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CCD and Youth Ministry Office Closed

CCD and Youth Ministry Office is closed for the holidays.
HAPPY NEW YEAR

HAPPY NEW YEAR
Circle of Friendship Ministry
07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
A support group for separated or divorced persons. Informal, friendly, confidential meetings let us share emotions, problems and joys as we journey together - non-denominational - all faiths welcome. Please consider coming to a meeting - we meet the first, third and fifth Thursdays of each month in St. Mary’s Van Vooren, from 7:30 - 9:30 PM. If you have questions or concerns,please call Jeff Rusnak at 973.831.9847.
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CCD and Youth Ministry Office Closed

CCD and Youth Ministry Office is closed for the holidays.
Christmas Recess

Christmas Recess
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CCD and Youth Ministry Office Closed

CCD and Youth Ministry Office is closed for the holidays.
Emmaus Men’s Fellowship
07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Men of the parish are invited to join the EMMAUS Catholic Men’s Fellowship, an informal group which focuses on everyday issues of living from a Christian perspective. There is no fee - just bring your Bible. We meet in the library at the Youth Ministry Office from 7:30 - 8:30 AM on the first, third and fifth Saturdays of each month. Questions? Contact Ken at kenweinheimer@gmail.com or Stanley at 973.831.8948.
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CCD and Youth Ministry Office Closed

CCD and Youth Ministry Office is closed for the holidays.
Youth Mass
05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Youth Mass is held the first Sunday of every month at the 5 o'clock Mass
Youth Mass
05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Youth Mass in the Church
Confirmation P1 Leader Meeting
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Confirmation P1 leader meeting to review lesson plans and distribute materials and books.
7th Grade Leader's Meeting
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Meeting being held in the Catherine Spina Hall.
January Journey Retreat Team Meeting
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
January Journey Retreat Team Meeting
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School Reopens

School Reopens
Forensics

Forensics
St Mary's Active Seniors
11:00 AM - 01:30 PM
St. Mary’s Active Senior Ministry (for seniors 55 and over - no town limitations). We meet the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 11:00 AM in the Carnevale Center. By scheduling speakers, activities and day trips, we aim to provide something of interest for our members.
Gr 2 Rel Ed Classes
03:45 PM - 05:15 PM
Gr 2 Rel Ed Classes held in Carnevale Center
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Gr 2 Rel Ed Classes
03:45 PM - 05:15 PM
Gr 2 Rel Ed Classes held in Carnevale Center
Parent prayer service
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Parent Prayer Service for the January Journey Retreat
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Liturgy

Liturgy
Clubs

Clubs
A Self-Discovery Group for Women.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Come join us in this 6 week journey as we gain in-depth knowledge of the inner self. Goal: to identify strengths and roadblocks that influence our choices in an effort to reach new heights. Pathways Counseling Center, 16 Pompton Ave. Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442. Phone #: 973-835-6337 *Contact: Peg Buczek *Cost: $20 per session If you are a woman in the age range of approximately 27-47 and you would like to go on a journey of self-discovery, this group is for you. Call us with questions and more information at the above phone number. Two groups are being offered beginning Wednesday January 7th 2015: First - group - 11am- 12pm; Second group from 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm. Please call to register for the group that fits best with your busy schedule.
Gr 1 Rel Ed Classes
03:45 PM - 05:15 PM
First day Gr 1 Rel Ed Classes All Gr 1 classes held in Carnevale Center. Parent should stay on first day from 3:45PM to 5:15PM for parent meeting.
HOPE Meeting
06:30 PM - 07:30 PM
HOPE is a student run ministry that focuses on serving those in need in our community and beyond.
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Gr 1 Rel Ed Classes
03:45 PM - 05:15 PM
First day Gr 1 Rel Ed Classes All Gr 1 classes held in Carnevale Center. Parent should stay on first day from 3:45PM to 5:15PM for parent meeting.
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Men's Cornerstone
08:00 AM - 07:00 PM
The retreat will begin at 8 A.M. on Saturday Morning and will conclude with the 7:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday. All participants and their families are also invited to a reception at the Carnevale Center immediately following Mass.
January Journey Retreat
07:30 PM
Phase 1 Candidates travel to Camp Vacamas, West Milford for their Journey Retreat
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January Journey Retreat

