Growing In Faith Together
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
7 pm in the Parish Center Lobby Meeting Room
Speaker – David Elbardissi
Topic – Saint Mary and Saint Kyrillos Coptic Orthodox Church
A new church building for the Coptic Orthodox Church is being built on Unionville Pike in Hatfield Township in our community. Coptic means “Egyptian Christian.” In this presentation we will learn about the history of the Coptic Orthodox Church, which has suffered many persecutions recently in the Middle East. Many Copts have immigrated to America from Egypt due to such religious persecutions and financial hardships. Please come to learn more about our Egyptian Christian neighbors, their faith, and their Church programs, as they become an integrated part of our local community. There is no cost to attend, and registration is not required. Please join us!
Charismatic Prayer Meetings will be postponed until January, 2017. Please check back for start up dates.
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 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”. 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 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.