Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction

With people unable to receive Communion due to this virus, we have recorded exposition and benediction for our people to have some experience of Eucharistic adoration.


After Father Kevin leaves camera and the monstrance is enlarged, pause it so you can read scripture, recite the rosary, meditate silently or whatever you would like. Then unpause it for Benediction. It concludes with the Divine Praises.  Use the 'Share' arrow on top right to send the video to others or you can also share this link:


Letter from Cardinal Tobin on Catholic Schools

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

The Catholic Charities donation bin is closed indefinitely

The Catholic Charities donation bin (located in St. Margaret's parking lot) is closed indefinitely due to pandemic.  Items should not be left outside of bin; they will not be picked up.

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.

Cardinal Tobin’s reflection: Turning to Mary in times of crisis

Please click on this link to read: '5 Reasons We Turn to Mary In Times of Crisis'

Pray with Magnificat

During this challenging time, many of the faithful are unable to attend Mass.  Magnificat is honored to provide complimentary access to our online version to help people pray from home.  Click here to go to the website.

Sunday Mass Livestream

The Archdiocese of Newark announced announced a livestream Mass for last Sunday March 15, 2020.  We are keeping this link here in case He uses it again in the coming weekends. To watch the livestream, visit the Archdiocese of Newark’s YouTube channel at

Following the livestream, the video was available on the Archdiocese’s Facebook page and website at  Continued updates will be posted on the Archdiocese of Newark’ s website at

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

Memo from the Archdiocese on Donation Email Scams

The Archdiocese sent out an alert on fraudulent emails across the country and urging parishioners to question any email or text that doesn’t come from a person in their contacts.  If you feel you have been the victim please contact your local police or the New Jersey Cyber Crime Unit online.

For questions, please contact Nancy F. Lystash, Parish Business Services at or call 973-497-4074.  Click here to download the complete pdf version

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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 May 2020


For Deacons

We pray that deacons, faithful in their service to the Word and the poor, may be an invigorating symbol for the entire Church.

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 

Special Announcements 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation has resumed at St. Margaret's on  Saturdays at 1PM.  The Reconciliation Rooms (Confessionals) can not be used.  Either Fr. Kevin or Fr. Michael will be in the Main Church in a pew wearing a mask.  Those coming for this sacrament should come wearing a mask as well.

On Sunday, May 24, at noon, Cardinal Joseph Tobin will celebrate Mass in observance of the Ascension of the Lord via livestream from the Lady Chapel in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark.  Please join by visiting


This year’s Memorial Day Mass will be celebrated by Cardinal Tobin via a video that was pre-recorded at Holy Cross Cemetery (in Mausoleum Chapel II) in North Arlington.  The Mass will be available for viewing on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, beginning at 11 a.m. EDT on the Archdiocesan website at and on the Catholic Cemeteries website  at More information is available at

Mass of Ascension, May 24

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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 May Is Dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary

The month of May is the “month which the piety of the faithful is 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 pray 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 the Month of May, no. 1)

Mary is our loving mother. Her maternal heart is full of love and mercy for her beloved children. She is always waiting for us to turn to her for her motherly guidance. She constantly presents all our prayers to her dear son, Jesus. Mary is known as the “Gate of Heaven“. We need Mary to guide us to heaven so that we may not lose our way by falling into sin.

We need to pray the Rosary every single day during the month of May. If you cannot pray the entire rosary with dedication, pray at least one decade with all your heart, and if a decade is not possible, recite at least one Hail Mary with complete devotion.

When we pray the Hail Mary, we ask our heavenly mother to intercede for us now and at the hour of our death.

Some devotions to Mother Mary for the Month of May
1. Recite the Regina Coeli (during the Paschal Season) or Angelus (other days of the year) daily.
2. Recite the Rosary daily as a family. Remember to meditate on each mystery and to pray with all your heart and mind.
3. Recite the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary also known as the Litany of Loreto.
4. Attend Mass on First Saturday of the month or if not possible, on any other Saturday to honor our Mother.
5. Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima on May 13th. You can pray a Novena to Our Lady of Fatima in preparation for her Feast.
6. Get Enrolled in The Brown Scapular.
7. Visit a Marian Shrine as a pilgrimage.
8. Prepare a Marian Altar in your home for the “Queen of May” with pictures/statues of Mother Mary and many flowers.
9. Celebrate May Crowning at your church or in your house by crowning a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary with a crown of flowers.
10, Celebrate the Feast of the Visitation on May 31st. Contemplate Mary’s ardent charity as she hurried to visit her cousin Elizabeth.

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