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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 Parish Center from 7:30 - 8:30 AM on the first, third and fifth Saturdays of each month. Questions? Contact Ken at kweinheimer@verizon.net or Stanley at 973.831.8948.
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School Opens for Grades K-8;

School Opens for Grades K-8;
Parents Reception in Conference Room

Parents Reception in Conference Room
Dismissal 12:30pm

Dismissal 12:30pm
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Opening Liturgy 8:30am;

Opening Liturgy 8:30am;
Dismissal 12:30pm

Dismissal 12:30pm
Bible Study
09:45 AM
Bible Study Carnevale Center
Movie Night
07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
All High School students are welcome to attend! We meet in the basement of the Parish Youth Center from 7:30–10:00 PM every Wednesday evening.
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Full Day of School Grades K-8; Dismissal 2:40pm;

Full Day of School
Pre-K Orientation in Conf Rm at 10:00am; Pre-S at 11:00am

Pre-S & Pre-K Orientation in Conference Room
After Care Begins 2:40-5:40pm

After Care Begins 2:40-5:40pm
Lectio Divina
08:15 AM
Lectio Divina, the ancient monastic practice of listening to the Word of God, listening to the silence and sharing what touches your heart, is held on Thursday mornings at 8:15 in the Prayer Room. Fr. Richard, OFM
HOPE Meeting
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
All Middle School and High School Students are welcome to join us as we discuss ways to Help Other People Everywhere.
Circle of Friendship
07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
A group of separated & divorced who get together for support and socializing.
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Second Saturday Blessings
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
On the second Saturday of each month, we invite you to come together in the Carnevale Center for fellowship and faith. After sharing the Lord’s Supper at the 5:00 PM mass, we invite you to share the gift of hospitality. Wine, cheese and crackers and a non-alcoholic drink will be offered; all are welcome!
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Blood Pressure Screening
09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Free Blood Pressure screening every 2nd Sunday of the month in the Carnevale Center. Offered by St. Mary’s Health & Wellness Ministry.
6th Grade Parent/Youth Meeting.
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Meeting and 1st class of 6th grde RE. Meeting in Church Hall. (basement of Church).
Confirmation Phase 2 Meetings
05:45 PM - 09:00 PM
Confirmation 2012-2013 Phase 2 meetings at 5:45PM or 7:30PM in the Carnevale Center. This meeting only will be a parent/candidate meeting.
6th Grade Parent/Youth Meeting.
06:00 PM - 07:15 PM
Meeting and 1st class of 6th grade RE. Meeting in Church Hall. (basement of Church)
6th Grade Parent/Youth Meeting
07:30 PM - 08:45 PM
Meeting and 1st class of 6th grade RE. Meeting in Church Hall. (basement of Church)
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First Full Day of School for Pre-S & Pre-K

First Full Day of School for Pre-S & Pre-K
Eucharistic Adoration
08:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Eucharistic Adoration
6th Grade Parent/Youth Meeting
07:00 PM - 08:15 PM
Meeting and 1st class of 6th grade RE. Meeting in Church Hall. (basement of Church)
Medical Assistance Program
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Medical assistance program
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Secular Franciscans

Meeting of Secular Franciscans Carnevale Center
St Mary's Active Seniors
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
St. Mary’s Active Seniors is open to all parishioners regardless of their residence. They meet in Downey Hall of the Carnevale Center on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month from 1:00 – 3:00PM
Confirmation Phase 2 Meetings
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Confirmation 2012-2013 Phase 2 meeting at 7:00PM. This first meeting only will be a parent/candidate meeting in room 101/102 in the Carnevale Center. Hereafter all other meetings will be candidate only and held in the Youth Center (building located to the left of the front of the Church).
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Liturgy 8:30am;

Liturgy 8:30am;
Band Demo for Grades 4-8 at 9:30am

Band Demo for Grades 4-8 at 9:30am
Bible Study
09:45 AM
Bible Study Carnevale Center
St Mary's Seniors
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Membership for St. Mary’s Seniors is restricted to residents of Pompton Lakes. The group meets in Downey Hall of the Carnevale Center on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month from 1:00 – 3:00 PM
EM/Lector Training
07:00 PM - 07:00 PM
All those confirmed are welcome to join us for training in this wonderful ministry of delivering the Eucharist and reading the Word.
Movie Night
07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
All High School students are welcome to attend! We meet in the basement of the Parish Youth Center from 7:30–10:00 PM every Wednesday evening.
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Lectio Divina
08:15 AM
Lectio Divina, the ancient monastic practice of listening to the Word of God, listening to the silence and sharing what touches your heart, is held on Thursday mornings at 8:15 in the Prayer Room. Fr. Richard, OFM
K of C Meeting
07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Marian Council 3801 meets at 7:30 pm the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of every month on the second floor of the Carnevale Center at St. Mary's, 17 Pompton Ave., Pompton Lakes, NJ.
Circle of Friendship
07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
A group of separated & divorced who get together for support and socializing.
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Grade 8 Car Wash

