Curious about solidarity with the poor? Are there any positive answers to the immigration debate?
Join Fr. Forlano at 7 pm on Friday, January 20th, in the Lobby Meeting Room of the Parish Center for a special showing of a new, award-winning short documentary, “The Awakened Heart”, which brings viewers into the life of a Mexican family in Oaxaca, Mexico. This family has been reawakened to goodness, beauty and hope through the encounter with a local organization called Crecemos. The Director of Crecemos will be present to dialogue with us.

Are you Resisting Happiness?
Consider joining a small Faith Sharing Group!
We hope you are enjoying your copy of “Resisting Happiness” by Matthew Kelly, which was distributed during the Christmas Masses. As a compliment to the book distribution, we would like to facilitate the setup of small “Faith Sharing Groups” so that parishioners can engage with one another, discuss the book, and form new friendships across the parish. These groups will effectively serve as discussion forums where small groups of 3-6 people will meet over the course of the next several weeks to share impressions on the book and open the door for fruitful conversation on the everyday challenges we face as Catholics. If you would be interested in joining one of these groups, please contact Sean Gorman at, or 312.404.4497 to reserve your spot. Our hope is to kickoff these Faith Sharing Groups before the Lenten season begins in March, so please reach out to Sean by January 31 if you would like to participate.

Charismatic Prayer Meetings
Our Saint Stanislaus Charismatic Prayer Group will resume meetings in January: 1 pm on January 18 and 7 pm on January 24 in the Parish Center Chapel. All are welcome.

Knights of Columbus News
On Sunday January 22 from 8 am to 12 noon, the Knights of Columbus, Pius IX Council will be hosting their monthly Breakfast with the Knights. It is an All-You-Can-Eat buffet including made to order omelets as well as a selection of hot and cold entrees. $9 for adults, $8 for Seniors, $6 for children ages 5 to 12. Active duty Fire, Police, Military and children under 5 eat free! Breakfast is held at the St. Stanislaus-Mater Dei Cafeteria. Visit for more information.
Free Throw Competition
On Sunday January 22 from 3:30 to 6 pm, the Knights of Columbus, Pius IX Council will be hosting the Annual Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition at the Drexel Hall gymnasium at St. Maria Goretti Parish in Hatfield. All boys and girls ages 9 to 14 (born between January 1, 2003 and January 1, 2008) are invited to participate at this local level of competition. Free for all to enter. All participants should arrive by 3 pm with proof of age and ready to compete. Contact or visit the Events section for more information about this local round and the dates of the following district and regional rounds.

March for Life
The March for Life will be on Friday, January 27, 2017. The Respect Life group is sponsoring one 55 passenger bus for the day. The cost is only $15 per person due to the generous donations received over the past couple of years. This cost includes bus, metro ticket and dinner. Our group will be attending the 10 am Philadelphia Archdiocese Mass. Departure time is 5:45 am from the Church parking lot and arrival home is approximately 10 pm. If you are interested in attending but are unable to walk the march route, Sr. Barbara will again be directing a retreat at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Payment may be dropped off at the Parish Center. To sign up, please call or stop by 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 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 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.