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SAINT STANISLAUS
ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT ~ DECEMBER 21, 2014
Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God…
for nothing will be impossible for God.
Luke 1:35, 37
51 LANSDALE AVENUE, LANSDALE, PA 19446
Telephone: 215.855.3133 • Fax: 215.855.5478
Mater Dei Catholic School: 215.368.0995 • Religious Education Office: 215.855.9893
Email: [email protected] • Web: www.ststanislaus.com
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DECEMBER 21, 2014
We welcome all to join us for worship and invite you to become a part of our parish family.
New members are asked to call the Parish Center to schedule an appointment for registration.
Registration is required for admission to our programs of Religious Education and Sacramental Preparation for Baptism, First Eucharist, Reconciliation, Confirmation and Marriage. Eligibility certificates for Sponsorship for Baptism and Confirmation are issued to registered parishioners who are practicing Catholics. Couples planning to be married, or those desiring to
schedule a Baptism are asked to call the Parish Center to schedule an appointment to speak
with a priest. The Parish Center is open Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 9 pm
(closing from noon to 1 pm for lunch and 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm for dinner), Friday from 9 am to
5 pm (closing from noon to 1 pm for lunch), Saturday from 9 am to Noon and Sunday from
8:30 am to 1:30 pm. Priests are available after building hours for emergencies only by calling
215.368.0220. Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is available in the Saint Katharine Drexel Adoration Chapel.
MASS SCHEDULE
Weekend
Saturday Vigil 5:15 pm
Sunday 7 am, 9 am, 11 am and 1 pm in Spanish
Daily
Monday through Friday 6:30 & 8 am
Saturday 8 am,
followed by Miraculous Medal Novena Prayers
Catholic Mass in Sign Language
4th Sunday of the month in the
Parish Center Chapel.
Mass Interpreted in ASL
1st, 2nd & 3rd Sundays, 9 am Mass in the Church
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
During 11 am Mass
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Saturday 8:30 to 9 am; 4 to 4:45 pm
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM: The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated Sundays after the 11 am Mass. Parents and godparents are expected to participate in a
pre-baptismal formation session which is offered on
the third Monday evening of every month, except
August and December, at 7 pm in the Parish Center.
Please contact the Parish Office for further information.
SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE: Couples planning to be
married should contact the Church at least 6 months
in advance of the planned wedding date. No other
arrangements should be made until the couple meets
with a parish priest and the date and time are reserved. Attendance at a Marriage Preparation program is required in accord with Archdiocesan policy.
Further information will be provided at the time of
the meeting with a priest.
PASTORAL STAFF
PASTOR
Rev. Msgr. Joseph A. Tracy
PASTOR EMERITUS
Rev. Msgr. Joseph W. Murray
PAROCHIAL VICARS
Rev. Philip M. Forlano
Rev. Michael G. Mullan, LC
IN RESIDENCE
Rev. Gregory J. Hamill
DEACONS
Deacon Charles G. Lewis
Deacon C. Stephens Vondercrone
Deacon Raymond C. Wellbank
Deacon Mathieu Tielemans, Retired
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PARISH BUSINESS MANAGER
Mrs. Penny Mitchell
MATER DEI CATHOLIC SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
Miss Diane E. McCaughan
COORDINATOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Mrs. Leona Russell
DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRY
Mrs. Peggy Dominick
DIRECTOR OF PARISH SOCIAL MINISTRY
Sr. Barbara McGahan, RSM
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC MINISTRY
Mr. Bill Wilson
PARISH SERVICE MINISTERS
Sr. Dolora Curley, OSF, Hospital Ministry
Mrs. Frances W. Mordell,
Parish Center Office Manager
126 St. Stanislaus - Lansdale, PA
THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Dear friends / Mis amigos queridos,
On this final Sunday of the Advent season, it is fitting that Mary should take the attention as the vehicle
through whom God made good on His promises to Israel. After centuries of waiting, “in the fullness of time” God
stepped into human affairs, and sent His Son to be born of her. The Annunciation account in theGospel for today
describes the way she accepted what was being asked of her by God.
A woman I know keeps a small glass box on her dresser in front of her crucifix and statue of the Blessed
Mother. Whenever someone asks her to pray for a particular person, she puts a tiny note with the person’s name
on it in the box. In this way she feels she is entrusting the person to the prayer of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. To
her, she has special devotion; from her, she has received countless answers to prayer. Mary is more like a mother to
her than Jesus; after all, both her parents were human, and she was born and died in the normal ways.
