All are welcome to the next G.I.F.T. (Growing In Faith Together) program on December 10 at 7:30 pm in the Parish Center lobby meeting room. Sister Mary Anne Nolan, RSM, our presenter, will enlighten us on the “Characteristics of Graceful Aging”. As we think about growing older, we hope and desire that we will live our lives fully and gracefully until God brings us home. We want to thrive in these days, not just survive! Join us as we explore some of the ways-of-being that help us to foster this positive description of the aging process.
A spiritual director and adjunct professor in Religious Studies at Gwynedd-Mercy College, Sister Mary Anne Nolan is presently Co-Director of Mercy Spiritual Ministries, a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy which engages individuals and groups in prayer, reflection and ongoing spiritual development and which offers adult spiritual development and Faith Formation for faith communities. The scriptures, spirituality, women’s spirituality and the spirituality of aging are her abiding interests. Refreshments will follow the presentation.
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.
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 email@example.com for more information.
Charismatic Prayer Group
This group meets at 7 pm on the 4th Tuesday of the month, September through July in the Parish Cente 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. ved, build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit and keep yourselves in the love of God…” Jude v.20, 21. And a good place to continue that process? Charismatic Prayer Meetings. BYOBible and a friend. Our next meeting is October 22, 2013.
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.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.)
Meeting time: Wednesdays, 7:30 pm to 9 pm, September to June, in the Parish Center
The R.C.I.A. provides 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. Please contact Father Forlano at the Parish Center, 215.855.3133 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 Parish Reading Room Materials.