Prayer for an End to Terrorism and Violence

Prayer. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist CommunicationsLord, the threat of terrorism and violence affects our lives as never before. Guide us, as members of the world family, towards a lasting peace and a genuine love and understanding of one another which will enable us to find just and nonviolent solutions to the problems we face. For where Your Peace and Love abide, there can be none of the anger, hate, and bitterness which cause a person, race or nation to strike out against another. Help us by respecting the dignity and rights of each person and nation, to find Your Will and Your Way in the situations we face. AMEN.

(from Healing Prayers, Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate)

Feast of Saints Peter & Paul – Wed, Jun 29

PeterandPaulThe feast of the saints Peter and Paul is celebrated on June 29, and brings together two pillars of the early Church.

¨ Both were Jewish.

¨ Both were sinners, and public sinners at that.

¨ Both Peter and Paul were involved in public disagreements within the early Church. Most of these conflicts dealt with whether or not a Christian had to fulfill some of the basic Jewish laws regarding food and associating with Gentiles.

¨ Both traveled widely to bring the Gospel to others.

In their last years, they both ended up in Rome—Peter as a leader of the community there, and Paul as a prisoner. They were both killed in Rome, possibly by Nero, and probably within a year of one another.

In life and death, Peter and Paul were associated with one another, and that is why their feasts are celebrated together

Young Adult Mass – Sun, Jul 17th at 12 noon

YoungAdultMassBishop David O’Connell will celebrate a special Young Adult Mass on Sunday, July 17th at 12 noon at St. Joan of Arc parish, 100 Willow Bend Road, Marlton, NJ, and he invites all young adults (ages 18-39) to attend. Fellowship will follow after the Mass. For more information, contact

Mass While Away From Home?

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2016 Catholic Appeal

CatholicAppealNext weekend is Pledge Sunday for the 2016 Catholic Appeal here at St. Mary’s parish. Each year Bishop O’Connell seeks the support of all the members of the diocese to further the work of diocesan ministries. Each of us has a vital part in all we do in Christ’s name, and each of us can share in all we do with a gift to this year’s Catholic Appeal. Our single Act of Faith propels the works of love that build up our Church. This year St. Mary’s share of the goal is $62,000.

As the people of the Diocese of Trenton, you have an opportunity to help others see Christ working in their midst. Please take a moment to reflect on any help you can give. Our bishop would like everyone to participate. This year he is striving to reach a goal of $7 million.

Thank you for your support, and may God continue to bless you and your families.

Padre Pio Festival – June 25 & 26

PadrePioSt. Bede the Venerable Church, located in Holland, PA (near Newtown, Bucks County), welcomes all to its inaugural Mass and festival to honor St. Pio Pietrelcina, better known as “Padre Pio”, next weekend on June 25-26.       There will be a Saturday Vigil Mass, and Sunday Mass at 12:30PM, celebrated by Fr. Pio Mandato, F.M.H.J., followed by a street procession in the surrounding neighborhood with a statue of Padre Pio. Festivities include a healing service with confessions, a children’s pavilion, musical entertainment, and ethnic food and craft vendors. Plenty of free parking is available. For more info, call the parish office at 215-357-5720, or go online at

Parish Family Picnic – Aug 14th

ChurchPicnicPlanning Meeting on June 7th

It’s that time of year again! We look forward to our annual parish picnic, scheduled for August 14. I am asking for our faithful volunteers, and all others wishing to assist with this year’s picnic, to join me for a planning meeting in our parish center, downstairs, on June 7th at 7 PM.

—Jack Laciskey

Fortnight for Freedom – June 21st through July 4th

Fortnight4FreedomWe will once again focus on our fight for religious freedom in our own country and around the world from June 21st through July 4th. This year’s theme is Witnesses to Freedom, and we will reflect on the lives of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power, including St. Thomas More, St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. Events will include interfaith prayer services, special Masses and holy hours, rallies, televised town hall meetings, and other public events where speakers will highlight the various threats to religious liberty, especially the HHS mandate and the plight of persecuted Christians around the world. Go to, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website, for more information.


Faith in Our Future Update

DoT_FaithInOurFuture_FNDuring the past two months, Cohort Team members from St. Mary’s, St. Francis and Clare in Florence and St. Katherine Drexel in Burlington met and completed the second phase of the Faith in Our Future Diocesan planning process. They examined the strengths and weaknesses of the various parishes and prepared a plan for greater collaboration in the future which was submitted to the Reid Group, the consulting group working for Bishop O’Connell. The Diocesan Planning Commission, consisting of 20 members selected by the bishop, is presently reviewing the documents from all 27 Cohorts, and they will respond with their comments and recommendations at the end of June. So right now we are waiting to see how the Trenton Diocese envisions the future of our parish and our fellow Cohort parishes.

Email Database Update

You may have gotten an email from the parish with an upcoming event scheduled for June.  If you didn’t it is because we don’t have an up to date email address for you.  With the cost of postage, it makes sense to send you information concerning the parish electronically instead of through the mail.  To make this a useful tool, we need to have a current email address for our parishioners.


Please take the time to give us your new email address by filling out the form below and submitting it to the parish office.

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