Dates and Notes to Remember
This Weekend! 18th and 19th
Stewardship Ministry Fair
Please join us at the Ministry Fair for a celebration of the many ministries supported by the many stewards in our parish. Consider ways that you can be more fully involved in the life of our parish or consider new opportunities. The fair will take place after all Masses in St. Pat’s Hall on Saturday and Sunday, February 18/19. (If inclement weather that weekend, the fair will be held the following weekend, February 25/26.) You can visit the fair and then prayerfully discern what special skills and talents God might be calling you to share in our parish community. Through the gifts of time and talent that our parishioners so generously share we are able to truly be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in our parish and community.
Help Give Life to an Unborn Child
If you took a baby bottle to benefit Life Choices Resource Center in Metuchen, please fill your bottle with cash, change or a check and return this weekend. Your gift will make a difference in the lives of many of God’s people, born and unborn.
Beginning February 22, 2017
Bible Study -
Ephesians: Discover Your Inheritance
Come enrich your faith in this eight-week study of St. Paul’s letter as he reveals the many gifts Christians are given in the Church. Beginning on February 22, the Bible study sessions will be held in St. Mary’s Religious Education office at 2 or 7 p.m. For more information and to register, please contact Doris Brennan at 732-727-6434.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
St. Mary Youth Group Benefit Night
Save the Date!
The St. Mary Youth Group will be holding a Benefit Night on Wednesday, February 22 from 5-10 p.m. at T.G.I Friday's on Rte. 9 North in Old Bridge. The parish community is invited to come together to have dinner with their friends and family that evening at 6 p.m. The Youth Group will receive 20% of each purchase that evening when you mention St. Mary Youth Group to the server.
See our flyer for the event here!
Friday, March 3, 2017 / Painting Party, 7 - 9 p.m.
Come and unleash the artist in you at Masterpiece Mixers Paint & Party Studio, located at 104 N Broadway. Cost is $35.00 per person (limited to 40 people), which includes paints, canvas, art lesson, and apron. BYOB – light refreshments will be served. The amount that profits St. Mary's will be based on the number of attendees. For more information, please call Dana at 732-766-9815.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 / Lenten Evening of Recollection
Saint Mary Church is hosting a Lenten Evening of Recollection on Tuesday, March 14, from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Come and be spiritually refreshed. If you would like to attend and are in need of a ride, or if you would consider making a Lenten sacrifice and can offer a ride to a fellow parishioner, please contact Susette Lucarello at 732-525-0141. More details to follow….
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.
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.
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.