But Mary was always and unusually reliable to God. Whatever pitches were thrown at her she did not
duck. She was able to endure all the difficulties of her pregnancy, and deliver a singular child, whom she loved reliably through all the years of His incredibly controversial life. Whatever He needed, she was there for Him. When
life was cut down and the crowds turned, Mary was there; when He died on the cross, Mary was there; when they
buried Him in a tomb, she was there; and when they could not find Him after three days, she was there. And as
daring as it is to presume on Mary’s reliability, my friend knows that Mary will remember the persons whose names
have been placed in a glass box, even when she forgets.
All of Mary’s life was a series of annunciations, particularly after the “big” ask that is described in this weekend’s Gospel. God constantly called her to be the reflection of His compassion for the world and to persevere in
faith. She mirrored in her life the providence of our loving God to all people. God asks the same reliability of each
one of us in living out our baptismal identities as His sons and daughters. The experience of Mary is often somewhat analogous to our own. You and I must discern God’s will for our lives, and then consider how we will answer
whatever is asked of us. Discernment of this type is serious work – a hard process that demands time, prayer and
thoughtfulness. In His annunciations to us, we try to sort out and make sense of what is often a mess in our lives.
Today’s Gospel offers Mary’s reliable faith and trust as an example for when we need to be open to God’s will. Our
God is always with us and there is no need to fear. Like Mary, you and I have been called to give birth to His Son
in our own way, in our own time, and in our own place. Maybe that is one of the reasons why the Marian stories in
the Gospels never seem to get old and are always packed with more than when they are first examined.
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Have you experienced anything different from your observance of this year’s Advent? As we approach the
end of the season and enter into Christmastide it might be a good exercise to consider how well you and I have cooperated in putting into reality the Baptist’s call to make ready a way for the Lord.
Something as banal as Christmas cards can help. Remember them? In the pre-email days, they were correspondences we looked forward to receiving in the mailboxes outside our homes. The cards we made as children
proudly hung on the refrigerator door for the twelve days of Christmas, and then were retired to the storage box
that parents seem to have for each one of their children. (You know the ones: they hold report cards, and perfect
attendance certificates, art projects and Mothers’ Day gifts and the like.) After them came the little cards we exchanged with our classmates just before the Christmas vacation break. In high school/college the cards were funnier – sometimes downright insulting! – to friends and neighborhood buddies. And then the really special cards were
exchanged, the ones expressing special love to the one who might one day become a wife or husband. After that,
two lists became one and more compartmentalized: relatives, neighbors, high school friends, college friends, kid’s
teachers and coaches, work contacts. Maybe you are one who likes to send out the “year in review” letter inside
your cards, detailing the children’s achievements and the antics of your young grandchildren.
By midlife the list peaks, and then it changes over the years as people move in and out of your personal radar. Cards once postmarked successfully begin to come back as “undeliverable.” After retirements, there are fewer
names to send to since mail service to eternity does not exist yet. At the end, when the grandchildren have children
and the original list has been trimmed down to a paltry level of what it once was, the writing of Christmas cards
becomes bittersweet, a time of cherished memories and prayerful gratitude.
Pastor’s Message continued on Page 9
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126 St. Stanislaus - Lansdale, PA
DECEMBER 21, 2014
TODAY
CHRISTMAS DECORATING
Today, Sunday, December 21, beginning at 3 pm the Christmas trees, the
wreaths, the garland and the Nativity
Scene will be prepared and put into
place in both the main Church and the Parish Center Chapel. The trees will be decorated at that time.
Everyone who would like to help is invited to join us
at 3 pm. We also need volunteers to help with the
watering of the Christmas trees and poinsettias during the Christmas Season. If you are interested in
helping us accomplish that, please contact Deacon
Steve or Mrs. Dee Kriebel at 215.855.3133.
THIS WEEK
SIMBANG GABI
On Monday, December 22 at 7 pm in the Parish
Center Chapel the Filipino Catholic Community will
be celebrating the 8th of the novena of Masses
(Simbang Gabi) in preparation for Christmas, 2014.
This is the 8th year that St. Stanislaus has welcomed
this community, continuing their Filipino tradition of
Advent journeying. Rev. Efren Esmilla, coordinator of the Filipino Apostolate in the Archdiocese of
Philadelphia, will preside at the liturgy. All are welcome to attend.
