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Holy Thursday

According to the Church’s ancient tradition, there is one liturgy in each community on this day. That liturgy is celebrated in the evening. The whole parish assembles, its various groups gathered as one church, to enter as one community into the first movement of the Easter Triduum.

We will celebrate the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30PM in the upper church. Immediately following Mass everyone is invited to spend some time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.

In keeping with an old tradition, following the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, we will visit three churches in the area. Anyone wishing to join this group is asked to meet in the parking lot immediately following Mass and we will carpool. We will return to St. Mary’s for Night Prayer at 11PM in the church.

Holy Week

As we continue our Lenten journey, we enter Holy Week – a time to remember and renew our commitment to the One who is the Way, the Truth and the Life!

Lenten Giving Tree
If you have taken a tag from the tree, please return the item(s) to the parish office this week.

Parish Office Hours for Easter
The parish office will close at 12 Noon on Holy Thursday, and will be closed all day on Good Friday, and on Easter Monday, April 22nd.

Holy Thursday
The evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be at 7:30PM, with visitation of churches immediately following. Night prayer will begin at 11PM. There will be no morning mass on Holy Thursday.

Good Friday
At 9AM, we will have Morning Prayer and at 3PM, the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion. From 7:30-8:30PM, we will reflect on the Stations of the Cross, presented by our youth group.

Holy Saturday
At 9AM, we will have Morning Prayer. Following Morning Prayer, help is welcomed to decorate the church for Easter. At 8PM, the Vigil of the Lord’s Resurrection will begin in front of the church.

Easter Sunday
We will celebrate Easter at the 7:45, 10AM and 12PM masses.

Over the next week . . .

Food Pantry Easter Baskets
We will be distributing our Easter Baskets this Friday, April 12th. If you can donate a turkey or ham for this cause, we greatly appreciate your generosity. You can drop off your donation at the parish office during office hours, 9AM to 6PM. If you know of anyone who is in need of a basket, please let the parish office know at 201-384-0557. All information will be kept confidential. Thank you and God Bless.

Lenten Giving Tree
We collect items for St. Clare’s Home for Children, which is a part of the AIDS Resource Foundation in Newark. Tags have been available since the beginning of Lent. If you have taken a tag, please return the item(s) to the church before the end of Lent.

The Chrism Mass
. . . will be on Monday, April 15th at 8PM in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. At this liturgy the Sacred Oils used in our Sacramental life will be blessed and distributed to all parishes. Anyone who would like to attend is asked to call the Parish Office and we will carpool.