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Two Host Families needed for July & August. Quest International is seeking caring and nurturing host families for two male students from Spain ages 15 and 18. The boys are requesting to be placed with families that have teenagers around the same age. Host Families will need to provide a nurturing environment, meals, and transportation to summer camps. Students come with their own spending money, computer, cell phone, and insurance. Generous stipend for the month to offset expenses. If you have room in your heart and home and would like to host an international student, please contact Chris Busche at 610-592-8709.

Open Your Heart And Home to Sara a Catholic exchange student from Spain for the coming 2017-2018 school year. 
A volunteer host family (with or without children) as well as single parents are needed to provide food, a bed and a loving home for the coming school year to Sara from Spain. Sara is 15 and she was looking forward to spend the school year in Fort Walton Beach but her host family (military) will be transferred to England mid September and a new host family is needed (anywhere in the country) to take over. EMF students have medical insurance, spending money for their personal expenses and expect to share their host family’s daily life including household responsibilities. They speak English, are well-screened and eager to experience life in America. Their stay here is sponsored and supervised by EMF (Educational Merit Foundation), a non-profit, educational exchange organization. For more information on EMF students, please call Marie-Claude Dijoud now at 1-800-467-8363 or visit our web site at

St. Joseph Villa is in need of substitutes while their regular volunteers are on vacation. Some needs include:
   Providing in-house transport to appointments (Hair Salon, Therapy, or Doctor’s)
   Assisting Staff with Health & Wellness Activities and Socials
   Serving as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist
   Weekly visit to resident without family/friend connection (regular day and time preferred)
For information, please contact Sister Frances Hart at 215-248-7844 or email

Summer Sports Camps at Saint Basil Academy in Basketball, Soccer and Volleyball begin in June. Register online at

The Senior Farmers Market Nutritional Program offers eligible seniors vouchers to purchase fresh produce from participating farmers’ markets during the months of June through November.
To qualify for the program, participants must be:
     60 years or older by December 31st of this year
     A Montgomery County resident
     Living on a limited income ($22,311-single, $30,044-couple) Proof of income is not required
Each qualifying senior can receive $20 worth of checks-at no cost to the senior-to be used at certified farmers’ markets.
For more information on the program, including a list of participating farmers’ markets, please visit the Department of Agriculture’s website or contact office of State Rep. Madeleine Dean. 215-517-6800

Annual Sacred Heart Novena, Thursday, June 15, through Friday, June 23, 7:30 pm, The Visitation Nuns, 5820 City Avenue, Philadelphia.

Abington Township’s Summer Youth Meal Program provides a free lunch and snack to local children-up to age 18-who may otherwise not have access to nutritious food during the summer months. The summer meal program is a partnership between local, state, and federal entities. The program runs June 19 to August 18, 2017.
The program is held Monday through Friday at Crestmont Park, 2500 Old Welsh Road in Willow Grove. Lunch is served from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, and a snack is distributed from 2:30 pm to 3 pm. Proof of income is not necessary, but registration is required. For more information contact Van Strother, Director of Community Development for Abington Township, at 267-536-1020

The Miraculous Medal Shrine hosts Annual Novena of Hope for Nine Mondays: now through July 31
The theme for this year’s Novena of Hope is: “The New Evangelization.” Eight Masses and Novena Services as well as Adoration and the Sacrament of Confession are available each Monday. On July 10, they will offer the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick during each service. They will stream LIVE each day at 9 am and 12:05 pm EDT. Free, secure parking.
Monday Mass and Novena Schedule:
Mass (with Novena)
7:00 am; 9:00 am; 12:05 pm; 7:30 pm
Novena (with Sermon and Benediction)
2:00 pm; 3:30 pm; 5:00 pm; 6:30 pm
6:45 am – 7:15 am; 8:45 am – 9:30 am; 1:45 pm – 5:30 pm; 6:15 pm – 7:45 pm
Adoration in the Crypt Chapel
7:30 am – 8:00 pm
For Details and Full Schedule, please visit

Summer Enrichment Camp at Jenkintown Campus of St. Joseph the Protector School. Classes start the week of June 19. Brochure and Registration Form.

