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. 

Lansdale Catholic Information:

Lansdale Catholic 8th Grade Scholarship Exam  – LC will hold their annual Scholarship Exam on these dates; Saturday, October 6, Saturday, October 13 both at 8AM or Thursday, October 25 at 3PM.  You may register online at   USE ACCESS CODE Z8.  Students from regional public, private and parochial schools are encouraged to call the Admissions Office at 215.362.6160 x1850 or visit our website at for information regarding the process. 

Lansdale Catholic SAT Prep Programs:-Lansdale Catholic and Dr. Richard Fuller’s SAT program is the most comprehensive SAT course in the area. We offer 35 hours of training and a ratio of 8 students to one teacher in mathematics to ensure the most comprehensive educational environment your child will experience. Please call Dr. Fuller directly at 610-275-9660 to discuss just how important the SAT is to your child’s future educational goals. Fall classes begin October 3.

Lansdale Catholic Fall Open House – LC will host their Fall Open House on Thursday, November 8 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  Families of 6th, 7th and 8th graders are cordially invited to join us on that evening and meet with coaches, moderators, faculty and administrators. 

The Feast of Saint Philomena: Saturday, August 11, 2018, National Center of the Universal Archconfraternity, Holy Martyrs Church 120 Allison Road, Oreland, Pa 19075. Mass will be offered at 8:30 am followed by Novena Prayers and Devotions and veneration of the Relic of St. Philomena. The Rosary is prayed daily at 8:00 am. A Reception will follow in the Father Szal Conference Room.  The Blessed Oil , the Chaplet, and the Cord of St. Philomena as well as other sacramental will be available. These items are always available at the Shrine in the Church and through the Religious Goods page of the website  For more information contact the Church Office.

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

Learn to Play Ice Hockey – Boys, girls and middle school teams forming now.  All skill levels (including beginners) and all grades 4 through 12.  Contact Lansdale Catholic Ice Hockey Club for more information.  Send email to:

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 Upcoming events:  

Tuesday, August 14:  Bible Study @ St. Rose of Lima, North Wales; 7:30pm

Tuesday, August 21: Theology on Tap @ Appalachian Brewing Co., Collegeville;   Doors open at 7:00pm.

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 

Roman Catholic Alumni and J.W. Hallahan Alumnae  Celebrating the 25th Annual Day at the Bay! Saturday, August 4, 2018 ~ 2:00PM to 6:00PM, Keenan’s Irish Pub, 113 Old New Jersey Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ. Ticket Prices:  $30.00 in advance/$40 at the door.  Questions? Roman Alumni:  215-627-1890 Hallahan Alumnae:  215-568-3081

Rummage and Treasure SALE: Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, 225 East Ashland St., Doylestown. Wednesday, August 8, 9am to 7pm; Thursday, August 9, 9am to 5pm; Friday, August 10, 9am to 1pm. On Friday only, clothing is $5.00 per bag (our bags) and all other items are half price! Shop our large selection of Clothing, Toys, Household items, Books, Movies, Music, Collectibles and much more!

4th Anniversary Retreat: A Flame of Love Event Saturday, August 18 starting with 9:00am Mass at SS Simon and Jude Parish West Chester. Bring a lunch! For more information, call 610.322.1940 or go to  

Rediscover the Love in Your Marriage – Workshop in August: Does the distance between you seem wide? Are you already separated? Looking for a better way? Retrouvaille (retro-VIE) can help and offers hope for a better relationship.  Retrouvaille is a peer ministry of volunteer couples that can help you learn the tools of healthy communication, build intimacy and heal, just as they have done in their own marriages. Retrouvaille is Christian-based, and Catholic in origin, but welcomes couples of all faiths as well as non-religious couples. Retrouvaille can help get your relationship back on track.  Our next program is coming up at the Family Life Center in Malvern, PA: August 17-19. For more information, or to register for one of our weekends, visit our web site, or call 1.800.470.2230. All inquiries are kept strictly confidential.

