Spiritual Enrichment and Activities

Make the most of your time as a Parishioner!  Give back to the Parish through engagement in one of our internal organizations, an external organization, or joining one of the many prayer opportunities listed below.  If you see something of interest to you and would like more information, reach out to the contact listed, or contact the Parish Center at 215-855-33311, and we will have someone follow up with you! 

Committees and Organizations:

Altar and Rosary Society: The longest running volunteer group in the Parish, the Altar and Rosary Society plays an integral role in “behind the scenes” work of maintaining sacred spaces of the church. The Society also fosters devotion to the Blessed Virgin via outreach to the community and prayerful support of those receiving sacraments. Many of you may have purchased a Stock’s poundcake via the A&R Society’s recent fundraiser!  Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of the month in the Parish Center at 7:30pm.  Consider involvement in this extraordinary group!

Charismatic Prayer Group:  Our prayer group meets once a month and include praise and prayer, music, and Lectio Divina (www.usccb.org)focused on Sunday’s Gospel and end with petitions. Meetings last approximately 2 hours.

Gardeners: The Garden Group meets every Wednesday morning, weather permitting, at 8:45 am from Easter through Halloween to tend the grounds around the Church. (Flowers only; no lawn care.) The Garden Group has won several awards from both the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and area gardening associations. Our goal is to make the Church grounds beautiful and to attract people in our community to St. Stanislaus Church.

Knights of Columbus Pius IX Council: Serves Saint Stanislaus and Saint Maria Goretti parishes. Visit www.koc4396.org for information.

Legion of Mary: This is an international organization for the sanctification of its members by prayer and cooperation in the work of the Church. The Legion of Mary meets weekly in the Parish Center.

New Beginnings For Widows and Widowers:New Beginnings affords anyone who is widowed the opportunity to associate with people from similar circumstances in a supportive environment through activities, events, and travel. This group meets the third Thursday of every month, September through June, at 7 pm in the Parish Center.

Respect Life Committee: We proclaim the Pro-Life message of the Catholic Church, giving witness to the Gospel of Life in word and deed. In the words of Pope John Paul II, “Today…the Church must, with clarity and patience, strongly uphold the Right to Life of everyone, especially of those not yet born, who therefore need special protection.” This committee promotes programs on all life issues, abortion, euthanasia, death penalty and AIDS. Its members promote the annual Respect Life Sunday and the March for Life in Washington, D.C. The committee meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 8 pm in the Parish Center.

Senior Club: Our Senior Club meets on the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday, September through June at 1 pm in the Parish Center. The group sponsors occasional bus trips. For more information please call the Parish Center. We welcome new participants!

Friday, March 15: Doolans, Spring Lake, N.J. — St. Patrick Irish Festival. $76/pp which includes bus transportation, a sit down lunch, open bar for 1 hour, and a show. Gratuities are also included! The bus leaves the Church lot at 9:15am. Upcoming trips: Wednesday, April 24: Waitlist only! Mt. Airy Resort Casino, Poconos. Wednesday, May 15: Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre,Lancaster. $78/pp includes the show Camelot, bus transportation, a buffet lunch, and gratuities.  The bus leaves the Church lot at 9am. Thursday, June 20: Smithville Inn, N.J. and Resorts Casino. $58/pp includes bus transportation, lunch at the Inn, a casino package, and gratuities. The bus leaves Church lot at 9am.  For casino trips, you must be over 21 and have a photo ID to  obtain the casino package.

The Welcome Committee: Dedicated to helping members of our church family feel welcome and loved, the Welcome Committee meets once a month to explore ways to help our parishioners get to know and appreciate each other and to make our Church more welcoming.  These meetings also include planning for events sponsored by the committee, such as the “New Friends Brunch” and Parish Summer Picnic.  We also work as greeters before Mass.

We welcome new members and new ideas.  For information, contact : Sharon Bellitto at  267-446-1365, or sabellitto@verizon.net  or Bonnie and John Henry at 267-449-1584,  or jbhenry16@gmail.com


Adult Altar Servers: There are times, particularly during the mornings of weekdays, when it has been difficult to find young altar servers for the funerals or other special occasions in the parish. If anyone has the availability to help and is interested in being trained as an adult altar server, please contact the Parish Center, 215-855-3133, and leave your name and contact number with the receptionist. Thank you for considering this parish service opportunity!

Youth Altar Servers: Our young people in grades 4 to 8 in St. Stanislaus Parish School or PREP program are invited to serve in this ministry. Contact Father Charles Ravert at the Parish Center.

Food Cupboard: Food donations are collected at Sunday Mass and distributed once a month. For more information, or assistance, or if you can help, please call Sr. Barbara McGahan at the Parish Center

Lectors: Our lectors proclaim the Word of the Lord at Sunday Masses and various liturgical celebrations.

Mass Greeters: Greeters welcome the community at Sunday and Holy Day Masses.

