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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.
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Confirmation P2 Meeting
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Confirmation Phase 2 meeting held in the Carnevale Center
Confirmation P2 Meeting
07:45 PM - 09:15 PM
Confirmation Phase 2 meeting held in the Carnevale Center
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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.
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Confirmation P2 Meeting
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Confirmation Phase 2 meeting to start in the Prayer Room and then move to the Youth Center.
JustFaith Centering Prayer
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Every 1st Week, 2nd Week, 4th Week, Last Week On Tuesday in the 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!
Advocates for Justice
07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Social Justice Ministry meets in Carnevale Center rooms 203 and 204
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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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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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.
Confirmation P2 Meeting
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Confirmation Phase 2 meeting held in the Carnevale Center
Confirmation P2 Meeting
07:45 PM - 09:15 PM
Confirmation Phase 2 meeting held in the Carnevale Center
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Confirmation P2 Meeting
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Confirmation Phase 2 meeting to start and end in the church for the parish Advent Reconciliation Service
Secular Franciscans
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Secular Franciscans in Carnevale Center rooms 001 & 002
JustFaith Centering Prayer
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Every 1st Week, 2nd Week, 4th Week, Last Week On Tuesday in the 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!
St Mary's Seniors
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Meet 2nd and 4th Wednesday, 11AM - 1PM Carnevale Center
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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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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Confirmation P1 Leader Meeting
05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Held in room 101/102 of the Carnevale Center all leader materials and books will be reviewed and distributed t0 Phase 1 leaders at this meeting.
Confirmation P2 Meeting
06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
SPECIAL EVENT FOR ALL CONFIRMATION PHASE 2 CANDIDATES IN THE CARNEVALE CENTER. *IF YOU NORMALLY ATTEND SUNDAYS 6-7:30pm YOU NEED TO REPORT TONIGHT 6-7pm. *IF YOU NORMALLY ATTEND SUNDAYS 7:45-9:15pm YOU NEED TO REPORT TONIGHT 7:30-8:30pm *IF YOU NORMALLY ATTEND TUESDAYS 7-8:30PM YOU NEED TO REPORT TONIGHT 7:30-8:30pm
Confirmation P2 Meeting
07:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Confirmation Phase 2 meeting held in the Carnevale Center
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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.
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Confirmation P2 Meeting
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
THERE IS NO MEETING TONIGHT. ALL TUESDAY CANDIDATES WILL INSTEAD ATTEND A SPECIAL EVENT ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17TH IN THE CARNEVALE CENTER FROM 7:30-8:30pm.
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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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!
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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Just Faith 202
07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Just Faith group meets every third Thursday of the month at 7PM in the Carnevale Center rooms 203 and 204.
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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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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Secular Franciscans
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Secular Franciscans in Carnevale Center rooms 001 & 002
JustFaith Centering Prayer
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Every 1st Week, 2nd Week, 4th Week, Last Week On Tuesday in the 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!
St Mary's Seniors
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Meet 2nd and 4th Wednesday, 11AM - 1PM Carnevale Center
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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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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Thank you for your overwhelming generosity to the Giving Tree this Christmas!
Distribution of the gift cards you’ve given to our Food Pantry families 
will begin December 9th. 
Your kindness is greatly appreciated!
There are still a few ornaments left for your last minute shopping. Please return them to the Parish Office
by Wednesday, December 6



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NEWS & UPDATES
Knights of Columbus Upcoming Events Knights of Columbus Upcoming Events
K of C Events

Knights of Columbus Upcoming Events Knights of Columbus Upcoming Events
K of C Events

Breakfast with Santa Claus
Sunday, December 17, 7:30 AM - 12 Noon
Catherine Spina Hall
$8.00/Adults; $6.00/Children [under 5 free]. Breakfast
includes: Eggs, Sausage, Potatoes, Pancakes, Omelet made to
order, Juice, Coffee, Tea and more.

Beefsteak/Tricky Tray

Saturday, January 27, 2018, 7:00 - 11:00 PM
$45/per person [includes Beefsteak Dinner, Beer, Wine and
Soda],
50/50. For tickets or more information go to www.kof3801.org
or call Chris Arts 973.492.2708.

  Visit  www.kofc3801.org

 
A Journey to Bethlehem with St. Matthew and St. Luke A Journey to Bethlehem with St. Matthew and St. Luke
Take a break from the holiday mayhem and madness and find out about the real meaning of Christmas as recorded in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.

A Journey to Bethlehem with St. Matthew and St. Luke A Journey to Bethlehem with St. Matthew and St. Luke
Take a break from the holiday mayhem and madness and find out about the real meaning of Christmas as recorded in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.

