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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
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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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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/908-235-9984 or Stanley at 201-370-5416.
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Blood Pressure Screening
09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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.
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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
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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.
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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!
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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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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/908-235-9984 or Stanley at 201-370-5416.
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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
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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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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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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!”


 

 COMMUNAL RECONCILIATION SERVICES 
Saturday, December 14 11:30 AM (Church) 
Tuesday, December 17 7:00 PM (Church)

  

 

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NEWS & UPDATES
We are so proud of our St. Mary's School kids We are so proud of our St. Mary's School kids
We are so proud of our St. Mary's School kids! They wrote 360 letters to Santa in support of the Macy's Believe Campaign which generates funds to grant wishes for children who are fighting cancer and also provides research funds. The SMS National Junior Honor Society presented the letters to George and Joyce Dean, parishioners whose granddaughter is a cancer survivor. Thank you for showing us what living out the Gospel looks like!

We are so proud of our St. Mary's School kids We are so proud of our St. Mary's School kids
We are so proud of our St. Mary's School kids! They wrote 360 letters to Santa in support of the Macy's Believe Campaign which generates funds to grant wishes for children who are fighting cancer and also provides research funds. The SMS National Junior Honor Society presented the letters to George and Joyce Dean, parishioners whose granddaughter is a cancer survivor. Thank you for showing us what living out the Gospel looks like!

 
Advent and Christmas Schedule    Advent and Christmas Schedule
Advent and Christmas Schedule

Advent and Christmas Schedule    Advent and Christmas Schedule
Advent and Christmas Schedule

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22 Regular Mass Schedule

BAMBINI BLESSING 1:00 PM Church


MASSES FOR CHRISTMAS EVE
Tuesday, December 24
4:00 PM Church, Catherine Spina Hall, Lenox School All Purpose Room
4:00 PM St. Clare Hall (Family Liturgy)
6:00 PM & 8:00 PM Church
8:00 PM St Clare Hall (Spanish Liturgy)
10:00 PM Church
Midnight Mass Church

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

DAILY MASS DECEMBER 26 9:00 AM

MASSES FOR TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31
5:00 PM Church
10:00 PM Spanish Liturgy Church

MASSES FOR THE FEAST OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD NEW YEAR’S DAY Wednesday, January 1, 2019 CHURCH
9:00 AM, 12 NOON

LESSONS AND CAROLS Presented by St Mary’s Music Ministry
Sunday, January 5 2:30 PM

To assure seating, we suggest that you arrive early for Christmas Liturgies.

 
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/

 

Saint Mary's Stephen Ministry
Christ-centered, compassionate care-giving ministry of presence
Christ-centered, compassionate care-giving ministry of presence

St. Mary’s Stephen Ministry

is a Christ-centered, compassionate care-giving ministry of presence. Our Stephen Ministry supports our parishioners by deepening, expanding, and extending the caregiving capacity of our parish. After completing 50 hours of initial training, St. Mary’s Stephen Ministers provide confidential, high-quality, one-to-one care to people going through a difficult time in life, such as grief, loneliness, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis. Each Minister typically provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour, to listen, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support. Men are matched with men; women with women. After initial training, our Stephen Ministers meet in small groups twice a month for peer supervision and engage in continuing education to further enhance their skills. Our Stephen Ministers put their faith into action for others who are facing life’s challenges so they will never feel alone.

During the past 9 years, more than 75 St. Mary’s Stephen Ministers cared for nearly 200 people from our parish and broader community. St. Mary’s Stephen Ministry consists of a trained team of 6 Stephen Leaders and 21 active Stephen Ministers currently engaged in 19 one-to-one caring relationships. In the past 6 months five members of our leadership team, including one of our friars, went for a whole week of intense training for leaders.

We welcome you to call 973-835-0374, ext. 113 to learn more about St. Mary’s Stephen Ministry.
SOUP KITCHEN in Jersey City- needs volunteers
St. Mary's Soup Kitchen needs volunteers
St. Mary's Soup Kitchen needs volunteers
The Saint Mary's SOUP KITCHEN in Jersey City is the third Saturday of each month. We need about 22 volunteers each month. Volunteers meet on the patio behind the church at 9:15 AM and leave for Jersey City at 9:30 AM.
Directions to the Jersey City soup kitchen are available. Volunteers return between 2:00 PM and 2:30 PM. To volunteer please call Pat Brady at (973) 839-2896 or email her at soupkitchen@stmarys-pompton.org

Are you searching for a Church community?
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Are you searching for a Church community to call your own?

Do you know any adults who might be interested in joining our Franciscan community at St Mary's?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which adults are formally received into the Roman Catholic Church.

