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.)


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​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!​

            ​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


    Wedding Anniversary Mass
















 

​Pay Attention to your Soul

We live in a culture whose major institutions

– Law, Science, Education and Media –

                                  seem to purposely exclude issues of faith and religion.

   If they do mention religion, it is often in a negative way (Pope Francis is the   exception). This “secularism” does not support adults or children trying to live the   spiritual values of the Gospel.

   One result of ignoring faith and God in our culture is that we tend to forget
 about our  souls. We replace our spiritual identity with our roles, possessions, looks,   achievements, relationships, addictions, or failures.

      Lent gives us the opportunity to pay attention to our souls, desires and primary   source of spiritual food – faith and religion.

   During Lent take time to nourish and refresh the spiritual dimension of yourself.   Turn away from all that dehumanizes or alienates you from your faith and religious   beliefs. Turn back to God, spiritual readings, to prayer and to those who share your  faith.

    Remember who you are before a good and merciful God.

​                                       -Msgr. Corley, 2015.

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“A+ School rewards Program,”
This is an opportunity to 
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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/

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!

GOD BLESS OUR NEWLY BAPTIZED! 

Please pray for our beloved deceased:

Patrick Knowlton, Carol Schmidt,

Janet Williamson

​​

         **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~~


 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.

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

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

    


 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.






​​

EMAILS NEEDED for Parish Mailings.

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


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

  BVM Luncheon for our Police and Front Line Workers!

  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!

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.

                 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.



      Jesus and Me, Hanging out in the Sanctuary Today I was sitting in the sanctuary. It was so peaceful and quiet because no one else was there but me. As I was sitting there, my eyes were drawn to the stained glass window on the left which depicts Jesus carrying the cross in a purple robe. Purple is the color of royalty. I said to myself, “What King would step down from his royal throne to wear a crown of thorns instead of precious jewels and to walk barefoot, bruised and battered up a dusty road carrying an old rugged cross up the hill to Calvary?” Just

as I finished this thought, Jesus looked at me and said, “I did it for you.

I gave up my divine life to come to earth to become human, and then I willingly sacrificed my human life for yours.” He took the death penalty for me when he hung for three hours so shamefully on that tree. He was punished for sins he did not commit, therefore I must go to him, repent and my sins admit. Jesus Christ is my one and only Savior and Redeemer, for no other person in history died for me. For three days Satan was celebrating in glee but my Jesus got up from the grave and shouted, “O death where is your victory, where is your sting? It is no more for I have won the victory and it belongs to all those who believe in me!” We have been wiped clean by the blood of the Lamb. Of our sins there is not a single trace. We will share the Gospel story of your amazing grace. Jesus then ascended into heaven to return to the Father and to prepare for us a special place - a mansion in the sky with many rooms for you and me, where everyday is Sunday and it’s always “howdy, howdy and never a goodbye.”

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, thank you Jesus! We owe it all to you.

                          Submitted by Margo M., 2015

​​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

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)

April 4 ,2021     BVM   Church

David Moseray and Bakhita Akouk
Welcome and Congratulations!


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!

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.

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.

AROUND DARBYWOOD...

 YOUR  SUPPORT/COLLECTION REPORT

BVM/ST. LOUIS ... April 11, 2021... ... ... ... $

Last year ... BVM/ST. LOUIS April 12, 2020... No Services (COVID) Easter Envelopes... BVM/ST. LOUIS... April 4, 2021, ... $4979.00

Last year ... BVM/ST. LOUIS ... April 5, 2020 ... ... No Services (COVID) E-Giving(Abundant): February, 2021 ... ... $1015.00

E-Giving(Abundant): March, 2021 ... ... ... $1072.00


Pray the Rosary


Blessed Virgin Mary Church


​​

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 

 

      Sister Virginia Paschall

    ...our wonderful principal.

    Thank you for all you do 
               to make BVM
                   the best place
     ​to learn, grow and worship!

Reflection by Msgr. Corley

 Blessed Virgin Mary - a parish ALIVE!

      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.


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.

The Mass to Celebrate

the 100th Anniversary of Blessed Virgin MarySchool

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:

​​​​                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.

 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.​​



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



~~ 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.

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


   Archdiocese of Philadelphia 

​ Live broadcast on its website 


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