Five Keys to Freedom presentation: Come learn about the Five Keys of Unbound, a simple process of prayer that will help you unleash the liberating power of the Gospel into your life and find greater freedom. This presentation is for everyone. It can be especially helpful for situations such as: relationship problems, habitual sin, chronic anger, fear, sadness, or other areas of life where you feel “stuck” and unable to move forward. Speaker: Meghan Cokeley, Director of the Archdiocesan Office for the New Evangelization. For more info & to RSVP, visit: Dates/location where this talk will be presented: 

  • Wed, Sept 12, 7-9pm, Archdiocesan Pastoral Center, Philadelphia 
  • Thurs, Sept 20, 7-9pm, St. Andrew Olde Church, Newtown 
  • Sat, Oct 13, 9-11am, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Doylestown 
  • Thurs, Oct 18, 7-9pm, St. Rose, North Wales 
  • Sat, Nov 17, 9am-12pm, St. Ignatius, Yardley

Christian Reflections on Addiction: September 4, 11, 18, 25 and October 2nd, 7-9 pm (Tuesdays) Saints Peter and Paul Parish in West Chester will host WE THIRST: Christian Reflections on Addiction in September and October. This is a popular five-part series that not only educates, but also inspires compassion, faith, hope, love, and community action! Nina Marie Corona, M.A., C.R.S., is the facilitator ( For more information or to register for this event, contact Judy at Saints Peter and Paul: (610) 692-2216, ext. 263.

Mercy & Mary Retreat with Fr. Michael Gaitley: Sept. 21-22, 2018 at St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church. Join the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy for an inspiring retreat  featuring best-selling author and acclaimed speaker, Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC.  This retreat begins with one conference on Friday evening, September 21 at 7:15pm. and a book signing with Fr. Gaitley and much more.  To register, visit Marian

Atlantic City Casino Trip, Fall 2018. Sponsored by Ernest Strollo Lodge -Order Sons of Italy in America: The Ernest Strollo Lodge OSIA is planning a Bus Trip to Resorts Casino on Sunday, September 23.  The Bus would depart from the Acme Shopping Center in Flourtown at 9am and return back at 7:30pm and the cost is $30 per person with $25 Resorts Slot Machine Voucher. If interested please contact Frank Speziale @ 215.429.9063 or Sam Cerrato, Jr. @ 215.646.4994 by June 22 to reserve your seat on the bus. Payment will be due in August.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 7:00 pm, Tolton: From Slave to Priest at Lasalle UniversityTolton is a live theatrical one-man drama based on the life of Father Augustus Tolton, the first African-American priest.Performed by actor Jim Coleman and directed by Leonardo Defilippis of Saint Luke Productions, Tolton, is a true story of courage, forgiveness, and reconciliation, which resonates deeply with modern American audiences. Faithful throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are invited to attend. Limited tickets are available. LaSalle University, Dan Rodden Theater, 1900 West Olney Avenue, Philadelphia, PA; More Info & tickets: 

Neumann-Goretti Alumni All Classes Reunion, Saturday, September 29, 2018, 4-8 PM at Sugar House CasinoFishtown Hops –  DJ Jimmy Dee and Special Guest Appearance by Jerry Blavat – visit for tickets and detailed information or call the Alumni Office at 215.389.0925 – DON’T BE LEFT OUT!

Marriage Retreat at the Beach! Come celebrate your marriage at a special retreat just a few blocks from the beach in Cape May Point, New Jersey.  This weekend at the Marianist Family Retreat Center is intended for couples married at least 10 years. It honors and celebrates the commitment of marriage. The retreat includes Mass, prayer, small group discussions, reflection, relaxation, socializing, fun, and plenty of couple time. The weekend is September 28-30, 2018. Cost: $270 per couple (includes accommodations and all meals). Please call 609-884-3829 for further information or email: or visit the retreat house website at You can also call the local area coordinating couple, Deacon Tony and Sharon Bellitto at 610-222-4548.

St. Ignatius Spiritual Exercises – Retreat in Daily Life: Beginning in October 2018, Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Parish will offer the opportunity to undertake the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola through daily personal prayer and a weekly small group sharing (3-5 persons), referred to as the Retreat in Daily Life, the 30-day retreat held over 30 weeks.  If you think you might be interested, and/or if you have any questions, contact Beth Ann Rufo ( or Cell: 954-224-8989).  