Day 2 of the January Journey Retreat
Nursing Home Buddies
09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Meet at the Youth Center at 9:30AM and travel to the nursing homes.
Second Saturday Blessings
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Second Saturday Blessings in Carnevale Center, rooms 101/102 and Assisi Room
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Blood Pressure Screening

Free Blood Pressure Screening Offered by St. Mary’s Health & Wellness Ministry 9:30 AM - 12:00 noon in the Carnevale Center. Please come in to take advantage of this program.
Gr. 2 Parent Eucharistic Mtg. 2:00pm in Church

Gr. 2 Parent Eucharistic Mtg. 2:00pm in Church
First Eucharist Parent Meeting
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
First Eucharist Parent Meeting takes place in the Church
January Journey Retreat Closing Prayer Service
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Day 3 of the January Journey Retreat closes with a Prayer Service held at Camp Vacamas
7th gr. Parent Youth Meeting
03:15 PM - 04:45 PM
Meeting in Church Hall.
7th gr. Parent Youth Meeting
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Meeting in Church hall.
7th gr. Parent Youth Meeting
07:45 PM - 09:15 PM
Meeting in Church Hall.
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Women's Cornerstone Team Meeting

Carnevale Center Rooms 203 & 204
Forensics

Forensics
Cumulative Test Week Gr. 3-8

Cumulative Test Week Gr. 3-8
Gr 2 Rel Ed Classes
03:45 PM - 05:15 PM
Gr 2 Rel Ed Classes held in Carnevale Center
7th gr. Parent Youth Meeting
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Meeting in Church Hall.
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Gr. 8 - Jostens to Measure for Caps & Gowns - 9:00am

Gr. 8 - Jostens to Measure for Caps & Gowns - 9:00am
Tutoring

Tutoring
Gr 2 Rel Ed Classes
03:45 PM - 05:15 PM
Gr 2 Rel Ed Classes held in Carnevale Center
Secular Franciscans
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Secular Franciscans in Carnevale Center rooms 001 & 002
Young Adult Ministry
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Meet every other Tuesday from 7-8 PM in the Carnevale Center, Room 205. Are you between the ages of 21-39 and looking for a group of peers to share your faith with? [Join us for discussion based on faith, followed by Trivia at Amazing Grapes. Go Team YAMs!] For more information contact: Jennifer Niemann at 973.590.4841 pastingor email jennifern@stmarys-pompton.org
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Liturgy

Liturgy
Student Council Meeting

Student Council Meeting
A Self-Discovery Group for Women.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Come join us in this 6 week journey as we gain in-depth knowledge of the inner self. Goal: to identify strengths and roadblocks that influence our choices in an effort to reach new heights. Pathways Counseling Center, 16 Pompton Ave. Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442. Phone #: 973-835-6337 *Contact: Peg Buczek *Cost: $20 per session If you are a woman in the age range of approximately 27-47 and you would like to go on a journey of self-discovery, this group is for you. Call us with questions and more information at the above phone number. Two groups are being offered beginning Wednesday January 7th 2015: First - group - 11am- 12pm; Second group from 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm. Please call to register for the group that fits best with your busy schedule.
St Mary's Seniors
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Meet 2nd and 4th Wednesday, 11AM - 1PM Carnevale Center
Gr 1 Rel Ed Classes
03:45 PM - 05:15 PM
Gr 1 Rel Ed Classes held in Carnevale Center
Men's Basketball
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Gym
Shawl Ministry
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Carnevale Center Rooms 101/102 2nd Wednesday of each month
Movie Night
07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Gathering in Youth Center Basement for all high school aged students each Wednesday night.
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Gr. 2 Eurcharistic Enrollment Ceremony in Church 8:30am

