Catholic Schools’ Week


National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2020 is January 26 – February 1. The theme for 2020 is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.

Daily Themes:
Celebrate the following daily themes and celebrations during Catholic Schools Week 2020.

Sunday – In Our Parish
Monday – In Our Community
Tuesday – In Our Students
Wednesday – In Our Nation (National Appreciation Day For Catholic Schools)
Thursday – In Our Vocations
Friday – In Our Faculty, Staff and Volunteers (Teacher Appreciation Day)
Saturday – In Our Families

 

Please visit our Parish School Website at

http://www.staschoolnj.org/stta/

For more information about Catholic Schools Week, please visit https://www.ncea.org/csw/Home_Page/CSW/Catholic_Schools_Week.aspx

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020

January 18–25
Christians around the world begin the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Please pray to the Lord “That they may become one in your hand.”

The theme for 2020 is: They Showed Us Unusual Kindness (Acts 28:2).

For more information and resources, please see the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity site.

The Church Unity Octave, a forerunner of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, was developed by Servant of God Father Paul Wattson, SA, at Graymoor in Garrison, New York, and was first observed at Graymoor from January 18-25, 1908. Today, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity invites the whole Christian community throughout the world to pray in communion with the prayer of Jesus “that they all may be one” (John 17:21).

In 1966, the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches and the Vatican Secretariat (now Council) for Promoting Christian Unity began collaborating as a common international text for worldwide usage. Since 1968 these international texts, which are based on themes proposed by ecumenical groups around the world, have been developed, adapted and published for use in the United States by the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute.

Ordinary Time Liturgical Season

Christmas Time and Easter Time highlight the central mysteries of the Paschal Mystery, namely, the incarnation, death on the cross, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ, and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The Sundays and weeks of Ordinary Time, on the other hand, take us through the life of Christ. This is the time of conversion. This is living the life of Christ.

Ordinary Time is a time for growth and maturation, a time in which the mystery of Christ is called to penetrate ever more deeply into history until all things are finally caught up in Christ. The goal, toward which all of history is directed, is represented by the final Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. (1)

Ordinary Time begins after the Christmas season with the feast of the Baptism of Jesus.  It continues until the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday.  Ordinary Time continues after Pentecost which closes the the Easter Season 50 days after Easter Sunday.  Ordinary Time ends with the feast of Christ the King, usually in November. The following week begins the new Liturgical Season with the Advent Liturgical Season.

(1) Taken from US Conference of Catholic Bishops website.

Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord


The Baptism of the Lord is yet another powerful revelation (manifestation or epiphany) of Christ’s identity: God’s beloved Son, on whom his favor rests. Like the visit of the Magi and the wedding feast of Cana, the baptism of Christ by John in the River Jordon is an experience of God’s action and presence revealed in Christ.

All Baptized Christians share in the priestly, prophetic and kingly aspects of Jesus’ ministry:

“These faithful are by baptism made one body with Christ and are constituted among the People of God; they are in their own way made sharers in the priestly, prophetical, and kingly functions of Christ; and they carry out for their own part the mission of the whole Christian people in the Church and in the world.” (Lumen Genitum 31).

Solemnity of the Epiphany


Another manifestation of Jesus as God, this time to people who are outside the Jewish tradition.  The magi brought three gifts -GoldFrankincense, and Myrrh – representing three aspects of Jesus’ life.  Gold for His kingship over everything,  frankincense for his divinity and myrrh for his sacrificial death.


According to tradition, St. Thomas traveled East after Jesus’ Resurrection and encountered the three wise men. They were then baptized by St. Thomas.

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Wednesday January 1st, 2020

Masses are 5:00PM on Tuesday December 31, 2019 and 10:00AM and 11:30AM on Wednesday January 1, 2020.

The church celebrates that Mary is the Mother of God (Theotokos or more specifically “Bearer of God”). One of the most outstanding characteristics of Mary is her willingness to know and do God’s will. We seek to follow Mary’s example more closely so we can be bearers of Christ to the world in the modern world.

Christmas Day

Wednesday December 25th, 2019
Our Dear Parishioners and Guests,

Advent is a Season to prepare for and celebrate the Coming of the Lord.  I am excited to be celebrating this Christmas with you for the first time as your Pastor.
I ask you to invite a friend or relative who may have been away from the Church to come back for Christmas.
On behalf of the clergy and staff of the parish I wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year.
In the Lord,

Father Larry Fama

Christmas Eve Masses
Herron Hall – Tuesday December 24 @ 4:00PM
Church – Tuesday December 24 @ 4:00PM
Church – Tuesday December 24 @ 6:00PM
Church – Tuesday December 24 @ 10:00PM (Music Prelude at 9:30PM)

Christmas Day Masses
Church – Wednesday December 25 @ 8:00AM
Church – Wednesday December 25 @ 10:00AM
Church – Wednesday December 25 @ 12:00 Noon

Cardinal Tobin at the December 22nd, 2019 Noon Mass.

On Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 Cardinal Tobin will be here to celebrate the noon Mass. This is the first time that the Cardinal is coming for an official parish visit. Let’s fill the church to welcome our Chief Shepherd of the Archdiocese to our parish.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin was installed as the shepherd of our Archdiocese on January 6, 2017.
He was ordained a priest on June 1, 1978 and is a Redemptorist (Congregatio Sanctissimi Redemptoris – C.Ss.R.). He was elevated to Cardinal by Pope Francis on November 19, 2016.

Cardinal Tobin has a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy, a Masters in religious education, and a Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Theology.

He served as the Archbishop of Indianapolis for five years, Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life in the Roman Curia for three years, and was the Superior General for the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer for twelve years.