How Can We Help?

Parish Outreach/
Nurse Ministry
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The Parish Nurse Ministry is a group of nurses in the parish volunteering their time and expertise to provide a health care ministry that assists the parish members in their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. The ministry is rooted in scripture, specifically Jesus’ command to “preach and heal the sick” (Luke 9:2). The acronym “HEALTH” is used to describe the role of the Parish Nurse:

H – Health Counselor
E – Educator
A – Advocate/Resource Person
L – Liaison to Community Services
T – Teacher of volunteers and support groups
H – Healer in mind, body, and spirit

The ministry members avail themselves to help parishioners when the need arises in any of the above areas. Education programs, health screenings, referrals, and spiritual support are our goal. Consult the parish bulletin for announcements of meetings and special programs.

To receive assistance from the ministry or to volunteer to become a member please contact Kris Ingle, RN at 215-357-4113  or by email at for

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A bereavement ministry exists as an outreach to provide comfort and support to fellow parishioners who have experienced the loss of a loved one. The members of the bereavement care team are parishioners who have received training in grief support, and share a willingness to be present with those who are grieving.

Team members contact the bereaved soon after the loss, and remain in contact to be of help throughout the first year of bereavement.

Contact our Coordinator- Lynn O’Brien, RN at  215-504-4718

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Saint Bede Prayer Chain is a group of dedicated volunteer parishioners who offer their time and daily prayer to support those in special need to weather through difficult times and life events. Whether you need prayers for yourself or loved ones with an illness, testing or entering a challenging time, or even a safe delivery for mother and child, no task is too big for our volunteers.

     To request prayers email us at  or contact the rectory (215-357-5720) and provide the name of those who are in need our prayers. We will take it from there. If you would like contact us with any updates, we appreciate that, as we share and delight in the good news, and pray more determined for those who continue to need our spiritual support.

For your request to be printed in the weekly bulletin Prayer for the Sick List and/or announced from the altar in the Sunday intercessions, you will need to contact the parish office directly – this is a separate printed listing.

How can you help? Do you have some extra time in the day? Would you like to become a “link” in our prayer chain?  We welcome anyone who can spare a few minutes to ask for God’s grace and blessings on behalf of others. All it takes is an email address, and you will be added to our email list, and receive emails with intentions on average 1 or 2 times a week. That’s it!

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”  Romans 12:12

Legion of
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The Legion of Mary is the largest apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church, with well over 3 million active members in almost every country of the world. It has been active in the United States since 1931, has been approved by the last 8 Popes, and was endorsed by the Second Vatican Council.
The main purpose of the Legion of Mary is to give glory to God through the sanctification of its members.

Members become instruments of the Holy Spirit through a balanced program of prayer and service. Works include door-to-door evangelization, parishioner visitation, prison ministry, visitation of the sick or aged, crowd contact, religious education, visiting the newly baptized, Pilgrim Virgin Statue rotations, and meeting the other spiritual needs of the parish community. Legionaries are under the guidance of a spiritual director named by the pastor. The Legion is, in essence, an extension of the heart and hands of the pastor.

Members meet once a week on Tuesday afternoons at 2:00pm in the Katharine Drexel Center for prayer, planning and discussion in a family setting. Then they do two hours of definite work each week in pairs and under the guidance of their spiritual director.

The Legion of Mary is open to all Catholics who:

  • Faithfully practice their religion;
  • Are animated by the desire to participate in the Church’s apostolate through membership in the Legion;
  • Are prepared to fulfill each and every duty which active membership in the Legion involves

The first step is to be a guest at a meeting of the Legion of Mary. Guests are always welcome and can go on one of the work assignments with an experienced member if they choose. If there is no Legion of Mary in your parish, you can participate in a group in another parish until you can start one of your own with the assistance of other Legionaries and in cooperation with the pastor.

Legion of Mary: Bernadette Casey: 215-559-1954

Men’s Faith

St. Bede Parish has starting a Men’s Faith Sharing Group, consisting of prayerful reading and discussion.

The meetings take place every Saturday morning at 7;30am, in the Drexel Center.

For more information, contact Shawn Tobin at the Religious Education Office (215-357-2130) or by email at: