BVMSTRONG BVM has been Awarded a Bishop’s Grant to assist
those students entering 2nd to 7th grade who do not currently attend a Catholic Elementary School, and would like to experience a safe, Christ-centered environment that fosters positive values, good academics including STEM & Google for education, great personal & social growth. ($1500 tuition grant)
Dedication of BVM Hall
"Msgr. Corley Hall"
in memory of Msgr. Joseph M. Corley
The BVM Hall dedication
took place on
October 25, 2020.
FIRST PENANCE AT BVM!!
to the BVM School Children
who received the Sacrament of First Penance
at BVM Church.
Also, a Very Special Thank You to
Fr. Mariano and Sister Rita Lenihan
for their time and dedication
preparing the children for the Sacrament.
BVM Luncheon for our Police and Front Line Workers!
Where we strive for EXCELLENCE!
We are so excited to announce that Blessed Virgin Mary School has a Neumann Scholar! Congratulations, Elwin!
to our BVM School Students who received the Sacrament of Confirmation
on March 1st in BVMChurch.
CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES 2021
Mariama Maria Goretti Abu Michaella Agnes Abu
Cordelia Bakhita Adenuga Ronald Augustine Aikens
Larenzo Francis Blaise Rose Kensa Civil
Chelsea Boniface George Isabella Clare Herb
Mary Philomena Koroma Amanna Martin Njoku Chidindu Augustine Njoku Uchechi Luke Nwegbo
Janik Joan Witty
Wishing you all of God’s Blessings!
Thank you to Bishop McIntyre, Fr. Mariano
and Msgr. David for a beautiful Mass.
And a special thanks to Sister Rita Lenihan
for all her hard work and time
preparing for the celebration.
Our Mass Book for 2022 is now open, please contact Anne at the Rectory,
610-583-2128 or email your requests to email@example.com
We are in need of food for the Aid for Friends.
Utensils needed for preparing the food are
available at the Rectory.
Please consider sharing with our friends in need.
Consider joining our Adult Choir.
(Because of the Covid 19 virus our choir is not presently active.)
We practice every Sunday
at 10 AM in the choir loft.
"He who sings prays twice." -St. Augustine
Updating Parish Records:
Regular Sunday...BVM/ST.LOUIS...July 18, 2021...$
Regular Sunday...BVM/ST.LOUIS...July 25, 2021...$
Last Year ... BVM/ST. LOUIS, July 26, 2020 - Total: $4376.00
E-Giving(Abundant): June 2021.........$1270.00
MEMBERS OF THE PARISH COUNCIL ARE:
H. Abram, Rodrique Asseu, Jackie Blong, Chuck Bradford, John Cacchione, Neva Denton, Larry Doran, Claudette Gia, Helen Graci, Art Kelly, Joseph Kersaint, Linda Laws, Sekaday Mator,
Sister Virginia Paschall, Annette Pickett
to Our First Communicants.
Blessed Virgin Mary
a parish ALIVE!
Coming soon: You will be able to register in the
Parish on our website
and current parishioners will
be able to update or change their info too.
The Mass to Celebrate
the 100th Anniversary of Blessed Virgin MarySchool
I CANNOT BELIEVE:
That some leaders of our country will not defend the life of a child who survives abortion and is outside the womb.
~Msgr. Joseph Corley~
We are in need of Lector’s and Eucharistic Ministers
to help assist at weekend Masses. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the sheet located in the back of Church with your name, number and availability for Saturdays or Sundays.
The Hope in Christ: SPIRITUAL SUPPORT for Addiction
web-page provides a central location for resources, ongoing
support, events, and testimonies that are happening
throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
For more info: archphila.org/hope
COVID 19 HOTLINE 1-877-PA-HEALTH
(1-877 724 3258)
Stay well; wear a mask and social distance!
PARISH GIVING ONLINE is now available!
This makes giving easier on you, and we are
grateful for your support throughout the year which
helps sustain our church.
Text givetobvm to 73256
Updated guidelines regarding COVID-19
by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (May, 2021)
Please keep several pews between yourself and the person in front of you before and after receiving the Body of Christ. We ask that everyone receive Holy Communion in the hand at this time and to consume the host immediately. (Please remove your face covering or mask before receiving Holy Communion
PfizerVaccinations(FREE)The Delaware County COVID-19 .
