Welcome to the

Parish family of

St. Margaret of Cortona

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 27, 2020

Mass from St. Margaret of Cortona in Little Ferry NJ. 

To share this Mass with others, send this link: https://youtu.be/Gz_34hmd-KA

We unfortunately we ran into some technical issues and the recording started late.  We encourage our viewers to read the 1st & 2nd readings on your own before you start the video.

A message from Fr. Kevin

Update:

  • Daily Masses are Monday through Friday at 12:05 pm in Church

  • First Saturday  Mass at 12:05 pm in the Church

  • Sunday Masses have resumed with the normal schedule

  • Holy Days - (Except Christmas and Easter): 8:00 am / 12:05pm / 7:00 pm

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

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Last Sunday's Mass celebrated by Bishop Saporito 

Bishop Michael Saporito, 

Regional Vicar of Bergen County

Religious Education for the year 2020

Update:  All Religious Ed classes will be on home study.  Parents must still register and meetings will be held monthly.  We will send letters to parents.

 

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:

Click here to download the Registration form

Click here to download the Re-Registration form

Religious Education Coordinators:

Afternoon: Judith Valdes

Evening: Rosa Fernandez

Home Study: Marie Rubin

Contact: 201-641-2989

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 https://smile.amazon.com, it uses the same account that you have on Amazon.com.

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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POSTER BOARD

"The power of the Lord never goes out in a storm"

SCHEDULES

Regular Masses

Sunday:                     

8:00AM,  10:00AM,  12:00PM 

Weekdays:

Monday through Friday:

12:05 PM

Holy Days  

(Except Christmas and Easter):       8:00 AM,  12:05 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

 

Confessions

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):

201-641-2988

 

Religious Education (Sunday to Thursday):

201-641-3937

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention
For September 2020

 

Respect for the Planet's Resources

We pray that the planet's resources will not be plundered, but shared in a just and respectful manner.

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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.

The month of September is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, whose memorial the Church celebrates on September 15.

Devotion to the Seven Sorrows of the Virgin Mary dates from the twelfth century, when it made its appearance in monastic circles under the influence of St. Anselm and St. Bernard. The Cistercians and then the Servites undertook to propagate it. It became widespread in the fourteenth and especially the fifteenth centuries, particularly in the Rhineland and Flanders, where Confraternities of the Sorrowful Mother sprang up. It was in this context that the first liturgical formularies in her honor were composed. A provincial council of Mainz in 1423 made use of these in establishing a "Feast of the Sorrows of Mary" in reparation for Hussite profanations of her images. 

In 1494 the feast appeared in Bruges, where the Precious Blood of Christ was venerated; later on it made its way into France. It did not, however, become widespread in France before Benedict XIII included it in the Roman Calendar

The Seven Sorrows: 1. The piercing of Mary’s heart predicted at Jesus’ presentation in the Temple.   2. The flight into Egypt.   3.  Searching for the child Jesus in Jerusalem.   4.  Meeting Christ on the road to Calvary.   5.  Standing near the cross of Christ.   6.  Receiving the body of Christ from the cross.   7.  The burial of Christ.

What are angels?

An angel is a pure spirit created by God. The Old Testament theology included the belief in angels: the name applied to certain spiritual beings or intelligences of heavenly residence, employed by God as the ministers of His will.

The English word "angel" comes from the Greek angelos, which means 'messenger'. In the Old Testament, with two exceptions, the Hebrew word for "angel" is malak, also meaning 'messenger'. The prophet Malachi took his name from this word. He was himself a messenger, and he prophesied about the coming of "the messenger of the covenant",
Jesus Christ (Malachi 3:1).

Although the word "angel" in the Bible, meaning a messenger, nearly always applies to heavenly beings, it can occasionally apply to human messengers. Malachi himself said a priest was a messenger (malak) of the LORD of hosts (Malachi 2:7), and in the Book of Revelation the elders of the seven churches of Asia were called angels (1:20; 2:1 etc.). But when we meet messengers doing supernatural things, there is no doubt they are heavenly beings - God's messengers, working for Him and for the ultimate benefit of mankind.

Why did God Create Angels?

The Creator Himself is so powerful and glorious that He cannot be approached in person by human beings. He alone "hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto: whom no man hath seen, nor can see (1 Timothy 6:16). Angels do not have man's shortcomings, and can therefore act for God and represent Him when communicating with men and women. They bridge the huge gap between the holiness and perfection of God in heaven and the shortcomings of dying people on this planet. Angels were made immortal (that is, never to die). Their eternal quality was spoken of by Jesus when he said:

"They which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God - being the children of the resurrection." (Luke 20:35.36)

Jesus was saying that, in the same way as the angels (the children or "sons" of God) live for ever and are of one
gender, so those who will be called the "sons" and "daughters" of God when Jesus returns will also live for ever
and will not marry.

Angels with Names

Only occasionally are the angels given names. "Michael", for instance, was "the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people (Israel)" (Daniel 12:1). Undoubtedly, among the most significant of angelic appearances were those by the angel whose name was "Gabriel". He was sent twice to the prophet Daniel. On the second occasion Daniel was at prayer, and Gabriel, "being caused to fly swiftly, touched me ... and talked with me" and proceeded to prophesy the date of the first coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ (Daniel 9:21-27). There was therefore great expectation among the Jews at the time when Jesus Christ was about to be born, and this was heightened by the personal appearance of Gabriel again, firstly to Zacharias the priest while on duty in the temple, and then to Mary, who was betrothed to Joseph. To Zacharias, the angel announced. "I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God: and am sent to speak unto thee" (Luke 1:19). We notice that angels can stand in the glorious presence of the LORD. whereas men cannot. and angels are sent to do whatever God wishes. His mission here was to announce the miraculous birth of John the Baptist.

Six months later, Gabriel appeared to Mary, who was in the royal line of King David. Her prayer, said the angel, had found favour with God, and she would be the mother of the expected Messiah. Gabriel told her that she would conceive through the power of the Holy Spirit and her son would be Jesus, the Saviour, and he would be the Son of God and would occupy the royal throne of David (Luke 1:26-33). It was an extraordinary meeting because Mary was not yet married. Nothing is impossible with God! Joseph, her husband-to-be, also received angelic messages advising him what steps to take in this unique situation.

When Jesus came to be born in Bethlehem, the birth was the signal for a glorious witness of divine approval, seen by shepherds:


"An angel of the Lord (could this have been Gabriel?) appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around
them, and they were filled with fear ... And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host
praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is
pleased!'" (Luke 2:9-14, RSV)

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