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.
Charismatic Prayer Group
Psalm 42:6 says: “Hope in God! For (we) shall again be thanking him in the presence of (our) savior & God.” Join us on Tuesday April 22, at 7 pm at our next Charismatic Prayer Meeting in the Parish Center Chapel.
Respect Life News
The Respect life Group will be hosting a bake sale on Mother’s Day weekend, May 10-11. We seek bakers and buyers to make this a success! The proceeds will benefit The Pro-Life Union of Southeastern PA and also aid in defraying the cost of bus rental for the March for Life in January 2015. Red roses will also be given to all Mothers following all Masses until the roses are all gone. As always, there will be Pro-Life materials at the Respect Life table in the parking lot along with many delicious baked items. Donated baked items may be delivered to the Parish Center on Saturday May 10 during hours of operation or brought to the bake table on Saturday evening or Sunday morning during all Masses. Thank you in advance for your continued support of Life.
May Growing In Faith Together (G.I.F.T.).
Presented by Parishioner Michael Bishop Rieg
The Cause for Sainthood of Father Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin, “The Apostle of the Alleghenies”
Join us Tuesday May 13 at 7:30 pm in the Parish Center. Michael Bishop Rieg will talk about the life of Prince-Priest Demetrius Gallitzin and Rieg’s involvement in the cause for sainthood of Father Gallitzin. Father Gallitzin was a Russian Prince who was destined for a life of royalty when he came to America and became the first priest to receive all his holy orders in the young United States. Gallitzin gave up his inheritance, his royal title and founded a Catholic community in the wilderness of Western Pennsylvania, which at the time was the only Catholic church between Lancaster, PA and St. Louis, Missouri. Gallitzin, who was a contemporary of St. John Neumann, was for 40 years a priest of the new Diocese of Philadelphia. Rieg will talk about his family’s immigration to the town that Gallitzin founded, Loretto, PA, and how Gallitzin was one of the great, early apologists and missionaries for the Catholic Church in America. Light refreshments will follow. All are welcome
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.
Music Ministry News
The Adult Choir sings at the 9 am Mass each Sunday and rehearses on Thursdays, at 7:30 pm in the Church choir loft. New members are always welcome! For contact information, please call Maureen Fillenwarth at the Parish Center.
Saint Stanislaus Children’s Choir
Our Children’s Church Choir rehearses on Thursdays from 6:15 to 7:15 pm in the choir loft. All children are invited to participate – all grades welcome! Practices are most Thursday evenings. The Children’s Choir sings at Mass once a month. For contact information, please call Maureen Fillenwarth at the Parish Center.
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.
Landings: 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.