Mass & Healing Service – Feb 15th, 7:30 PM

healing massIs anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord (James 5:14).

Father Jay Bowden, a retired priest from the Diocese of Trenton, will be offering a Mass on Monday February 15th at 7:30 PM for healing. During the Mass, a collection will be taken for Father Jay and his ministry. Following the Mass will be individual prayer and Laying on of Hands for the sick. Father Jay is well known speaker and ministers in the Gift of Healing. After the Mass and Laying on of Hands, a reception for Father will take place in the cafeteria. For more info call Pat Baylog at 298-4249.

KERYGMA Retreat – Feb 24th – 26th

KerygmaThe Diocese of Trenton is offering a KERYGMA Retreat on the weekend of February 24—26 at San Alfonso Retreat House in Long Branch, NJ. This Bible-based retreat offers an opportunity to encounter the Lord Jesus, hear and respond to His word and renew the gifts and graces of Baptism and Confirmation. If you are looking this Lent for something to help center yourself in God and in His love, or if you are looking for a space to just relax in His love and in His presence, this retreat is it! The registration fee is $216, payable to San Alfonso Retreat House. Registration forms are in our church and chapel pamphlet racks. For further information, contact Jill Kerekes at 403-7133 or jkerek@dioceseoftrenton.org.

Faith in Our Future Cohort Parishes

DoT_FaithInOurFuture_FNFaith in Our Future is a program being used by the diocese to select the best model for each parish as we move into the future with declining Catholic parish resources. To help determine which model works best for each parish, we need to know the strengths and weaknesses in our parish. The diocese has selected us to be a cohort with the following parishes.

  • St. Katherine Drexel Parish in Burlington
  • St. Francis and Clare Parish in Florence

Together we will meet in March and talk about each of our strengths and weaknesses and begin to decide which model works best for us.

For more information call any member of the team:

  • Robert Pecht – 609-865-0014
  • Patricia Solimine – 609-977-3401
  • Virginia Richardson – 609-499-1303
  • Earl Alger (currently out of town)

Additional info will follow.

Is God Calling You? Sunday, Feb 28th 4 PM – 6 PM

GodisCallingVocational discernment groups meet to assist young men who are discerning the possibility that God may be calling them to a life of priestly ministry. If you are a faithful, single, Roman Catholic man between the ages of 18 and 40, and are asking yourself whether God is calling you to be a priest, you are encouraged to attend this month’s discernment meeting which will be held on Sunday, February 28th from 4 PM to 6 PM at the Parish of St. Luke, 1674 Old Freehold Road, Toms River, NJ. Please register with the Diocese of Trenton Vocation Office at vocations@dioceseoftrenton.org or by calling 609-406-7449. Join Very Rev. Robert Grodnicki as he shares his experiences of the priesthood, and leads a discussion about discernment and vocations.

Stations of the Cross

StationsoftheCrossWe will be offering Stations of the Cross Lenten devotions on Fridays during Lent at 2 PM and 7 PM in our church.

 

Attention: All Married Couples – Feb 14th, 11:30 AM Mass

WorldMarriageDayThe parish family of St. Mary’s invites you to attend a special celebration on February 14th at the 11:30 AM Mass. There will be a blessing for all married couples to help us celebrate World Marriage Day. If possible please sit in the front pews. After Mass, there will be fellowship in the School Hall. Please contact Jack Laciskey at 609-587-1397 by February 10th, to inform us if you will be attending the Mass and fellowship.

 

Parish Lenten Mission – March 13th – 16th

LentenMissionMark your calendars!! Our community is having a Parish Lenten Mission starting Sunday evening, March 13th and ending Wednesday evening March 16th. Catholic Lay Evangelist Bill Wegner of Good News International is conducting the mission. The theme is Living and Sharing God’s Mercy. This will be a great time to be encouraged in our faith. Plan to be there… and bring a friend!

CATHOLIC SCHOOL: A SOUND INVESTMENT IN YOUR CHILD’S FUTURE!

CatholicSchoolsArea schools will be conducting Open Houses:

  • Trenton Catholic Academy — February 2nd, 8:30-10:30 AM; call 609-586-3705 or visit www.trentoncatholic.org
  • St. Raphael School — January 31st, 12:30-2:00 PM; call 609-585-7733 or email info@srsnj.org
  • St. Paul School — call 609-386-0163 or 609-386–0152
  • Notre Dame H.S. — call 609-882-7900, x-139 or x-183, or visit www.ndnj.org
  • Bishop Eustace Prep. School — call 856-662-2160, x-240 or visit www.eustace.org
  • St. Gregory the Great Academy — January 31st, 1:30-3:30 PM; call 609-587-1131, x-221 or email sfurman@stgregorythegreat.org
  • Holy Cross Academy — February 1st ; call 856-461-5400, x3026, or admissions@holycrosshighschool.org

Separated-Divorced-Civil Marriage-Where am I in the Church?

Due to the snow storm, the Marriage information Meeting has been rescheduled. . .

On Feb 21st at 1 PM (after the 11:30 AM Mass) in the upstairs conference room of the parish center, Deacon Tom Shea will conduct a Marriage Information Meeting. If you are separated, divorced, had a civil marriage or civil remarriage, or are just thinking about any of those situations, this is the meeting for you. Deacon Tom will discuss how each situation fits into the Catholic Church.   Can I receive communion? Can I be a Baptism Sponsor? Where do I stand with the church? He will discuss ways to “fix”, if necessary, these situations. The church provides a way to resolve any situation. Each person’s story is different. . Each solution is different. This is the Jubilee Year of Mercy. If not this year, then when? Come and hear how our merciful Church wants to help. Deacon Tom will answer your questions. Refreshments will be available.

For more info call Pat Baylog at 298-4249 or the parish office during normal office hours at 298-0261.

Palm Burning Event – Feb 7th – 12:30 PM

PalmBurningon Sunday, February 7th at 12:30 PM in the School Hall. This is an event for the entire family. Bring your palms from last year and we will burn them, and the palm ashes will be used for Ash Wednesday Services this year. We will be doing some singing, praying and setting our palms ablaze. Following the burning of the palms, we will have light refreshments. Don’t miss this chance to start the 2016 Lenten Season off with a bang. Bring the whole family. For more information call the parish office at 609-298-0261 Monday through Friday, 9 AM–3 PM.

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