From the Bereavement Ministry
The next two meetings of the Bereavement Ministry will be:
December 14, 2017: Coping with the Holidays when You Are Grieving
January 11, 2018: Moving Ahead in the New Year when You Don’t Want to Move at all
There will be a morning session at Mary Mother of Redeemer from 10 am to 11:30 am in the Parish Conference room. There will be an evening session at St. Stanislaus from 7 pm to 8:30 pm in the Parish Center. No registration is necessary, just come if you can. Any questions, call Mary at 215.646.4192.

Advent Retreat
My heart is glad because You live, Oh Christ
All are welcome to the annual Advent retreat sponsored by the Philadelphia Community of Communion and Liberation.
Saturday, December 16, 2017
1 pm to 4 pm – St. Stanislaus Parish Center
Lesson and discussion led by Fr. Philip Forlano.
For more information, contact: CL.Philadelphia@gmail.com or ststanspmf@comcast.net
www.clonline.org www.clonline.us

Musical Meditations for Advent
Please join us on Sunday December 17 at 3 pm in the Church for a musical presentation by Tess Varley, St. Stanislaus parishioner and cantor and local violinist. Musical Meditations combines beautiful music for violin with readings and time for silent prayer. As you listen and reflect on the music, set a spiritual intention for the Advent season and prepare for the joyful coming of our Lord! A free will offering will be taken to benefit the music program at St. Stanislaus and to cover the cost of presenting this program.

A Call To Mercy
Are you looking for a great way to start the New Year? Join us for the 10 week retreat Consoling the Heart of Jesus. During the 10 weeks we will learn about God’s infinite mercy and how we can give Him joy, showing us the way to console His heart by accepting His love and trusting in Him completely. The retreat also focuses on what to do with the suffering we encounter, helping us grow spiritually closer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. While consoling the heart of Jesus we will also learn about His great gift of Divine Mercy. We will meet beginning Monday January 8, at 7 pm in the Parish Center. As materials are needed, participants must register with Eileen McKeron, 215.527.0269, by December 19.

Filipino Apostolate of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Please join our fellow Filipino parishioners as  they celebrate one of the 9 Novena Masses (called “Simbang Gabi”) on Tuesday, December 19, at 7 pm here at St. Stanislaus Church as part of a tradition in the Philippines leading up to Christmas Day. Everybody is welcome to experience this festivity. Click here for the full 9 day schedule.

Advent Penance Service
Our Advent Penance Service takes place on Thursday, December 21 at 6:45 pm in the Church.

“GIFT” (Growing In Faith Together) Program
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 7 pm in the Parish Center Lobby Meeting Room
Topic : “Everyday Mysticism – Seeing Christ in My Everyday Life”
Speaker: Fr. Thomas Whittingham, Pastor, St. Katherine Drexel Parish
Fr. Tom will share with us how opening our eyes to see that Jesus’ own life is being lived out in the lives of everyone we meet each day can turn our “everyday” existence into a “mystical” experience. The talk is based on the life and writings of Caryll Houselander, using insights from some of her writings. There is no cost to attend, and registration is not required.

Charismatic Prayer Group
January prayer meetings will resume at the usual times: on the 3rd Wednesday at 1 pm – January 17 and on the 4th Tuesday at 7 pm – January 23, in the Parish Center Chapel. Please mark your calendars – we will begin our New Year praising and thanking God.

Married couples – Save the Date!
Friday, February 9, 2018 ~ Mater Dei School Cafeteria/Gym
Join us to celebrate your marriage with a special dinner and a spiritually enriching talk with Father Michael Mullan. This event is sure to be a blessing for your marriage…an early Valentine for your valentine! Watch the bulletin for more details and to sign up in the coming weeks ~ we expect it to be a sell out!

Respect Life News
March for Life
The March for Life in Washington D. C. will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018. Our parish will again be hosting one 55 passenger bus. Thanks to the generosity of our parishioners the cost will be only $15 per parishioner. The out of parish fee will be $35. Included in the cost is transportation, Metro pass and dinner. The bus will depart at 5:45 am and return by 9:30-10 pm. For those who wish to attend but not march, Sr. Barbara will again be offering a retreat at the Shrine. When reserving a seat on the bus please specify if you will be staying at the Shrine or joining in the march. For reservations or questions please contact Jeanne-Marie Motley at 215.393.1709. Checks should be made payable to St. Stanislaus Respect Life Group.

Prayer-Shawl Program
Divine Mercy Cenacle
Do you knit, crochet or sew? Do you pray? Are you looking for a ‘work of mercy’….a way to share with others your love, prayers and mercy? The Divine Mercy Cenacle’s work of mercy is praying for the sick and dying. The Cenacle is starting a ‘prayer shawl’ program where we would provide a shawl, small blanket or scarf to someone who is sick, dying or just struggling with life. The idea is to pray while you knit, crochet or sew – sharing your prayers with the person receiving the item. Our Lord said to St. Faustina, “Pray as much as you can for the dying. By your entreaties (insistent prayers) obtain for them trust in My mercy, because they have most need of trust, and have it the least. Be assured that the grace of eternal salvation for certain souls in their final moment depends on your prayer” (Diary 1777). If you are interested in helping with this work of mercy contact Maureen Fillenwarth at the Parish Center.

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.