33 Days to Morning Glory
As Catholics we are called to a life of Holiness. We are called to be saints(1Thessalonians 4:3). Do you want to transform your work, your marriage, your family, and your life, but don’t have time? Looking for the quickest, surest, and easiest way to holiness, but don’t know where to begin? Your prayers have been answered! 33 Days to Morning Glory is a six week retreat that will prepare you for Marian Consecration. Each week we’ll individually read about and reflect on four great Marian giants: St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa and Blessed John Paul II. They will teach us the secrets to drawing closer to the Heart of Jesus through the Heart of Mary. If you are looking for a simple way to be spiritually renewed, develop a deeper relationship with Our Merciful Savior, and grow in holiness, join us for 33 Days to Morning Glory. We will meet on Mondays beginning on September 8 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. If you are interested in participating you must register by August 25 so materials can be ordered. Contact Eileen McKeron at 215.368.5590 to register.
“Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus”
There will be a presentation of the “GIFT” (Growing in Faith Together) program on Tuesday, September 9, at 7:30 pm in the lobby meeting room of the St. Stanislaus Parish Center. Join parishioner Tony Bellitto as he shares his experiences from his recent Pilgrimage to the Holy Lands in Israel. Come experience a virtual tour through pictures, as Tony describes what it was like to visit the holiest places in our Catholic faith. You’ll see the site of Jesus’ crucifixion, Christ’s empty tomb, the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, the place of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, the baptism site in the Jordan River, Peter’s house in Capernaum, the site of the first miracle at Cana, the Sea of Galilee, the Mount of Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, the site of the Annunciation in Nazareth, as well as Jericho, and the Dead Sea. Watch the Bible scenes come to life through a travelogue of photos.
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 25, 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 email@example.com.
R.C.I.A. “Team Members” wanted! The model that Jesus gave us for passing on the faith – our relationship with Him – is not through the Catechism and a set of moral norms, but by “sharing life” with others. Jesus didn’t say, ““read this” or “learn this” but “Come and see” and “follow me” (John 1: 39, 43). The disciples came to discover the meaning of their lives and that Jesus was the Savior through the experience of their friendship with Him and by staying with Him even when they didn’t understand what Jesus was saying. Jesus continues to attract and form disciples through this same method today through His mystical body, the Church. What is needed are not teachers but witnesses – people who demonstrate by their “way” of life that their relationship with Christ is what gives life, all of life, “life” – fullness, meaning, purpose, and direction. If you are interested in journeying with those who have become awakened by an encounter with Christ or are seeking a way, for yourself, to be renewed in your own relationship with the Lord and to see Him alive in the Church, please consider joining the R.C.I.A. “Team”. Please contact Fr. Forlano at 215-855-3133 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.