The Bereavement Ministry of MMR and St. Stanislaus
The death of someone important to you—whether it is a spouse, a parent, a sibling, a friend, or a child—is a difficult and highly emotional experience. Your grief journey can be overwhelming or even confusing at times. The Bereavement Ministry of Mary, Mother of the Redeemer, in conjunction with St. Stanislaus Parish, is here to help you, guide you, and prayerfully support you as you heal.
On the second Thursday of each month*, there is a general support group meeting offered at the two parishes. There is a morning session offered at MMR from 10 to 11:30 am, and an evening session offered at St. Stanislaus from 7 to 8:30 pm. These sessions are structured with a particular topic presented by trained facilitators, followed by group sharing and discussion. Bereaved adults are welcome to attend any or all meetings.
A testimonial from participant, Lee Gabel:
I lost my wife Anna nearly two years ago after 50 years married, but in many respects it seems like yesterday. Anna was everything to me. She was my very life and everyone’s best friend. When I lost her I didn’t know where to turn. My children supported me and I leaned on them heavily but I knew Anna would prefer I let them lead their own lives and to get on with my own.
A friend told me of Saint Stan’s and Mary Mother of the Redeemer bereavement meetings but I was hesitant to go thinking there was no way a group of strangers could in any way help relieve my grief. I was so wrong. The warmth and compassion expressed by all in attendance was overwhelming. The tenderness expressed by the moderator was so heartfelt and warming that it touched my soul. Some in attendance told of their loved ones lost; this let me know that I was not alone in my unhappiness. I am definitely looking forward to the next meeting. Some time in a future meeting I may tell my story, maybe I’ll see you there. If you’re experiencing grief right now, you won’t regret going, I guarantee it.
The next few topics and dates are listed below.
September 8, 2016: Crazy is Normal
October 13, 2016: Understanding the Process of Grief
November 10, 2016: Preparing for the Holidays when You Are Grieving
*December 15, 2016: Coping with the Holidays in Your Time of Loss
*some months will move to the 3rd Thursday due to scheduling conflicts
These groups are offered to all, parishioners and non-parishioners, Catholic and non-Catholic, with no fee and with no pre-registration necessary. If you are unable to attend the group, but are in need of support, our ministry can also offer one-to-one, compassionate listening. For contact information call Maureen Fillenwarth at the Parish Center.
Apostolate to the Deaf, De Sales Society
There is Mass in sign language on the third Sunday of the month at 11:45 a.m. in the Parish Center Chapel, and an interpreter at the 9 am Mass on the first, second and fourth Sundays of the month at Saint Stanislaus Church. Our Sunday Mass is interpreted thanks to our parish volunteers.
Food donations are collected at Sunday Mass and distributed once a month. For more information, or assistance, or if you can help, please call Sr. Barbara McGahan at the Parish Center or the Social Ministry Office at 215.361.3763.
The Garden Group meets every Wednesday morning, weather permitting, at 8:45 am from Easter through Halloween to tend the grounds around the Church. (Flowers only; no lawn care.) The Garden Group has won several awards from both the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and area gardening associations. Our goal is to make the Church grounds beautiful and to attract people in our community to St. Stanislaus Church.
This group meets at 7 pm in the Parish Center kitchen on the first and third Tuesday of each month, all year.
This committee prepares and packages meals for those who are homebound, recently hospitalized or just need a hot, hearty meal. You contribute your portion by cooking an entree or side dish of your choice, or purchasing a food item. The volunteer commitment is 1 to 2 hours per month.
Respect Life Committee
To proclaim the Pr0-Life message of the Catholic Church, giving witness to the Gospel of Life in word and deed. In the words of Pope John Paul II, “Today…the Church must, with clarity and patience, strongly uphold the Right to Life of everyone, especially of those not yet born, who therefore need special protection.” This committee promotes programs on all life issues, abortion, euthanasia, death penalty and AIDS. Its members promote the annual Respect Life Sunday and the March for Life in Washington, D.C. The committee meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 8 pm in the Parish Center.