Gr. 2 Eurcharistic Enrollment Ceremony in Church 8:30am
Gr 1 Rel Ed Classes
03:45 PM - 05:15 PM
Gr 1 Rel Ed Classes held in Carnevale Center
Grade 2 First Eucharist Parent Meeting -Make up
06:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Grade 2 First Eucharist Parent Make up meeting will be held in the Church
Circle of Friendship Ministry
07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
A support group for separated or divorced persons. Informal, friendly, confidential meetings let us share emotions, problems and joys as we journey together - non-denominational - all faiths welcome. Please consider coming to a meeting - we meet the first, third and fifth Thursdays of each month in St. Mary’s Van Vooren, from 7:30 - 9:30 PM. If you have questions or concerns,please call Jeff Rusnak at 973.831.9847.
Just Faith 202
07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Just Faith group meets every third Thursday of the month at 7PM in the Carnevale Center rooms 203 and 204.
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Bake Sale - Gr. 4

Bake Sale - Gr. 4
9:30am Dental Presentation, Gr. 2 & 3

9:30am Dental Presentation, Gr. 2 & 3
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Emmaus Men’s Fellowship
07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Men of the parish are invited to join the EMMAUS Catholic Men’s Fellowship, an informal group which focuses on everyday issues of living from a Christian perspective. There is no fee - just bring your Bible. We meet in the library at the Youth Ministry Office from 7:30 - 8:30 AM on the first, third and fifth Saturdays of each month. Questions? Contact Ken at kenweinheimer@gmail.com or Stanley at 973.831.8948.
Sandwich Making
06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Sandwich making in preparation for the Bridge's Run taking place on Sunday
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Bridge's Run

Ditribution of the Lunch Bags and toiletry Kits made.
7th gr. RE Class
03:15 PM - 04:45 PM
All classes in youth center.
7th gr. RE Class
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
All classes in youth center.
Confirmation Phase 1 Meetings
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Confirmation Phase 1 meetings in the Carnevale Center. This meeting only is a Parent-Candidate meeting.
1st Team Meeting for Emmaus Retreat
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
1st Team Meeting for Emmaus Retreat
7th gr. RE Class
07:45 PM - 09:15 PM
All classes in youth center.
Confirmation Phase 1 Meetings
07:45 PM - 09:15 PM
Confirmation Phase 1 meetings in the Carnevale Center. This meeting only is a Parent-Candidate meeting
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Women's Cornerstone Team Meeting

Carnevale Center Rooms 203 & 204
Liturgy

Liturgy
St Mary's Active Seniors
11:00 AM - 01:30 PM
St. Mary’s Active Senior Ministry (for seniors 55 and over - no town limitations). We meet the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 11:00 AM in the Carnevale Center. By scheduling speakers, activities and day trips, we aim to provide something of interest for our members.
Gr 2 Rel Ed Classes
03:45 PM - 05:15 PM
Gr 2 Rel Ed Classes held in Carnevale Center
7th gr. RE Class
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
All classes in youth center.
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Tutoring

Tutoring
Gr 2 Rel Ed Classes
03:45 PM - 05:15 PM
Gr 2 Rel Ed Classes held in Carnevale Center
Confirmation Phase 1 Meetings
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Confirmation meetings. For this meeting only it is a parent-candidate meeting held in the church. Here after all meetings will be held in the Youth Ministry building.
Centering Prayer
07:00 PM - 08:15 PM
Carnevale Center library
Women of Prayer & Spirit
07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
We gather the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM in our Prayer Room for an evening of sharing, prayer, and reflection. Periodically, we intersperse one of these experiences for the evening's usual Lectio Divina, Reflection in our Meditation Garden, Ignatian Imaginitive Prayer, Prayer Bell & Prayer Prayer Bowl, Centering Prayer or Contemplation of Scripture. We also keep an ongoing prayer intention journal. For more information, contact Beverly Dellart, Certified Spiritual Director, at 973-835-0374, ext 709.
Franciscan Response
07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Franciscan response group on fracking and climate change. meetings held third Tuesday of the month in Carnevale Center rooms 203 and 204 at 7:30.
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Clubs

