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 


The Month of October is Dedicated to

the Most Holy Rosary of Our Blessed Lady



Queen of the Most Holy Rosary,
and tender Mother of all people,
I consecrate myself to your Immaculate Heart,
and recommend to you my family, my country,
and the whole human race.
Please accept my consecration, dearest Mother,
and use me as you wish, to accomplish
your designs upon the world.
O Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Queen of Heaven and earth, rule over me,
and teach me how to allow the Heart of Jesus
to rule and triumph in me and around me,
as it has ruled and triumphed in you.


Venerable Servant of God Father Michael J. McGivney is to be beatified on Saturday, October 31 at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford, CT.  Father McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus in 1882 with Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism as the guiding principles.  Now two million members strong, the Knights of Columbus serve local parishes and communities around the world.  As we celebrate this historic event, please join in asking Blessed Michael McGivney for his intercession and praying for his eventual canonization.  
For more information, go to “KofC.org” and watch the video on the McGivney Miracle Baby. Please also consider joining the “Fr. Michael J. McGivney Guild” to share in the mission of making known his life and work, and to encourage devotion to Blessed Michael McGivney.
If interested, please visit guild@kofc.org and join.




Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco,

offers Traditional Latin Pontifical Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary

at Holy Martyrs


” The Greatest Showman” starring Hugh Jackman.

Saturday, November 7th, 2020            7:00 PM

$5.00 per person   $10.00 a family

Socially Distant Outdoor Event. Bring your own chairs. Food available for purchase from Fry’s Catering. Food service begins at 5:30 PM.     Go to Fryscatering.com to order food selection. Pick up an order form on the porch of the rectory for Movie Night Reservations!

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Famous FRITZ’S Sticky Buns  $10.00 for 1/2 dozen

Choice of: Plain — Walnut — Raisin — Walnut & Raisin mixed — Cream Cheese Iced

All Orders must be received by November 13; with Pick Up the weekend of November 21 & 22 after any weekend Mass. Order forms are available on the porch of the rectory and in the church vestibules. 

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Parish Lottery Calendar Fundraiser

Calendars were mailed to your home.  If you do not wish to participate, please return your calendar to the parish office or place it in the collection baskets so that someone else may purchase it.



Visit Our Parish Shrines

Take a walk . . .  de-stress . . .  take time to pray

and let our parish grounds be a source of peace and comfort for you.

Take advantage of the many outdoor shrines and prayer spaces on our Parish grounds, especially the new Crucifix Shrine at the corner of Allison and Ulmer.  The Shrine, which is typical of wayside shrines seen in many European countries, was constructed by Michael Matthews of our parish as his Eagle Scout Project.  Landscaping, and the blessing and dedication, will be planned in the Fall.

We are grateful to be the recipients of this beautiful gift.


The Monument to the Veterans of the Armed Services.

Monument to the Unborn
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Unborn, pray for us.

The Mary Garden

Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us.

Saint Therese of Lisieux, pray for us.

Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs, pray for us.


The Celebration of the Sacred Liturgy at the Current Time

• The dispensation from attendance at Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation continues until further notice.
• Although the obligation to participate at Mass in person on Sundays is dispensed at this time, there is no dispensation from the Commandment to Keep the the Lord’s Day Holy, with prayer and reflection, along with the viewing of a live streamed celebration of Mass whenever possible.
• Those who are sick or compromised due to health conditions are not to come to church. Likewise, those who are at risk are not to exercise liturgical ministries.


• All public areas of the church are regularly sanitized following each gathering.

• Everyone (except those 2 years of age and younger) attending Mass must wear a face covering from the time they enter the church building until AFTER they leave. The face covering should completely cover the nose, mouth and chin. Liturgical Ministers do not wear a mask while they exercise their particular ministry.
• The face covering should be removed for the reception of Holy Communion. Please follow the arrows on the floor and on the pews           for the direction of the Communion procession.

