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. 

Corpus Christi Catholic School Annual Christmas Craft Show! Join us December 8 from 9am-3pm at Corpus Christi School in Lansdale. Over 50 traditional and unique vendors will be there to showcase their talented work. Bring the kids to enter our North Pole workshops filled with games and crafts to decorate our trees. Enjoy our homemade delicious treats for breakfast and lunch and grab a hot chocolate while you shop for your loved ones. A perfect family fun Christmas craft show to kick off the  season!

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary Open House and Christmas Concert: Sunday, December 9: The day includes a open house and campus tour, refreshments, and concert!  For more information, go to

Society of Catholic Scientists
Did you know about this new Catholic organization? The Society of Catholic Scientists is an international lay organization founded in June of 2016 to foster fellowship among Catholic scientists and to witness to the harmony of faith and reason. The Society hopes to answer the call of Pope St. John Paul II that ‘members of the Church who are active scientists’ be of service to those who are attempting to ‘integrate the worlds of science and religion in their own intellectual and spiritual lives.’ In its first two years, the SCS grew to over 800 members. Over 120 scientists attended its 2018 conference, along with dozens of theologians, philosophers, and historians.  To learn more about this new organization in the Church, visit:

“Sacraments,” A Spiritual Enrichment Program Offered by St. Philip Neri Catholic Family Life Center in Pennsburg, PA. We learned the Sacraments as children, now Rev. Louis Bellopede helps us gain a deeper understanding of these Sacraments instituted by Jesus in His early teachings. Friday, December 12 (Matrimony) and January 4 (Holy Orders) from 7 to 8:30pm and they are free!

Christmas Concert at St. Helena’s: Come to “Christmas Songs to Remember, Honor, and Celebrate” on Sunday, December 162018 at 4 PM in St. Helena Church at 1489 DeKalb Pike.  The concert is free.  A free will offering will be graciously accepted.  There will be a dinner following in the Empress Room at a cost of $15.00. Any question, please feel free to call Theresa Smith at 215.646.7636.

January 1 at 12AM – Mass for New Year’s and the Solemnity of Mary: The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul invites you to celebrate the New Year and the feast of Our Lady at Midnight Mass in the Cathedral Chapel at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia.

College-Age Retreat: January 4 to 6, 2019.  To be held at the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May Point, NJ.  This retreat is designed to bring young people together of college-age (17-22). So whether you are in college or working come join us to renew your spiritual life, deepen your relationship with God and to meet new friends.  Our time will be filled with prayer experiences, peer group discussions, Eucharist and lots of fun! Cost: $135 per person, double occ. Register at: or call 609-884-3829. Some financial aid is available and  high school seniors are also welcomed!

St. Genevieve Parish Pro-Life Lecture: January 10 at 7pm. The pro-life community rightfully focuses on Roe v. Wade. But whether Roe is reversed or not, our pro-life goal won’t be achieved unless we convert the culture, the work primarily of the laity. The lecture will focus on the role of the laity & offer suggestions on the ways we can best work to convert the culture, especially on life issues.

Join us as we welcome Marie Joseph, Founding Executive Director of   Legacy of Life Foundation & Women’s Crisis Pregnancy Centers. St. Genevieve Parish Church is located in Flourtown. Questions? Call the rectory at 215.836.2828.

Gaudeamus Music Ministry: 27th Annual Christmas Concert December 16 at 7:30pm. Held at the Epiphany of Our Lord Church in Plymouth Meeting.  Admission is free and the event is open to the public. A free will donation will benefit the Charitable Works of A Baby’s Breath, a support center for expecting mothers and fathers. Join us for an uplifting and spiritual Christmas concert, featuring traditional, sacred and classical music of the season.

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:


Malvern Retreat House Upcoming Events:

December 7:   Spirit Power; Waiting Arms Bethlehem to Calvarydirected by Marty Rotella. A one day retreat, ft. special speakers Fr. Stephen DeLacy and Anna Iatesta. Mass, inspiring music and uplifting talks.
December 14-16:   Ancestral Inner Healing Retreat for men and women directed by Fr. James Blount, SOLT and Kathleen McCarthy. Come, learn and experience the overwhelming desire of God the Father to free your family lineage from trauma and the sins of generations.

Looking to be nourished this Advent? Join us for an Advent Prayer Service: Our Call to Welcome Mary, Joseph, and Other Immigrants. This journey takes place on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 7:00 PM-8:30 PM at Mount Saint Joseph Academy in the Auditorium. Refreshments will be provided. Please register before Monday, December 3rd by calling Sue Grogan at 215-348-9584 OR register at so we can plan accordingly for refreshments. We hope you can join us! This event is sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Joseph Commission for Justice.

A Musical Note: Make A Joyful Noise! Come and enjoy a musical event performed by our own St. Stanislaus Music Ministry on Sunday, December 9th at 3pm. There will be performances by all of our talented cantors, choirs, accompanists and instrumentalists. It will jumpstart your Christmas Spirit!

Dare to Prepare Advent Retreat for Teen Girls: St. Agnes Church in Sellersville is hosting a “Dare to Prepare” Advent Retreat for Teen Girls ages 12+ on Saturday, December 15, from 9am to 4pm in the Church hall. Sponsored by Young Women of Grace, this day-long event features Mass, social time, games, and special Christmas craft, presentations by author Susan Brinkmann, OCDS , and more! This day includes a light breakfast, pizza for lunch, and lots of homemade Christmas cookies & treats! Cost is just $30 per girl. Visit the Events page at for more information.

The March for Life in Washington DC will be on Friday, January 18. Our Respect Life Group will again be hosting a 55 passenger bus. Thanks to the continued generosity of our fellow parishioners, the cost will be only $15 for adults and $10 for children 8th grade and under. The “out of parish” cost is $35. This includes the bus, Metro ticket and dinner.

Sister Barbara will again be offering a day long retreat at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for those who wish to attend but are not interested in doing the march. This is a wonderful day to spend with like minded pro-life people and it is a very family friendly event. The bus will depart from the Church parking lot at 7:15-7:30am, following the 6:30am Mass, and return by 9:30pm. For reservations or questions please contact Jeanne-Marie Motley at 215.393.1709. Checks should be written to St. Stanislaus Respect Life Group and dropped off at the Parish Center.

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

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 

Tuesday, December 11: Bible Study @ St. Rose of Lima, North Wales, 7pm

Tuesday, December 18: Christmas Party @ Appalachian Brewing Co., Collegeville; Doors open at 7:00pm, talk Starts at 7:30pm

Tuesday, January 8: Bible Study at St. Rose of Lima, North Wales, 7pm

Tuesday January 15: Theology on Tap @ Appalachian Brewing Co., Collegeville; Doors open at 7:00pm, talk Starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday January 22: Holy Hour @ Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Parish, North Wales, 7pm

Saturday, January 26: Service Project @ Cradles to Crayons, Conshohocken **(Pre-registration required)**

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 

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).


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: