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. 

Blood Drive at Corpus Christi:On Friday, August 16 from 2pm to 7pm there will be a blood drive in the Corpus Christi School Gym.  All types are needed! Please consider making a donation — appointments are not required, but helpful.  Go to to set up an appointment.

Calling all Craft Vendors! Saint Alphonsus Parish invites you to participate in the annual Christmas Bazaar on November 23.  For more information and a registration packet; call the parish office at 215.646.4600, or email Mary Francis Kelly at   Enter “Christmas Bazaar” in the subject line.  Please keep in mind spots fill up quickly.

Bell Ringer Leader Needed: A small, local, dedicated Handbell Choir at St. Titus Church, East Norriton is searching for a Volunteer Director. We have 3 octaves of bells and REAMS of music! We practice 6 hours per month, a little more close to Holidays, summers off. We perform at Easter and Christmas. Our perfect director would be: Retired, with a band leader or music teacher background; endowed with patience; able to think outside of the box for our non-musician members. If contact: Nedra Bates at 610.304.2568 or

SBA Backpack Course for 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Students: Getting ready for “back-to-school?” Be sure to fill your backpack with all the essentials. Students in 5th through 8th grade are welcome to attend our workshop on study skills, note taking, time management, and organization. Spend time working with current Saint Basil faculty members and students and hear about their keys to a successful school year!  This free workshop will take place on Wednesday, August 21st from 3:00 to 5:00 at Saint Basil Academy. Register today on our Admissions Page:

Little Sisters of the Poor Mass of Thanksgiving: Saturday, August 24 at 10:30amJoin us as we celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Philadelphia. Reception to follow at the Logan Philadelphia   Hotel. All are welcome! Archbishop Charles J. Chaput will preside. Mass held at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, in Philadelphia.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Clothing Drive August 24th, 9am to 1pm:The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be using the services of GreenDrop to support their clothing drive.  Look for the GreenDrop truck in the parish parking lot where an attendant will be available to assist you with your donations. Please place your donations of usable men’s, women’s and children’s clothing in plastic bags or boxes. Household items such as: kitchenware, games/toys, small appliances under 50 pounds, electronics, sporting goods, books, CDs & videos are also accepted. Unfortunately, furniture, large appliances, TVs or computer monitors cannot be accepted. For a full list of acceptable items visit

You’re Invited to Tea with Therese! Learn how to live the Little Way of Spiritual Childhood and have fun at the same time! This 4-week course entitled, “Live the Little Way,” taught by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS of the Catholic Life Institute, will be held at Fatima House in Bedminster on Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. beginning Sept 10 and ending on St. Therese’s feast day of October 1. The evenings include tea, treats, small group discussion, and lots of fun with fellow devotees of the Little Flower! The same course will also be taught on-line on Thursday evenings from 8-9 p.m. beginning Sept 13. To learn more and register, visit 

Mission Doctors Association will offer the 2019 Midwest Retreat/SeminarSept 13-15for Catholic Physicians, Dentists, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, and their spouses, considering Short-term mission service in Africa or Latin America.  This will be held at Loyola Stritch Medical School, Chicago. 

Information and Accreditation Statement (for the 11 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)) are available on the web site: or by calling the office for more information 213.368.1872.

September 14 & 15: Padre Pio   Festival Join us for a weekend of prayer and worship along with music and fun festivities for the whole family in honor of one of the Church’s most powerful saints, Padre Pio! Join us at St. Bede the Venerable Parish in Holland, PA.  

Mini-Conference on Marriage: Sunday, September 15 from 2-4:30pm.  Join us during the third and final year of the Archbishop’s Remain in My Love initiative! At this mini-conference, national Catholic speakers will present the splendor of Christ’s teachings on the high dignity of the vocation of marriage and Christian family life. This event is for everyone! Speakers include Fr. Dennis Gill, Megan Murphy and Damon Owens. The event will be held at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and is free & open to the public; Childcare will be provided and free parking!! Please RSVP at 

What Can We Do? The Role of the Laity in a Time of Crisis: Tuesday, September 17 at 7pm. As the Church undergoes this period of profound crisis, many of us feel helpless as we watch a drama unfold that we can do nothing about. But the truth is that we are not powerless. The history of the Church tells us that lay people have had a role to play in the Church’s times of turmoil. Join us for an evening of reflection on the mission of the laity in times of ecclesial crisis and learn what you can do to cooperate with Christ’s action to purify and heal His Church. Meghan Cokeley, Director, Office for the New Evangelization, Archdiocese of Philadelphia. This event is FREE! Please RSVP to Deacon Tony at 215.783.2946. 

