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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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 Important Information about Religious Education!! 

On-line registration for Religious Education has been extended until Friday, September 18th. After that date, you will still be able to register, but will have to make an appointment to do so in person. For more information, please contact Ms. Toni Wong at 973-835-0374 x 102

 

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:

Saturday
 5:00 PM Saturday Evening Mass every week on the pavers. Bring your masks, bring a chair

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

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


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. 

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 YouTube.com 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 Knixon@stmarys-pompton.org or 973-835-2010 ext. 125, Monday to Thursday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Thanks!

 For the EXECUTIVE SUMMARY TO THE REPORT OF INVESTIGATION FOR TARTER KRINSKY & DROGIN, LLP RE: ST. MARY’S SCHOOL, POMPTON LAKES, NJ please go to the following link

http://www.stmarys-pompton.org//download.php?file=1596023970Executive%20Summary%20Report%20of%20Investigation%20%20Saint%20Marys%20School.pdf 

News from the Friars

 

 Every three years, we friars of Holy Name Province elect a Provincial Minister and Provincial Council, and one of their first duties is to assign friars to their new ministry sites. This year, because of COVID-19, we had to do things a little differently. But on Thursday, our new assignments for the next three years were announced.
Fr. Gonzalo, Fr. Emerson, and Fr. Fran will be moving on from St. Mary’s. Fr. Gonzalo will be moving to our parish in Durham, North Carolina; Fr. Fran will be moving to our parish in Long Beach Island; and Fr. Emerson will be working in the diocese of Charleston in South Carolina.
Fr. John will remain at St. Mary’s.
And he’ll be joined by three new friars—two of whom have been here before. And two of whom are also named John.
Fr. Frank Critch, who spent some time here before he was ordained, will be the new pastor of St. Mary’s.
Fr. John Coughlin will join us as the guardian of the friary and will be in charge of the Spanish-speaking Ministry here at St. Mary’s.
Fr. John Alderson, who was once stationed at St. Mary’s, and was also the pastor of St. Anthony’s in Butler, will also be joining our parish.
This transition of friars will take place within the next few weeks.
On behalf of the friars of Holy Name Province, we thank you for allowing us to serve you. It is a great privilege for us to be part of the Body of Christ at Saint Mary’s. We ask for your prayers and continuous support
May Our Lord continue to bless us with Peace and Love.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Gonzalo, Fr. Emerson, Fr. Fran, and Fr. John

 

 

 

 

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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!   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/

 

Friars- New Administration
News from the Friars
News from the Friars During its meeting in July, the General Council elected a new provincial administration for Holy Name Province.

Our provincial chapter, scheduled to begin at the end of May, was postponed due to the pandemic. When it became apparent that holding an in-person chapter would not be possible, the provincial administration requested that the General Council appoint new leadership for Holy Name Province. The new provincial administration will serve for the next three years.

Provincial Council — the governing body of the Province
Provincial Minister: Fr. Kevin Mullen, OFM
Provincial Vicar: Fr. Lawrence Hayes, OFM
Provincial Secretary: Br. Michael Harlan, OFM
Provincial Councilors: Fr. David Convertino, OFM, Br. Frederick Dilger, OFM, Fr. Lawrence Ford, OFM, Fr. Thomas Gallagher, OFM, Br. Walter Liss, OFM, Fr. Erick López, OFM

 

 

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 www.faithdirect.net Church code NJ23
___ Onetime online donation at www.stmarys-pompton.org 
VIDEO of Our Children Choir
St Mary's Children Choir
St Mary's Children Choir

 Our Children Choir 

Info:  

 Dorothy-Mary Limey Director of Music Ministry 973-835-0374, ext. 158 cdlimey@stmarys-pompton.org

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

or

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
Spam
Dinty Moore beef stew
Manwich
Hamburger helper
Canned potatoes
Canned carrots
Crushed tomatoes
Beans (garbanzo, black, white/cannelloni)
Spaghetti (no other pasta at time time)
Baked Beans
Peanut butter
Jelly
Mixed vegetables
Baked beans
Rice (1 and 2 pound bags)
Rice a roni
Pasta and rice sides
Canned fruit
Bread crumbs
Ketchup
Mustard
Barbeque sauce
Decaf tea
Cake mixes
Frosting
Toothpaste
Deodorant
Paper towels
Dish detergent
Secondary items are:
Shelf Stable WHOLE milk
Chef Boy R Dee
Laundry detergent
Mayonnaise
Spam


NEW ITEMS!

