Jan 14 Updates

The first Parent Meeting for those with children receiving their First Communion in May will be held Sunday, Jan. 14 in Glover Hall following the 9:15 a.m. Liturgy. Attendance is required.

 

Eighth grade students and their parents will meet on Wednesday evening, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. in Glover Hall for an explanation of the requirements to be completed for the reception of Confirmation. The meeting is for all students, including those in Catholic schools. Classes begin Saturday, Jan. 20 at 9:30 a.m.

 

Scripture classes Mondays, at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall. Now featuring: Jesus Revealed: Encountering Christ in His Biblical Names. Jesus Revealed is an 18-part study that will deepen your knowledge of Our Lord through expert Biblical exegesis on the person of Jesus Christ.

Discover the meaning of the titles and images through which Jesus reveals Himself to us. Join us as Dr. Paul Thigpen —through engaging video lessons — dives deep into Scripture from Genesis to Revelation to illuminate the many names of Jesus in Scripture and explain how each one reveals something new about Our Lord. Jesus Revealed is like no other Catholic Scripture Study. It is an engrossing exegesis of more than 750 Scripture verses spanning the entire Bible, focusing on the typologies of Jesus through 18 of His unique names. You will come away with a deeper knowledge of Christ, and a fuller understanding that all of Scripture points to Our Lord.

We invite you to join us even if you’ve never participated before. You’ll be glad you did!

Jan 7 Updates

Religious Ed. Classes resume Sunday, January 7 following the 9:15 a.m. Family Liturgy.

Our first Parent Meeting for First Communion will be held Sunday, January 14 following the Family Mass.

Scripture classes resume Monday, January 8 at 1 p.m.

Join us Monday for an exciting new Bible Study – Jesus Revealed: Encountering Christ in His Biblical Names. Jesus Revealed is an 18-part study that will deepen your knowledge of Our Lord through expert Biblical exegesis on the person of Jesus Christ.

Discover the meaning of the titles and images through which Jesus reveals Himself to us. Join us as Dr. Paul Thigpen —through engaging video lessons — dives deep into Scripture from Genesis to Revelation to illuminate the many names of Jesus in Scripture and explain how each one reveals something new about Our Lord. Jesus Revealed is like no other Catholic Scripture Study. It is an engrossing exegesis of more than 750 Scripture verses spanning the entire Bible, focusing on the typologies of Jesus through 18 of His unique names. You will come away with a deeper knowledge of Christ, and a fuller understanding that all of Scripture points to Our Lord.

We invite you to join us even if you’ve never participated before. You’ll be glad you did!

Dec 31 Updates

All Religious Ed. programs will resume starting Sunday, January 7.

If you are a parishioner with a child in Catholic school and wish your child to receive First Eucharist in the parish, please contact the Religious Ed. office as soon as possible to register for the program.

Our first Parent Meeting for the sacrament will be held Sunday, January 14 following the Family Mass.

BIBLE STUDY - Jesus: Encountering Christ in His Biblical Names. Join us starting Monday, January 8 as we explore the video series which dives deep into Scripture from Genesis to Revelation to illuminate the many names of Jesus in Scripture and learn how each one reveals something new about Our Lord. Deepen your knowledge of Jesus as He is revealed in Scripture and deepen your love for Our Lord!

December 24 Updates

“It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you…yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand.” – Mother Teresa

Christmas is not merely a day, it is a lifetime lived in sharing the love of Christ with each other. We wish you a lifetime of Christmas. Peace! The Religious Ed. Staff

All Religious Ed. programs will resume starting Sunday, January 7.

If you are a parishioner with a child in Catholic school and wish your child to receive First Eucharist in the parish, please contact the Religious Ed. office as soon as possible to register for the program.

Our first Parent Meeting for the sacrament will be held Sunday, January 14 following the Family Mass.

BIBLE STUDY - Jesus: Encountering Christ in His Biblical Names. Join us starting Monday, January 8 as we explore the video series which dives deep into Scripture from Genesis to Revelation to illuminate the many names of Jesus in Scripture and learn how each one reveals something new about Our Lord. Deepen your knowledge of Jesus as He is revealed in Scripture and deepen your love for Our Lord!