Any Questions: contact the Delaware County COVID-19
Call Center at (484) 276-2100, or email:
PASTORAL LETTER OF ARCHBISHOP NELSON J. PÉREZ
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
The words spoken at the Consecration of the Mass resonate deeply in our souls. This is my Body which will be given up for you. This is the chalice of my Blood...which will be poured out for you. At every Mass, we bear witness to Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and resurrection from the dead. Through the gift of the Eucharist, which the Lord instituted at the Last Supper, we receive His pure and boundless love over and over again. As Catholics, we believe that the Eucharist is the Body and Blood of Christ. Such a precious gift deserves our reflection and appreciation. It’s not something we can experience virtually. Christ’s presence in the Eucharist is real and our personal presence is required to receive it. The COVID-19 pandemic brought many changes to our lives, to our routines, and even to our Sunday worship. For a period of time we were not able to be personally present for the celebration of Sun-day Mass at all. For the last several months, many have been a part of Sunday Mass through live streaming. Now, as the pandemic wanes and restrictions are lifting, I invite all the faithful of the Archdiocese to make their way back to the in-person celebration of the Mass. As helpful as live streaming was during the difficult months of the pandemic,when it comes to the Mass,
“nothing compares to being there”.
Today, I am pleased to announce an Archdiocesan initiative based on this truth and called “Nothing Compares to Being There”. It will involve the entire Archdiocese and feature an invitation for everyone to recognize more profoundly the irreplaceable need to be in person for the celebration of Sunday Mass. During the summer months, pastors and parish leaders will be preparing a heartfelt invitation to their communities and together we will issue this invitation in September 2021. While the fullness of this invitation happens in September, even now I encourage you, “Nothing compares to being there”.
Come home to the in-person celebration of Mass. May God pour out His Spirit upon us and enkindle in us a renewed desire to be present at the Eucharistic Feast.
Sincerely in Christ Jesus,
Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez, D.D.
Archbishop of Philadelphia
Merion Mercy Academy
Grace Jones, 12th Grade.
Additional Spiritual Opportunities
Friday, August 6, 2021 Event:
Healing Prayer Service - 7:00 PM Join us for Mass, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, praise and worship music and healing prayers.
Location:National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa,
654 Ferry Rd, Doylestown, PA 18901
More info: www.ShrineofOurLadyofCzestochowa.com
August 13-15: Retrouvaille: Rediscover the Love in Your Marriage
It provides help for marriage problems, difficulties or crises at the Family Life Center in Malvern, PA. For more info.
Visit: HelpOurMarriage.org,or call 215-766-3944.
August 14: Mass for those Suffering from Addiction
Location: Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia, 12:05 PM. For more info: archphila.org/hope.
September 10-12: Amata Days Vocation Weekend (A retreat for girls in grades 10-12 to discern their vocation). “Discerning your call to religious life” Location: St. Agnes Church Sellersville, PA. For more info and registration: 215.804.7975.
Every Monday Evening The Pontifical Mission Society hosts the ARCHDIOCESAN ROSARYfor the end of the Coronavirus and Renewal of the Church on Monday Evenings, from 8:00-8:30 PM to pray the World Mission Rosary and meet missionaries serving in foreign lands, as they lead us in prayer and share their Mission experience. For a FREE Mission Magazine, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website: phillymissions.org
~~ To Our Parishioners ~~
You may notice that some slideshows of Monsignor Corley and other parish happenings have been removed from this Home Page. They can be found by clicking on one of these buttons
("Remembering Father Corley" & "Former Happenings")
in our website menu at the top of this page.
Sister Virginia Paschall
...our wonderful principal.
Thank you for all you do
to make BVM
the best place
to learn, grow and worship!
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Text BVMFLOCK to 84576 to sign up to receive the latest news that is happening in and around our parish!
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
FOOD DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM
The St. Vincent DePaul Society is in need of volunteers at our
Food Cupboard on Monday and Thursday mornings
between 8:30 am and 10:00 am.
Please join us in our ministry to serve the people of our area. There are brothers and sisters in our community who need help feeding their families. Please pray about it, and if you have an hour to volunteer please call Cathy 610-848-8080.
We are located in the old school building on MacDade Blvd.
There will be a visiting priest here to speak
at all Masses this weekend. Envelopes to
donate are at the entrances of the church.
Thank you for your generosity!
MEANING OF THE WORD “ SOOLAIMON ”
It means “Welcome,” “Peace,” “Hello,” and “Good-bye” in many languages. - USA by Neil Diamond in “The African Trilogy” (Googl
High School Report
We are proud to announce the following students from our parish, who have achieved academic excellence.