RCIA is a journey of faith where adults are introduced to the Church and is the process by which adults who were never baptized or were baptized in another Christian tradition or those who were baptized as Catholics and never received Confirmation or Eucharist complete their Sacraments of Initiation.

RCIA Inquiry sessions are ongoing, for more information, please contact Keith Orotosky at 973.476.4398 or korotosky@stmarys-pompton.org.
Dear
Annual Fund -Our building of God's Kingdom
Annual Fund
Annual Fund

Since we launched our Annual Fund, we have raised $151,413 in total pledges of which we have received $139,127 so far. To date, 570 families have made a gift toward our goal of $325,000. If you have not yet contributed to this year’s Annual Fund, I urge you to do so now. I would love to count you among those donors in my next report! This annual fund is vital to the operation of the parish and our building of God’s Kingdom at Saint Mary’s. Without the income from the Annual Fund we cannot sustain the activities and ministries of our parish. If you've never made a gift to the Annual Fund, or if it's been a while since your last gift, may I ask that you consider a gift of $100 or more this year.

Each year I am amazed and humbled by the commitment that you and people like you make to St. Mary's. Once again, thank you for your generosity. I hope I can count on you to support this year's Annual Fund. Thanks for all you do for us and be assured of my prayers and the prayers of all the friars for you and your loved ones.

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

Helping our ministries continue our Christian and Franciscan Mission


___Faith Direct www.faithdirect.net Church code NJ23
___ Onetime online payment at www.stmarys-pompton.org 
Rel Edu Grades 7-8/ Confirmation News
Youth Ministry- Confirmation & Rel Edu Grades 7-8
Youth Ministry- Confirmation & Rel Edu Grades 7-8 Thank you to the 22 volunteers who helped make 340 toiletry kits on October 16! And thanks to all the parishioners who donated the mini soaps/shampoos/toothpaste and more! Our Youth Ministry will be handing out these kits to the homeless on our next BRIDGES RUN in November.

All 7th, 8th students and Confirmation candidates need to attend Youth Masses. (7th and 8th need to attend 2, Confirmation candidates 3). The next Youth Mass November 3 at Noon. Don’t forget to submit your on-line Mass Journal!

We offer service opportunities for 7th-12th grade in Youth Ministry. Service is optional for 7th and 8th graders, 10 hours of Corporal Works of Mercy are required for Phase 1 Confirmation candidates and Phase 2 candidates are working on their Spiritual Works of Mercy by planning and running prayer services during their meetings. Check these service opportunities:

• 11/10/2019 – Volunteer for 6 hours of service at the Soup Kitchen in Jersey with Pat Newton. We have limited spots open and will provide transportation. This service is open to 9th-12th graders and requires you to preregister.

• 12/14/2019 – Volunteer for 1 ½ hours of service making para-cord bracelets for active military personnel. We will be working with Operation Gratitude on this project. This service is open to 7th-12th graders and preregistration is required. A free will offering of $1.00 will be accepted at the door to defray shipping costs.

To register for service dates, go to the St. Mary’s website at www.stmarys-pompton.org and under QUICK LINKS click ON LINE REGISTRATION.

The Spring semester is sneaking up on us! Confirmation Phase 1 candidates and 7th graders start their meetings is January. We will have leaders’ meetings on Sunday, December 22 in the Carnevale Center. All leader materials and supplies will be distributed and reviewed.

• 7th Grade leader meeting – 6:00-7:00 PM

• Confirmation Phase 1 leader meeting 7:30-8:30PM

 Confirmation and Religions Education 7 & 8: Pat Newton- 973.835.5594 ext. 160 pat@stmarys-pompton.org

 

St. Mary's Book Club
St. Mary's Book Club
St. Mary's Book Club St. Mary’s Book Group- If you enjoy reading and would like to explore what contemporary theologians and writers are saying about Catholicism and faith, please join us. We meet every several weeks to discuss a book we have chosen. In recent months we’ve read: Henri Nouwen. The Prodigal Son; Richard Rhor OFM. Falling Upward; Richard Rento, It’s Not Necessarily So; Michael Morwood, Tomorrow’s Catholic; Gregory Boyle, Barking to the Choir; James Martin, Essential Writings Sr. Helen Prejean, River of Fire; Our selection for our November 13 meeting is Philip Kaufman, Why You Can Disagree and Remain a Faithful Catholic If you’re interested in attending, please email Monica Coyle at mcoyle@verizon.net
Simbang Gabi- Filipino Ministry
Filipino Ministry
Filipino Ministry

Simbang Gabi-

Sunday, December 22nd - 3 PM in the Church- followed by dinner in the Church Hall  - Contact information: Tony/Lourdes 973-626-2227

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