This three-week Bible Study will examine the first two chapters of each of these Gospel texts that tell the story of Jesus’ birth. Each Gospel has a different and important message to communicate about how Our Savior came into the world and how it was that the first two disciples of Christ, Joseph and Mary, walked by faith and not by sight on their own pilgrimage to the tiny village of Bethlehem 2,000 years ago.

 Prayer Room from 7:30 PM to 9PM.
Wed. Dec. 6: St. Matthew’s Infancy Narrative,
Wed. Dec. 13: St. Luke’s Infancy Narrative, Part 1,
Wed. Dec. 20: St. Luke’s Infancy Narrative, Part 2 
 
Scandanavia & St Petersburg Cruise Scandanavia & St Petersburg Cruise
On Board the NCL Norwegian Breakaway 13 DAYS: MAY 9 – 21, 2018

Scandanavia & St Petersburg Cruise Scandanavia & St Petersburg Cruise
On Board the NCL Norwegian Breakaway 13 DAYS: MAY 9 – 21, 2018

With ports of call in:
Copenhagen (Denmark)…Warnemunde (Germany)…Tallinn 
(Estonia)…St. Petersburg (Russia)…Helsinki (Finland)…
Stockholm (Sweden)

Hosted By:
FR. GONZALO TORRES, OFM
Starting at $3099 per person including airfare!!
Cruise Tour Includes: Roundtrip air from Newark,
Cruise taxes ($184), government taxes/airline surcharges ($416),
First-class hotel in Copenhagen with breakfast plus city tour,
NCL Baltic cruise with all meals, port charges ($300),
and transfers between airport/hotel/pier.
FOR A COLOR BROCHURE CONTACT PARISH OFFICE
Tel: 973.835.0374 
 
Advent and Christmas Schedule
Advent and Christmas Schedule
Advent and Christmas Schedule
Advent Schedule

COMMUNAL RECONCILIATION SERVICES
Saturday December 9
11:30 AM 
Tuesday, December 12
7:00 PM 
MASSES FOR SATURDAY – DECEMBER 23
5:00 PM & 7:00 PM – Downey Hall
MASSES FOR SUNDAY – DECEMBER 24
7:30, 9:00 & 10:30 AM – Downey Hall
[There will be NO noon mass today]


MASSES FOR CHRISTMAS EVE
Sunday, December 24
4:00 PM Church, Catherine Spina Hall, Gym
4:00 PM Downey Hall (Family Liturgy)
6:00 PM & 8:00 PM - Church 
8:00 PM Downey Hall (Spanish Liturgy)
10:00 PM Church
Midnight Mass – Church

MASSES FOR CHRISTMAS DAY
Monday, December 25
7:30, 9:00, 10:30 AM, 12:00 Noon - Church
NO EVENING MASS

Work in Progress..
Work in Progress...
Work in Progress... I have news: 1) We have hired a new full time Director
of Maintenance Operations.
It has been a long process.
We had considered several
options and candidates. I
want to thank our Buildings
and Grounds Committee
for their great collaborative
effort. Our new Director of
Maintenance Operations is Phillip Epstein. He has
many years of maintenance and managerial experience.
Welcome Phillip! 2) People ask me weekly when will we
repair our church building. Well, we have begun. Last
Monday, Hackensack Roofing Company began repairing
the roof. It will take about 1 more week to finish the job.
Our liturgies will not be affected by their work. 3) We have
successfully finished the installation of the school boilers.

 I beg all of you to please pay attention to our weekly offering.
Our collection has decreased in the last two months. It is
because of your bigheartedness that we can serve so many
people in need and keep our daily operations running.

May our Lord continue to bless us with generosity and love!

Your brother and servant in Christ, in the spirit of Francis of Assisi,
Padre Gonzalo
Video from Pope Francis December 2017
Prayer Intention for the Elderly
Prayer Intention for the Elderly

Pope Francis Intention for the elderly

December 2017


Greetings from Fr Gonzalo
Greetings from Fr Gonzalo
Greetings from Fr Gonzalo

Dear Saint Mary’s Family,

My beloved sisters and brothers:

This is a difficult month for all of us who love our country, as we remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001. We are united in prayer for all those who lost their lives that day. We also pray for those suffering the consequences of the hurricanes that have devastated the southern part of our nation. Every day, we are reminded how blessed we are at St. Mary’s. Every blessing we have is a direct result of our faith, our community and our life as Disciples of Christ.

