On the evening of Thursday, January 6, STM was pleased to welcome Sr. Donna Ciagio, O.P., Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Newark and Melissa Elise of the Archdiocesean Center. Together, they presented a special presentation for Pastoral Council and Parish Community on the Synod on Synodality: for a Listening Church. We thank them for their time and informative presentation and we look forward to beginning the synodal process here in our parish.
Our STM Bible Study Group will resume on February 1, 2022 and continue each Tuesday evening thereafter from 7-8 PM. Our meetings will be held in O'Connor Hall. Please bring your Bible, a pad & pencil.
Our topic/theme will be the Acts of the Apostles.
We hope you will join us. New members are always welcome!
On May 21, 2021, Pope Francis surprised the Church by announcing that the Synod of Bishops, postponed due to the pandemic, will be preceded by a synodal process that includes “listening to all of the baptized” in every local diocese before the bishops gather again in 2023.
On Thursday, January 6, the New Jersey Legislature advanced legislation similar to the proposed “Reproductive Freedom Act.” This new legislation would codify in state law the right to abortion through all nine months of pregnancy. The bill will be voted on by the full Senate and Assembly on this coming Monday, January 10th.
Please go to the NJCC website (link below) to learn more about this proposed legislation that denies all rights of a child in the womb and please contact your Senate and Assembly representatives encouraging them to oppose and vote against this bill.
On this Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, let us recall that both John and Jesus were unborn children in their mother’s womb when Mary visited Elizabeth and heard the words, “Blessed are you among women and Blessed is the fruit of your womb.”
Please visit the following page to send a message to your state representatives asking them to take action to protect innocent unborn lives. It only takes a few minutes:
As a precautionary measure for the health and safety of our parishioners, we have decided to cancel our Annual Parish Family Breakfast scheduled for Sunday, January 9 following the 10 AM Mass.
Due to the many post-Christmas/New Year outbreaks of COVID-19, it would not be prudent for us to host a large social gathering in the immediate future.
We hope you and your family remain healthy and safe through this New Year! While so many things remain uncertain and changing, have hope. Why??
“Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:5).