READINGS FOR THE WEEK
Today:
Monday:
Tuesday
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:
Saturday:
Sunday:
2 Sm 7:1-5, 8-16; Rom 16:25-27;
Lk 1:26-38
1 Sm 1:24-28; Lk 1:46-56
Mal 3:1-4, 23-24; Lk 1:57-66
2 Sm 7:1-5, 8-16; Lk 1:67-79
Christmas Readings vary
Acts 6:8-10, 7:54-59; Mt 10:17-22
1 Jn 1:1-4; Jn 20:1-8
Sir 3:2-6, 12-14; Col 3:12-21; Lk 2:22-40
Advent Prayer
Come, Lord Jesus. Fill my mind with Your
Light. Fill my heart with Your love. Come,
Lord Jesus. Help me prepare the Way of
the Lord.
Treasure information for the weekend of December 13
& 14 was not available when this bulletin went to print.
This information will be included in the December 28
Sunday bulletin.
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SCHEDULE FOR THIS WEEK
Sunday, December 21
Children’s Liturgy of the Word during 11 am Mass
12 pm
CYO @ gym
Monday, December22
5:30 pm
CYO @ gym
7 pm
Simbang Gabi @ Chapel, lobby room
Tuesday, December 23
6:30 pm
CYO @ gym
7 pm
Divine Mercy Cenacle @ Schade
7 pm
Ready Meals @ Parish Center kitchen
7 pm
Spanish Prayer Group @ Chapel, Cahill
Wednesday, December 24, Christmas Eve
The Parish Offices close at noon.
See Mass Schedule below.
Thursday, December 25, Christmas
Parish Offices are closed.
See Mass Schedule below.
Friday, December 26
No meetings or events scheduled.
Saturday, December 27
8:30 am
Confessions until 9 am
4 pm
Confessions until 4:45 pm
THE
MASS SCHEDULE FOR CHRISTMAS, 2014
All Masses are in the Main Church
CHRISTMAS EVE
4 pm: Children’s Choir; Mass interpreted in ASL
6 pm: Adult Choir
8 pm: Contemporary Group
10 pm: Mass in Spanish
CHRISTMAS DAY
9 am and 11 am
SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD
On Thursday, January 1, we celebrate the
Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, a
Holy Day of Obligation. There will be a
Vigil Mass at 5:15 pm on Wednesday, December 31. Holy Day Masses are 9 am and 12:05 pm
on January 1, 2015.
FROM THE ALTAR & ROSARY SOCIETY
Thank you for your generous contributions to the Norristown State Hospital annual Christmas Stocking project. Know
that you brightened the lives of the men residing
there this Christmas.
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THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK
Monday
6:30 am
8 am
Tuesday
6:30 am
8 am
Wednesday
6:30 am
8 am
Frank A. Lisa, Jr.
Requested by Terry Lisa & Family
Hedwig Beyer (13th Anniversary)
Requested by husband, Joe & Children
St. John of Kanty, Priest
Felix Molettiere
Requested by wife, Stella & Family
Members of the Rahill & Tzipowitz
Families
Requested by Leandra Tzipowitz
Robert Weigle (Birthday Remembrance)
Requested by Mom, Dad & Carl
Deceased Members of the Burns Family
Requested by Joe & Eileen Holmes
Thursday
Christmas
See Page 4 for the Christmas Mass schedule.
Friday
6:30 am
8 am
Saturday
8 am
St. Stephen, the First Martyr
Kate Altman
Requested by the Family
Grace Deeny (Christmas Remembrance)
Requested by the Family
St. John, Apostle & Evangelist
Edward Mullen
Requested by the Mullen Family
Sunday, December 28, The Holy Family
7 am
Maria Rosa Rocco
Requested by the Rocco Family
9 am
Stephen Johnson
Requested by Donna Johnson
11 am
John & Mildred Mulgrew (Christmas
Remembrance)
Requested by the Family
Miraculous Medal Novena Prayers follow the 8 am Mass
on Saturdays.
The Rosary is recited after the 8 am daily Mass. All are
most welcome to join us!
