Back to School Shopping

ClothsCome find gently used clothing for infants, boys, girls, men and women in our FREE Back to School shopping event.

When:     Saturday, August 27, 10AM-2PM

Tuesday, August 30. 2-7 PM

Where:    St. Mary’s School Hall/Gymnasium

Sponsored by Girl Scout Troop 22253

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

RCIADo you know someone who would like to learn about the Catholic faith? Someone who has decided they would like to become a Catholic? How about a Catholic who would like to complete the sacraments of initiation? RCIA is the program for all of them! Here’s an unbeatable offer…

….no charge… pressure….good fellowship…the ONLY REQUIREMENT: a heart open to the love of Jesus. Please call Deacon Tom Shea (609-298-7612) or the Parish Office (609-298-0261) for details.

Louisiana Catholic Relief

The Catholic Diocese of Trenton Contribute to Louisiana disaster relief efforts

The Catholic Diocese of Trenton Catholic organizations are taking part in relief efforts in the Baton Rouge area of Louisiana, where at least 13 people have died and thousands lost their homes because of flooding caused by torrential rains between Aug. 8 and 14.

The flooding is now the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy in 2012, according to the American Red Cross. The clean-up and recovery costs already have topped $30 million, a price tag that’s expected to grow.

Robert M. Tasman, executive director of Louisiana Catholic Conference, sent a memo to his counterparts in the New Jersey Catholic Conference, which included the following:

First, let me express my thanks to those who have reached out individually to check on the Tasman crew here in Baton Rouge.  By the grace of God, we are dry and did not experience any threat of water.  That is the case for my extended family as well, which again is truly amazing.  Where we all happen to live was one of the very small areas that did not see water levels rising.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for many of our friends and the broader community.  It has been a busy week with varied meetings on both the state and diocesan level as we assess the needs, already knowing the damage.  In many cases, individuals have lost literally everything and very well may not have had flood insurance due to the fact that a large part of the areas inundated with water had never flooded before.”

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New Orleans are working to assist the residents of Louisiana that were affected the floods and ask for cash donations to meet those needs.

Donations can be made to the Archdiocese of New Orleans, here, and to the Diocese of Baton Rouge, here.

The Diocese of Baton Rouge also is accepting donations by mail. Donors can make checks payable to “Diocese of Baton Rouge,” reference “Disaster Assistance Fund” in the memo section and mail to:

Diocese of Baton Rouge
Attn: Disaster Assistance Fund
P.O. Box 2028
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-2028


Miracles of Mercy Online Retreat

Miracles-of-Jesus-ChristWe have added a new video retreat on


It is a video retreat with a retreat guide for you to download and print as you take your retreat journey.  It is from RC Spirituality.  If you are looking for something to do as the summer winds down. . . try watching and taking the retreat. . . you will learn about some of the miracles Jesus performed and about the Miracles of Mercy. .

You can find the retreat under the Faith Formation menu selection.  Just choose Miracles of Mercy and begin your journey.

For any questions contact the parish office during normal office hours at 298-0261.

St. Teresa of Kolkata – Canonization, Sept 4th

MotherTeresaOn September 4th, Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Teresa of Kolkata at a special Mass at the Vatican in Rome. To celebrate this occasion, Bishop David O’Connell will celebrate a special Mass of Thanksgiving at 11 AM that same day in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Asbury Park, NJ. All are invited to attend this special celebration

Help Wanted – Coordinator of Religious Education (Full Time)

HelpWantedSt. Mary’s Church is seeking a full-time Coordinator of Religious Education. Our current Coordinator, Mrs. Donna Bijou, is retiring from the position after many years of dedicated service, and she will truly be missed. With the school year approaching quickly (September 11th start) we would like to fill this position as soon as possible.

Requirements: a practicing Catholic with a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Education or related field or completion of the diocesan Certification Program for Coordinators of Religious Education.

