Faith in Our Future Update

DoT_FaithInOurFuture_FNDuring April and May, Cohort Team members from St. Mary’s, St. Francis and Clare in Florence and St. Katherine Drexel in Burlington met and completed the second phase of the Faith in Our Future Diocesan planning process. We examined the strengths and weaknesses of our three parishes and prepared a plan for greater collaboration in the future which was submitted to the diocese.

The Diocesan Planning Commission, consisting of 20 members selected by the bishop, reviewed the documents, and they have responded with their comments on July 1st. You can see their recommendation in a PDF file on the right side of the webpage.

We had a parish meeting to talk about the recommendations in great detail on July 19th at 7 PM in the school.  We will also spoke at all the Masses on July 23rd and 24th. We are now entering the next phase of the program which involves us deciding how we want to respond to the recommendation. Thank You for your feedback.  The DOT planning committee will review our cohort response and make their final recommendation to the bishop for his ultimate decision at the end of the year. .

Some things will probably be changing . . continue to pray that the planning committee will respond according to His Will . . .

For more info call anyone of us on the parish committee –  Robert Pecht—609-865-0014; Patricia Solimine—609-977-3401; Virginia Richardson—609-499-1303; or Earl Alger – 609 298 7071.

Volunteers Wanted . . . for our Prayer Garden

volunteerThere is a need for some minor maintenance work, such as weeding, mulching & grooming, in St. Mary’s Prayer Garden, during the growing season. Can you lend a hand for an hour or two? If so, please call Larry Denney in our parish office at 298-0261.

Year of Mercy Pilgrimage Opportunities

JubileeYearofMercyOctober 17-27, 2016

“Shrines of Southern Italy”

This pilgrimage is hosted by: Msgr. Gervasio, Msgr. Sirianni, & Father Peirano of the Diocese of Trenton, and will include visits to Sorrento, Pompei, Pietrelcina, San Giovanni Rotondo, Orvieto, Loreto, Assisi, and Rome.

Call Graycar Travel for details—609-587-7050

November 10-14, 2016

“Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe”

Led by Msgr. Stephen P. McHenry & St. Anthony of Padua parish, this 5-day, 4-night all-inclusive Mexican pilgrimage will also make visits to several historic and cultural sites. Cost is $1,552 pp/dbl. Contact Spring House Travel—215-643-7074 or

November 14-20, 2016

“Pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal”

A special 7-day Pilgrimage to Fatima is offered for $1,599 and is all-inclusive, covering airfare from either Newark Liberty or JFK New York, 4-star hotel, 2 meals per day, tour guide, deluxe bus and more. Sponsored by The Catholic Tour — call 877-627-4268 for brochure and reservation forms, or email

Annual Golf Tournament – Tuesday, October 18th

GolfThe Sisters of Mercy 22nd Annual Golf Classic will take place on Tuesday, October 18th, at the beautiful Spring Lake Golf Club. “Fore” all the details on this event, which benefits our retired Sisters, please call Linda Cavallo at 908-756-0994 ext. 4006 or email

Best of Broadway – Thursday, Aug 11th 6:00 PM

BestofBroadwayThe Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County invites you for an evening of dinner and music at 6 PM on August 11 at Cedar Gardens Banquet in Hamilton. The event will raise funds to provide care to homebound seniors and adults with disabilities in our community.

Hometown favorites, Joanna Latini, soprano, and Michael Maliakel, baritone, will sing classics from the great American songbook. Tickets are $40 per person and sponsorships are available. Go to for more information. Call 609-393-9922 for tickets.

Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County, working with partner congregations, matches our vulnerable neighbors with caring volunteers who assist with everyday tasks, including transportation to medical appointments, assisting with grocery shopping and errands, and providing respite care

Email Database Update

With the cost of postage, it makes sense to send you information concerning the parish electronically instead of through the mail.  To make this a useful tool, we need to have a current email address for our parishioners.  This is the way we communicate important information to you.  We send emails.


Please take the time to give us your new email address by filling out the form below and submitting it to the parish office.

Thanks. . .

New E-mail:
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Mass While Away From Home?

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Parish Family Picnic – Sunday, Aug 14th

ChurchPicnicIt’s that time of the year again—on Sunday August 14th we will be having our annual picnic on the campus of the Divine Word Missionaries, Park Street, Bordentown, from 1-5 PM. Come and join your fellow parishioners for an afternoon of good food, fun and games, and friendship! We will have hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, chicken, pork roll, salads, and plenty of door prizes. Tickets are on sale each weekend through August 7, after all Masses, and will also be available at our parish office or by calling Jack Laciskey at 609-587-1397. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $5 for children aged 6-12, and Free for children 5 & under. Maximum charge for families of 2 adults with 3 or more children is $30. See you there!


St. Mary’s Community Food Pantry

FoodPantryWe are a supplemental food source that collects and distributes to over 300 families in need, serving residents in Bordentown, Chesterfield, Crosswicks and Fieldsboro, in addition to 4 area motels that house people on our register. Thank you for your continued support and generosity!

Current needs of the Food Pantry include: canned potatoes; peas; chicken noodle soup and soap.

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.

Faith in Our Future


Faith 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. To help determine those areas you were asked to complete the survey.  Below is the timeline for the Faith in Our Future program:


¨ March-May 2016 — meet with our cohort parishes to determine a model

¨ June 1, 2016 — send our recommendation to the planning committee

¨ June 30, 2016 — we get the planning committee’s recommendation for a model

¨ July-September 2016 — the cohort discusses the committee’s recommended model

¨ September 30, 2016 — we respond to the committee’s recommendation

¨ October 31, 2016 — planning committee gives their recommendation to the Bishop

¨ Advent 2016 — Bishop decides on our model

¨ January-July 2017 — we begin to implement the model chosen by the Bishop

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— See the Faith in Our Future area to the right of the page for all current info . .

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