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Why a “Coffee and…” column?
Like any good Colombian, I greatly identify myself with coffee. It is a product of great quality with which many Colombian families identify themselves and it is also one of the great ambassadors of our beautiful Colombia. Usually, when one is enjoying a good cup of coffee and there is a newspaper or any other type of reading material nearby, one reads what is at hand.
The “coffee and…” column is a way for me to share with you those things about which I would like to dialogue; usually these are related to the life of our parish community, personal reflections, or some things that I consider important for you to know. It will be published on a weekly basis and it will never be more than half a page.
I thank you, in advance, for reading it and I will gladly accept any suggestions.
Do you know there was a time in which drinking coffee was considered something diabolic? Unaware of the effects of caffeine, many enjoyed the good flavor and the aroma of a cup of coffee; some preferred it thicker or more dense in order to taste the essence of its concentrated citric flavors and its solid aromas.
When drunk in the evening hours many were not able to sleep and thus, unable to reconcile their sleep, they would indulge in “adult games” which kept them up until late hours of the night. This behavior was considered, by many, as something solely pertaininig to “sinners.” Therefore, many priests and Bishops condemned it and imposed the charge of “mortal sin” to whomever consumed it.
The controversy was so great that it reached the Vatican. Fortunately, it only took Pope Benedict VIII one sip of coffee to say: “this drink is good and pleasing to Catholic lips.” Thereafter the charge of “sin” was lifted and people started to drink it without feeling guilty.
I know that, in Colombia, there was a time in which fathers, as penance for the peasants, imposed that they plant coffee trees; that is how the famous “coffee triangle” came about and the reason why today it is where the most concentrated production of coffee takes place, thus gestating these beautiful lands and crops, which are a source of pride for the beautiful Colombian mountains.
Thank you, once again, for reading this space, and for allowing me the privilege of reaching your homes in order to continue sharing, with you, those matters that concern our parish community.
While Pope Francis drinks “mate”, I drink coffee! J
May the glorious and powerful intercession of our Blessed Mother, Help of Christians, continue to bestow many blessings upon each and every one of us.
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You are most welcome to St. Mary’s Parish. You may register by contacting the Parish Office during working hours. If you are not registered presently, we cannot provide you with testimonial letters in connection with sponsorship for the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation or Matrimony. If you are moving from the Parish, please notify the Parish Office.
2015 Bishop’s Annual Appeal
Serving Christ Among Us
It is important that when you give to any charitable organization, you are confident that the funds are used wisely. Be assured that your gift to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal supports four causes: our Catholic Charities agencies, seminarian education, our inner-city area elementary school and our priests’ retirement residence. Funds are used for no other purpose. Note, also, that all funds raised for the Paterson Diocese stay in the Paterson Diocese. Please make a pledge to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal today.
In an effort to raise much needed funds, Catholic Charities now has a “car donation” program and is desirous of having donors give us used cars and other vehicles which will be sold and whose proceeds will fund our programs and services for the poor. It you need more information, you can access at www.catholiccharities-cardonations.org. Many thanks for considering this request. It will help us tremendously. Joe Duffy
As all of you know, we are going to have our 50/50 raffle for the beginning of Christmas season. We are going to start with Thanksgiving Day, so we are planning to leave this day for our
An important part of this activity is the 50/50 Raffle which will be drawn on November 26th, 2015. It is one of our major fundraisers for the parish. We are asking that you please buy our 50/50 book. The more books we sell the greater the prize money.
Thank you for your cooperation and support and may God continue to bless everyone for your generosity to our Parish.
Viridian is one way to Help Build Up our Church financially, to help build up better Environment, and to help Ourselves cut the cost of Electric Utilities.
Please see for details:
Catholic Charities – Diocese of Paterson
Annual Corpus Christi Food Collection for the Poor
Due to the unprecedented requests for assistance from Catholic Charities’ food pantries and in order to fulfill our obligations to the poor, Bishop Serratelli has authorized a Diocesan-wide food collection in all parishes and agencies on the Feast of Corpus Christi, Saturday/Sunday, June 6-7, 2015. We are all being asked to bring assorted food products on that day. Our parish has been asked to collect Instant Mashed Potatoes/Rice A-Roni.
