Spring DVD Series
Reconciliation – presented by Fr. Matthew Guckin
Three-part program to be held on March 2, 16 & 23 from 4 pm to 6:30 pm
Session 1 – God’s Vision for Humanity
Session 2 – Jesus’ Mission – Our Reconciliation
Session 3 – The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation

Lumen Gentium Part One – Communion & Mystery – presented by Fr. Joseph Shenosky
Three-part program to be held on May 11, 18 & 23 from 4 pm to 6:30 pm
Session 1 – Foundations of the Church
Session 2 – The Theology of the Church & Vatican II
Session 3 – The Church and Ecumenism
The programs are organized through the Archdiocesan Office for Catechetical Formation. Although initially organized for teachers and catechists, all are welcome! The cost is $25 per course. To register, go to: http://phillyocf.org/dvd-courses/. Mrs. Leona Russell, CRE, will be facilitating the classes. The courses will be held in the Parish Lobby Meeting Room.

Safe Environment Training
St. Stanislaus Parish will be hosting a Protecting God’s Children/Safe Environment training session on Saturday, March 25 at 9 am in the Parish Center lobby meeting room. This is a 2 1/2 hour class. This class will be in English. Individuals can register on-line at www.virtus.org. Walk-ins are always accepted, but on-line registration is preferred. There is also a list of upcoming sessions within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia if someone can not attend on March 25. The link to view upcoming sessions is: https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/reg_list2.cfm?theOrgID=18461&theme=0

Clothing Drive
St. Stanislaus Parish will be hosting a clothing drive to benefit The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Saturday, March 25 from 9 am to 1 pm. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be using the services of GreenDrop to support their clothing drive. Look for the GreenDrop truck in the parish parking lot where an attendant will be available to assist you with your donations. Please place your donations of usable men’s, women’s and children’s clothing in plastic bags or boxes. Household items such as: kitchenware, games/toys, small appliances under 50 pounds, electronics, sporting goods, books, CDs & videos are also accepted. Unfortunately, furniture, large appliances, TVs or computer monitors cannot be accepted. For a full list of acceptable items visit www.gogreendrop.com.

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: Monday, March 27th from 1 pm to 6 pm in our Parish Center. 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.

A Scheduling Note for soon-to-be Parents and Godparents: we will not hold a Pre-Jordan Baptismal Preparation Class in May. The next classes are Thursdays, March 16, April 20 and June 15 at 6:30 pm in the Parish Center Chapel.

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.