Blessing of Throats – Tuesday, Feb 3rd

The traditional Blessing of Throats will be offered here at St. Mary’s this Tuesday, February 3rd during our 7:30 AM and 6:30 PM Masses

Bi-Lingual Healing Mass -Feb 6th , 2015 7:00 PM

A Bi-Lingual (English-Spanish) Healing Mass with the love of Padre Pio will be held on Friday, February 6th , 2015 at the Church of the Assumption, 28 Monmouth Rd (Rt. 537), North Hanover Twp., NJ at 7:00PM. Father Rafael Ramos will be the Celebrant and will be assisted by the Divine Mercy Healing Ministry.

All are invited. Seating is limited. Doors will open at 6:30PM.

Danny Thomas & St. Jude

One hundred years ago, comedian Danny Thomas was born Amos Jacob to Lebanese parents in Deerfield, Michigan, southwest of Detroit.

At age 26, married, facing the birth of his first child, and struggling to support his family as he tried to make it in show business, Thomas considered giving up his dream of being a performer in exchange for a regular paycheck at an uncle’s grocery store.

A devout Catholic, he walked into SS. Peter and Paul Church in Detroit and knelt before a statue of St. Jude, the patron saint of hopeless causes. “Help me find my place in life” he prayed, and placed his last $7 in the poor box. The next morning he received a lucrative job offer in Chicago, and his entertainment career began to take off.

A few years later, at another turning point in his life, Thomas again asked St. Jude’s help and promised “I’ll build you a shrine”. St. Jude came through for him again.

In the 1950s, by now a successful television star, Danny Thomas kept his promise. He founded the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, which opened in 1962. Danny Thomas died on Feb. 6, 1991, and is buried on the grounds of St. Jude Hospital.

[source: The Little Blue Book 2014-2015, Diocese of Saginaw, MI;]

Let us pray …

May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world, now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus, please pray for us. Saint Jude, worker of miracles, please pray for us. Saint Jude, helper of the hopeless, please pray for us.

Traveling Catholic Faith CD for Februrary

Lent is upon us and many of us are trying to figure out what to do special this Lent. It is usually something to give up. Don’t eat sweets, soda and even alcohol.  Father Robert Barron from Word on Fire talks to us about  the first reading on the first Sunday of Lent. He reminds of what God promised Noah and his decedent’s.  It is titled “Angels and Wild Beasts”  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.

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.

World Marriage Day – Feb 8th

The Liturgy Committee of St. Mary’s invites all couples to celebrate World Marriage Day on February 8th (2nd Sunday in February).  You are encouraged to send a copy of your wedding picture, by January 26 if possible,  to our parish office.  It will be displayed on a table in the rear of our church (please  include your names, wedding date, and church).  All pictures will be returned.   Please note that Fr. Mike and Fr. Felix will offer a special  blessing for married ouples at our weekend Masses on  February 7th & 8th.


A Special Visit with Bishop O’Connell

Valentine Coach Bag Raffle

Sponsored by St. Vincent de Paul Society

Sweeten Valentine’s Day for Someone Special

First Prize: Rhyder Satchel in Black Leather – Valued at  $498

Second Prize: Turnlock Clutch in Black Leather – Valued at  $298

Third Prize: Madison Top Handle Crossbody in Red Currant Leather – Valued at $198

Tickets: $10 each

Only 200 will be sold

Tickets will be sold after all weekend Masses on January 17/18, January 24/25 and January 31/February 1.

Drawing will be held on February 4.

St. Mary’s Community Food Pantry

Happy new year ! The Food Panty is so blessed to have your continued support and generosity. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. While shopping the “can-can” sale at Shoprite please keep the pantry in mind!

Item most needed:

Cereal, tuna, canned spinach, pork and beans, peanut butter, jelly and Chef Boyardee ravioli.

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. 

Shoprite Gift Cards – Weekly Shopping

Shoprite Supermarket Gift Cards are available in $25, $50, and $100 denominations through the Rosary & Altar Society. They are convenient and beneficial to every household. We promise quick turnaround of cards once ordered and the parish community earns a 5% return on every card purchased. You may place orders by telephoning Stephanie at 291-1816, and thanks for your patronage!

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