Beyond the Parish

Events and enrichment activities sponsored by neighboring parishes and organizations are listed.  Check back often for more opportunities! Newly added events appear at the top for one week, then are listed by date. 

Considering Adoption?  Touched by Adoption? We invite you to our Adoption Support Group.  This group is open to anyone interested in learning more about the process of adopting children, in the process of adopting a child, or already a parent through adoption. Come meet and talk to caring, supportive families that share their experience with the adoption process and parenting. Meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of every month at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Church.  For updates on meeting times and locations, contact Maria Malone at  215.527.5828 or email her at attend.

Forty Hours Devotion: All are invited to visit Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament at the beautiful and historic Ss. Nerus and Achilleus Chapel of St. Mary Center and Villa during the annual Forty  Hours Devotions on March 31, April 1, and April 2. The chapel will be open for visits on Sunday from 12 noon until 6:30pm and Monday/Tuesday from 9am to 3pm. Holy Mass will be celebrated each day at 11am with Benediction on Sunday at 6:30pm and Monday/Tuesday at 2:45pm. Enter through the chapel main entrance.  We hope to see you there!

Venerable Michael McGivney, Pastor of Souls: April 4 from 7pm to 8:30pm. In his thirteen years as a parish priest, Father McGivney’s compassion, especially for immigrants, won the love of those he served as pastor.  His Christian piety, inspiration, leadership, and administrative drive brought him the loyalty and affection of thousands who knew him as the founder of the Knights of Columbus.  Father Michael McGivney was declared venerable in 2008 and may well become America’s first canonized parish priest.  Join us for this inspirational talk offered by the Postulator of his Cause for Sainthood.  Refreshments will be served in the narthex following this event.  For more information, contact or 215.721.0199 (ext. 202). We hope to see you at Saint Maria Goretti Church for this program!

Churches and Cheese Steaks Tour, Sponsored by the St. Philip Neri Catholic Family Life Center in East Greenville, PA. Saturday, May 4. Our pilgrimage consists of tours of St John the Evangelist Church, the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul, and the National Shrine of St Rita of Cascia in Philadelphia. Bus leaves from the CFLC in East Greenville at 6:45am. We will return at 4pm.  Your choice for lunch at Pat’s or Geno’s Steaks! The cost is $40 Adult $20/Ages 6-17. Only 20 seats available – Registration requested by April 19: or call 215.679.2237

Spiritual Multiplication Workshop: Friday, April 5, 9am-12pm. Come learn what it takes to form disciples who are equipped to form other disciples, igniting a chain reaction of disciple-making in your parish. This workshop, presented by the experienced evangelizers from Catholic Christian Outreach, is for all parishes and will cover topics such as: how to foster parish growth by through spiritual multiplication; shifting from investing in programs to investing in people, the art of intentional accompaniment, the five spiritual thresholds and how to engage people who are living in a post-Christian culture. Held at St. Thomas of Villanova, Bryn Mawr.  The speaker will be Amber Zolc, Coordinator of Parish Outreach, Catholic Christian Outreach.  The cost is $25; for more details and online registration, go to

Spring Festival,  Saturday, April 6: hosted by Martin Saints Classical High School will be hosting a Spring Festival featuring a craft fair, flea market and games for children from 9am to 4pm. Come and have a wonderful day with your family! The school is located on the second floor of the church building: Holy Martyrs Catholic Church, 120 Allison Road, Oreland.  You are also welcomed to join us for Mass at 4:30pm in church.

Theology Lecture- “When Peter and Paul Disagree: Living in Faithfulness and Charity Amid Public Controversy” Monday, April 8 at 7pm, St. Borromeo Seminary.  The guest speaker is Rev. Msgr. Michael Magee, Chair of Systematic Theology.  This lecture will seek to identify the guideposts and caveats for understanding and responding to present-day controversies that may be found to emerge from Sacred Scripture, Tradition, and ecclesial experience. For more information, visit:

Bethany Music Ministry will present Footsteps to the Cross, Palm Sunday, April 14 at 7:30 pm, St. Titus Church in East Norriton. The final hours of Christ as told through Scripture, narration and music. All are welcome!

Retrouvaille—A Lifeline for Marriages: Tens of thousands of couples have healed their Marriages through Retrouvaille (Retro-VIE). If you know of anyone who could benefit from this program please pass it on! Couples learn to build communication skills and rediscover intimacy. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties or crises. The next program in your area begins on the weekend of April 26 at the Family Life Center in Malvern, PA.  Another weekend will be held in August. For more information, or to register for one of our weekends, visit our web site at: or call 215.766.3944 or 800.4702.230.  All inquiries are strictly confidential

Lansdale Catholic Beef & Beer, Sat April 27: Lansdale Catholic High School is holding a Beef & Beer for parents, alumni and friends with proceeds supporting all the student athletes.  It is being held at the school from 7-10pm with a buffet dinner (beer & wine), live music and dancing.  You can make your reservation online at:  For additional information contact  Don’t miss this wonderful event!