Offertory Gift Bearers: Would you like to participate in the celebration of Mass in a more active way? You are invited to participate in the privilege of serving as Offertory Gift Bearers at the Saturday Vigil, Sunday or Holy Day Masses. This could be an opportunity for you to mark a special event or anniversary while participating in Mass in a deeper way. Sign up online at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4baead2daa8-offertory. Please select an available day and time slot that is convenient for you.

Ushers: Ushers serve weekly at the Masses by assisting parishioners with the Offertory Collection and the distribution of the Parish Bulletin.


Divine Mercy Chaplet for the Sick and Dying: “At the hour of their death, I defend as My own glory every soul that will say this chaplet; or when others say it for a dying person, the pardon is the same. When this chaplet is said by the bedside of a dying person, God’s anger is placated, unfathomable mercy envelops the soul, and the very depths of My tender mercy are moved for the sake of the sorrowful Passion of My Son.” (Diary of St. Faustina #811)

If you would like members of the Saint Stanislaus Divine Mercy Cenacle to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for a loved one who is sick or dying please contact Pat Shovlin at 215.896.0871 or Eileen McKeron at 215.527.0269. Members of the Cenacle are available to come and pray the Chaplet at the bedside of your loved one. Contact Eileen or Pat if you are interested in learning more about the cenacle.

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
These men and women assist in the distribution of the Eucharist at the Masses on Sunday, and also bring the Eucharist weekly to the homebound and those in nursing homes. For more information contact Deacon Tony Bellitto at the Parish Center.

Music Ministry: Many musical opportunities exist at St. Stanislaus, and there is always room for more musicians and singers, including cantors. Please visit the “Music Ministry” tab on the home page for all the details.

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration takes place in the St. Katharine Drexel Adoration Chapel. For more information please see the separate tab “Perpetual Adoration” under the Devotions heading.

Devotions and Enrichment:

“10-Minute Catechism”: Once a month, following the 9am Mass, one of our parish Priests or Deacons will be giving a brief 5-minute presentation on a relevant topic, followed by a 5-minute opportunity for questions from anyone on the subject. We will limit this time to strictly 10 minutes in order to not interfere with your other activities after Mass.  Check the Sunday bulletin for dates. Any parishioners who are interested can remain after Mass to participate. We will be gathering in the front pews on the Lansdale Avenue side of the Church, near the piano. All are welcome.

Apostolate to the Deaf, DeSales Society: There is Mass in sign language on the fourth Sunday of the month at 11:45 a.m. in the Parish Center Chapel, and an interpreter at the 9 am Mass on the first, second and third Sundays of the month at Saint Stanislaus Church. Our Sunday Mass is interpreted thanks to our parish volunteers.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word:  Children’s Liturgy of the Word is offered at the 11 am Mass Sundays September through June. At this Mass, the Celebrant will ask all children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade who wish to hear the week’s Readings and an age-appropriate homily to accompany a Children’s Catechist. The catechist, escorts and children will leave the Church and move to the Parish Center for this special program. The children will be brought back to Church after the priest’s homily and rejoin the congregation at the beginning of the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Children’s Liturgy of the Word offers the children a deeper appreciation for the Mass and God’s Word. For further information about this program, please contact the Parish Center.

Forty Hours Devotion
The Forty Hours Devotion is the solemn exposition of the Blessed Sacrament extending over three days in honor of the forty hours the body of Christ is believed to have rested in the tomb. St. John Neumann, fourth bishop of Philadelphia, was the first to hold the devotion in America. At St. Stanislaus Parish, Forty Hours Devotion usually takes place around the feast day of our patron, St. Stanislaus Kostka, November 13. Forty Hours Devotion takes place in the Main Church and the Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel is closed for that period of time.

Miraculous Medal Novena: Perpetual Novena in honor of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal every Saturday after the 8 am Mass in the Church. The Miraculous Medal was manifested to Saint Catherine Laboure in Paris, France, in the year 1830. Saint Catherine’s description of the apparition of Our Lady makes it clear that the medal originated with the Mother of God herself.

Prayer Line: The prayer needs of our parishioners are shared with this group, who communicate via an email and phone chain to pray daily for the intentions specifically requested. To place someone on the prayer line, please call the Parish Center or send an email to ssthoughtsandprayerline@gmail.com

Reading Room: The Reading Room is located on the chapel level just outside the chapel, above the Katharine Drexel Chapel. There is a wide selection of materials – books, videos and DVD’s. Topics include Spirituality, Prayer, Scripture, Women’s Topics, biographies, children’s and many more. The Reading Room will be open after daily and Sunday Mass only. Come on Sunday after Mass and take home some Catholic reading or viewing material to make this Lent a more spiritual time. Click here for a list of materials currently available in our library.

Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet: The Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet are prayed after the 8 am daily Mass Monday through Saturday.

Sacrament of Reconciliation: The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available on Saturdays from 8:30 am to 9 am; 4 pm to 4:45 pm; and other times by appointment.

Visitation, Anointing of the Sick and Home-bound: Arrangements may be made for an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharistic to bring Holy Communion weekly and for a priest to visit monthly any parishioner who is unable to regularly attend Church due to serious illness or advanced age. Please call the Parish Center to make arrangements.