Rosary Prayer Service
The next Altar & Rosary Society Rosary service takes place on Monday, March 10 at 2 pm at Elm Terrace.
Autism. You probably have read articles about it or have seen a program on this topic in the news. You may have a loved one diagnosed with autism. What is autism? Why is it in the news so often? What is the incidence rate of autism in America? How does it affect the life of the child diagnosed as “being on the spectrum”? How can we support our families who live with autism? Learn some basics about autism with parishioner Jack Fink, our presenter, who has worked with children on the autism spectrum and their families since 1997 in elementary and secondary education and as school district administrator for the development of autism support programs in the North Penn area. Join us Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30 pm in the Parish Center Lobby Meeting Room.
Respect Life Diaper Drive
The Saint Stanislaus Respect Life Committee is holding a diaper drive in March to benefit the Legacy of Life Foundation Centers in Bucks County and Center City Philadelphia. Please drop off all donations in the assigned boxes in the vestibules of Church on Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23. The needs of the Centers at this time are: Large diapers (size 4, 5, and 6), baby wipes, baby lotions, shampoo, diaper ointment such as Desitin, and baby wash. Thank you.
Safe Environment Training
ATTENTION ALL COACHES, CATECHISTS AND VOLUNTEERS OVER AGE 18 WHO WORK OR PLAN TO WORK WITH ST. STANISLAUS PARISH YOUTH AND MATER DEI STUDENTS
St. Stanislaus Parish will offer Safe Environment training on Saturday, April 5 at 9:30 am 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.
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 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.