Wedding Anniversary Mass: Saturday, May 4th, 2019 5:15 pm. The annual Wedding Anniversary Mass is celebrated to pray for and with married couples in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who are married 1-5 years, and couples who have been married 25 years or more or who have been married 50 years or more. Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia.  Registration required.  Please visit 

The Rights of the Laity in Church Law: Church law is so much more than a list of “do-nots.” It is a positive affirmation of the rights of the laity. An emphasis on these rights was an innovation when Saint Pope John Paul II promulgated the new Code of Canon (Church) Law in 1983.  Our guest presenter, Mr. Adam Dickerson, J.C.L., M.A., will specifically explore what these rights (and responsibilities) are and how they serve the mission of the Church.  A question and answer period will follow this presentation.  Please register for this event at or 215-721-0199 (ext. 202).  There is no cost to attend this presentation. Tuesday, May 14, 7pm to 8:30pm at Saint Maria Goretti Chapel in Hatfield.

Author, Colleen Campbell, speaks on her new book The Heart of Perfection: How the Saints Taught Me to Trade My Dream of Perfect for God’s. St. Agnes RC Church in Sellersville. May 22, 2019 7-9pm.  This is a free event.  Colleen Campbell will follow her talk with a book signing.  Sweet treats and fellowship in the Parish social hall to follow.  All are welcome!

Be Not Afraid! Family Vocation Day: Please join us for “Be Not Afraid! Family Vocation Day” on June 15 as we welcome keynote speaker Leah Darrow, Bishop Timothy Senior, Pauline Fathers & Brothers, Archdiocese of Philadelphia and members of several religious communities here at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa to share with you their way of life. All are welcome to attend: children, teens, adults–indeed, everyone who supports and prays for religious vocations. May we heed the call of our beloved St. John Paul II as he encourages us to “Be Not Afraid!” which is the theme of this day of prayerful reflection.

Divine Mercy and North American Martyrs Shrines Overnight Bus Pilgrimage: August 18. Travel along with us on this two day excursion to the beautiful Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, the majestic Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Auriesville, New York, and the National Shrine and Historic Site of Saint Kateri in Fonda, New York.  Our pilgrimage includes a delicious dinner at the Cork ‘n Hearth Restaurant in Lee, MA and an overnight stay at the Yankee Inn in Lenox, MA. For more information contact: or 215-721-0199 (ext. 202). Departing from the St. Maria Goretti Church Pariking Lot at 7am, return home 7pm on August 19. Cost is $500.00. Please register using the form that can be found on the Adult Faith Events page of our parish website at Please mail form along with non-refundable deposit of $100.00. Final Payment is due no later than June 12, 2019. Payment is transferrable to another person but not refundable.

For Young Adults:

Metanoia is an active community of Catholic young adults in western Montgomery County, supporting Catholics in their 20s and 30s who are looking to deepen their faith and meet fellow Catholics in the area. The ministry includes Theology on Tap, faith based meetings, community service, retreats, and outdoor events. Contact for more information, or visit 

On-line LIVE Support Group for Adult Children of Divorce (Must be 18 or Older):  Join us monthly on the Last Thursday of Every Month for a LIVE support group for adult children of divorce. Participants must be 18 years or older.  Use your laptop or call-in! Presented by the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family, and Faith.  Prayer, Reflection, Sharing in a Safe Setting. Guided by the teachings of the Catholic Church.  To learn more or to sign-up, email and type THURSDAY in the title to receive sign-in link.  Call/Text 215.870.9913 for more info. 

A Mass in the Extraordinary form (Traditional Latin Mass) is held the 2nd Sunday of each month at 11:15 am, at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa.  This Mass is held with the approval of the Archdiocese and fulfills your Sunday Mass obligation.  All our invited to attend.  For more information contact:

Souderton Adult Day Care Center: Catholic Housing and Community Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is proud to provide high quality, compassionate care for frail seniors in this community.  Our services include: nursing services, assistance with medication management, activities focused on cognitive, social, sensory & physical needs, full noontime meal and afternoon snacks, gentle physical exercise, individualized care planning and family support group. Souderton Adult Day Care provides much-needed respite for caregivers while providing individualized care for their loved ones in a home-like environment. Souderton Adult Day Care Center is located at 228 Ridge Avenue in Souderton.

To learn more about becoming a participant or schedule a visit, please call Deb Lytle at 267-219-7986

Marianist Family Retreat Center: Spirituality of Knitting & Needle-crafting Retreat, March 29 – 31. Cape May Point. Come explore how the work of your hands is also the work of our Creator’s hands! Through shared prayer services, presentations, daily Mass and plenty of time to craft in community, we will explore the Spirituality of Knitting. All who knit, crochet or needle-craft with some experience are welcome! Cost: $140 per person (includes program, lodging & meals). Sign up online at or call 609-884-3829 for more information.

The Annual Archdiocesan Mass Honoring the Gifts of Persons with Disabilities, The Deaf Community, Family, Friends and Caregivers is Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul at 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia.  Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., will be the principal celebrant and homilist.  There will be a reception immediately following the Mass.  All are Welcome. To RSVP go to, or call the Office for Persons with Disabilities at 215-587-3530 with the number attending.

