Safe Environment Training for all Coaches, Catechists and Volunteers Over Age 18 Who Work or Plan to Work With St. Stanislaus Parish Youth
St. Stanislaus Parish will offer Safe Environment training on Monday, November 23 from 6:30 pm to 9 pm in the Parish Center. This training is part of a comprehensive child safety and child sexual abuse prevention program that creates a network of prevention and protection for the children entrusted to the Archdiocese’ care. This one-time FREE training is MANDATORY – NO EXCEPTIONS- for all who come in contact with parish youth in any capacity – coaching, scouting, school or PREP volunteering, catechists, etc. Please register online at www.virtus.org. Click on “Registration” then “View List of Sessions” then “Select Your Organization”. Select “Philadelphia Archdiocese” and you will be shown a list of area classes, including those at St. Stanislaus, for which you can register. For other required clearances, visit our parish website, www.ststanislaus.com. Questions? Please email Jeanne Williamson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Persevere in prayer, being watchful in it, with thanksgiving. – Col. 4:2 (but don’t stop there!)
Join us for praise, song, prayer, and scripture, sprinkled with some quiet time for reflection on Tuesday November 24, at 7 pm in the Parish Center Chapel. BYOBible, and a friend.
Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, November 26 at 9 am in the Church. This is the only Mass of the day. Please join us as we gather to give thanks for God’s many blessings.
Christmas Gift Program
On the first weekend of Advent, November 28th and 29th, our parish Christmas Gift Giving Trees will be set up with gift tags for you to take and help those in need in our area.
This year, families in need will be able to select gifts for their children, according to gender and age, rather than asking for specific items. We hope this will make the process easier and more effective for all! We will need all gifts returned by December 13th, at the latest. Earlier returns will be most appreciated! Any gifts not received by the morning of December 13th will not make it to the families we are trying to help.
One of the most important ways to help the needy families and individuals in our area is to keep help coming throughout the year. So we will place some tags on our Christmas Gift tree, marked “Donation to Parish Social Ministry”. These donations will enable our Parish Social Ministry to respond to needs in the coming year, such as requests for help with overdue utility and rent bills and other expenses that come up and are outside people’s ability to pay them with their meager incomes. This is another way that the generous people of St. Stanislaus can reach out to our less fortunate brothers and sisters.
And there will be some gifts tags for toys for boys and girls who are helped by Catholic Social Services in Norristown, through our Youth Group.
> Please put the gift tag in a very visible place.
> Please do not wrap gifts. We need to give them to the parents unwrapped.
> We do not give out any violent or inappropriate toys, especially toy guns, boxing gloves, and other toys like those.
> If you do not know what gift to get, a gift card to a local store, such as Walmart or Target, is a good alternative.
Thank you in advance for your wonderful generosity! And blessings to you and your family in this holy season of Advent. Gratefully, Sister Barbara
Catholic Heart Work Camp Luminary Fundraiser
Help support Catholic Heart Work Camp high school students going to Dover, DE for a week of service in June 2016. Luminary Candles will be sold after the 5:15 pm Vigil Mass and 9 am and 11 am Masses on Sunday on the weekends of November 28 & 29, December 5 & 6 and December 12 & 13. The cost per candle is $5 or 5 for $20. Purchase a candle in memory or in honor of a loved one and see them displayed on Christmas Eve around the perimeter of Church. Such a beautiful sight! Forms are available in Church vestibules and at the Parish Center, and should be returned to Mrs. Peggy Dominick, c/o Mater Dei Catholic School.
2015 Day of Sanctification for Priests
The priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia assemble each year for a day of prayer and reflection on the Sacred Priesthood. This year our priests will gather with Archbishop Chaput at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary on Monday, November 30, for the 2015 Day of Sanctification for Priests. Please pray for all priests of the Archdiocese, especially this weekend and Monday, with the following prayer from the Roman Missal:
Lord our God, who in governing your people make use of the ministry of Priests, grant to these men a persevering obedience to your will, so that by their ministry and life they may gain glory for you in Christ. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever, Amen.
December 3, 7 pm to 9 pm in the Parish Center Chapel
Led by Fr. Michael Mullan
Start off Advent with a little spiritual input. Project Advent: Jesus is coming! Will we have room in our hearts for Him when He gets here? What gift will we be making to our Lord this year? So often we try to fill ourselves with things that do not ultimately satisfy, and we come up empty every time. This is because Jesus Christ is the only one who can truly satisfy us. The goal of “Project Advent” is to identify the things with which we are seeking to fill ourselves, and to begin to take steps to root out our attachments to them so we are ready to receive Christ – and the joy and peace with which He wants to fill us – when He comes this Christmas. Then we can lay the gift of our love at His feet. There will be guided reflections, quiet time with meditative music and a special Advent blessing.Advent Reflection
Christmas Cookie Sale
On the weekend of December 5 and 6, the Altar & Rosary Society will be having their annual Christmas Cookie sale. Anyone able to give a donations of home-baked cookies would be greatly appreciated. You can drop off cookies at the Parish Center on Saturday, December 3. Please do not pre-wrap, as we will package them uniformly. The sale will take place following all Masses on December 5 and 6. All proceeds will help support the works of the Altar & Rosary Society.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, December 8
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the patronal feast of the United States of America, is always a Holy Day of Obligation. There will be a Vigil Mass at 7 pm on Monday, December 7. Holy Day Masses on Monday, December 8 are 6:30 am, 9 am and 12:05 pm in English and 7 pm in Spanish.
Our Penance Service, Thursday, December 10 at 7 pm in the Church, provides the opportunity for everyone to make use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation as part of their preparation for the Christmas Season. Additional priests will be available to hear confessions.
Attention Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
The Office of Divine Worship will hold a workshop for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion in the St. Stanislaus Parish Center Chapel on Thursday, December 10 from 7 pm to 9 pm. You are greatly encouraged to attend. *** All Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are required to participate in an Archdiocesan formation session *** and have, as well, the mandate from the Archbishop to carry out this ministry. Registration for this event is required at least one week in advance. Register at www.odwphiladelphia.org, call the Office for Divine Worship at 215.587.3537 or send an email to the Office at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.