Special Religious Education

The Holy Cross Center of Learning will begin its 41st year on Saturday, September 6th, with a Mass for all students, parents, guardians, faculty, and friends at Divine Mercy parish on Adeline Street in Trenton, followed by a luncheon in the cafeteria. The Center is operated under the auspices of the Holy Innocents Society, Diocese of Trenton, to develop an awareness of Christ’s life in persons with intellectual, cognitive and/or developmental disabilities. It is staffed entirely by volunteers. Persons who are autistic, blind, hearing impaired, mentally retarded, emotionally or physically handicapped or learning disabled and are at least 7 years of age, are accepted into the program if they are not able to function in a regular Religious Education program. Last year our youngest student was 7, and the oldest was 58. The Center provides religion classes, Mass, music, prayer services, sacramental preparation, rosary recitation and other activities for its students on Saturday mornings from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM September through May.

Any parent interested in enrolling a child or adult in the Holy Cross Center of Learning’s special religious education program should contact its coordinator, Mrs. Rose Anna L. Romanello at 882-4567. There is no registration charge. Volunteers are also needed to assist the students in the classroom and during all activities. Any persons 13 years of age or older desiring to volunteer their services in this special ministry should contact Mrs. Romanello

Traveling Faith CD – Sep 2014

The parish is now trying a new program to see if you, the parishioner, are interested in a monthly CD on different Catholic subjects. The CD will be produced by the parish and will have a homily by a priest on a different subject each month. The priest will probably be different each month and will not be any of our priests or anyone local. We will start with 30 CDs and if they are gone quickly, we will make more for the following weekend. They will be available in the back of the church on the table under the posters on August 30/31st. Please take a CD and begin listening to it in the car as you go places. Travel with your faith, listening to a new topic each month. For more info call the parish office at 298-0265.

Meditation Booklets – Sep 2014

The parish is now trying a new program to see if you, the parishioner, are interested in a daily Mass readings meditation booklet. The booklet will be produced by the parish and will have the Mass readings for each day and a short meditation on those readings. The booklet will contain two weeks of readings to keep it small and manageable. We will start with 30 booklets and if they are gone quickly, we will print more for the following weekend. They will be available in the back of the church on the table under the posters on August 30/31st. Please take a copy and begin a daily routine of reading and meditating on the Mass readings. For more info call the parish office at 298-0265

Annual Golf Tournament – Sep 22nd

The Sisters of Mercy 20th Annual Golf Classic will take place on Monday, September 22nd at Trump National Golf Club in Colts Neck, NJ.

“Fore” all the details on this most worthwhile event, which benefits our retired and infirm Sisters, please call Linda Cavallo at 908-756-0994 ext.4006

or email lcavallo@mercymidatlantic.org.

Please Pray for Peace

In the face of escalating conflicts in the Middle East and Iraq as well as the displacement of so many Christians there, Pope Francis has asked that the entire world-wide Church pray for peace this weekend. Please keep this intention in your prayers.

A special second collection will be taken up at our Masses next weekend (August 23-24) to assist the suffering refugees in Iraq. Proceeds will be sent to Catholic Relief Services, which is working with Caritas Iraq

Church Etiquette

  • Please arrive on time for Mass.
  • Turn off all cell phones before Mass.
  • Move in so that others may find a welcome seat.
  • Participate in the Mass responses and prayers.
  • Receive Holy Communion reverently.
  • Don’t eat and run—wait for the final blessing.

St. Mary’s Community Food Pantry

For all our opportunities and blessings we give thanks to God. Please consider “Paying it forward” with a donation to the food pantry.

Items needed:

tuna, peanut butter, jelly, canned fruit, spaghettiOs and personal hygiene items.

Thank your and God Bless you for your continued support!

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. 

Bishop’s Anniversary Blessing – Sunday, Oct 19th

Bishop David O’Connell will offer a special Mass to honor all couples married 1 year, 25 years and 50+ years at 3PM on Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church in Freehold, New Jersey. Family members and friends are all invited to witness this special occasion of joy. Married couples wishing to participate in this Anniversary Blessing Mass are asked to register with our office staff no later than September 15th.

NE/AFF Events 2014 – 2015

Event                                                                                                                                  Location                     Date and Time

Family Game Night (fun and games for the whole family)                                                Cafeteria                     Sep 26, 2014 – 7PM

Parish Welcome Luncheon (for those new to parish – 6 months)                                    Parish Center             Oct 12, 2014 – 12:30PM

Mass Parts Study (4 week study of the Parts of the Mass – Jeff Cavins videos)              Cafeteria                     Oct 27 – Nov 17 – 7PM

Marriage Retreat Day (Saturday morning retreat – babysitting provided)                         Cafeteria                     Nov 8, 2014 – 8AM

Advent Wreath Workshop (come create your own family advent wreath)                       Cafeteria                     Nov 21,2014 – 7PM

Christmas Carol Sing-along (sing carols, family fun with refreshments)                         Church                        Dec 20, 2014 – 6PM

Chili Cook-Off (bring your best pot of chili to share – trophies awarded)                          Cafeteria                     Jan 17, 2015 – 6PM

Parish Welcome Luncheon (for those new to parish – 6 months)                                   Cafeteria                      Jan 18, 2015 – 12:30PM

Palm Burning (bring last years palms to be burned for this years ashes)                        Prayer Garden            Feb 15, 2015 – 12:30PM

Welcome Back Sunday (Welcome new folks back to church – refreshments)                 Cafeteria                      Feb 21/22, 2015

Lenten Mission (3 nights on Being Disciples – Fr. Tom Ganley)                                       Church                        Mar 8-10, 2015 – 7:30PM

Life in the Spirit Seminar (tapping into the Holy Spirit present within us – 6 sessions)    Chapel                        Apr 20 – Jun 1 – 7:30PM

Parish Welcome Luncheon (for those new to parish – 6 months)                                    Cafeteria                     Apr 26, 2015 – 12:30PM

Family Spiritual Fun Night (bring Christ into family life in a fun way)                              Cafeteria                     May 29, 2014 – 7PM

Gift Cards – Weekly Shopping

Shoprite Supermarket Gift Cards are available in various denominations from $10.00 to $100.00. The parish community earns a 5% return on every card purchased. Order forms are at all church exits or you may place orders by telephoning Stephanie at 291-1816. Thank you for considering this option which makes a routine weekly task a double blessing – food for your family and a benefit to your parish family.

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