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~

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS/LECTORS

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

        Need help with YOUR MARRIAGE?

  Call 800-470-2230 to “rediscover the love in your marriage.”


 RETROUVAILLE: REDISCOVER THE LOVE IN YOUR MARRIAGE                  Next date to register for is February 12 - 14, 2021
                       at the Family Life Center in Malvern, PA.

                   For more info, www.HelpOurMarriage.org,
                         or call 215-766-3944

NEED HELP WITH YOUR PECO BILL?

Call: 800-774-7040 or you can apply for assistance online: www.PECO.com/help .

(Please have your account number, home address, and names with proof of income for all household members.)


.

​COVID 19 HOTLINE   1-877-PA-HEALTH
(1-877 724 3258)

www.health.pa.gov.disease.coronavirus

Stay well; wear a mask and social distance!​

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

EMAILS NEEDED for Parish Mailings.

Please send an email with your name, address and phone number to Anne at bvmrectory2@rcn.com​​

    


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 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.

      HIGH SCHOOL-1st QUARTER REPORT:

    HIGH SCHOOL-1st SEMESTER REPORT: We are proud to announce the              following students from our parish
​                     who achieved academic excellence.     
                             Keep up the good work!

MERION MERCY ACADEMY HONORS - Grace Jones, ‘21. BONNER/PRENDIE 1 st HONORS: Erickson Cherubin, ‘21; Genevieve   
   Marvil Arakelian, ‘23; Elwin Serrao, ‘23; Victoria Ugochukwu, ‘23;
    Immanuel Burnes, ‘24

    2nd HONORS: Wrehdi Juwle, ‘21; Udodirim Onyemachi, ‘21.
 FATHER JUDGE HIGH SCHOOL 1 st HONORS: Nicholas Do, ‘23.     
​ CARDINAL O’HARA HIGH SCHOOL 1 st HONORS: Maxwell Nguyen, ‘22;       Colby Dobson, ‘24.

     2nd HONORS: Kaia Grant, ‘22; Olivia Dessus, ‘23.


 JUNE 29th 2020 marked one year without Msgr. Corley.

If you have a favorite quote/ saying of his to be remembered, please contact Anne at bvmrectory2@rcn.com.

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. In the next few weeks, our annual Block Collection letter will be mailed to all registered households we have on file. A form will be included for you to fill out with instructions.

Upcoming will be new ways for you to give electronically, Update/register online, register for upcoming Baptisms and Marriage or request.

See the wonderful things BVM School is doing.

Visit the address below to see a video of the Christmas story.

youtube.com/watch?v=XdNFLobfcGO


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:   bvmrectory2@rcn.com or: 610-583-2128. 

         PARISH SUPPORT INITIATIVE INFORMATION The suspension of public       Masses has impacted parish communities directly in many ways.
As a result, the CFGP has established the Parish Support Initiative in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. To donate to your parish through the Parish Support Initiative, please visit: 

www.thecfpg.org/donate/parish-support-initiative/

"The time is always right to do what is right!"

​Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

                INSPIRATION BY MSGR. CORLEY:                      REMEMBERING

    DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

Sponsor a Student at BVM...If you could help a single parent pay tuition for his/her child attending BVM, contact Fr. Corley 610-583-2128.

Another way is to give us the name, phone # and location of your  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 taxWe would have someone contact your employer  & explain this program. Last year, Catholic Schools  saved state and local agencies$24 billion!

T

~~ 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!

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK

(January 31- February 6)

Thank you to all of the teachers, students,
and faculty at BVM School ​for their dedication 

andhard work.

We are extremely grateful!

Catholic Schools make a difference
​in the students' neighborhood.

​They bring the ethics, morals and service
​that they learn in Catholic School home with them.

   
           PARISH GIVING ~ COLLECTION REPORT           

BVM/ST. LOUIS … February 14, 2021… … … Last year...BVM/ST. LOUIS...February 16, 2020 …… $4860.00

                  **will be recorded in the next bulletin.** 

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

        or go to

www.BVM-Darby.com
            and click on the e-giving tab

         or

         fill out the form
                  (available in the back of the church).

         **Tell People About BVM School**          
*****
and be sure to stress two things:

1. It is an outstanding education in a CHRISTIANenvironment.

2.  It is AFFORDABLE.   We will help people apply for vouchers and grants

~~​Reflection for the Week~~


​​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


​​UPCOMING EVENTS

  MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2021- 4:00 PM, Bishop McIntyre & Fr. Mariano will celebrate Mass for CONFIRMATION at BVM Church.


If you or someone you know have a reflection to share for our weekly bulletin, please email: bvmrectory2@rcn.com. ​

Blessed Virgin Mary Church


Celebrating over 100 years of  Faith, Hope, Love and Community.



                   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.

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

                              or






 HELP NEEDED     for 90 year old elderly woman,

in Springfield.    Six days week.

If interested, please call Victoria for interview 610.623.7729. 