Bishop McDevitt Sports Camps
This year we are excited to offer Girls Volleyball Camp, Boys Basketball Camp and Girls Field Hockey Camp.
Lady Lancers Volleyball Camp
For girls entering Grades 6th through 9th in September 2017
July 24 – July 28, Time: 9 am to Noon. Cost per camper is $60.00
The girls will learn Serving, Passing, Setting, Spiking, Blocking, Defense and team play from coaches and players with College, High School and Club Experience. Camp is held at Bishop McDevitt High School Gym.
To reserve your spot send a check to: Jim Harrigan, 623 Emerson St., Phila., PA 19111
Any Questions? Contact Coach Jim Harrigan at 215-915-2685 or
Lancers Boys’ Basketball Camp
For boys in Grades 1st-8th
June 19 to June 23, 9 am to 3 pm (Friday ends at 1 pm) Cost per Camper:$125
Camp is held at Bishop McDevitt High School Gym.
If interested or need more information, contact Dan Greenberg at 267-455-3574 or
Register using form:
Lady Lancers Field Hockey
For girls entering Grades 4th-9th.
The Bishop McDevitt field hockey players and coaching staff will be running the summer field hockey camp. Anyone is welcome to come and learn a new sport. This camp will provide each player an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the game, or improve individual skills and play small games. This camp is designed for beginners, intermediate and experienced players! The girls will learn stick skills, game strategies and play competitive games.
Monday, June 26, to Thursday, June 29, 9 am-3 pm. Cost per camper $110.00, the cost includes a T-shirt.
Camp is held at Bishop McDevitt High School Field Hockey Field (behind the school).
What do you need: A mouth guard, shin guards, cleats and sneakers, a field hockey stick.
To reserve your spot send a check to: Karen Dowd, 125 Royal Ave, Wyncote, PA 19095
Any Questions? Contact Coach Dowd for further information: or, 610-246-0217

Saint Basil Academy CarnivalJune 21-23: 6-10 pm; June 24: 4-10 pm. Family wristband days are Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 22. For more information, please contact Samantha Angelone at 215-885-3771. Saint Basil Academy, 711 Fox Chase Rd., Jenkintown.

Joseph’s People, Thursday, June 22, 7 – 8:30 pm, St. Albert the Great Parish Center, 212 Welsh Rd., Huntingdon Valley. Featured guest speaker, Theresa Hummel-Krallinger.
Theresa Hummel-Krallinger, known for her humorous and interactive presentations, is a seasoned trainer, speaker, coach, culture maven, and professional stand-up comedian. Past-President of Greater Philadelphia ATD and Blue Bell Toastmasters, she currently serves on the non-credit faculty at Temple University, teaching courses in business communications and leadership. She also moderates “Meet the Author” at the Pyramid Club, a monthly program for business book discussions.
Job seekers are increasingly being asked to illustrate their transferable skills and how they fit into the corporate culture of prospective employers. By understanding your own preferences, and comparing them to the needs of the employer, you are more likely to find a “fit.”
So how do you assess your own style? Or the style of the employer?
Fortunately, you don’t need an advanced degree in organizational psychology to figure this out. There are clues to look for and questions you can ask that will help you determine that information.
Attend this program to learn how!
By attending this session, you will learn:
o How to identify your primary behavior style
o How to determine the culture of an organization (not just what’s on their web page!)
o Factors that determine the primary organizational style (and whether or not you are a fit)
o Resources for identifying good places to work (and those that are not so good)
 Joseph’s People is a FREE non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping unemployed and underemployed workers by offering support, guidance, and job counselling services to people of all faiths who are seeking full-time employment.
Joseph’s People Volunteers: We are looking for volunteers to join our Steering Committee. We need people who are willing to help our unemployed. Please leave your contact information and we will get back to you. We think this is a great way to give back. (contact information below)
Available Jobs: If you have a job available please send us that information and we will get you a great candidate. (contact information below)
Contact Information:

