Welcome to Holy Martyrs Roman Catholic Church in Oreland, Pennsylvania – Founded 1949

” . . . one of the elders spoke up and said to me, “Who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?”  I said to him, “My lord, you are the one who knows.” He said to me, “These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”                                 -Revelation 7:13-14

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Our Patrons – The Holy Martyrs of the Church of Rome

The Christian Martyrs Last Prayer  by Leon Gerome

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Upcoming Events:

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Christmas Breakfast with Santa

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Breakfast will be served following the 8:00 am Mass

and again following the 10:30 am Mass – with our special guest!

$10.00 for adults, $5.oo for children and $35.00 for a family.  Registration forms available in the bulletin or call the Parish Office.


 

Advent Evening of Reflection sponsored by Catholic Relevant Radio

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 – 7:00 pm

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Registration – 610-505-8376  or email  mradford@relevantradio.com


Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary Appeal 2016  

Visit:   stcharlesseminaryappeal.org

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Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has released a video statement inviting all Catholics to take time in these final weeks leading up to the presidential election to deeply reflect on the founding principles of our republic and the Gospel truths.
The video also directly addresses public officials in calling them to respect the rights of people to live their faith without interference from the state. Archbishop Kurtz’s video statement is available by clicking on the image below.

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Remember the Faithful Departed during the Month of November

 

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Holy Martyrs Respect Life Committee

Pro-Life Forum

Click on the picture to hear a recap of the opening talk of the evening on Radio Maria.

Follow Holy Martyrs Respect Life on FACEBOOK


 

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Father Peter Damian

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Holy Land Pilgrimage June 2017

Space is still available!

For more information, call the Rectory 215-884-8575.


 

From Catholicphilly.com        re: the recent leaked emails concerning the attempts to undermine the Catholic Church

About Those Unthinking, Backward Catholics

by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap.

Back in 2008, in the weeks leading up to the Obama-McCain presidential election, two young men visited me in Denver. They were from Catholics United, a group describing itself as committed to social-justice issues. They voiced great concern at the manipulative skill of Catholic agents for the Republican Party. And they hoped my brother bishops and I would resist identifying the Church with single-issue and partisan (read: abortion) politics.

It was an interesting experience. Both men were obvious flacks for the Obama campaign and the Democratic Party — creatures of a political machine, not men of the Church; less concerned with Catholic teaching than with its influence. And presumably (for them), bishops were dumb enough to be used as tools, or at least prevented from helping the other side. Yet these two young men not only equaled but surpassed their Republican cousins in the talents of servile partisan hustling. Thanks to their work, and activists like them, American Catholics helped to elect an administration that has been the most stubbornly unfriendly to religious believers, institutions, concerns and liberty in generations.

I never saw either young man again. The cultural damage done by the current White House has — apparently — made courting America’s bishops unnecessary.

But bad can always get worse. I’m thinking, of course, of the contemptuously anti-Catholic emails exchanged among members of the Clinton Democratic presidential campaign team and released this week by WikiLeaks. A sample: Sandy Newman, president of Voices for Progress, emailed John Podesta, now the head of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, to ask about whether “the bishops opposing contraceptive coverage” could be the tinder for a revolution. “There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages [sic] dictatorship,” Newman writes.

Of course, Newman added, “This idea may just reveal my total lack of understanding of the Catholic Church, the economic power it can bring to bear against nuns and priests who count on it for their maintenance.” Still, he wondered, how would one “plant the seeds of a revolution”? John Podesta replied, “We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this … likewise Catholics United” (emphasis added).

Another Clinton-related email, from John Halpin of the Center for American Progress, mocks Catholics in the so-called conservative movement, especially converts: “They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy.” In a follow-up, he adds, “They can throw around ‘Thomistic’ thought and ‘subsidiarity’ and sound sophisticated because no one knows what … they’re talking about.”

