Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving Table Prayer

O Gracious God, we give you thanks for your overflowing generosity to us. Thank you for the blessings of the food we eat and especially for this feast today. Thank you for our home and family and friends, especially for the presence of those gathered here. Thank you for our health, our work and our play. Please send help to those who are hungry, alone, sick and suffering war and violence. Open our hearts to your love. We ask your blessing through Christ your son. Amen.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Thank You for Your Help with Boy of Joy

Once again, the parishioners of St. Mary’s have shown a tremendous amount of generosity! Our Faith Formation Families were able to completely fill 75 Boxes of Joy for children to receive as Christmas gifts. 

The boxes were filled with toys, personal care items and school supplies - all of which we are sure will be greatly appreciated.  Take a look at the “Year in Review” video  below or at or our Facebook page to see this mission at work.

Thank you, also, to those who helped to make the Faith Formation Gathering run so smoothly -  Judi Salimbene, The Cugliari Family, Bob Cioco, Tony Castelli and our Confirmation candidates, Gianna, Emma, Julio, Matthew and Christopher.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Box of Joy

Please Help to Fill a
“Box of Joy”

Help us brighten the lives of poor children who have never experienced the joy of receiving a Christmas gift.

On November 4th, at our Family Gathering, our Religious Education Families will hold a “Packing Party”  to produce what is called a “Box of Joy”. (Yes, this is early but the boxes need to be shipped out by November 11th) These shoebox size boxes will be filled with small gifts to be sent to Catholic missionaries in Haiti, Guatemala, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic as Christmas gifts for the children.

Over the coming weeks we ask that you select an item or items from the list below and deposit in bin the the back of the church by  Sunday, October 28th. Items may also be brought to the Parish Center Office during office hours. We certainly would welcome your organization joining forces with us to help fill these boxes to the max!  Questions? Call Diane at 973 235-1100.

Suggested Items List

Handheld Toys                                                                     
Small plush animals
Small balls (tennis, etc.)
Ball (deflated) with pump
Cars / Trucks  
Mini puzzle
Finger puppets
Silly Putty
Bean bag / Hacky sack
Unopened fast food toys
Harmonica, kazoo or other small instrument
Jump rope
Paddle ball
Mini board games, Balloons
Craft kit (beads, elastic, etc.) Pom-poms

Pencils, colored pencils, solar calculator, sharpener
Small board books, erasers
Pencil case, crayons, pens, markers, ruler
Glue stick (no liquid) safety scissors, coloring books, notepads
Self-inking stamp
Flash cards

Please seal in a Ziplock-Style bag (No chocolates)
Individual Cookie/Snack Packs (Costco multiple serving size boxes, etc.)

Shorts, Underwear, T-shirts
Flip flops, bandanas, hats shoelaces, plastic poncho

Comb / Brush
Forks & Spoons
Cup / Bottle with lid
Bar Soap
Toothpaste (in the box) Toothbrush and floss, bandages
Hand wipes (no gels) Tissues
Lip balm
Manicure kit
Nail clippers / Emery board

Purse or wallet, sunglasses, necklace
Hair ribbons
Hair / Head bands, barrettes, bracelets

Sewing kit
LED keychain
Duct tape
No-battery flashlight

Drawstring bag