• A social distance of at least six feet all around a person should be maintained at all times. Be particularly aware of keeping this distance when approaching for Holy Communion.
• Social distancing is to be observed between members of different households. But families, members of the same household, do not need to observe distancing among themselves .


Churches in Pennsylvania may be occupied up to 75% at this time, however keeping a social distance of six feet lowers the percentage of space able to be occupied.


The Sacred Liturgy is to be celebrated, as always, according to what is prescribed in the liturgical books as directed to the worship of Almighty God.

• Liturgical singing should be kept to a minimum. The Entrance Chant (The Introit), Responsorial Psalm, Verse Before the Gospel, Holy, Holy, The Mystery of Faith, Great Amen, and Communion Chant represent the minimum of sung parts. These Proper parts are the norm for any celebration of Mass, though they have often been replaced by hymns. During this time we have had the opportunity throughout the church to restore these Proper parts of the Mass.
• Instrumental music may be used for preludes and postludes, for the Offertory, and the Recessional.
• The exchange of the Sign of Peace, which is always merely optional, is to be omitted. This sign must never be a wave, or peace sign. The presentation of the Gifts at the Offertory is also omitted.
• Typically, only a cantor and instrumentalist should be used. Quartets and small choirs may be possible depending on the placement of the choir.
• Hymnals or Missalettes are not be used. Single use worship aids are permitted for one time use. A leaflet will be available at the church entrances with the chants for Mass – please take it with you when you leave.
• Holy water fonts will remain empty for now.








Watch your email for our weekly Newsletter.  If you know someone who is not receiving the messages, and would like to, please remind them to send their email address to holymartyrschurch@gmail.com

Please also check in with our parish FACEBOOK pages – Church, Respect Life, and Carnival – for more information and spiritual reflections and prayers.

Also don’t forget to visit our parish website www.holymartyrschurch.org for information and updates.  There you can access the weekly digital Parish Bulletin.

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Listen in this Monday to In His Sign Catholic Radio Network  WTMR  800AM   at 4:00pm
I will be the guest of Ann McGlone on her show Thy Will Be Done,  for stories of St. Philomena,  as well as my collection of Sacred Relics.   www.inhissign.com   In His Sign Catholic Radio Network, Thy Will Be Done.   Don’t miss it!!!!!

You can also tune in each Friday at 11 AM Eastern  for AIM HIGH on Radio Maria   www.radiomaria.us   hosted  by Father Jason Kulczynski.   Each show is normally broadcast for two consecutive weeks.  

Radio Maria is available in our area on the website  www.radiomaria.us   or the Radio Maria App which can be downloaded for free at their website www.radiomaria.us    You can also listen to the Archives of most of the broadcasts of shows from the past 8 years.

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RELEVANT RADIO  – www.relevantradio.com      Also in our area at 640am on the radio

Bringing Christ to the World through the Media
Join all of the hosts who bring news and information, prayers and Devotions throughout the day.

Mass is broadcast daily at 1:00pm Eastern
The Family Rosary Across America at 8:00pm Eastern

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You can click on the following image to link to Holy Martyrs Parish E-giving.



PRAYER to Saint Joseph, Protector of the Universal Church
Composed by Pope Leo XIII in 1889

Let us pray

To you, O blessed Joseph,
do we come in our tribulation,
and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse,
we confidently invoke your patronage also.

Through that charity which bound you
to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God
and through the paternal love
with which you embraced the Child Jesus,
we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance
which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood,
and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.

O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family,
defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ;
O most loving father, ward off from us
every contagion of error and corrupting influence;
O our most mighty protector, be kind to us
and from heaven assist us
in our struggle with the power of darkness.

As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril,
so now protect God’s Holy Church
from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity;
shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection,
so that, supported by your example and your aid,
we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness,
and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven.





Most Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church,
you are the fairest fruit of God’s redeeming love;
you sing of the Father’s mercy
and accompany us with a mother’s love.
In this time of pandemic we come to you,
our sign of sure hope and comfort.

