Welcome to the Parish Family of St. Margaret of Cortona

in Little Ferry

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Catholic Church in New Jersey stands ready to help Moms and Mothers-to-be in need

 

A joint statement from the New Jersey Catholic Bishops on Governor Murphy's proposal that all health insurers in NJ provide coverage for abortion services. Click here to read the full statement.

Help Families Affected in Ukraine 

As Ukrainians flee their homes due to the conflict with Russia, CRS partner Caritas Poland assists Ukrainians crossing into Poland for safety. 

 

Click here to go to the Catholic Relief Services website to make a donation

2022 Annual Appeal - Archdiocese of Newark

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The Annual Appeal will fund essential programs and ministries at the heart of our Catholic mission  – namely to proclaim the gospel, to pass on the faith to future generations, particularly through the celebration of the sacraments, and to care for the poor and those on the margins.


Now more than ever, especially during this health crisis, our ministries and programs need our support. At St. Margaret's we will be placing the donation envelopes in the pews and collection baskets.

 

Please play the video to learn more.

We will be placing the donation envelopes in the pews and collection baskets.  Please take them on your next visit.

 

Please click here to go to our Annual Appeals page

A letter from Cardinal Tobin on the 2022 Annual Appeal

Please click here to view the letter in pdf format

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

Grow + Go Bulletin

We subscribed to a weekly Grow+Go bulletin designed to help parishioners understand what it means to be evangelizing disciples of Christ. Using the Sunday Scriptures as the basis for reflection, the bulletin offers insight into how parishioners can more fully GROW as disciples and then GO evangelize, fulfilling Christ's Great Commission to "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit." (Matthew 28:19)

This will be regularly updated so check back for new content!  Click here for the latest bulletin

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Thursdays from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

All are welcome!

Call Eileen at 201-843-1097 or see her after mass.

Religious Education 2021-2022 Schedules

Home Study (10:45 to 11:55 ): 

Home study is mandatory for all those in Grade 2 in preparation for First Communion and First Penance.  Home Study meets once a month on Sunday on the dates listed below.

Grade 2:   December 5,  January 9, February 6, March 6, April 3, May 1

Grades 3,4 & 5: , December 12,  January 16, February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8

Parents accompany their children each session.  Parents will be grouped together for the Catechesis for parents; children will be in class with other children.   Following class, parents and children will go to the noon Mass.

In Person Classes (for those who chose traditional):

All sessions will be held at the Parish Center

Grades 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 Tuesday afternoons ( 3:30 - 4:30 PM )

January 4, 11, 25 / February 1,8, 15 / March 1, 8, 15, 22 / April 5, 12, 26 / May 3, 10, 17

Grades 7 & 8 Tuesday evenings ( 6:30 - 8:00 PM) 

January 4, 11, 25 / February 1,8, 15 / March 1, 8, 15, 22 / April 5, 12, 26 / May 3, 10, 17

Lent begins March 2, Palm Sunday is on April 10 and Easter Sunday is April 17

The Scholarship Fund for  Inner-City Children

2021-2022 Tuition Assistance Application NOW OPEN

 

The Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children is trying to assist families who would like to send their children to one of the Catholic schools in our parishes. Our tuition assistance application is now open for new and re-applying families.

Click here to go to our website and donate now!

Thank you for your assistance!

Jasmin Roman

Director of Scholarship Programs

SCHEDULES

Regular Masses

Sunday:                     

8:00AM,  10:00AM,  12:00PM 

Weekdays:

Monday through Friday:

12:00 PM

First Saturday Mass

12:05 PM in the Church

Holy Days  

(Except Christmas and Easter):       8:00 AM,  12:05 PM,  7:00 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 through Thursday 10 am till 4pm. Closed on Fridays)

Tel: 201-641-2988

Fax: 201-641-0664

 

Rectory (By appointment only):

201-641-2988

 

Religious Education (Sunday to Thursday):

201-641-3937

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Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention
For May 2022

 

Faith-Filled Young People

We pray for all young people, called to live life to the fullest; may they see in Mary’s life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith generates, and the dedication to service.

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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 

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The month of May is the "month which the piety of the faithful has especially dedicated to Our Blessed Lady,"

and it is the occasion for a "moving tribute of faith and love which Catholics in every part of the world pay to the Queen of Heaven. During this month Christians, both in church and in the privacy of the home, offer up to Mary from their hearts an especially fervent and loving homage of prayer and veneration. In this month, too, the benefits of God's mercy come down to us from her throne in greater abundance" (Paul VI: Encyclical on tthe Month of May, no. 1).

This Christian custom of dedicating the month of May to the Blessed Virgin arose at the end of the 13th century. In this way, the Church was able to Christianize the secular feasts which were to take place at that time. In the 16th century, books appeared and fostered this devotion.

