April 22 Updates

Due to the bad weather last Monday, we did not begin our journey into the Book of Revelation. We will do so this Monday at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall. Join us for reading of this fascinating book. All are welcome.

 

Parents of children receiving First Communion this May are reminded our Eucharist Retreat will take place in the Parish Center on Sunday, April 29 at 1 p.m. for the second grade class and 3 p.m. for the older children. Please be prompt.

 

Registrations for next year’s program have been sent out. If your child is attending this year, and you have not received a registration, please contact the Religious Ed. office. If you are a parent of a child entering first grade or a child in Catholic school who is of First Communion age and would like more information or to register your child, please contact us.

 

RCIA or the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (and children over the age of 12) is the process by which baptized Catholics can complete the sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation. It is also for those who are considering becoming Catholic or wish to be fully initiated into the Catholic Faith. The process adapts to meet individuals where they are in their search, and meeting times are flexible, depending on needs. If you are thinking about becoming part of the Church and need more information on the process, please call the Religious Ed. office at 973-669-8331. We would be happy to talk with you without any obligation on your part.

April 15 Updates

Bible Studies: We will begin opening the doors to the book of Revelation this Monday, April 16 at 1 p.m. Bring your Bibles or use one of ours as we explore this amazing book of prophecy. All are welcome – no experience necessary!

Parents of children receiving First Eucharist this year, please remember that our retreat day is Sunday, April 29 and finished banners should be returned by April 22.

Registration forms for Fall have been mailed. If you do not receive a packet this week, please call the Religious Ed. office.

RCIA or the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (and children over the age of 12) is the process by which baptized Catholics can complete the sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation. It is also for those who are considering becoming Catholic or wish to be fully initiated into the Catholic Faith. The process adapts to meet individuals where they are in their search, and meeting times are flexible, depending on needs. If you are thinking about becoming part of the Church and need more information on the process, please call the Religious Ed. office at 973-669-8331. We would be happy to talk with you without any obligation on your part.

April 8 Updates

Religious Ed. classes resume on Sunday, April 8.

Starting Monday, April 9, our Bible studies will begin examining the Book of Revelation. Join us at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall to explore the prophetic voice of John and his visions. All are welcome.

April 1 Updates

At Greek Easter, the family gathers around the table and sings: “Christos Anesti, ek nehron, thanato, thanaton pastisas, kai tis entis minimasi zoin harisamenos,” which translates, “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling death by death, and to those in tombs, granting life.”

The lyrics of this ancient hymn recall the message spoken by the angel to Mary Magdalene at the tomb – “Christ is risen!” They also refer to the moment of Jesus’s death when the earth quaked and opened, and bodies of believers were miraculously raised to eternal life.

Both the hymn and the expression “Christos Anesti” remind us that all who are faithful will one day be raised from death to eternal life through our belief in Christ. This is the core of our belief – the joy-filled promise of Easter. Rejoice all. “Christos Anesti!”

Religious Ed. classes resume on Sunday, April 8.

Starting Monday, April 9, our Bible studies will begin examining the Book of Revelation. Join us at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall to explore the prophetic voice of John and his visions. All are welcome.

March 25 Updates

As we progress in Holy Week, may our lives be a little more prayerful, our actions a little kinder, our thoughts a little more reflective, as we follow in the footsteps of Jesus to His glorious Resurrection! Set some time apart each day for Jesus, who has given us everything.

There are no classes during Easter week. Classes resume the following week.

Coming soon: Starting April 9, at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall, we will begin to enter John's Book of Revelation through historical, allegorical, anthropological – and especially – spiritual lenses. All are welcome for conversation and camaraderie!

Confirmation class students – A reminder for Easter Week: Your sponsor’s name and your Confirmation name essays are past due. Please remember to bring them to your next class on April 14.

Mar 18 Updates

There will be classes on Palm Sunday, March 25, as well as Tuesday, March 27.

Coming soon: Starting April 9, at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall, we will begin to enter John's Book of Revelation through historical, allegorical, anthropological – and especially spiritual lenses. All are welcome for conversation and camaraderie!

Mar 11 Updates

What a glorious weekend we have coming up! We celebrate two men whose names are quite familiar too us: Patrick, who left his homeland to travel to a rough pagan land in order to teach about the great love that Jesus has for us, and Joseph, patron of the Universal Church as well as our own parish.