Grade 8 Car Wash
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 Parish Center from 7:30 - 8:30 AM on the first, third and fifth Saturdays of each month. Questions? Contact Ken at kweinheimer@verizon.net or Stanley at 973.831.8948.
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Grade 2 Parent/Student Mandatory Reconciliation Mtg. in Church at 2:00pm

Grade 2 Parent Reconciliation Mtg. in Church at 2:00pm
6th Grade Religious Education
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
All classes in Youth Center.
Confirmation Phase 2 Meetings
05:45 PM - 09:00 PM
Confirmation meetings for Phase 2 candidates at 5:45PM OR 7:30PM in the Carnevale Center. Meetings last 1 1/2 hours.
6th Grade Religious Education
06:00 PM - 07:15 PM
All classes in Youth Center.
Retreat Meeting-October Team
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
October Team Meeting
6th Grade Religious Education
07:30 PM - 08:45 PM
All classes in Youth Center.
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HSA Mtg at 7:00pm in CC;

HSA Mtg
Gr. 8 Parent Mtg 6:00pm in CC

Gr. 8 Parent Mtg 6:00pm in CC;
Eucharistic Adoration
08:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Eucharistic Adoration
6th Grade Religious Education
07:00 PM - 08:15 PM
All classes in youth center.
Medical Assistance Program
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Medical assistance program
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Confirmation P2 Meetings
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Confirmation 2012-2013 Phase 2 meetings held at 7:00PM in the Youth Center (building located to the left of the front of the Church).
Women of Prayer & Spirit
07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Gather the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM in our Prayer Room for an evening of sharing, prayer, and reflection.
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Liturgy 8:30am;

Liturgy 8:30am;
Band Lessons Begin

Band Lessons Begin
Bible Study
09:45 AM
Bible Study Carnevale Center
Movie Night
07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
All High School students are welcome to attend! We meet in the basement of the Parish Youth Center from 7:30–10:00 PM every Wednesday evening.
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Lectio Divina
08:15 AM
Lectio Divina, the ancient monastic practice of listening to the Word of God, listening to the silence and sharing what touches your heart, is held on Thursday mornings at 8:15 in the Prayer Room. Fr. Richard, OFM
Circle of Friendship
07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
A group of separated & divorced who get together for support and socializing.
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Bake Sale - Grade 8

Bake Sale - Grade 8
Socrates Cafe
07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
We meet every third Friday of the month at 7:30PM in the Carnevale Center for some good old-fashioned, sometimes challenging,conversation. If you have a topic that YOU would like to discuss, bring it with you! All are welcome! For more info, contact Bob Simpson 973.835.2694.
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6th Grade Religious Education
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
All classes in youth center.
Confirmation Phase 2 Meetings
05:45 PM - 09:00 PM
Confirmation meetings for Phase 2 candidates at 5:45PM OR 7:30PM in the Carnevale Center. Meetings last 1 1/2 hours.
6th Grade Religious Education
06:00 PM - 07:15 PM
All classes in youth center.
Retreat Meeting-October Team
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
October Team Meeting
6th Grade Religious Education
07:30 PM - 08:45 PM
all classes in youth center.
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Eucharistic Adoration
08:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Eucharistic Adoration
6th Grade Religious Education
07:00 PM - 08:15 PM
All classes in youth Center.
Medical Assistance Program
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Medical assistance program
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Secular Franciscans

Meeting of Secular Franciscans Carnevale Center
Gr. 2 Reconciliation Enrollment Ceremony 8:30am in Church

Gr. 2 Reconciliation Enrollment Ceremony 8:30am in Church
St Mary's Active Seniors
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
St. Mary’s Active Seniors is open to all parishioners regardless of their residence. They meet in Downey Hall of the Carnevale Center on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month from 1:00 – 3:00PM
Confirmation P2 Meetings
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Confirmation 2012-2013 Phase 2 meetings held at 7:00PM in the Youth Center (building located to the left of the front of the Church).
Altar Servers Training (ALL)
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Training for incoming servers as well as refresher for present servers. Session in Church.
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Liturgy 8:30am;

