Marian Consecration and Divine Mercy
According to the Church, the center of our lives should be the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus. We are called to a life of holiness. Fr. Michael Gaitley MIC offers two retreats that lead us to a life of holiness and sainthood! These retreats lead us to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Marian Consecration leads us to Console the Heart of Jesus and Divine Mercy. St. Therese of Lisieux in her famous teaching, “The Little Way” taught that we can, despite our littleness, aspire to holiness. Our Mother Mary will lead the little souls to the Mercy of her Son. Are you one of the ‘little souls’? Do you want to change your life and find joy, peace, happiness? Do you want to find strength for the difficult times in your life? Say ‘yes’ to Mary (Marian Consecration) and she will lead you to console the heart of Jesus (Divine Mercy).
33 Days to Morning Glory (Marian Consecration) will take place from 9 am to 10:30 am on Thursdays (after 8 am Mass/rosary) September 3 through October 8 and 7 pm to 8:30 pm on Wednesdays from August 30 through September 30.
Consoling the Heart of Jesus (Divine Mercy) takes place from 7 pm to 8:30 pm on Wednesdays from October 7 to December 16.
These retreats are open to all parishioners….men, women and teens. Registration is required as materials (book and workbook) need to be ordered. Register by August 20, by contacting Eileen McKeron at 215.527.0269 or email@example.com.
GIFT (Growing In Faith Together)
September 8 at 7 pm, Lobby Meeting Room
We are pleased begin our new GIFT season by welcoming our own parishioner, Frank Carney, who will share the spiritually-powerful story of St. Padre Pio in his presentation, “50 years of Angels and Roses”. Frank has been actively involved in the National Centre for Padre Pio in Barto, PA for many years. With the feast day of St. Pio on September 23, this presentation is quite timely and will offer some remarkable insights into the life of this “Modern Apostle”. All are welcome! Light refreshments will follow.
Charismatic Prayer Group
This group meets at 7 pm on the 4th Tuesday of the month, September through June 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.
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 September 2nd and extending through the Easter season. Questions or inquiries can be directed to Fr. Forlano at 215.855.3133, ext. 111 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, ext. 111 or at email@example.com 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.