Come, Holy Spirit!

The early Christian writers were enthusiastic about what we can expect from the Spirit. St. Cyril of Jerusalem assured us, “The Spirit comes with the tenderness of a true friend and protector to save, to heal, to teach, to counsel, to strengthen, to console.”

St. Cyril of Alexandria testified, “The Spirit changes those in whom he comes to dwell; he so transforms them that they begin to live a completely new kind of life.”

St. Hilary reminded us that the grace of the Holy Spirit is “given to each person in proportion to their readiness to receive it.” The greater our desire, the more open our heart, the more the Spirit enriches our life. Our fervent prayer is, “Come, Holy Spirit!”

By the power of the Gospel, Vatican II says, the Spirit “enables the Church to grow young, perpetually renews it, and leads it to complete union with the Bridegroom.” Karl Rahner sums up: “Because God creates as God, he creates as Spirit everything in the world that is constantly new and fresh, free and alive, unexpected and mighty, at once tender and strong—the mystery of love.”

Come, Holy Spirit!

Memorial Day – Mon, May 25th

This Monday, May 25th, is Memorial Day, and our annual Mass to remember all who gave their lives in the service of our country will be celebrated at 9 AM out at our cemetery mausoleum, rain or shine. Seating will be limited, so bring your own lawn chairs if possible.

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Our parish office will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday.

Charismatic Rally & Retreat Day – Sat, Jun 13th, 9 AM to 5 PM

The Diocese of Trenton Catholic Charismatic Renewal is sponsoring a multicultural Rally and Retreat Day on Saturday, June 13th from 9 AM to 5 PM at the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. The day will include several excellent talks and Mass celebrated by Fr. Bill Halbing. The cost is $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 3–12. You can register online at: For more information, contact Sandra Lopez at 403-7138.

Is God Calling You? – Sun, May 23th, 4 to 6 PM

Whether you are seriously discerning God’s call to the priesthood, or just curious about how God is calling you to serve in some aspect of your life, come and join us to learn more about this exciting and powerful approach to life in the Lord!

Vocational discernment groups meet to assist young men who are discerning the possibility that God may be calling them to a life of priestly ministry. If you are a faithful, single, Roman Catholic man between the ages of 18 and 40, and are asking yourself whether God is calling you to be a priest, you are cordially invited to attend this month’s discernment meeting which will be held on Sunday, May 24th from 4 PM to 6 PM at the St. Mary Parish, 747 West Bay Avenue, Barnegat, NJ. Please register with the Diocese of Trenton Vocation Office at or by calling 609-406-7449. Join Rev. Msgr. Kenard Tuzeneu as he shares his experiences of the priesthood, followed by prayer and concluding with a great meal and conversation.

The Adoration Committee – Fri, Jun 5th

The Adoration Committee is planning for FIRST FRIDAY ADORATION IN HONOR OF THE FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI on June 5th, beginning at 8AM (following the 7:30AM Mass in the chapel), and ending with Evening Prayer & Benediction in the church at 7:30PM. You are invited to mark your calendars for participation.

Adorers are needed: please call Cathy Lippincott at 499-9909, or email Ginny Olsen at with your availability/commitment, or to have your questions answered. Spending time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is a gift of immeasurable worth. Please join us in the Intercessory prayer for responses to this invitation to Eucharistic Adoration.

Intercessory Prayer: “Heavenly Father, increase our faith in the real Presence of Your Son, Jesus Christ, in the Holy Eucharist. We are obliged to adore Him, to give Him thanks, and to make reparation for our sins. We need Your peace in our hearts and among nations. We need conversion from our sins, and the mercy of Your forgiveness. May we obtain this through prayer and our union with our Eucharistic Lord. Please send down the Holy Spirit upon all people to give them the love, courage, strength and willingness to respond to the invitation to Eucharistic Adoration. We beseech you to spread perpetual exposition of the most Blessed Sacrament in parishes around the world. We ask this in the name of Jesus, the Lord. Amen.”

Comedy Nite – Fri, Jun 5th, 7-10 PM

When:        Friday, June 5th, from 7-10 PM

Where:       McGrath Hall,  1238 Hornberger Avenue, Roebling

Price:          $30 a ticket (includes buffet dinner, show, plus prizes; BYOB)

See flyer & ticket order form at the church exits, and in our May 10th parish bulletin. Please call Paul at 609-324-2811 for more information. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Council #570.

Hope Hose Flea Market – Sat, May 23rd

Hope Hose Humane Co. #1 is sponsoring a Flea Market here at St. Mary’s in our School Hall and parking lot next Saturday, May 23rd from 8 AM to 1 PM to support their work in our community.

Funnel Cakes

The Knights of Columbus Bordentown Council #570 will be selling funnel cakes at their booth in Bordentown’s Street Fair this Saturday & Sunday, May 17-18.     Please consider supporting this worthwhile charity while enjoying our town.

Bordentown Community Garden

The Bordentown Township Green Team is having a planting in their Community Garden next Saturday, May 16th at 10 AM, and they would welcome volunteers to assist in this project. Interested parties may contact Patricia A. Concannon at 954-8692. Last year they donated hundreds of pounds of fresh organic vegetables to St. Mary’s Food Pantry.


Family Heritage Dinner – May 23th – 6:30 PM

The parish is having a Family Heritage Potluck Dinner on Saturday May 23rd in the School Cafeteria at 6:30 PM.  We want to share our heritage with the rest of the parish and do it by sharing a meal together.  Bring your favorite family meal and share it with others. Thanks for signing up.  Just make sure you make enough to share with 10 people.  The parish will provide the drinks, salad and desserts.  It will be fun to get together and share a meal together.  For more info call the parish office during normal office hours at 298-0265.

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