The Padre Pio Festival at St. Bede the Venerable Parish, Holland, PA, is being held on the weekend of June 23-25. Friday evening: Youth and Young Adult Night, Holy Hour, Exposition, Confessions, followed by Love entertainment and food trucks; Saturday; 5:30 pm Vigil Mass and blessing with relics; Sunday: 12:30 pm Solemn Mass followed by street procession, 2:30 pm Healing Service (blessing with relics/confession). Saturday and Sunday afternoon & evening also have outdoor festival with food/beverage vendors, craft vendors, inflatable children’s amusements, and live entertainment.

Sisters’ Night, Friday, June 23, 6-9 pm, Villa Maria House of Studies, 1140 King Road, Immaculata, PA 19345. Young women (16-35) are invited to share informally with IHM Sisters. Join us for a fun night of prayer, cookout, and scavenger hunt! For further information contact Sister Marianne, 610-889-1553 or

Montgomery County Hazardous Waste Collection, Saturday, June 24, 9 am —3 pm, Abington Junior HS, 2056 Susquehanna Road. Questions: 610-278-3618 or visit Toxic and flammable household chemicals are collected for proper disposal. Accepted items include: gasoline, oil, kerosene, antifreeze, fluorescent tube light bulbs, etc. No latex or water-based paint, alkaline household batteries, medications, or propane tanks. 

“Wheels at Wood” Car & Craft Show, Saturday, June 24, 9 – 4 pm, Archbishop Wood High School, 655 York Road, Warminster, PA
“Wheels at Wood” is a charity event to raise funds for a student-designed bus shelter being built at the corner of York & Street roads in Warminster, PA. All proceeds will go to the construction of this vital community shelter.
Show will include classic cars & motorcycles, live music, food, and a craft show & sale for everyone to enjoy. 
Show cars, bikes, and vendors may arrive as early as 8 am. Show opens to the public at 9 am
Car Registration: $20 per vehicle prior to June 15 / $25 after June 15 (charitable donation)
Craft Tables: $30 per table prior to June 15 / $35 after June 15 (charitable donation – price has been reduced!)
Registration Form:

Awareness Sessions. Formation, contemplative prayer, reflection and shared experiences led by Sr. Julia Grey, OP. Remaining date:  June 24, 1-3 pm. St. Raphaela Center in Haverford, PA. Register at 610-642-5715.

The 30th Annual “Burrs at the Beach” celebration, presented by the Alumni and Friends of West Philadelphia Catholic High School, will be held, rain or shine, on Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 1 pm until 7 pm at Westy’s Irish Pub, in North Wildwood, NJ. Proceeds assist needy Catholic students with tuition. Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 day of affair). For tickets and/or information please contact Tom Dorrian ‘61, 484-431-0781.

Finger Lakes Wine and Sail Excursion. St. Luke Over 50’s Club and Curran Travel invite you to join them for a 5 day/4 night trip to the Finger Lakes Region for a Wine Tour, Erie Canal Locks Cruise, Castle and mansion tours, and a paddlewheel cruise departing Sunday, June 25, and returning Thursday, June 29, 2017. Cost: $750.00 pp double occupancy (trip insurance extra). For information, please call Nancy Catania, 215-884-2423

Quo Vadis Days 2017, June 26-29, 2017, Black Rock Retreat Center. Retreat for young men graduating 8th – 12th grade. $35/person.
Gather with the Philadelphia Seminarians and other high school men for 4 days of dynamic talks, small group discussions, meaningful prayer experiences, and a fun environment including a ropes course, swimming pool and a lake, basketball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and more.
To Register, or for more information, visit: Register by June 9.
Questions? Contact the Vocations Office for the Diocesan Priesthood at 610-667-5778.

