Grow Your Faith at St. Stanislaus
Still Time to Sign-up!
There is still time to join in with other parishioners for a Great Adventure bible study called Psalms: The School of Prayer on either Monday mornings (from 9 to 10:30 am) or Monday evenings (from 7 to 8:30 pm). So far the group is only one week into the text (an introduction only)!
Did you know the Psalms is the most often quoted book in the New Testament? Or that King David – contrary to tradition – did not write all 150 psalms? Jesus Himself used the psalms frequently – not just in prayer, but to explain things about Himself and His teaching.
Come explore and learn more about this rich biblical resource for private prayer, orient your heart to God and direct your inmost thoughts to Him. The cost to participants in the study for the workbook and study guide is $20; the remainder will be picked up by the parish. This is a great Lenten and pre-Lenten exercise to draw closer to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving during this season.

Prayer Meeting

For God is leading (us) in joy by the light of his glory, with his mercy and justice for company. – Baruch 5:9 (NAB).
You are invited to attend a monthly prayer meeting: the first one of the year is in the Parish Center Chapel, at 7 pm, on January 27, and each succeeding 4th Tuesday night.

Food Cupboard
Our February food collection will be on the weekend of January 31 & February 1. For this upcoming food cupboard we are in need of the following items:
Food Needs: plain rice, canned meat and fish, jars of applesauce, hearty low sodium soups, juice boxes & bottles, jam/jelly, sugar/honey, mayo, ketchup, mustard, coffee/tea, healthy cold cereals, canned beans.
Non-Food Needs: liquid laundry detergent, toilet tissue, paper towels, liquid hand soap, facial tissues, 3 in 1 body wash, toothpaste, deodorants, shampoos
Also, we need your help by NOT giving us:
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Outdated or opened food items – we cannot give these out and we must then dispose of it & the local bird sanctuary no longer takes them!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 again 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

Mass of Anointing
Sunday, February 8, 11 am Mass
St. James writes: “Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the Church and they should pray over him, anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up.” The grace received through this sacrament is a gift of the Holy Spirit, Who renews trust and faith in God and strengthens us against the temptations of the evil one and the temptation to discouragement and anguish.
Anyone who has a serious health condition or illness, who has experienced sudden health problems, who will be undergoing surgery between February 8 and February 15, or who experiences the frailty of old age, is encouraged to receive the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick at the 11 am Mass on Sunday, February 8. If you plan on attending this Mass, please call the Parish Center and leave your name.

Year of Consecrated Life
This is the Year of Consecrated Life, as proclaimed by our Holy Father, Pope Francis.
The Vatican has asked that events be planned throughout the year, but especially if possible on February 8, in order for religious communities to become better known by all.
Following are events of local communities:
Sisters of Saint Francis
Friends, neighbors and their families are invited to tour the Motherhouse (Convent of Our Lady of Angels in Aston, PA) to meet the Sisters and enjoy a short presentation about our Franciscan Way of Life on Sunday, February 8 from 2 pm to 4 pm.

Get to know your Assumption Sisters
Come for Tea, Conversation and Prayer!
Sunday February 8, from 4 pm to 6 pm,
506 Crestview Road – Lansdale
In addition, the three communities serving our St. Stanislaus Parish, the Franciscans, the Religious of the Assumption, and the Sisters of Mercy will host an event together for conversation, prayer and refreshments sometime after Easter, once the weather improves! So look for that day to come…

GIFT (GROWING IN FAITH TOGETHER)
February 10, 7:30 pm in the Lobby
We are pleased to welcome Rev. Msgr. Paul DiGirolamo, J.C.D., Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocesan Tribunal, who will speak to us on Church Annulments. While the presentation is intended for divorced persons, it is open to anyone seeking sound, clear information on the annulment process. Join us for a unique opportunity to further explore this particular dimension of our faith in Christ. Light refreshments will follow.

Play Group

Come and Play! Saint Stanislaus Playgroup welcomes infants, children and their parents and grandparents to play and do fun activities together. Little People Playgroup meets on most Wednesday mornings from 9:45 to 11:30 am in the Parish Center.  To receive more information or to sign up, please contact Claire Snell at 215.896.7320 or csnell20@yahoo.com.

Adult Choir
The Adult Choir, which sings at the 9 am Mass each Sunday, rehearses on Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm in the Church choir loft. New members are always welcome! All voices needed! If you have any questions, please contact Bill Wilson at the Parish Center, 215.855.3133.

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.

Sign Up for Offertory Gift Bearers

Would you like to participate in the celebration of Mass in a more active way? You are invited to participate in the privilege of serving as Offertory Gift Bearers at the Saturday Vigil or Sunday Masses. This could be an opportunity for you to mark a special event or anniversary while participating in Mass in a deeper way. Sign up online at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4BAEAD2DAA8-offertory. This link is also on our parish website. Please select an available day and time slot that is convenient for you. You may also contact Kelly Eckert at 215.631.9969 to sign up.

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 Parish Reading Room materials.

The St. Stanislaus Parish Legion of Mary invites you to host in your home for a week or two the statues of the Pilgrim Virgin or Sacred Heart. The Legion of Mary Group will bring one of the statues to your house and have a short installation prayer service with you and your family. Some parishioners who have hosted the Pilgrim Virgin or Sacred Heart statues in their homes have reported experiencing peace and other blessings. If interested, please call Maureen Fillenwarth at the Parish Center, 215.855.3133, for contact information.