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Philadelphia - Lower Bucks County, PA

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Fourth of July Parade in Southampton, PA

September 19, 2019


Upper Southampton township has had a Fourth of July for many decades, and our parish church happens to be along the parade route, so for the second year in a row, our team sezzzt up the stand in front of the church entrance.  Nancy, Don and I took turns standing by the A frame sign and walking through the crowds lining the street, and had the opportunity to share our faith with fellow parishioners and others attending the parade.  One of our first encounters was with a woman who had stopped by last year, and she eagerly requested more medals and rosaries for her family.   Other Catholics asked us about our ministry, and we explained how we work in other parts of the Philadelphia archdiocese to evangelize and re-evangelize the community.  In the space of 90 minutes, we distributed dozens of crucifixes, rosaries, religious medals and pamphlets.  It was particularly heartening to see how many younger people were eager to get a religious medal, and it gave us the chance to explain why Catholics wear sacramentals.
Please keep in prayer the following intentions that were brought to our attention:
  • George, who passed away last week in nearby Newtown.
  • Scott, who is healing from metastatic pancreatic cancer, which is appears to be almost in remission at this point
  • Leo, whose foot is slowly healing.
  • Mark, to experience success at his job and find peace in doing it.
  • Jim, who needs knee surgery and to lose a lot of weight beforehand.
May God bless our country and keep us free to share our faith boldly!
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