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 Amazon.com. 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
https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/39G4C7S9HDZXD?ref_=wl_share

 

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
Registration Rel Ed. & Confirmation
Religious Edu & Confirmation
Religious Edu & Confirmation A reminder that our religious education program is now accepting registrations.
Please click
https://zcu.io/FB7P
to register.
For the safety of our students, there will be no in person classes; all religious education classes will be conducted online.
For questions and concerns, please contact the following:
Grades 1-6 Toni Wong at 973-835-7750 x 102
Grades 7-10 Pat Newton at 973-835-5594 x 160
LGBT Ministry
LGBT Ministry
LGBT Ministry St. Mary's Parish stands with the LGBT Community as together we celebrate the great diversity of God's creation. All are welcome in this place!
Contact: Fr John Aherne 973-835-0374 x 139 jaherne@stmarys-pompton.org



High School/ Youth Ministry
High School Youth Ministry
High School Youth Ministry

Not even a global pandemic can stop the great spirit alive in our Youth Ministry, who got together this week for a socially distant Movie Night! Contact: Bill Reul Coordinator of High School Youth Ministry

973-835-5594 x 117  breul@stmarys-pompton.org

St Mary's Food Pantry News
Food Pantry News
Food Pantry News

The St. Mary’s Food Pantry is very happy to announce that we will be reopening our indoor facility for the August distribution.
In order to do this, we will need the help of all our member/shoppers, working with our team of volunteer workers. Our goal is to continue to provide a very safe environment for everyone involved.  

The items we are collecting right now include the following that are targeted for September distribution:

Coffee (all types)
Shampoo
Dish Soap
The other items we are collecting on an ongoing basis are:
Primary items are:
Canned chicken
Small canned hams
Spam
Dinty Moore beef stew
Manwich
Hamburger helper
Canned potatoes
Canned carrots
Crushed tomatoes
Beans (different kinds)
Spaghetti (no other pasta at time time)
Baked Beans
Peanut butter
Jelly
Mixed vegetables
Baked beans
Rice (1 and 2 pound bags)
Rice a roni
Pasta and rice sides
Canned fruit
Bread crumbs
Ketchup
Mustard
Barbeque sauce
Decaf tea
Cake mixes
Frosting
Toothpaste
Deodorant
Paper towels
Dish detergent

Secondary items are:
Shelf Stable WHOLE milk
Chef Boy R Dee
Laundry detergent
Mayonnaise
Spam

NEW ITEMS!

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):

 Food Pantry Address: 22 Lakeside Avenue
Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442
(Lower, rear, parking lot entrance)

Mailing Address: 17 Pompton Avenue
Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442

Phone: 973-831-4442

Email: foodpantry@stmarys-pompton.org

Franciscans for Integral Ecology
Social Justice
Social Justice The Franciscan Friars in the United States are offering a free, 10-week long course on the encyclical "Laudato Si" and Integral Ecology as part of the Laudato Si’ Revolution, a global Franciscan campaign for the conversion toward integral ecology
Each course consists of video lectures, reading materials, and tests for ten weeks. The English course will begin on September 7. Br. Jacek Orzechowski, OFM, organized the curriculum, where theologians, teachers, and activists are participating. The registrants to the course will learn about integral ecology and its implementation in terms of Franciscan perspectives, Jewish and Muslim viewpoints, ecological lifestyle, and environmental activism from diverse speakers. We highly recommend this Laudato Si’ Revolution Course to everyone! For more information, visit our website: https://zcu.io/ujjk.
https://zcu.io/Yl9w

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