The next Novena Mass to St. Peregrine will resume October 17, 2016 at 7pm. For more information on Saint Peregrine please click on the "Anointing of the Sick" tab under "Sacramental Life."
Weather permitting, all are invited to bring their pets, great and small alike, to the annual Blessing of the Animals on Tuesday, Oct. 4th, at 4:20 PM. The celebration will take place on the lawn in front of the school. Fr. Leo Butler will preside at the service as we pray God’s blessing upon the animals that bring us unconditional peace, love, and joy when our hearts are troubled. If you have a child who is attending our Faith Formation program, children will be gathered for the blessing and dismissed immediately following the blessing.
In the case of inclement weather, dismissal from Faith Formation will be at the usual time of 4:30 PM. Any questions, please contact our rectory at 201-768-1600.
This past weekend, both The Record and The Star-Ledger, along with papers in some 20+ markets across the country, ran a deceptive ad from an abortion advocacy group calling itself "Catholics for Choice" as part of that organization's campaign calling for taxpayer funding for abortions.
In response to this organization's attempt to distort Catholic teaching and mislead people, the Bishops of New Jersey have prepared a response that states clearly and demonstrably what the Church teaches about abortion. This ad will run statewide in the print and digital editions of both The Record and The Star-Ledger on Sunday, September 18, 2016. You can view the ad here.
Additional thoughts on this matter may be read here.
The Most Reverend Peter Leo Gerety, Archbishop Emeritus of Newark, entered eternal life on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. He was 104, and at the time of his passing, was the oldest Catholic bishop in the world.
For additional information on Archbishop Gerety please click here.
May Archbishop Gerety and all who sleep in Christ, find in the Lord's Presence Light, Happiness, and Peace.
Women’s Cornerstone, 2016
Awakening the Spirit
Cornerstone Retreat at St. Mary's, Closter on October 21-22, 2016.
What is Cornerstone? Cornerstone is an annual in-parish weekend retreat. It is a spiritual journey that brings the women of St. Mary's, Closter, Sacred Heart, Haworth, & ICC together for a brief and wonderful time to strengthen our relationships with God and each other. It is a time to share life stories. You will form friendships, multiply your joys, divide your sorrows and lift up your heart. Join us in joyful worship with warm and loving women.
WHY GO TO CORNERSTONE? At Cornerstone you will spend time in a relaxed atmosphere with other women of faith. You will be led by a team of parish women who have already experienced the gift of a Cornerstone retreat. They will share their faith stories with you. It is a welcoming, non-judgmental environment. The women you encounter may just be friends you haven’t met yet. Join other faith-filled women at this Cornerstone weekend. It is an opportunity to step out of your daily routine to relax, pause and reflect. Experience the peace and joy that come from a deeper intimacy with God, your family, and others in your life.
Who Comes on Cornerstone?
For additional information please contact Sr. Georgette @ St. Mary's. 201-768-7565 or Krissy Goodman @ 1-551-404-3460. Click here to download registration form.
No matter what our educational history, we are always in need of “deepening our journeys,” that as we mature physically, we need to also do so spiritually. Our knowledge of the faith needs to be “ever- growing,” not static. We are challenged to put away our childish understandings of the faith that we may live mature, adult spiritual lives.
Come join us Monday evenings 7:30-9:00 PM, beginning on Monday, September 12, 2016 in the Parish Life Room @ St. Mary’s, Closter as Sr. Georgette of St. Mary’s & Fr. Leo of Immaculate Conception facilitate the weekly gathering. For further information please email Fr. Leo @ email@example.com or Sr. Georgette @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Church is celebrating an extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy from Dec. 8, 2015, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, to Nov. 20, 2016, the feast of Christ the King. Pope Francis, who announced the year in March 2015, has said that it is his wish that "the Jubilee be a living experience of the closeness of the Father, whose tenderness is almost tangible, so that the faith of every believer may be strengthened and thus testimony to it be ever more effective."
*Children's Liturgy of the Word, 10am (Click for information and 2016 Schedule)