Please Help the Victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan
Millions of families are reeling from massive loss caused by a category 5 typhoon that claimed an estimated 10 thousand lives and leveled homes, towns and cities. Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in the early hours of November 8 and is the strongest tropical cyclone on record to make landfall. The official international humanitarian relief agency of the Catholic Church in the U.S., Catholic Relief Services (CRS), says, “As we gain increased access to areas struck by Typhoon Haiyan, we are seeing the fuller picture of its devastation, which is catastrophic. Images from the sky and stories on the ground tell scenes of families pulled apart, villages and homes washed away, and lives claimed by rushing waters. We are reminded of the severity of loss in the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 and Haiti earthquake of 2010. Millions of people need help.” Please pray for the victims and give generously in the collection which will be ongoing until December 8. Use a plain envelope, write on the outside Philippine Typhoon Relief , enclose your donation and place the envelope in the regular Sunday collection basket. Your donation will be pooled with those from the other parishes in the Archdiocese to assist in relief efforts. Thank you for your generosity and solidarity with the people of the Philippines.
Christmas Gift Giving Trees
Our parish Christmas Gift Giving Trees are now set up.
As we will be putting the bags together for the families on December 15, we will need all gifts returned by then at the latest. Earlier returns will be most appreciated! Any gifts not received by December 15 will require that we substitute and we really don’t want to disappoint any child!
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 requests for help with overdue utility and rent bills, car repairs, 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…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.
Gratefully, Sister Barbara
Honor a Loved One at Christmas
Catholic Heart Work Camp fundraiser
On December 7 after the 5:15 pm Vigil Mass and on December 8 after the 9 am and 11 am Masses, campers will be selling luminary candles you may purchase in honor or memory of a loved one. The cost is $5 per candle, and they will all be placed around the church grounds on Christmas Eve. What a beautiful way to celebrate the Christmas Season, and help support our teens on their summer service trip to Rhode Island in June.
2013 Saint Stanislaus Christmas Craft Show
The annual St. Stanislaus Christmas Craft Show will be held Sunday, December 8th from 10 am to 3 pm. For more than 50 years, Saint Stanislaus Christmas Craft Show has showcased gorgeous holiday gifts and crafts. This year, 90 vendors will line the gymnasium and hallways with a great assortment of holiday items…jewelry, holiday crafts and decorations, art work, baby clothes and gifts, food items, doll clothes and much more.
New This Year: Santa’s Toy box
Have your children outgrown toys that were barely used? We are looking for donations from parishioners and school parents of gently-used or new toys, children’s books, bikes, and other children’s items for our toy store. Drop-offs can be made at the St. Stanislaus Gymnasium on Sunday, December 1 from 6 to 8 pm, Friday, December 6 from 7 to 9 pm and Saturday, December 7 from 9 am to 3 pm. If needed, pickup is available – please contact Tina Schimony at 267.776.9250 or TSchimony@comcast.net.
On the weekend of December 7 and 8, the Altar & Rosary Society will hold their annual Christmas Cookie sale. If you would like to make a donation of home-baked cookies, they can be dropped off at the Parish Center on December 7 at 1 pm. Please do not pre-wrap, as we will package the cookies uniformly. The sale will take place following all Masses on December 7 and 8. All proceeds will go towards the upkeep of the Altar linens.
The next Altar & Rosary Society Rosary service takes place on Monday, December 9 at 2 pm at Golden Living.
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.
Altar and Rosary Christmas Dinner
The Altar and Rosary Society’s Christmas Dinner will be on Wednesday, December 11, at Bacco Italian Restaurant at 7 pm. The Family-style dinner includes soup, pasta, three entrees and a host of delicious desserts. All are welcome to come and enjoy the evening. You do not have to be a member of the Altar and Rosary Society to attend. For more information please call Sue Kelly at 215.822.3726.
Mater Dei Christmas Pageant
All are welcome to attend the Mater Dei School Christmas pageant, a moving presentation of the Nativity, on Wednesday, December 11, with presentations at 2 pm and 7 pm in the Church.
Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas
All are welcome to our annual celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Thursday, December 12 at 7 pm in the main Church. After Mass all are invited to the Parish Center for a cultural celebration of music, dance, and food.
Advent Penance Service
Our Penance Service, Tuesday, December 17 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.
Respect Life News
2014 March for Life, Washington, DC
The March for Life will be held this year on Wednesday, January 22. The bus will depart from the Church parking lot at 5:30 am so that we are able to attend the Archdiocesan Mass at the Shrine in DC at 10 am. Arrival time back at Church is about 9:30 pm. Sister Barbara will lead a day long retreat at the Shrine in DC for those who would prefer to stay indoors. The cost is $35 and includes the bus, Metro pass and dinner. Families are welcome. This is a very uplifting experience for all who attend. Contact Fran Mordell at the Parish Center, 215.855.3133 to make your reservation. Checks payable to the St. Stanislaus Respect Life Group. Also, for those who are unable to attend but who would like to cover the cost for someone else, donations 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 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.
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 to the Parish Reading Room book list.
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.