A Unique Week-long Summer Family Retreat, Marianist Family Retreat Center, Cape May Point, NJ. Retreat weeks start each Monday, beginning June 29 through end of August.
Cost for the week: $215 pp ages 8+; $140 ages 2-7; under 2 free. Financial Aid is available.
Join together with several other families to form a Christ-centered community for the week. Mass and other family liturgies are complemented by skits, presentations, family sharing, peer group discussions, sunset beach walks, and other fun activities. Scheduled recreation and free time (4-5 hours daily), with ocean swimming (beach is only 1/2 block from the center) is a part of all family retreats.
To sign up or for more information visit or call 609-884-3829.

Charismatic Retreat. Gifted Spiritual Director Fr. James Blount is leading a Charismatic retreat at Malvern Retreat House June 30-July 2. The weekend will focus on the theme Healing & Deliverance and will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Catholic Charismatic Renewal. This retreat is being held in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic Charismatic Renewal. Please visit or call 610-644-0400 for more information.

Holy Redeemer Lafayette Presents: Community Health and Fitness Series
Starting the Day Right, July 5, 2 pm-3 pm. Please RSVP by: 06/28/2017. Learn how to start your day off with the right breakfast and morning stretch.
Drink Up! August 2, 2 pm-3 pm. Please RSVP by: 07/26/2017. Hydration becomes even more important as we age- especially this time of year. Join us as we explore ways to choose better beverages and adequately hydrate.
For reservations, please call: 215-214-2877

Summer Directed Retreats and Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. St. Raphaela Center offers summer retreats as well as the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises retreat for an extended time of prayer and silence, accompanied by a Spiritual Director. Visit their website for July and September 2017 retreat dates. St. Raphaela Center in Haverford, PA 610-642-5715.

Benedicta Leadership Institute & Women of Grace
Malvern Retreat House will host the Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women® July 6-7. This institute trains Catholic women to be active leaders and mentors in the home, the workplace, and the marketplace. The institute aims to infuse family life, communities, institutions, organizations and governmental agencies with Catholic moral and social teachings to promote a culture of life. Women of Grace founder Johnnette Benkovic will join Philosophy Professor Siobhan Nash Marshall in directing this leadership retreat.
Following the leadership retreat, all women also are invited to come to Malvern Retreat House July 7-9 for our annual Women of Grace retreat led by Retreat Directors Johnnette Benkovic and Fr. Wade Menezes, CPM. This year they will focus on the theme: Our Lady of Fatima and the Triumph – How the Battle Will Be Won. For more information, please visit or call 610-644-0400.

2017 Bishop McDevitt Football – Youth Football Camp – July 8, 8 am-2:30 pm. Ages 8-13
The football camp is designed to work on the fundamentals of the game with our local youth football players. Camp will consist of speed work, position specific drills and agilities. Come and be instructed by local high school and college athletes and coaches. This is a 1-Day Non-Contact Camp. No Helmets. No Shoulder Pads. Just Talent!
Where: Bishop McDevitt HS, 125 Royal Avenue, Wyncote, PA 19095
What To Bring: Cleats, Mouthpiece, Lunch & Water Bottle
Cost: $20. Make all checks payable to Michael Watkins. Registrations/Checks can be mailed to:
2324 Pleasant Ave, Glenside, PA 19038
Walks Ups Accepted.

Attention: Little Flower Alumnae and Friends. Please join us for #LFSummerFest on Saturday, July 8, from 3 – 7 pm at Keenan’s in North Wildwood. Questions, contact

All are invited to the Second Annual Polka Fest at the TK Club at 521 East Hector Street in Conshohocken on Sunday, July 9, from Noon to 6 pm to support St. Mary Polish American Society. Polka Fest will feature live Polka music, Polish food, a 50/50 drawing and other games of chance, a basket raffle, and baked goods for sale.Families are welcome, as there will be games for children with plenty of prizes!
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event. Tickets for children are $7 each and free for children under the age of 6. Tickets include the price of admission, food not included. Advance tickets are on sale until Wednesday, June 28.For tickets, please email or call Dorothy Swedkowski at 610-630-0861.

