We go through each day replenishing our bodies with food and drink, being sure to get in at least three meals a day. What many have failed to do, is replenish the soul. Our bodies are temporary and no matter how much we exercise, eat, diet and make them over, they will be dust. Our soul is eternal and lives on forever. Which do you think is the priority?
Please join us as we journey on the path of salvation. St. Thomas the Apostle offers many spiritual opportunities for you to deepen your walk and knowledge of Jesus. We will offer a different spiritual ministry each month that may speak to your heart. If one or more grabs your attention, please give it a chance by trying it. The Holy Spirit speaks to us continuously and by many different paths. It could be through a friend, enemy, holy Scripture, a spiritual book or one of these ministries. Begin now by asking God to give you ears to hear His Spirit speak to you.
Are you looking for something inspiring to do as a family?
The National Shrine of
Our Lady of Czestochowa
654 Ferry Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
According to tradition, it is believed that Saint Luke the Evangelist is the original artist of this painting in which Mary is depicted holding the Christ Child.
In 1430 a devastating attack on the Polish Shrine resulted in tragic losses and the damaging of the holy picture. To this very day, despite the attempts to repair the damage, the slashes on the face of the Virgin Mary are still visible.
In 1918 pilgrimages to the Polish Shrine grew in number and size. As World War II ended, a nation devastated by the scourges of war drew new strength and courage from the Shrine to rebuild and recover from the war.
In 1966 the celebration of Poland’s 1,000 years of Christianity took place and the nation was consecrated to Mary. Devotion to the Mother of God continues from the Shrine at Jasna Gora today, inspiriting such leading figures as the late Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski and Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, the late Pope John Paul II.
Polish people living in America united in building a magnificent Shrine in honor of Our Lady of Czestochowa at Doylestown. The American Czestochowa was completed and dedicated in 1966 in conjunction with Poland’s celebration of 1,000 years of Poland’s baptism as a Christian nation. The Shrine church is built in a modern and impressive style. The main entrance to the Shrine Church brings visitors into a large vestibule filled with memorials – three walls of bronze plaques placed for Shrine benefactors and their loved ones and one marble wall that displays commemorative plaques and urns, tributes to honor the memory of events and famous persons in the history of Poland.
The Shrine complex has many outdoor prayer areas for pilgrims including outdoor Stations of the Cross.
For information regarding the times and directions to the Shrine, visit www.czestochowa.us or call 215-345-0600.
Prayer: Jesus, rearrange my priorities. Help me to live a little bit more like you each day. Help me to trust in Your Divine Providence by freely and generously giving to those in need and supporting my parish.