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! 

Updates to activities that have been suspended due to covid-19 will be forthcoming.  Please verify via contact information in each activity’s listing on the status of meetings, etc.

Committees and Organizations

Altar and Rosary Society – Resumed as of September 13, 2021
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 A&R Society maintains the church sanctuary and renews the holy water fonts.  Once a month, available members gather and clean as needed.  The Society also fosters devotion to the Blessed Virgin via outreach to the community and prayerful support of those receiving sacraments. The group’s annual fundraisers, generate important revenue to replenish retired altar linens.  Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of the month from September through May in the Parish Center at 7:00pm.  Consider involvement in this extraordinary group and contact Ann Malickson for questions or information at 215-362-1535 or email to annaleeiacono@gmail.com.

Charismatic Prayer Group
The Charismatic virtual prayer meeting will be on Thursdays at 7:30pm in conjunction with other groups.  Each meeting includes praise and prayer, music, and Lectio Divina: reading and discussing Sunday’s Gospel.  We end with petitions and offer individual prayer to those who request it. Meetings last approximately 2 hours.  Please visit www.phillyspirit.com for more information on Charismatic Renewal.  For questions or information contact maria.richardson@stmariagoretti.net. for the link to join.

The Evangelization Committee
The Evangelization Committee sponsors a variety of different parish activities, including the annual Valentine’s dinner for married couples, the Christmas book gift program, the monthly “10-minute Catechism” after the 9:00am Sunday Mass, and the parish movie series. The committee is also involved in coordinating special programs on occasion, such as bringing in a speaker from Dynamic Catholic and facilitating the Catholic Leadership Institute’s parish survey program. The committee meets on the second Thursday of each month. For more information, contact Deacon Tony Bellitto at 215-783-2946 or abellitto@verizon.net

Festival Committee
A Committee of dedicated Parishioners work hard while having fun to run a  family friendly event: the St. Stans Summer Festival! A Tradition almost 60 years strong! We meet monthly starting in February. Festival Setup begins in earnest at the end of June. We are on the grounds every Monday and Wednesday evening and Saturdays until kick off! New members and new ideas encouraged! Visit our Festival page here for more information and to get involved

The Gardening Group meets every Wednesday morning, weather permitting, at 8:45am from Easter through Halloween to tend the grounds around the Church. (Flowers only; no lawn care.) The Gardening 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. If you are interested in helping, contact Jeanne-Marie Motley at 215-450-0042 jmbm313@verizon.net.

Knights of Columbus Pius IX Council
Serves Saint Stanislaus and Saint Maria Goretti parishes. Visit koc4396.org for information or contact Ray Peacock at 215-855-2171 or email peacocknest@verizon.net

New Beginnings For Widows and Widowers – Resumes Thursday, October 21, 2021
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 7pm in the Parish Center. A $15 fee is charged to cover refreshments and activities for the year. For more information, contact Nancy at 267-270-6188.

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, including abortion, euthanasia, the 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 8pm in the Parish Center.  Call Jeanne-Marie Motley with interest or questions: 215-450-0042 or email jmbm313@verizon.net

Senior Club
Our Senior Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month, September through June, at 1 pm in the Parish Center. The group sponsors occasional, exciting bus trips to various locations and shows. Trips are not just for seniors — all are welcome to participate. For more information please call Nancy Blackburn at 267-270-6188. We welcome new participants! Resumes Tuesday, December 14, 2021

The Welcoming Committee
The Welcoming Committee meets once a month to explore ways to help our parishioners get to know 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 email  sabellitto@verizon.net or Bonnie and John Henry at 267-449-1584,  or email jbhenry16@gmail.com 


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 the Parish Center at 215-855-3133.

Food Cupboard
Food donations are collected at Sunday Mass and distributed once a month. For more information, please visit our Parish Social Ministry page here.

Our lectors proclaim the Word of the Lord at Sunday Masses and various liturgical celebrations.  If interested in obtaining more specific information or joining, contact John Henry at jbhenry16@gmail.com or 267-449-1584.

