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

Dates and Notes to Remember

Dates to Remember

December 3, 2017 / Bulletin

December Calendar

Flower Offering Envelopes

WreathThere are flower offering envelopes in the pews for your use in remembering your loved ones this Christmas season. Please return them in the collection basket or at the rectory no later than Thursday, December 21. Please clearly print all information. Thank you.

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Venetian Care Christmas Tree

There is a Christmas tree in the vestibule of the church for anyone interested in Christmas Treehelping to make the holidays a little brighter for the residents of the Venetian Care Center. Please remove a tag from the tree and return the gift with the tag attached no later than Tuesday, December 19, so that all gifts will be ready in time for the residents’ party. Please do not wrap gifts. You may use gift bags. For any gift questions, please call Venetian Care at
732-721-8200.

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Saturday, December 16 / A Birthday Party for Jesus
~ All Chilren Invited

December 16, from 1 – 3 p.m., in St. Pat’s Hall

Nativity

Come and celebrate Jesus’ birth with carols, crafts, cupcakes and more! Santa will be there, too. He knows what Christmas is all about – maybe he’ll bring a treat! Please respond to this invitation ASAP, so the right number of crafts and cupcakes can be ordered – thank you so much. Contact Pat at 732-727-2768 or Doris at 732-727-6434 or the Religious Education Office at 732-721-1514.

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Saturday, December 16 / Handal's "Messiah"

You are invited to join the Saint Mary Chamber Orchestra and Choral Society as theyHandal's "Messiah" present George Frederik Handel’s timeless oratorio, “Messiah”, next Saturday, December 16, at 7:30 p.m. This highly acclaimed annual performance, under the baton of Maestro Christopher M.C. Deibert, conductor, will include the Advent/Christmas portion of this work in its entirety; along with excerpts from the second and third parts. Don’t miss this delightful candlelit concert, set in our beautiful Victorian-Gothic architectural surroundings. Free admission ($15 donation suggested).

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Friday, December 22 / Christmas Carole Sing-a-Long

There’s no better way to warm your soul and clear your heart than with Christmas Music Notecookies and hot chocolate! Join Chris Deibert and the Saint Mary Choir for a fun night of Christmas nostalgia and a carol Sing-a-Long. This concert will benefit the choir’s pilgrimage trip to the Vatican in 2019. Suggested donation: $15. Time: 7 p.m.

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Saint Mary Food Pantry / Christmas Items NeededThanksgiving

The Saint Mary Food Pantry is asking for your help with donations for Christmas. Here is a list of food items that are needed: pie crust, pie filling, yams, stuffing, turkey breast, gravy, tea and coffee. No cranberry sauce, please. All donations are greatly appreciated! Please place all items in a bag and leave in the back of the church before or after Masses. Thank you! A special thank you to all who donated to our Thanksgiving Pantry!

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Help Needed!
Coupons for Food ~ Baby Products ~ Pet Products

Coupons are needed! Food, baby products and pet products coupons – we use these three types of coupons to support those serving in the military. You do not need to cut the coupons; you can just leave the sheets of coupons in the marked box in the church vestibule. Thank you in advance for your support.

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A Note from St. Mary's Food Pantry

PantryThe Food Pantry appreciates all that you do for those in need. Just a reminder – please do not leave food on the rectory steps or porches. ALL food should be left in the back of the church or in St. Theresa's chapel. Also, please check expiration dates. We cannot distribute expired food and must throw it out. Thank you for your cooperation and assistance.

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Teachers Aides Needed

Volunteer

We are in need of substitute teachers for our Religious Education Program.  Classes are Tuesdays, from 4:30 – 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 6:30 – 8 p.m.  If you can help out on either of those days, please call Kevin at 732-721-1514.

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Altar Servers Needed

Altar ServersAltar Servers are needed for all Masses – we welcome students in grade 3 and up who have made their First Communion to become a server.  Three short training sessions take place before being scheduled and new servers are always paired with veterans while they are learning.  Anyone who is interested should contact the Director of Religious Education at kschnelldirector@gmail.com or see any priest or deacon after Mass.

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Greeters

Greeters Anyone wishing to greet fellow parishioners and visitors as they enter the church, or hand out bulletins as they exit after Mass are encouraged to do so. Responding in a special way to Pope Francis' visit to the United States, we especially encourage families to take part in this activity as a group. There's
no commitment, and you never know how holding the door for someone or a kind "good morning" affects someone. Anyone who would like more information may call Pat Regan at 732-727-2768.