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Saint Martin de Porres Parish Feast of the Epiphany
January 4, 2015
January 4, 2015
Feast of the Epiphany
Saint Martin de Porres Catholic Church
“In the Kingdom of North Philadelphia”
Reverend Stephen D. Thorne, Pastor
2340 West Lehigh Avenue Phone: 215-228-8330
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19132 Fax: 215-221-6516
Pastor’s Email: frsthorne@gmail.com Website: smdpphiladelphia.com
Church Office Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 9am to 5pm
Sister Lynn Marie Ralph, SBS
Director of Religious Education
srlmralph@gmail.com / (215) 228-8330
Mr. Paul Haggerty, Pastoral Associate
Mrs. Mary Cook, Parish Social Minister
Social Ministry Office: 215-225-2127
Mrs. Jackie Coleman & Mrs. Elaine Potalivo, Secretaries
Mrs. Tonya Dorsey, Minister of Music
Mrs. Nneka Best, Youth Choir Director
Mr. Melvin Burton, Jr., Worship Associate
Deacon Thomas A. Shields , Retired
Saint Martin de Porres Catholic School
‘An Independence Mission School’
Sister Nancy Fitzgerald, SSJ, School Principal
Sister Meaghan Patterson, SSJ, Vice Principal
(215) 223-6872
Saint Martin de Porres Parish Feast of the Epiphany
January 4, 2015
On a Spiritual Note…
Today’s readings are full of enthusiasm that all peoples, from everywhere on earth, are welcome in God’s Kingdom, and will worship the Lord. Even though the Israelites are the Chosen People, the arrival of the Wise Men from the east shows that Gentiles will pay homage to Jesus, and salvation is for everyone.
Of course, we are used to hearing that Jesus is for everyone, for every race, nation and group of people on earth. But this message is especially important today, when the world is so torn apart. Not only are there divisions among people, but they are often based on ideas of religion, and they are often violent. Today the Middle East is a war zone, and there are ideas of God being used to fire up hostility, hatred, revenge.
Jesus, as we sang at Christmas, is the Prince of Peace; Jesus is the Savior of the World, Jesus is the Word of God. We all need him, we need his message, we need his help. Now.
We pray and look forward to the day when, as today’s responsorial psalm says, “Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.”
We offer prayers and sympathy to the family of Sarah Burton, who passed away on Sunday, Dec. 28. May she rest in peace.
Mass Schedule and Intentions
Sunday, January 4, 2015 – 10:00 AM
People of the Parish
Daily Mass will not be offered this week.
Saint Martin de Porres Parish Feast of the Epiphany
January 4, 2015
Let us pray for the Sick:
Greta Newman, Melvin Burton, Lynette Ford-Havens, Dorothy Bradley, Ruby Williams, Erma Patterson, Lillian Trump, Audrey Victor, Harold Lavender, Barbara Carter, Ruby Nikolaenko, Gail Williams, Brenda Solomon, Janice Floyd, Wanda Nesmith, Charles Syles, Denim Moore, Deborah Grant, Mary Ann Gill, James Strothers, William Victor, Charles Belser, Marie Laurencin, Alfred Burrell, Jeanee Johnson, Crystal Grant-Coleman, Evelyn Chapple, Linda Smich, Grace Isles, Caseem Hyman, John Davis, Lisa Williams, Annie Andrews, Renee Freckleton, Christine Daniels, Hazel Wilson, Steven Williams, Martina Granger, Devon Walker, Amira Barnhill, Carlos Benson, Darren Spann.
If you know someone is sick, please call the Church Office: 215 228-8330.
Church Financial Report
December 21: $4,708
Christmas 2014: $5,642
December 28: $3,582
Thank you to all who were so generous in our Christmas Collection
and throughout the year.
The Church Finance Council will meet TODAY after Mass to review the 2014 Financial Stament of the Church.
A report will be published to the Church Community on Sunday, January 11.
If you would like a report of your financial contributions to our Church, please contact the Church Office Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Our Minister of Music,
Tonya Dorsey will be honored at a Dr. King Prayer Breakfast on Monday, January 19, 2015 at the Whiteman Fire Hall in Turnersville, NJ. Tickets are available:
$20 for adults, $15 for children under 12 years.
For more information, please see the flyer in today’s bulletin.
Archdiocesan Prayer Service
Honoring Dr. King
Monday, January 19, 7:00 PM
Saint Barbara Church
54th Street & Lebanon Ave.
Presider: Archbishop Charles Chaput
Saint Martin de Porres Parish Feast of the Epiphany
January 4, 2015
Archbishop of Philadelphia
Speaker: Rev. Dr. W. Wilson Goode
All are welcome!
Good News about our Youth!
Aaron Farmbry, Jr. made the Dean’s List at Hampton University.
If you have good news to share about our Church youth, please email Father Thorne: Frsthorne@gmail.com
World Meeting of Families
September 22-27, 2015
Popular New Year resolutions
 Lose Weight
 Volunteer to Help Others
 Quit Smoking
 Get a Better Education
 Get a Better Job
 Save Money
 Get Fit
 Eat Healthy Food
 Manage Stress
 Manage Debt
 Take a Trip
 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Prayer for the World Meeting of Families
God and Father of us all, in Jesus, your Son and our Savior, you have made us your sons and daughters in the family of the Church.
May your grace and love help our families in every part of the world be united to one another in fidelity to the Gospel.
May the example of the Holy Family, with the aid of your Holy Spirit, guide all families, especially those most troubled, to be homes of communion and prayer and to always seek your truth and live in your love. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us!
Saint Martin de Porres Parish Feast of the Epiphany
January 4, 2015
 Drink Less Alcohol
What are your SPIRITUAL resolutions in 2015…?
1) ___________________
2) ___________________
3) ___________________