As we continue our mission as Franciscan disciples, I appeal to your generosity to help us reach the goal for our Annual Fund. So far, this year 513 people have made a gift toward our goal of $250,000, and so far we have raised $182,947.00. This annual fund is vital to the operation of the parish and it helps to accomplish the many things that we might not otherwise be able to do.  If you have already given, thank you very much.   If you've never made a gift to the Annual Fund, or if it's been a while since your last gift, I ask that you consider a gift of $25 or more this year. Giving details can be found by following the link below.

Thanks to your generous sharing of God’s blessing, we can support our ministries. For instance, our Special Needs Ministry, serves approximately 150 adults and 100 children. It is overseen by Liz Schoonmaker, our Special Needs Ministry Director. The children participate in Religious Education, Communion and Confirmation classes. These classes are taught by Kassie Pierinelli, our new Special Needs Religious Education Teacher. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to offer social functions to the children. That would be a full-time position. The adults enjoy the social functions that we offer. The Knights of Columbus and other dedicated volunteers help at the dinner dances, serving food, having fun with the guests and cleaning up. There are usually about 120-150 people at these events.

May our Lord continue to bless us with His Generosity and Love!


Your brother and servant in Christ in the spirit of Francis of Assisi,

Padre Gonzalo


 


“PROTECTING GODS CHILDREN” - VIRTUS TRAINING
TALLER DE ENTRENAMIENTO DE VIRTUS – PROTEGIENDO A LOS NIÑOS DE DIOS
TALLER DE ENTRENAMIENTO DE VIRTUS – PROTEGIENDO A LOS NIÑOS DE DIOS THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 14 AT THE CARNEVALE CENTER

St. Mary’s is offering a “Protecting Gods Children” Virtus training Workshop on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 9:00AM and 7:00 PM at the Carnevale Center 10 Lenox Avenue, Pompton Lakes NJ. All adults 18 years of age or older who work with children or youth are required by the Diocese of Paterson to take this workshop; if you haven’t, please register www.virtusonline.org. Click on - First Time registrant - click on – Organization, Paterson (Diocese), click on - Select, and then click on - Start Registration.

 For more information please contact Debbie Borroto, Child Protection Coordinator, 973-835-7750 Ext: 130 Debbie@stmarys-pompton.org


TALLER DE ENTRENAMIENTO DE VIRTUS – “PROTEGIENDO A LOS NIÑOS DE DIOS” EL JUEVES 21 DE SEPTIEMBRE EN EL CENTRO CARNEVALE
La parroquia de St. Santa María ofrecerá un taller de entrenamiento de Virtus "Protegiendo a los Niños de Dios" el jueves, 21 de septiembre de 2017 a las 7:00 PM en el Centro Carnevale 10 Lenox Avenue, salones 101/102. La Diócesis de Paterson exige que todos los adultos mayores de 18 años que trabajan con niños o jóvenes tomen este taller. Para inscribirse ir a www.virtusonline.org/virtus/espaniol.cfm?theme=0 Haga clic en Inscripción, luego seleccione Paterson (Diócesis), luego Seleccionar, y finalmente entre su información.

 Más información en español llamar a Debbie Borroto, Child Protection Coordinator, 973-835-7750 Ext: 130 Debbie@stmarys-pompton.org

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


Faith Direct
Faith Direct
Faith Direct


As you are probably aware, church attendance during
the summer months tends to drop off as vacations and
weekend sporting events often conflict. On the other hand,
the services we provide within the parish and for the larger
community continue year round, as do their associated
expenses. Thus, your consistent financial support of our
parish is vital to achieving our stewardship mission.
The easiest way to be sure that your gift of treasure reaches
us, even when you can’t be here, is through enrollment in our
electronic offertory program: Faith Direct. If you have not
yet enrolled, please consider doing so this month.


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

2017 Bishop’s Annual Appeal
2017 Bishop’s Annual Appeal
2017 Bishop’s Annual Appeal
 In Giving, We Receive
The services provided by our Catholic Charities include 
emergency housing for people in extreme poverty, out-
patients and residential substance abuse treatment, outreach to
veterans who are homeless, etc. Your gift to the Bishop’s Annual
Appeal helps bring this important work to life. Online gifts or
pledges can be made by going to www.2017appeal.org [just
follow the instructions]. Thank you for your generosity.

 

 

Click below for the newsletter for more information:

Newsletter Spanish

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

Click on this link
HERE
to donate your car to
Catholic Charities or call 1-855-670-GIVE(4483)

17 Pompton Avenue
Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442
973-835-0374 

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