Our Lady’s Missionaries of the Eucharist invite you to: Fatima Day, July 13, 6 pm – 8 pm. Fr. Harry McCreedy will lead the celebration at Our Lady’s Missionaries of the Eucharist in Birdsboro, PA in Honor of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima and in Reparation to Her Immaculate Heart. For the past 21 years, Father McCreedy has led Candlelight Rosary Devotions to Our Lady of Fatima at his parish on the anniversary of Our Lady’s sixth and final apparition to Saint Jacinta, Saint Francisco, and Blessed Lucia. He is a prominent Fatima pilgrimage guide due to his special devotion to Our Lady of Fatima.
This event includes Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Praying the Rosary, an Act of Consecration of Our Nation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Eucharistic Benediction, and the Holy Sacrifice of Mass.
To register for Fatima Day contact: Our Lady’s Missionaries of the Eucharist, 640 E. Main St., Birdsboro, PA 19508,, 610-582-3333,

La Salle University will host a lecture by Dr. William Madges (of St. Joseph’s University) , “500 Years since the Reformation: What Ecumenical Progress Has Been Made?”
The program begins at 7 pm in the Dunleavy Room, Union Building, on Thursday, July 13. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information contact Fr. Frank at

The Vocation Office for the Diocesan Priesthood is hosting the Brothers of Borromeo Vocation Camp (B.B.V.C.) for boys in Grades 6 to 8 (rising 6th graders to graduated 8th graders). This event will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, PA. The day begins at 10 AM and concludes following the Vigil Mass at 5 pm. The day includes great music & food, sports, games, powerful prayer, and Mass. The registration fee is $10 and deadline is June 30, 2017.

Celebrate St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Saturday, July 15, 10 am – 2 pm. Native American Day at the
National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel
10 am – Blessing of the 4 Directions; Chief Buffy Red Feather and members of Cherokee Nation Community Round Dancers; presentation on St. Kateri; various activities and crafts.
Lunch will be available.
1:15 pm – Prayer of Healing
National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel, 1663 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, PA. Open Daily 10 am – 5 pm
215-244-9900 x402

Camp Veritas 2017: Camp Veritas is a one-week play-and-pray sleep away summer camp for teens going into 7th to 12th grades. It will be held at 3 USA locations: July 16-22 at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY; July 23-29 at Summit Lake Camp in Emmitsburgh, MD; and August 13-19 at Camp Lakota in Wurtsboro, NY. The enrollment price for each week is $450 per camper. Early bird rate (if paid in full by 4/1/17) is $400 for all sites. There is no additional charge for the dance and basketball program options (at Mount Saint Mary College only). Volunteers (must be over 18 years old) are needed and free! More details can be found at

Stop Worrying & Start Living Retreat. Malvern Retreat House will host this retreat August 4-6 for both men and women. Retreat Director Gary Zimak will help retreatants find practical ways to achieve peace in their lives. Zimak is a well-known Catholic author and speaker, and his retreat topics will include “You CAN stop Worrying!,” “Unleashing the Spirit,” and “Jesus – Your BEST Best Friend.” For more information please visit or call 610-644-0400.

Rediscover the Love in Your Marriage! Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage? Are you frustrated, hurt or angry with your spouse? Are you constantly fighting or do you simply shut down? Have you thought about separation or divorce? Retrouvaille may be the LIFELINE that you need! It is not just a social gathering or series of seminars, but rather a way to rediscover and rekindle the loving relationship in your marriage. Tens of thousands of couples have successfully saved their marriages by attending a Retrouvaille weekend and the six post sessions that follow it. The next program begins, the weekend of August 11-13 at the Family Life Center in Malvern, PA. For more information, or to register for one of our weekends, visit our web site at: or call 1-800-470-2230. All inquiries are kept strictly confidential.

