Traveling Catholic Faith CD for March

Lent is here and many of us have decided what to do special this Lent. It is usually something to give up. Don’t eat sweets, soda and even alcohol.  I hope some of you are making the 3 day Lenten Mission this year on March 8 – 10th.  Our March CD is once again by Father Robert Barron from Word on Fire.  He talks to us about how everyone can be used by God.  He describes Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey.  He goes into great detail about the donkey and how it was used by Jesus.  It is titled “The Master has need of you”  As always the CDs are on the table in the back of the church. If you can’t find any, look next weekend as we replenish them during the week. For more info call the parish office during normal office hours at 298-0265.

St. Mary’s Lenten Mission – March 8-10 at 7:30PM

The parish is having a Lenten Mission starting Sunday night March 8th and ending on Tuesday night March 10th. The nightly sessions will start at 7:30 PM. Each night will have some singing, teaching, sharing and a faith experience. We will also have light refreshments and fellowship in the cafeteria. Each night should be about 2 hours including fellowship. Below is the schedule for the mission themes:

¨ Sunday – March 8th – Being Catholic

¨ Monday – March 9th – Growing Catholic

¨ Tuesday – March 10th – Living Catholic

Reconciliation will be available on Monday night and we will end on Tuesday with Mass. Make Lent special this year—attend every night. Find out what it really means to be Catholic.

For more info call the parish office during normal office hours at 298-0261

Blingo Bingo Night! – Friday, Mar 6th

Blingo Bingo Night sponsored by Columbus Home & School Association will take place at the Northern Burlington Middle School on Friday, March 6th. Doors open at 6:30PM and games start at 7:00PM.

There will be Bingo, Raffles and a 50/50. Prizes include Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Coach and more.

To reserve tickets, please send an email to Advance Tickets are $30pp or $35 at door, if available. No one under 18 permitted. Proceeds will benefit the children of John Hydock Elementary School and Mansfield Elementary School, in Mansfield Township.

40 Hours Adoration for Lent – Mar 25 – 28th

St. Mary’s Adoration Committee is planning 40 hours of Adoration from March 25-March 28. Please join us for this Lenten devotion; opportunities for signing-up to commit to a time period will follow. Meanwhile, please join is in praying the Intercessory prayer which follows for the success of this parish activity.

Intercessory Prayer:

“Heavenly Father, increase our faith in the real presence of your Son, Jesus Christ, in the Holy Eucharist. We are obliged to adore Him, to give Him thanks, and to make reparation for our sins. We need your peace in our hearts and among nations. We need conversion from our sins, and the mercy of your forgiveness. May we obtain this through prayer and our union with our Eucharistic Lord.   Please send down the Holy Spirit upon all people to give them the love, courage, strength and willingness to respond to the invitation to Eucharistic Adoration. We beseech you to spread perpetual exposition of the most Blessed Sacrament in parishes around the world. We ask this in the name of Jesus, the Lord. Amen.”

St. Joseph The Worker – Employment Ministry

What:         Catholic, collegial support and resources for the unemployed and those in career transitions

When:        7-8 PM on the first Wednesday of every month

Where:       St. Mary’s Parish Center, first floor

Sponsor:    Knights of Columbus, Council 570

For more information, call Paul at 609-324-2811  or email at

Catholic Men’s Conference – Sat, Feb 28th

Attention men! Catholic Men for Jesus Christ will host their annual Men’s Conference on Saturday, February 28th, at St. Gregory the Great parish in Hamilton, NJ. The theme of this year’s Conference is “Dare to be a Disciple”. The day offers an excellent opportunity to hear inspirational speakers and interact with other men who are looking to grow in their walk with Jesus and to live out their Catholic faith. The day runs from 9 AM to 3 PM and will include Holy Mass. Cost is $25 per person in advance or $30 at the door, and $10 for students. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

For more information or to register online go to To register by mail, send the name of each person registering, your check, and a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Catholic Men for Jesus Christ

PO Box 816

Morrisville, PA 19067


Stations of the Cross

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

Catholic Appeal Message from Bishop O’Connell

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ:

Across the Diocese of Trenton, we gather in our churches each week to nourish our spiritual lives through the Eucharist and to give glory and thanks to our loving and generous God. Centered in the Eucharist, our Catholic faith begins with Mass, but the Gospel is for every day. From Sunday to Sunday, our parishes are places of bustling activity, reaching out and delivering sustenance—both spiritual and physical—to children and families, our youth and young adults, to those who are sick, lonely, suffering and grieving, and to people who have not yet heard or embraced the Word of God.

Fostering and supporting much of the work that is carried out in our parishes and in the name of Christ is an important responsibility of the Bishop and the Diocese. But we cannot do this without you, the faithful, generous people of the Church of Trenton. Through your generous support of the Catholic Appeal, you are helping to make it possible for our Diocese to truly journey with our parishes as they live out the call—from Sunday to Sunday—to be the hands and feet and face of Christ in their communities.

This year’s Annual Catholic Appeal reminds us of the role that each of us plays in that “together mission”. Our recurring theme, “Act of Faith, Works of Love”, calls every member of this diocesan family to pursue positive steps toward bringing the Gospel to life, every day.

I ask you to prayerfully consider a gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal. And may God bless each and every one of you.

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M.

Bishop of Trenton

Email Daily Lenten Reflections

Father Robert Barron is offering a free daily Lenten reflection each day sent to your email address. From Ash Wednesday (February 18) through Easter Sunday (April 5), he will send you a short email with an uplifting spiritual reflection. The reflections will be available in both English and Spanish.

When you sign up, you will be put on his mailing list and will receive offers for exclusive videos found nowhere else, free giveaways of his DVDs and books, and special discounts on new and exciting resources. So just be aware that in addition to the Lenten reflections, you will receive offers from Word on Fire. Certainly if you don’t want to receive the offers, you can remove yourself from their mailing list after Lent.

If it is something you want to do during Lent – Go to and sign up.

World Meeting of Families

The World Meeting of Families is the world’s largest Catholic gathering of families. It is held every three years and sponsored by the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for the Family. A theme is chosen that energizes and enlivens the event while adding great depth of meaning to our understanding of families. The theme of the World Meeting of Families—Philadelphia 2015 is “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive”, emphasizing the impact of the love and life of families on our society. Since its inception by St. John Paul II in 1994, the World Meeting of Families has strengthened the sacred bonds of families across the globe.

Pope Francis is coming! Our Holy Father will be present to conclude the World Meeting of Families, likely arriving at its close on September 25th, and then celebrating a public Mass on the Ben Franklin Parkway on Sept. 27th.

More information can be found on the official website,, including places to stay, programs, schedule, ways to volunteer or donate, things to do, etc. Registration is currently open via the website.

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