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Welcome to the Parish Family of St. Margaret of Cortona in Little Ferry



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Jesus and the Eucharist 

In this video, we’ll explore the beautiful truth that God has a good plan for our lives, even when the brokenness of our circumstances (or ourselves) seems to indicate otherwise. By diving into Scripture, we’ll discover how God’s Word helps us make sense of—and find hope in—our stories today.

Click on this link to watch the video: Jesus and the Eucharist | Session 1 | What’s Our Story? - Jesus and the Eucharist: A Small Group Series for Eucharistic Revival - National Eucharistic Revival

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St. Margaret Of Cortona

Religious Education Schedules

Grade 2 Home study 10:40-11:50

March 3

​April 7

Grade 3 Home Study 10:40-11:50

February 11

March 10

April 14

Tuesday afternoon and evening

Grades 1, 4, 5 afternoons - 3:30-4:30

Grades 6, 7, 8 evenings - 6:30-8:00

February 6, 13, 27

March 5, 12, 19, 26

April 9, 16, 30

May 7, 14, 21, 28

The 2024 Mass Book will be open for Daily and Weekend Masses, Memorials-Bread and Wine, Sanctuary Candles, and Flowers starting on Tuesday, August 1, 2023 Morning from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30am. Afternoon from 1:00 pm. to 4:00 pm.

Saint of the Day Podcast ~ A brief story about a Saint each day.

Click here to view the podcast in Youtube


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:

GoFundMe Click here to go the GofundMe website

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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.

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


Revival Starts in Your Heart

The Church cannot be renewed if we all move forward with business as usual.  The Revival God longs to ignite in this world isn't something that happens outside of us... it begins in our own heart.

The Revival Spark Series is a simple, powerful way to allow the Holy Spirit to fan your desire for renewal into flames of love for Jesus and your neighbor.

Join thousands of Catholics as we spend nine days reflecting on this divine invitation and recalling the goodness of our God. Sign up to receive a daily email that leads you into moments of prayer and reflection, instilling a vision for the healing grace God wants to unleash in our world.

You can start your nine-day journey at any time, and it's absolutely free! All it requires is an openness to letting God speak and move in new ways.

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Regular Masses




8:00AM,  10:00AM,  12:00PM 

(From Memorial Day through Labor Day: Sat 5:30PM, Sunday 9:00AM & 11:30AM)



Monday through Friday:

12:00 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

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

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 through Thursday 10 am till 4pm. Closed on Fridays)

Tel: 201-641-2988

Fax: 201-322-0172


Rectory (By appointment only):



Religious Education (Sunday to Thursday):


Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention
ForFebruary 2024


For the terminally ill

We pray that those with a terminal illness, and their families, receive the necessary physical and spiritual care and accompaniment.

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 

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February is the month dedicated to the Holy Family. Though the start of the Lenten season changes within the calendar year, a fairsized portion of February gives us a space of time between the Christmas celebrations and the increased focus on Jesus's public life and ministry, which occurs in Lent. It is a transition from the feast
of Christmas to the fasting of Lent. Therefore traditionally February has become a time to recall the Holy Family; within the Holy Family is where Jesus spent the time between his birth and embarking on his public journey.



The Holy Family consists of the Child Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Saint Joseph. Veneration of the Holy
Family was formally begun in the 17th century by Saint François de Laval, the first bishop of New France, who
founded a Confraternity.

We know very little about the life of the Holy Family through the Gospels. Matthew and Luke narrate the
episodes from this period of Christ's life, namely his Circumcision and later Presentation, the Flight to Egypt,
the return to Nazareth, and the Finding in the Temple. While the exact details of the day-to-day life of the Holy
Family may be unknown, we can still learn a lot from the stories we do have.

Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. The month of February
has been primarily associated with the Holy Family. On October 26, 1921 the Congregation of Rites (under Pope Benedict XV) inserted the Feast of the Holy Family into the Latin Rite general calendar. Popes before and including Benedict XV (especially Leo XIII) promoted the feast as a way to counter the breakdown of the family unit. At the very outset of Christ's work on earth, God showed the world a family in which, as Pope Leo XIII teaches, "all men might behold a perfect model of domestic life, and of all virtue and holiness." The harmony, unity, and holiness which characterized this Holy Family make it the model for all Christian families.

