Charismatic Prayer Group

May God grant you, in accord with the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self…(Ephesians 3:14) Our next prayer meeting will be Tuesday November 25 at 7 pm in the Parish Center Chapel.

Thanksgiving Day & Weekend
Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, November 27 at 9 am in the Church. This is the only Mass of the day. Please join us as we gather to give thanks for God’s many blessings. The parish offices are closed. Please note: On Friday, November 28, we will hold 8 am Mass in the Chapel, but there will not be a 6:30 am Mass. The Parish Offices are closed Thursday, November 27 through Saturday, November 29.

Christmas Gift Giving Trees
On the first weekend of Advent, November 29th and 30th, our parish Christmas Gift Giving Trees will be set up with gift tags for you to take and help those in need in our area.
As we will be putting the bags together for the families on December 14th, we will need all gifts returned by then at the latest. Earlier returns will be most appreciated! Any gifts not received by the morning of December 14th will require that we substitute and we really don’t want to disappoint any child!
Unfortunately, gifts that come in after noon on December 14th are too late for us to get to the children.
One of the most important ways to help the needy families and individuals in our area is to keep help coming throughout the year. So we will place some tags on our Christmas Gift tree, marked “Donation to Parish Social Ministry”. These donations will enable our Parish Social Ministry to respond to needs in the coming year, such as request for help with overdue utility and rent bills and other expenses that come up and are outside people’s ability to pay them with their meager incomes. This is another way that the generous people of St. Stanislaus can reach out to our less fortunate brothers and sisters.
And there will be some gifts tags for toys for boys and girls who are helped by Catholic Social Services in Norristown, through our Youth Group.
Remember…
> Please put the gift tag in a very visible place so we can match the gift with the correct family.
> Please do not wrap gifts. We need to give them to the parents unwrapped.
> We do not give out any violent or inappropriate toys, especially toy guns, boxing gloves, and other toys like those.
> If a gift request is unclear or you can’t find the item, a gift card to a store that sells something similar is a good alternative.
Thank you in advance for your wonderful generosity! And blessings to you and your family in this holy season of Advent.

Advent Morning Reflection
Saturday, December 6
8 am Mass followed by coffee and donuts in the lobby meeting room
9:30 am-12 pm Advent Morning Reflection led by Fr. Michael Mullan in the Parish Center Chapel
Theme: Bringing Peace to the “Messy Stable” of our Hearts…

Altar & Rosary Christmas Cookie Sale
On the weekend of December 6 and 7, the Altar & Rosary Society will be having their annual Christmas Cookie sale. Please help us with donations of home-baked cookies. You can drop them off at the Parish Center on Saturday, December 6, starting at 1 pm. No need to “fancy” wrap, as we will package the cookies uniformly. The sale will take place following all Masses on December 6 and 7. All proceeds will go toward the financial needs of our works.

Christmas Craft Show
Get your Christmas shopping wrapped up at the St. Stanislaus Christmas Craft Show on December 7th from 10 am to 3 pm in the school gym. Lunch, delicious baked goods and raffles in addition to fine crafts will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Mater Dei Catholic School. Thank you for your support!

Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
Holy Day Masses on Monday, December 8 are 6:30 am, 9 am and 12:05 pm in English and 7 pm in Spanish. Please note, there is no Holy Day Vigil Mass on Sunday, December 7.

December G.I.F.T. Program
We are pleased to welcome Sr. Mary Anne Nolan, RSM, who will speak to us on HONORING OUR GIFTEDNESS at our G.I.F.T. program on Tuesday, December 9 at 7:30 pm in the Parish Center lobby meeting room. In our reflection we will acknowledge, appreciate, and be invited to cherish the abundant gifts God has given us. As a response of gratitude to God, we will consider how we can develop our gifts, and give them generously and freely for the building up of the kingdom of God on earth. Sr. Mary Anne is part of Mercy Spiritual Ministries, a mobile ministry engaging individuals and groups in prayer, reflection and ongoing spiritual development. All are welcome! Light refreshments will follow.

Advent Penance Service
Our Penance Service, Wednesday, December 10 at 7 pm in the Church, provides the opportunity for everyone to make use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation as part of their preparation for the Christmas Season. Additional priests will be available to hear confessions.

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Dedication of our Church Building
All are welcome to attend a free concert of Advent and Christmas music presented by all music ministry groups of
Saint Stanislaus Parish on Sunday, December 14 at 4 pm in the Church.

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.  To receive more information or to sign up, please contact Claire Snell at 215.896.7320 or csnell20@yahoo.com.

Adult Choir
The Adult Choir, which sings at the 9 am Mass each Sunday, rehearses on Thursday evenings 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.

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.

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.