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
The Holy Martyrs of the Church of Rome – Our Patrons
pictured: The Christian Martyrs Last Prayer by Leon Gerome
As so many people have reflected, we have entered an unexpected Lenten Desert. Many people have spoken of renewed family prayer life in these days, while others are experiencing the sadness of isolation. Many of us, experiencing illness at this time are self-isolating in an abundance of caution, and charity.
Our church will be open daily from 8:00 – 9:00 am for PRIVATE Prayer, until further notice. If you have any symptoms, please do not come to the church. It has also been encouraging to see people stopping to rest and pray at our outdoor shrines. In all of this we are respectful of the abundance of the safety precautions including social distancing.
We will continue to provide on this page information and updates from the parish and the Archdiocese. There will also be provided reflections for the Lent and Easter Season. The parish also has several FACEBOOK pages which are continually updated.
There are also here links to many celebrations of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. I continue to offer Mass privately each day. In accord with the directives of the Archdiocese in these difficult times, be assured that all scheduled Mass Intentions are being fulfilled, and Mass continues to be offered on Sundays for the People of the Parish.
Thank you to everyone who has checked in on my needs in these days, and thank you especially to everyone who has continued to support Holy Martyrs Church in these difficult days. Many people have made use of the e-giving link on this page.
Please see the new information below concerning the Virtual Lenten Retreat beginning Monday, March 30th, announced by Archbishop Nelson Perez. That evening, and on each of the following evenings leading up to Palm Sunday, a video will be posted to Archbishop Pérez’s Facebook page. At that same time each night, installments will be posted to his Instagram page as well as the Archdiocesan Vimeo Channel, the Archdiocesan website, and CatholicPhilly.com, the official digital news agency of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. More information at CatholicPhilly.com
Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez Announces The Launch Of
“The Power Of Faith And Hope In A Time Of Uncertainty: A Virtual Lenten Retreat”
The six-day online retreat program is part of the ongoing pastoral and temporal response of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to the COVID-19 pandemic and offers a means for the faithful to prepare spiritually for the approach of Holy Week.
Beginning Monday, March 30th I will share a video each night at 7:00 p.m. via my Facebook page. The series will extend to Palm Sunday and will include dynamic presenters from across our Archdiocese who will bring Catholic Families closer to Christ through scripture, reflection, and prayer. Six of the videos will be in English and American Sign Language and one will be in Spanish.
Please consider participating in this upcoming Lenten Video Retreat. Give this gift of hope to yourself. Christ is hope and through Him we’re a people of hope. I’m praying for you during this time of uncertainty.”
+Nelson J. Pérez
Archbishop of Philadelphia
Sunday Mass offered for the People of Holy Martyrs Church
Click on the picture to read the text from Pope Francis’ homily for the special ‘Urbi et Orbi’
“Teacher, do you not care if we perish?”
In his homily during the worldwide moment of prayer that Pope Francis led this evening, he reflected on how Coronavirus has united us in our common humanity, as brothers and sisters.
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Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs, Pray for us
Traditional Latin Mass – April 5, 2017
The Faithful Traveler on EWTN . . .
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Exposition of Sacred Relics
On All Saints Day at Holy Martyrs and other locations
Over 100 relics of the Lord and the Saints were on display on March 29, 2017.
Students from Regina Luminis Academy visit the Exposition of Relics
Included in the collection is a relic of the Cross of our Lord, relics from Mount Calvary and the Birthplace of our Lord. Also included are relics of the Cloak of St. Joseph, St. John the Baptist, St. Philomena, St. Francis, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Charles Borromeo, St. John Neumann, St. Katharine Drexel, St. (Mother) Teresa of Calcutta, St. John Paul II, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, St. Damian of Molokai, St. Therese, Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, Servant of God Fr. Walter Ciszek, and many others.
Healing for those who suffer from the pain of Abortion
View the Video of Holy Martyrs Church Groundbreaking Ceremony
The Study of the Sacred Scriptures
Listen to Father Peter Damian on Aim High, on Radio Maria:
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 images of moving the Altar to our church.
Vocation Videos Produced by Joyful Films
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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
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.
Tuesday, April 2 — Presentation — Father Michael Shea, C.M. Mary at the Foot of the Cross
Tuesday, March 12 — Lenten Soup Supper with the Sisters of Life
Click on the pictures to link to the Sisters of Life Website