Clubs
A Self-Discovery Group for Women.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Come join us in this 6 week journey as we gain in-depth knowledge of the inner self. Goal: to identify strengths and roadblocks that influence our choices in an effort to reach new heights. Pathways Counseling Center, 16 Pompton Ave. Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442. Phone #: 973-835-6337 *Contact: Peg Buczek *Cost: $20 per session If you are a woman in the age range of approximately 27-47 and you would like to go on a journey of self-discovery, this group is for you. Call us with questions and more information at the above phone number. Two groups are being offered beginning Wednesday January 7th 2015: First - group - 11am- 12pm; Second group from 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm. Please call to register for the group that fits best with your busy schedule.
Gr 1 Rel Ed Classes
03:45 PM - 05:15 PM
Gr 1 Rel Ed Classes held in Carnevale Center
Men's Basketball
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Gym
Movie Night
07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Gathering in Youth Center Basement for all high school aged students each Wednesday night.
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Gr 1 Rel Ed Classes
03:45 PM - 05:15 PM
Gr 1 Rel Ed Classes held in Carnevale Center
Lost Angels Bereavement Support Group
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Lost Angels offers support, understanding, compassion and hope to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings struggling to rebuild their lives after the death of children, grandchildren or siblings as a result of substance abuse or addiction. Our next gathering will take place on Thursday, January 22,, at 7:00 PM in Room 205 of the Carnevale Center.
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End of 2nd Marking Period

End of 2nd Marking Period
Married Couples' Spiritual Enrichment Group
07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Meet in the Carnevale Center Rooms 101/102 and Assisi Room
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Catholic School Week Begins

Catholic School Week Begins
Open House 10:00am-1:00pm

Open House 10:00am-1:00pm
8th gr Lenten Workshop
03:00 PM - 09:15 PM
Times to be announced. Workshop in Church Hall.
7th gr. RE Class
03:15 PM - 04:45 PM
All classes in youth center.
7th gr. RE Class
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
All classes in youth center.
Confirmation Phase 1 Meetings
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Confirmation Phase 1 meetings in the Carnevale Center.
Emmaus Retreat Team Meeting
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Emmaus Retreat Team Meeting
7th gr. RE Class
07:45 PM - 09:15 PM
All classes in youth center.
Confirmation Phase 1 Meetings
07:45 PM - 09:15 PM
Confirmation Phase 1 meetings in the Carnevale Center.
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Women's Cornerstone Team Meeting

Carnevale Center Rooms 203 & 204
Forensics

Forensics
Liturgy

Liturgy
Gr 2 Rel Ed Classes-CANCELLED
03:45 PM - 05:15 PM
Gr 2 Rel Ed Classes held in Carnevale Center-CANCELLED
7th gr. RE Class
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
All classes in youth center.
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Tutoring

