Food Collection

Our May Food Collection will be on the weekend of April 30th & May 1st. And right now our food cupboard is in great need of the following items:
Non-Food Needs: toilet paper, bar soap, liquid hand soap, and facial tissue
Food Needs: canned meat and fish; canned fruit; coffee; tea; apple sauce; bottled fruit juice; salad dressing; mayo; pancake syrup and plain rice.
Also, we remember that we are unable to use the following:
Baby items – Catholic Social Services in Norristown can really use them!
Outdated or opened food items – we cannot give these out and we must then dispose of it & the local bird sanctuary no longer takes them!
Over-sized products or packages – we find they are not taken and remain on our shelves;
Any sugared items where healthier substitutes are available: cereals, snacks, etc.;
Prepared rice – people seem to prefer plain rice as the prepared rice boxes remain on our shelves
Thank you for all that you do, as the Food Cupboard would not exist without your dedicated support and wonderful generosity! May God bless you and your families for your on-going support to the needy in our Lansdale community. With gratitude, Sister Barbara

Manna Sunday – May 15th
Manna Canned Food Collection for Nutritional Development Services
Manna Bags will be available at all the doors at the 5:15 pm Mass Saturday, May 7th and at the 7 am, 9 am, 11 am and 1pm Masses on Sunday, May 8th. Please return your filled Manna Bag on Sunday, May 15th. Filled bags should be left in the three door entrances of the Church, on the parking lot side. Canned food items in greatest need are: canned chicken and tuna fish, canned fruit, canned vegetables, pasta, canned beans and low-sodium soups. Thank you for reaching out to people in emergency situations. Our donations will help Catholic Social Services in Norristown assist people in need in Montgomery County.

Blood Drive
It’s time again for another of our parish Blood Drives for the American Red Cross. The date for this caring response to such a great need is Tuesday, May 31, 2016 from 1 pm to 6 pm in our Parish Center lobby meeting room. Appointments are preferred. For an appointment, please call 1-800-GIVE LIFE or sign up online at: www.pleasegiveblood.org. The American Red Cross is so grateful for the wonderful responses we usually receive for our Blood Drives. So, let’s really come out and support their efforts to keep us all safe.

Bereavement Ministry
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.
Beginning in September, on the second Thursday of each month, there will be a general support group meeting offered at the two parishes. There will be 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 will be 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. Remaining topics and dates:
May 12, 2016: Connecting with God through Grief
June 9, 2016: Helping Children Cope with Grief
July 14, 2016: The Value of Memories
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.