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


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

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT AND POPE FRANCIS 

   During the Easter Season, we celebrate the resurrection of Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit.

   Faith tells us the Holy Spirit continues to work in our lives, and in the world today. I believe the Holy Spirit is working through Pope Francis. It was with him when he wrote “The Joy of the Gospel”, and encouraged priests, religious and laity not to be afraid to express their faith.

   The Holy Spirit guided Francis when he reminded us to cherish, protect and share the gifts of the earth. The spirit is in his latest exhortation, “The Joy in Loving” as he talks about the sacredness of marriage and family life.

Below you will find four things he considers worthy of our

attention:

   First, Pope Francis acknowledges the many challenges families experience. He warns that individualism (selfishness), false idealism (we expect family members to be perfect), and materialism are great dangers to family stability and love.

   Second, he reminds parents of their responsibility to educate their children, especially about faith and sexuality. He urges men (husbands) to give more attention to their children.

   Third, Pope Francis instructs husbands and wives to grow old together. He calls them to a vocation of deep, mutual love, respect and affection.

   Fourth, he expresses his love and admiration for parents and families who take care of a person with disabilities.

    I’m so proud of our Pope. I hope you are.

   May the Holy Spirit continue to guide him and us.”

-Msgr. Corley, May 2016

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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/

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!

​​


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:


Happy Birthday to Dan Frasciello! (May 5th).

Thank you for all you do for BVM Parish throughout the year!

Wishing you a great year to come!

~~ 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!


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.


If you or someone you know have a reflection to share for our weekly bulletin, please email: 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.


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~

            ​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

​​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

We pray for our beloved deceased and their families:

​Ed Sosnowicz  

  Vincent Castagna

EMAILS NEEDED for Parish Mailings.

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

    

 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.


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


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



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.

   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

  BVM Luncheon for our Police and Front Line Workers!

AROUND DARBYWOOD...

 YOUR  SUPPORT/COLLECTION REPORT

BVM/ST. LOUIS...May 9, 2021............$3809.00
Last year ...
BVM/ST. LOUIS April 26, 2020... No Services (COVID) (Mailed in Collections for the month of April,  2020 - total: $8981.0


E-Giving (Abundant): April,2021.........$895.00


Blessed Virgin Mary Church


             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.)


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Manna Bags are available at all Masses this weekend. Please take one, fill it, and return the bags by May 16th to the vestibule of Church.

If you are unable to fill a bag, you can donate online at www.yougivegoods.com/ndsmanna

Thank you for your generosity!

​​

~~​Reflection for the Week~~


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

            Go to the web and find     
    
CATHOLICPHILLY.COM  to receive weekly
​    news from the Archdiocese. ·

...Please donate to the 2021 CATHOLIC CHARITIES APPEAL.. IT HELPS SO MANY!



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~~Donations are being accepted/needed 
                          BVM Thrift Shop

                     Christmas Bazaar-2021.         

  Please contact Chuck Bradford

​                                 for more info.



#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)

​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!​

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:
     
First Honors:                   

   Kaia Grant, '22 

                        Maxwell Nguyen, '22
                                     Colby Dobson, '24

FIRST  PENANCE  AT  BVM!! 

    Congratulations!! ...

     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.

Newly Baptized

April 4, 2021     BVM   Church

David Moseray and Bakhita Akouk
Welcome and Congratulations!


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.

Please sign up for Flocknote!

  We'd like to have your email and cell number if possible!     

 Flocknote gives the parish the ability to quickly contact many parishioners.
    
Text BVMFLOCK to 84576 to sign up
     to receive the latest news that is happening  in and around our parish!

Newly Registered Parishioners

              Faustinus Pannah Boyah            

  Lucy E. Buigbo

                         Isaac D. Govego                             

 Bendu Varney-Fania

     Emmanuel Kpartor                   

    Lawrence Karluah & Marleyah  

                Welcome to BVM Parish!

  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!


​​

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 

 

 Blessed Virgin Mary - a parish ALIVE!

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.

                   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.

 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.​​


         **Tell People About BVM School**          

and be sure to stress two things:

1. It is anoutstanding education in a CHRISTIANenvironment.

2.  It is AFFORDABLE.  We will helppeople apply

for vouchers and grants

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


                 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.


Pentecost Vigil Mass


(sponsored by the Archdiocesan Charismatic Renewal)


Saturday, May 22, 2021,

Praise & Worship at 7:00 pm.

Vigil Mass at 7:30 pm


Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul

18th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

Philadelphia         (215) 561-1313.

For live streaming of this event:

www.phillyspirit.com


Congratulations

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.