REGULAR OFFICE HOURS
(closed until further notice)

Days:
Monday - Friday,
9:00am-2:00pm

Evening Hours:
Monday, 6:00pm - 8:00pm Please call before coming! Thank you!

Office/Rectory
Tel
732-721-0179
Fax 732-721-0360
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Dates and Notes to Remember

Dates to Remember
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Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Saint Mary’s will be having Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the church from 3 – 7 p.m. on Mondays during Advent, beginning on November 28/29 and ending on December 21. Mass will follow Adoration at 7 p.m. Please take some time to spend with Our Precious Lord for all His Blessings and Love.

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Christmas Greens for Sale

Christmas WreathWe are once again selling wreaths and cemetery blankets, with all proceeds to benefit our parish. Orders and payment are due NO LATER than Monday, November 29. Greens will be available for pick-up on Friday, December 3, from 8:30 – 10 a.m., as well as the weekend of December 4 / 5, after all Masses. Please cut out and enclose the order form from the bulletin along with your payment of cash or check (made out to “St. Mary Church”).

Please place order forms and payment in an envelope marked “Christmas Greens” and return through the collection basket, mail or by dropping off in the parish office mail slot. If you have any questions, please call 732-501-5133, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.

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Advent Night of Recollection

St. Mary Church will be holding an Advent Night of Recollection on Thursday, December 2, at 7 p.m., in the church. Sr. Hosea Rupprecht of the Pauline Center for Media Studies will help us to spiritually prepare for the birth of Jesus Christ. All are invited!

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Blood Drive at St. Mary's / December 5

There will be a blood drive on Sunday, December 5, in the school cafeteria, from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Appointments are recommended and preferred. Walk-ins will beBlood Drive welcomed if space permits. To schedule an appointment, please go to https://nybc.org/newjerseydrive sponsor code 07743, or call 800-933-2566. There is a national blood shortage across the country and every pint counts. Please come out and support your community at large. Please bring photo ID or donor ID card and remember to eat before you donate. Masks are required for all donors, regardless of vaccination status. Donors should be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. For any questions, please call the Blood Center at 800-933-2566.
There will also be a “Home for the Holidays” sweepstakes. Donate in December and win a staycation valued at $2,700!

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You Can Help a Mother Choose Life

Life ChoicesSt. Mary’s Parish is hosting a “Baby Bottle Blessings” bottle and envelope campaign for Life Choices Resource Center in Metuchen. For over 36 years, Life Choices has been serving women and families in our local community by offering free services including ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, counseling, hope and friendship for those facing crisis pregnancies. By supporting the Baby Bottle fundraiser, you’re helping to spread the Gospel of Life while building a legacy of Love in our very own community here in Middlesex County.

Please return all donations to the drop-off location in the back of the church on the first two weekends of Advent, (November 27/28 and December 4/5). If you would like to return your donations earlier, please bring them to the parish office during business hours. You may also mail the envelope/form directly to Life Choices Resource Center, 503 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ, 08840.

Remember to keep the babies and families in your prayers as you are in ours. Your gift will help save a baby’s life! Thank you! www.LifeChoicesRC.com.

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Saint Mary's Food Pantry -

Food PantryThe Saint Mary Food Pantry is open, and we are working hard to serve our community! Saturday, December 18, is the next food pantry day in St. Pat's Hall from 8:30 - 10 a.m. We are open every fourth Saturday. Let us help you. For emergency needs, please call us at 732-721-7418. Thank you for your support!

Reminder: Please do not leave any donations outside of the entrance to the Food Pantry (St. Pat’s Hall). The best place and time for you to leave your donations is in the vestibule (lobby) of the church, near the American and Papal flags, to the right as you enter the center doors. The church is open during Mass times; please check our bulletin or website for days and times. Please also remember that we are strictly a Food Pantry - we cannot accept or use clothing donations and, as always, please check expiration dates. Thank you so very much for your donations and cooperation!

As always, we thank all of our parishioners for your continual support, both financially and with your generous food donations. We are so very grateful for you all. Thank you for your year-round support that allows us to share your generosity with our neighbors.

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Journey with Us on an Adventure Back in Time!

ShipTravel with Fr. Dennis to the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany (ten-year event), then board the Amadeus Cara on a scenic river cruise on the Rhine
River, from Basel, Switzerland, to Amsterdam, departing June 22, 2022, and returning on July 1, 2022. Book by November 30 and receive an exclusive $300 discount per person. If you are interested, please contact: Betty Fitzgerald at 352-729-4615 or evtf51@aol.com or Susette Lucarello at 732-525-0141 or suejoe22@optonline.net.

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RCIA

If you (or someone you know) are interested in becoming Catholic, or have a child RCIAover the age of fourteen who has not been baptized, or were baptized Catholic as a child, but have not celebrated the sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation -- we are always taking registration for R.C.I.A. Sessions are held on Tuesday nights, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. If interested, please call Honora DeMaio at 732-816-8514.

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Religious Education Program Registration

The St. Mary Religious Education Program is now accepting new and returning student registrations for Grades 1 - 8 for the 2021 - 2022 school year. For registration information, contact John Kobiernicki at (732) 721-1514 or at johnkobiernicki@yahoo.com.

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Teachers Aides Needed

Volunteer

The St. Mary Religious Education Program is in need of adult aides to assist in the 1st and 3rd grades on Tuesday afternoons, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., beginning on September 17. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact John Kobiernicki at 732-721-1514.

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Altar Servers Needed

Altar ServersAltar 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, John Kobiernicki, at 732-721-1514 or via email at jkobiernicki4@gmail.com or see any priest or deacon after Mass.

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Greeters

Greeters 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.