Decorating the Church for Christmas

On Sunday, December 21st, beginning at 3 pm the Christmas trees, the wreaths, the garland and the Nativity Scene will be prepared and put into place in both the main Church and the Parish Center Chapel. The trees will be decorated at that time. Everyone who would like to help is invited to join us at 3 pm. We also need volunteers to help with the watering of the Christmas trees and poinsettias during the Christmas Season. If you are interested in helping us accomplish that, please contact Deacon Steve or Mrs. Dee Kriebel at 215.855.3133.

Simbang Gabi
On Monday, December 22 at 7 pm in the Parish Center Chapel the Filipino Catholic Community will be celebrating the 8th of the novena of Masses (Simbang Gabi) in preparation for Christmas, 2014. This is the 8th year that St. Stanislaus has welcomed this community, continuing their Filipino tradition of Advent journeying. Rev. Efren Esmilla, coordinator of the Fiipino Apostolate in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will preside at the liturgy. All are welcome to attend.

Mass Schedule for Christmas 
Christmas Eve: 4 pm (Children’s Choir; interpreted in ASL), 6 pm (Adult Choir), 8 pm (Contemporary Music Group) in English; 10 pm in Spanish
Christmas Day: 9 am and 11 am
The Parish Center will close at noon on December 24 and re-open at 9 am on December 26.

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God
On Thursday, January 1, we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, a Holy Day of Obligation. There will Vigil Masses at 5:15 pm (English) and 7 pm (Spanish) on Wednesday, December 31. Holy Day Masses are 9 am and 12:05 pm on January 1, 2015.

Food Cupboard
Our January food collection will be on the weekend of January 3 & 4. For this upcoming food cupboard we are in need of the following items:
Food Needs: rice, canned meat and fish, pasta sauces, canned fruit & applesauce, hearty low sodium soups, juice boxes & bottles, granola bars, coffee, jam/jelly, sugar/honey, canned garbanzo, kidney and cannellini beans
Non-Food Needs: dish detergent, facial tissue, deodorant, hand soap, body wash, toothpaste, shampoo and paper towels
Also, we need your help by NOT giving us:
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Outdated or opened food items – we cannot give these out and we must then dispose of it & the local bird sanctuary no longer takes them!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: cereals, snacks, etc.;
Prepared rice – people seem to prefer plain rice as the prepared rice boxes remain on our shelves;
Thank you again 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. And may you have a very blessed Christmas Season and a Happy New Year!

Red Cross 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, January 5 from 2 pm to 7 pm in our Parish Center lobby meeting room. 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.

G.I.F.T. (GROWING IN FAITH TOGETHER)
World Meeting of Families Preparatory Presentation
Please join us January 13 at 7:30 pm at the Parish lobby meeting room for a special GIFT presentation. Bishop McIntyre has graciously agreed to come and help us prepare for the great grace of the 8th World Meeting of Families to take place here in Philadelphia from September 22nd to the closing Mass on September 27th on the Parkway! He will explain the event programming, content, and activities surrounding this monumental event. Mark your calendar so that you receive the most up-to-date information as each of us plan for this coming event next Fall. Light refreshments will follow.

Play Group

Come and Play! Saint Stanislaus Playgroup welcomes infants, children and their parents and grandparents to play and do fun activities together. Little People Playgroup meets on most Wednesday mornings from 9:45 to 11:30 am in the Parish Center.  To receive more information or to sign up, please contact Claire Snell at 215.896.7320 or csnell20@yahoo.com.

Adult Choir
The Adult Choir, which sings at the 9 am Mass each Sunday, rehearses on Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm in the Church choir loft. New members are always welcome! All voices needed! If you have any questions, please contact Bill Wilson at the Parish Center, 215.855.3133.

RCIA

What is the R.C.I.A.?  More than you thought!
Do you know anybody who is attracted to Catholicism or has been seeking answers to the restlessness in their heart, grappling with the most important questions like, “why am I here?” and “what is the purpose of my life?” Are you a non-Catholic spouse or friend of a Catholic and have ever considered becoming Catholic? Were you baptized or received First Holy Communion but never Confirmed? The R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) addresses the most fundamental questions that arise from the human experience while providing an introduction to the Catholic faith for persons inquiring about or desiring to become Catholic. The course may also serve as instruction and formation in the faith for adult Catholics who lack any of the sacraments. The course is less about doctrine or catechism and more about learning to grow in friendship with Christ through reading of Sacred Scripture, participation in the Mass as a personal encounter with Christ, and a shared journey within the community of the Church.  Sessions take place Wednesday evenings at the Parish Center from 7:30 to 9 pm beginning in September and extending through the Easter season. Questions or inquiries can be directed to Fr. Forlano at 215.855.3133 or at ststanspmf@comcast.net.

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 or Sunday 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 Kelly Eckert at 215.631.9969 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.