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FORMED is an exciting new website, where St. Stanislaus parishioners can access the best programs, movies, audio talks, and e-books to deepen their relationships with Christ and His Church. If offers amazing Faith Formation at the parish and in an engaging style with the best Catholic teachers, authors, and speakers, on-demand, 24/7.  Watch the FORMED preview by clicking the formed banner above . . . 

How to access FORMED:

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2016 CATHOLIC CHARITIES APPEAL

Click on the headline above to read the Press Release!

This year’s Appeal answers Pope Francis’ call to serve those in need with an expanded vision and increased goal


Pope Francis’ Prayer Intentions for July, 2016:

Join Pope Francis in prayer for the intentions he entrusted to the Church. For July 2016, we join the Holy Father in praying for:

 Indigenous Peoples: That indigenous peoples, whose identity and very existence are threatened, will be shown due respect.

Latin America and the Caribbean: That the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, by means of her mission to the continent, may announce the Gospel with renewed vigor and enthusiasm.


 

Bishop Chaput Issues Pastoral Guidelines

When the Apostolic Exhortation on Love in the Family was released in April, 2016, Bishop Chaput wrote in his weekly column on the on-line Standard and Times:

Like his earlier text Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”), Francis’ post-synodal thoughts on the family are vividly written and rich with excellent teaching, offered in a style appealingly his own.  Those seeking a change in Catholic teaching on marriage, divorce, family and sexuality will be disappointed, as headlines in the secular press have already shown.  Others may find moments in the text of Chapter 8 when the stress on pastoral sensitivity in irregular marital situations seems ambiguous in its content.

Thus, people need to understand “The Joy of Love” in the context of the large body of Catholic thought and learned wisdom that frames it.  This context will shape the response of the Church here in Philadelphia.  As Romano Guardini wrote – and recall that Guardini, one of the great Catholic scholars of the last century, is a key influence on the mind of this Pope – mercy is the higher virtue than justice.  But as Guardini also wrote, no real mercy can exist unmoored from truth.  And the truth of Christian marriage, taught by Jesus himself, is that marriage is a permanent, irrevocable covenant, with everything that implies for Catholic sacramental life.

It comes as no surprise that the Archbishop’s Guidelines for Amoris Laetitia are in line with the tradition of the Church. There was been substantial  reaction in the secular press to these Guidelines. What is everyone talking about? Read about Archbishop Chaput’s  Guidelines here. For the actual PDF version of the Guidelines for the Implementation of Amoris Laetetia click on the link.


Year of Mercy: December 8th, 2015 – November 20th, 2016

Pope Francis has called for an extraordinary Jubilee to encourage us to become more effective witnesses of God’s merciful love. The Year of Mercy began on December 8, 2015 and continues until November 20, 2016. Pope Francis has encouraged the Church to make its mission be a witness of mercy to all people.

“At times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the

Father’s action in our lives. For this reason I have proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as a special time

for the church; a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective.”

The Holy Father discusses mercy and his desires for the jubilee year in a document called Misericordiae Vultus, the official proclamation of the Year of Mercy. Follow the link to read the original text from the Vatican’s web site. How will YOU celebrate the Jubilee? The Pope asks each of us to celebrate by showing to others the mercy that God constantly extends to all of us. We can do the following concrete things to make this year spiritually fruitful:

  • Contemplate Mercy in order to see how God gives Himself to us and asks nothing in return;
  • Be attentive to the judgments and condemnations you make of others. We only see the surface actions; God sees the heart. Accept the good in every person;
  • Forgive! Is anyone less worthy of forgiveness than ourselves? Forgiveness is an act of mercy not just for the person who impacted us badly but also for ourselves as well;
  • Listen to/Study God’s Word. God is a God of mercy who mediates that throughout the pages of the bible.;
  • Go on Pilgrimage to a Holy Door in our Archdiocese. The closest one to St. Stanislaus is located at the Polish Shrine of Our Lady in the Doylestown fringes;
  • Recognize the need for mercy in the world, to the people of the world, especially the poor. Treat everyone with dignity and offer friendship;
  • Practice the “Works of Mercy.” Can’t remember them? They are etched into the windows of St. Stanislaus Church;
  • Ask God to change your heart so that God’s mercy can pour out to others through our hands, words, and actions.

 Prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee

Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
“If you knew the gift of God!”
 
You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
 
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.  
 
We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy,
you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.
Amen.