Blessing for Mothers

MothersDayIn observance of Mother’s Day, a special blessing prayer for mothers will be offered at all our Masses next weekend.

 

Ascension Thursday Holyday – May 5th

AscensionOur next Holyday of Obligation is coming up this Thursday, May 5th—the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord. We will celebrate holyday Masses on Wednesday at 7 PM and on Thursday at 7:30 AM, 10 AM and 7 PM in our church.

Please note that there will be no 6:30 PM Masses on Wednesday or Thursday this week. Our parish office will be closed on Thursday in observance of the holyday.

Stick-on-Roses!

StickOnRosesThe Knights of Columbus Bordentown Council #570 will be selling stick-on roses after all Masses next weekend, May 7-8. Please support the Knights and this fundraiser — proceeds will help support unwed mothers via First Way of Burlington County. We appreciate whatever you can give.

 

Retreat for Men – Jul 15th – 17th

san alfonso retreat houseThe Knights of Columbus Bordentown Council #570 is sponsoring its annual retreat for all men of the parish at San Alfonso Retreat House in Long Branch, where God and the ocean come together.

The retreat will be held on the weekend of July 15th-17th, beginning at 5 PM on Friday evening and ending at 12 Noon on Sunday. The cost is $210, and includes your room and all meals. Contact Ferdinand Loretangeli at 298-2131, or Larry Denney at 298-1892, for more details.

Faith in Our Future Update

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We had our second meeting with our cohort parishes, St. Katharine Drexel and Sts. Francis & Clare, on April 18th. We reviewed the work done by the sub committees for each area of parish life and are finalizing the report to send to the diocese.  We had our initial discussion on what models to suggest to the planning board and will complete the model suggestion report at our next meeting on May 9th.  Keep the cohort in your prayers.

You will also see the results of the surveys you completed in January.  We used the results to complete our parish evaluation and summary report for the diocese. Both of those documents can be downloaded or viewed on our website. They are on the right side under Faith in Our Future Docs. We will be placing lots of info there to help keep you up-to-date on our progress.

The process is moving along, we are really close and will have our model/models selection to the diocese by June 1st. It has been a lot of work but in prayer and discussion, we are deciding what is best for our 3 churches as we walk together into the future. The cohort team has completed all sub committee meetings that worked on the 4 areas of parish life – Sacramental – Evangelization, Catechist & Catholic Schools – Communal – Stewardship & Leadership.  This has helped us make our decision on what model/models will work best for us.  Please pray for the cohort team.

For more information call any member of the team:

Robert Pecht—609-865-0014; Patricia Solimine—609-977-3401; Virginia Richardson—609-499-1303; or Earl Alger—609-298-7071. More info will follow.

Catholic Home Missions Collection

CatholicHomeMissionsThe annual collection to support Catholic Home Missions here in the United States will be taken up next weekend together with our regular offering. Also, don’t forget to return your Mother’s Day spiritual bouquet envelopes no later than May 1st. A series of Masses will be offered beginning on Mother’s Day for all living and deceased mothers whose names are submitted.

Lector or an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion

ExtraordinaryMinisterSt. Mary’s Church is offering its parishioners an opportunity to join a unique and rewarding ministry as a Lector or an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.

According to the Diocese of Trenton, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion must be exemplary Catholics; they may be either male or female; they must be eighteen (18) years of age or older (age requirement does not apply to Lectors); they must have received all the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist) and if married, they must have had a valid marriage in the Roman Catholic Church. As an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, you will also have the opportunity to bring our Eucharistic Lord to the sick and homebound of the parish.

We are also extending an invitation to our younger parishioners, who have received the sacrament of Confirmation, to serve as Lectors.

Anyone having a desire to serve is encouraged to contact the rectory office by calling 298-0261 or by sending an email to office@stmarysbordentown.org. All questions are welcome, and all inquiries will be kept in strict confidence.

“…Jesus knocks at the door of our hearts and asks to come in not just for one day, but forever.” — Pope Benedict XVI

Divine Mercy Retreat

Below is the intro for the Divine Mercy Video Retreat called “The Dawn of Mercy”The entire retreat can be found under the Faith Formation tab on the top menu.  Just look for Divine Mercy Retreat. . .  Take the retreat at your leisure.  The retreat is made up of this intro, 2 meditations and a conference.  You will find out a lot about God’s Divine Mercy by taking the video retreat. Read the rest of this entry »

Thursdays in the Chapel – Come to the “GARDEN”

AdorationIn this year of mercy, we should reflect upon the Mercy of God and our call to be merciful. Let us be thankful that in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus chose to become mercy for us and that His mercy didn’t die on Calvary, but lives on through His resurrection victory—a victory that sets us free. How awesome is that? God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten son, Jesus!

In this Year of Mercy, the Church provides many opportunities to return to Jesus and grow closer to Him.   Here at St. Mary’s we are blessed to be able to seek Jesus by visiting Him in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. We can come into the “Garden” when we are in need—knowing Jesus has already been there and will intercede. For in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus took upon Himself our agony and He knows what we suffer and bids us to come into the garden and pray. So, come into the garden—come like a little child—and abide in Him for a little while—and you will find peace and contentment of a lasting kind. The perfect peace that the world cannot give can be ours. It is in Him that we may abundantly live.

Should you wish to help us with an assigned hour, please call Cathy L. 609-499-9909.

Needed: First Holy Communion Attire

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The children of MERCY HOUSE are desperately in need of Communion dresses and/or suits to make their sacred day truly special.

If you are willing to donate new or gently-used First Communion attire, please contact Jane Latini at 609-890-1098 or 609-658-4533, or Joanne Sanvardine at 609-298-6548, of the Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County. Thank you so very much for your generosity and loving kindness in remembering one of His precious little ones at this special time

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