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. 


Parenting and Pregnancy Classes Available! Are you a parent expecting a new baby or have children at home? Are you looking to connect with other parents for a time of relaxation and support? Come join us for weekly meet-ups, free diapers, raffles and occasional baby gear giveaways. Please call Catholic Social Services, Norristown at (610) 279.7372 for weekly dates and times. Offered both in English and Spanish.


Host Families Needed! PSE- Private & Public School F1-Exchange is seeking a caring and nurturing host family for a Chinese boy who will be attending his Freshman year at Lansdale Catholic in September. Host families will need to provide a nurturing environment, meals and occasional transportation (students take school buses to and from school) for this school year September 2019 – June 2020.  Students come with their own spending money, computer, cell phone and insurance. A generous stipend is given per month to offset expenses. If you have room in your heart and home and would like to host an international student, please contact Chris Busche at 610.592.8709. For more information, please visit www.pse-edu.org.


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 info@adoptionisalovingoption.org attend.


Unique Program for Married Men: Steve Bollman, founder of the catechetical program for men called “That Man Is You,” will introduce a Family Catechetical program to strengthen the faith of married couples to pass on the gift of faith this June.  His men’s program has reached over 15,000 men and his new book, “The Choice Wine: 7 Steps to a Superabundant Marriage” is excellent in strengthening married couples in passing on the gift of faith. The presentation is on Thursday, June 20th from 6pm to 9pm at Saint Mary Magdalen Church hall at 2400 N Providence Rd, Media, PA. Call  610.566.8821 with questions.  Email frralph@stmarymagdalen.net to register today!


Easter Pilgrimage to the Holy Land (April 13-23, 2020: Father Zachary Navit invites you to join him next spring! Departing the USA on Easter Monday will put us in Jerusalem for Orthodox Holy Week. Be part of a limited group of Catholic pilgrims joining the local people for the Holy Thursday Washing of the Feet ceremony, the Good Friday Way of the Cross and funeral procession for Jesus, and the amazing welcoming of the Holy Fire on Holy Saturday and resurrection ceremony. Of course we will celebrate Mass daily and visit other major sites of the Holy Land: Bethlehem, Jordan River, Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, Cana, Mount Tabor, and more! Find out more at an Information Night and Social: Monday, June 24 at 7pm in the Saint Mary Center Community Room (701 Lansdale Avenue, Lansdale, PA; please enter through the main facility entrance [behind Mary statue at circle]), or contact Susan at Select International (800-842-4842 or email susan@select-intl.com). Space is extremely limited on this rare pilgrimage!


Traditional Latin Mass — Missa Solemnis (solemn high):  Includes consecration of the human race to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and benediction with the Most Blessed Sacrament Friday, June 28, The Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church 235 East State Street, Doylestown. Rev. Msgr. Charles Hagan, Pastor, presides. Questions —  215.348.4190.


A Mass for those suffering from addiction: All are invited to St. Eleanor Church, 647 Locust Street in Collegeville on Saturday, June 29, at 12pm.  Addiction has touched far too many families and taken far too many of our loved ones.  Join us that we may draw strength from one another in the power of our faith.

Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into Hell, Satan and all the other evil spirits, who prowl throughout the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. – Pope Leo XIII


Homecoming / All Class Reunion: St. William Alumni and All Parishioners (former and present). All are invited to come together, reminisce and celebrate Sunday, October 6 from 2:00-7:00pm at the Philadelphia Ballroom, 2014 Hornig Road, Philadelphia, PA . $50 (open bar & buffet). Make your reservations by calling 215.745.1389. Checks made payable to The Church of St. William.


Bishop Kenrick 40th High School Reunion Class of 1979: Save the date! Saturday, October 19 at PJ Whelihan’s Blue Bell, PA – private room. More information to come at a later date.  Also  check out the BKHS FB page.


Called and Gifted Workshop: Saturday, October 12, 2019, 8:30am-4:30pm. Join us at St. John Neumann Hall, Philadelphia. The Called & Gifted discernment workshop includes Church teaching on the laity and lay apostleship, the nature of charisms, call and vocation, and how to undertake the process of discerning your charisms (spiritual gifts). We welcome our speakers, Sherry Weddell and Katherine Coolidge, Catherine of Siena Institute.  For more information. go to archphila.org/gifts. Cost is $45. 


For Grandparents: Celebrate “The Grace of Being Grand” with this Morning of Reflection for Grandparents on Thursday, June 13 from 8:30am to 11am at SaintMaria Goretti Church in Hatfield. This special day begins with the 8:30am Mass in their chapel.  Following Mass, we will enjoy a continental breakfast and a conference by our guest presenter, Deacon Anthony Bellitto.  Cost is $10.00 per person.  To register, visit the Adult Faith events page of our parish website at www.stmariagoretti.net.  For more information contact Angela McClellan at 215.721.0199 (ext. 202) .


BLOOD DRIVE:Friday, June 14, 2019 at St. Anthony of Padua Parish, 259 Forest Avenue, Ambler.  Go to Friendship Hall between 10:00am and 8:00pm. Appointments are preferred, but not necessary. Please call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800-733.2767) Or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter: STOP to Schedule an appointment.


First Saturday Devotions to keep Our Lady’s request going all through the summer: June 1, July 8, and August 3 in two locations: 1) St. Mary Magdalen, Media 8:30am Mass and 2) St. Charles Borromeo, Drexel, Hill 8:30am Mass, In this location there will be a teaching and refreshments. Free of charge; invite everyone to join in this powerful devotion. Questions? Contact Annie Myers of the Flame of Love Apostolate at 610.322.1940.


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.


Marriage Retreat: Refresh your marriage relationship on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. Summer means lots of time spent on everything but your relationship. For 2019, why not give yourselves some time together? Make a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend! The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are: DoubleTree Plymouth Meeting: July 19-21; Czestochowa, Doylestown, PA: October 18-20 and November 22-24.  For more information visit our website at: https://www.wwme-philly.org/ or contact Al & Mary Liz at Applications@wwme-philly.org


Corpus Christi Running Club:Corpus Christi parish has started an adult running club for fellowship and training.  We meet once a week on Saturday mornings at 7:45 am in the church parking lot by the Our Lady of Lourdes statue.  Runners and walkers of all levels are welcome.  This is a perfect training/accountability group for newbies, those who want to return to running after a long break and experienced runners.  For workouts we split into groups based on various skill levels.  We also participate in several 5K races each year.  For more info contact emurphy35@verizon.net


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:  Angela.McClellan@stmariagoretti.net or 215-721-0199 (ext. 202). Departing from the St. Maria Goretti Church Parking 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 www.stmariagoretti.netPlease mail form along with non-refundable deposit of $100.00. Final Payment is due no later than June 12, 2019. Payment is transferable 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 metanoiayoungadults@gmail.com for more information, or visit www.facebook.com/users/metanoiayoungadults). 


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 director.srnf@gmail.com 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: pewsitter@gmail.com


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


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, November 7, 2019
  • Thursday, December 5, 2019

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 philadelphiacatholicmamas@gmail.com