Cash donations will also be accepted. Please mark Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7 as the food collection day in order to help those in need in our Diocesan community of Morris, Passaic and Sussex Counties.
Rosary Society News
The next regular meeting of St. Mary’s Rosary Society will take place on Monday, Dececmber 7, 2015 in the Parish Center following the 12:00 p.m. mass. Food for the poor can be brought to this meeting. Refreshments will be provided by Alberta's band. Rosary Sunday will be celebrated on December 6 at the 7:45 a.m. mass.
St. Mary's Rosary Society will be participating in the St. Gerard's indoor flea market on Sunday, November 29. If you like a bargain and would like to help our Church why not go to the flea market and purchase something from our table. You'll be glad you did.
On behalf of our Parish Family, I would like to thank all those who participated in last year’s 20 WEEK CLUB MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR FUND. Thanks to you it was a tremendous success. We had over 200 members. Because of your participation we were able to make the necessary improvements and repairs to our Parish. We were able to do the following:
A. New lights were purchased for the Sanctuary.
B. Repaired an air condition unit in the Parish Center.
C. Repaired water leak in the Rectory.
D. Repaired the roof of the Church that had a leak.
E. Changed a water pump in the Church basement.
F. Fixed the gate in the back of the Parish Center.
G. Repaired the damage in the Convent that was caused by the filtration of water in the ceiling.
This year we have other situations that must be addressed:
1. Repair roof leaks in the Parish Center.
2. Change the ceiling of the Parish Center.
3. Repair the parking gates.
4. Repair the emergency doors in the Parish Center.
5. Put a water pump in the back of the Parish Center.
Knights of Columbus
For all the members of the Knights of Columbus, we want to let you know that we have our meetings every 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Basement of the Rectory
Religious Education News
The registrations for the CCD Program will be only Mondays and Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Office; Fridays from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Office and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Rectory basement.
The Sanctuary Lamp
If you wish to light the Sanctuary Lamp in memory of your loved one for 2015, we have available only the months of June, October and November.
ATTENTION ! ! !
The side door of the church is ready to be used by the disabled people. The door will be open during all masses. Also, there will be a special parking for them to park their cars near the entrance.
RECTORY OFFICE HOURS
Monday through Friday
9;00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION OFFICE HOURS
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Notice from the Diocese
If any person may have been abused by any priest, they should immediately contact their local County Prosecutor’s Office and the Diocese’s Victims Assistance Coordinator: Peggy Zanello at (983) 879-1489. You may also be in touch with either of the Diocesan Response Officers: Rev. Msgr. James T. Mahoney, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia (973) 777-8818 ext 205 or Sister Mary Edward Spohrer S.C.C. Chancellor/Delegate for Religious
(973) 777-8818 ext. 248.
The entire text of the Policy of the Diocese of Paterson in Response to Complaints of Sexual Abuse is available on the diocesan Web site: www.patersondiocese.org
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Religious Education News
Our parish community would like to inform that registrations for the CCD program of our children, youth and adults are open until the last day of July. Please be reminded that it is the Religious Education Program which provides access to the sacraments of Initiation of Christian life like Baptism (children 6 years old, youth and adults who have not been baptized), First Holy Communion and Confirmation. The registrations for the CCD Program will be only Mondays and Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Office; Fridays from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Office and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Rectory basement; Thursdays will be by appointment. You can all at (973) 790-8651 extensions 203 or 200.
A reminder that the RCIA program will be provided to adult persons who have not yet completed their Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation & Eucharist).
It is a great joy for us to welcome new members to our parish community. You are invited to register as soon as possible in order to participate in our various ministries, programs, and activities. Registration is our only mean of recognizing anyone as a supporting and practicing member of our parish. It is also important for sponsorship certificates for the Sacraments, recommendations for positions, school and references. Please take the time to register your family at the Rectory office.