St. Stanislaus GIFT
(Growing In Faith Together) program
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 7 pm in the Parish Center
Speaker: Barbara Kirby
Topic: The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy
Barbara Kirby founded the Saint Agnes Day Room as an outreach effort to the poor in her West Chester community, which provides medical care, educational assistance, and other basic services to the needy. Barbara will share her experiences in carrying out the corporal and spiritual works of mercy for over 20 years in her community of minorities and immigrant families. These works remind us that faith finds expression in concrete everyday actions meant to help our neighbors in body and spirit. Pope Francis call us “to open our hearts to those living on the outermost fringes of society” because it is in the works of mercy that we “touch the flesh of Christ” and receive the gift of realizing that we too in some ways are poor and in need. Come to learn how we can live out the works of mercy in our own neighborhoods. Refreshments will follow the presentation.
Prayer meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday afternoon and on the 4th Tuesday evening of the month from September through June. All meetings will be in the Chapel. “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” – Prvb 3:6
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 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, ext. 111 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, ext. 111 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
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 reading materials available in the library.