|December 10, 2017
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The Season of Advent invites us to refocus our lives on the
essential aspects of our faith. Recently I was asked a question
that has me pondering our life together as a faith community.
“What is the heart of our community?” Is it the School, the
Sunday Liturgies, the various societies and organizations, Religious
Education, or our Athletic Program? For me the question
is centered on the person of Jesus Christ. Not a “What” is
the center but “Who” is the center.
A parish is established for the sanctification of its people. The
Sacraments are celebrated and administered so that we will
grow together in the life of Christ, a life of grace and holiness.
The most important event of the day is the celebration of
the Eucharist, the daily Mass. We are blessed to have a number
of parishioners who attend the daily mass and we are fortunate
to have Mass celebrated each day. I am grateful that Fr.
Dario has been assigned to the parish, but I am aware that the
day may come when only one priest will be assigned to the
On the average our Sunday Mass attendance is about 1,450
people over four Sunday liturgies. There are 3,610 families
The Church seats between 850 -900 people so it is never full
on a Sunday morning. Please continue to pray for the renewal
of our parish, that our families and loved ones would return to
the practice of the Catholic Faith. Pray, also, for vocations to
the priesthood, diaconate, religious life and to lay ministry in
Our Advent Holy Hour is this afternoon at 3pm. The Franciscan
Friars of the Renewal will be here to pray with us.
More from Father Tom on our Pastor's Page
Join Us for Our Parish Penance Service
December 13, 2017, 7:00pm at St. Bartholomew Church
St. Vincent de Paul Meeting
7:30pm in the Parish Center
More info on the St. Vincent de Paul page.
Parish Penance Service
7:00pm in the Church
Knights of Columbus Assembly Meeting
7:30pm at the Knights House
St. Vincent de Paul Food Collection
Donations will be accepted in the Narthex before and after all Masses
The Following items are needed for the Food
Pantry: Paper towels, bath tissue, facial tissue, mustard,
ketchup, vegetable oil, laundry detergent, aluminum
foil, plastic bags (all sizes), snack pack puddings,
pancake syrup and mix, regular coffee and
Thank you for your generosity.
Knights of Columbus Wreathes Across America
Today the Knights will travel to the
Brig. General Doyle Cemetery in Wrightstown NJ to lay
wreaths on the Veterans graves. For this Event we sold
241 Wreathes. Thanks to Tony Riccardella-PGK for
Chairing this event for our Council.
Make a Card Workshop for the Lonely at Christmas
1:00-3:00pm at Parish Hall
Join us to relax and make cards! No artistic experience necessary!
- Comfort the people left out of the holiday season.
- This event counts as service hours.
- We will deliver the cards at a later date to CareOne
or St. Peter's at a later date.
More info on the Youth Group page.
Corpus Christi Church Christmas Cookie Walk
1:00pm - 5:00pm in the Church Hall off of Kamm Ave.
Corpus Christi Church, South River
Delicious homemade cookies will be sold by the pound.
Knights of Columbus Corporate Communion
Children's Liturgy of the Word
Knights of Columbus “Keep Christ in Christmas”
Poster Contest Announcement of First Place Winners
At the 10:00am Mass by the
Very Reverend Father Thomas J. Walsh, Pastor,... one
winner in each Grade Level category K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.
St. Ann Parish Annual Christmas Concert with
Father Alphonse Stephenson’s
Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea
2:00pm at Somerset County Vocational & Technical School, Bridgewater, NJ
Advance Tickets only are available now by calling
the Rectory Office at (908) 725-1008 ext. 104
Christmas Schedule 2017
Saturday, December 16
11:00am-12:00 Noon and 3:30pm-4:30pm
Monday, December 18
Confessions will be heard after the
7:00pm Novena Mass
4th Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 24
and 12:00 Noon
Sunday, December 24
4:00pm Children's Liturgy
5:30pm 7:00pm & 12:00 Midnight
(Service of Carols beginning at 11:15pm. Please arrive early since the church is full by midnight.)
Monday, December 25
and 12:00 Noon
Parish Office Hours
Mon - Thur:
*Parish Office Closing
at 11:00am on December 19
*Parish Office Closed December 22 and December 25-26 for Christmas.
For our Brothers and Sisters
Having trouble hearing in Church?
Hearing Assistance Devices are available in the rear of the Church.
The devices cannot be used outside the Church, as they are connected
to our Church public address system.
The hearing devices are used by many at daily
and Sunday Masses and other Liturgical Celebrations.
PLEASE be sure to return them to the box at the
back of the Church and also be certain to turn the
switch OFF before placing them back into the box.