September 21– 27, 2015
Consider saving your vacation
time this summer to participate
in this historic event right here in
Philadelphia! Host a family! Attend our informational GIFT presentation in January! Find out much
more at: WorldMeeting2015.org
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Please pray for the sick who carry the
cross of illness especially: Daniel Abaldo, Sister Ann Teresa, RA, Ruth
Bossert, Joe Burns, Maria Catarino,
Helen Daly, Bernadette Donnelly,
Hugh Donnelly, Christopher Eckler,
Robert F. Eckler, Chris Falkenstein, Patricia Hendricks, Baby Stephen Patrick Joyce, Andrea Kelly,
Larry Kelly, Jr., Richard Kelly, Bernadette Kubej,
Charlotte Larkin, Margaret Mindell, Jay Murphy,
Edward Nemchik, Gladys Nemchik, Phyllis Owoc,
Ralph Pester, Todd Ramsey, Frank Rieg, Sister
Mary Joan Rice, RA, Lucille Salerno, David Stewart, Ken Tucker, Thomas Van Bell, Justin Wisniewski, Karen Yannacone, Frank Yevak, Bill Yourl.
If you wish to place a particular family member or
friend on the Bulletin list for a period of three weeks,
please call Maureen Fillenwarth or Fran Mordell at
the Parish Center, 215.855.3133. If you wish to
place a name on our Prayer Line, call Chris &
Bethann DeCree at 215.256.0260, or Fran Mordell.
WE REMEMBER OUR DECEASED:
Our parish family expresses prayerful condolences to the loved ones of:
Constance Diehl.
Schedule Notes:
Charismatic Prayer Meetings will resume in January. Keep the praises of God on your lips
through this Advent and Christmas season.
 Senior Club meetings resume January 13, 2015
at 1 pm in the Parish Center.
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St. Stanislaus Parish Community Dinner
in Celebration of the 50th Anniversary
of the Dedication of the Present Church Building
Please join us in celebrating 50 great years!
Tickets are now on sale at the Parish Center for our
Italian style dinner to be held beginning at 4 pm on
January 18, 2015 in the Mater Dei Catholic School
cafeteria.
Tickets are $15 per person/$25 per couple and $10
for children ages 4 to 12. Limited number of tickets
available, so don’t delay!
Questions? Please call Fran Mordell or Maureen
Fillenwarth at the Parish Center, 215.855.3133.
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DECEMBER 21, 2014
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration
St. Katharine Drexel Adoration Chapel
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
for he has looked upon his lowly servant.
Luke 1:46-48
Spend time with our Savior!
Hours of Need
Wednesday: 3 pm
Sunday: 2 pm and 6 pm
We are always in need of committed adorers and
substitutes. For more information contact Sue Gillen
at 215.362.8643 or [email protected]
2015 MARCH FOR LIFE
The March for Life will be on Thursday, January 22,
2015. The cost is $35 for adults and $25 for school
children. The bus will depart from the Church parking lot at 5:30 am. Our group will be attending the
10 am Philadelphia Archdiocese Mass at the Shrine.
Following Mass will be lunch on your own and the
March. For those who would like to attend but not
participate in the walk, a retreat will be lead by Sr.
Barbara at the Shrine. Dinner will be provided on
the return trip and we hope to arrive back at Church
by 9:30 pm. Please consider making the time, as a
family if possible, to attend this very powerful and
uplifting event. Contact Fran Mordell at the Parish
Center, 215.855.3133 to make your reservation.
Checks payable to the St. Stanislaus Respect Life
Group. Also, for those who are unable to attend but
who would like to cover the cost for someone else,
donations are welcome.
BLOOD DRIVE
It’s time again for another of our parish
Blood Drives for the American Red Cross.
The date for this caring response to such a
great need is Monday, January 5 from 2 pm to 7 pm
in our Parish Center lobby meeting room. Appointments are preferred. For an appointment, please call
1-800-GIVE LIFE or sign up online at:
www.redcross.org. The American Red Cross is so
grateful for the wonderful responses we receive.
G.I.F.T. (GROWING IN FAITH TOGETHER)
World Meeting of Families Preparatory Presentation
Please join us January 13 at 7:30 pm at the Parish
lobby meeting room for a special GIFT presentation.
Bishop McIntyre has graciously agreed to come and
help us prepare for the great grace of the 8th World
Meeting of Families to take place here in Philadelphia from September 22nd to the closing Mass on September 27th on the Parkway! He will explain the
event programming, content, and activities surrounding this monumental event. Mark your calendar so
that you receive the most up-to-date information as
each of us plan for this coming event next Fall. Light
refreshments will follow.
Do You Have Questions About the Catholic Faith?
