Welcome to the Parish Family of St. Margaret of Cortona
in Little Ferry
The Relics of St. Pio
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Canonization of Padre Pio
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge St. Newark, NJ 07104
Monday, 9/12/22 - 12:00PM to 6:30PM
Tuesday, 9/13/22 - 8:30AM to 6:30PM
Mass in honor of St. Pio will be celebrated on 9/13 at 7:00PM by His Eminence Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of Newark.
Father & Son First Communion Breakfast circa 1959
We found this picture in our archives, held at Sokol Hall, May 17, 1959. Perhaps you know someone here or maybe were here yourself? Click on the image to see a larger view. Feel free to send us a comment!
Catholic Church in New Jersey stands ready to help Moms and Mothers-to-be in need
A joint statement from the New Jersey Catholic Bishops on Governor Murphy's proposal that all health insurers in NJ provide coverage for abortion services. Click here to read the full statement.
Help Families Affected in Ukraine
As Ukrainians flee their homes due to the conflict with Russia, CRS partner Caritas Poland assists Ukrainians crossing into Poland for safety.
2022 Annual Appeal - Archdiocese of Newark
The Annual Appeal will fund essential programs and ministries at the heart of our Catholic mission – namely to proclaim the gospel, to pass on the faith to future generations, particularly through the celebration of the sacraments, and to care for the poor and those on the margins.
Now more than ever, especially during this health crisis, our ministries and programs need our support. At St. Margaret's we will be placing the donation envelopes in the pews and collection baskets.
Please play the video to learn more.
We will be placing the donation envelopes in the pews and collection baskets. Please take them on your next visit.
A letter from Cardinal Tobin on the 2022 Annual Appeal
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.
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
Thursdays from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
All are welcome!
Call Eileen at 201-843-1097 or see her after mass.
Registration for Religious Education
Registration for new students/families is presently going on, as well as re-registrations for returning students/families.
Forms can be requested from the office or downloaded through the links below.
Please call Sister Dorothy for any questions.
8:00AM, 10:00AM, 12:00PM
Monday through Friday:
First Saturday Mass
12:05 PM in the Church
(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
Parish Center (Monday through Thursday 10 am till 4pm. Closed on Fridays)
Rectory (By appointment only):
Religious Education (Sunday to Thursday):
Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention
For August 2022
We pray for small and medium sized businesses; in the midst of economic and social crisis, may they find ways to continue operating, and serving their communities.
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
Month of August: Dedicated to The Immaculate Heart of Mary
“In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” Our Lady of Fatima”
The month of August is dedicated in the Catholic Church to the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This devotion is closely linked to the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus which is celebrated by the Church in the month of June. The Church also celebrates two significant Marian feasts in this month; 'The Feast of Assumption of Mary' and the 'Queenship of Mary' making this month a complete devotion to the Blessed Virgin. As part of this devotion, we are called to firstly make reparation for the sins and offences made by mankind against the Immaculate Heart of Mary and her Beloved Son followed by consecrating ourselves and all that we are to her Immaculate Heart hoping to receive in return the honor of being united to Her Beloved Son Jesus.
Mother Mary was the most conformed among all creatures to Jesus. Rightly so, of all the devotions, that which most conforms us to Jesus is our devotion to His Holy Mother. The more a soul is consecrated to Mary, the more it is consecrated and conformed to Jesus. Hence the Church devotes an entire month to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Though this devotion has been in practice since early times of the Church it has gained greater impetus after the messages given by Our Lady to the shepherd children during the apparitions at Fatima in 1917.
In the second apparition, Our Lady told them that Jesus wished to establish in the world devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. She assured Lucia, one of the seers “I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God”. As the Blessed Virgin spoke, her hands radiated a intense light. In front of her right palm was a heart encircled by thorns which pierced it. This was the Immaculate Heart of Mary, outraged by the sins of humanity and seeking reparation. At the third apparition in July 1917, She gave them a vision of hell saying “you have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart“. She asked for the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays to help make amends for the offenses committed against her heart by the blasphemies and ingratitude of men. Accordingly, on 31 October 1942, Pope Pius XII, consecrated the human race to the Immaculate Heart of the Virgin. On 8 December 1942, the Pontiff officially and solemnly declared this consecration in a ceremony in Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome.
This month let us honor our beloved Mother in a special way by offering as many rosaries as possible for making reparation for the sins and blasphemies against Her Immaculate Heart and Our Lord Jesus, for the conversion of sinners and for our own personal intentions. Mother dear, accept our prayers and lead us to Jesus, Your Loving Son. Amen.
St. Bartholomew - August 24
St. Bartholomew, a doctor in Jewish law, was a dear friend of St. Philip the Apostle. Because Bartholomew was a man "in whom there was no guile," his mind was open to the truth. He went willingly with Philip to see Christ and recognized the Savior immediately as the Son of God. After having received the gifts of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost, Bartholomew evangelized Asia Minor, northwestern India, and Greater Armenia. In the latter country, while preaching to idolaters, he was arrested and condemned to death.
In St. John's Gospel, Bartholomew is known by the name Nathaniel (the liturgy does not always seem aware of this identity). He hailed from Cana in Galilee, was one of the first
disciples called by the Lord. On that initial meeting Jesus uttered the glorious compliment: "Behold, an Israelite indeed in whom there is no guile!" After the Resurrection he was favored by becoming one of the few apostles who witnessed the appearance of the risen Savior on the sea of Galilee (John 21:2). Following the Ascension he is said to have preached in greater Armenia and to have been martyred there. While still alive, his skin was torn from his body. The Armenians honor him as the apostle of their nation. Concerning the fate of his relics, the Martyrology says: "His holy body was first taken to the island of Lipari (north of Sicily), then to Benevento, and finally to Rome on an island in the Tiber where it is honored by the faithful with pious devotion."
The Church of Armenia has a national tradition that St. Jude Thaddeus and St. Bartholomew visited the Armenians early in the first century and introduced Christianity among the worshippers of the god Ahura Mazda. The new faith spread throughout the land, and in 302 A.D., St. Gregory the Illuminator baptized the king of Armenia, Dertad the Great, along with many of his followers. Since Dertad was probably the first ruler to embrace Christianity for his nation, the Armenians proudly claim they were the first Christian State.
--Excerpted from The Church's Year of Grace, Pius Parsch
Patron: bookbinders; butchers; cobblers; Forentine cheese merchants; Forentine salt merchants; leather workers; nervous diseases; neurological diseases; plasterers; shoemakers; tanners; trappers; twitching; whiteners; Gambatesa, Italy; Armenia.
Symbols: Flaying or tanner's knife and book; three vertical flaying or tanner's knives; human skin; human skin on a cross; devil under his feet; St. Matthew's Gospel; scimitar; cross;
Often Portrayed As: elderly man holding a tanner's knife and a human skin; skinless man holding his