Forty hours:  A Time to Find Peace in Your Heart: September 22, 23, and 24 —  Evening Service with Benediction 7:00pm at Saint Maria Goretti Church.The celebration of the annual Forty Hours Devotion provides a wonderful opportunity for the spiritual growth of each person and for the parish as a whole by nurturing love for our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.  We welcome Father Matthew Brody as the guest preacher for this year’s devotion at Saint Maria Goretti Parish.  For more information, please contact or 215.721.0199 (ext. 202).  Non-parishioners are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

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 marries 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 27-29. Cost is $280 per couple (includes accommodations and all meals). Please call 609.884.3829 for 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.

The Philadelphia Charismatic Renewal Conference will be on SATURDAY OCTOBER 5, at the Clarion Hotel/Conference Center in Essington from 9am to 9pm.  Maria Vadia will head up the list of dynamic speakers, and there will be a healing service. Bishop Sam Jacobs will celebrate the vigil Mass. Discounted admission if you register by September 8!  Dianne Spotts (215.855.9740) will car pool with anyone interested in attending. Register at

St. William Parish is 100! On Oct. 6 we will host a Dinner at Philadelphia Ballroom in Northeast Philly to celebrate our anniversary. We welcome all St. William School Alumni, faculty, past parishioners, family and friends.  Cost is $50 for open bar and buffet.  Call 215.745.1389 for tickets.

OUR HOUR: Emotional Support Group Our Hour is an emotional support group that fosters unconditional and nonjudgmental support through sharing, listening and healing. Our mission is to create a safe environment for individuals to talk about their emotions with one another. Our Hour is an open group, and there are no dues, fees or pre-registration. All are welcome! Participants must be 18 years or older. Meetings are on Wednesday evenings from 7-8 pm in the Matthew Walsh Teen Center at Mary Mother of the Redeemer Church, 1325 Upper State Road, North Wales, PA 19454. For more information, please contact our group facilitator, Jackie Nucero at

Celebrate the Assumption at St. Mary Center and Villa: The residents of SMCV in Lansdale extend an invitation to join them for an outdoor Mass with our own version of the “Blessing of the Sea,” celebrating the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Thursday, August 15, at 11 am.  Folding chairs in the shade will be provided (or bring your own beach chair) and refreshments will be served following Mass. 

The custom of “blessing the sea” on the Feast of the Assumption is said to have originated in Italy in the 15thcentury when a bishop traveling from Venice during a storm at sea on the Feast of the Assumption prayed and threw his pastoral ring into the sea from a ship and the waters were calmed.  Some ceremonies today include throwing a ring or wreath of flowers from a boat into the water, symbolizing the union of the earth and the sea and giving rise to the name, “wedding of the sea.”

Forty Hours:  A Time to Find Peace in Your Heart: The celebration of the annual Forty Hours Devotion provides a wonderful opportunity for the spiritual growth of each person and for the parish as a whole by nurturing love for our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.  If you are longing to find peace in your heart, you will find it in the heart of Jesus! We welcome Father Matthew Brody as the guest preacher for this year’s devotion at Saint Maria Goretti Parish.  For more information, please contact or 215.721.0199 (ext. 202).  Non-parishioners are welcome and encouraged to attend. September 22, 23, and 24:  Evening Service with Benediction 7:00pm at Saint Maria Goretti Church.

Homecoming / All Class Reunion: St. William Alumni and All Parishioners (former and present). 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.

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.


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.

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 Cost is $45. 

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: or contact Al & Mary Liz at

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

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

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