Sunday, April 15, 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, April 21 at 10am 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.  

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.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Faith Formation Calendar

Sunday Classes                     Tuesday Classes                 Confirmation
No Class February 18             No Class February 20           Make-up Class February 25 
February 25                              February  27                         March 1

First Holy Communion Parent Meeting: Wednesday, February 28 at 7pm

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Be A Hero
Last Sunday, we were joined by some of our parish families to help prepare lunch boxes for Toni's Kitchen in Montclair.  Toni's Kitchen is a soup kitchen that serves deeply nutritious, homemade meals four days a week to anywhere from 65-85 guests per meal.  For our Family Gathering, we prepared a boxed lunch for the guests to take with them after they finished their meal at Toni's Kitchen. Our children and parents made turkey sandwiches and packed them with snacks and a drink in boxes which they decorated.  
When Anthony Armando dropped the boxes off, he was greeted with a warm welcome. The staff were so grateful for the sandwiches and really impressed with the artwork and care that went into each one of the lunch boxes.
With Lent starting this week, hopefully we can all look for ways to serve those in need.  Check out Toni's Kitchen's website (under the logo on the right) and look at all the good work they do. 
They are always in need of donations and volunteers.  
Putting together a turkey and Swiss sandwich

Two of our young people packing up a lunch box for Toni's Kitchen

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

New Year, New Ways of Learning for Grades 6, 7, & 8

It is the goal of our Religious Education program to introduce our children and their parents to a life giving relationship with Jesus and provide them with the opportunities to experience His love, peace, and joy.  We hope that the catechesis that goes on in each classroom allows our students to better understand and experience God's love and mercy in new ways.

As the second half of the school year kicks off, the 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade students will deepen their knowledge of Jesus through a new set of programs in their classes.

Grade 6 will be learning more God and his love for his people as they learn salvation history through the scripture focused  Encounter Bible Study program from Ascension Press. 

Grade 7 will focus on the life of Jesus through the Gospel of Mark in T3: They Kingdom Come Bible Study from  Ascension Press.

Grade 8 will be looking at how they are called into a relationship with the God who created them and loves them and calls them to live out that love. Using the Chosen series, also from Ascension Press, they will focus on the core elements of our Catholic faith.  

We hope that these DVD based lessons will challenge the students to think about who they are, how they are called to live as disciples of Christ and how they play a role in God's kingdom. 

Check it out and see what our students will be learning about this year!

Grade 6 - Encounter Bible Series

Grade 7 - T3: Thy Kingdom Come: Study of the Gospel of Matthew
  Grade 8 - Chosen Program

Friday, January 5, 2018

The Epiphany of the Lord

And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, 
until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.
They were overjoyed at seeing the star, 
and on entering the house
they saw the child with Mary his mother.
They prostrated themselves and did him homage.
Then they opened their treasures 
and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Let us seek Christ with joy, 
give him thanks for his love, 
and offer our gifts to him and others to make this world a better place.

Thank You for Your Gifts
Each year the generosity of the parishioners of St. Mary's Parish in regards to the Christmas Giving Tree is absolutely tremendous and this year was no different. Because of your care and concern for our neighbors, we donated over 800 gifts and over $1,700 in gift cards to families and children in need. You helped to make their Christmas day brighter and allowed them to experience the hope, peace, love and joy of Christ. 
A special thank you to the Photo Arts Studio in Nutley, NJ and their entire staff who helped to collect toys for children, food for our pantry and made a donation that was used to help the children and adults in need this Christmas.
Here is whom your kindness and generosity helped:
Nutley Adopt-A-Family received over 30 gifts of toys, clothing and gift cards.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark, which distributes food and basic necessities to families in the area, received over 120 gifts of toys, clothing and gift cards.
St. Joseph Home in Jersey City, which is a center for homeless and economically disadvantaged women and children, received many of our gift cards to be used for personal items for the mothers and children.
Children in Foster Care - this year over 170 children, who are victims of abuse and neglect, were in need and we responded by providing over 450 gifts of toys, clothing and gift cards.
Covenant House in Newark, which provides loving care and vital services to homeless, abandoned, abused, trafficked, and exploited youth, received over 220 gifts of clothing and personal care items.
Thank you to everyone who donated to our Christmas Giving Tree. Your love of God and of His children is evident in the the way you helped those in need. Let us be reminded that the true blessings that we have are not just those material things, but the love that we share with one another.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Confirmation Class for January 4 is Cancelled

Tonight's Confirmation class is cancelled due to inclement weather.  
Our next class is Thursday, January 18

Just some reminders:
Our Confirmation Overnight Retreat is approaching (Saturday, Feb. 10 - Sunday, Feb. 11
In the red folder that you received at the beginning of the year is a permission slip that needs to be completed and returned by our next class on January 18. More information about the retreat will be sent home later this week.  

Confirmation Sponsor & Confirmation Name Forms are due back March 1. 
If you have misplaced the red folder with the forms, you can download them from our website. They are located in the Confirmation Section on the right side of the page.  

Up Coming Service:
Saturday, January 20 from 6:30-9:30pm - Family Bingo - Help with set-up, distributing prizes, giving out popcorn, helping with the ice cream station, and clean-up.  You will also have some time to play bingo. You can sign up at class on Thursday, January 18.