Liturgy Retreat – Oct 24th

A half day retreat designed just for those serving at our Mass will be held in the school cafeteria at 8:30 AM on Saturday Oct 24th. The day will start with light refreshments followed by the main messages of the retreat and will end with a light lunch around 12:30. This is open to all ushers, readers, Eucharistic Ministers, and altar servers.

You can sign up in two ways. Call the parish office during normal office hours and let them know you will be coming or you can fill out the form below.

This is your chance to get together, have an enjoyable morning and learn more about the Mass and your ministry.

For more info call Pat Baylog at 298-4249.

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Diocesan White Mass

A White Mass is a special Mass held for physicians, nurses, healthcare workers and their families and friends. This special celebration of all health care professionals will be held on Sunday, October 18th at 3 PM at St. Luke’s Church in Toms River, NJ. Healthcare workers of all faiths are welcome. Fellowship will follow the Mass.



Fr. Mike & St. Mary’s — 25 Years & Counting!

St. Mary’s will celebrate Fr. Mike’s 25th Anniversary as our pastor on October 24th at the 5PM Mass. All are welcome to attend and spread the word to those who might be interested, as no invitations will be sent. We will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving followed by cake, coffee, and light refreshments in the school hall. Fr. Mike has requested that we DO NOT accept any gifts for him. If you would like to give him a gift, please do so in the form of a donation to the Food Pantry, St. Vincent de Paul Society or to the parish itself; he will not accept any other gifts. Come and join us as we thank Fr. Mike for his 25 years of pastoral leadership!

Living Rosary at St. Mary’s – Friday, Oct 2nd, at 7PM

On Friday, October 2nd, at 7PM, we will be praying a Living Rosary here at St. Mary’s Church. You are cordially invited to participate—please join us for this devotion, and lead one of the prayers on our Rosary if you can.

For more info, please call Jack Laciskey at 587-1397

Blessing of Pets – Sat, Oct 3rd

The annual Blessing of Pets will be held on Saturday, October 3rd, in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, at 6:30 PM in front of our Parish Center. You are invited to bring family pets of any variety to be blessed during this brief ceremony.

Open Hearts, Willing Hands – Oct 1st

St. Mary’s “Open Hearts, Willing Hands”, our volunteer ministry to assist the elderly and the disabled, will be honored at the Interfaith Caregivers 8th Annual Shining Lights Gala on October 1st, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Princeton. The event will begin with a cocktail reception at 6PM, followed by dinner at 7PM.

The contributions, unwavering support and compassion of St. Mary’s volunteers is much appreciated, in their ministry of assistance to the homebound elderly and disabled.

Any parishioner who would like to attend and share in the celebration can call Interfaith Caregivers for more information at 609-393-9922. Tickets are $75 per person.

Why Eucharistic Adoration now?

Pope Francis has proclaimed an extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy beginning December 8, 2015. In his formal announcement, he encourages all to spend time reading and meditating on the Sacred Scriptures. The Pope wrote, “…we must first of all dispose ourselves to listen to the word of God by rediscovering the value of silence in order to meditate on the Word that comes to us.” By so doing we will be able to access God’s mercy in our lives and the lives of our family, and show God’s mercy to the community which so longs for His Love. Committing to spending time in adoration is an opportunity to be alone with God, and a gift by you to the parish as we prepare to celebrate the extraordinary Year of Mercy with the one holy, catholic, apostolic Church.

The Adoration Committee invites you to join us in expanding the time of Eucharistic exposition with private adoration in the chapel. We have selected Thursday as the first day to expand to a full day. We are in need of Adorers for any hour on Thursday; a committee member will meet you at the chapel prior to your first hour. Contact Cathy Lippincott at 499-9909, or Ginny Olsen at with your interest. Our current opportunities for Eucharistic adoration are listed on page 2 the bulletin, and on home page of this website.

Are You Called to be a Permanent Deacon?

If you are discerning God’s call to serve the Church in the Diocese of Trenton as a Permanent Deacon, a man ordained to the ministry of Charity, Word and Sacrament, you are invited to take part in an upcoming information session. The presentation will include information concerning the role of a deacon, the discernment process, and the five-year Diaconate Formation Program. Before registering to attend this session, please schedule a meeting with your pastor to discuss the call to the diaconate. Sessions are scheduled for September 29th and October 6th from 7-9 PM at the Diocesan Chancery, 701 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ. Pre-registration is required. Please register with Deacon Michael Riley, Associate Director of the Office of Clergy and Consecrated Life (609-403-7134).

St. Vincent de Paul Society – Fall Mum Sale

September 27, 2015: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This weekend on Sunday, Sept. 27th, the Church celebrates the feast of St. Vincent de Paul. St. Vincent said that “Love is inventive to infinity.” This means that Vincentians will try to help those in need in any way possible.

This Sunday (today) is the last day to place your orders for our Fall Mum Sale. Please place your order in the collection basket this weekend. Mums will be available for pickup on the weekend of Oct. 10th/11th.

We are also happy to sponsor a Clothing & Housewares Drive for the benefit of Catholic Charities. You may drop off your gently used clothing and housewares to the school hall after all weekend Masses on Oct. 10th/11th.

Thank you for helping us help others. Please join us in prayer to St. Vincent de Paul asking him to watch over and guide the society that bears his name.

St. Mary’s Community Food Pantry

The Community Food Pantry of St. Mary is a supplemental food source serving the Bordentown, Chesterfield, Crosswicks and Fieldsboro areas. Please consider donating canned goods and non-perishable items. Donations can be dropped off during our normal hours (below) or in the church before or after all Masses.

We will be hosting a volunteer meeting and “Meet and Greet” social on Thursday, October 15th in the church rectory at 6:30 PM. All volunteers are invited. Please bring your ideas. Light refreshments will be served.

Items currently needed:

Spinach, mixed vegetables, cream of mushroom soup, pork & beans, snacks, evaporated milk, peanut butter, jelly, ketchup, mustard, toilet paper, coffee and tea.

Our food pantry hours are as follows: M-W-F 2-3:00 PM; Tu-Th 9-10:00 AM and 6-7:00 PM; and Sat. 9-10:00 AM.

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