Adult Faith FormationTo expand substantially the religious education of the parish at all levels.
Parishioners are invited to help provide opportunities for encouraging and nurturing spiritual growth in our parish. Contact Carole Van Trieste, 484 582 1216.
Respect Life Committee
Ministry activities include providing pro-life information, assisting in voter registration, and arranging parish participation in monthly vigil Mass and procession to a downtown abortion clinic. This committee also arranges the annual march for Life in Washington, D.C., each January. For information, please contact Matt and Maria Snowden at 610 975 9474. Additional information on pro-life activities can be found at the US Conference of Bishops.
Charismatic Prayer Group
Charisms are gifts or graces given by God to persons for the good of others and the Church. One of the results of Vatican II was that the charisms of the Holy Spirit should play a more important role in Christian life. From this began a movement called the Catholic Charismatic Renewal that has become more and more universally accepted.
The Acts of the Apostles tells us in (2:42-47):” The early Christians formed communities so united that all felt as one.”
So it is with those brothers and sisters who come together in the Spirit. In their weekly meetings, prayer groups offer such an opportunity through spontaneous prayer, songs and hymns, scripture readings and manifestations of the Spirit’s gifts, all centered on praise of the Lord Jesus Christ. Emphasis is on an open and free atmosphere where everyone can contribute with their special gifts and with their prayers, motivated by faith and love.All parishioners are invited to attend the weekly meeting at 7:30 PM in the church. For events related to this ministry, check the Calendar under Charismatic Prayer Group, Life in the Spirit Seminars and Mass for Healing. For more information, please contact Paul Hayes, 610 687 8835
Marriage Preparation / Encounter
All married parishioners with a healthy marriage of at least five years are invited to help provide encouragement and support to engaged couples as they prepare for a life of committed love in the Church and society.
Team members share their marriage and life experiences during all-day marriage preparation sessions held for engaged couples twice a year (four two-hour sessions after the 9:30 Sunday Mass. Check the Calendar under Marriage Preparation.
If you are an engaged couple that would like to participate in the program, please click here for the program dates and a printable registration form.
If you are interested in being a lead couple contact:
Julie and Dan Pijawka 610 993 1249.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter offers a weekend experience designed to give married couples the opportunity to learn a technique of loving communication that they can use for the rest of their lives. It’s a chance to look deeply into their relationship with each other and with God. It’s a time to share their feelings, hopes and dreams with each other. The weekend provides a time together, away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life, while encouraging couples to focus on each other and their relationship. Each Marriage Encounter weekend is presented by previously encountered couples and a religious (a priest on the Catholic weekend) for the benefit of new couples.
Marriage Encounter was originally started by the Roman Catholic Church as a way for married couples to enrich their lives and learn how to communicate not only their thoughts but their feelings for one another. Well, they found out that it really works and soon the idea was adopted by groups from many other faiths. Each of these groups are called “expressions” as they are all different expressions for the original ideas adapted to the framework of each individual faith. Although Marriage Encounter is associated with various churches world-wide, it is a self-run organization and is funded through member contributions.
For more information, visit Marriage Encounter in the Philadelphia area or call Ron MacGillivray and Kathleen McCarroll at 610 254 9714.
In the belief that prayers, united with many others, will obtain the blessing needed, the Prayer Line team intercedes for those who have concerns and petitions to place before the Lord. The team takes calls from parishioners for their prayer intentions and also prays for those listed in the Prayer Intention Book located at the St. Katharine of Siena Shrine in church.
For more information, please contact Paul Hayes, 610 687 8835.
We have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament each Monday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Devotion begins at 8:30 with the Rosary. After that there is quiet time until Benediction at 4:30. You are invited to pray, read , meditate or just sit quietly with the Lord to listen to what He might have to say to you.
Come and visit for as few or as many minutes as you have.
We do schedule volunteers to be with the Lord throughout the day to ensure He is never alon. If you would like to make a weekly appointment or be a substitute please contact Maureen Reilly at firstname.lastname@example.org or Marie Northington at email@example.com
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
RCIA is a journey to a deeper experience of God’s love manifested through the teaching and treasures of the Catholic Faith.
We welcome persons of other faiths who would like to know more about the Catholic Church, as well as Catholic adults who have not received the Sacraments of Holy Eucharist, Reconciliation or Confirmation. We welcome, too, Catholics who would like to grow in their relationship with Jesus.
