COME PRAY THE ROSARY – Saturday, October 15th at 11:45 AM

OurLadyofRosaryPlease join us for a Public Square Rosary Rally on Saturday, October 15th at 11:45 AM in St. Mary’s Prayer Garden. This is the 99th anniversary of the miracle of the sun of Our Lady of Fatima, and this Public Square Rosary, sponsored by America Needs Fatima (anf.org), will be one of 15,000 rallies that will take place across our country on that day. Please join us in praying fervently for the conversion of the United States, and in offering reparation for the sins and offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

You may wish to bring a folding chair if you are unable to stand for the Rosary (recitation of the Rosary will begin at 12 noon). If you have any questions, please call Dave at 609-468-1726.

Blessing of Pets – Tuesday, October 4th, 6:30 PM

BlessingofPetsTuesday, October 4th is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. At 6:30 PM that evening out in front of our Parish Center we are offering a brief service for the Blessing of Pets. You are welcome to bring any pets you would like to have blessed to this special ceremony.

Clothing & Housewares Drive – October 8-9

ClothingDriveOur St. Vincent de Paul Society chapter is sponsoring a gently-used clothing and housewares drive on the weekend of October 8-9. Please bring your donations into the School Hall after each Mass on the weekend of October 8/9. Do not leave bags outside earlier. Shoes must be boxed separately.

All donations are greatly appreciated!

—Sharon Callahan, SVDP Society

WANTED: New Altar Servers

AltarServersWe are offering an Altar Server training class on October 3rd and 10th at 7 PM in our church. Altar Servers have a distinctive and important role in assisting the priest at Mass and bringing the faithful closer to our Savior. Boys and girls in grades 4 thru 7 are invited to attend these classes. Fr. Mike and I are most thankful for your willingness to answer the call and serve St. Mary’s parish.

—God Bless, Deacon Gary

Attention Young Women: Sisters’ Night

sistersYoung women (18-35) are invited to join the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) for Sisters’ Night on September 30, 6-9PM, a chance for young women to share a meal and enjoy social time and prayer together with the IHM Sisters. High school Juniors and Seniors are also welcome.

For more info, contact the Villa Maria House of Studies at Immaculata, PA at ihmvoc@aol.com or 610-889-1553.

Permanent Deacon Recruiting – Oct 4th or 19th

GodisCallingThose who are discerning God’s call to serve the Church in the Diocese of Trenton as Permanent Deacons are invited to take part in information sessions 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 4 or 19 in the Chancery, 701 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville.  Permanent Deacons are men ordained to the ministry of Charity, Word and Sacrament.

The presentation will include information concerning the role of a deacon, the discernment process and the five-year Diaconate Formation Program.  Before registering to attend this session, men who are interested should schedule a meeting with their pastor to discuss their call to the diaconate.

Registration is required in advance by calling Deacon Michael Riley, Associate Director of Office of Clergy and Consecrated Life, at 609-403-7134.

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…..no 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.

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Miracles of Mercy Online Retreat

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

THE MIRACLES OF MERCY – A RETREAT GUIDE ON THE HEALING TOUCH OF JESUS

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.

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.

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