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 What was formerly called the Bishop's appeal has a new name--the Diocesan Ministries Appeal --and a new focus: to assist the people of our Diocese, shining a light on important initiatives that help so many of our brothers and sisters each year, asking for your support to bring this work to life.

 

 

 Important Information about Religious Education!! 


The online registration is closed.
If you wish to register your 1st, 2nd or 5th grader please contact Toni Wong @ ext. 102
If you wish to register your 7th and 9th grader please contact Pat Newton @ ext. 160

 

 We need teachers! 

We are in need of 1st and 2nd grade Religious education teachers.
The classes are virtual and will start the week of January 12, 2021
1st grade classes are offered Monday or Wednesday @ 4pm
2nd grade classes are offered Tuesday or Thursday @ 4m
Please contact Toni Wong , Director of Religious Education @ 973- 835-7750 ext. 102


 

All are welcome! 

 

“All are welcome here and we extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, lesbian, transgender, filthy rich, dirt poor, yo no hablo inglés. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying newborns, skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds. We welcome you if you can sing as beautifully as our cantors or like our pastor with a heavy Latino accent. You’re welcome here if you’re “just browsing,” just woke up or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’re more Catholic than the Pope or haven’t been in church since little Melissa’s Baptism. We welcome those who have been in this land for many generations and those who just arrived, the documented and the undocumented. We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome soccer moms, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians and junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like “organized religion;” we’ve been there too. If you blew all your offering money betting on horses, tough luck for us. You’re still welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church. We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts ... In short, we welcome you- this is HOME!


New Mass Schedule and Procedures:

Saturday
 5:00 PM Saturday Evening Mass every week on the pavers. Bring your masks, bring a chair

Sundays
Online Masses:
9:00 AM español
11:00 AM English
Public Masses:
7:30 AM English
9:00 AM español
11:00 AM English

Weekdays
Online Masses
9:00 AM
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday in English
Thursday en español
Public Masses
Wednesday 9:00 AM English


1. You will no longer need to call or email the parish office to attend a public Mass. We will admit people on a first-come, first serve basis, with a maximum capacity of 100 people per legal guidelines. Visitors will be asked to sign in, masks are required, and social distancing will be in effect.
2. You can now join us in the parking lot for our Masses! If you are not comfortable returning to the church building, simply come to the parking lot, and tune in to 87.9 to listen to any of our Masses in real time. Eucharistic Ministers will come to the parking lot when Mass is complete to distribute Holy Communion.

May God continue to bless us and keep us safe!
The safety and security of our parishioners is the most important thing. The obligation to attend Sunday Mass has been indefinitely suspended, so please do not sign up to attend Mass in person if you do not feel comfortable doing so. 

Finally, please remember that this is a work in progress. We may add more Masses in the future, or change the schedule as we move forward. Please bear with us--and pray for us!--as we do our best to serve you. 

 You can watch our Masses on our Facebook page (St. Mary's Church Pompton Lakes) or our YouTube Channel. Simply go to YouTube.com and search for “St Marys Pompton Lakes.” 

La Misa en español será transmitida en directo por Facebook y Youtube Jueves a las 9AM y Domingo a las 9 AM

 

Saint Mary's School  

 St. Mary’s School is permanently closed. If you need to reach the school for any reason, please contact Kari Nixon at Knixon@stmarys-pompton.org or 973-835-2010 ext. 125, Monday to Thursday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Thanks!

 For the EXECUTIVE SUMMARY TO THE REPORT OF INVESTIGATION FOR TARTER KRINSKY & DROGIN, LLP RE: ST. MARY’S SCHOOL, POMPTON LAKES, NJ please go to the following link

http://www.stmarys-pompton.org//download.php?file=1596023970Executive%20Summary%20Report%20of%20Investigation%20%20Saint%20Marys%20School.pdf 

News from the Friars

 

 Every three years, we friars of Holy Name Province elect a Provincial Minister and Provincial Council, and one of their first duties is to assign friars to their new ministry sites. This year, because of COVID-19, we had to do things a little differently. But on Thursday, our new assignments for the next three years were announced.
Fr. Gonzalo, Fr. Emerson, and Fr. Fran will be moving on from St. Mary’s. Fr. Gonzalo will be moving to our parish in Durham, North Carolina; Fr. Fran will be moving to our parish in Long Beach Island; and Fr. Emerson will be working in the diocese of Charleston in South Carolina.
Fr. John will remain at St. Mary’s.
And he’ll be joined by three new friars—two of whom have been here before. And two of whom are also named John.
Fr. Frank Critch, who spent some time here before he was ordained, will be the new pastor of St. Mary’s.
Fr. John Coughlin will join us as the guardian of the friary and will be in charge of the Spanish-speaking Ministry here at St. Mary’s.
Fr. John Alderson, who was once stationed at St. Mary’s, and was also the pastor of St. Anthony’s in Butler, will also be joining our parish.
This transition of friars will take place within the next few weeks.
On behalf of the friars of Holy Name Province, we thank you for allowing us to serve you. It is a great privilege for us to be part of the Body of Christ at Saint Mary’s. We ask for your prayers and continuous support
May Our Lord continue to bless us with Peace and Love.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Gonzalo, Fr. Emerson, Fr. Fran, and Fr. John

