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St. Margaret of Cortona


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

December     3              March        3

                      10                               10

                      17                               24

January        14                               31

                      21             April         21

                      28                              28

 February       4             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 January 2020


Promotion of World Peace

We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote peace and justice in the world.


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 January  is dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus. "In the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth and under the earth" (Phil 2:10). Christ's name is chosen in heaven, and the Angel Gabriel announces it when he informs the Blessed Virgin of the incarnation: "Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb and shalt bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus". It is a name that has marvelous implications, for it means "savior." The very name bespeaks the magnitude of His mission, His infinite love, a love that will cause Him to offer Himself up for us. 

The name of Jesus is the sweetest of all names, and He who bears it is most worthy of all love. He who calls Jesus his friend can be assured that this friend is the most devoted and unselfish of all friends.

Monogram for the Holy Name

According to the ancient mind, a person's name was the expression of his nature, work, or mission. Early Christians accordingly used our Savior's Name to bring to mind His adorable Person; and in their art they gave it the following shortened or symbolic forms:

a) The Chi-Rho Symbol. The oldest monuments bearing this symbol date to the third century, the first being found on a burial inscription of a consul from the year 369. From the third century we have the following authentic forms: (1) the separate letters; (2) the superimposed letters; (3) the monogram cross.

After the triumph of Christianity, the Chi-Rho monogram spread into all countries and found manifold use. It no longer served as a mere abbreviation of the sacred Name, but stood as a symbol for Christ the King. Artists often surrounded it with a laurel wreath or a circle. This signified Christ's dominion over the world, or His triumph over all enemies of His kingdom.

b) The IHS Symbol. The familiar abbreviation IHS is a symbol of the Name Jesus which has retained its popularity down through the centuries. It owes its spread to St. Bernardine of Siena, who had it placed on his banner, surrounded with twelve rays of the sun and surmounted by a cross. It soon became the most popular monogram for the holy Name of Jesus. By his fervent words St. Bernardine persuaded many priests to place the letters on altars or on the interior and exterior walls of churches. Many Italian cities responded to his efforts and put the monogram in large letters on the outer walls of their town halls, as may still be seen in Siena.

What is its derivation? IHC is the abbreviation of the Greek ΙΗΣΟUΣ, i.e., Jesus (the first three letters of the word). The older form for the Greek sigma, S, resembled our capital C. In Christian antiquity this monogram does not occur too frequently and may not be older than the fifth century. In recent centuries the IHS has been falsely interpreted as Jesus Hominum Salvator, or even Jesu humilis societas (and regarded as a colophon for the Society of Jesus). Another interpretation that is sometimes made is In Hoc Signo (vinces), and out of the added v (for vinces) three nails are formed.

c) Ichthys. The early Church loved another monogram for our Savior's name, 
the widely-used ICHTHYS. Christ's full title was (in Greek): Iesous Christos
Theou Yos Soter, Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior. The initial letters of these
five words form the Greek word ICHTHYS, which means fish. For this reason

Christ is often pictured as a fish. Thus both the abbreviation and the picture became for the early Christians a secret symbol for the Redeemer. Yes, they even call our Lord "the great and pure Fish" (Aberkios tomb inscription, about 180). Tertullian presupposed popular familiarity with the fish symbol when he wrote about 200: "We (Christians) are born as little fishes in water after the model of our Ichthys Jesus Christ" (On Baptism, ch. 1).

d) The Cross as a Symbol for the Divine Name. The similarity between the Chi-Rho symbol and the Cross is so apparent that it was not long before the two became related artistically. The Cross and the divine Name serve as symbols of redemption, and as a means of protection against the attacks of the demons. Thus it became customary to put the cruciform monogram on doors and houses. One of the more common methods for the cruciform arrangement involved the use of the two words Φως and ξωη (light and life), terms which Christ applied to Himself in John 8:12;
11:25. Jesus is our Light and Life, for He gives us divine faith and grace. The liturgy desires, prays for, and obtains light and life for the living and the dead. Here we have the reason why the combination of the two concepts, light and life, in the form of a cross became such a popular word symbol in the early Church and is frequently found on doors of houses (Syria), on tombs, and also on ampullas, terracotta lamps, and other articles.


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