Liturgy 8:30am
Life Touch Individual Pictures

Life Touch Individual Pictures
Clubs

Clubs
Bible Study
09:45 AM
Bible Study Carnevale Center
St Mary's Seniors
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Membership for St. Mary’s Seniors is restricted to residents of Pompton Lakes. The group meets in Downey Hall of the Carnevale Center on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month from 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Movie Night
07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
All High School students are welcome to attend! We meet in the basement of the Parish Youth Center from 7:30–10:00 PM every Wednesday evening.
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Lectio Divina
08:15 AM
Lectio Divina, the ancient monastic practice of listening to the Word of God, listening to the silence and sharing what touches your heart, is held on Thursday mornings at 8:15 in the Prayer Room. Fr. Richard, OFM
Protecting God's Children Workshop
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Workshop required by the Diocese of Paterson for all adults 18 years of age or older who work with children or youth to meet the requirements of the program set forth by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops called Protecting God’s Children.
K of C Meeting
07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Marian Council 3801 meets at 7:30 pm the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of every month on the second floor of the Carnevale Center at St. Mary's, 17 Pompton Ave., Pompton Lakes, NJ.
Circle of Friendship
07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
A group of separated & divorced who get together for support and socializing.
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NO SCHOOL - Professional Day

NO SCHOOL - Professional Day
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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 Parish Center from 7:30 - 8:30 AM on the first, third and fifth Saturdays of each month. Questions? Contact Ken at kweinheimer@verizon.net or Stanley at 973.831.8948.
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6th Grade Religious Education
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
All classes in youth center.
Confirmation Phase 2 Meetings
05:45 PM - 09:00 PM
Confirmation meetings for Phase 2 candidates at 5:45PM OR 7:30PM in the Carnevale Center. Meetings last 1 1/2 hours.
6th Grade Religious Education
06:00 PM - 07:15 PM
All classes in youth center.
Retreat Meeting-October Team
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
October Team Meeting
6th Grade Religious Education
07:30 PM - 08:45 PM
All classes in youth center.
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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. 

 

 

Why Towels?
“Jesus took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciple’s feet and dry them with the towel around his waist.”
Our celebration of the Paschal Triduum [Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday] is the mot important thing we do as Christians. Our entire faith is based on these three days and the wonderful mysteries that are unveiled for us. In reality, these days are not three, but one continuous celebration of the one paschal mystery.
Again this year on Holy Thursday, we will have a collection of new bath towels. In remembrance of the day when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, we will collect towels which will be distributed to our needy brothers and sisters.
As you come to the Holy Thursday celebration, towels can be placed in the baskets by the candle racks on either side of church.
Thank you for your generosity!

 

 

 

 A free viewing of the 2014 movie GMO OMG will be presented by St. Mary’s Advocates For Justice and Kinnelon Conserves on Tuesday, April 7 at 7:00 pm in the Carnevale Center Hall. Discussion will follow screening. For more information or to rsvp please call Jackie at 973-835- 0734, ext 191 or email at jschramm@stmarys-pompton.org
• How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? 
• Is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can’t gain back? 
These and other questions take Director Seifert on a journey from his family’s table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agri-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: What's on your plate? - See more at: http://www.gmofilm.com

 

 

 


  “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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Adult Faith Formation
Bible Study

Adult Faith Formation
Bible Study

The Book of Genesis - Presenter: Fr. Joe
Genesis, the first book of the Bible, open with the Hebrew word bereshit, which means “in the beginning.” In this book we find the very basic principles of our faith and our beliefs.
We will study Genesis on Mondays during Lent:
 March  23. Two classes:
8:00 - 9:30 AM in CC 203 & 204
7:00 - 8:30 PM in Catherine Spina Hall
Tuesdays, March 31, April 7 and 14 [extended sessions]
8:00 - 9:30 AM in CC 203 & 204
7:00 - 8:30 PM in CC 203 & 204

 


The Joy of the Gospel - Presenter: Fr. Joe
Joy of the Gospel is Pope Francis’ first apostolic exhortation: “The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ, joy is constantly born anew. In this Exhortation, I wish to encourage the faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.”
Come, let us read, study and pray how we can become better evangelizers of the gospel. Two classes on Thursdays:
8:00 - 9:30 AM in CC 203 and 204 [February 19 and 26]
7:00 - 8:30 PM in Catherine Spina Hall [March 5, 12 and 19]
 