 

 

 

 

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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

Safe Environment Program
Safe Environment
Safe Environment  “If any person may have been abused by any priest, they should immediately contact their local County Prosecutor’s Office and the Diocese’s Victims Assistance Coordinator: Peggy Zanello at 973-879-1489. You may also be in touch with either of the Diocesan Response Officers: Rev. Msgr. James T. Mahoney, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia, 973-777-8818 Ext. 205 or Sister Joan Daniel Healy, S.C.C., Chancellor/Delegate for Religious, 973-777-8818 Ext. 248.

The entire text of the Policy of the Diocese of Paterson in Response to Complaints of Sexual Abuse is available on the diocesan Web site: www.patersondiocese.org.”


“Si usted o algiuen que usted conozca ha sido abusado por un sacerdote deben de llamar de inmediato a la oficina del Procurador General de su comunidad y a la Coordinadora para Asistencia de Victimas de la Diócesis: Peggy Zanello al 973-879-1489. También deben de llamar a la Diócesis y hablar con el Rev. Monseñor James T. Mahoney, Vicario General y Moderador de la Curia al número 973-777-8818 ext. 205 o a la Hermana Joan Daniel Healy, S. C. C., Canciller/Delegada Religiosa al número 973-777-8818 ext. 248.

El texto completo de la poliza de la Diócesis de Paterson referiendo a Reclamos de Abuso Sexual esta disponible en la página web: www.patersondiocese.org.”
Be a Franciscan
Be a Franciscan
Be a Franciscan

Are you being called to our way of life? Have you ever considered becoming a Franciscan friar?

 

https://www.beafranciscan.org/

 

Annual Fund -Our building of God's Kingdom
Annual Fund
Annual Fund

Dear Brothers and Sisters, May the Lord give you peace! This is the time of the year when we kick off the St. Mary's Annual Fund Drive; information has been mailed and you should be receiving it shortly. This drive is vital for the life and nourishment of our more than 70 ministries, including our Food Pantry, Outreach Ministry, Soup Kitchen, Special Needs Ministry, Hispanic Ministry, Saint Mary's School, and Religious Education and Youth Ministry for more than 1,500 children and teenagers. As you know we do a great deal of good work here at St. Mary's and all of that good work is due to your generosity. We count on the Annual Fund to be able to continue our Christian and Franciscan Mission. Our goal this year is $325,000. I am asking you to please make a gift to this year's Annual Fund and help support our many ministries. If you've never made a contribution to the Annual Fund, I ask that you prayerfully consider making a contribution this year. Thank you for your generosity. Fr. Gonzalo

___Faith Direct www.faithdirect.net Church code NJ23
___ Onetime online donation at www.stmarys-pompton.org 
St. Mary's Food Pantry
Food Pantry- News
Food Pantry- News

St. Mary’s Food Pantry has remained opened throughout the pandemic. Your continued generosity enables us to serve approximately 125 area families.

How to donate food to the St. Mary's Food Pantry...

Please donate any food and household supplies by dropping items off in the GRAY VAN located behind the church, 17 Pompton Ave., Pompton Lakes.

(The food drop-off vehicle has been changed. Instead of the box truck, please drop food off in the GRAY VAN. Kindly close the van door after leaving food. Thank you!)

We have an increased need due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The items needed now are:

We desperately need paper bags!

For Thanksgiving:
Frozen turkeys (small are preferred)
Hams
Stuffing
Yams
Cranberry sauce

ALSO NEEDED
Small canned hams
Spam
Dinty Moore Beef Stew
Manwich
Hamburger Helper
Pasta Roni
Peanut butter
Rice a Roni
Rice Sides
Pasta Sides
Bread crumbs
Ketchup
Mustard
Mayo
Hot chocolate
Decaf coffee
Decaf tea
Shelf stable WHOLE milk
Applesauce small cups only
Jello [cups and mixes]
Pudding [cups and mixes]
Cookies [full size pkgs]
Crackers [full size pkgs]
Brownie Mixes
Cake mixes
Frosting
Toothpaste
Deodorant
Shampoo
Conditioner
Paper towels
Toilet paper
Dish detergent

Laundry detergent

 

Fresh Meat

We are now accepting much-needed fresh meat, only at the food pantry during our regular distribution sessions. Do not leave fresh meat in the GRAY VAN or unattended at the pantry or church.


