Today's Happenings
June 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! 


“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:

Online Masses:
9:00 AM español
10:30 AM English
Public Masses:
7:30 AM English
9:00 AM español
11:00 AM English

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

In order to serve you better, we've made some small changes to our Sunday Masses.

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. 

Please note that the Sunday online Masses will be prerecorded, but you will be able to interact with each other as you have in weeks past! 

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 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 or 973-835-2010 ext. 125, Monday to Thursday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Thanks!






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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 
VIDEO of Our Children Choir
St Mary's Children Choir
St Mary's Children Choir

 Our Children Choir 


 Dorothy-Mary Limey Director of Music Ministry 973-835-0374, ext. 158

Confessions during Coronavirus Time
Confession during Coronavirus
Confession during Coronavirus Weekly Confession (while maintaining social distance). Every Thursday from 4 to 5 PM in the parking lot of the church - by the School pavers
Scam Alert
Scam Alert
Scam Alert

Many people are receiving one or more of the following texts or emails claiming to be from Fr. Gonzalo. Please ignore them.

NAME, how are you doing?

I need a favor from you, email me as soon as you get this message, I'm in a conference meeting right now and only have access to mail that’s why i'm contacting you through here. I should have call you instead of mailing you but phones calls are not allowed to be use during the short hours i'll be using here.
God Bless,
Father. Gonzalo De Jesus Torres


Glad to hear from you NAME,

I'm in a conference meeting right now and only have access to mail that’s why i'm contacting you through here. I should have call you instead of mailing you but phones calls are not allowed to be use during the short hours i'll be using here. I just need to get Macy gift card today for some women going through cancer at the hospital but I can't do that right now because of my busy schedule.Can you get it from any store around you possibly now? and I will pay you back . There are 5 of the women but i'm thinking of $1000 worth of Macy gift card only . ($500 denomination each. That's 2 cards of $500 each).
We pray especially for our parishioners, relatives and friends.
All Best Blessing's.
Father Gonzalo De Jesus Torres- Acosta

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.

Please consider helping at this time with donations of following items With the exception of fresh meat (see below), all donations can be dropped off in the box truck which is almost always in the St. Mary's Church parking lot.

Primary items are:
Canned chicken
Small canned hams
Dinty Moore beef stew
Hamburger helper
Canned potatoes
Canned carrots
Crushed tomatoes
Beans (garbanzo, black, white/cannelloni)
Spaghetti (no other pasta at time time)
Baked Beans
Peanut butter
Mixed vegetables
Baked beans
Rice (1 and 2 pound bags)
Rice a roni
Pasta and rice sides
Canned fruit
Bread crumbs
Barbeque sauce
Decaf tea
Cake mixes
Paper towels
Dish detergent
Secondary items are:
Shelf Stable WHOLE milk
Chef Boy R Dee
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 box truck or unattended at the pantry or church.
We particularly need:
• Hamburgers
• Hot dogs
• Ground beef
• Chicken (all varieties)
• Pork chops

Please bring your meat donations to the food pantry, 22R (Lower level, Rear) Lakeside Avenue, Pompton Lakes (accessible from the municipal parking lot):
Saturday, July 18th from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Wednesday, July 22nd from 4 – 7 pm
Saturday, July 25th from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Wednesday, July 29th from 4 – 7 pm
We need both plastic and paper bags.

Please, no perishables or frozen food accepted at the box truck.
Also, you may order from our wish list on Just click this link and place your order.
Orders should be shipped to: St. Mary’s Food Pantry, 17 Pompton Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442


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

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