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. The group’s annual fundraiser generates important revenue to replenish retired altar linens.  Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of the month in the Parish Center at 7:30pm.  Consider involvement in this extraordinary group and contact Ann Malickson for questions or information at 215.362.1535.

Charismatic Prayer Group:  Our prayer group meets twice a month, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 2:00pm in the Parish Center Chapel.  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 Dianne Spotts, 215-855-9740, dianspot@gmail.com

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 9:00 am 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! To get involved contact a committee member at 01Festival01@gmail.com or call Linda Volpe 215-808-8471.  Come out and join the crew!

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. 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 www.koc4396.org for information or contact Ray Peacock at 215-855-2171 or email peacocknest@verizon.net

Legion of Mary: This is an international organization for the sanctification of its members by prayer and cooperation in the work of the Church.   Works of evangelization are assigned each week to members who work in pairs, or as a group.  Each week’s meeting consists of prayers and the report of each member on the work done the previous week and finally a new work(s) of evangelization is assigned for the upcoming week. The Legion of Mary meets every Thursday at 1:45 in the Parish Center.  For information please contact Norm Berger at 215-822-8372 or nbcath@hotmail.com

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. For more information, contact Barbara Romano at 215-412-3378 or email geneandbarb1@verizon.net

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.  Call Jeanne-Marie Motley with interest or questions: 215-450-0042 or email    jmbm313@verizon.net

Rosary for Addictions: Are you struggling with an addiction?  Do you have a family member or friend struggling with addiction?  You are not alone! As we struggle with the addictions that plague our society, we need an effective weapon.  “The Rosary is THE weapon.” (St. Padre Pio).  We meet on the 4th Thursday of the month in the Parish Center Chapel at 7pm.  Please invite friends and family to join us in praying for those struggling with addictions. The Church wants to be close to those who are struggling with addiction and to bring them to the healing power of Jesus Christ’s love.  “I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security” (Jeremiah 33:6) Questions? Contact the Parish Center.

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 bus trips. For more information please call Nancy Blackburn at 267-270-6188. We welcome new participants! 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.  Sunday, October 6 to Friday October 11, 2019: Pine Ridge Dude Ranch-Catskills, NY  5 nights, 14 meals, nightly cocktail party and entertainment and daily activities!

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 


Service:

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.  If interested in obtaining more specific information or joining, contact John Henry at jbhenry16@gmail.com or 267-449-1584.

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 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 


Ministries:

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 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 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”: 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: 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 ricciardifamily@comcast.net.

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.

G.I.F.T. (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 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, or to be added to the distribution list, please call the Parish Center or send an email to ststan@comcast.net

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. 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 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.