Catholic Tent Revival – Sunday, October 7, 2018, 1:00-7:00pm. Join thousands of teens, adults, and families as we come together for The Catholic Tent Revival, a day of prayer, worship, fun and celebration of God’s love for us. (This is a bilingual event.) Malvern Retreat House, Malvern, PA; No cost to attend; Registration is required; Full details at

St. Martin of Tours School 1958 60th Reunion: October 14th at the Brookside Manor (Formerly Somerton Springs), 1-5pm.  For more information, call Cathy Hynes Pfeiffer at 215-632-0328 or email

The ‘One Thing’ is Three by Fr. Michael Gaitley MIC —  Are you looking for a kind of crash course in Catholic theology written for busy people and in a way that is simple and easy to understand?  Join us for a group study that delves into the Most Holy Trinity as the key to bringing the faith from our heads to our hearts and out into our lives.  There are 10 sessions, beginning on Monday, September 10th and ending on Monday November 19th (no meeting on Nov 12).  We will meet at the Parish Center from 7-8:30pm.  Registration is required.  Contact Eileen McKeron (215.527.0269/ for more information and to register.  Deadline for registration is August 27th

Archdiocesan Catholic Women’s Conference: Saturday, October 27, 9am-4pm. Join us for a day of friendship, prayer and growth in your faith at the 2018 Catholic Women’s Conference to be held at  the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown. This year’s theme is “Daughters of the King” and the day will be devoted to helping women discover their foundational identify as daughters of the King of Heaven and Earth.  Talks will be offered in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language. A mid-September sell-out is expected, so register today at:

Pre-Cana at St. Jude:  October 27th:  St. Jude Parish offers a fun, engaging and instructional one day Pre-Cana marriage preparation day for engaged couples. Our day is designed to assist couples prepare for a strong, successful, lifelong marriage in a a joy-filled, welcoming, environment. The sessions are held at St. Jude School located at 323 West Butler Avenue, Chalfont, PA 18914.  Our next session is scheduled for  Saturday, October 27th, 2018.  Please contact St. Jude Rectory 215-822-0179

CALIX Society:  All are invited to fellowship and support at the St. Patrick Calix Unit in Norristown.  We gather for the 4pm Vigil Mass at St. Patrick’s Church, 714 Dekalb St. Norristown, on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, followed by our meeting on the second floor of the Parish School at 5pm, located at 703 Green St. around the corner. The Calix Society is an association for those affiliated with a 12 step spirituality, and/or for family and friends of those who are, who desire to share the graces and truth of our Catholic faith in our personal and community growth as members of the family of God. For more information, please contact Janet @ 610-639-4127, or Paul @ 610-220-8927.  Additional info can be found at:

Bishop McDevitt High School, Class of 1968 will hold the 50th Reunion this year on Friday, November 23, 2018. Please check out the Facebook website, Bishop McDevitt HS Wyncote, 1968 50th Reunion, and add your name and email to be contacted for reunion details. Questions?E-mail

AbbeyFest 2018: September 22, Daylesford Abbey in Paoli, Pennsylvania.The day includes Holy Mass, contemporary Christian praise and worship music, confession throughout the day, Catholic witness, food, religious vendors, games for little kids, and fun for all ages. We conclude the evening with candlelit adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The headliner, once again, is eight-time Grammy nominee Matt Maher, who has written or co-written five No. 1 radio singles and performed at the 2013 World Youth Day in Rio to a crowd of over three million people and Pope Francis. More information about Matt Maher can be found at his website: and at

Holy Land 2019 With Paulist Fathers Thomas A. Kane and Bruce Nieli — We are delighted to invite you to join us on this pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2019. We look forward to travelling prayerfully with you. Fr. Thomas Kane has specially designed this itinerary for Paulist Pilgrimages. The Holy Land, revered by Jews, Christians, and Muslims throughout the centuries, has a stunning diversity of architecture, history, culture, and geography. Paulist Fr. Bruce Nieli will be our spiritual guide.

Our journey will focus on the Holy Land as The Fifth Gospel, as St. Jerome called it. To make this spiritual journey is to have the opportunity to walk and pray where Jesus lived, died, and rose again. On holy ground, the Scriptures can come alive in new and exciting ways!

Our group size is limited, and we strongly encourage you to register as soon as possible for this special pilgrimage, since we often sell out soon after this posting. The air and land are part of the package. Prices start at $3,000.