Parish Marian Celebration
Those who received the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion will help us to celebrate and crown our Mother, Mary, as we begin a month-long celebration in her honor. We hope that many of you can join us in honoring our Blessed Mother at this annual parish celebration at the 11 am Mass next Sunday, May 1.

Food Cupboard
Our May Food Collection will be on the weekend of April 30th & May 1st. And right now our food cupboard is in great need of the following items:
Non-Food Needs: toilet paper, bar soap, liquid hand soap, and facial tissue
Food Needs: canned meat and fish; canned fruit; coffee; tea; apple sauce; bottled fruit juice; salad dressing; mayo; pancake syrup and plain rice.
Also, we remember that we are unable to use the following:
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Outdated or opened food items – we cannot give these out and we must then dispose of it & the local bird sanctuary no longer takes them!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 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. With gratitude, Sister Barbara

Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, May 5
This is a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass Schedule: Wednesday, May 4: 7 pm Vigil Mass. Thursday, May 5: 6:30 am, 9 am, 12:05 pm and 7 pm (Spanish). All Masses will be celebrated in the main Church.

St. Stanislaus GIFT
(Growing In Faith Together) program
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 7 pm in the Parish Center
Speaker: Barbara Kirby
Topic: The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy
Barbara Kirby founded the Saint Agnes Day Room as an outreach effort to the poor in her West Chester community, which provides medical care, educational assistance, and other basic services to the needy. Barbara will share her experiences in carrying out the corporal and spiritual works of mercy for over 20 years in her community of minorities and immigrant families. These works remind us that faith finds expression in concrete everyday actions meant to help our neighbors in body and spirit. Pope Francis call us “to open our hearts to those living on the outermost fringes of society” because it is in the works of mercy that we “touch the flesh of Christ” and receive the gift of realizing that we too in some ways are poor and in need. Come to learn how we can live out the works of mercy in our own neighborhoods. Refreshments will follow the presentation.

Pentecost Sunday
Sunday, May 15 marks the end of the Easter season, and is the great feast of Pentecost, the day we celebrate the Holy Spirit in our midst. Since RED is the traditional color for the Holy Spirit, please remember to WEAR RED FOR PENTECOST on May 15!

Manna Sunday – May 15th
Manna Canned Food Collection for Nutritional Development Services
Manna Bags will be available at all the doors at the 5:15 pm Mass Saturday, May 7th and at the 7 am, 9 am, 11 am and 1pm Masses on Sunday, May 8th. Please return your filled Manna Bag on Sunday, May 15th. Filled bags should be left in the three door entrances of the Church, on the parking lot side. Canned food items in greatest need are: canned chicken and tuna fish, canned fruit, canned vegetables, pasta, canned beans and low-sodium soups. Thank you for reaching out to people in emergency situations. Our donations will help Catholic Social Services in Norristown assist people in need in Montgomery County.

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 Tuesday, May 31, 2016 from 1 pm to 6 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.

Trip to The National Shrine of The Divine Mercy
The St. Stanislaus Divine Mercy Cenacle is hosting a day trip to the National Shrine in Stockbridge MA on Tuesday June 28. Our journey begins at 6 am in the Church parking lot and we will arrive home at 10 pm. Cost of the trip is $70 which includes transportation, boxed lunch, dinner and tip for the driver. At the Shrine there will be time for Adoration, the Rosary, Mass, walking the grounds and there is a designated Door of Mercy. For more information please contact Eileen McKeron at 215.527.0269.

Summer Festival
It’s not too soon to start thinking Annual Summer Festival! Mark your calendars, for August 9 to August 13, from 6 pm to 10 pm on the school grounds.
Remember, if you are downsizing, cleaning out a home or redecorating, keep the parish garage sale in mind. Watch this space – we will begin accepting donations in July!
As you plant your garden this spring, please remember to plant a little extra for our Farmer’s Market! We will be looking for donations of fresh produce and homemade canned goods.
It takes a small army of volunteers to help the Festival run smoothly. Check back soon for information on how YOU can volunteer to help, and join the fun!

Rediscover Jesus ~ A Gift for You!
You are invited to bring home a copy of Rediscover Jesus, by Matthew Kelly. The books are available in Church vestibules. At a time when so many people are spiritually disillusioned and searching for ways to live, love, work and play that nurture the soul rather than destroy it, this powerful book encourages us in our weariness, challenges us in our comfort and invites us to rediscover the possibilities God places before us daily. It is a profound invitation to seek deeply personal answers to deeply personal questions, providing spiritual wisdom and practical insights that help us get to know both Jesus and ourselves in a new way.

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.