Mass Greeters:  Do you enjoy meeting people and have 25 minutes? Are you looking for a way to get involved in the parish without “meeting” commitments? Please consider the simple but important ministry of being a Mass Greeter. The primary mission of the Mass greeters is to be ministers of hospitality in making our parishioners and visitors feel welcome as they enter St. Stanislaus Church. All you need is an open heart, all we need is you! We seek greeters for Saturday evening at 5:15pm, and Sunday morning at 7am, 9am, 11am. Adults of all ages are welcome to assist in this ministry.  Families with younger children can act as greeters together. For further information or to sign up please contact, Mrs. Sharon Bellitto at 267-446-1365 or sabellitto@verizon.net.

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 signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4baead2daa8-offertory. Please select an available day and time slot that is convenient for you.

Ushers assist in a variety of ways during Mass, from helping people find seats when necessary, to taking up the collections, to helping to count Mass attendance during Mass and distribute the parish bulletin. Ushers arrive about 10 minutes prior to Mass and check in with the team captain at the back of the church.  Additional help is always welcome, especially during special Masses on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Easter, and Holy Days of Obligation. Time commitment is your Mass attendance. Please consider joining one of our teams. Any questions may be directed to Tim Saylor at 215-530-6456 or email at  tsaylor536@comcast.net 


The Bereavement Ministry of St. Stanislaus and Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Parishes – Resumed as of September 9, 2021
On the second Thursday of each month, there is a general support group meeting offered at both parishes to help you develop a sense of hope while healing, and a relief from the heartache for which you have been searching. You will never feel isolated or alone as the group patiently journeys with you through your valley of tears.  Visit our Bereavement Ministry page here for more information and meeting details.

Divine Mercy Chaplet for the Sick and Dying
The Saint Stanislaus Divine Mercy Cenacle is a parish ministry that works to share the message of Divine Mercy through words, deeds and prayer.  Our work of mercy is to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the sick and dying.  Our Prayer Shawl Ministry provides ‘shawls’ created with love and prayer to those who are struggling physically, emotionally or spiritually.  If you would like the Cenacle to pray for a loved one who is sick or dying please contact Eileen at 215-527-0269 or Pat at 215-896-0871.  Members (2) are available to pray the Chaplet at the bedside of your loved one.

“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

The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy Novena can be found at thedivinemercy.org or EWTN.com

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
These men and women assist in the distribution of the Eucharist at the Masses on Sunday, and also bring the Eucharist weekly to the home-bound and those in nursing homes. For more information, contact Deacon Tony Bellitto, at 215-783-2946 or at abellitto@verizon.net

Music Ministry
Many musical opportunities exist at St. Stanislaus, and there is always room for more musicians and singers, including cantors. Please visit “Music Ministry“.

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration takes place in the St. Katharine Drexel Adoration Chapel. For more information please visit “Perpetual Adoration” .

Devotions and Enrichment

“10-Minute Catechism” – Resumed as of September 26, 2021
On the 4th Sunday of each month, following the 9am Mass, one of our parish Priests or Deacons will be giving a brief 10-minute presentation on a relevant topic, including time for questions about the subject. We will limit the total time to 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 – Resumed as of September 26, 2021
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 9am 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 11am Mass on 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 ststansliturgical coordinator@gmail.com

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.

“GIFT” (Growing in Faith Together)
The parish program called GIFT (Growing In Faith Together) sponsors speakers on a variety of topics who do a one-hour presentation on subjects related to living out our Catholic faith amidst the challenges of the modern world. Past topics have included medical ethics, faith conversion experiences, a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, forgiveness, pornography, human sexuality, drug and alcohol addictions, vocations, prayer, family life, and young adult ministry. GIFT meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, except for the summer months. For more information, contact Deacon Tony Bellitto at 215-783-2946 or abellitto@verizon.net.

Miraculous Medal Novena
Perpetual Novena in honor of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal takes place every Saturday after the 8am 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, or to be added to the distribution list, please call the Parish Center or send an email to info@ststanislaus.com

Reading Room
The Reading Room is located in the Msgr. Murray Room on the top floor of the Parish Center. 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. Consider taking home some Catholic reading or viewing material to grow in your faith. Click here for a list of materials currently available in our library. To view any of the materials, contact the Parish Center.

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

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.