Saint Stanislaus Parish offers year round opportunities for people seeking more information about the
Catholic Faith, the Sacraments and living the Christian Life. These opportunities are for adults who
would like to inquire about following Jesus and becoming a member of the Catholic Church, or, if you
are already a baptized Christian, would like to become Catholic, or if you are already a baptized Catholic and would like to receive Confirmation and Holy
Communion. There are many people like yourself
inquiring and we are ready to answer your questions.
Please contact the Parish Center for more information.
REDISCOVER THE LOVE IN YOUR MARRIAGE
The Retrouvaille Marriage Program is a Catholic based program that offers help for struggling marriages.
Thousands of couples have successfully saved their marriages by attending a Retrouvaille weekend and the six
post sessions that follow. Retrouvaille is not just a social gathering or series of seminars, but rather a way to rediscover and rekindle the loving relationship in your marriage. The next program begins on the weekend of
February 13–15 at the Family Life Center in Malvern. For more information, or to register, visit
www.HelpOurMarriage.com, or call 1.800.470.2230. All inquires are kept strictly confidential.
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THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Mater Dei Matters
“It’s What’s Inside That Matters”
For information on Mater Dei Catholic School call
215.368.0995, email [email protected] or visit
www.materdeicatholic.com.
SAVE THE DATES!
Trivia Night ~ January 24th, 2015
All adults 21 and over Welcome!
Quick question: Which of the following takes place on January 24, 2015?
a) Singer Neil Diamond turns 74
b) 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill's death
c) 107 years since Robert Baden Powell organized the first boy scout troop
d) Third Annual Mater Dei Trivia Night takes place
If you're a trivia whiz, you knew the answer is all of the above. And even if you aren't, you should note answer
D and mark January 24th on your calendar as Trivia Night is the first adult social for the Mater Dei community in 2015 - and you definitely don't want to miss it!
Frozen Breakfast ~ January 25, 2015
Mater Dei Catholic School is hosting a “Frozen” Breakfast on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at St. Maria Goretti Parish after the 9:30 Mass. Come and enjoy pancakes and sausage with Anna and Elsa.
More details to follow!
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Please contact the Mater Dei Advancement Office at 215.368.9787 to schedule a visit for your family or a
shadow day for your child and to talk about admissions for the 2015-2016 school year.
The Mater Dei Advancement Office is beginning to build an alumni database of its legacy schools. Help us
to honor the past, celebrate the present and build the future by letting us know if you are a graduate of St.
Maria Goretti, St. Rose or St. Stanislaus. Please email Grace Samanns in the Advancement Office at
[email protected] and provide your name, legacy school, graduation year, occupation, current address, phone and email.
Coordinator of Religious Education (PREP): Mrs. Leona Russell
Office Phone Number: 215.855.9893; Email: [email protected]
Do you like working with children? A Classroom Aide is needed for Grade 1 on Wednesday
nights. As a classroom aide, you do not have to plan any lessons; however, your assistance in
the classroom will be extremely beneficial to the catechist and the students. Please contact
Leona Russell if interested or for more information. Thank you!
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CatholicPhilly.com on your smart phone or computer. Read about archdiocesan parish activities with lively
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Sign up for a bi-weekly email newsletter at www.catholicphilly.com/newsletter.
Did you know… You can watch the Mass Sunday mornings at 5:30 am on WPVI-TV, Channel 6. It is
rebroadcast each Sunday at 9 am and 5 pm on DT 2, Channel 6 digital, and at 10 am on LaSalle University
56. And you can listen to Archbishop Chaput’s Sunday Homilies any time at:
http://archphila.org/archbishopchaput/homilies/index.htm.
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DECEMBER 21, 2014
Youth Minister: Mrs. Peggy Dominick; Phone: 215.855.3133;
Email: [email protected]; Web: www.ststanislaus.com, Youth Ministry tab
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YOUTH NEWS
Manna on Main Street: All 6th to 8th graders are invited to help serve the evening meal from 3:30 pm to 6
pm at Manna, located at 713 Main Street in Lansdale, on Tuesday, January 6 or Wednesday, January 21.
 Help make Ready Meals on MLK Day of Service, January 19 from 10 am to noon in the school cafeteria.
Meals will be distributed to our homebound parishioners. Contact Mrs. Dominick for food donations needed for meal preparation.
 Archdiocesan Junior High Youth Rally: February 28, Saints Alive at Archbishop Wood from noon to 5
pm. Free!
 Montgomery County Net Retreat, April 25 & 26. This is an overnight retreat at Saint Rose of Lima, for
students in grades 9 to12. Great Faith and fun experience for all! More details later.
