Welcome to the Parish Family of St. Margaret of Cortona in Little Ferry
The time for fulfilling the Paschal Precept (Easter Duty*) extends from the First Sunday of Lent, February 26, 2023 to the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, June 4, 2023.
Canon 920 (1) All the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year.
Thursdays from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
All are welcome!
Call Eileen at 201-843-1097 or see her after mass.
Donate to St. Margaret's
Here are some ways that you can help our Parish during these trying times:
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Religious Education Registration and/or Reregistration for 2023-2024
Please download the necessary form by clicking on a link below. Fill in and return to the parish by mail or in-person drop off. Place in an envelope and mark outside the envelope: c/o Religious Education
The schedule for the coming school year will be posted to the website by August 14th. Please note that the deadline for registration/reregistration is June 15.
Religious Education Schedule 2022-2023
Grades 1, 4 & 5 - Tuesday Afternoons - 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Grades 6,7 & 8 - Tuesday Evenings - 6:30 - 8:00 PM
All sessions are held on Tuesdays in the Parish Center
May 2, 9, 16
Home Study Schedule 2022-2023
All sessions are held on Sunday in the Parish Center on the dates listed below.
Classes are from 10:45 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.
Attendance at the 12 noon Mass on these dates is required.
Grade 2 - May 21
Grade 3 - May 21
2023 Annual Appeal - Archdiocese of Newark
The Annual Appeal will fund essential programs and ministries at the heart of our Catholic mission in our four counties – 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 your support. Will you prayerfully consider making a gift to the 2023 Annual Appeal? Donate to the Annual Appeal
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.
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
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.
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
8:00AM, 10:00AM, 12:00PM
Monday through Friday:
First Saturday Mass
12:05 PM in the Church
(Except Christmas and Easter): 8:00 AM, 12:05 PM, 7:00 PM
Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)
Saturdays 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Experience God’s Mercy. Celebrate the Grace-Filled Sacrament of Reconciliation
Parish Center (Monday through Thursday 10 am till 4pm. Closed on Fridays)
Rectory (By appointment only):
Religious Education (Sunday to Thursday):
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
Why is the Month of May dedicated to the
Blessed Virgin Mary?
Where did the devotion of the month of May to the Blessed Virgin Mary come from?
The month of May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and this year (2021), the first 23 days of the Marian month falls within the Easter Season. This Christian custom of dedicating the month of May to the Blessed Virgin arose at the end of the 13th century this tradition
of devoting 30 days to Mary called Tricesimum, which was also known as “Lady Month.”However, it was not until the early 18th century that this practice became popular. This was mainly credited to the Society of Jesus of in Rome. The Jesuits devoted the month of May to Mary in order to counteract infidelity and immorality among the students in their colleges. This took root among their students and was publicly practiced in the Gesu Church in Rome. Owing to their numerous colleges around the world, the devotion spread worldwide by the late 1700’s. It was Pope Pius XII in 1945, through his encyclical, Ad Caeli Reginam, canonized May as a Marian month to coincide with the establishing the feast of the Queenship of Mary on May 31st. However, after the Second Vatican Council, this feast was moved to August 22nd, and the feast of the Visitation of Mary took it’s place to complete the Month of Mary.
Some Popular May Traditions With Regard to the Blessed Virgin Mary
Most widely practiced is of course the recitation of the Holy Rosary in families, communities and Churches. Echoing Pope Pius XII’s encyclical, many accompanying devotional practices arose besides the rosary- from May Crowning of the statues or icons of Our Lady to popular hymns compositions:
Daughter of The mighty Father, Stainless Maiden, Queen of the May,Angel forms around thee gather:
Chorus: Macula non est in te.
Adjoining to these, many cultures also have ‘May Queen’ processions. A girl rides or walks at the front of a Marian Procession wearing a white gown to symbolize purity and usually a tiara or crown symbolizing the crown of life that awaits the blessed. Her duty is Crown the icon or the statue of Our Lady at the procession. Flores de Mayo (“Flowers of May”) is the practice of collecting colourful flowers with which to decorate the parish church’s Altars, nave, aisles and especially the shrine of Our Lady.
What we can do in May
Let us take this occasion during this month of Mary to dedicate our prayers with her by praying the rosary or the
Regina Caeli or Angelus. Let us consider Consecrating our homes and families to Her by honouring Her image in our homes. Most of all let us imitate our Blessed Lady, Her deep humility, lively faith, obedience, unceasing prayer, constant self-denial, surpassing purity, ardent love, heroic patience, angelic kindness, and heavenly wisdom!
If we truly love someone, you will only want to get to know them better, but to imitate their good qualities (that
which we call virtues). So that we will not only be worthy children of Our Blessed Queen of May but also worthy of heaven.
Written by Fr Ignatius Yeo, Parish Priest, Church of St Anthony