The practice became especially popular among the members of the Jesuit Order — by 1700 it took hold among their students at the Roman College and a bit later it was publicly practiced in the Gesu Church in Rome. From there it spread to the whole Church. 

 

The practice was granted a partial indulgence by Pius VII in 1815 and a plenary indulgence by Pius IX in 1859. With the complete revision of indulgences in 1966 and the decreased emphasis on specific indulgences, it no longer carries an indulgence; however it certainly falls within the category of the First General Grant of Indulgences. (A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful who, in the performance of their duties and in bearing the trials of life, raise their mind with humble confidence to God, adding — even if only mentally — some pious invocation.

 

Excerpted from Enchiridion of Indulgences.

The Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of the Church and therefore the example, as well as the guide and inspiration, of everyone who, in and through the Church, seeks to be the servant of God and man and the obedient agent of the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit, as Pope Leo XIII reminded us, is the soul of the Church: All the activity and service of the members of the Church, beginning with the supreme participation of the Blessed Mother in the work of the Church, is vivified by the Holy Spirit as the body, in all its activities, is vivified by its soul. The Holy Spirit is the Paraclete, Advocate, and Comforter which Christ Himself sent to be our consolation in the sorrowful mysteries of life, our source of moderation in the joyful mysteries of life, our added principle of exaltation in the glorious mysteries of life.

So He was for the Blessed Mother; so also He is for the least of us; so also He is for the rest of the Church, even for those who are its unconscious but conscientious members.

Wherever there is faith there is the example of Mary, because she lived by faith as the Scriptures remind us....

If, then, piety is the virtue which binds us to the sources of all life, to God, to our parents, to the Church, to Christ, certainly Christian piety binds us, in grateful love, to Mary — or our acceptance of Christ and of the mystery of our kinship with Him is imperfect, partial, and unfulfilled.

— Cardinal John Wright

 

The month of Mary and the Popes

The pious practice of honoring Mary during the month of May has been especially recommended by the Popes. Pius XII made frequent reference to it and in his great Encyclical on the Sacred Liturgy (Mediator Dei) characterized it as one of "other exercises of piety which although not strictly belonging to the Sacred Liturgy, are nevertheless of special import and dignity, and may be considered in a certain way to be an addition to the liturgical cult: they have been approved and praised over and over again by the Apostolic See and by the Bishops" (no. 182).

Paul VI wrote a short encyclical in 1965 using the Month of Mary devotion as a means of obtaining prayers for peace. He urged the faithful to make use of this practice which is "gladdening and consoling" and by which the Blessed Virgin Mary is honored and the Christian people are enriched with spiritual gifts" (no. 2).

In May of 2002 Pope John Paul II said, "Today we begin the month dedicated to Our Lady a favourite of popular devotion. In accord with a long-standing tradition of devotion, parishes and families continue to make the month of May a 'Marian' month, celebrating it with many devout liturgical, catechetical and pastoral initiatives!"

The Litany of Loretto

The Litany of the Blessed Virgin–also called the Litany of Loretto–is one of the many Marian litanies, or praises of Mary, composed during the Middle Ages. The place of honor it now holds, in the life of the Church, is due its faithful use at the shrine of the Holy House at Loretto, which, according to tradition, was the small cottage-like home where the Holy Family had lived and which was miraculously transported by angels, in 1291, from the Holy Land to its present location in Loretto. It was definitely recommended by Pope Clement VII and approved by Sixtus V in 1587, and all other Marian litanies were suppressed, at least for public use.

Its forty-nine titles (fifty, or fifty-one, or even more, in some versions: with "Mother of the Church" and "Mother of Mercy" and being the 'official' 'newcomers' in recent times and which are included on the Vatican website version and  invocations set before us Mary's exalted privileges, her holiness of life, her amiability and power, her motherly spirit and queenly majesty. Reflection on the titles of the litany, therefore, will unfold before us a magnificent picture of our heavenly Mother, even though we know little about her life.

In form, the Litany of Loretto is composed on a fixed plan common to several Marian litanies already in existence during the second half of the fifteenth century, which in turn are connected with a notable series of Marian litanies that began to appear in the twelfth century and became numerous in the thirteenth and fourteenth. The Loretto text had, however, the good fortune to be adopted in the famous shrine, and in this way to become known, more than any other, to the many pilgrims who flocked there during the sixteenth century. The text was brought home to the various countries of Christendom, and finally it received for all time the supreme ecclesiastical sanction.

Sixtus V, who had entertained a singular devotion for Loretto, by the Bull "Reddituri" of 11 July, 1587, gave formal approval to it, as to the litany of the Holy Name of Jesus, and recommended preachers everywhere to propagate its use among the faithful.

Excerpted from The History of the Litany of Our Lady

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