Responsibilities: assessment of the religious education needs of our parish; direction, organization, and supervision of our parish Religious Education program, in collaboration with our pastor; supervision of the recruitment, orientation, and in-service training of our catechists; oversight of the sacramental preparations for First Holy Communion and Confirmation candidates, in conjunction with the parents, children and their teachers.

Please forward your resume and a list of references to the attention of Larry Denney, Business Administrator, no later than August 24th.

Bishop’s Anniversary Blessing – Oct 16th, 3:00 PM

BishopBlessingThe annual Bishop’s Anniversary Blessing Mass to honor all couples married 1 year, 25 years and 50+ years will be held on Sunday, October 16th at 3 PM at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Trenton. Any couples from our parish wishing to register for this event are asked to contact the parish office no later than September 8th.

Fall Bible Study – Sep 6th – 7 PM

If you would like to have a deeper relationship with God and a better understanding of your faith, then join us for Jeff Cavins’ Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible. The study helps you uncover the story woven through Scripture with its clever narrative approach and ingenious color-coded Bible Timeline. It is a great way to get the “big picture” of the Bible and see how our Catholic Faith is rooted in Scripture.  Below is an intro video about the study.

The study is 8 weeks long and we will go through the entire bible.  It begins Tuesday Sep 6th at 7 PM in the parish center upstairs conference room and the cost is $15 to help cover the cost of your study materials.

You can sign up by calling the parish office at 298-0261 or filling out a form at the back of the church or by filling out the form below.

Deadline to sign up is Aug 29th so we can have your workbook delivered in time for the study.

No. Attending:
Word Verification:

Faith in Our Future Update

DoT_FaithInOurFuture_FNDuring April and May, 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. We examined the strengths and weaknesses of our three parishes and prepared a plan for greater collaboration in the future which was submitted to the diocese.

The Diocesan Planning Commission, consisting of 20 members selected by the bishop, reviewed the documents, and they have responded with their comments on July 1st. You can see their recommendation in a PDF file on the right side of the webpage.

We had a parish meeting to talk about the recommendations in great detail on July 19th at 7 PM in the school.  We also spoke at all the Masses on July 23rd and 24th. We are now entering the next phase of the program which involves us deciding how we want to respond to the recommendation. Thank You for your feedback.  The DOT planning committee will review our cohort response and make their final recommendation to the bishop for his ultimate decision at the end of the year. .

Some things will probably be changing . . continue to pray that the planning committee will respond according to His Will . . .

For more info call anyone of us on the parish committee –  Robert Pecht—609-865-0014; Patricia Solimine—609-977-3401; Virginia Richardson—609-499-1303; or Earl Alger – 609 298 7071.

Year of Mercy Pilgrimage Opportunities

JubileeYearofMercyOctober 17-27, 2016

“Shrines of Southern Italy”

This pilgrimage is hosted by: Msgr. Gervasio, Msgr. Sirianni, & Father Peirano of the Diocese of Trenton, and will include visits to Sorrento, Pompei, Pietrelcina, San Giovanni Rotondo, Orvieto, Loreto, Assisi, and Rome.

Call Graycar Travel for details—609-587-7050

October 23-29, 2016

“Mexico & Our Lady of Guadalupe”

Join Msgr. Peter Kochery & St. Veronica parish for a 7-day pilgrimage to several Mexican shrines. Cost is $1,650 per person. Contact Deacon Tom at 732-610-5434 or email at for more information.

November 10-14, 2016

“Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe”

Led by Msgr. Stephen P. McHenry & St. Anthony of Padua parish, this 5-day, 4-night all-inclusive Mexican pilgrimage will also make visits to several historic and cultural sites. Cost is $1,552 pp/dbl. Contact Spring House Travel—215-643-7074 or

November 14-20, 2016

“Pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal”

A special 7-day Pilgrimage to Fatima is offered for $1,599 and is all-inclusive, covering airfare from either Newark Liberty or JFK New York, 4-star hotel, 2 meals per day, tour guide, deluxe bus and more. Sponsored by The Catholic Tour — call 877-627-4268 for brochure and reservation forms, or email

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