Tutoring
Gr 2 Rel Ed Classes-CANCELLED
03:45 PM - 05:15 PM
Gr 2 Rel Ed Classes held in Carnevale Center-CANCELLED
Confirmation Phase 1 Meetings
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Confirmation meetings held in the Carnevale Center
Secular Franciscans
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Secular Franciscans in Carnevale Center rooms 001 & 002
Young Adult Ministry
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Meet every other Tuesday from 7-8 PM in the Carnevale Center, Room 205. Are you between the ages of 21-39 and looking for a group of peers to share your faith with? [Join us for discussion based on faith, followed by Trivia at Amazing Grapes. Go Team YAMs!] For more information contact: Jennifer Niemann at 973.590.4841 pastingor email jennifern@stmarys-pompton.org
Centering Prayer
07:00 PM - 08:15 PM
Carnevale Center library
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Bible Study
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Wednesdays, 10:00 AM - Carnevale Center! You’re invited to join us; we are a welcoming group open to lively discussions to enrich our scripture knowledge — everyone welcome!
A Self-Discovery Group for Women.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Come join us in this 6 week journey as we gain in-depth knowledge of the inner self. Goal: to identify strengths and roadblocks that influence our choices in an effort to reach new heights. Pathways Counseling Center, 16 Pompton Ave. Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442. Phone #: 973-835-6337 *Contact: Peg Buczek *Cost: $20 per session If you are a woman in the age range of approximately 27-47 and you would like to go on a journey of self-discovery, this group is for you. Call us with questions and more information at the above phone number. Two groups are being offered beginning Wednesday January 7th 2015: First - group - 11am- 12pm; Second group from 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm. Please call to register for the group that fits best with your busy schedule.
St Mary's Seniors
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Meet 2nd and 4th Wednesday, 11AM - 1PM Carnevale Center
Gr 1 Rel Ed Classes
03:45 PM - 05:15 PM
Gr 1 Rel Ed Classes held in Carnevale Center
Men's Basketball
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Gym
Movie Night
07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Gathering in Youth Center Basement for all high school aged students each Wednesday night.
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Gr 1 Rel Ed Classes
03:45 PM - 05:15 PM
Gr 1 Rel Ed Classes held in Carnevale Center
Circle of Friendship Ministry
07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
A support group for separated or divorced persons. Informal, friendly, confidential meetings let us share emotions, problems and joys as we journey together - non-denominational - all faiths welcome. Please consider coming to a meeting - we meet the first, third and fifth Thursdays of each month in St. Mary’s Van Vooren, from 7:30 - 9:30 PM. If you have questions or concerns,please call Jeff Rusnak at 973.831.9847.
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Report Card Distribution

Report Card Distribution
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Gr. 8 Pasta Dinner in CC

Gr. 8 Pasta Dinner in CC
Emmaus Men’s Fellowship
07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Men of the parish are invited to join the EMMAUS Catholic Men’s Fellowship, an informal group which focuses on everyday issues of living from a Christian perspective. There is no fee - just bring your Bible. We meet in the library at the Youth Ministry Office from 7:30 - 8:30 AM on the first, third and fifth Saturdays of each month. Questions? Contact Ken at kenweinheimer@gmail.com or Stanley at 973.831.8948.
Gr. 8 Pasta Dinner in CC
Gr. 8 Pasta Dinner in CC

Gr. 8 Pasta Dinner in CC
Emmaus Men’s Fellowship
07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Emmaus Men’s Fellowship
07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Men of the parish are invited to join the EMMAUS Catholic Men’s Fellowship, an informal group which focuses on everyday issues of living from a Christian perspective. There is no fee - just bring your Bible. We meet in the library at the Youth Ministry Office from 7:30 - 8:30 AM on the first, third and fifth Saturdays of each month. Questions? Contact Ken at kenweinheimer@gmail.com or Stanley at 973.831.8948.
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  St. Mary's Parish in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey within the diocese of Paterson
is a unique Christian Community
rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan traditions.
Here religious and laity strive to be equal partners in ministry. We seek to live and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We welcome, celebrate and nourish
one another through
outreach, evangelization and
joy-filled worship. 


Tuesday, February 3 is the Feast of St Blaise,
the traditional day to bless throats; that blessing will take place 
at the end of each mass next weekend (January 31/February 1).


 

Special Blessing

On February 15, at the 9 AM Mass, all the Eucharist
Ministers who go to the Hospital and Nursing Homes
will receive a special blessing at the end of mass and then be
dismissed to Catherine Spina Hall where, besides coffee and
donuts, there will be a special short meeting.
Please call the Parish Office if you will NOT be able to
make this important meeting.

 


  “The place that God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” ~Frederick Buechner (reflecting on the meaning of VOCATION)                        

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NEWS & UPDATES
Special Alert - Women's Rights Team
A Path Appears, a documentary by Maro Chermayeff, will unfold on three successive Mondays (January 26, and February 2 & 9) at 10:00PM on PBS.