There is a regular gathering (Check the Calendar under RCIA) to listen to and reflect on God’s Word and the teachings of the Church. There is no pressure or obligation. It is merely a time to inquire.
We would love to have you join us. We also encourage you to invite someone who might like to journey with us.
For more information, please contact Monsignor Brouwers 610 688 4584.
The Stages of RCIA
Period of Inquiry: (Evangelization)
The first stage is the period of inquiry. During this time Inquirers reflect on the Gospel message and the ways in which they can apply it to their own lives. It is a time for questions and finding out more about the Catholic Church and the value of faith.
Period of Teaching: (Catechumenate)
Those who profess their faith in Jesus and desire to continue their journey toward full membership in the Catholic Church then move to their next phase where most of the teaching takes place. With the help of a sponsor and members of the community, the candidate learns about the Church as a community. This period begins with a rite, which marks the formal entrance into the catechumenate.
Purification and Enlightenment
At the beginning of Lent the Church calls those who are ready to make final preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation, which will be received at the Easter Vigil Mass. This calling takes place in the special Rite of Election at the Cathedral in Philadelphia.
During Lent the parish community joins the candidates in their preparation, and together they continue the journey toward the celebration of Easter.
Ordinarily the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist are celebrated at the Easter Vigil liturgy. Christians who are already baptized may be formally received into full communion with the Catholic Church at another liturgy.
Post-baptismal Catechesis (Mystagogia)
A period of fifty days from Easter to Pentecost completes the initiation process. It is a special time for the newly received to find a place in the community. This is the time for unfolding the meaning of the Easter Sacraments.
Come – Jesus is calling!
Rosary Prayer Group
The Grotto was built by William Halligan, Sr. and friends in 1917, and has been a source of prayer and inspiration since that time.
At the start of the Middle East Gulf War in 1991, a few parishioners met at the Grotto to pray for a speedy end to this conflict. Since the war ended in a few days, a parishioner saw an opportunity to use the Grotto as a way to honor and to pray to the Blessed Mother, and parishioners were invited to participate. Thus began an event that has continued daily since 1991.
This takes place every night from 7:00pm to 7:20pm at the Grotto next to the School, regardless of weather. The participants pray the Rosary and also pray for other concerns and needs. Rosaries and instructions are always available. There is no formal organization. Everyone is welcome any evening to pray together as a group and for personal intentions. Contact Paul Hayes, 610 687 8835, with questions.
The Rosary is also recited at 8:30 AM in church, Monday through Saturday.
Come join Msgr. Brouwers every Thursday (9:00 – 10:30am or 7:00 – 8:30pm) as he offers a comprehensive background and explanation of the Scripture readings for the upcoming Sunday! This will make the Sunday Eucharistic Celebration much more meaningful and valuable for your spiritual journey. Msgr. Brouwers also encourages participants to share their faith as they learn about God’s Word revealed to them. Even though we believe that God reveals himself to us through the inspired word found in the Bible, most of us Catholics have very little background in it. These sessions help to answer all the questions you have on the Bible as Msgr. Brouwers, who has studied the Sacred Scripture for many years up to the doctoral level at Catholic University of America, provides mainstream Catholic Scriptural insight into the Living Word of God. And, you don’t have to come to every session; just come when you can!
For more information call the rectory at 610 688 4584.
Walking With Purpose
Are you searching for something more in your life? Would you like to connect with other women in our community? Do you desire to grow in your Catholic faith? We invite you to join Walking with Purpose, a women’s Catholic Bible study, on Tuesdays from 9:15am to 11:00am at St. Katharine of Siena in the Parish Center. Weekly group sessions of two WWP Bible studies are starting on Tuesday, September 19th and continue through April.
Opening Your Heart, our foundational study, is designed for a woman new to Walking with Purpose whether or not you have any Bible study experience; you are welcome as you are to learn how the Scriptures apply to our everyday lives.
Our second study, Touching the Divine, is a study of the Gospel of John and designed for women who have already participated in Walking with Purpose and are ready for a more advanced level study as we learn how to know Christ in a deeper, more intimate way.
Walking with Purpose aims to bring women to a closer relationship with Christ. Personal study and small group discussions at WWP each week link our everyday challenges with the solutions given to us through the teachings of Christ and the Catholic Church.
Interested in learning more? For questions or to sign up, please contact Maureen Reilly at 610-745-6320 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Walking with Purpose online at www.walkingwithpurpose.com/location/st.katharine-of-siena for more information.