EITC Weekend Information

Gwynedd Mercy Academy Announcement for girls in    6th and 7th grade:

7th Grade Practice Test (Sat. or Sun. 4/28 or 4/29)NEW! Scholarship opportunities and Early Acceptances will be available to qualifying students! All 7th grade test takers will be invited to the Gwynedd Summit, a FREE 2-day girl empowerment workshop held in July.

Brand New! 6th Grade Practice Test (Sat. or Sun. 4/28 or 4/29) Now 6th graders can get a head start on prepping for the high school entrance test. (All materials are grade appropriate.) Information and registration available at gmahs.org/admissions


              EASTER FOOD BASKET

                 Basket Contents and Symbolism 

Butter:   This dairy product is often shaped into a lamb, reminding us of the goodness of Christ that we should have toward all things.

Easter Bread: A round rye loaf topped with a cross, symbolic of Jesus, the Bread of Life.

Horseradish: Symbolic of the Passion of Christ still in our minds, but sweetened with some sugar because of the Resurrection. (May be white or pink w/grated red beets).

Eggs and Pisanki: Indicate new life and Christ’s Resurrection from the Tomb.

Sausage: A spicy sausage of pork products, indicative of God’s favor and generosity.

Ham: Symbolic of great joy and abundance.

Smoked Bacon: A symbol of the overabundance of God’s mercy and generosity.

Salt: So necessary an element in our physical life, that Jesus used its symbolism:”You are the salt of the earth.”

Cheese: Shaped into a ball, it is the symbol of the moderation Christians should have.

Holy Water: Holy water is used to bless the home, animals, fields and also used in religious rituals throughout the year.

A Candle: Often marked like the Paschal Candle lit during the Easter Vigil, is inserted into the basket to represent Christ, Light of the World.

A colorful ribbon and sometimes sprigs of greenery are attached. The linen cover is drawn over the top and is ready for the trek to the blessing.

FATHER JUDGE HIGH SCHOOL Spring Open House:The 7th grade Practice Scholarship Test is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2019 or Sunday, April 28, 2019. Pre-register @ fatherjudge.com.

IHM Nun Run : For more information go to:  www.ihmnunrun.org Registration closes May 3rd

IHM CYO Preakness Event

Nazareth Academy High School is proud to offer a variety of summer programs this year! These programs include a
Pre-8 th Grade Summer Enrichment Program for students who will in 8 th grade beginning in the fall, Rocketry Camp,
Art Camp, and Glee Camp. The Summer Enrichment Program and camps will run between Monday, June 24 th and
Thursday, July 18 th . Nazareth also offers athletic camps, including basketball, cheer, lacrosse, soccer, softball, and
volleyball. More information and online registration is available by going to NazarethAcademyHS.org/Admissions/Summer-Programs.

Saint Basil Academy Summer Programs

Saint Basil Academy will be offering an entrance exam in the summer in conjunction with a practice course the week of June 24.  Students taking the summer entrance exam will receive early notification of scores and eligibility for academic scholarships.  The practice course will take place Monday through Wednesday from 9 AM-12 PM with the entrance exam offered on Thursday.  Register online for the course, the exam, or both: https://www.stbasilacademy.org/admissions/.

Saint Basil Academy will host summer field hockey, volleyball and soccer camps.  Camps begin June 24.  For more information and to register visit: https://www.stbasilacademy.org/athletics/summer-sports-camp/.

Questions?  Please contact Kimberley Clearkin, Director of Admissions, kclearkin@stbasilacademy.org or 215.649.9083.


Vocation Office Summer Information

Malvern Retreat House Information

Holy Week Quiet Retreat – Monday, April 15 to Easter Sunday
Directed by Fr. James McGuinn, Rector. A silent retreat during Holy Week for Men and Women. The theme is: Divine Transformation: Becoming the Person You Really Want to Be!
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 7am-12pm; afternoon reflection is optional.
Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday: special talks throughout the day.
Easter Sunday morning –no cost. 7:30 am morning prayer, 8:00 am continental breakfast, 10:00 Mass. More details are available online atwww.malvernretreat.com/events/holy-week-quiet-retreat/.
Register by calling Joanne Bouvier at 484-321-2535 orjbouvier@malvernretreat.com  One may choose the entire week or other
options. The choice is yours!
Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers– June 7-9 at Malvern Retreat House.
A retreat for men and women the theme is: “Encountering the Joy of the Lord.” As an internationally recognized speaker and retreat master, Deacon Harold will be inspiring all through this retreat filled with uplifting music, adoration, the Sacraments and quiet time. Register early atwww.malvernretreat.com
FLOURISH – June 7-9 at Malvern Retreat House Family Life Center.
A retreat for women directed by Sarah Christmyer and Heather Makowicz. Break away from the demands of life and plant yourself more deeply in the source of joy. “I Have Chosen You to Go and Bear Fruit” (John 15) is the theme for this powerful new outreach to women. Register early atwww.malvernretreat.com
Dr. Mary Healy – June 21-23 at Malvern Retreat House
A retreat for men and women. Theme is: Healing: Bringing the Gift of God’s Mercy to the World.”
Appointed by Pope Francis as one of the three women ever to service on the Pontifical Biblical Commission, Dr. Healy will assist you in the journey of asking, “Is Jesus still healing people today?” Are these healings real and do they last? Come and find out.
Fr. Larry Richards and Jesse Romero– June 28-30 at Malvern Retreat House
Fr. Richards will direct the Friday evening session and Jesse Romero will direct Saturday until Sunday morning. Theme: The Life-Changing Power of Doing God’s Will” and “Letting Jesus Set You Free.” A dynamic, two for one retreat.

WE ARE ALL CALLED – By: Fr. Tom Heron

Fr. Tom Heron was born with this refrain in his heart: “Once upon a time…” In his forty years of priesthood he could not stop telling stories of Jesus and stories about the people he came to know and love. Here is a book that will make you laugh and cry, wonder and give thanks. When you have good news, it’s hard to remain silent. Over his forty years of priesthood, Fr. Tom Heron had to tell the good news of life’s joy and, yes, sorrows. Herein are stories of the human condition, the mystery of God’s love and forgiveness, the mystery of faith and love. A good read indeed especially during the Lenten season. If you wish to purchase this book e-mail stmatthewrectory@verizon.net the cost of the book is $25. All proceeds to St. Matthew Restoration Fund.

Malvern Retreat House 11th Annual Spring Golf Classic

Please join The Malvern Retreat House for the 11th Annual Spring Golf Classic on Tuesday, May 21st at the fantastic Whitemarsh Valley CC in Lafayette Hill.  Partial proceeds will benefit the area homeless through our Malvern Cares program.  Outing includes lunch, championship golf, reception, dinner, live/silent auctions and a golfer gift.  Players/donors/sponsorship opportunities are still available!  For more information, visit: www.malvernretreat.com or contact Tara McCormick: tmccormick@malvernretreat.com