Thursday, May 31, 2018

2018-19 Registration is Now Open!!!

Faith Formation Program
Faith Formation is an on-going journey of learning about the Catholic Faith and experiencing the love of Jesus through the Sacraments. This learning process begins in Grade 1 and continues through to the reception of Confirmation in Grade 9.  

Registration for the Faith Formation Program Grades K-8
Registration for 2018-19 Faith Formation classes at St. Mary's Church is now open! Returning families should have received an email with the link to our online registration form.  At this time you can register your children who will be in Grades 1-8. If you are looking to get a head start for your little one, we do have a wonderful Kindergarten program on Sundays! You can also add a new student to the program. (We will need a copy of their Baptism Certificate.)

Registration is simple and can be done online in just a few minutes. Through John Patrick Publishing (JPP) and Parish Giving, you are now able to register your children for classes 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. 

We ask that you please complete the online registration for your child by August 30
This will allow us to properly plan for supplies, classroom space and to ensure that we have a catechist for each class. The entire registration process now only takes a few minutes and can be done from the comforts of home or while sitting in the yard. 
Do it today and check it off your to-do list!

Registration for Families New to the Program
You can register your child for classes by coming into the Parish Center Office (Monday-Thursday 9-4pm or if those times do not work, you can email Anthony Armando -- to setup a time for you to come in to register)
·      Please provide a copy of your child’s Baptism Certificate, 1st Communion & 1st Penance (if applicable)
·      If your child attended religious education in another parish, please ask the parish that they attended for a Transfer Letter, so that we can properly place them in the correct grade level.
·      We also ask that if you are not already a registered parishioner of St. Mary’s Church that you register with the parish.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Serving God and His People at Mass - Altar Server Training for Grades 3-8

Serving God isn't just for adults, we are all called to serve God and his people.  One of the most important places to do that is during the Saturday evening/Sunday liturgy.  We are looking for boys and girls in Grade 3 and up to be Altar Servers.  
We will have a training session on Saturday, May 12 at 11am in the Church.  During this training session, Deacon Ron will lead a train session that will walk the young people through all of the duties and responsibilities of being an altar server.   Once they are trained, they will be able to serve at any of the Masses that they attend. If you are interested, please email Mrs. Marge Schreiber - with the name of your son or daughter, their grade, a contact number, and what Mass you normally attend.  

Sunday, April 22, 2018


This Sunday and Tuesday are the final classes for our Religious Education school year for Grades K-8.  For the past eight months, our students have been learning about our Catholic Faith and Traditions from our wonderful staff of volunteer catechists.  
Here is quick rundown of our program:

 443 Students in Grades K-8
245 Returning Families 
75 New Families in Religious Education

88 First Communion Children
58 Confirmation Candidates

40 Volunteer Catechists
15 Youth Aides

So what do all these numbers mean? I believe they mean, we have a great opportunity to share our faith with our young people so that they can receive the Good News of Christ in their lives. I believe that these numbers also mean that there is a true hunger for faith, a thirst for understanding, and a desire for living a life of meaning.  I also believe that these numbers mean that we are truly blessed at St. Mary's. It is our sincere hope that we can be a welcoming and caring parish community where all people experience Christ's love, joy and peace.

Monday, April 9, 2018

St. Mary’s Religious Education
Family Gathering
Come Join the Fun!!!
Sunday, April 15th
in Monsignor Walsh Hall after the 10:30 Mass
Refreshments will be served

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Happy Easter!

We hope that you and your family had a very blessed and joyful Easter!!!  In case you were unable to join us for the Triduum or Easter Sunday, we thought that we would share some highlights with you.

Holy Thursday

Fr. Tom washes the feet of 12 members of our Church as a
remembrance of Christ washing the feet of the disciples at the Last Supper.

The Altar of Repose where the Holy Eucharist is placed after the Eucharistic procession on Holy Thursday. Many people visited our church that evening as is tradition.
Good Friday

High School members of our parish recreate and led a reflection of the Stations of the Cross.  The Living Stations of the Cross were accompanied by the singing talents of our Treble Choir led by Bruce Mauro.

Holy Saturday - Easter Vigil

Fr. Rich lights the Paschal Candle from the new fire outside of the church. 
The candle was then carried in to the darkened church and the Light of Christ was distributed to all in attendance.

Easter Sunday

Monday, March 26, 2018

Holy Week & Easter Schedule

Holy Week is my favorite time of the Church year.  It is a week that truly hits all of our senses. 
Holy Thursday enlivens our senses of smell and taste as we celebrate the Last Supper.  Incense is used to sanctify the altar and the bread and wine at Mass and we receive the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus in the Eucharist.
Good Friday gives the opportunity to venerate and touch the wood of cross on which hung our salvation.
Holy Saturday brings us from darkness into light as we light our individual candles from the Paschal Candle as it enters the Church. 
Finally, the joy of Easter Sunday can be heard in the shouts of Alleluia and the beautiful music that proclaims Christ's victory over sin and death.
We invite you to be with us on this journey as we celebrate the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Spaghetti-okie Dinner Cancelled

I apologize for the last minute announcement, but unfortunately, we have to cancel our Spaghetti-okie Dinner.
For those of you that made reservations and paid in advance, hopefully you already spoke to our parish secretary, Diane.  If not you can call her Monday.

Our next Family Gathering will be on Sunday, April 15...stay tuned for more information.