Special Alert - Women's Rights Team
A Path Appears, a documentary by Maro Chermayeff, will unfold on three successive Mondays (January 26, and February 2 & 9) at 10:00PM on PBS.

Based on the book, A Path Appears by best-selling authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the documentary goes to Colombia, Haiti, Kenya, and the USA to uncover the harshest forms of gender-based oppression and human rights violations, and solutions being implemented to combat them.

Please do not miss this opportunity to learn about the struggles women face in the United States and abroad, and the inspiring individuals working with them to create effective solutions.

Check PBS listings for the channel in your viewing area that will air the documentary.
 
K of C Events
Knights of Columbus Schedule of Events

K of C Events
Knights of Columbus Schedule of Events

Upcoming Knights of Columbus Events 

Valentine's Day Breakfast
Sunday, February 8, 7:30 AM - Noon
in Catherine Spina Hall
$7 Adults, $5 Children, Children under 5 eat free
(pay at the door).
Includes Eggs, Sausage, French Toast, Pancakes,
Coffee, Tea, Juice and more
Omelet made to order $2 additional
Photo Booth Available with many background options available, including Olaf from Frozen.

 

When: Ash Wednesday, February 18, 5 - 7 PM
Where: St. Mary’s Carnevale Center
Cost: $15.00 per person includes Fish, Fries, Coleslaw,
Drink and Dessert. Food is catered by the fabulous Giresi’s
Caterers of Lodi. ~ Eat in or take out ~
Tickets: call Ray Grimes at 973.835.4487 and pick up
tickets at the Parish Center or purchase online at our secure
web site www.kofc3801.org


• March 1—Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
• April 18—Comedy Night
• May 1—Golf Outing
 
Women's Cornerstone Women's Cornerstone
Women's Cornerstone 2015 is March 6-7. Don't miss your chance to participate in this amazing one-night retreat!

Women's Cornerstone Women's Cornerstone
Women's Cornerstone 2015 is March 6-7. Don't miss your chance to participate in this amazing one-night retreat!

What is Cornerstone? Cornerstone is an opportunity to renew your faith and grow in the experience of your Christian Community surrounded by a supportive group of women just like you. It is a place of warmth and hospitality where you take a breather from life’s daily stress. Come treat yourself to Cornerstone and know that You Are Loved. Share in some quiet, reflective time and learn about yourself on a personal and spiritual level again.

Look for brochures by the church entrance or contact Registration Co-chairs Luci Masherelli lucimash2@yahoo.com  973.886.6546] or Mary Rose Hoffmann maryrosehoff@gmail.com 973.432.7187].

Click here to visit our website and get more information. 

 
Men's Cornerstone Men's Cornerstone
Saturday, March 14

Men's Cornerstone Men's Cornerstone
Saturday, March 14

Men’s Cornerstone
Come hear
Fr. Michael Carnevale & Fr. Larry Anderson
at a one-day St. Mary’s
Men’s Cornerstone Reunion
Visit the webpage for more information 
HERE
 
Women's Rights Team
UPDATE - SEX TRAFFICKING OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN

Women's Rights Team
UPDATE - SEX TRAFFICKING OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN

In 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed the Human Trafficking Prevention, Protection and Treatment Act into law. The provisions of the law placed it and NJ in the first tier of effective state anti-trafficking laws in the nation. Progress has been made in identifying and prosecuting traffickers and those who purchase the services of the trafficked women and children. And now the trafficking victims are no longer criminalized but are given the assistance they need.

It is estimated that 100,000 underage girls and boys are sold for sex in America each year, many on classified advertising websites.

The current federal anti-trafficking law (The Trafficking Victims Protection Act) and other federal laws supersede state anti-trafficking laws. A loophole in federal laws allows websites to operate under less stringent regulations than the NJ law provisions for monitoring online ads and assuring that minors are not sold for sexual purposes. Some websites, such as Craigslist.com, have slowly worked to be compliant with the NJ law.

