Today's Happenings
March 2020
Emmaus Retreat

A St. Mary’s Retreat Experience for High School Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors,designed to bring Christian high school students together where they can listen, discuss, and share their faith stories with their peers. Throughout the weekend there are opportunities to gain insight into what it means to be a Catholic teen in today’s world. The Emmaus experience enables participants to see faith as a lifetime journey of discovery in relationship to others and God.
Youth Mass
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Celebrate the Eucharist at one of St. Mary's vibrant Youth Masses and fulfill one of your Youth Mass/Liturgy requirements.
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St. Mary's Soup Kitchen
09:15 AM - 02:30 PM
We serve at the St. Martins Jersey City soup kitchen 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.
Food Pantry Open- 22 Lakeside Avenue Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442 (Lower, rear, parking lot entrance)
09:30 AM - 03:30 PM
The Food Pantry is about 3 blocks away from the church/rectory, and is accessible from the Municipal Parking Lot The St. Mary’s Food Pantry is open on the 3rd and 4th Saturdays of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the Wednesdays following these Saturdays from 4 to 7 p.m.
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Food Pantry Open- 22 Lakeside Avenue Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442 (Lower, rear, parking lot entrance)
09:30 AM - 03:30 PM
The Food Pantry is about 3 blocks away from the church/rectory, and is accessible from the Municipal Parking Lot The St. Mary’s Food Pantry is open on the 3rd and 4th Saturdays of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the Wednesdays following these Saturdays from 4 to 7 p.m.
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“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, 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, this is your HOME!” 



On behalf of the friars and staff at St. Mary’s Parish I write to you and wish you Peace and All Good! This very Franciscan expression takes on a whole new meaning in this time of a worldwide pandemic caused by the coronavirus [COVID-19.] We want to assure you of our prayers and ask that you please hold all the members of our parish family, our loved ones, and the entire world in prayer.  I thank you for your faithfulness, prayers, and support as we once again come together as brothers and sisters to be Christ for the world.

Your Brother and servant in Christ, in the spirit of Francis of Assisi, 
Fr. Gonzalo de Jesus Torres-Acosta, OFM

To watch our livestream masses and liturgies from this page, it might be easier to click the "facebook" icon on the top left-hand corner of the screen below.  Please bear with us as we try to master this new technology!

 Please help us to help the most vulnerable in our midst

Thank you for continuing to support your Parish during this difficult time. You may make your usual offering to the Church in three ways:

1. Donate through faith direct, by logging on to St. Mary's Code is NJ23.

2. Text a one time donation by texting the dollar amount to 973-500-6123.

3. Mail your church envelope to the parish office.

Please stay tuned for more ways to engage with St. Mary's Parish. May God bless you and keep you all safe!


By Mandate of the Bishop, all public Masses are hereby suspended in the Diocese of Paterson for the time being. The friars will continue to say Mass for your intentions

In the meantime, we join Bishop in encouraging families to pray the Rosary at home, and to make the grace before meals a time for fathers and mothers, and all families, to center their homes on prayer and reliance upon God's mercy.

Private Mass (for friars only) will also be live streamed in English on Wednesdays and Fridays at 9AM and Sundays at 10:30 AM, and in Spanish, also on Sunday, 9AM. You can watch those Masses live on our Facebook page. We will also post these Masses on our YouTube Channel. Simply go to and search for “St Marys Pompton Lakes.”

 La Misa en español será transmitida en directo por Facebok y Youtube a las 9 AM - por favor ir a Youtube y buscar St Marys Pompton Lakes

Palm Sunday 2020  Sunday, April 5th -

Domingo de Ramos - Abril 5, 2020 

On Palm Sunday, since our parishioners are not able to come to us this Palm Sunday, the friars will bring the Presence of Christ to you. On the afternoon of Palm Sunday, the friars will process by car with the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of our parish, including stops at Chilton Hospital, local nursing homes, and Paterson jail.

If you are interested in having us pause in front of your house, please send Keith Orotosky an email ( with your name, address, and phone number. Please write: “Palm Sunday Procession” on the Subject line. Once we have our route set, we will notify you of our estimated time of arrival, so you can greet our Lord by the entrance of your house (while keeping an appropriate distance).

El Domingo de Ramos, como usted no puede venir a nosotros en la tarde del Domingo de Ramos, los frailes irán en procesión en automóvil con el Santísimo Sacramento por las calles de nuestra parroquia, incluidas paradas en el Hospital Chilton, algunos hogares de ancianos y la cárcel de Paterson.

Si está interesado(a) en que hagamos una parada frente a su casa, envíe un correo electrónico a Keith Orotosky ( con su nombre, dirección y número de teléfono. Por favor escriba: “Procesión de Domingo de Ramos” en el mensaje. Una vez que tengamos nuestra ruta establecida, le notificaremos nuestra hora estimada de llegada para que pueda salir con su familia al frente de la puerta a recibir a Nuestro Señor.

 Saint Mary's Food Pantry

We will be distributing food in according to our predetermined schedule and daily hours. We will, however, be pre-bagging food and distributing it OUTSIDE. We have canopies and tables to accommodate the distribution and weather conditions. We will limit the number of member/clients shopping at a given time to maintain good "social distancing". Clients will not be permitted to enter the pantry to shop or use the restrooms. No exceptions!

 Here’s a list of items we are in most need of:

Canned chicken
Dirty Moore beef stew
Canned potatoes
Tea (Any kind, including decaf)
Cereal (Any kind)
64 ounce juice (Any kind)
Ramen noodles
Bars of soap
Peanut butter

 KINDLY LEAVE YOUR food donations for the Food Pantry in the box truck parked in the parking lot - None delivered to the church or office. we appreciate your generosity


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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! 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:”

“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:”
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?


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

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___ Onetime online donation at 
Medical Assistance Program Closed
Medical Assistance Program- Health & Wellness Ministry
Medical Assistance Program- Health & Wellness Ministry Medical Assistance Program Medical Assistance Program will unfortunately be closed until further notice.
Weekly Mass Intentions
Weekly Mass Intentions WEEKDAY MASS INTENTIONS March 30 to April 3
Live-stream Mass on Friday, April 3rd at 9:00 AM

John Doyle
Frank LaPlaca
Eleanore G. Ryder

La Misa será transmitida en vivo

Ann Marie Capria

Live-stream Mass on Friday, April 5 at 10:30 AM

Mildred Schumacher
Joan Duffy
Joseph M. Stately Sr.
Martino G. Hroncich
Clelia Mattessich
Therese L. Osborne
Miguel Angel Fernandez
Ines del Carmen de Las Nueces
Amerina Pinto
Richard Guglielmo
Georgette Deraney
Joseph Watkins
Matt Sorace
Joseph Castaldo
Thomas Dowd Jr.
Philip H. Mizzone, Sr.
Kathy Codiroli Robinson
Joseph F. Curado
Theresa DeMarco
Louis Lombardi
Eileen Schmitt

Suggested Donation: $10
We thank you for your prayers and support.

To request an intention please

*Click Online Registration (upper left)
*Under All Programs click Mass Intentions 2020 (upper left)
*Under the words "click below" click on Mass Intentions 2020
*Lower left click "register"
Complete and required fields - click "agree" in small center box before submitting

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

News from our Food Pantry
News from our Food Pantry
News from our Food Pantry

Saint Mary’s Church
Parish Office- Administration
31 Pompton Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442
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