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Aid for Friends | Apostolate of the Sacred Heart | Book n Bean | Catholic Charaties | Charismatic Prayer Group | Community of Disciples | H.O.P.E. | St Ignatius Servants of Mary | Monthly Food Collection | Natural Family Planning | Perpetual Adoration | Prison Ministry | Respect Life | Rosary/Chaplet of Divine Mercy | Social Action Committee





  • Aid for Friends

    Kathy Pasko
    Tel: 215-321-0116

    Jayne Marcinkowski
    Tel: 215-321-5739

    Aid for Friends (AFF) serves the isolated, handicapped and frail population of the Delaware Valley.   AFF is one of the largest and most established FREE home delivered meal programs in Pennsylvania, serving 400,000 dinner meals, 58,000 soups and 42,000 breakfast bags to an aggregate 2,200 homebound persons each year. AFF also provides nearly 100,000 hours of friendly visits annually.

    St. Ignatius AFF has a three-fold program to support the AFF program throughout the Delaware Valley:

    1. Home Cooks – Trays and soup containers to be filled at home are available at all church entrances.  Directions are provided with the meal packets.
    2. Congregate cooks – These meetings to assemble meals are generally held the 2nd Thursday of each month (check the bulletin and/or the online church calendar for specific dates) between 9 am and noon.  Each person brings an entrée and the group provides the other foods, bread and desserts.  Meals are made assembly line style.  St. Ignatius makes an average of 700 meals each month.
    3.  The AFF Visitor program designates a friend to visit a homebound client once a week for an hour to deliver meals, have a friendly visit, etc.  Training is provided.
    Come join us during our monthly congregate cook. Helping hands are always needed and appreciated! Remember what Pope Francis has said, “To change the world we must be good to those who cannot repay us.”
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  • Apostolate of the Sacred Heart

    Marianne Kloc
    Email: Marianne.kloc@hotmail.com
    Tel: 213-321-0152

    Jesus loves each and every one of us so much that He gives us His Heart which is Sacred.

    The Enthronement of the Sacred Heart is a solemn act of a family or individual to recognize the Kingship of Christ and invite Him to rule over them and their home.

    The second promise of Jesus to those who Honor His Most Sacred Heart is: “I will establish peace in their families.”The third promise is: “I will bless every house in which a picture of My Heart shall be exposed and honored.”

    The Enthronement ceremony consists of prayers and a picture or statue depicting the Sacred Heart of Jesus being set up in a prominent place in the home. You will be given a packet that contains everything you will need for your enthronement, even pictures for your convenience.

    If you are interested in more information about this beautiful devotion to Jesus our King you can sign up at the table in the main vestibule of the church and a packet will be left in your name. If you would like more information you can contact Marianne.kloc@hotmail.com or call at 213-321-0152 and leave a message.

    Jesus promises you many graces!




  • Book n’ Bean

    Linda Stewart
    Tel: 215-968-3577

    Bring your book, enjoy our gourmet coffee, and join this informal book discussion group on the last Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm (except December and the summer months) in the School Faculty Room. Consult the Sunday bulletin for each month's book selection.




  • Catholic Charities

    John Cook
    Tel: 215-493-1340

    Catholic Charities is the means used by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to fund the agencies that provide materials and services for our needy and less fortunate neighbors. Since 1958, the annual appeal for funds has been made in the month of May. Catholic Charities is a separate non-profit corporation and all funds are kept separate to be used only for these purposes.

    For a full list of the agencies assisted by Catholic Charities and an explanation of what they provide, we urge you to visit the website at: http://www.catholiccharitiesappeal.org/

    John Cook, 215-493-1340
    Bill Murphy, 215-736-0628




  • Charismatic Prayer Group

    Deacon Bob Skawinski
    Email: rjcs1219@comcast.net
    Tel: 215-493-3377 ext. 211

    Our purpose is spiritual growth, defined as a life increasingly guided and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Join the group for praise songs, testimony, teachings and intercessory prayer. This is aided through the reception and exercise of the Gifts of the Spirit.

    Annual seminars are sponsored by the Group for the benefit of all parishioners.

    We meet on Tuesdays 7:30 PM in the Old Rectory. All are welcome.

    Submit a Prayer Request

    Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic Charismatic Renewal




  • Community of Disciples

    Anna Matteoda
    Email: annamatteo@msn.com
    Tel: 215-321-1674

    Jesus says to us,
    “I earnestly desire to eat this Passover meal with you.”

    Community of Disciples Small Groups

    Community of Disciples Faith Sharing groups of six or more participants meet during Lent to read, reflect and discuss the scripture readings for each upcoming Sunday’s Mass. Group leaders help to facilitate the discussion. Participants are free to share their faith reflections and experiences at their comfort level. The meetings last approximately 1½ hours, excluding any social time that the group decides upon.

    When – The Community of Disciples faith sharing sessions are scheduled to closely match parishioner requests, for each of the six weeks of Lent.

    Where – in volunteer parishioner host homes or in parish meeting rooms.

    Why should you consider participating? – Faith sharing offers the opportunity to: deepen your faith, strengthen yourself to live your faith while confronted with daily challenges, better prepare you for Sunday Mass, develop new friendships within our Church community.