December 17 Updates

Sunday classes end this Sunday, Dec. 17 and resume Sunday, Jan. 7. Tuesday classes resume Jan. 9. Saturday classes will start later in the month.

Scripture classes will meet this Monday at 1 p.m. and resume Jan. 8.

December 10 Updates

There are no classes Sunday, Dec. 10 due to the Parish Christmas celebration. Classes will resume Tuesday evening, Dec. 12.

There are classes Dec. 12, 16, 17 and 19.

Our Christmas series of exploring the birth of Christ and the growth of the church will not meet Monday, Dec. 11 but will resume Dec. 18 in Glover Hall at 1 p.m.

Dec 3 Updates

First Reconciliation will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Please pray for our children and their parents as they move closer to the Lord.

On Tuesday, Dec. 5, Religious Ed. classes will meet at the Parish Mission in the church.

There are no Religious Ed. classes Saturday, Dec. 9 due to First Reconciliation, or on Sunday, Dec. 10, due to the Parish Christmas Party. Classes in Glover Hall continue Tuesday, Dec. 12.

HELP NEEDED: A few good elves of middle school to high school age to help with activities for younger children at the Parish Christmas Party. If you are available and can help, please call the Religious Ed. office (973-669-8331).

November 26 Updates

Religious Ed. classes resume this Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m.

Parents of children in the Reconciliation Preparation program are reminded that Fr. Jim will visit with us Sunday morning, Dec. 3 to help us prepare for First Reconciliation. After his presentation, parents and students will practice for the celebration. First Reconciliation will be celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. in the church.

The most famous events of Christ’s life occurred at the very beginning – the virgin birth celebrated at Christmas – and at the very end – His ministry, death and resurrection. But what of His childhood? His family? What do the Gospels and other ancient texts tell us of the star that foretold His coming? Who were the Three Magi and what do we know of the journeys of the Holy Family as they eluded Herod? And what do we know of the twelve men chosen by Jesus to be His closest companions and destined to bring Christ’s message to the world? Or of Paul the Apostle whose life-long mission ensured the survival of the early Church.

For compelling insights on these and other mysteries of Jesus’s early life, join us Mondays at 1 p.m. or Wednesdays at 7 p.m. as we view The First Days of Christianity – a combination of two programs first seen on The History Channel: “In the Footsteps of the Holy Family,” narrated by Roger Moore and “The Apostles,” narrated by Martin Sheen.

November 19 Updates

There are no Religious Ed. classes Tuesday evening, Nov. 21 or Sunday, Nov. 26 due to the celebration of Thanksgiving. Let us take the time to turn to God and express our gratitude for the great Love with which He continues to embrace us all.

Parents of children in the Reconciliation Preparation program are reminded that Fr. Jim will visit with us Sunday morning, Dec. 3 to help us prepare for First Reconciliation. After his presentation, parents and students will practice for the celebration. First Reconciliation will be celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. in the church.

The most famous events of Christ’s life occurred at the very beginning – the virgin birth celebrated at Christmas – and at the very end – His ministry, death and resurrection. But what of His childhood? His family? What do the Gospels and other ancient texts tell us of the star that foretold His coming? Who were the Three Magi and what do we know of the journeys of the Holy Family as they eluded Herod? And what do we know of the twelve men chosen by Jesus to be His closest companions and destined to bring Christ’s message to the world? Or of Paul the Apostle whose life-long mission ensured the survival of the early Church.

For compelling insights on these and other mysteries of Jesus’s early life, join us Mondays at 1 p.m. or Wednesdays at 7 p.m. as we view The First Days of Christianity – a combination of two programs first seen on The History Channel: “In the Footsteps of the Holy Family,” narrated by Roger Moore and “The Apostles,” narrated by Martin Sheen.

