Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Registration for 2017-18 Religious Education Classes


St. Mary's Religious Education Program 
Classes begin on September 17 (Sunday) & 19 (Tuesday) and will end in late April.
Classes meet on Sunday mornings 9-10:15am or Tuesdays 3:45-5pm in the Phoenix Center School building (across the street from the Church) and in Walsh Hall (Church basement).  
The cost for 1 child is $130 -- 2 or more is $155.
Registration for our Confirmation Program (9th Grade) will be mailed out in July.

For Our Families Returning from Last Year:
You should have received an email with the notification and link to our online registration form.  Through John Patrick Publishing (JPP) and Parish Giving, you are now able to register your children for Religious Education Classes online and pay using your credit card or checking account through the secure site that we also use for our parish online giving. We hope that moving the registration process online will help make it easier for you to register your family in a timely manner during the summer months. 
The entire registration process now only takes a few minutes and can be done from the comforts of home or while sitting at the beach. Do it today and check it off your to-do list. We ask that you please complete the registration by August 1, 2017.  This will allow us to properly plan for supplies, classroom space and to ensure that we have a catechist for each class. 

Religious Education is an on-going journey of faith. Each year, we hope that our students grow in knowledge, but also grow deeper into a relationship with the God who loves them. Therefore, children should be enrolled in Religious Education classes beginning in Grade 1 and continue through the reception of Confirmation in Grade 9.

For Families New to Our Program:
We ask that all new families come into the Parish Center to register for our program. You can schedule a time to come in by calling Diane Addesso at 973-235-1100 or by emailing Anthony Armando (armandoa@stmarysnutley.org)
When you do come in to register your child, please be sure to bring their Baptismal Certificate and/or Letters of Transfer (if they are coming from another parish religious education program).  We would also appreciate if you registered with our parish at this time.

Children should begin Religious Education classes in Grade 1, to help them prepare for the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion in Grade 2. We do also offer a wonderful Kindergarten program on Sundays that is great way to get them started!

We Need You! Our Children Need You! God Needs You!
Our classes are taught by our volunteer staff of catechists. We are currently in need of more people willing to help pass on the faith to our children on both Sundays and Tuesdays. We Need Your Gifts & Talents to provide quality religious education and provide the best classroom experience possible for our 400 students. We are looking for people who are willing to serve and share their faith as a Catechist or an Assistant Catechist. 
You do not need to be a theologian, you just need a servant's heart and a love for God, we can help you with the rest! If you are nervous about doing it alone, ask a friend and you can teach together as a team!!  We will equip you with the tools to help you pass on the faith and to help the students in your class. In addition to the rewards of sharing your faith and helping our parish, you will also receive a $50.00 discount off of the registration fee. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

We Got Flocked!!!


Did you notice a flock of flamingos landed on our lawn the morning of Sunday, April 30th?  Yantacaw Girl Scout Troop 20099, many of whom are St.Mary's parishioners, took part in a fundraiser for the 11th Annual Nutley Relay for Life.  Since early March, the flamingos have landed on lawns all over town each night.  They only remain for 24 hours at which time the scouts would arrive to collect them and move them to the next unsuspecting neighbor.  A $25 dollar donation to the team would enable you to send the flock to surprise a friend.   Due to this successful fundraiser the girls raised over $7,200 for the American Cancer Society.   

"The Pink Flamingos"  participated in the Relay for Life at DeMuro Park on Friday May 19th and won the award for having the most team members stay overnight! 

Members of the Pink Flamingos with our Pastor Fr. Rich after St. Mary's Church got flocked.

Relay for Life Prayer Service

On Wednesday, May 10, St. Mary's Church hosted the Nutley Clergy Association's Relay for Life Prayer Service to honor all those touched by cancer.  Fr Rich was the celebrant and spoke about finding comfort in God.  The music led by Bruce Mauro, our Music Director continued this theme as we listened to a beautiful meditation song, Matt Maher's Lord, I Need You. I invite you to take a moment to play the song (below) because it is a powerful and prayerful way to invite Jesus, Our Savior into our moments of suffering and weakness.

Relay for Life helps communities to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer. On May 19-20, Nutley held its 11th Relay for Life. 70 teams participated in this annual event, which this year raised over $73,000!   You can find out more information by checking out their page Nutley Relay for Life

It is especially fitting that it takes place in May because May 1 is the feast day of St. Peregrine, who is the patron saint for persons suffering from cancer.  

Most of us know someone who has been affected by cancer, as we stand together as a parish family let us offer our prayers to St. Peregrine that he may intercede for us to God for healing, courage and hope.


