Mass for the Second Sunday of Lent – February 28, 2021










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Cardinal Tobin has written a Pastoral Letter on the Eucharist called “Returning to Grace”.  Please see the following link for a video and more information.




February 14th was our Pledge and Collection Weekend. Please continue to drop your pledge and collection envelopes in the collection basket at mass or place them in the lock box at the top of the Parish Center steps. Thank you to those who have already made their gift to the 2021 Annual Appeal. Our goal of $99,856 can only be achieved through YOUR generosity! Under the new Archdiocese guidelines, if a parish does not reach their goal the balance must be made up as an expense in the 2022 parish operating budget year. To date the amount Pledged is $27,412.


Will you join your fellow parishioners in supporting this effort that strengthens many important programs and ministries across the Archdiocese of Newark including our own parish school? If you have not yet made a gift, there will be pledge forms available at the doors of the church, or you can visit https://www.rcan.org/sharing . Please be sure to credit our parish if you donate online. Your gift will truly make a difference. Thank you for your prayers and support.

A brief statement by Father Larry at the 11:30AM mass on Friday February 26, 2021.


The Equality Act is again being brought up before congress.  Below is a link to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website regarding the Act and why they oppose the Act as it is written, including a fact sheet and a link to contact your federally elected officials.

https://www.usccb.org/equality-act

A brief excerpt from the page

“Human dignity is central to what we believe as Catholics.  Every person is made in the image of God and should be treated accordingly, with respect and compassion.  That means we need to honor every person’s right to be free of unjust discrimination.”

“The Equality Act purports to protect people experiencing same-sex attraction or gender discordance from unjust discrimination. Although this is a worthy purpose, the Equality Act does not serve it. And instead of respecting differences in beliefs about marriage and sexuality, the Equality Act discriminates against people of faith precisely because of those beliefs.  In the process, the Equality Act codifies the new ideology of “gender” in federal law, dismissing sexual difference and falsely presenting “gender” as only a social construct.”

A direct link to the Equality Act itself is located at
https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/5/text

A select number of bishops, including our own Cardinal Tobin, have signed a statement called “God is On Your Side: A Statement from Catholic Bishops on Protecting LGBT Youth” that encourages the dignity of all human life and opposes any form of violence, bullying or harassment.
https://tylerclementi.org/catholicbishopsstatement/


Reflections on the Sermon on the Mount.

The St. Thomas Social Concerns Ministry will host these discussions on three consecutive Thursday nights: March 11th, March 18th, and March 25th from 7:30pm to 9pm, via the Zoom platform. You may register for all three sessions at once; or up to the day before an individual session via https://forms.gle/WGikoLjTj4RthvPS8 Click the button below for more details.




Centering Prayer Group For Lent: The God You Are Seeking Is Seeking You




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