Starting October 7, 2016- No 7AM Mass or Holy Hour. There will be a 7pm Mass
The schedule will be modified during Lent
“Journey through Grief” our parish bereavement support group will begin on Thursday, October 27th at 7PM in the Parish Center. We meet for six consecutive Thursday evenings (skipping Thanksgiving Day). The group is open to all who are grieving the loss of a loved one (family member or friend). There is no cost, but we do ask you to register. Please contact Cheryl Gatti via phone at 908-285-0330 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
We warmly welcome Jameson Ryan and Colin Matthew, twin sons of Matthew & Laurie McClane and Bronwyn Danielle, daughter of Sean and Danielle Kerins who were all recently baptized. Congratulations and God’s blessings to all!
Nathaniel Taylor and Claudia Fuentes
We offer our sincere sympathy to the families of Haydee Ortiz and John DeRosa who died recently. May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in God's peace.
If you are considering becoming a Catholic or if you are Catholic but have not received the Sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation, we invite you to join our RCIA/Adult Faith Formation program. Please contact Anthony Pangi at 732-764-0264 or email@example.com for more information about this program.
Join us for a Baby Shower at St. Mary’s-Stony Hill, on Sunday, October 2nd at 12:15 p.m. (immediately following the 11:15 a.m. Mass). Refreshments will be served in the Parish Center. ALL ARE WELCOME! Gift Cards are the perfect present. (The Center purchases identical gifts for all new Moms in an effort to be fair.) Cash donations are also accepted and appreciated.
We are very excited to be honored at the upcoming Center for Great Expectations Gift of Hope Gala on Friday, October 21st at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club. The complete list of honorees is as follows:
Humanitarian of the Year Award: Prudential Center/New Jersey Devils
Outstanding Service Award: St. Mary’s Church -Stony Hill
Volunteer of the Year: Mary Jean DiRoberto
For further information about the event, or to purchase tickets, which includes an elegant evening of delicious food, a live band and much more, click here for information on how you can attend or be a sponsor of the event.
Please note that beginning October 1st: Mass will be held Monday through Thursday at 7:00AM, Friday at 12:10PM, Saturday at 7:00AM.
There will be a monthly Holy Hour on the First Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. First Friday Masses at 12:10 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (The weekend Mass Schedule remains unchanged.)
The Garden Club of Watchung Presents A Scentsational Night Custom Fragrance “Bar” by Sue Phillips of The Scentarium, in New York. Create your own custom fragrance (1/4 oz. vial), lite fare, wine, beverages and sweets on Thursday, October 13th, 7-9 pm here in the Parish Center. Reservations are $60 per person; seating is limited. Send name(s), address and phone number along with a check for your reservation to: Colleen Mehegan, 69 Tuttle Road, Watchung, NJ 07069. Please RSVP by October 1st.
The Children's Liturgy of the Word will start again in September. Help is needed just a couple Sundays during the year. If you love working with children, the Liturgy is a rewarding and fun way to teach them about our faith.
Deacon Peter conveyed it perfectly at Mass a couple of weeks ago during his Sermon. “The only way we can save this country is to lift it up, just like the Samaritan lifted up the beaten man. In the parable, the Samaritan not only tended to the immediate wounds and needs of the beaten man, he also gave the innkeeper two silver coins for his continued care and attention. We need to do the same thing by passing down our faith and Christian values to our children. We need to teach our children respect for life and for each other. We need to teach by our example and show them that we have the courage so that they will also have the courage to stand up for what is right. OUR children represent the two silver coins that will care for this country when we are gone.”
If you are interested in helping with this ministry, please contact Lynn Biviano at 908-822-2337 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and God Bless.
Information and registration forms for the 2016-2017 Religious Education Program are now available online (select the "Faith Formation" tab above). Our program will begin again in the fall.
Our Class schedule will be as follows:
Sunday 10 am – 11 am (Grades Pre-K through 6) or
Wednesday 4 pm – 5 pm (Grades 1 through 6)
Monday 7 pm – 8 pm for Grades 7 and 8.
If you would like more information about our program or have any questions, please contact Cathy Cooney, Director of Religious Education at 908-756-6524 ext. 16; or Nancy Stoll at ext. 10. Thank you!
2016-2017 Religious Education Registration
Are you looking for a way to share your faith, time and talents with children? The Religious Education Program needs you! The success of our program depends on dedicated individuals in our parish willing to share their time, talents and faith with children and the future church. Volunteers are needed as catechists (teachers), catechist aides and hall monitors to lovingly and energetically teach our children about the love of Christ for us. We provide training and support along the way.
Our classes meet as follows: Sunday mornings from 10-11 am Wednesday afternoons from
4-5 pm. If you are interested, please contact Cathy Cooney, Director of Religious Education at
908-756-6524 ext. 16 or email@example.com.
Fr. Carroll is doing very well at his new residence. We thought you’d like to know that he has a birthday coming up on October 5th. If you’d like to mail him a letter or a card, the direct mailing address for Father Carroll is:
Allendale Community for Senior Living
85 Harreton Road
Allendale, NJ 07401
Attn: Fr. James Carroll, Carleton Ct., 35A.
We will continue to provide updates as we receive information. As always, please keep him in your prayers.
Have you ever wondered why the traffic-crossing icon is lacking hands and feet? Having been baffled by this for years, I often find myself weaving tales of what could have happened to this odd-looking character! Holding hands with my four-year-old grandson Anthony, I began crossing a busy highway, keeping stride with a stranger a few feet to our right, while also heeding the crossing timer. We were not yet halfway across when the signal changed. My instinct was to scoop up Anthony and run the rest of the way. However, within a few seconds, I changed my mind. Realizing that the stranger and I were keeping in step with each other took on a significance that overcame my fear of the approaching cars. Without speaking a word or sharing a glance, this stranger had accompanied me on a long journey of thirty seconds. With him at my side, I was able to walk through my inability to trust and my fear of vulnerability, to the safety of the curb. My companion reached the corner and then softly said goodbye. He left me at that intersection; I still carry him in my heart. As Anthony and I continued to the ice cream shop, I kept reliving that crossing. Recalling the blinking safety icon, The Prayer of St. Teresa came to mind. “Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours.” In gratitude, I offered this prayer for the stranger and hoped that his life journey would be filled with peace, for in that thirty second walk, he had accompanied me though my personal fears and vulnerabilities. Reflecting on this incident, I understand why the safety icon does not have hands and feet. It is so designed to help me to remember that it is God, acting through others, who heals us with his loving touch and patiently guides our footsteps on this journey of life to Life. Pat Dorsi ************************************************************ Pat Dorsi is a Certified Spiritual Director (Guide). She is trained to walk with individuals on their personal spiritual journey as they search for God’s presence in their life, strive to develop a stronger relationship with God through prayer, or are in the process of discerning important life decisions. For more information, please contact Pat directly at firstname.lastname@example.org