Joseph dedicated himself to caring for and protecting both Mary and Jesus. They serve as perfect examples for us as how we should live our lives – being examples of Jesus’s love for others and caring for each other. Think of them as you celebrate the weekend.

Reminder: There are no classes Sunday, March 18 due to our first St. Patrick /St. Joseph Day celebration.

Easter Egg Hunt coming soon! Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. starting in the Parish Center. Children PreK through 4th grade are invited. Mark your calendars.

Mar 4 Updates

Thanks to all those who helped make our luncheon after the Mass of Anointing a possibility: the adults who helped set-up and the Confirmation students who were servers at the event. Our parish is blessed with loving, giving people.

 

Reminder: There are no classes Sunday, March 18 due to our first St. Patrick /St. Joseph Day celebration.

 

Easter Egg Hunt coming soon! Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m., starting in the Parish Center. Children PreK through 4th grade are invited. Mark your calendars.

Feb 25 Updates

In their opening prayers for class, our students express concerns about severe illness as well as school violence. Certainly, Lent is an excellent time to initiate family prayer for the things that our children are thinking and feeling. Let them initiate what they need to bring to the Lord. You might be surprised!

In case of inclement weather, please call 973-669-8331. The office phone will announce if classes have been cancelled. If there is no message, classes will be held. Please do not call the Parish Office.

Tickets for our St. Patrick & St. Joseph Days celebration will be available at the doors of the Church after all Saturday and Sunday Masses now through Mar. 11. Join in an afternoon of fun Sunday, Mar. 18, in the Parish Center!

Feb 11 Updates

We celebrate the Rite of Sending today where we will acknowledge our two Catechumens, Eric and Christian Pena, as they enter the final phase of their preparation to become full participants in the Catholic Church. The young men will proceed to the Cathedral next Sunday to receive Cardinal Tobin’s blessing. Please pray for the boys and their family during Lent as they come to the end of their journey into the Catholic Church.

Feb 4 Updates

There is a First Eucharist Parent Meeting Sunday, Feb. 4 in Glover Hall following the 9:15 a.m. Family Liturgy.

The eighth grade class will not meet Saturday, Feb. 10 due to our Ministry Morning Retreat. Classes will resume on Feb. 17. Eighth grade candidates are reminded of the opportunity for service at our Mardi Gras party.

All members of the Parish are invited to our Mardi Gras celebration, Tuesday evening, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Parish Center.

After a short prayer service that includes burning last year’s palms for use on Ash Wednesday, the following day, we will share food and fun. Please bring a dessert to share!

LITURGICAL MINISTERS’ MORNING OF REFLECTION: Saturday, Feb. 10, 9:30 a.m., for all Ushers, Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Eucharist in the Parish Center. After we have been nourished by a light breakfast, our guest speaker will nourish our souls with thoughts about the Eucharist. Please contact your respective captains to let them know whether or not you will be attending.

Jan 28 Updates

All members of the Parish are invited to our Mardi Gras celebration, Tuesday evening, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Parish Center. After a short prayer service that includes burning last year’s palms for use on Ash Wednesday, the following day, we will share food and fun. Please bring a dessert to share!

 

 

EUCHARISTIC MINISTRY MORNING: for all Ushers (aka Ministers of Hospitality), Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Eucharist;

Where: The Parish Center

When: Saturday, Feb. 10, 9:30 a.m.

After we have been nourished by a light breakfast, our guest speaker will nourish our souls with thoughts about the Eucharist.

 

Mark your calendars, please. More information will be coming from the captains of our three ministries.

Jan 21 Updates

All Religious Ed. programs are back in full swing.

In case of inclement weather and to check on program closings, please dial 973-669-8331. The answering machine will state the cancellation of a program for that day. Please do not call the rectory number.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTRY MORNING: for all Ushers (aka Ministers of Hospitality), Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Eucharist;

Where: The Parish Center

When: Saturday, Feb. 10, 9:30 a.m.

After we have been nourished by a light breakfast, our guest speaker will nourish our souls with thoughts about the Eucharist.

Mark your calendars, please. More information will be coming from the captains of our three ministries.

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).