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.

Labor Day Schedule
On Monday, September 1, Labor Day, Mass will be celebrated at 9 am in the Church. This will be the only Mass of the day. Parish Offices will be closed.

“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.

Play Group
Come and Play! Saint Stanislaus Playgroup welcomes infants, children and their parents and grandparents to play and do fun activities together. Little People Playgroup meets on most Wednesday mornings from 9:45 to 11:30 am in the Parish Center. Playgroup will begin Wednesday, September 10. To receive more information or to sign up, please contact Claire Snell at 215.896.7320 or csnell20@yahoo.com.

Children’s Liturgy
Children’s Liturgy of the Word will resume on Sunday, September 14 and will be offered during the 11 am Mass each Sunday. Children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade who wish to hear the week’s Readings and an age-appropriate homily accompany a children’s catechist and escorts to the Parish Center Chapel for this special program, rejoining the congregation at the beginning of the Liturgy of the Eucharist. For information contact Deacon Steve Vondercrone at the Parish Center.

Adult Choir
The Adult Choir, which will sing at the 9 am Mass each Sunday beginning September 14, will begin rehearsals on Thursday, September 11 at 7:30 pm in the Church choir loft. New members are always welcome! All voices needed! If you have any questions, please contact Bill Wilson at the Parish Center, 215.855.3133.

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.

 Calling all Gardeners

The Garden Group now meets on Wednesdays after the 8 am Mass and play in the dirt for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Please consider joining us in beautifying the Church grounds. There is no need to be an experienced gardener and no age limit. Our group is very small and always in need of new gardeners. For more information please call the Parish Center.

 RCIA

 RCIA
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 ststanspmf@comcast.net.

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 ststanspmf@comcast.net for more information.

Sign Up for Offertory Gift Bearers

Would you like to participate in the celebration of Mass in a more active way? You are invited to participate in the privilege of serving as Offertory Gift Bearers at the Saturday Vigil or Sunday Masses. This could be an opportunity for you to mark a special event or anniversary while participating in Mass in a deeper way. Sign up online at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4BAEAD2DAA8-offertory. This link is also on our parish website. Please select an available day and time slot that is convenient for you. You may also contact Kelly Eckert at 215.631.9969 to sign up.

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.

The St. Stanislaus Parish Legion of Mary invites you to host in your home for a week or two the statues of the Pilgrim Virgin or Sacred Heart. The Legion of Mary Group will bring one of the statues to your house and have a short installation prayer service with you and your family. Some parishioners who have hosted the Pilgrim Virgin or Sacred Heart statues in their homes have reported experiencing peace and other blessings. If interested, please call Maureen Fillenwarth at the Parish Center, 215.855.3133, for contact information.