Mass for 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 5

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Mass from St. Margaret of Cortona in Little Ferry NJ. Video stopped & had to be restarted. The two were combined into one.

A message from Fr. Kevin

St. Margaret’s re-opens for Masses Monday June 15 at 11:30 AM. Daily Mass for the foreseeable future will be Monday through Friday in the Church at 11:30 AM.  Sunday Masses have resumed with the normal schedule!


What has happened at St. Margaret’s to prepare for Phase II & III?

  •   We have installed 5 hand sanitizer dispensing units in the church

  •   We have taped off every other pew

  •   All our hymnals and missalettes have been removed from the Church

  •  The Church has been cleaned and will continue to be sanitized

  •  Water has been removed from all fonts


We are in Phase III

  •   Sunday Mass times will be as they were

  •   Arriving at Sunday Mass

 - Enter front doors. The side door will be locked
 - Wear a mask as you enter the Church
 - Both the inner and outer doors will be open (Only for Sunday Masses)
 - You can pick up a song sheet, which you will place in trash or take home with you after Mass
 - Do not sit within 6 feet of somebody unless you live with them

  •   During Mass: Liturgy of the Word

 - There will be no entrance procession. The priest and ministers will be seated before Mass

    and at the appropriate time all will stand and the entrance song will begin

 - During the Liturgy of the Word, if you need to read along (Not encouraged), you will have to

    bring your own missal or use a smartphone app

  •   During Mass: Liturgy of the Eucharist

- There will be no offertory procession
- We will ask you to place your offering in the baskets as you leave or exit the Church
- The bread and wine will be in the sanctuary
- The sign of peace will continue to be touch-less unless you live with the person
- Communion will continue to be distributed only in the form of the Precious Body
- Receiving Communion in the mouth is now forbidden
- Masks need to be worn as you approach the altar to receive Communion
- There will only be one line approaching the altar for Communion
- People in rows on each side will alternate coming out into single row in center aisle
- Please keep social distancing by following the markers on the floor
- Those in side pews will continue the practice of coming across center pews maintaining social

- After the final blessing, please exit the church one row at a time


Presently, we will be able to embrace each other spiritually and in the future physically.


Religious Education for the year 2020

Registration and re-registration for Religious Education is now open. Fees are as follows:

$110 for 1 child, $140 for 2 children and $160 for 3 children

Please download and fill up attached forms and return to the Parish Office by August 31st:

Click here to download the Registration form

Click here to download the Re-Registration form

Schedules are as follows:

Grades 1, 3 & 5 meet Tuesdays 3:20 - 4:20 PM

Grades 2 & 4 are home study sessions. Approximately 9 Sundays during the school year

Grade 3 has the option for after school or home study

Grades 6,7 and 8 meet Tuesdays 6:30 - 8:00PM

Religious Education Coordinators:

Afternoon: Judith Valdes

Evening: Rosa Fernandez

Home Study: Marie Rubin

Contact: 201-641-2989

Congratulations to all of those in the Class of 2020 who graduated from Pre-School, Elementary School, High School, Colleges and Universities.

Coronavirus Update from the Archdiocese of Newark

Please click on the link below for the latest updates from the Archdiocese.

Please click here to go to the Archdiocese website

Living Stones update

Thank You to All Who have mailed in, dropped off or gave online your envelopes. It is very much needed and appreciated. Click on this link to see the latest financial update and status of projects.

Donate to St. Margaret's

Here are some ways that you can help our Parish during these trying times:

GoFundMe - Click here to go the GofundMe website


ParishSoft - Click here to go to the giving site. 

You can also give via text to (201) 689-5641, just enter the amount you want to donate in the message.  You will need to create an account if you haven't done so yet.    Click here if you need help creating an account.

Amazon Smile - you can also donate to St. Margaret’s whenever you make a purchase. 

1.  Go to, it uses the same account that you have on

2.  Go to Your Account and under Account settings select St. Margaret of Cortona Church as your preferred charity and you’re all set.

3.  Every time you make a purchase the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of the eligible item to St. Margaret’s. Just make sure to make all your future purchases on Amazon Smile so that donations are made

Shining the Light of Christ - 2020 Annual Appeal

Visit RCAN.ORG/SHARING to learn more and make a gift today.  Play the video below to learn more (click here  if you are having trouble playing the video).  Click here to view Cardinal Tobin's letter

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Welcome to the

Parish family of

St. Margaret of Cortona


Regular Masses

Saturday vigil:          



8:00AM,  10:00AM,  12:00PM 



7:00 PM

Tuesday to Friday:  

8:00 AM


9:00 AM

Holy Days  

(Except Christmas and Easter):       8:00 AM,  12:10 PM,  7:00 PM


Mass followed by Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Benediction every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:00 pm



Saturdays 1:00 - 2:00 PM


Experience God’s Mercy. Celebrate the Grace-Filled Sacrament of Reconciliation 

Click here to download a guide on "How to Go to Confession"

Contact  Us

Parish Center (Monday to Friday):

Tel: 201-641-2988

Fax: 201-641-0664


Rectory (By appointment only):



Religious Education (Sunday to Thursday):


Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention
For July 2020


Our Families

We pray that today's families may be accompanied with love, respect and guidance.