Today we renew the act of consecration and entrustment carried out by those who have gone before us.

Archbishop Gomez: With the love of a Mother and Handmaid, embrace our nation which we entrust and consecrate once again to you, together with ourselves and our families.

A Bishop for his diocese: With the love of a Mother and Handmaid, embrace this diocese which we entrust and consecrate once again to you, together with ourselves and our families.

A Pastor for his parish: With the love of a Mother and Handmaid, embrace this parish which we entrust and consecrate once again to you, together with ourselves and our families.

Families, groups, or individuals: With the love of a Mother and Handmaid, embrace us as we renew our consecration to you, together with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

In a special way we commend to you
those particularly in need of your maternal care.

Mary, Health of the Sick,
sign of health, of healing, and of divine hope for the sick,
we entrust to you all who are infected with the coronavirus.

Mary, Mother of Consolation,
who console with a mother’s love all who turn to you,
we entrust to you all those who have lost loved ones in the pandemic.

Mary, Help of Christians,
who come to our rescue in every trial,
we entrust to your loving protection all caregivers.

Mary, Queen and Mother of Mercy,
who embrace all those who call upon your help in their distress,
we entrust to you all who are suffering in any way from the pandemic.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom,
who were so wonderfully filled with the light of truth,
we entrust to you all who are working to find a cure to this pandemic.

Mary, Mother of Good Counsel,
who gave yourself wholeheartedly to God’s plan for the renewing of all things in Christ,
we entrust to you all leaders and policymakers.

Accept with the benevolence of a Mother
the act of consecration that we make today with confidence,
and help us to be your Son’s instruments
for the healing and salvation of our country and the world.

Mary, Mother of the Church,
you are enthroned as queen at your Son’s right hand:
we ask your intercession for the needs of our country,
that every desire for good may be blessed and strengthened,
that faith may be revived and nourished,
hope sustained and enlightened,
charity awakened and animated;
guide us, we pray, along the path of holiness.

Mary our Mother, bring everyone under your protection
and entrust everyone to your beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.


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May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil,
and bring us to everlasting life.





Photos of Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament











Please visit the Parish FACEBOOK pages for more information and spiritual reflections.



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 ‘Urbi et Orbi’ Blessing

“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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The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available on Saturdays from 3:30 – 4:00 pm on the Rectory Side Porch.

This will allow for the required Social Distancing as well as effective ventilation.

The Parish Office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 4:00pm. Please wear a mask when visiting the parish office.  You may also conduct parish business through email at holymartyrschurch@gmail.com or by phone 215-884-8575. 

Thank you for your support and continued dedication in these challenging times.

Let us continue to pray for all those suffering as a result of the corona virus and all those working to halt the spread of this disease.



The Daily Mass Readings are available at the U.S. Bishops website    www.usccb.org  


Live stream Mass from the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia at 11am on Sundays – click on the above picture.


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You can watch the Mass on TV or online via one of the following:

Channel 6, WPVI TV – ABC
Sunday mornings at 5:30 AM

National Catholic Broadcasting Channel

EWTN – Daily Mass at 8 AM

The Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul will livestream the 11 am Mass on Sunday at www.archphila.org


If you are unable to attend Mass in person you can make a spiritual Communion.

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.



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The Veil Removed

The Veil Removed is a short film that reveals the coming together of heaven and earth at Mass,

as seen by saints and mystics, revealed by scripture and in the catechism of the Catholic Church.

Click on the picture above


On Sunday, March 1, at the Rite of Election at the Cathedral-Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Archbishop Nelson Perez welcomed Tran Nguyen of our parish, and all those preparing to receive the Sacraments of Initiation; Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist.

Pictured above is Loc Li, Tran Nguyen, the Elect of our parish, Archbishop Nelson J. Perez, and Terry Melanson, R.C.I.A coordinator of Holy Martyrs Church.

Please keep Tran in your prayers, that she will continue to be strengthened by God’s love and learn to know and follow Christ faithfully in His Holy Catholic Church.




