Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 9nd

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Returning to Grace , a Pastoral Letter on the Eucharist from Cardinal Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of Newark.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

When church historians write about the Year of Our Lord 2020, I predict they will call particular attention to the “Great Eucharistic Fast.” COVID-19, the pandemic that has taken the lives of millions, obliged dioceses throughout the world to take the unprecedented action of closing our churches and effectively denying our people the opportunity to receive Christ’s Body and Blood in the Eucharist. Some scholars may point out that, as a result, Catholics in Europe and North America experienced what others have suffered for many years due to a shortage of priests or outright persecution, namely, the absence of the sacraments... Click here to read Cardinal Tobin's complete pastoral letter  or click below to watch an introduction  from Cardinal Tobin.

News Site for the Archdiocese

The Archdiocese of Newark has launched a news website for the entirety of the faithful of the Archdiocese. It strives to inform, inspire and  educate readers by sharing stories of our Church and mission in an effort to build our communities of faith.

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

Accountability with Heartfelt Thanks

 

Catholic Charities received a payment of $1,357 as a result of your donations from June 1, 2020 to November 30, 2020.  These funds combined with monies from parishes throughout the Archdiocese enabled Catholic Charities to provide 72,685 nights of shelter to 1,342 to homeless individuals and families (FY 19/20). Thank you for being our partner and enabling us to bring Christ's love to the most vulnerable in our society.

Latest edition of Cardinal Tobin's Rejoice in the Lord newsletter available (Vol. 2, No. 6)

Click here to view the pdf

Statement of the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey on the Reproductive Freedom Act

Click here to go to the website and read the statement

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

Mass Guidelines

  •   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 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

 - If you need to read along during Mass, please bring your own missal or use a phone 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

SCHEDULES

Regular Masses

Sunday:                     

8:00AM,  10:00AM,  12:00PM 

Weekdays:

Monday through Friday:

12:05 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

 

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 May 2021

 

The World of Finance

Let us pray that those in charge of finance will work with governments to regulate the financial sphere and protect citizens from its dangers.

Pope Francis proclaims 'Year of St. Joseph

With the Apostolic letter 'Patris Corde' ('With A Father's Heart'), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as the Patron of the Universal Church.  To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a 'Year of St. Joseph' from 8 December 2020 to 8 December 2021.

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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 

POSTER BOARD

The Month of May is Dedicated to Mary, Mother of God

For centuries, the Catholic Church has set aside the entire month of May to honor Mary, Mother of God. Not just a day in May, mind you, but the entire month. 

The custom spans both centuries and cultures, with roots going back as far as the Ancient Greeks. In early Greece, May was dedicated to Artemis, the goddess of fecundity.

 

In Ancient Rome, May was dedicated to Flora, the goddess of blooms, or blossoms. They celebrated ludi florals, or floral games, at the end of April and asked the intercession of Flora for all that blooms.

In medieval times, similar customs abounded, all centering around the practice of expelling winter, as May 1 was considered the start of new growth.

During this period, the tradition of Tricesimum, or “Thirty-Day Devotion to Mary,” came into being. Also called, “Lady Month,” the event was held from August 15-September 14 and is still observed in some areas.

The idea of a month dedicated specifically to Mary can be traced back to baroque times. Although it wasn’t always held during May, Mary Month included thirty daily spiritual exercises honoring Mary. 

 

It was in this era that Mary’s Month and May were combined, making May the Month of Mary with special devotions organized on each day throughout the month. This custom became especially widespread during the nineteenth century and remains in practice until today.

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