 

November 12 Updates

Our Confirmation candidates will receive the sacrament this Sunday at 2 p.m. with Bishop John Flesey presiding. Please pray for and welcome these students as they complete their full Initiation into the Church: Amara Louise Almodovar, Karen Marie Andre, Nneka Cecelia Arinzah, Jessica Catherine D'Arienzo, Andrew Matthew Gart, Seth George Lopez, Julia Sarah Maslowski, Sam Nicholas Miller, Mikya Margaret O'Bannion, Belen Hope Osborne, Carolina Perez, Christopher Ryan Nicholas Petillo, and Dylan Sebastian Retino.

November 5 Updates

The Parent Meeting scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 5 has been cancelled.

There will be no Religious Ed. classes Saturday, Nov. 11 or Sunday, Nov. 12 due to the Teachers’ Convention.

Our Marian series continues on Monday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. with the Apparition at Lourdes and its significance for us. Wednesday at 7 p.m., we will learn of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patron of the Americas. All are welcome.

Bishop John Flesey will celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation in our parish Sunday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. Rehearsal for Confirmation is Friday evening, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Church. Candidates must be accompanied by their sponsors or one of their parents.

October 29 Updates

Our next First Reconciliation parent meeting is Sunday, Nov. 5 following the Family Liturgy. First Reconciliation will be celebrated Saturday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m.

It is never too late to register your child for religious formation classes. Sharing thoughts and ideas about God with your peers is the best way to grow in your love for Jesus and to move into a deeper relationship with Him. “We'll leave the Light of for you.”

There are no classes Tuesday, Oct. 31. Wishing all a Happy ‘Pre-All Saints Day’.

October 27 Updates

Our Confirmation candidates grow nearer to the sacrament and will take part in their Confirmation Retreat starting with the 11:30 a.m. Mass. Please pray for our candidates as they approach the sacrament which will be administered on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m., Bishop John Fleasy, presiding.

Our next First Reconciliation parent meeting is Sunday, Nov. 5 following the Family Liturgy. First Reconciliation will be celebrated Saturday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m.

It is never too late to register your child for religious formation classes. Sharing thoughts and ideas about God with your peers is the best way to grow in your love for Jesus and to move into a deeper relationship with Him. “We'll leave the Light of for you.”

There are no classes Tuesday, Oct. 31. Wishing all a Happy ‘Pre-All Saints Day’.

October 15 Updates

Our eighth graders have been discussing the great mystery that is God. When given the words of St. Augustine, “You have created us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you,” the students interpreted them as:

“God created us out of love, for us to believe in Him. He put a curiosity in our hearts making us want to discover the mystery of God. That fire He sparked can only be put out at the time of our death when we will know the mystery of God.”

Truer words were never spoken!

Our Confirmation candidates grow nearer to the sacrament and will take part in their Confirmation Retreat starting with the 11:30 Mass on Oct. 22. Please pray for our candidates as they approach the sacrament which will be administered on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m., Bishop John Fleasy, presiding.

Our next First Reconciliation parent meeting is Sunday, Nov. 5 following the Family Liturgy. First Reconciliation will be celebrated Saturday, Dec. 9.

Our series, “Mary Queen of Heaven,” continues this Monday at 1 p.m. and Wednesday night at 7 p.m. with the topic: “Mary, Mother of Sorrows,” when we will hear how Mary’s sorrows began long before the Crucifixion of her Son. Consider joining us for an enlightening and thought-provoking experience.

October 8 Updates

It is never too late to register your child for Religious Ed. classes! If you have not already done so, simply bring your child to the Parish Center Sunday morning following the 9:15 a.m. Family Liturgy or contact the office at 973-669-8331.

Students being confirmed this November are reminded we are meeting Sunday night, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. in Glover Hall for our next prayer session.

Our “Mary, Queen of Heaven” series continues this week (Monday at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.) in Glover Hall. This week’s video is “The Annunciation: The Day Creation Held Its Breath.” Join us as we learn how Mary’s “Yes” years ago reverberates in our lives today.

October 1 Updates

Today, at the 9:15 Mass, we welcome our ninth grade students as full Candidates for Confirmation. Please pray for them and their families as they begin this time of prayer and meditation leading to their receiving the sacrament of Confirmation in November.

Parent Meeting today for parents with children in the sacrament (Reconciliation and Eucharist) classes at 10:15 in Glover Hall.