Learning to Experience God at Mass – Fr. Scott Borgman



The Veil Removed

The Veil Removed is a short film that reveals the coming together of heaven and earth at Mass,

as seen by saints and mystics, revealed by scripture and in the catechism of the Catholic Church.

Click on the picture above


O Mary Conceived without Sin, Pray for us who have recourse to Thee.


      For information on planning a Baptism at Holy Martyrs Church click this link

The Sacred Role of Godparents

click on the picture to view video


For more information on choosing a Godparent for Baptism click this link

Keep up with the news at


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A Message From the


Reviving Confession


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How Father Jason Kulczynski Became Known as the ‘Relic Priest’


   Holy Martyrs Respect Life Committee

Meetings on the Third Wednesday of the Month at 6:00pm

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

Follow Holy Martyrs Respect Life on FACEBOOK





Visit the “News & Events” page for additional pictures.


If you would like to include the name of a Veteran of the Armed Services, living or deceased, or make a donation please contact the Church Office at 215-884-8575. Thank you.

Thank you to our donors and volunteers . . .

and to our Veterans.

For information about the

Traditional Latin Mass in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

The Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite




Tuesday, 19 March 2019 – 7:00 pm Missa Cantata on the Feast of St. Joseph

SUNG MASS in the Traditional Latin Rite
19 March 2019 – 7:00 pm

Celebrant: Rev. Jason Kulczynski
Pastor of Holy Martyrs Catholic Church

Homilist: Rev. Carl Gismondi, FSSP
Pastor of St. Mary Church, Conshohocken

with the Schola Cantorum Philadelphiensis


The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

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Brian Holdsworth on Reverence at the Sacred Liturgy

It’s an amazing fact that we can carry on with the day to day affairs of our lives without giving a second thought to the immensity of our universe and the incomprehensible forces that explode and contract within it.



Allowing children to skip Mass is like letting them not brush their teeth, theologian tells parents

Click to link to the article



How to Receive the Eucharist

An Instructional Video provided by the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon


Grotto in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary

We wish to thank Sean O’Brien who built and donated the new Grotto in honor of the Blessed Virgin, in memory of his mother, Savilla O’Brien, and in honor of all mothers who overcome many obstacles for the good of their families.



For information on GOOD SHEPHERD REGIONAL SCHOOL  go to our News and Events page.



Click on the images to listen online.

Relevant Radio 640AM

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Domestic Church Media




Online at radiomaria.us


The Office of Youth and Young Adults for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia exists to reveal the real person of Jesus, to help people discover their identity in Him, and to assure everyone that they belong in His Church.

Click below to check out their new website:

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary

Please pray for all seminarians as they study and continue on their journey to the priesthood.

Visit http://heedthecall.org/poster/ for information about our Seminarians.



 Visit the News & Events page for more information about the

Blessed Virgin Mary Shrine and the St. Joseph Shrine


Thank you to our generous benefactors, craftsmen, volunteers, and Donors.

If you would like to make a donation toward this installation in memory of, or in honor of,  a loved one, please contact the Parish Office

Holy Martyrs is the home of the Martin Saints Classical Catholic High School

An Independant Private Catholic School in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Listen theInterview about the new school with Deacon Christopher Roberts on Aim High on Radio Maria   HERE


Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs, Pray for us


Traditional Latin Mass – April 5, 2017


The Faithful Traveler on EWTN . . .

For Information click on the picture.


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.


          Archdiocese of PhiladelphiaLaunch of Project Rachel

Healing for those who suffer from the pain of Abortion


Click to view the Press Conference

View the Video of Holy Martyrs Church Groundbreaking Ceremony


The Study of the Sacred Scriptures

Fr. Peter Damian (2)

Listen to Father Peter Damian 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

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


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

visit our website at   www.philomenafamilyusa.com

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


The Vatican


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News Agency  – The World seen from Rome


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Click here for information about Memorial Donations to Holy Martyrs Church


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