Keep up the good work!
Cardinal O'Hara High School:
Kaia Grant, '22
Maxwell Nguyen, '22
Colby Dobson, '24
Congratulations to the following students from Monsignor Bonner/
Archbishop Prendergast High School!
We are very proud of all that they have
accomplished and wish them
continued success in the future.
Erickson Cherubin, '21
Udodirim Onyemachi '21
Genevieve Marvil-Arakelian, '23
Elwin Serrao, '23
Victoria Ugochukwu., '23
Second Honors -
Immanuel Burnett. '24
Archbishop Perez Annnounces Resumption of Sunday and Holy Day Mass Attendance Obligation.
According to an announcement by our Archbishop
of Philadelphia, Rev. Nelson Perez, and the state's
bishops, the Obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and Holy Days will resume in Philadelphia, and all of
Pennsylvania, on Sunday, August 15th, 2021, which is the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and Holy Days will resume in Philadelphia and all of
Pennsylvania. Archbishop Perez said, "Now, with the
impact of the pandemic considerably reduced, it is
again possible for the faithful to assemble for the
Eucharist. It is time to lift the dispensation from the
This obligation does not apply to those who are seriously ill, who have a serious health issue, as well
as those who have serious anxiety about being part
of large groups at this time. It also does not apply to
caretakers of those who cannot attend Mass in
"As bishops, we welcome this moment of the
reinstatement of obligation for all Catholics in
PARISH GIVING ONLINE is now available!
This makes giving easier on you, andwe are grateful for your support throughout the year which helps sustain our church. Text givetobvm to 73256
CHARITIEA=S Did You Know?
~~BVM PREP CLASS ON SUNDAYS at 9:30 AM.~~
Classes are conducted virtually through Zoom.
To register, please call the Rectory
610-583-2128 or email: email@example.com
~~MASS INTENTION BOOK FOR 2022~~
is now open
please send any requests to the rectory
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org·
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for weekly news from the Archdiocese.
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2021 CATHOLIC CATHOLIC CHARITIES ... IT HELPS SO MANY!
~~Donations are being accepted/needed for
BVM Thrift Shop~ Christmas Bazaar-2021. Please contact Chuck Bradford at 610 545 9238 for more info.
Mark your Calendars!
HALLOWEEN/SPAGHETTI DINNER:scheduled forOct. 23rd, but is subject to change. Costumes, Music, Prizes, Food & a spooky good time. Info about how to purchase tickets coming soon. Stay Tuned!
**Tell People About BVM School**
and be sure to stress two things:
1. It is an outstanding education in a
2. It is AFFORDABLE. We will help people
apply for vouchers and grants.
Because of Covid-19 the following UPDATES are:________
-- Baptisms, Confessions, Marriages & funerals will take place, but with limitation of participants
-- BVM/St. Louis church will be open for private prayer, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament & Word of God Scripture Readings.
-- Daily MASS offered each day for deceased by Fr. Mariano, Fr. David, Fr. Francis & Fr. Javier in their private Mass for the Day.
-- BVM School - check school website for updates
-- Rectory Office closed to visitors...school tuition payments and Sunday collections can be mailed to BVM Rectory, 1101 Main Street, Darby, PA 19023 Rectory staff will be available--
call 610-583- 2128
or email: email@example.com
-- St. Vincent dePaul Food Bank Mondays 8 -10AM
-- RCIA, Prep Classes, School Activities, Thrift Shop & BVM Lottery postponed until further notice
Congratulations to Schola Eburuoh and her parents!
Schola, a graduate of Blessed Virgin Mary School
has graduated with honors in the Class of 2021 at
The Catholic University of America, where she
received the Presidential Award and will continue
her education at Harvard University as she pursues
her Master's Degree in Architecture.
God bless you, Schola.
BVM is so proud of you!
We wish to Congratulate the following children
from BVM School and PREP program
who made their First Holy Communion
on Sunday, May 2nd
Dukens Civil, Timothy Domeika,
Adrien Fondong, Serenity Holloway, Claudia King,
David Monseray, Michelle Tucker
We thank BVM 2nd Grade teacher, Ashley Zinar Marie Sharkey (PREP Program),
& Sister Rita Lenihan
for their preparation of
these children for this sacrament.
The children of BVM Parish
received three sacraments this year:
and First Communion.