Prayer to St. Peregrine
St. Peregrine, whom Holy Mother Church has declared Patron of those suffering from Cancer, I confidently turn to you for help in my present sickness. I beg your kind intercession. Ask God to relieve me of this sickness, if it be his Holy Will. Plead with the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Sorrows, whom you loved so tenderly and in union with whom you have suffered the pains of Cancer, that she may help me with her powerful prayers and loving consolation.

But if it should be God’s Holy Will that I bear this sickness, obtain for me courage and strength to accept these trails from the loving hand of God with patience and resignation, because he knows what is best for the salvation of my soul. St. Peregrine, be my friend and patron. Help me to imitate you in accepting suffering, and to unite myself with Jesus Crucified and the Mother of Sorrows, as you did. I offer my pains to God with all the love of my heart, for his glory and the salvation of souls, especially my own. Amen.


Friday, May 19, 2017

First Holy Communion

For the past three weekends we have had the joy of sharing in the celebration of 81 of our boys and girls coming to the table of the Lord's Supper for the first time.  We hope that this is a day that helps them begin their spiritual journey in an even more personal way.  Each time that we receive the Eucharist, Jesus gives us His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity to nourish us on our journey of life.  This spiritual food gives us the power to love.

Today in the Gospel of John, we hear Jesus tell his disciples that He is going to send them an Advocate to be with them. This Holy Spirit that Jesus promises is given to each of us so that we can follow Jesus’ command to love one another. Loving people sounds easy, but can be challenging to actually do. We are called to love those that hurt us or are indifferent to us. We are called to love even when it is not convenient or profitable to us. We are called to love and live out God's love each day.  That is tough stuff!!! Jesus never promises that it will be easy, but He does promise that He is there with us through it all.  He gives us not just a promise, but also the sustenance, His own Body and Blood to go through the twists and turns in life.  God also gives us the Holy Spirit to direct us and to give us the graces and gifts that we need to love as He loves us.

As we watch these young people, filled with joy and excitement for their First Holy Communion, we welcome them to the table of the Lord’s Supper.  They have heard the voice of Jesus calling them to this table so that His Body and Blood can nourish them. Let us continue to pray for them that they may always follow Jesus’ example of love.




Thursday, May 11, 2017

The WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE

Here at St. Mary's, we have so many wonderful reasons to be joyful as we celebrate the reception of First Holy Communion with 82 of our young people. For these three weekends in May, we will share in the celebration of these boys and girls coming to the table of the Lord's Supper for the first time to receive Jesus' Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.  

Today in the Gospel of John, we hear Jesus tell his disciples that He is going to prepare a place for them. Thomas asks Jesus:

"Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?"
Jesus said to him, I am the way and the truth and the life.

Many times in our lives, we may be lost or unsure of what is best for us.  Sometimes, we put a lot of effort and time into things that drain the joy and love from our lives.  Jesus reminds each of us in this Gospel that:
He is the Way, when we are lost, 
He is the Truth, when we are unsure of what is right,
He is the Life, the joy and peace that God has for each of us.

Jesus never promises that it will be easy, but He does promise that He is there with us through it all.  He gives us not just a promise, but also the food for this journey, His own Body and Blood to go through the twists and turns in life.

As we watch these young people, filled with joy and excitement for their First Holy Communion, we welcome them to the table of the Lord’s Supper.  They have heard the voice of Jesus, the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE calling them to this table so that they can be nourished by His Body and Blood. Let us pray for them and their families, that they may always follow Jesus.


Monday, April 17, 2017

April Updates

Religious Education Program
We are down to our last few weeks of class for Grades K-8 for the 2016-17 school year.  A few updates and reminders as we wind down the year:
Remaining Class Schedule:
Sunday: April 23 & 30
Tuesday: April 25
Confirmation: April 20 & May 11
  • Rice Bowl boxes should be returned this week. All of the funds that are collected will be sent to Catholic Relief Services to help provide food for those most in need.
  • Registration forms will not be handed out at the final class.  We will update you on the process for registering for classes for 2017-18 in the next week. We will be sending an email home and posting the information here and in the bulletin.  Formal Religious Education should begin in Grade 1 and continue through Confirmation in Grade 9. Faith formation deepens each year, so that by the time our students are preparing for Confirmation, they will have gained the knowledge needed for them to live as true disciples of Christ.
  • We are looking for volunteers for next year. We need your help to keep our program strong. Each year, we are looking to do more for our children, but we need your help. Being a catechist gives you the opportunity to deepen your own faith and live out your call to share the good news of Jesus with the children of our parish.  You do not need to be a theologian, you just need a servants heart and a desire to serve, we can help you with the rest! If you are nervous about doing it alone ask a friend and you can teach together as a team!!  

First Holy Communions Schedule:
May 6 (5:30pm) & May 7 (10:30 & 12 Noon)
May 14 (12 Noon)
May 20(5:30pm) & May 21 (10:30 & 12 Noon)