Wedding of the Sea Festival, Tuesday, August 15. Take part in this special tradition of the Parish of St. Monica in Atlantic City! Mass of the Assumption of Mary, Boardwalk Hall. Doors open at 11 am; Program and Mass at 12 noon; Procession to Surf at 1:15 pm. Join the Most Reverend Dennis Sullivan, Bishop of the Diocese of Camden in celebration of this beautiful Mass.
Festival, St. Michael’s Church Parking Lot, Georgia Avenue, 1 pm to 8 pm. Free & open to the public. Enjoy 10 Atlantic City restaurant vendors, a beer garden, live music, children’s games, and more. Free parking at multiple locations. 609-345-1878

Neumann-Goretti Alumni All Classes Summer Reunion, Saturday, August 19, 2017, at Keenan’s in North Wildwood.  Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. For detailed information go to and for tickets call the Alumni Office at 215.465.8437 ext. 235 or email Friday night event is at Keenan’s, $10 at the door with guest bartenders.

The Sisters of Saint Joseph will host a Women’s Wellness Weekend in lovely Cape May Point, New Jersey, September 8-10, 2017. The weekend is designed to be holistic, spiritual, relaxing, rejuvenating, educational and fun. Included in the $375 price are meals, accommodations and the opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops. For additional information please email the SSJ Development Office at or call 1-800-482-6510. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

News from The National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel, 1663 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, PA 19020 215-244-9900 x380
Save The Date: Annual Gala Event for the Sisters will be Sunday, September 10, 2017 at Pen Ryn Mansion, 3—8 pm

Queen of Peace Ladies Night, Friday, September 15, 7 – 11 pm, Lynaugh Hall, 820 North Hills Avenue, Glenside. Fun, Food, Beer, Wine, Sodas, Music, Line Dancing, and Raffles. Celebrity DJ Mike Alba. Bring a dessert and receive 3 tickets for the raffles. Tickets $20, on sale at Queen of Peace rectory. For more info: Pat Fallon, 215-886-7443, or Kathy Eberz, 215-657-3618.

Rachel’s Vineyard is an extraordinary opportunity for any person who struggles with emotional and spiritual pain of past abortion(s). The weekend is a unique and effective process designed specifically to help you experience the mercy and compassion of God and will help your soul find a voice, and transform the pain of the past into hope. Rachel’s Vineyard is a “therapy for the soul” which combines a unique and creative process for psychological and spiritual healing.
Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries will be hosting a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat for Healing after Abortion on: September 22-24, 2017.  Language: English & Polish. This retreat will be held in Doylestown, PA.
For more information contact Evelyn at 215-317-5752 or
Read more about it online at All requests are strictly confidential.

Reboot! Live! With Chris Stefanick. St. Philip Neri Parish in Lafayette Hill, PA is pleased to announce that internationally-renowned Catholic family man, speaker and author, Chris Stefanick and his life-changing event, Reboot Live!, will be held October 5, from 7 pm to 9:30 pm in the parish church located on 437 Ridge Pike in Lafayette Hill. Reboot Live! is the fun, inspiring, and practical experience for all (ages 12 and up) of applying the beauty and genius of the Gospel to every aspect of your life, from prayer and spirituality, to work, dating, marriage, parenting, health and more! Tickets are $20. Event is expect to sell out – register today at (Look for October 5th and St. Philip Neri to purchase online.)

WINE National Catholic Women’s Conference. Join women from the greater Philadelphia area and across the country for the first-ever National Catholic Women’s Conference hosted by WINE: Women In the New Evangelization! Dynamic Catholic speakers Kelly Wahlquist, Teresa Tomeo, Kitty Cleveland and Sarah Christmyer will inspire you and musician Amanda Vernon will rejuvenate your spirit. The day will include time for Mass, Confession, prayer, rest, socializing, and shopping. Saturday, October 21, 2017, 8:30 am-4 pm, National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown, PA. Special group rate available, so bring your friends! For more information & to register, visit

Bishop McDevitt High School – Class of 1967 is having a 50th Reunion on October 28, 2017. Please contact John “B” Creeden for details: or 267-205-5822.