As we conclude PREP year 2020-2021, we wish to acknowledge those teaching in and
administrating the PREP program for their instruction in the faith and for providing the foundation on which these younger members grow into full participation in the Church.
Members of the PREP program are:
David Biche, Marie Sharkey, Christina Herb,
and Director of PREP, Rodrigue Asseu.
We thank you and may God bless you always!
EMAILS NEEDED for Parish Mailings.
Please send an email with your name, address and phone number to Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pray the Rosary
Excuse our appearance! Our Website is being updated.
Most of our pictures/slideshows can now be found by selecting from the
Blue Menu at the top of this page. The page is entitled Former happenings.
WE ARE DOING OUR BEST TO MAINTAIN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT WHILE FOLLOWING ALL GUIDELINES SET IN PLACE FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA. WE HAVE ADDED AN ADDITIONAL PAGE TO OUR SUNDAY BULLETIN (AND TO THIS WEBSITE) WHICH CONTAINS ALL THe SCRIPTURE READINGS AND HYMNS FOR THE WEEK.
THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING AND STAY SAFE.
JUNE 29th 2021 marked two years without Msgr. Corley.
If you have a favorite quote/ saying of his to be remembered, please contact Anne at email@example.com.
I choose to follow the lead of Jesus, who trusted in the
Father’s love, lived the ‘Good News’ of a future based on
faith, hope and love. Pray for hope.” -JMC
Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez encourages the faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to spend this year growing closer to Saint Joseph by honoring him, imitating his virtues, and asking for his intercession. Guidelines pertaining to the Archdiocese observance of the
“Year of Saint Joseph” developed jointly by Office for the New Evangelization and the Office for Divine Worship were recently shared with all priests and deacons of the Archdiocese. These guidelines have been provided to assist in the development of local observances
In order for us to communicate with our parishioners, we are asking that you contact the rectory with your current email address and cell phone number so that we can add/update this information to our database. You can reach us by calling the rectory or email bvmrectory2@rcn with your info. We will NOT share your info with anyone. This is simply needed to allow us to communicate with you should the need arise. If no one is available, you can leave a message. If you do not have an email address, you can stay connected through Extraordinary Ministers, family members, neighbors, or friends. Our Parish Bulletin is always available to you in the Rectory Office or by requesting a copy in the mail. For those who have a computer, you can also obtain a copy on our website at WWW.BVM-DARBY.COM
Thank you for helping us all stay connected.
Upcoming will be new ways for you to give electronically, Update/register online, register for upcoming Baptisms and Marriage or request.
Where does the money go that is collected
each week at Church?
Answer: Every parish has financial obligations, including the basic operation of the buildings, salaries, maintenance, and improvements. In addition, there are schools to support,
programs to run, charities to be funded, and operational
expenses like hosts and wine for Mass, music books,
vestments, and so on.
In some cases, cemeteries and other buildings need
Finally, there is the diocesan assessment that each parish
pays to help run the diocese and the support services
provided to each parish. Most parishes manage to get by
with the collection, a few fundraisers and endowments. But
contrary to popular opinion, cash flow is also a problem,
and many parishes operate in the red.
The Finance Committee/Parish Council is responsible for
assisting the pastor in fiscal management, and good
stewardship is the basis for successful programs. ©LP
Giant Food Market sponsors
“A+ School rewards Program,”
This is an opportunity to earn money for 0ur school...
It costs you nothing!
Our school ID is #26471.
Call 888 448-4642 or giantfoodstores.com/plus
TO REQUEST A BULLETIN BE MAILED TO YOUR HOME OR BY EMAIL, CONTACT US AT: firstname.lastname@example.org or: 610-583-2128.
Sponsor a Student at BVM...If you could help a single parent pay
tuition for his/her child attending BVM, contact 610-583-2128.
Another way is to give us the name, phone # and location ofyour employer
(who if he contributes to the EITC or OSTC & designates a donation to sponsor a student at BVM) could receive a 70-90% tax crediton their PA income tax. We would have someone contact your employer & explain this program.
2021, Catholic Schools saved state and local agencies$24 billion!
QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Keep God in the Family: Teach your
children to talk to God from their hearts.
Tell them to let God know how they feel, what they need, or who they care about. -JMC
“If you desire faith, then you have faith
enough.” -Robert Browning
“The Eucharist is not just a reward for the good, but also a strength for the weak and
nourishment for those who hunger for love and mercy.” -Pope Francis
We pray for our beloved deceased
and their families.
Nicholas Passio III