Respect Life Sunday
Respect Life weekend is October 1 & 2. The Respect Life Group will have a baked goods sale in the Church parking lot following all of the English Masses. There will be free life affirming pamphlets as well as bumper stickers and car magnets for sale. We need bakers and buyers! Baked goods may be dropped off at the Parish Center on Saturday, 9 am – noon, or to the table in the lot on Sunday morning. Proceeds go toward March for Life costs. Thank you in advance for your support of this ministry.
Baby Bottle Campaign: We will hold our annual Baby Bottle Campaign on Respect Life Sunday. Baby bottles will be distributed to parishioners to collect their loose change during the month of October. The money raised will benefit the life saving work of the Legacy of Life Foundation, which runs two Crisis Pregnancy Centers (one at 12th and Locust Ss. in Philadelphia and the other on Route 413 in Bristol). Both centers are across the street from Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortions in our country. Please be as generous as possible. You may return your bottles to the Parish Center during the month of October. Thank you.
40 Days for Life: Please join our parish’s Respect Life Committee for one hour of prayer of your choosing (7 am to 7 pm) on Sunday, October 9 at Planned Parenthood in Warminster and/or on Sunday, October 30 at the Planned Parenthood in Norristown (8 am to 4 pm). We, along with over twenty parishes in our area, have committed to pray for an end to abortion in our country and to the restoration of a Culture of Life. For contact information please email ststan@comcast.net.

Food Cupboard
Our October Collection will be on the weekend of October 1 & 2. And at this time, our food cupboard is in great need of the following items:
Non-Food Needs: 1000-sheet toilet tissue, laundry detergent; liquid hand soap, facial tissues, tooth paste, razor blades, paper towels
Food Needs: plain white rice, canned meat & fish; individual juice boxes; canned fruit; coffee & tea; sugar and honey; snack bars, crackers, low-sugar jelly and jam; tomato paste
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Outdated or opened food items – we cannot give these out and we must then dispose of it & the local bird sanctuary no longer takes them!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: juices, jams, 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

33 Days to Merciful Love
Saint Pope John Paul II emphasized that now is the time of mercy, now is a time of great and extraordinary grace, a time in which all of us can become great saints – if we tap into that grace. One of the ways we tap into that grace is by asking God to fill us with an ocean of His tenderness and mercy. And we do that by consecrating ourselves to His Mercy. Join us on a 33 day retreat (6 weeks) as we journey into the heart of St. Therese of Lisieux’s Little Way with Fr. Michael Gaitley’s 33 Days to Merciful Love. Be inspired to become great saints amid ordinary circumstances and lay the foundation for a personal consecration to Divine Mercy. We will meet for 6 weeks beginning on October 4, at 7 pm in the Parish Center. Registration is required. Contact Eileen McKeron at 215.527.0269 or emckeron@gmail.com to register.

Living Rosary
Please join us on October 5 at 7 pm to pray the Rosary for peace in the world. The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated on October 7. In 1883, Pope Leo XIII officially dedicated the month of October to the Holy Rosary. Our sacramental PREP students and other groups in the parish will help us to form a Living Rosary at a special prayer service on October 5. It would be great to fill the church as we pray to our Blessed Mother for peace and hope for our troubled world. ALL are welcome!

2017 Mass Book Opening October 6
The 2017 Mass Book for Announced Intentions at Masses to be offered at St. Stanislaus will open on Thursday, October 6, in the lobby meeting room after the 8 am Mass. PLEASE NOTE THIS PROCEDURE: There will be a basket with numbers at the receptionist desk for those attending the 6:30 am and 8 am Masses who wish to take a number before attending Mass. When your number is called you must be present. We cannot take anyone after their number has been called and we have moved on to the next numbers. There is a limit of 12 Mass intentions available to each party on the day of the Mass book opening. And, there is only one name/Mass intention permitted per Mass.
The Gifting of Mass Cards
The giving of Mass Cards is an important tradition of our Catholic faith. A Mass Card is a greeting card that you give to someone to let them know that they, or a loved one, will be remembered and prayed for during Mass. Many of you have received a Mass Card for the passing of a loved one, and many of you have given them to friends when someone they love has died. It is a very special gift to give – the gift of hope and God’s promise of eternal life at a time of great sorrow.
While this is the experience that many of us have with Mass Cards, it is important to remember that Mass Cards for the Living are also a vital part of the blessed tradition. Mass intentions can be given for almost any occasion and are a way to reach out and touch someone with the gift of faith. The next time you are thinking about buying a greeting card for: birthdays and graduations; baptisms, weddings and anniversaries; general intentions for good health and happiness; painful times such as physical illness or emotional suffering; difficult times when a prayer of comfort and support is needed; sympathy when a friend or loved one experiences a loss, remember that there is no better gift to give than the gift of God’s love and compassion as celebrated in the Sacrifice of the Mass. Deceased and Living Mass cards are on hand at the parish center. We wish to share in your sorrow and joy as you travel through a life of faith.

Sisters of Saint Francis Raffle
Buy a book of raffle tickets for $10 and help fund the care for a retired Sister of Saint Francis who lives at Assisi House, their retirement home in Aston, PA. The sisters residing at our parish convent will conduct their 16th annual raffle at the Masses on the weekend of October 8 & 9. Plan ahead and bring your address labels and check books! Checks are payable to: Sisters of St. Francis Foundation. We hope to see you at the Masses. Your participation will be most welcome! Thank you!

St. Stanislaus Parish GIFT Program
Growing In Faith Together
Tuesday, October 11, 7 pm
Parish Center lobby meeting room
Speaker – Sherry Sikora, from the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Topic – Dealing with Mental Health Issues
Did you know that one in four adults are affected by some form of serious mental illness? Come find out what that means and how you can help to break down barriers between people dealing with these issues. Let’s learn about how we can stop the stigma against people all around us who are living with mental health issues. There are so many resources available to assist those who are dealing with common mental health conditions. The important role of faith and community will also be addressed. There is no cost to attend, and registration is not required. All are welcome!

Divine Mercy Chaplet for the Sick and Dying
“At the hour of their death, I defend as My own glory every soul that will say this chaplet; or when others say it for a dying person, the pardon is the same. When this chaplet is said by the bedside of a dying person, God’s anger is placated, unfathomable mercy envelops the soul, and the very depths of My tender mercy are moved for the sake of the sorrowful Passion of My Son.” (Diary of St. Faustina #811)
If you would like members of the Saint Stanislaus Divine Mercy Cenacle to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for a loved one who is sick or dying please contact Pat Shovlin at 215.896.0871 or Eileen McKeron at 215.527.0269. Members of the Cenacle are available to come and pray the Chaplet at the bedside of your loved one.

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, Sunday and Holy Day 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 Alexa Friend at afriend0317@verizon.net or 267.664.1215 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.