Dynamic Catholic—Find Your Greatness: If you missed this event last year at St. Stans, here is another chance to attend!  Please join Dynamic Catholic and speaker Allan Hunt: March 31, 1-5pm, at St. John The Baptist in Manayunk. Visit DynamicCatholic. com or call 859.980.7900 for tickets.

What if each Catholic prayed for ten minutes and read five pages of a great book every day? What if every Catholic did one thing each week to intentionally share God’s message with others? Come and discover how four life-changing habits can point you towards discovering incredible possibilities for your life. You will leave the event with a personal plan to help you become the best version of yourself.

The event is appropriate for ages 12+; youth are encouraged to attend! Husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, single or married, young or old, Catholic or non-Catholic: you are invited. When was the last time you invested in your life? It’s time. You are worth it!

Danube River Cruise and Passion 202 Passion Play: In fulfillment of a vow made in 1633, the residents of Oberammergau, Germany perform a world renowned passion play every 10 years.  Father Zachary Navit and a group of priests from Philadelphia invite you to join them from July 10-20, 2020 for a deluxe Danube River cruise with optional extension through July 21 to attend the passion play.  Find out more about this exciting, faith-filled trip at Information Night scheduled for Monday, April 1 (St. Mary Center Community Room, 701 Lansdale Ave., Lansdale; snow date 4/3) at 7 PM.  For more information, including brochure and registration, contact Susan at Select International (800-842-4842; or visit

First Thursday Breakfast Club: The Breakfast Club is held on designated First Thursdays of the year at Saint Maria Goretti Parish and provides a way for people to gather together in friendship following their time spent together in worship and prayer.  Coffee, tea, juice, and nutritious breakfast refreshments are served along with lots of laughter and conversation.  There is no cost to participate in the and no registration is required.  Non-parishioners are always welcome.  Saint Maria Goretti Church Narthex, following the 8:30am Mass. The Breakfast Club is automatically cancelled  when a funeral is scheduled for the same morning. Questions? Call 215.721.0199 (ext. 202).  Upcoming breakfasts are:

  • Thursday, April 4, 2019 — with Special Guest Presentation by Father Gabriel O’Donnell, O.P.: Rose Hawthorne:  Servant of God and of the Poor
  • Thursday, November 7, 2019
  • Thursday, December 5, 2019

A Perfect Gift of Love: Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend: April 12-14. Designed to help married couples communicate more intimately with one another in order to deepen and enrich their relationship, this weekend is free from everyday routines, distractions, and tensions.  An atmosphere is created where the couple is able to concentrate exclusively on each other in a private, confidential environment. 

A series of presentations that touch on many aspects of marriage are given by three couples and a Catholic priest. After each presentation, the couple has time in the privacy of their own room for personal sharing using communication techniques taught on the weekend.  There are no “group discussions”. The weekend starts at 8pm on Friday and runs until 4pm on Sunday. All faith expressions are welcome! For more information, go to

St. Agnes Parish in Sellersville welcomes you to a FREE event! Father Dave Pivonka will be speaking on his book, Breath of Life. His talk will be followed by a book signing, sweet treats, and fellowship in the parish social hall.  April 25, 7pm to 9pm.  All are welcome! Questions, contact St. Agnes Parish at 215.257.2128.

Mass of Anointing of the Sick:On Wednesday, April 24, the closing night of the Novena, there will be a Mass of Anointing of the Sick following the Novena; the Novena will be at 6:30pm. with Mass at 7:30pm  in the Church.  The Main Celebrant will be Father Pio Mandato. For more info call Rosemary 215.368.5875.

Marianist Family Retreat Center: Contemplative Prayer Retreat, April 26 – 28. www.capemaymarianists.orgCape May Point. This retreat is intended for those interested in a contemplative prayer experience. First-timers as well as those who are familiar and experienced with this type of retreat are all welcomed.  Our time will be filled with prayer experiences, quiet personal time, special liturgies and daily Eucharist. Cost:  $140/pp

Mothers of Children with Disabilities Retreat:   Wednesday, May 1, at Malvern Retreat House.  This is a retreat for mothers and grandmothers who are raising children with disabilities and also those who have adult children with disabilities.  There will be time to pray, reflect, and chat with other mothers.  For registration info. go to:  For more information please contact Malvern Retreat House at 610.644.0400.  

Academic Announcements:

MOUNT SAINT JOSEPH ACADEMY Offers 7th GRADE VISITATIONS: We invite seventh grade girls to experience life at the Mount. Join us for a morning visit. Visitations will continue through May. All visits can be arranged online. Visit our website at for more information.

Lansdale Catholic Accepting Applications for Class of 2023 and Fall Transfers If you have an 8th grader who is interested in being part of our Class of 2023 or to transfer from public or private school in the fall, please visit and apply now.  Placement for incoming students will begin soon and you don’t want to miss out.  Any questions, please contact Meghan Callen, Director of Admissions at 215.362.6160 ext 1850

Philadelphia Catholic Mamas Group – open to all mothers in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia of all backgrounds and ages who seek fellowship and community with one another through weekly prayer meetups, monthly city-based activities, pro-life ministry, and retreats. For more information about upcoming events check out or e-mail Gosia Sanchez at