Today's Happenings
April 2020
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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!” 


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.

May God bless you and keep you all safe!


Although we can't be together in person this Holy Week, the friars, musicians, lectors, and ministries of St. Mary's are responding to the call of the Spirit and will be live-streaming the following liturgies on Facebook, YouTube and our own Parish website. Please Join us during these holiest days of our Church year,

Palm Sunday
9:00 a.m. Misa en español
10:30 a.m. Mass in English
Afternoon procession with the Blessed Sacrament

Holy Thursday
7:00 p.m. Bilingual Mass of the Lord's Supper

Good Friday
11:30 a.m. Women of Jerusalem Reflection presented by the women from Cornerstone Retreat.
1:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross presented by our Youth Ministry
3 p.m. Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord
5 p.m. Pasión de Nuestro Señor (en español)

Easter Vigil
7:30 p.m. Bilingual Easter Vigil

Sunday Morning
6:15 a.m. Live-streamed Easter Morning Sunrise Meditation
9:00 a.m. Misa en español
10:30 Mass in English

You can watch those Masses live on our Facebook page (St. Mary's Church Pompton Lakes) or 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

 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!

 Thank you all for your generosity to our food pantry--and to the wonderful team of volunteers who continue to provide assistance to our brothers and sisters in need.

Following is a list of items that are currently needed.

And while we always encourage people to shop local and support our local businesses, we thought that during these times (and at the suggestion of some of our parishioners) that it might be useful to set up an amazon wish list, enabling you to just click and send what the food pantry needs. The link is at the bottom of this post.

So our needs are:

Amazon gift cards
ShopRite gift cards
and food/supplies as follows:

Primary items of need are:
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

Secondary items of need are:
Shelf Stable WHOLE milk
Chef Boy R Dee
Small canned hams
Laundry detergent
Dish detergent
Tea (Regular & Decaffeinated)
Coffee (Regular, Decaffeinated & Instant)

 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

___Faith Direct Church code NJ23
___ 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.
News from our Food Pantry
News from our Food Pantry
News from our Food Pantry
School Calendar Raffle Winners
School Calendar Raffle Winners
School Calendar Raffle Winners Congratulations to our next set of Calendar Raffle winners!

6-Apr-2020 Jeff Gonzalez 3931 $50.00
7-Apr-2020 Alan Clemens 3216 $50.00
8-Apr-2020 Brent Lipke 1513 $50.00
9-Apr-2020 Maryann Moran 2671 $50.00
10-Apr-2020 Eleni Rapp 2380 $50.00
11-Apr-2020 Jo Brown 2813 $50.00
12-Apr-2020 Jennifer Santosuosso 3190 $150.00
Funerals during Coronavirus Crisis
Funerals during Coronavirus Crisis
Funerals during Coronavirus Crisis Since funerals and services at funeral homes are not possible at the moment, If someone in your family passes away, please contact the friars if you would like us to offer a short prayer service at the cemetery or with your family through social media. We are family! Contact Keith Orotosky at for English-speaking services or Milagros Anto at for services in Spanish.

May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace

Debido a la imposibilidad de realizar funerales o servicios en funerarias en este momento, si alguien fallece en su familia, los frailes quieren ofrecer una oración o palabra de consolación, un servicio corto, en el cementerio o a través de las redes sociales. Por favor avísenos si pierde un ser querido. Somos FAMILIA ! Por favor comuníquese con Milagros Anto

Que las almas de todos los difuntos, por la misericordia de Dios, descansen en paz!

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