Lent is fast approaching! On Wednesday, March 2, the Church begins the Penitential Season of Lent.
Ash Wednesday Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM. Liturgy of the Word Services (with Distribution of Ashes) will be offered at 12:10 PM and 4:15 PM.
We hope you will join us as we enter into this Holy Season!
As per the Lenten Regulations of the Archdiocese of Newark: “The days of both Fast and Abstinence during Lent are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the “paschal fast” to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare our selves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily His Resurrection. The other Fridays of Lent are days of Abstinence. On a day of Fast, only one (1) full meal is permit ted, and two (2) smaller meals, which, if added together, would not exceed the main meal in quantity. Those between the ages of 18 and 59 are obliged to fast.”
In May 2021, Pope Francis surprised the Church by announcing that a synodal process that includes “listening to all of the baptized” before he gathers with the bishops again in 2023.
STM is coordinating its listening sessions at which Catholics will be encouraged to share their opinions on what is expected of today’s Church. Sessions will be guided by universal questions for dioceses worldwide examining the perceptions of today’s Catholics. All Catholics/parishioners...practicing, inactive, thrilled, or disappointed are most welcome to come share. Please join us in this important time as we seek to listen to the Holy Spirit speaking through you and your experiences to help guide us forward in bold faith!
1) Schedules of the Parish Family Listening Session (in O'Connor Hall)
Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022 immediately after 5pm Mass
Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022 immediately after 8am, 10am, or 12pm Masses
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022 immediately following our 7pm Eucharistic Adoration
2) CCD Family Listening Sessions
Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022 as part of Our Regularly Scheduled Family Catechesis
Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022 as part of Our Regularly Scheduled Family Catechesis
3) Pastoral Council and Active Ministries Listening
Sessions like K of C, Legion of Mary, Bible Class, Public Discipleship Ministry, etc.
(at their scheduled meetings)
** If you are unable to attend one of our listening sessions, you can participate using our eForm - or - by printing/filling out this paper Synodal Questionnaire. Paper Synodal Questionnaires are due back to our Rectory (att: STM Synod Team) by the first week of March. **