New in the Area?

If you are new in the area, why not join our ever-growing Parish family. Stop by the Parish Center any weekday and register. Click on this link to download the form or call us at 201-641-2988 

Importance of Mass Intentions


As Catholics, we believe that there is inestimable value in “having a Mass celebrated” for a particular intention. A Mass may be offered in thanksgiving for our blessings, family, health and answer to prayers. A Mass may be offered for the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday), or, as is most common, for the repose of the soul of someone who has died. We must never forget the infinite graces that flow from the Sacrifice of the Mass which benefit ones soul. Masses offered for us during our life can help us obtain the great grace of a happy and holy death.


The most beautiful gift one can give to another person is a gift of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. No material gift can ever compare to or equal the Infinite Value of the Holy Mass. Masses offered for our departed loved ones and all the Holy Souls in Purgatory is a great act of charity. As a Spiritual Act of Mercy consider, then, to have Masses offered for yourself and your family, living and dead. Use the Infinite Treasure of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Mass intentions are scheduled in the Parish Office.

NOTE: Please remember that the Altar Bread and Wine and the Sanctuary Candle, as well as Flowers for the Altar can be memorialized. Check at the Parish Office for available dates.

Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel


St. Michael the Archangel,

defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.

May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,

and do thou,

O Prince of the heavenly hosts,

by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan,

and all the evil spirits,

who prowl about the world

seeking the ruin of souls. Amen..

O glorious prince St. Michael, chief and commander of the heavenly hosts,

guardian of souls, vanquisher of rebel spirits, servant in the house of the Divine King

and our admirable conductor, you who shine with excellence and superhuman virtue

deliver us from all evil, who turn to you with confidence and enable us by your gracious protection

to serve God more and more faithfully every day.

July’s Devotion is to the Precious Blood of Jesus

From the time of the Passion, when Christ poured out His blood for our salvation, the faithful have practiced devotion to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus. In the month of July, the Church honors the Precious Blood and encourages us in this devotion. The traditional feast day devoted to the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ is July 1st.

The devotion has its scriptural roots in numerous references from the New Testament. In Romans 5:9, we read of justification by His blood. In Hebrews 10:19, we read of our sanctification and consecration by the Precious Blood. In 1 John 1:7 we are told that it cleanses us from all sin.

Romans 5:9: "Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God."

Hebrews 10: 19-22: "Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water."

John 1:6-7: "If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin"


Devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus

Many saints have spoken of devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus; notable among them is St. Catherine of Siena, who often wrote about the Precious Blood of Jesus in her Dialogue—a written account of her mystical visions

In more recent times, this devotion has more widely taken root in our Catholic tradition. Devotion to the Precious Blood spread greatly through the prayer, preaching, and work of Bl. Gaspar del Bufalo, a 19th century Roman priest, and founder of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood.

Blessed Gaspar brought this beloved devotion out of the sanctuary and into the hearts of Catholics around the world. It is through his life’s work that the devotion grew widespread in the Church.

The faithful are encouraged to honor the Precious Blood always and especially during the month of July. Consider making an act of love to the Precious Blood every day this month, such as an Act of Consecration to the Precious Blood of Jesus and the Litany of the Precious Blood as an act of love and reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The Precious Blood courses through the Church, giving life to the Body of Christ. It was the cleansing agent that allowed the holy saints and martyrs to wash their robes clean. It is the price of our redemption, the object of our salvation, and the assurance of our eternal inheritance.

As we honor the Precious Blood of Jesus in union with the Church this month, may it awaken in our hearts a love and gratitude for Christ’s gift to us, for He has saved us by His blood.


Conscious, merciful Savior, of my nothingness and of Thy sublimity, I cast myself at Thy
feet and thank Thee for the many proofs of Thy grace shown unto me, Thy ungrateful
creature. I thank Thee especially for delivering me by thy Precious Blood from the
destructive power of Satan. In the presence of my dear Mother Mary, my guardian
angel, my patron saint, and of the whole company of heaven, I dedicate myself
voluntarily with a sincere heart, O dearest Jesus, to Thy Precious Blood, by which Thou
hast redeemed the world from sin, death and hell. I promise Thee, with the help of Thy
grace and to the utmost of my strength to stir up and foster devotion to thy Precious
Blood, the price of our redemption, so that Thy adorable Blood may be honored and
glorified by all. In this way, I wish to make reparation for my disloyalty towards Thy
Precious Blood of love, and to make satisfaction to Thee for the many profanations
which men commit against that precious price of their salvation. O would that my own
sins, my coldness, and all the acts of disrespect I have ever committed against Thee, O
Holy Precious Blood, could be undone. Behold, O dearest Jesus, I offer to Thee the
love, honor and adoration, which Thy most Holy Mother, Thy faithful disciples and all
the saints have offered to Thy Precious Blood. I ask thee to forget my earlier
faithlessness and coldness, and to forgive all who offend thee. Sprinkle me, O Divine
Savior, and all men with Thy Precious Blood, so that we, O Crucified Love, may love
thee from now on with all our hearts, and worthily honor the price of our salvation.

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