Welcome to the

Parish family of

St. Margaret of Cortona


November 16-17

Food Pantry

The weekend of November 16-17 is our Parish Food Pantry collection.  Items can be dropped off at church after any Mass, and placed in the empty room outside of the restroom.  We are in need of items people cannot buy with food stamps, such as laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, and personal hygiene products.  We are also in need of cold and hot cereals.  The Pantry will be open on Wednesday, November 20th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  (NEW HOURS) for those who qualify.  The wonderful generosity of our parishioners every month is very much appreciated by those we try to serve. 

A Festival of Lessons and Carols


Our Choir and Readers present to you
A Festival of Lessons and Carols


Sunday - December 8 at 3 pm


All are invited to prepare and anticipate
our Lord’s Birth

Donate to St. Margaret's

Two ways to help our Parish!


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

Memo from the Archdiocese on Donation Email Scams

The Archdiocese is sending out an alert on an increase in the number of 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 a pastor’s name is used, parishioners should contact the parish to verify the legitimacy of the appeal. 


If you feel you have been the victim of this type of scam please contact your local police department or the New Jersey Cyber Crime Unit online. https://www.njsp.org/division/investigations/cyber-crimes.shtml

For questions, please contact Nancy F. Lystash, Parish Business Services at lystasna@rcan.org or call 973-497-4074.

Click here to download the complete pdf version

Religious Education Sessions 2019 - 2020

Download the form for 2019 using the link below:

Click here to download our registration form

Religious Education Office 201-641-3937

Religious Education Sessions - Tuesday

Grades 1,4 & 5 - (3:20 to 4:20)

Grades 6,7 & 8 - (6:30 to 8:00)


2019 to 2020

September  17              January   14

                      24                               21


October         1             February    4

                        8                               11

                      22                               25


November   12             March         3

                      19                               10

                      26                               24


December     3              April          21

                      10                               28


                                        May            5


Thank you all and God bless you!

Home Study Schedule for 2019-2020

Sundays - 10:40AM to 11:55 Followed by Mass at noon

Grade 2 - September 15, October 6, November 10, December 8, January 12, February 2, March 8, March 29, May 17

Grade 3 - September 22, October 20, November 24, December 15, January 19, February 9, March 22, May 3

Independent Victim Compensation Program

As announced this past February, the Archdiocese of Newark, along with the other Roman Catholic dioceses in New Jersey, has established an Independent Victim Compensation Program (IVCP) to compensate those who, as minors, were sexually abused by a priest or deacon of the Archdiocese.    Click here to view the flyer

Have you considered becoming a Cantor?

The role of a cantor is both a singer with a strong voice and a leader of congregational song.

• As a leader of congregational song,the cantor takes part in singing with the entire gathered assembly.

• The cantor serves as a psalmist, leading and proclaiming the Responsorial Psalm from the Ambo.

If you are interested, please contact Eileen Ballone,the Director of Music at 201-843-1097 or see her after mass.

HELP WANTED: Readers/Lectors

We are currently in need of Readers/ Lectors.  Readers/ Lectors proclaim God’s Word at Mass. Anyone who is fully initiated (baptized, confirmed, and admitted to first Communion), and a practicing Catholic is worthy to read The Word of God. They must be in good standing with the Church.  


The Reader proclaims the Word of God from the Amboy on the Altar and the Prayers of the Faithful once the Nicene Creed is finished. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming an Altar Server, please contact Sophie at 201-641-0474.

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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 November


Dialogue and Reconciliation in

the Near East

That a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Near East, where diverse religious communities share their lives together.


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.

November begins with two beautiful days, the Feast of All Saints
and All Souls
and is dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Holy
Mother Church remembers all of her children, to whom she has given
the life of Jesus through Baptism. St. Paul warns us that we must not
be ignorant concerning the dead, nor sorrowful, "even as others who
have no hope ... For the Lord Himself shall come down from heaven ...
and the dead who are in Christ shall rise. During this whole month we
can give them extra love and care, by praying to them and for them.


The Church has always taught us to pray for those who have gone into
eternity. Even in the Old Testament prayers and alms were offered for
the souls of the dead by those who thought "well and religiously
concerning the resurrection." It was believed that "they who had fallen
asleep with godliness had great grace laid up for them" and that "it is
therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they
may be loosed from sins." We know that a defiled soul cannot enter
into heaven.

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