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. 

Sisters’ Night – Friday, June 22, 6 – 9pm, Villa Maria House of Studies, Malvern: The IHM Sisters invite single young women ages 18-35 to join them for “Sisters’ Night” on Friday, June 22 (6pm-9pm) at the IHM Motherhouse in Immaculata, PA.  This is a great opportunity for young women who are curious about religious life to spend a little time with the sisters in an informal setting.  The evening includes a cookout, wiffleball and s’mores, and concludes with Night Prayer in the Motherhouse chapel. For more information or to RSVP, email

Burrs at the Beach: June 24th from 1pm-7pm. Presented by the Alumni and Friends of West Philadelphia Catholic High School, this event is in its 31st year.  It will be held rain or shine at the Inlet on Olde (formerly Westy’s Irish Pub).  The event features a free buffet, reduced drink prices, 50/50 with cash prizes, and music. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of. Questions: 484.431.0781.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Rummage Sale: Monday, June 25—Thursday, June 28. Shop the area’s largest rummage sale for clothing, household items, jewelry, toys, books, and more. Monday there is an Early Shopping Entrance Fee of $10 (early shopping day runs from 5:30pm to 7:30pm).   Tuesday and Wednesday the sale runs from 9am—7pm, and Thursday from 9am-12noon.  On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday there is no entrance fee. Located in Doylestown. Questions? Call 215.348.4190.

Mass in support of those suffering from addiction: June 30, 11am at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Spring City, PA. Celebrated by Rev. Charles R. O’Hara, Pastor. 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.  A healing blessing will be offered after Mass.

Philadelphia Summer Gathering: How can we make a difference in today’s world?   Love our enemies?  Was Jesus serious? Come learn “The Art of Loving” at The Philadelphia Summer Gathering, hosted by the Focolare Movement. Sunday, July 1, 1pm – 5pm at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.   This event is free to all ages. Potluck refreshments! Questions?  Contact:     RSVP:

Fatima Evening: July 11, 6pm-8pm. Father Harry McCreedy will lead Fatima Evening of Prayer for Peace and the Protection of the World at Our Lady’s Missionaries of the Eucharist in Birdsboro, PA. For the past 22 years, Father McCreedy has led Candlelight Rosary Devotions to Our Lady of Fatima at his parish. He is a prominent Fatima pilgrimage guide due to his special devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. This event includes Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Praying the Rosary, an Act of Consecration of Our Nation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Eucharistic Benediction, and the Holy Sacrifice of Mass.

A Perfect Gift of Love: Worldwide Marriage  Encounter Weekend.  Refresh your marriage relationship; take a new look at your marriage, priorities and lifestyle; learn simple, effective communication techniques; enhance the love that you share; rediscover your hopes and dreams. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are: Jul 13-15 and Oct 19-21 at Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown, PA. For more information visit our website at: or contact Al & Mary Liz at or 610.449.1859.


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, June 19: Theology on Tap @ Appalachian Brewing Co., Collegeville; Doors at 7:00pm,

Talk Starts at 7:30pm 

Tuesday, June 26: Holy Hour @ Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Parish, North Wales; 7:30 pm

Saturday, July 7: Young Adult Union Game, 7:00pm.  More information to come!



Malvern Retreat House:  Retreat Opportunities

We are offering the first ever Addiction Retreat for those affected by opioids! From Defiance to Reliance: Navigating Your Spiritual Path Amidst the Chaos of Addictions, June 22-23, 2018.

Directed by Mark Christmyer, Marty Kenney, Gethsemani Way Ministries, Anne Costa, best-selling author, retreat master and evangelist and Fr. Bill Dean. This retreat is a 24-hour retreat of healing and recovery for men and women. It is also for those affected by addiction personally or through association with a family member or friend. Are you or someone you love in the chaos of addiction? Are you are in need of healing after the death of a loved one who died from an addiction? Are you tired of being sick and tired? Then this is the retreat for you!

Register at or call 610-644-0400 today. $125.00 includes all meals and accommodations.

Charismatic retreat with Sr. Ann Shields and Fr. James Blount

June 29-July 1. Music will be led by Firehill Worship and Mark Griswold. The retreat will feature a healing service, preaching, uplifting music, Sacrament of Reconciliation, private time and adoration.

Author Gary Zimak is leading a retreat entitled, “Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled-Finding Peace in a Stressful World.” July 27-29. Open to both Men and Women! Register today.

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:

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.

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


“From Defiance to Reliance:  Navigating Your Spiritual Life Amidst the Chaos of Addictions.” June 22-23rd.   Join us for a 24-hour spiritual healing retreat sponsored by Malvern Retreat House and Gethsemani Way, June 22-23rd.  This retreat is for men and women seeking help for themselves, loved ones, family, spouse or family. It is an ecumenical retreat.  Register:  online at or call 610-644-0400.  For more information on the retreat, contact Mark Christmyer at

Heed the Call:   camps for grade school and high school boys, B.B.V.C. and Quo Vadis. These camps are wonderful opportunities for participants to not only have fun and interact with the seminarians, but begin to learn how to listen for God’s voice in their lives.

  • Brothers of Borromeo Vocation Camp (B.B.V.C.) – July 13, 2018: Boys in Grades 6 to 8 – (rising 6th graders to graduated 8th graders), are invited to gather at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. The day includes games, activities, great talks, powerful prayer & Mass, lunch and dinner. For more information, visit org/event/BBVC.
  • Quo Vadis Days – June 25, 28, 2018: This 4-day, 3-night camp held at Black Rock Retreat Center, is an annual favorite for high school aged men (incoming freshmen to graduated seniors). The camp includes daily Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, outdoor activities, a ropes course, powerful prayer, great talks, and an opportunity to interact with the Philadelphia seminarians. For more information, visit org/event/quovadis.


Catholic Women’s Conference: October 27, 2018, 9 am – 4 pm

Daughters of the King — National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown, PA.  Includes mass, dynamic speakers, exhibits, friendship and prayer.  For more information, go to