September 24 Updates

Religious Ed. classes begin Sunday, Sept. 24, in the Parish Center, following the 9:15 Family Mass. Parents and students will gather to the Center and be called to their respective classes. If you have not registered as yet, you may do so Sunday morning at that time. It’s never too late to learn about the Lord!

 

Sun., Sept. 24 - 10:15 a.m. Opening Session K-5; Parish Center

Sun., Sept. 24 -7:00 p.m. Prayer Session for Confirmation Candidates; Glover Hall

Tues., Sept. 26 - 7:00 p.m. Opening Session 5-7; Glover Hall

Wed., Sept. 27 - 7:00 p.m. 8th grade Parent/Student Meeting; Glover Hall

Sat., Sept. 30 - 9:30 a.m. 8th grade class ; Glover Hall

Sun., Oct. 1 - 10:15 a.m. Parent/Student Reconciliation Meeting; Glover Hall

 

Confirmation candidates, along with their sponsors or a parent, are to attend the 9:15 Mass on Oct. 1, where the Rite of Enrollment will take place during the Mass. The Confirmation retreat will be held Oct. 22.

September 17 Updates

Religious Ed. classes begin Sunday, Sept. 24, in the Parish Center, following the 9:15 Family Mass. Parents and students will gather to the Center and be called to their respective classes. If you have not registered as yet, you may do so Sunday morning at that time. It’s never too late to learn about the Lord!

Sun., Sept. 24 - 10:15 a.m. Opening Session K-5; Parish Center

Sun., Sept. 24 - 7:00 p.m. Prayer Session for ConfirmationCandidates; Glover Hall

Tues., Sept. 26 - 7:00 p.m. Opening Session 5-7; Glover Hall

Wed., Sept. 27 - 7:00 p.m. 8th grade Parent/Student Meeting; Glover Hall

Sat., Sept. 30 - 9:30 a.m. 8th grade class ; Glover Hall

Sun., Oct. 1 - 10:15 a.m. Parent/Student Reconciliation Meeting; Glover Hall

Confirmation candidates, along with their sponsors or a parent, are to attend the 9:15 Mass on Oct. 1, where the Rite of Enrollment will take place during the Mass. The Confirmation retreat will be held Oct. 22.

September 10 Updates

HELP WANTED: We are in need of someone to work one-on-one on Sunday mornings with a young boy with special needs. Specialized materials are available for your use. Please consider helping him move closer to Jesus. All it takes is a loving heart. If you volunteer, it will be the most rewarding thing you ever do. For more information or to volunteer, please call the office at 973-669-8331.

The opening class for Religious Ed. is Sunday, Sept. 24 following the 9:15 a.m. Family Mass. There is still time to register your child for classes. Classes start with kindergarten and continue to ninth grade. Call the Religious Ed. office for more info.

Our Bible Study group resumes meeting this Monday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall.

In connection with the 100th anniversary of Mary’s apparition at Fatima, we will be hosting the series: Mary, Queen of Heaven, on Monday afternoons and Wednesday evenings. This eight-part DVD program gives a gripping account of the life of Mary, from the dawn of time and her life in the Scriptures, to her role in the early Church and her most well-known apparitions. More information to follow!

September 3 Updates

HELP WANTED: We are in need of someone to work one-on-one on Sunday mornings with a young boy with special needs. Specialized materials are available for your use. Please consider helping him move closer to Jesus. All it takes is a loving heart. If you volunteer, it will be the most rewarding thing you ever do. For more information or to volunteer, please call the office at 973-669-8331.

Religious education classes begin the middle of September. If you have not registered your child, please do so as soon as possible. Children entering first grade should be enrolled in the program in order for them to receive First Communion in second grade, as preparation is a two-year process as per diocesan guidelines. Parents of children in Catholic school should contact the office for information regarding receiving the sacraments in St. Joseph Church. The two-year policy holds true for Confirmation as well.

Our opening catechist meeting will be held Sunday, Sept. 10 in Glover Hall following the 9:15 a.m. Mass.

First Communion pictures are now available at the Rectory during office hours.