Dear Friends,

Happy Memorial Day weekend! Of course, this is considered the unofficial start of summer vacation even though school and many activities continue into June.

It is most importantly a day of profound remembrance. We recall the bravery and ultimate sacrifice of all those who gave their lives in defense of our country and of freedom around the world. We give thanks to God for them, we pray for the repose of their souls and for the comfort of their families. We can never afford to forget the price paid for freedom in the past and in the present.

On Monday at our 9 am Mass, we will have a special Memorial Day celebration. After the Mass, we will offer additional prayers for all our fallen heroes. As in past years, we anticipate the active participation of many of our veterans, Scouts and local first responders. It is a moving, stirring and honored way to begin whatever holiday plans you may have for the day. Hope to see you here.

We welcome back this weekend Reverend Mr. Alessandro Giardini with great joy and happiness. Having spent the past year with us, he is now two full weeks an ordained transitional deacon for our Archdiocese. He will preach at all our weekend Masses.

Next Sunday, June 3 is another busy one with multiple celebrations occurring. We will host our first All School Baccalaureate Mass at the 9 am Mass followed by a reception in Vianney Hall. The MOSES breakfast for our men of the parish follows the 7:30 am Mass in the school cafeteria with guest speaker Tom Stevens, President of Pro-Life Union of Philadelphia and co-leader of House of God's Light Prayer Community. At the 12 Noon Mass, we will conclude with an outdoor procession with the Most Blessed Sacrament to celebrate Corpus Christi Sunday (the solemn feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ). The procession will be short and will end with Benediction back in Church. This is one of those wonderful opportunities for us to offer public witness to our unending and enduring belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

On Sunday, June 17 Father Moriconi’s final Sunday with us, he will celebrate the 12 Noon Mass and afterwards we will have a reception and light refreshments in the narthex so that our parish family may spend some time with him. We know that he will do well in his next assignment with its myriad responsibilities and we wish him every blessing. We give thanks for his zealous priestly ministry over these four years and look forward to his return visits.

Last weekend, we verbally announced that Archbishop Chaput has assigned Father Jason Buck to Saint Eleanor. We look forward to welcoming him on June 18 as he begins his priest ministry among us. Father Buck is a classmate of Father Moriconi. We are very happy that he is coming to Saint Eleanor. I know that you will offer him a warm Saint Eleanor welcome when he arrives

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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