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Please remember in your prayers the children in our Religious Education Program and the adults in our RCIA program who will be receiving the sacraments of Baptism, Communion and/or Confirmation in the coming weeks.

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Our Lenten Evening of Recollectionand
Lenten Soup Night
have both been rescheduled
Please see our Lenten Schedule below for details.

Diocese of Metuchen
The Most Reverend
Bishop James F. Checchio

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REGULAR OFFICE HOURS

Days:
Monday - Friday,
9:00am-2:00pm

Evening Hours:
Monday, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Please call before coming! Thank you!

Office/Rectory
Tel
732-721-0179
Fax 732-721-0360
Direction to St. Mary's

BULLETIN
March 19, 2017 / Bulletin

March Calendar

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Welcome to Our Parish

If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts. ~ Psalm 95

Now available is a short video message from Bishop Checchio to the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese of Metuchen, inviting all to read his pastoral letter, “Lighting a fire in the heart of our world.”
You can view the video on the diocesan Vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/207350918.
You can read Bishop Checchio's pastoral letter: Pastoral Letter

Mission Statement

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Rev. Dennis R. Weezorak
Pastor

Rev. Louis F. Stingel
Weekend Assistant

Stephen Laikowski
Deacon

Richard O'Brien
Deacon

 

 

Please Scroll down for our Lenten Schedule

Weekly Mass Schedule

Saturday: 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00am, 10:00am, NOON
Weekdays:
   Monday: Mass Asscociation: 7:00 p.m.
   Tuesday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m.
   Friday: Communion Service: 8:00 a.m.
Rosary recited following each weekday Mass
Reconciliation: Saturday 3 - 3:30 p.m.
Novena to Our Lady - Before Monday evening Mass

Altar Serving Schedule:
February 11 / 12 to April 8 / 9

 

Please visit our Dates and Notes to Remember page!

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New Parishioners
We welcome anyone who has moved into the parish or who has been inactive.
Please call or visit the rectory during office hours. You may print and fill out this Census Form before your visit to the rectory office.

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Lenten Schedule

(please select each panel to view details)

Lent allows each of us to let our Catholic tradition of fasting and abstaining be an important reminder of what it means to suffer or to be without. This liturgical season is a blessed opportunity for us to unite with our brothers and sisters who are hungry, poor, homeless, or living on the fringes of society and to draw near to all those who suffer from illness, affliction, addiction or other serious burden. The following is a reminder of the Lenten instructions to use as a guide as we unite with those who suffer, near and far.

So that the Church of Metuchen may be spiritually one in a common observance of Lent, the following days of fast and abstinence are to be observed by all Catholics of the Diocese who enjoy the blessings of good health:

† The days of fast and abstinence are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

† All other Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.

† From the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday until the celebration of the Easter Vigil on the evening of Holy Saturday, the Easter fast is suggested so that, with uplifted and welcoming hearts, we may be ready to celebrate the joys of the Resurrection. This ancient tradition, intimately connected with the Rites of Holy Week and the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults, is encouraged, especially in those places baptizing catechumens at the Easter Vigil.

† The obligation to fast applies only to Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59. To fast in the Catholic tradition means to limit oneself to one full meal during the day so as to experience hunger.

† The obligation of abstinence affects all Catholics who have reached the age of 14. Abstinence in the Catholic tradition means to abstain from meat.

† The obligation of fast and abstinence, as a whole, is a serious obligation. While failure to observe any penitential day in itself may not be considered serious, the failure to observe any penitential days at all, or a substantial number of them without good cause, would be considered a grave matter. Those unable to abstain for a valid reason on any given Friday of Lent are asked to perform some other penitential act, or to abstain on another day.

Eucharistic Adoration 3 - 7 p.m.

Please come and spend a little time in “thanksgiving” for all that the Lord has given us. If you are available for one hour, please consider signing up to be with Our Lord during this time. It is truly an honor to be part of this special ministry. Please contact Rita at 732-588-5272 to sign-up or if you have questions.

Stations of the Cross

7 p.m.

Saint Mary Church is hosting a Lenten Evening of Recollection with Fr. Kevin O’Neil, from San Alfonso Retreat House, on Tuesday, March 21, from 7 – 8:30 p.m.  Come and be spiritually refreshed.  If you would like to attend and are in need of a ride, or if you would consider making a Lenten sacrifice and can offer a ride to a fellow parishioner, please contact Susette at 732-525-0141.  

Lenten Soup Night

6 - 8 p.m.

The following four soups planned for the menu are:  potato, sausage lentil, unstuffed pepper and pea.  This is the perfect occasion to participate in Lenten sacrifices with your family.  A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the charitable works of Saint Mary Church.  In keeping the soup night simple, we ask that no desserts be donated.  We will be serving soup, bread, coffee, tea and water.

Parish Penance Service

11 a.m.

Mass of the Lord's Supper - 7 p.m.

Choral Night Prayer - 10 p.m.

Good Friday Service - 3. p.m.

Blessing of Food - 1. p.m.

Easter Vigil Mass - 7:30 p.m.

Easter Mass - 8 a.m.

Easter Mass - 10 a.m.

Easter Mass - 12 p.m.