 High School Youth Conference retreat: Steubenville Retreat NYC, at St. John University in Queens, August 7 to 9, 2015. We will be traveling with youth from Epiphany of our Lord, Mary, Mother of the Redeemer and Saint Rose parishes. Please contact Mrs. Dominick ASAP if interested. More information is
available at www.franciscan.edu.
SAINT STANISLAUS CYO CHRISTMAS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
December 29 & 30 in the school gym. Come cheer on JV and varsity teams! Nominal admission fee.
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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, PIUS IX COUNCIL NEWS
Monthly Breakfast
On Sunday December 28 from 8 am to 12 noon, the Knights will host their monthly Breakfast with the
Knights. It is an all you can eat buffet including made to order omelets and a selection of hot and cold
entrees. $9 for Adults, $8 for Seniors, $6 for Children ages 5 to 12. Active duty Fire, Police, Military and
children under 5 eat free! Knights of Columbus hall is located at 258 West 8th Street in Lansdale, on the
corner of 8th Street and Kenilworth Ave.
Free Throw Competition
On Sunday January 18 from 1 to 5 pm, the Knights will host the Annual Knights of Columbus Free
Throw Competition at the Drexel Hall gymnasium of the St. Maria Goretti Parish center located at 1601
Derstine Road in Hatfield, PA. All Boys and Girls ages 9 to 14 are invited to participate at this local level
of competition. Free for all to enter.
Call 215.368.3044 or visit www.koc4396.org for more information.
YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY
Metanoia is an active community of Catholic young
adults in Western Montgomery County. The group
supports Catholics in their 20s and 30s who are looking to deepen their faith and meet fellow Catholics in
the area. Our Ministry includes Theology on Tap,
faith based meetings, community service, retreats,
and outdoor events and activities. Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year! Our first event of 2015 is a
Bible Study at Corpus Christi Parish on January
13th. Looking for more information? Check out our
website: http://metanoiayoungadults.weebly.com/
or email us @ [email protected]
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CATHEDRAL AMBASSADORS NEEDED
The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul conducts an evangelization ministry with Cathedral Ambassadors. This enthusiastic group of trained Ambassadors staffs the Basilica every day of the week and is
comprised of volunteer parishioners from all over the
diocese. They answer questions, offer assistance and
give tours. Cathedral Ambassadors provide a personal presence in the Basilica and put a face on the
Church. They are assigned 4 hour shifts. The schedule is flexible—one day or more a month. They are
provided training and materials. For more information please contact Nick or Louise Pascale, program coordinators, at [email protected]
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THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Pastor’s Message continued from Page 3
Does not an old-fashioned Christmas card list mirror the reality of life? Our Advents are times of discovery,
growth, loss and change. How much quicker does life change than it feels as we are living through it! We do not
realize just how fast at that time. While moving us forward, Advent is also about now. Now is the time for loving
spouses, children, respecting co-workers and neighbors. Now is the time for the hugs and the “I love you” cards,
and now is the time to make the kind of memories that will live on well after we have sent our last Christmas card.
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Remember to consult the mailing you should have received with the schedules for Christmas Masses. We
look forward to having you with us, and bring a friend and family members. We all know that Wednesday through
Friday are going to be hectic and will leave us frenetic, but do not let the pressures of the buying/preparing/
cooking/wrapping/visiting/hosting deter you from thanking God for the gift that the infant Jesus is to us.
St. Augustine’s homilies are some of the oldest extant Christian texts. In one of his Christmas homilies, the
saint offers these inspiring words (dated between 391-400 AD), which I pass on to you to end this week’s message.
It is amazing and beautiful praise, which focuses on the paradox of the infant birth:
So let us proclaim loudly the day of the day! Let us proclaim his salvation! Let us tell the nations about his
glory and tell every kind of people about what makes him so shocking. He is lying in a barn, but he contains the whole world. He is breastfed, but feeds angels. He is wrapped up in rags, but clothes us with immortality. He gets milk to drink, but he is revered. He could not find a place in an inn, but he made a temple for himself in the hearts of those who believe. Strength became weak so that weakness could become
strong. So rather than underestimating his birth in the flesh, we should be shocked! We should recognize
how great the height of humility was in that birth, all for our sake. We should let it set us ablaze with love,
so that we can come to his eternity. [St. Augustine, Sermon 190]
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WITH BEST WISHES FOR A BLESSED HOLIDAY SEASON FROM ALL OF US ON THE PARISH STAFF! MAY THE
INFANT CHRIST MAKE A HOME IN YOUR HEART. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
GROW YOUR FAITH AT ST. STANISLAUS
“Jesus wants evangelizers who proclaim the good news not only with words, but above all by a life transfigured
by God’s presence.” - Pope Francis
We are offering three programs:
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Scripture Study: Psalms: The School of Prayer, beginning January 19, 2015 for 11 weeks. Morning and
evening sessions available. Cost of workbook: $20. Join Jeff Cavins, Sarah Christmyer, and Dr. Tim Gray
as they show you how to establish a deeply personal dialogue with God through the Psalms.