The same cannot be said for Backpage.com which is the single largest seller of underage girls and boys for sex. As each state moves to strengthen its anti-trafficking laws Backpage.com has vigorously fought certain provisions of state laws and won in court by citing the weaker federal laws. For example, Backpage has refused to use screening software that might detect ads for underage girls.
Now some brave minors are speaking out to reveal that they were sold for sex via Backpage ads and have found legal counsel to aid them in their fight against Backpage. We will keep you informed as their cases are heard in court and as we identify actions that we and you can take to support the children and help to end their sale for sex via online advertising.

If you would like additional information about how you can get involved with this effort please contact us at 973 653-9728 or Women's Rights Team
 
St Mary's Single Dance
Our second social for area singles [ages 30 plus] will be Friday February 6, 8 PM - 12 AM at Catherine Spina Hall.

St Mary's Single Dance
Our second social for area singles [ages 30 plus] will be Friday February 6, 8 PM - 12 AM at Catherine Spina Hall.

 $10 admission includes beer, wine, nonalcoholic beverages munchies and DJ.
 
Circle of Friendship
A support group for separated or divorced persons. Informal, friendly, confidential meetings let us share emotions, problems and joys as we journey together - non-denominational - all faiths welcome.

Circle of Friendship
A support group for separated or divorced persons. Informal, friendly, confidential meetings let us share emotions, problems and joys as we journey together - non-denominational - all faiths welcome.


Please consider coming to a meeting - we meet the first, third and fifth Thursdays of each month in St. Mary’s VanVooren Room, from 7:30 - 9:30 PM. If you have questions or concerns, please call Jeff Rusnak at 973.831.9847.
 
Become a Lay Franciscan
St. Francis welcomed lay people into the Franciscan family and wrote a rule from which they could draw inspiration and order for their Franciscan life. They were originally called Brothers and Sisters of Penance and later The Third Order.

Become a Lay Franciscan
St. Francis welcomed lay people into the Franciscan family and wrote a rule from which they could draw inspiration and order for their Franciscan life. They were originally called Brothers and Sisters of Penance and later The Third Order.

For nearly 800 years, Lay Catholics have made a life commitment and become members of what is now called The Secular Franciscan Order [“secular” meaning we are embedded in the world]. There are some 15,000 Catholic Secular Franciscans in the U.S. and about 400,000 around the world.
Men and women of St. Mary’s fraternity of seculars meet
once a month, usually the second Tuesday - join us. All are
welcome!
For further information email Patrick Hanley at pathanley@verizon.net or visit http://www.ourladyoftheangelsregion.org/
 
Making Music Praying Twice / Children's Choir
Making Music Praying Twice and Children's Choir
Making Music Praying Twice and Children's Choir
Making Music Praying Twice
This program is a fun,unique music and movement class for children ages 0-5 and a caregiver that combines music education with faith. The program is designed for the Catholic child and explores Liturgical and natural seasons in an age appropriate way.
If you, or anyone you know is interested please  click HERE for registration.   

Winter Session of Children's Choir
Registration is now online for the Winter Session of Children’s Choir. Open to children in grades k-5 this choir rehearses on Sunday Morning from 9:15 am-10am. Our first rehearsal id February 1st. We hope to see you there!  

If you have any questions please contact Dorothy Limey
cdlimey@stmarys-pompton.org
Stephen Ministry
Stephen Ministry
Stephen Ministry

The Lord is the stronghold of my life. Psalm 27:1

Like the church in Corinth is your heart out of control? Is it pain-filled, angry, hurt, yearning? Do you seek peace and resolution? Begin to sort out the chaos and address the issues with a Stephen Minister. Talk things out in safety in a confidential, Christian caring atmosphere. He/she will listen without judgment.                           

  BEVERLY DELLEART
Director of Stephen Ministry, Certified Spiritual Director,

 

Virtus Protecting God’s Children Information
Virtus Protecting God’s Children Information
Virtus Protecting God’s Children Information The staff of St. Mary's would like to extend thanks for your time and dedication in your ministry to the youth of our parish. Our youth are blessed in many ways by your presence in their lives.