On the evening these WikiLeaks emails were released, I received the following angry email myself, this one from a nationally respected (non-Catholic) attorney experienced in church-state affairs:

I was deeply offended by the [Clinton team] emails, which are some of the worst bigotry by a political machine I have seen. [A] church has an absolute right to protect itself when under attack as a faith and church by civil political forces. That certainly applies here. . .

 

Over the last eight years, there has been strong evidence that the current administration, with which these people share values, has been very hostile to religious organizations. Now there is clear proof that this approach is deliberate and will accelerate if these actors have any continuing, let alone louder, say in government. “These bigots are actively strategizing how to shape Catholicism not to be Catholic or consistent with Jesus’ teachings, but to be the ‘religion’ they want. They are, at the very core, trying to turn religion to their secular view of right and wrong consistent with their politics. This is fundamentally why the Founders left England and demanded that government not have any voice in religion. Look where we are now. We have political actors trying to orchestrate a coup to destroy Catholic values, and they even analogize their takeover to a coup in the Middle East, which amplifies their bigotry and hatred of the Church. I had hoped I would never see this day — a day like so many dark days in Eastern Europe that led to the death of my [Protestant minister] great-grandfather at the hands of communists who also hated and wanted to destroy religion.”

Of course it would be wonderful for the Clinton campaign to repudiate the content of these ugly WikiLeaks emails. All of us backward-thinking Catholics who actually believe what Scripture and the Church teach would be so very grateful.

In the meantime, a friend describes the choice facing voters in November this way: a vulgar, boorish lout and disrespecter of women, with a serious impulse-control problem; or a scheming, robotic liar with a lifelong appetite for power and an entourage riddled with anti-Catholic bigots.

In a nation where “choice” is now the unofficial state religion, the menu for dinner is remarkably small.

 

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Launch of Project Rachel

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Click to view the Press Conference


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View the Video of Holy Martyrs Church Groundbreaking Ceremony

 


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The Study of the Sacred Scriptures

Listen to the archives of Father Peter Damian speaking with Father Jason Kulczynski about the Sacred Scriptures on Aim High, on Radio Maria:

Introduction to the Study of Sacred Scripture   –   Part I

The Study of Sacred Scripture  –  Part 2

Sacred Scripture – Part 3

Sacred Scripture – Part 4

Sacred Scripture – Part 5


 

Listen to the interview on the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy with Meghan Cokeley, Director of the Office for the New Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, on Aim High on Radio Maria HERE

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Catholic Radio in our area!

Click on the images to listen online.

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Click here to read the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis:

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Read the Letter Proclaiming the Jubilee Year of Mercy by Pope Francis

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Sincere thanks to Archbishop Charles Chaput for allowing us to bring the Altar on which Pope Francis offered Mass on the Parkway in Philadelphia in September 2015 to Holy Martyrs Catholic Church in Oreland, Pa.   

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Click on the image above for images of moving the Altar to our church.


Vocation Videos Produced by Joyful Films

View more films at   www.joyfulfilms.com

Visit the Office for Vocations to the Priesthood of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at

www.heedthecall.org

Father Stephen DeLacy, Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, describes the new vocation Initiative of the Archdiocese titled, Called by Name, in the following video

 

In this Vocation initiative, you are asked to submit the name of someone whom you believe would be a good candidate to consider the Priesthood.  Forms for this purpose may be found in the pews and at the Church entrances.  Considerations and instructions are on the cards.  Completed cards may be placed in the collection at Mass or in the votive candle offering boxes in the Church, or may be forwarded to the Rectory.  For more information, view the video above or log on to heedthecall.org.

 


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Holy Martyrs Catholic Church is the home of the

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National Center of the Universal Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena in the United States

visit our website at   www.philomenafamilyusa.com

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Visit the following links for News of the Catholic Church and Church Documents 

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MEMORIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Click here for information about Memorial Donations to Holy Martyrs Church

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The triumphant Lamb of God, inspiration of the victorious Martyrs.


For information about the

Traditional Latin Mass in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

The Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite

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www.latinmassphila.org


 

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