 World Meeting of Families – 2015: Presenting & Discussing Love is Our Mission–The Preparatory Catechesis.
Each month we will explore a chapter of the catechesis on family life, as presented by the Archdiocese of
Philadelphia and the Pontifical Council on the Family. The program takes place once a month until September, 2015. The next session is January 27, 2015. There is no cost for participants.
 Consoling the Heart of Jesus: a ‘do it yourself’ Retreat, beginning January 8, 2015 for 11 weeks (evening
session only). Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, brings together several spiritual traditions and blends them in the
pattern of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. We will find inspiration in the quotations from the saints
that he gathers carefully and in his deep, but humble, understanding of the principles of holiness that they
proclaim. Cost of workbook: $20.
More information and registration forms are available in Church vestibules, and on the web at
www.ststanislaus.com, News tab, Grow Your Faith at St. Stanislaus article.
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126 St. Stanislaus - Lansdale, PA
DECEMBER 21, 2014
IV DOMINGO DE ADVIENTO - 21 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2014
He aquí que la Virgen concebirá y dará a luz un hijo, y le pondrán por nombre Emmanuel, que quiere decir Dioscon-nosotros. (Isaías 7, 14)
Intención de la misa: (Para ofrecer una misa por una intención anunciada, hable con Padre Forlano)
1) 2 Samuel 7, 1-5. 8-12. 14. 16
2) Romanos 16, 25-27
Lecturas del Domingo
Salmo 88, 2-3. 4-5. 27 y 29 Cantaré eternamente las misericordias del Señor.
3) Lucas 1, 26-38 8
¿Qué significa para el Papa la Navidad? Es el encuentro con Jesús.
Dios siempre ha buscado a su pueblo, lo ha guiado, lo ha custodiado,
ha prometido que le estará siempre cerca. En el Libro del Deuteronomio leemos que Dios camina con nosotros, nos guía de la mano como
un papá con su hijo.
Esto es hermoso. La Navidad es el encuentro de Dios con su pueblo. Y
también es una consolación, un misterio de consolación. Muchas
veces, después de la misa de Nochebuena, pasé algunas horas solo, en
la capilla, antes de celebrar la misa de la aurora, con un sentimiento
de profunda consolación y paz. Recuerdo una vez aquí en Roma, creo
que era la Navidad de 1974, en una noche de oración después de la
misa en la residencia del Centro Astalli. Para mí la Navidad siempre
ha sido esto: contemplar la visita de Dios a su pueblo.
¿Cuál es el mensaje de la Navidad para las personas de hoy?
Nos habla de la ternura y de la esperanza. Dios, al encontrarse con
nosotros, nos dice dos cosas.
• La primera: tengan esperanza. Dios siempre abre las puertas, no las
cierra nunca. Es el papá que nos abre las puertas.
• Segunda: no tengan miedo de la ternura. Cuando los cristianos se
olvidan de la esperanza y de la ternura se vuelven una Iglesia fría, que
no sabe dónde ir y se enreda en las ideologías, en las actitudes mundanas. Mientras la sencillez de Dios te dice: sigue adelante, yo soy un
Padre que te acaricia.
• Tengo miedo cuando los cristianos pierden la esperanza y la capacidad de abrazar y acariciar. Tal vez por esto, viendo hacia el futuro,
hablo a menudo sobre los niños y los ancianos, es decir los más indefensos. En mi vida como sacerdote, yendo a la parroquia, siempre
traté de transmitir esta ternura, sobre todo a los niños y a los ancianos.
Me hace bien, y pienso en la ternura que Dios tiene por nosotros.