All adults 18 years of age or older who work with children or youth are required by the Diocese of Paterson to meet the requirements of the program set forth by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops called Protecting God's Children.

Please click HERE to become informed of the three steps required by the Paterson Diocese.


Calling all Ushers!
Ushers Needed
Ushers Needed
Sunday 5 PM Mass
Give a friendly smile,
assist with seating when needed, pass the
Collection Basket, assist with Communion
lines. Can you help?
Please call Peter Alvarez at 973.839.5693 for
more information..
Food Pantry Food Drive
Food Drive
Food Drive

St. Mary’s “Targeted Food Drive” is held on the 2nd Sunday of each month; the box truck, manned by the Boy Scouts, will be in the parking lot for your donations

Sunday, February 8th
Cold & Hot Cereal, Parmalot Milk (all varieties), Healthy Snacks, Hearty Soups and Cake Mixes.

We appreciate your generous contributions of food, supermarket gift cards and checks for the Food Pantry; as always, we thank you all - you are truly a blessing to this ministry! 

Hospital Visitations
Hospital Visitations
Hospital Visitations

If you have a family member or friend in the hospital and would like a friar to visit, please call the Parish Office (973-835-0374) and leave your name and phone number.

 St. Mary’s is not notified by the hospital; parishioners need to let us know of the need for a visit. Thank you. 

Shawl Ministry
Prayer Shawls Available
Prayer Shawls Available
These garments
continue to be symbolic of unconditional love and
embrace each and every recipient with hope and love in
good and bad times. For all of us involved in this thriving
ministry, we each feel blessed and a sense of peace while
making these garments. We are grateful that we are able
to continue with this wonderful ministry.
The dedicated women of the shawl ministry meet every
month; their next meeting is Wednesday, February 11,
in the Carnevale Center, Room 201 @ 7 PM.
Anyone who crochets or knits is welcome. If you have
any questions or would like to give or get a shawl, please
contact the Parish Office and leave a message for the
Shawl Ministry 973.835.0374.
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a
smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment,
or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the
potential to turn a life around." Leo Buscaglia
Church Offerings
Church Offerings
Church Offerings
Offering cards for Altar Flowers are available
at the Parish Office. These make wonderful
remembrance gifts; the suggested donation is $50.

Offering cards for the Bread and Wine for the Liturgy of the Eucharist are available at the Parish Office. These make wonderful remembrance gifts; the suggested donation is $35.
Tree of Life
Tree of Life
Tree of Life

A sculpture of our Parish Tree of Memories is in the church vestibule. The tree affords a special and permanent remembrance of those who have shared God’s love with us and with our community. You may wish to remember a loved one, a friend or a special event in your life. A leaf for the tree will be engraved for a $500 gift. For more information, please stop by the Parish Office.

Faith Direct
Faith Direct
Faith Direct

With the arrival of autumn, I'd like to invite you to join Faith Direct, our parish's electronic eGiving program. Our to-do lists can get lengthy this back-to-school season, but Faith Direct's eGiving program will give you one less thing to remember each week - no more envelopes to find and checks to write before you go to Mass.

Enroll today!   www.faithdirect.net and use our parish code NJ23.  

Thank you in advance for your support and for using Faith Direct!

 How to easily enroll in Faith Direct

Catholic Charities Car Donation
Catholic Charities Car Donation
Catholic Charities Car Donation

Click on this link http://www.catholicharities-cardonations.org/ to donate your car to Catholic Charities or call 1-855-670-GIVE(4483)

2014 Bishop's Annual Appeal
Bishop's Annual Appeal
Bishop's Annual Appeal You may have received a letter asking you to support the 2014 Bishop’s annual Appeal. If you have not yet responded, there is still time to do so as the 2014 Appeal funds are used to support ministries and programs to the end of the diocesan fiscal year on June 20, 2015. Your gift is a great blessing and valued so we can serve Christ by serving his people.
17 Pompton Avenue
Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442
973-835-0374 

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