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: bvmrectory/2@rcn.com

-- St. Vincent dePaul Food Bank Mondays 8 -10AM

-- RCIA, Prep Classes, School Activities, Thrift Shop & BVM Lottery postponed until further notice


  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:    bvmrectory2@rcn.com

   ~~ Mass on Friday, March 19th,~~

    YEAR OF ST. JOSEPH at the Cathedral       
​                 Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Phila.,
          12:05 PM. Www.archphila.org/joseph

~~MASS INTENTION BOOK FOR 2021
       please send any requests to the rectory
                 or email: bvmrectory2@rcn.com ·

MAN UP PHILLY 2021 - VIRTUAL CONFERENCE      
                    
March 6, 2021 - 9am-12pm.
  This year's Man-Up    is going virtual! Join     
  men from around the   Archdiocese as we seek    to grow closer to the   Lord and become the   
  men that God created us   to be. The cost is   
​  only $10. No charge for priests, deacons and      seminarians!
​     To register: www.manupphilly.com 

~~Donations are being accepted/needed 
                          BVM Thrift Shop

                     Christmas Bazaar-2021.         

  Please contact Chuck Bradford for more info.


​​

Please sign up for Flocknote!

  We'd like to have your email and cell number if possible!       Flocknote gives the parish staff the ability
   to contact many parishioners quickly.
    
Text BVMFLOCK to 84576 to sign up
     to receive the latest news that is happening
​      in and around our parish!

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


1.“Darkness cannot drive out darkness;

only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate;

only love can do that.”

2.“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

3.“Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.”

4.“Our lives begin and end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

5.“We may have come on different ships, but we are in the same boat now. “

6.“The ultimate measure of a man...is where he   
   stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

7.“To be a Christian without prayer is like
​trying to be alive without breathing.”


 Blessed Virgin Mary - a parish ALIVE!

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY 

                            FOOD DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM    
 MONDAY AND THURSDAY 9:30-11:00 AM

            in the old school building (located on MacDade Blvd).

                PLEASE CALL KATHY DIRECTLY at 610-848-8080.

BVM's St. Vincent de Paul Society provided food for over                             1200 individuals monthly.

TO VOLUNTEER, even if only for an hour or two on a Monday and/or Thursday from 9:30-11:00 AM, call Kathy: 610-848-8080.

     The Society of St Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic Church voluntary organization dedicated to the sanctification of its members through serving the poor and disadvantaged.

The Mass to Celebrate

the 100th Anniversary of Blessed Virgin MarySchool

 Dedication of BVM Hall

"Msgr. Corley Hall"  
in memory of Msgr. Joseph M. Corley
  
 
The BVM Hall dedication took place on

October 25, 2020.

Our hall will now be called Msgr. Corley Hall. Thank you to all who attended and volunteered their time to help make it a successful day. Despite the current procedures due to the pandemic we all managed to come together and make this a special day. You can view the beautiful ceremony given by Fr. Mariano on the BVM Parish Facebook page. Thank you to Fr. Mariano for your hard work in making this day special for all.​​


  BVM Luncheon for our Police and Front Line Workers!


           1101 Main Street, Darby, PA 19023-1407     
      Rectory   610-583-2128       Fax   610-583-9829



​​

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 

 

ARCHDIOCESAN PROCEDURES-COVID: archphila.org ·

BVM LOTTERY TICKETS are available in the rectory.

Please email: bvmrectory2@rcn.com or call: 610-583-8536. ·

The RECTORY DOORBELL  is now fixed. Please wear a mask.

     Updating Parish Records:

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 Fr. Corley,
​Sister Virginia or Judi a
t 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)

LENT AND “BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT "(MT 5:3) 

   Lent is a good time to think about the following words of Jesus: "Blessed are the Poor in   Spirit."  Being Poor in Spirit means you are Humble. It means you know how spiritually   weak you can be, and how much you depend upon God’s mercy. A person who is Poor in   Spirit joins St. Paul who said, ‘I don’t do the good I want to do, but I do what I hate (Rom   6:15).’

     Being Poor in Spirit means you know what it means to surrender to a ‘Higher Power’.      A   person with a Humble Spirit accepts life’s joys and sufferings by turning to Christ’s Life,   Death and Resurrection for meaning and strength, a person who is Poor in Spirit is slow to   judge the motives of others and not afraid or too proud to admit his/her faults in the   sacrament of God’s great Mercy. Stay humble my friends.-Msgr. Joseph M. Corley

   Archdiocese of Philadelphia 

​ Live broadcast on its website 



Please Pray For Our Beloved Deceased.



                 CCD Classes  for 2020-2021

                 Youth Religious Instruction

 Call the Rectory to register.

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: bvmrectory2@rcn.com.

  BVM School...

​                 Where we strive for EXCELLENCE!
We are so excited to announce that
Blessed Virgin Mary School has a
Neumann Scholar! 
Congratulations, Elwin! 

Elwin has been awarded a four-year, tuition- paid scholarship to the
Archdiocesan High School of his choice!   

BVM School and Church Community are so proud of your achievements!!

And to his brother, Elrid:  
         
Elrid was Valedictorian of his graduating class
!
Elrid Serrao, a graduate of  BVM Elementary School 

 and Msgr. Bonner/Prendergast High School      We are so proud of you, Elrid!