Dates and Notes to Remember
Don’t let loose change weigh you down! Please fill the plastic bottle in the vestibule with your extra coins. The money will be sent to Food for the Poor to feed hungry families. Thank you for your Lenten generosity!
Decorated Palm Crosses / Orders due Weekend of April 1 / 2
We are selling decorated palm crosses as a fundraiser for St. Mary Church. Each cross is $10 – please make checks payable to “St. Mary Church”. If you would like to order a cross, please enclose your payment along with your name and phone number in an envelope and send to the parish office or drop in the collection basket. Mark envelope: Palm Cross Sale. Orders are due the weekend of April 1/2. Crosses will be available for pick-up on Thursday, April 6, in St. Pat’s Hall, from 5 – 6 p.m. and after all Masses in the church lobby the weekend of April 8/9. Thank you for supporting St. Mary Church!
Easter Flower Envelopes
There are flower offering envelopes in the pews for your use in remembering your loved ones this Easter season. Please clearly print all information. Envelopes must be returned to the Parish Office no later than Easter weekend (April 15/16).
Pro-Life Baby Shower
A bassinet will be located at the church entrance after all Masses the next two weekends to receive your donations for the Pro-Life baby shower.
Sunday, March 19, 2017 / Music at St. Mary's
The Tim Keyes Consort, a symphonic choir and orchestra, is one of the largest ensembles of its type in New Jersey. Under the direction of its founder, Maestro Tim Keyes, this outstanding group of musicians, both professionals and advanced students under the tutelage of the former, perform great choral and orchestral masterworks in addition to Keyes’ own oratorios and concertos. This concert will feature his most recent composition, The Well, a work inspired by the gospel story of the Woman at the Well. The concert will be followed by a very special Saint Joseph’s Day reception.
Sunday, April 2, 2017 / Youth Spirituality Day
The Diocese of Metuchen will be sponsoring a Spirituality Day for the teenagers of the diocese on Sunday, April 2nd, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., at Immaculata High School in Somerville. Justin Fatica, co-founder of the Hard as Nails Ministry , will present a thought provoking look at Christ in ways that the teens have never experienced before. The event will include lunch and conclude with Mass at 5 p.m. The cost is $25. To register, contact John Kobiernicki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 5, 2017 / Discussion on the New Evangelization
Fr. Dennis, our Pastor, will be facilitating a discussion on the New Evangelization on Wednesday, April 5, from 10 – 11:30 a.m., at the St. John Neumann Diocesan Pastoral Center in Piscataway. Father will provide the attendees with a quick look at evangelization in the 21st century – how to effect it, live it out and share it! To register, please contact Pat Martin at 732-529-7931 or by email at email@example.com
Beginning April 23, 2017 / Tickets for Designer Handbag Collection
For Mother's Day, there will be a Designer Handbag Collection Raffle. Tickets will go on sale April 23, after all Masses, and will be sold until the 12 noon Mass on Mother's Day, May 14, when the winner will be picked. Price of tickets will be 2 for $5 or 5 for $10.
Friday, April 28, 2017 / Painting Fundraiser for Music at St. Mary's
Back by popular demand, Music at Saint Mary’s presents its second “Paint Your Night Fantastic” on Friday, April 28, in the school cafeteria. Local artist, Mary Charmello, will bring out our hidden talents as we paint a lighthouse scene. Doors open at 6 p.m. and painting will begin at 7 p.m. The cost is $35 per person. You are welcome to bring your own food and adult beverages. There will be a silent auction, 50/50 and special raffles. A flyer is available in the back of the church. For more information, please call Roxanne at 732-735-3449.
Sunday, April 30, 2017 / Reunion Mass
Saint Mary Church will be holding a reunion Mass honoring past teachers and staff members of St. Mary/Cardinal McCarrick High School on Sunday, April 30, at the 10 a.m. Mass. A brunch will take place immediately following Mass in the school cafeteria. Alumni of the high school are also encouraged to attend and thank those ladies and gentlemen who taught and served our community over the years. Please contact John Kobiernicki to RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mega 50/50 Raffle
The Mega 50/50 tickets will go on sale mid-summer and the drawing will be after 12 noon Mass on Sunday, October 15.
A Note from St. Mary's Food Pantry
The Food Pantry appreciates all that you do for those in need. Just a reminder – please do not leave food on the rectory steps or porches. ALL food should be left in the back of the church or in St. Theresa's chapel. Also, please check expiration dates. We cannot distribute expired food and must throw it out. Thank you for your cooperation and assistance.
Cruise to Alaska / July 16 to 29, 2017
There are brochures available in the parish office for the 14-day cruise to Alaska, taking place July 16 – 29, 2017. Prices range from $2,149 - $3,649 per person (plus approximately $669 for taxes, fees, etc.). For questions or more information, please call Betty at 732-841-0648.
Teachers Aides Needed
We are in need of substitute teachers for our Religious Education Program. Classes are Tuesdays, from 4:30 – 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 6:30 – 8 p.m. If you can help out on either of those days, please call Kevin at 732-721-1514.
Coupon Cutters for Helping Hands – Reminder!
Coupon Categories: Food, Baby, Animal
Coupon Categories: Food, Baby, Animal
We can only use coupons for food items, baby products and animal products. Please save yourself cutting time (and sorting time for us) and only cut coupons from those three categories. Thank you for your support!
Altar Servers Needed
Altar Servers are needed for all Masses – we welcome students in grade 3 and up who have made their First Communion to become a server. Three short training sessions take place before being scheduled and new servers are always paired with veterans while they are learning. Anyone who is interested should contact the Director of Religious Education at email@example.com or see any priest or deacon after Mass.
Anyone wishing to greet fellow parishioners and visitors as they enter the church, or hand out bulletins as they exit after Mass are encouraged to do so. Responding in a special way to Pope Francis' visit to the United States, we especially encourage families to take part in this activity as a group. There's
no commitment, and you never know how holding the door for someone or a kind "good morning" affects someone. Anyone who would like more information may call Pat Regan at 732-727-2768.