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 January G.I.F.T. Program

World Meeting of Families Preparatory Presentation
Please join us January 13 at 7:30 pm at the Parish lobby meeting room for a special GIFT presentation. Bishop McIntyre has graciously agreed to come and help us prepare for the great grace of the 8th World Meeting of Families to take place here in Philadelphia from September 22nd to the closing Mass on September 27th on the Parkway! He will explain the event programming, content, and activities surrounding this monumental event. Mark your calendar so that you receive the most up-to-date information as each of us plan for this coming event next Fall. Light refreshments will follow.

Grow Your Faith at Saint Stanislaus
“Jesus wants evangelizers who proclaim the good news not only with words, but above all by a life transfigured by God’s presence.” – Pope Francis
Join us for these upcoming Adult Education Groups at St. Stanislaus!
Three great choices, 5 sessions from which to select. Download the flyer with registration form by clicking here.

Scripture Study: Psalms: The School of Prayer
At the heart of the Bible are the Psalms, prayers from God that help us learn to pray. The Holy Spirit inspired them. Israel sang them. Christ himself prayed them, as did our Blessed Mother. These sacred hymns become our heartfelt response to God’s loving and wondrous deeds for us. Their words captivate the imagination and draw us into a deeply personal encounter with God. Join Jeff Cavins, Sarah Christmyer, and Dr. Tim Gray as they show you how to establish a deeply personal dialogue with God through the Psalms. Join us for Psalms: The School of Prayer at St. Stanislaus Parish beginning Monday, January 19, 2015 at 9 am (morning session) or 6:45 pm (evening session) and continuing every Monday for 11 weeks. This will be a great Lenten study! Cost of workbooks to participants will be $20; remainder of cost will be subsidized by parish.

World Meeting of Families – 2015:
Presenting & Discussing Love is Our Mission–The Preparatory Catechesis
Each month we will explore a chapter of the catechesis on family life, as presented by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Pontifical Council on the Family, in anticipation of the 8th World Meeting of Families taking place here in September, 2015. This catechesis explains how all of Catholic teaching about sex, marriage, and family life flows from our basic beliefs about Jesus. This catechesis was written in a way that is fresh, insightful, and accessible to ordinary Catholics. Opportunities for discussion will hopefully confirm for you the beauty and coherence of Catholic teaching, and its value in our time. Starting Tuesday, December 16, 2014 and continuing one Tuesday per month until September, 2015. Morning session: 9 – 10 am; evening session: 7 – 8 pm. No cost for participants.

Consoling the Heart of Jesus: a ‘do it yourself’ Retreat
Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, has given us a very special gift in his thoughtful and prayerful “Do-It-Yourself Retreat.” He brings together several spiritual traditions and blends them in the pattern of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. We will find inspiration in the quotations from the saints that he gathers carefully and in his deep, but humble, understanding of the principles of holiness that they proclaim. This is a good way for a soul to begin the journey in responding to the call to embrace the Divine Mercy of the Lord. This program begins on Thursday, January 8, 2015 from 7-8:30 pm (evenings only), continuing every Thursday thereafter through March 12, 2015. Materials cost of $20 per participant; remainder will be subsidized by parish.

Charismatic Prayer Group

This group meets at 7 pm on the 4th Tuesday of the month, September through July in the Parish Center Chapel. We gather to praise the Lord, using the gifts He’s given us. We sing, praise and pray for the Church, our nation, and our own needs. Frequently after our meetings we will pray over individuals requesting that. BYOBible and a friend. Our next meeting is January 27, 2015.

RCIA

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 ststanspmf@comcast.net.

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.

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.