11 DAY ITALY PILGRIMAGE
November 4 – 14, 2015 Hosted by Fr. Gonzalo de Jesús Torres-Acosta, OFM

11 DAY ITALY PILGRIMAGE
November 4 – 14, 2015 Hosted by Fr. Gonzalo de Jesús Torres-Acosta, OFM

$3279 per person from Newark
(Air/land tour price is $2649 plus $630 govt. taxes/airline surcharges) 
TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
Roundtrip Air from Newark, $630 govt. taxes/airline surcharges,
First Class/Select Hotels, Most Meals,
Services of a professional Tour Director & Comprehensive Sightseeing,
All hotel service charges, porterage and entrances fees. 
Visit Rome, Assisi, Florence, and Venice
with Vatican City and a PAPAL AUDIENCE
For a brochure & more information contact 
Fr. Gonzalo at: Gonzaloofm@hotmail.com or Ms. Shirley Costello at:
Tel: (800) 221-4984 / Email: shirley@nawas.com
 
Pathways Counseling Center
Bereavement Groups offered

Pathways Counseling Center
Bereavement Groups offered

Lighted Path
Are you coping with loss of a loved one,
family member, friend, co-worker? Join our 6-week bereavement
group beginning Tuesday, April 7, 7:30 - 9 PM at Pathways
Counseling Center. Registration required - please call 973.835.6337 to register or for more information. There is no fee.

Recently Widowed
Are you coping with theloss of a spouse? Join our 6-week bereavement group beginning Wednesday, April 8, 7:30 - 9 PM at Pathways Counseling Center.
Registration required - please call 973.835.6337 to register or for
more information; participants should plan to attend all six sessions

If interested, please call 973.835.6337; more
information to follow.
 
K of C Comedy Night
Knights of Columbus Schedule of Events

K of C Comedy Night
Knights of Columbus Schedule of Events

Upcoming  Events 


K of C Comedy Night for the Wounded Warrior Project
When: Saturday, April 18, Doors Open: 6:30 PM - Showtime: 8:30 PM
Where: Carnevale Center
Admission: $35 [includes Buffet Style Dinner, Coffee, Tea, Dessert, Wine, Beer, Soda]
For tickets or more info contact: Ray Grimes at 973.835.4487
Tickets may also be purchased at: www.kofc3801.org


• May 1—Golf Outing
 
Lost Angels Bereavement Support Group
The loss of a loved one forever changes us. When experiencing the tragedy of a child’s death from drugs and alcohol, parents and loved ones often find themselves isolated and confused.

Lost Angels Bereavement Support Group
The loss of a loved one forever changes us. When experiencing the tragedy of a child’s death from drugs and alcohol, parents and loved ones often find themselves isolated and confused.

Lost Angels Bereavement Support Group— 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, April 2, at 7:00 PM in Room 205 of the Carnevale Center. For more information you may contact Donna Andelora at dandelora@yahoo.com.
 
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
Presented all weekends in March at the Rhino Theater

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
Presented all weekends in March at the Rhino Theater

Please bring an item for
the Food Pantry when attending the show.

Tickets; $27 adults, $25 seniors, $22 children.

Any questions or to order tickets, contact
Carmela at Rhino Theatre, 973.248.9491.
 
Women's Rights Team
At St. Mary’s, we pray for those who work for social justice. The Women’s Rights Team asks for your support through prayer, thoughtful reading of this bulletin article and, hopefully, a decision to take positive action to fight the cited injustices. SEX TRAFFICKING OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN

Women's Rights Team
At St. Mary’s, we pray for those who work for social justice. The Women’s Rights Team asks for your support through prayer, thoughtful reading of this bulletin article and, hopefully, a decision to take positive action to fight the cited injustices. 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
 
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.
 
Holy Week Schedule 2014
Holy Week Schedule
Holy Week Schedule
PALM SUNDAY - March 29
Masses: Saturday, March 28 - 5:00 and 7:00 PM
Sunday, March 29 - 7:30, 9:00, 10:30 AM
12:00 Noon and 5:00 PM
8:00 AM – Spanish Community Blessing of Palms
in the parking lot followed by procession to
Downey Hall
for 9:00 AM Palm Sunday Liturgy
10:30 AM – Downey Hall – Family Liturgy

All Holy Week Liturgies will be celebrated in church.
MONDAY – March 30 - Masses: 7:30 AM, 12:00 PM
TUESDAY – March 31 - Masses: 7:30 AM, 12:00 PM
WEDNESDAY – April 1 - Masses: 7:30 AM, 12:00 PM

Easter Triduum
HOLY THURSDAY – April 2
Morning Prayer - 8:00 AM – Prayer Room
Solemn Liturgy – 7:30 PM
followed by Adoration until 10:30 PM
In Spanish will be celebrated at the Carnevale Center - 8:30PM
GOOD FRIDAY – April 3
Morning Prayer - 8:00 AM – Prayer Room
Women of Jerusalem Reflection - 12:00 Noon -1:00 PM
Stations of the Cross presented by our Parish Youth
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Solemn Liturgy - 3:00 and 7:30 PM
Way of the Cross and Spanish Service
 (the Viacrusis & Servicio en español)
 at Saint Anthony's, Butler - 7PM
HOLY SATURDAY – April 4
Morning Prayer - 8:00 AM – Prayer Room
Blessing of Food – 12:00 Noon

