We Are One Church and We Want One Church in Frankford!

Mater Dolorosa RC ChurchSt. Joachim RC ChurchThis Saturday, September 14, 4:00 PM, Mater Dolorosa RC Church will open its doors to celebrate the Feast of Our Mother of Sorrows. Who better than a mother to understand our sorrow? Who better than the mother of our dear Lord to turn to and to implore her help to reopen a Church in Frankford?

When it was announced that both St. Joachim and Mater Dolorosa Catholic Churches would be closing, to say that there was great disbelief in our community would be an understatement. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia can always make up contrived reasons for their actions but doing so doesn’t justify those actions.

As each parishioner was trying to make sense of the closing two neighborhood churches – Mater Dolorosa established in 1911 and St. Joachim in 1844, many asked questions and sought answers as to how this event came to pass. It has been 2 1/2 months since these churches were closed. That’s not a long time when one’s memories are much, much longer. So where are we now?

St. Joachim parishioners grouped together and formed Keep the Faith in Frankford. This name is really dual-purposed – to reopen one of our Catholic Churches and to use our faith to help Frankford become an even better place to be. St. Joachim filed an appeal to the Vatican as allowed under Canon Law. However, this can be a long and arduous process with no guarantee of success. Our overriding goal is to have a Catholic Church in Frankford as we have had for over 169 years.

To achieve that, it is time to unite and to bridge any divisions between us! If we truly want a Catholic Church in Frankford we need to stand together, to show the fire and strength of our faith and to act with the belief that God can accomplish all things if we are willing to let Him work through us! It is not easy to do this but we have been blessed with an opportunity to show that our faith doesn’t reside in these church buildings but in our God and in each other as we Live Jesus!

We must make this effort, not just for ourselves, but for our ancestors who passed on the faith to us and who believed in the goodness of God even during the darkest of times. We

(l-r) Pat Smiley, Shannon and David Harris

(l-r) Pat Smiley, Shannon and David Harris

must do it for our children, our grandchildren and all who will come after us.

Following his visit to Brasil for World Youth Day, the Pope shared the following words during his Sunday Papal Audience:

“the encounter with the living Jesus, in the great family that is the Church, fills the heart with joy, because it fills it with true life, a profound goodness that does not pass away or decay.”

We are family and the joy that Jesus gives us is lasting and cannot be taken away! Let us join together this Sunday as one family to celebrate our God and our faith! God bless you!





St. Joachim Frames of Faith Fundraiser

IMG_2650Cherish the memories you have of St. Joachim and at the same time be part of the reason St. Joachim reopens so that you will make new memories, too!

Framed and unframed pictures of the beautiful church, statues and grounds are now available! All funds raised will go toward the appeal fund to reopen our church and have a Catholic presence in Frankford once again! Our appeal is being currently reviewed! Your prayers and monetary support matter greatly!

Sizes & donations are as follows:

#1. Any unframed 4×6 or 5×7 prints available for a $3 donation

#2. Any framed 4×6 or 5×7 prints available for a $10 donation

#3  Two picture collage frame with 4×6 pictures for a $20 donation

#4. Three picture collage frame with 4×6 pictures for a $30 donation

#5. Four picture collage frame with 4×6 pictures for a $35 donation

We have included samples of the collage frames created. Any picture can be ordered for any frame! Create your own personalized photo treasury! Great for gifts!

To order:

Take note of the numbers of the pictures you would like. Framed or unframed?

Choose your size of frame or collage frame and take note of the numbers of the pictures you would like.

Please call Pat Smiley at 215.537.0659 or email patsmiley1@gmail.com to place your order. Please allow 2 to 4 weeks for delivery of order. Your donation will be collected at time of delivery. We accept cash or checks. Please make checks payable to Pat Smiley. Visit one of our weekly meetings at St. Mark’s Church, 4442 Frankford Avenue, Wednesdays at 6:30 PM, to place your order directly.

Thank you for your support to Keep the Faith in Frankford! Please note that we support and want one Catholic Church in Frankford. St. Joachim has filed an official appeal that is funded totally by your contributions. God bless you!