Fragmento de la entrevista con papa Francisco sobre la Navidad, martes, 10 de diciembre. Fuente: http://es.catholic.net
Por favor, rueguen por los enfermos. Emma Pedroza, Nick Dion,
Carlos Erazo, Gregorio Montano, Minerva Montaño Abonza,
Padre Orlando Carmona, Aurora Millan, Carlos Benavides, Max
Ho Morales, Benjamin Hernandez, Saulo Guarin, Victor Alarcou,
Analiz Florez, Roman Rivera, Magdalena Mendoza, Concepción
Sampeño, Yeinaldo Benitez, Elsa Roig, Esteban Tellez, Guadalupe
Salinas, Imelda Peña, Josefina D’Hoy, Eliseo Berrio, Edwin
Anglero, Manuel Hernandez, Marylin Alvarez, Filigonio Gomez,
Viviana Aviles, Adela Alvarez Aguilar, José Santiago, Lidia Escobosa. Escriba los nombres en la hoja de peticiones antes de la misa, y aquí se incluirán en el boletín la semana que viene.
Para un consejo o una cita, hable con Padre Forlano o Padre Miguel después de la misa o puede contactarlos a 215-855-3133 ext.
111 (P. Forlano) o ext. 101 (P. Miguel) al Centro Parroquial de San
Estanislao. También, se puede comunicar con Padre Forlano por
correo electrónico: [email protected] o con Padre Miguel:
[email protected]
ACTIVIDADES Y FORMACIÓN EN LA FE
Grupo de Oración se reúne todos los Martes a las 7:00 PM en la capilla en el centro parroquial. Para más información, favor de contactar a
Carlos Zuluaga, (954) 309-1771.
LOS SACRAMENTOS
Bautismos – Clases bautismales serán el primer Domingo de cada mes
después de la misa. Inscríbase por anticipado con el Padre Forlano.
La próxima clase bautismal es el 4 de enero. Todos los que necesitan
bautizar a un niño o una niña o quieren ser padrino o madrina deben
asistir. Normalmente, se celebran los bautismos durante la misa del
segundo y cuarto Domingo del mes. Para ser padrino/madrina o recibir una carta de elegibilidad, una persona tiene que ser: 1) Un Católico
practicante con un mínimo de 16 años de edad y haya recibido todos
los sacramentos de iniciación - bautismo, confirmación, y comunión. 2)
Registrado en la parroquia o bien conocido en la comunidad de la
Iglesia. 3) Casado por la iglesia católica o soltero sin vivir en unión
libre. 4) Hay que asistir a la Misa. 5) Deben tener sus propios hijos
confirmados si tienen la edad.
El Sacramento de Reconciliación se ofrece los sábados a las 8:30 a.m. y
4:00 p.m. y los domingos 12:30 - 12:50 p.m. o por cita con Padre Forlano o Padre Miguel.
El Matrimonio – Hable con Padre Forlano más que 6 meses antes de
la fecha anticipada. Un clase de preparación - “Pre-Cana” es un requisito antes de casarse. El Instituto Católico Móvil también ofrece el
taller “Pre-Caná” varias veces durante el año en la Parroquia de San
Martin de Tours, Roosevelt Blvd. & Cheltenham Ave., Filadelfia. Para
inscribirse o informarse (215) 667-2820/2824 o
[email protected] o [email protected]
SANACIÓN POST-ABORTO
Si usted o alguien que usted conoce está sufriendo
después de un aborto, ayuda que no juzga confidencial
está disponible: Tema Serie del Proyecto Raquel nacional
gratuito artículo: 888-456-HOPE (-4673) o visite HopeAfterAbortion.org. Los hispanohablantes pueden visitar
www.esperanzaposaborto.org
Alcohólicos Anónimos - Grupo Feliz Amanecer Si usted tiene
problemas con el alcohol y quiere dejar de beber, nosotros le podemos ayudar. Reuniones: viernes y domingos, 7:00 p.m. y 9:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish, 16 S. Spring Garden St., Ambler, PA 19002.
Info: 215-226-3049.
Celebración de la Natividad del Señor
Misa de la Noche
24 de Diciembre de 2014
10:00 p.m.
¡Todos están invitados!
(no hay misa en español el 25 de diciembre)
Posadas Navideñas 2014. 7:00 PM
Todos están invitados a unirse y participar de esta Gran Celebración Navideña.
21-Dec-14
Marisol Galo
321 N. 2nd St.
Souderton (267) 770-3154
22-Dec-14
Ivonne Gonzalez 2004 Mulberry Ct. Perkasie
23-Dec-24
St. Stanislaus Parish
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