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
Our Patrons – The Holy Martyrs of the Church of Rome
The Christian Martyrs Last Prayer by Leon Gerome
Holy Martyrs Respect Life Committee
Wednesday, October 16 – 7:00 pm
In the Fr. Szal Conference Room at Holy Martyrs Church
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY 2016
This year World Mission Sunday will celebrate the 90th anniversary on the weekend of October 22-23, 2016. A second collection will be taken at each Mass. Your contributions HELP Missionaries be WITNESSES OF GOD’S MERCY in 1,111 Mission Dioceses around the Globe. Remember in your prayers those who work and serve with the missionaries around the world.
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Father Peter Damian
Space is still available!
There will be an Informational Meeting on Monday, October 17, 2016
7:00 pm in the Fr. Szal Conference Room on the lower level of the Church.
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. . .
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.
View the Video of Holy Martyrs Church Groundbreaking Ceremony
Thank you to Father Peter Damian Akpunonu for the weekly Summer Scripture Study.
Listen to the archives of Father Peter Damian with Father Jason Kulczynski on Aim High, on Radio Maria:
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
Catholic Radio in our area!
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Click here to read the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis:
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.
Click on the image above for pictures of moving the Altar to our church.
Vocation Videos Produced by Joyful Films
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Visit the Office for Vocations to the Priesthood of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at
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.
Holy Martyrs Catholic Church is the home of the
National Center of the Universal Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena in the United States
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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