CYO Car Wash
Saturday, September 13 from 10 am to 1 pm on Church grounds. Free will donation. Stop by and help support CYO and Youth Ministry events!
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.
2015 Mass Book Opening September 15
The 2015 Mass Book for Announced Intentions at Masses to be offered at St. Stanislaus will open tomorrow, Monday, September 15, in the lobby meeting room after the 8 am Mass.
PLEASE NOTE THIS PROCEDURE: There will be a basket with numbers at the receptionist desk for those attending the 6:30 and 8 am Masses who wish to take a number before attending Mass. When your number is called you must be present. We cannot take anyone after their number has been called and we have moved on to the next numbers.
Altar & Rosary Society News
We are the longest running organization in our parish, and we need your help to continue. Most of our work is “behind the scenes”, but that doesn’t make it any less important. As our name implies, we take care of the needs of the altar and pray the rosary. However there is much more to us than that. We are also involved in preparing Christmas Stockings for patients in Norristown Hospital, presenting our First Communion children with rosaries, and many other activities. Meeting monthly, we plan our activities, occasionally have guest speakers, and, just as importantly, develop great friendships while sharing our faith. Please join us Monday, September 15 at 7:30 pm in the Cahill room of the Parish Center to see how we can work together. You can also contact Terri Gurecki at 215.393.1574 for more information.
Charismatic Prayer Group
The Charismatic Prayer Group will begin its meetings on Tuesday September 16 at 7 pm in the Parish Center Chapel. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good: His love endures forever!! Bring a friend.
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.
Altar Servers Wanted
Any St. Stanislaus parishioner in 5th grade or above who has received First Holy Communion may become an altar server at St. Stanislaus Parish. Serving at the altar is a great way for a young person to grow in faith because our faith is strengthened by service and prayer in and with a community of believers. The experience of serving provides the opportunity for a young person to participate in the Eucharist actively, fruitfully, and with a greater awareness of the presence of the Lord in the celebration of the Mass. Please pick up a registration form at the front desk of the parish center and return it to Fr. Forlano by Wednesday, September 24, 2014. A one hour mandatory training will be offered 7 pm, Thursday, September 25 or 9:30 am Saturday, September 27. Mater Dei students will be trained during an afternoon period during the school day. After being trained, new servers will be incorporated into the next schedule which begins in mid-October. All current servers are asked to fill out the registration form as well if his or her contact information, including email, has changed. If you have any questions please contact Fr. Forlano at 215.855.3133 ext. 111 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voter Registration Information
The Knights of Columbus Pius IX Council will sponsor a non-partisan Voter Registration sign up at Saint Stanislaus for the November 4 general election. In order to be eligible to vote in this election, one must be registered by October 4. To learn more, and to obtain paperwork to register, please stop by the Church parking lot after Masses on September 20 & 21 or September 27 & 28. If you have any questions, please call Michael Rieg at 215.362.1089.
Attention all Coaches, Catechists and Volunteers Over age 18 who work or plan to work with St. Stanislaus Parish Youth:
St. Stanislaus Parish will offer Safe Environment training on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 9:30 am to noon in the Parish Center. This training is part of a comprehensive child safety and child sexual abuse prevention program that creates a network of prevention and protection for the children entrusted to the Archdiocese’ care. This one-time FREE training is MANDATORY – NO EXCEPTIONS- for all who come in contact with parish youth in any capacity – coaching, scouting, school or PREP volunteering, catechists, etc. It’s easy to sign up! Please register online at www.virtus.org. Click on “Registration” then “View List of Sessions” then “Select Your Organization”. Select “Philadelphia Archdiocese” and you will be shown a list of area classes, including those at St. Stanislaus, for which you can register. There are two PA clearances (not Federal) also required. Visit www.archphila.org and click on the following tabs: Protecting Children; Office for Child and Youth Protection; Staff and Volunteers; Checks and Clearances. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please call Peggy Dominick at the Parish Center, 215.855.3133.
Helping Others to have a “Joy-Filled Marriage”
Key to preparing couples for marriage in the Catholic Church is the witness of married couples who are living a joy-filled marriage. The Archdiocese and Ascension Press are sponsoring a training session for couples and individuals involved in or interested in serving in the “Pre-Cana” ministry within the parish. If you are interested in this training and sharing the richness of our Catholic faith and teaching regarding the Sacrament of Marriage with those preparing for this vocation, please contact Father Forlano at 215.855.3133, extension 111 or at email@example.com. The training will be offered on Saturday, October 25 from 9 am to 5 pm at St. Maria Goretti Pariah, 1601 Derstine Road, in Hatfield. For more information or to register for the training please visit www.regonline.com/philatraining. If you have questions, please contact Janene Montlouis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 484.875.4550, ext. 204.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.