Thanksgiving Day Holiday

The rectory office will be closed on Nov. 26th and 27th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Fr. Mike, Fr. Felix, our Deacons and the Parish Staff join in wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Advent Giving Tree

Next weekend our Advent Giving Tree will be in church. We support 6 different organizations with this effort. St. Mary’s parishioners have always been so generous and we thank you. This is the breakdown of the organizations we help.

Blue Mittens: St. Mary’s Food Pantry and should NOT be wrapped.

Yellow Stars: Mt. Carmel Guild and should NOT be wrapped.

Red Angels: First Way and should NOT be wrapped.

Purple Snowmen: St. Vincent de Paul Society and should NOT be wrapped

White Snowmen: Tabor House and should NOT be wrapped. This is a residence for men in recovery

Green Trees: Martin House and those gifts SHOULD BE WRAPPED and it is very important that the Green Tree Tag be securely attached. If God has been good to you this year and you wish to donate a bike, electronic toy or other special gift, just tag it for “Any Boy” or “Any Girl” and Martin House will find the perfect child for that gift.

All gifts are due before December 13th

Breakfast with Santa – Dec 13, St. Mary School Hall


St. Mary School Hall

December 13, 2015

Please join us for a Pancake Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by our Knights of Columbus, which will be held Sunday, December 13th from 7:30AM—12:30PM in our School Hall. Tickets are available at our rectory office, and the cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children, and free for toddlers. Breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, and hash browns.

Watch for the special appearance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from 10AM—12noon.

Please join us for a good breakfast and fun event, and support our Knights!

Christmas Flower Offering

Every year thanks to your generosity our church is beautifully decorated for Christmas time. Please return your Christmas Flower Offering envelopes in our collection basket no later than November 29th if possible. A list of Christmas flower memorials will be included in our parish bulletin on the Sunday before Christmas.

ADULT Altar Servers Needed!

Our primary need is for additional altar servers for Funeral Masses. Since most Funeral Masses are celebrated when our younger altar servers are in school, faithful parishioners Vince Aveni, Tom Cummings, and Hugh Delaney have stepped up to provide this necessary service. However, this charitable service on their part has become an undue burden for them, as they are asked to serve at almost every Funeral Mass (2 servers are needed).

We would love to have a few additional altar servers (men or women) who would be willing to serve God and our parish at Funeral Masses, on an occasional basis. Can you do it? The training is free, the experience is rewarding, and God’s Graces are abundant.

Please contact the rectory office at 609-298-0261 to express your interest, and our clergy will arrange for your training. We hope you will consider joining this elite group.

Faith to Move Mountains

Since our founding in 1881 by Pope Leo XIII, the Diocese of Trenton has flourished into a vast community committed to serving the needs of our parish families. Now with 800,000 Catholics in 107 parishes and chapels across central New Jersey, the Diocese of Trenton stands ready to lead. We are called upon by God to continue the great traditions set forth by our predecessors by creating an even more dynamic and inclusive environment for the ministry of the Catholic faith and tradition.

As our Diocese seeks to build upon the rich traditions of the past so its future can be vibrant, productive and spiritually fulfilling, Bishop O’Connell has launched Faith to Move Mountains, the campaign for the Diocese of Trenton. This extraordinary effort seeks to raise $75 million to address vitally important needs that impact nearly every aspect of Catholic life — including those of our own parish that cannot be met through our ordinary sources of income.

Every parish of the Diocese will participate in this campaign. Our success will be critical in order to not only address our own local needs, but to set an example for the rest of the Diocese throughout this great undertaking.

Some of you may have already heard about our campaign as we have begun to reach out to parishioners. More details of the campaign will be presented over the coming months. The purpose of my message today is to make everyone aware of the effort and state that I am confident that our local participation in this campaign will be successful.

As we remember the goodness of those who have gone before us in faith, we seek to secure what has been passed to us and expand the works of the Church. I ask that you join me in prayer for the success of the campaign at our parish, as well as those parishes that will follow us in this historic endeavor.

—Fr. Michael Burns

St. Mary’s Community Food Pantry

Please consider donating a turkey from Shop Rite this Thanksgiving to the food pantry. There are many families that can’t afford turkeys and will be grateful to have a meal. In addition, Thanksgiving donations can include stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy.

Thanks to all our parishioners who continue to support the food pantry, and thanks to all the new volunteers who are helping out!

Please visit our FACEBOOK page for new information: “St Marys Church Community Food Pantry-Bordentown NJ”.

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.

NE/AFF Events 2015 – 2016

Events for the upcoming year 2015 – 2016

Date                                        Event                                                  Time                             Location

December 19, 2015               Christmas Sing-a-along & Dinner        6 – 7  PM                       Church & Cafeteria

January 17, 2016                   Welcome Luncheon                            12:30pm                        Cafeteria

January 24, 2016                   Marriage Info Meeting                        12:30 PM                       Upstairs Conf Rm

February 7, 2016                   Palm Burning                                      12:30 – 2 PM                 Cafeteria

March 13-16 2016                 Lenten Mission                                    7 – 9 PM                        Church

April 10, 2016                        Welcome Luncheon                             12:30PM                       Cafeteria

Apr 11 – May 16, 2016           Life in the Spirit Seminar                     7 – 9:30 PM                  Chapel & Church

June 4, 2016                         Mercy Half Day Retreat                       8 AM – 2 PM                 Cafeteria & Church

June 18, 2016                       Heritage Dinner                                   6:30 PM                         Cafeteria

Shoprite Gift Cards – Weekly Shopping

Shoprite Supermarket Gift Cards are available in $10, $25, $50, and $100 denominations through the Rosary & Altar Society. They are convenient and beneficial to every household. We promise quick turnaround of cards once ordered and the parish community earns a 5% return on every card purchased. You may place orders by telephoning Stephanie at 291-1816, and thanks for your patronage!

$1,000 BINGO – Every Wednesday Night

Consolidated Fire Association (298-4761) is hosting a $1,000 Bingo at St. Mary’s school hall, every Wednesday evening.

Parishioners are welcome!

Doors open at 5:30 PM, and games begin at 7:00 PM. Refreshments will be served