Easter Liturgies
HOLY SATURDAY – April 4
Bi-lingual Solemn Liturgy – 7:30 PM
No 5:00 or 7:00 PM Masses on Holy Saturday
EASTER SUNDAY – April 5
Sunrise Liturgy 6:30 AM
behind the Board of Education Building
If weather is inclement,
Sunrise Liturgy will be celebrated in the church.
Masses: 7:30, 9:00, 10:30 AM, 12:00 Noon, 1:30 PM
8:30 AM – Downey Hall - Spanish Easter Liturgy
10:30 AM – Downey Hall – Family Liturgy
Masses will be celebrated in the Church, Hall, Gym
and Downey Hall (as needed).

No evening mass on Easter Sunday
Easter Parking
Easter Parking
Easter Parking Please observe all parking directives!

ENTER from Pompton Avenue Parish Center driveway ONLY.
EXIT onto Lenox Avenue.
FOLLOW directions of parking attendants for Easter Masses.
DO NOT PARK where there are cones, “No Parking” signs or solid yellow lines. These are FIRE ZONES and must be kept open for emergency vehicles.

For the safety of all, we ask for your utmost caution and cooperation. Thank you!
Lenten Schedule
Lenten Schedule  2015
Lenten Schedule  2015
LENTEN SCHEDULE 2015
Lenten Weekday Mass Schedule:
 7:30 AM and 12:00 Noon in church
All Mondays of Lent: Stations of the Cross - 7:00 PM
Individual Reconciliation - 7:00 - 8:30 PM

“Lent in my Pocket” - A pocket treasury of prayers for Lent is available for your Lenten reflections and meditations.

Easter Flower Envelopes and Novena Cards—Available on church windowsills. 

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. 

Stephen Ministry
Stephen Ministry
Stephen Ministry

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

Stephen Ministers are Christian caregivers who are compassionate, full of faith, skilled, trustworthy and Christ-centered. They submit an application and meet individually with the director to discuss a Stephen Minister’s role and commitment to engage in this area of our parish’s pastoral ministry. After over 50 hours of initial training, they have monthly continuing education and receive consistent support bi-monthly from peers at supervision. Stephen Ministers can also assist with finding community resources when needed. All relationships are same sex and completely confidential. If you need to release pain, talk through a pressing issue, need an ear to listen and support, consider calling for a Stephen Minister.

  BEVERLY DELLEART

Director of Stephen Ministry, Certified Spiritual Director,

 

Operation Starfish
Operation Starfish
Operation Starfish

The tradition of Operation Starfish
continues as we reflect on the belief that alms-
giving isn’t about the size or amount of the gift; each gift—big or mall—is important!

A program that the whole family can participate in, Operation Starfish can teach our children about fasting, almsgiving and prayer and encourage them, and remind us, to offer some loose change at the end of each week.
Thank you for your generosity!

Become a Lay Franciscan
Lay Franciscans
Lay Franciscans
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/
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.


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.
Franciscan Challenge
 THE FRANCISCAN FRIARS OF THE HOLY NAME PROVINCE
 THE FRANCISCAN FRIARS OF THE HOLY NAME PROVINCE Dear Community of St. Mary’s,
Your warm welcome for me as I came to speak to you about our annual Franciscan Challenge this past weekend was another example of the wonderful Franciscan hospitality for which you are known.
Your care and support of the Franciscan Friars who serve you now, and those to come in the future, is evidence of the love you have for those who have served in the past.
Thank you for your participation in our Provincial fundraising event. Your gift ensures that the Franciscan spirit will endure in our world and in our church.
Thank you for being a true instrument of peace to all the Friars and to those we serve.
A very special thanks also to Fr. Frank and all the Friars of the parish for sharing their home with me in a wonderful, fraternal way.

Many blessings,
Fr. David Convertino, OFM
Executive Director
The Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province Office of Development
Please visit our website for more information or to make a donation at www.thefranciscans.org
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

Fast. Pray. Give up your Envelopes! I invite you to help
St. Mary’s save money by giving up your offertory
envelopes this Lent! Enrolling with Faith Direct will
provide our parish with consistent support and simplify
your giving without the wasteful envelopes. Join us in
giving up envelopes this Lenten season!

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.
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