Curious about solidarity with the poor? Are there any positive answers to the immigration debate?
Join Fr. Forlano at 7 pm on Friday, January 20th, in the Lobby Meeting Room of the Parish Center for a special showing of a new, award-winning short documentary, “The Awakened Heart”, which brings viewers into the life of a Mexican family in Oaxaca, Mexico. This family has been reawakened to goodness, beauty and hope through the encounter with a local organization called Crecemos. The Director of Crecemos will be present to dialogue with us.
Are you Resisting Happiness?
Consider joining a small Faith Sharing Group!
We hope you are enjoying your copy of “Resisting Happiness” by Matthew Kelly, which was distributed during the Christmas Masses. As a compliment to the book distribution, we would like to facilitate the setup of small “Faith Sharing Groups” so that parishioners can engage with one another, discuss the book, and form new friendships across the parish. These groups will effectively serve as discussion forums where small groups of 3-6 people will meet over the course of the next several weeks to share impressions on the book and open the door for fruitful conversation on the everyday challenges we face as Catholics. If you would be interested in joining one of these groups, please contact Sean Gorman at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 312.404.4497 to reserve your spot. Our hope is to kickoff these Faith Sharing Groups before the Lenten season begins in March, so please reach out to Sean by January 31 if you would like to participate.
Charismatic Prayer Meetings will resume in January, 2017: January 18 at 1 pm and January 24 at 7 pm in the Parish Center Chapel.
Charismatic Prayer Meetings take place on the third Wednesday of the month at 1 pm and the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the Parish Center Chapel. Come, even if it’s your first time, and discover the power (and joy) in joining with others in a small-group setting as we worship our God and share His Word. “O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.” Ps 51:17
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 begin Wednesday, September 21 (Please note date change) at the Parish Center from 7 pm to 8:30 and extend 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”. Our intro meeting is Wednesday, September 7 at 7 pm in the Parish Center. 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.