    Registration: Community of Disciples Faith Sharing
    6 meetings in Lent, starting the week of Feb 29

    Questions? – Please contact:

    Anna Matteoda
    215-321-1674
    annamatteo@msn.com




  • H.O.P.E. - Helping Other People Everyday

    Pat Furst
    Tel: 215-801-0820

    H.O.P.E. is a group of concerned parishioners who are willing to help anyone in the geographical boundaries of our parish. What we do: Visit shut-ins; prepare meals in a crisis situation; grocery shop or run errands for shut-ins; take others to the grocery store; take people to Mass one day a month; d rive to medical appointments, bank, post office, etc. What we CANNOT do: Transport people in wheelchairs, be called as an emergency ride, do personal care (feeding, bathing, toileting, house cleaning, or respite care), respond on short notice. (If possible, please give us 2 weeks notice). To volunteer for H.O.P.E. or to use H.O.P.E., call Pat Furst at 215-801-0820




  • St. Ignatius Servants of Mary

    Contact: Lisa Liccione
    Tel: 215-499-1810

    Meets on Wednesdays 6pm, Room 2D for Rosary prayer, brief teaching on Our Blessed Mother, and weekly works of Mercy .

    Acting Spiritual Director: Deacon Mike Cibenko 215-321-4117



  • Monthly Food Collection

    Canned and boxed foods, paper goods, and baby products can be dropped-off inside the church entrances on the second Sunday of each month for distribution to Mary’s Pantry.




  • Natural Family Planning

    Dr. Les & Mrs. Betty Ruppersberger
    Tel: 215-321-6697

    We are very fortunate at St. Ignatius that we have experts and trained teachers on the subject of Natural Family Planning (NFP). NFP is an umbrella term for natural methods which can be used to BOTH achieve and postpone pregnancy. These methods involve various biological markers (physical changes) in the body which are cyclic and controlled by hormones and are scientific and reproducible and when learned properly can be used with 98-99% accuracy in family planning.

    Whether you are just entering marriage or have been married for twenty years, please educate yourself about the facts on NFP and how important it is for the spiritual and physical health of you, your marriage and your family. The links to the right contain some information for you to start the process:

    • NFP Detailed Information contains detailed information on the subject.
    • NFP – A Personal Testimony contains the personal story of Betty Ruppersberger, one of the experts in our Arch-Diocese andco- host of “NFP for Life” on AM 1570 Holy Spirit Radio.
    • NFP Facts Sheet contains the list of information shown below in printable format.
    • Philadelphia Natural Family Planning Network is a website for NFP education and assistance in our area.

    NFP Facts

    The NFP method is based on scientific research and day to day observations of the signs and symptoms that occur as part of each menstrual cycle.

    • NFP is effective – 98-99% when used properly.
    • NFP is safe and healthy – natural and without side effects.
    • NFP is holistic and in harmony with couple fertility and it promotes emotional and spiritual growth that strengthens marital intimacy.
    • NFP is applicable to irregular cycles and during the post partum period, breast feeding and peri-menopause.
    • NFP is morally acceptable to the Catholic Church and other major religions.
    • NFP if virtually cost free.
    • NFP is NOT the calendar rhythm method which was based on biological averages calculated on previous menstrual cycles.
    • There are various methods, but the Symptom-Thermal method is the one most commonly used and taught by the Family Life Office in this area.
    • NFP cannot be learned in the office; one must take a class; the classes are usually two 2 hour classes a week apart for both parties in the couple. The men are responsible for charting all the symptoms.

    The primary changes involved for charting are the basal body temperature (taken orally each morning before arising) and cervical mucus changes (as a result of estrogen production), sometimes along with cervical self-examination. Documenting these changes will identify the fertile window and then allow the couple to either achieve or postpone a pregnancy. Some medical conditions can even be suggested by this charting (lack of ovulation, abnormal ovulation, etc).

    There are monthly classes throughout the year; a schedule may be obtained by calling the Office of Life, Family , and Laity at 215-587-5600 or go to pnfpn.org.




  • Perpetual Adoration

    Marianne Kloc
    Tel: 267-346-0152

    Our Perpetual Adoration Chapel located in the old Rectory building is open twenty-four hours every day. If you are interested in becoming part of the Perpetual Adoration team, please contact us.

    More Information About Our Perpetual Adoration Chapel




  • Prison Ministry

    Deacon Mike Cibenko
    Tel: 215-493-3377 ext. 222

    Teams of three or four parishioners receive training and then use their life skills and experiences to help an ex-prisoner on his/her journey to return as a productive member of mainstream society. The program is coordinated by the Archdiocesan Office of Prison Ministry.




  • Respect Life

    Lester Ruppersberger, D.O.
    Tel: 215-321-6697

    The Respect Life Committee of St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish exists to promote a renewed respect for every human life from conception to natural death. The committee would like to make the parish the center of life, a place where parishioners understand the issues and importance of meeting the needs of those who are most vulnerable – especially mothers and their unborn children – and those who are seriously ill or dying and their families.

    Chairperson: Lester Ruppersberger, D.O.
    VicePresident: Christina Mahan
    Secretary: Mary Rose Wolodzko
    Treasurer: Barbara Basheda
    Chaplain: Fr. Anthony DiGuglielmo

    Meetings are the first Monday of every month at 7:30 PM in the Old Rectory and all are invited. We are ALWAYS looking for new members, especially the youth, who will be the next generation of life defenders.

    Links




  • Rosary/Chaplet of Divine Mercy

    All are invited to recite the rosary after the 9:00am Mass. For those who can stay longer, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is also recited. Praying the Rosary




  • Social Action Committee

    Ken Driver
    Driverk864@comcast.net
    Tel: 215-431-8552

    Coordinates activities in providing services and goods for those in need within the parish and also outside the local parish. Some involvements are Aid for Friends, Red Cross Homeless Shelter, Catholic Social Services, and more.