Helping Others to have a “Joy-Filled Marriage”
Key to preparing couples for marriage in the Catholic Church is the witness of married couples who are living a joy-filled marriage. The Archdiocese and Ascension Press are sponsoring a training session for couples and individuals involved in or interested in serving in the “Pre-Cana” ministry within the parish. If you are interested in this training and sharing the richness of our Catholic faith and teaching regarding the Sacrament of Marriage with those preparing for this vocation, please contact Father Forlano at 215.855.3133, extension 111 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. The training will be offered on Saturday, October 25 from 9 am to 5 pm at St. Maria Goretti Pariah, 1601 Derstine Road, in Hatfield. For more information or to register for the training please visit www.regonline.com/philatraining. If you have questions, please contact Janene Montlouis at email@example.com or 484.875.4550, ext. 204.
Bereavement Ministry News
The Bereavement Ministry will be offering an 8-week support group at 7 pm in the Parish Center on Thursday evenings beginning September 18 for anyone who is grieving the death of a loved one. The program offers information about the grief process and gives an opportunity to share thoughts and feelings in an understanding setting. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to sign up, please call Mary Coakley at 215.646.4192.
Charismatic Prayer Group
This group meets at 7 pm on the 4th Tuesday of the month, September through July in the Parish Center Chapel. We gather to praise the Lord, using the gifts He’s given us. We sing, praise and pray for the Church, our nation, and our own needs. Frequently after our meetings we will pray over individuals requesting that. BYOBible and a friend. Our next meeting is September 16, 2014.
What is the R.C.I.A.? More than you thought!
Do you know anybody who is attracted to Catholicism or has been seeking answers to the restlessness in their heart, grappling with the most important questions like, “why am I here?” and “what is the purpose of my life?” Are you a non-Catholic spouse or friend of a Catholic and have ever considered becoming Catholic? Were you baptized or received First Holy Communion but never Confirmed? The R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) addresses the most fundamental questions that arise from the human experience while providing an introduction to the Catholic faith for persons inquiring about or desiring to become Catholic. The course may also serve as instruction and formation in the faith for adult Catholics who lack any of the sacraments. The course is less about doctrine or catechism and more about learning to grow in friendship with Christ through reading of Sacred Scripture, participation in the Mass as a personal encounter with Christ, and a shared journey within the community of the Church. Sessions take place Wednesday evenings at the Parish Center from 7:30 to 9 pm beginning in September and extending through the Easter season. Questions or inquiries can be directed to Fr. Forlano at 215.855.3133 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If any of your family members or friends have left the practice of their Catholic faith, suggest they check out www.catholicscomehome.org. It’s a painless way to evangelize – and an effective way for those who have left the Church to rethink their decision. St. Stanislaus has a “Landings” program for those who want to investigate returning. Please call 215.855.3133 to learn about sessions that are held in the comfortable non-threatening setting of parishioners’ homes.
Parish Reading Room
The Reading Room is located on the chapel level just outside the chapel, above the Katharine Drexel Chapel. There is a wide selection of materials – books, videos and DVD’s. Topics include Spirituality, Prayer, Scripture, Women’s Topics, biographies, children’s and many more. The Reading Room will be open after daily and Sunday Mass only. Come on Sunday after Mass and take home some Catholic reading or viewing material to make this Lent a more spiritual time. Click here for a listing of reading materials available in the library.