Since the 1969 revision of the General Roman Calendar, the feast is celebrated on the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas, the Sunday between Christmas Day and New Year's Day (both exclusive), or if both Christmas Day and the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God are Sundays, on 30 December (always a Friday in such years). It is a holy day of obligation only if it falls on a Sunday.

The feast was instituted by Pope Leo XIII in 1893 and set on the Sunday within the Octave of the Epiphany; that is to say, on the Sunday between January 7 through January 13, all inclusive (see General Roman Calendar of 1960). The 1962 Roman Missal, whose use is still authorized, follows the General Roman Calendar of 1960, which has the celebration on that date.



Grant unto us, Lord Jesus, ever to follow the example of Thy hol
y Family, that in the hour of our death Thy glorious Virgin Mother together with blessed Joseph may come to meet us and we may be worthily received by Thee into everlasting dwellings: who livest and reignest world without end. Amen. Roman Missal

O Jesus, our most loving Redeemer, who having come to enlighten the world with Thy teaching and example, didst will to pass the greater part of Thy life in humility and subjection to Mary and Joseph in the poor home of Nazareth, thus sanctifying the Family that was to be an example for all Christian families, graciously receive our family as it dedicates and consecrates itself to Thee this day. Do Thou defend us, guard us and establish amongst us Thy holy fear, true peace, and concord in Christian love: in order that, by conforming ourselves to the divine pattern of Thy family, we may be able, all of us without exception, to attain to eternal happiness. 


Mary, dear Mother of Jesus and Mother of us, by thy kindly intercession make this our humble offering acceptable in the sight of Jesus, and obtain for us His graces and blessings.

O Saint Joseph, most holy guardian of Jesus and Mary, assist us by thy prayers in all our spiritual and temporal 
necessities; that so we may be enabled to praise our divine Savior Jesus, together with Mary and thee, for all eternity.

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be, three times.

O God, heavenly Father, it was part of Thine eternal decree that Thine only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, should form a holy family with Mary, His blessed mother, and His foster father, Saint Joseph. In Nazareth home life was sanctified, and a perfect example was given to every Christian family. Grant, we beseech Thee, that we may fully comprehend and faithfully imitate the virtues of the Holy Family so that we may be united with them one day in their heavenly glory. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.


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St. Valentine
Feastday: February 14
Patron: of Love, Young People, Happy Marriages
Death: 269


Saint Valentine, officially known as Saint Valentine of Rome, is a third-century
Roman saint widely celebrated on February 14 and commonly associated with
"courtly love."

Although not much of St. Valentine's life is reliably known, and whether or not the stories involve two different saints by the same name is also not officially decided, it is highly agreed that St. Valentine was martyred and then buried on the Via Flaminia to the north of Rome.

In 1969, the Roman Catholic Church removed St. Valentine from the General Roman Calendar, because so little is known about him. However, the church still recognizes him as a saint, listing him in the February 14 spot of Roman Martyrolgy.

The legends attributed to the mysterious saint are as inconsistent as the actual identification of the man.

One common story about St. Valentine is that in one point of his life, as the former Bishop of Terni, Narnia and
Amelia, he was on house arrest with Judge Asterius. While discussing religion and faith with the Judge, Valentine
pledged the validity of Jesus. The judge immediately put Valentine and his faith to the test.

St. Valentine was presented with the judge's blind daughter and told to restore her sight. If he succeeded, the
judge vowed to do anything for Valentine. Placing his hands onto her eyes, Valentine restored the child's vision.


A Valentine Prayer

Dearest Heavenly Father,
I want to thank you for the precious gift of love you have given to the world and to me. Thank you for blessing
me every day with this love and the power and strength that I get from you every single day. Without your love
for me I can't be....I can't function....I can't even breathe...because I NEED your love to sustain me. It's like food
and medicine for my soul Lord.

Please continue to let me feel your comforting love in my life and Lord I give myself over to you to perfect in
me this gift of love...that I may be able to express it and share it with others. Lord...I have not always been good
at this...forgive me. Lord...some people are harder to love than others...but I want to be like your Son
please continue the work you are doing in my heart so my heart will be like yours. In Jesus name I pray.


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