Please bring your meat donations to the food pantry, 22R (Lower level, Rear) Lakeside Avenue, Pompton Lakes (accessible from the municipal parking lot):

UPCOMING FOOD DISTRIBUTION SESSIONS:

Saturday, November 14th from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Wednesday, November 18th from 3:30 – 7:30 pm (Note the extended hours)
Saturday, November 21st from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

And again...We need paper bags!

Please, no perishables or frozen food accepted in the GRAY VAN. (NOTE: We do not accept clothing.)

Monetary donations may be made by sending a check to the parish office (17 Pompton Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442) and made out to "St. Mary’s Parish", with “Food Pantry” written in the memo section.

 

Against the deadly violence of Racism
Against the deadly violence of racism.
Against the deadly violence of racism. A message from the US-6 provincial ministers:

At a time when the COVID-19 virus has disproportionately attacked people of color, we have witnessed the killing of George Floyd and the protests, sometimes violent, which have occurred in our cities in its aftermath. Our hearts go out to all affected.

Even though, following in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi, we decry violence and desire peace, we stand in solidarity with our outraged African American brothers and sisters who demand an end to the deadly violence of racism. We cannot be indifferent when their God-given dignity is violated.

As people of faith, we not only condemn the systemic racism that has led to these events, but we also re-dedicate ourselves to ending racial injustice in our provinces, in our Church, and in our nation and creating that space where Dr. Martin Luther King’s Beloved Community will flourish.

Fr. David Gaa, OFM, Provincial Minister of St. Barbara Province
Fr. James Gannon, OFM, Provincial Minister of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province
Fr. Kevin Mullen, OFM, Provincial Minister of Holy Name Province
Fr. Thomas Nairn, OFM, Provincial Minister of Sacred Heart Province
Fr. Jack Clark Robinson, OFM, Provincial Minister of Our Lady of Guadalupe Province
Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM, Provincial Minister of St. John the Baptist Province
LGBT Ministry
LGBT Ministry
LGBT Ministry St. Mary's Parish stands with the LGBT Community as together we celebrate the great diversity of God's creation. All are welcome in this place!
Contact: Fr John Aherne 973-835-0374 x 139 jaherne@stmarys-pompton.org



High School/ Youth Ministry
High School Youth Ministry
High School Youth Ministry

Not even a global pandemic can stop the great spirit alive in our Youth Ministry, who got together this week for a socially distant Movie Night! Contact: Bill Reul Coordinator of High School Youth Ministry

973-835-5594 x 117  breul@stmarys-pompton.org

Find out how to donate to our food pantry
Food Pantry Needs
Food Pantry Needs How to donate food to the St. Mary's Food Pantry...
Please donate any food and household supplies by dropping items off in the GRAY VAN located behind the church, 17 Pompton Ave., Pompton Lakes.

(The food drop-off vehicle has been changed. Instead of the box truck, please drop food off in the GRAY VAN. Kindly close the van door after leaving food. Thank you!)

We have an increased need due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The items needed now are:

We desperately need paper bags!

For Thanksgiving:
Frozen turkeys (small are preferred)
Hams
Stuffing
Yams
Cranberry sauce

ALSO NEEDED
Small canned hams
Spam
Dinty Moore Beef Stew
Manwich
Hamburger Helper
Pasta Roni
Peanut butter
Rice a Roni
Rice Sides
Pasta Sides
Bread crumbs
Ketchup
Mustard
Mayo
Hot chocolate
Decaf coffee
Decaf tea
Shelf stable WHOLE milk
Applesauce small cups only
Jello [cups and mixes]
Pudding [cups and mixes]
Cookies [full size pkgs]
Crackers [full size pkgs]
Brownie Mixes
Cake mixes
Frosting
Toothpaste
Deodorant
Shampoo
Conditioner
Paper towels
Toilet paper
Dish detergent
Laundry detergent

Saint Mary’s Church
Parish Office- Administration
31 Pompton Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442
E-Mail: smc@stmarys-pompton.org
Telephone: 973-835-0374 Fax: 973.835.8173
Parish Office hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 - 4:00PM Sunday 8:00 - 1:30PM
Religious Education/Youth Ministry & Mailing Address
17 Pompton Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442
Saint Mary’s School
25 Pompton Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442
Carnevale Center
10 Lenox Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442