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For more than 125 years Catholics of Nutley, Belleville and the surrounding area have come to Saint Mary's to celebrate the Eucharist, to grow in the spiritual life, to educate their children in the Faith, to befriend one another, and to work together to help people and benefit our community. We hope you will be a part of this tradition we value so much, and that you will consider taking part in our parish life.

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From the Desk of Fr. Tom
“Jesus Help Me to Stand and Walk With You All Week Long”

Today we begin the most sacred and holiest week in the Church’s Liturgical Year. We recall, remember and dramatize in a most solemn manner the Messiah’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem. In this week we are given a “great privilege” to stand and walk with the Lord Jesus as he undergoes His passion, suffering, death and glorious Resurrection on Easter Sunday. “The rituals of Holy Week and Easter offer Catholics an opportunity to understand the ‘priceless gift of salvation obtained by Christ’s sacrifice’ on the cross,” Pope [Emeritus] Benedict XVI said. He continued, “the Easter triduum, which represents the heart of the whole liturgical year, is a time for the faithful to immerse themselves in the central events of redemption, to relive the paschal mystery and to meditate more vividly on the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord.”

As we begin today not only to stand with Jesus and walk with Him, we may not always do this in a perfect manner. Maybe we will fall asleep in the garden, as well, instead of keeping watch in prayer. “We may strike out clumsily with a sword and miss the real foe.” We may not always walk closely, but from a distance. We may even deny we know Him. Maybe we will only join Him at the end and ask for mercy and forgiveness like Dismas, the good thief on the cross. No matter what happens on our part, our divine Lord remains faithful and determined to do His Heaven Father’s will in all things; why; because He loves us so very much!

As we prayerfully reflect on the meaning of Palm Sunday in our lives, we realize there are “precious palms” in our “spiritual lives.” The palms of our spiritual life symbolize “victory”, “peace” and “reward.” We must remember before the victory we will have to experience trials, tribulations and suffering. Before we experience true peace, we will have to be faithful in accepting and embracing the truth in “the words and actions of Jesus.” Our reward in heaven will be given only for our loyal and faithful service to our Lord Jesus Christ. We must always remember that Jesus’ victory only came about through His redemptive death on the cross. That is why, even as we celebrate His triumphant entry into the Holy City, we have placed before us the account in Scripture concerning His passion and death. As this week we call Holy unfolds, we journey with Jesus on Holy Thursday to the Upper Room and watch as He washes the feet of His Apostles and institutes the Holy Eucharist for the first time and the holy priesthood. Later that night, we go into the garden and keep watch, watching and praying in front of the repositories of our Churches where Christ is truly present. On Good Friday, we walk the Via Dolorosa and stand by at Calvary with Mary and St. John, as the Church is born at the side of Christ. At the Easter Vigil, we watch, wait and celebrate the victory over death and rejoice in our newly baptized and those received into full communion with the Church. Don’t miss out on all the events of Holy Week; celebrate each liturgy with gratitude and love. If we remain close to Him, His grace will transform our lives. “Jesus thank you for enduring so much just to win our salvation. Help me to stand with you all week long.”

And then with hearts filled with joy on Easter Sunday, but not until then, we can say truly He is alive. Alive in me and others, “Alleluia, Alleluia, Christ is truly risen as He said.”
In the peace of Christ,
Fr. Tom Nicastro

 

 

 

 

Our Parish is Served by:

Rev. Richard J. Berbary
Pastor

Bishop Charles J. McDonnell
in Residence

Rev. Thomas Nicastro
Parochial Vicar

Rev. Trinidad Jose Cuevas
Parochial Vicar

Deacon Reynaldo Trinidad
Parish Deacon

Joanne Paulson
Parish Trustee

Patrick Perrone
Parish Trustee

Bruce Mauro
Music Director

Anthony G. Armando
Director of Religious Education

 

Contact Info

Parish Office:
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Parish Center)
Saturday: 1:00 p.m - 5:30 p.m. (Church Vestibule)
Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Church Vestibule)
973-235-1100 (ph)
973-661-0233 (fx)

Email: info@stmarysnutley.org
Webmaster: andrew@stmarysnutley.org
Director of Religious Education:
Anthony Armando: 973-667-8239
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Parish Bulletins:

Check Current and Previous Parish Bulletins for Mass Intentions and Special Events! This week's bulletin is available here. Previous bulletins can be downloaded or viewed here.

 

Activities at St. Mary's

BINGO!:This Week's Powerball is $500! For more info click here.

All of our Parish Organizations are listed on the Organization page here.

 

Mass Schedule

Sunday Masses:
Saturday Evening: 5:30 p.m. (Vigil)
Sunday: 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m.
Family Mass: 10:30 a.m. - Children are taken to Msgr. Walsh Hall during the Readings and rejoin their families during the Offeratory.

Weekday Masses (Parish Center Chapel):
Monday - Friday:
6:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m. and 12:10 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m.

Holy Days:
6:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 7:00 pm

National Holidays:
9:00 a.m.

 

Prayer

Miraculous Medal (Chapel):
Monday, 12 Noon
Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Church):
Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.
Devotion to the Divine Mercy (Chapel):
Thursday, 7:00 p.m.

Eucharistic Adoration:
Every first Friday of the month - 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (in the Chapel)
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Nocturnal Adoration Society Prayers.

Scripture Study:
Held every Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center Conference Room. If interested in joining, call 973-235-1100.

Oratory of Divine Love:
Our prayer group meets every Wednesday evening at 8:00 p.m. in the Parish Center.

Meetings include prayer, scripture readings, meditation and group discussions encouraging members to pledge themselves to work towards their own spirituality and the spiritual growth of others.

Ps.133:1 - Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

 

School

Good Shepherd Academy:
Principal Sr. Jane Feltz, M.P.F.: 973-667-2049
Our Coeducational Catholic Grade School sponsored by the Archdiocese of Newark. Grades K Through 8.
www.gsanutley.org/gsa

 

Religious Education Program

Our Religious Education Program is open to grades Pre-K thru 9. Classes are held Sunday mornings and Tuesday afternoons. The schedule can be found online here. To view St. Mary's Religious Education Website with Programs, Calendar and Policies Click Here. In the event of inclement weather, etc., all cancelations will be posted on the Religious Education Website.

 

Sacraments

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults):
The RCIA helps those who may want to become Catholic or return to practicing the Faith. Please call the Parish Center for more information

Anointing of the Sick:
Holy Communion will be brought to any parishioner confined to home, upon request. Those who are seriously ill, or weak from the burden of years, should request the Sacrament. Urgent calls will be attended to at anytime

Marriages:
Please call the rectory to make arrangements at least one year in advance.

Baptisms:
Baptisms are the third Sunday of each month, at 1:30 p.m. Please call at least a month in advance to make arrangements. Parents baptizing their first child are expected to attend an instructional session, each second Sunday of the month at 11:30 a.m.

Confessions:
Saturdays: 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., or anytime by appointment.

 

Mass Intentions:

Masses may be booked at the Parish Center during office hours or on Sundays in the church office after masses. Saturday Evening, Sunday and Holy Day Masses are $20 each. Weekday Masses are $10. Chapel and Church Lamps and Wine are $15 each.

 

 
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