LENTEN MESSAGE FROM POPE FRANCIS 2014
The Time of Lent ... a path to holiness - A message from our Bishop David M. O'Connell
Bishop issues instructions for Lent 2014
USCCB Calendar for Lent
Q & A about Lent
The Soup to Nuts of Fasting
Take it with you... Mobile app for Lent
Go see the movie SON OF GOD watch a preview
Rediscovering the Sacrament of Penance Give Up, Take Up, Lift Up! - More Lent Stuff from the USCCB
Rediscovering the Sacrament of Penance
Give Up, Take Up, Lift Up! - More Lent Stuff from the USCCB
Stations of the Cross will be offered every Friday during Lent at 7:30pm at Our Lady of Mercy Church, Englishtown. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
Confession will be offered every Tuesday evening during Lent from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at St. Thomas More Church. This is in addition to the regular Saturday confessions. There will be no confessions on Tuesday, March 25th due to the Parish Mission.
Eucharistic Adoration to be offered during Lent – During Lent we will be adding a one hour period of silent adoration to the end of the Monday night Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help at Our Lady of Mercy Church. You are welcome to join us for the Novena which starts at 7:00pm. After the Rosary (approx. 7:50pm) we will transition into one hour of silent adoration. Those entering and leaving the church during this time are asked to do so in a reverent manner. We hope this opportunity to spend some time with our Eucharistic Lord enhances your Lenten experience.
Daily Mass Intentions and other important information can be found in the current Church bulletin.
Parish Youth Group - Welcome
Teen BLAST - Belonging, Learning and Serving Together. All teens are welcome to join us - make new friends, grow in faith, and make a difference in the world. This is YOUR group and there are many exciting activities being planned based on your suggestions. Don't miss out! If you aren't getting our emails please contact us at email@example.com . You can also text the word JOIN to 732-587-6160. Visit our Youth Group web page to find out about all kinds of activities including our calendar of upcoming events. We'll see you at the next great event and bring a buddy!
Parish Prayer Chain –Our Parish has a prayer chain of over 30 members. Some are current member of our parish and others have moved to other parts of the country, but still keep active in this ministry. We have received prayer requests from all over the world. Please call (732)446-2371 if you have a need for prayers for any situation. Alternatively, you may send your prayer request via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not want your name known, it will be kept confidential. The head of this ministry is Deacon Jim Davis
This year, our annual appeal has a new name: the Annual Catholic Appeal. Formerly the Bishop’s Appeal, the campaign’s new name presents a clearer picture of what the appeal is about and what it is meant to accomplish. (learn more) Today the mission of the Annual Catholic Appeal remains the same as it was when it began, to financially empower the Church to serve all the people of God, regardless of belief. What is different today is that the needs are greater than ever before.
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Our Lady of Mercy Church Altar Server Schedule: |
March 8th thru April 27th 2014 (excluding Easter Sunday)
St. Thomas More Church Ministry Schedule:
March 15th thru May 4, 2014
(excluding Palm Sunday & Easter Sunday)
From the Desk of the Bishop
People ask me all kinds of questions. As your Bishop, I would like to begin a series of catechetical instructions to help clarify some of the issues, expectations and misunderstandings presented to me most often. I would like to begin with the sacraments of the Catholic Church.
Catechesis on the Sacraments: by Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M.
We are the Bridges family and we'd love for you to join us. We are now accepting registration for the 2013–2014 school year. The best way to fully understand the benefits of any program is to schedule a visit to discuss your options. Please call Luann or Kristen at (732) 446-3107 to arrange an appointment or, visit our web site www.bridgesnurseryschool.com for more information.
For 23 years the staff of Bridges at St. Thomas More Nursery School & Kindergarten has been enriching the lives of their students spiritually and academically. Classes begin with Mommy & Me and continue up through kindergarten.
Holy Hour will take place on the first Friday of each month from 7:30PM to 8:30PM at St. Thomas More Church (except during Lent when Stations of the Cross will be offered at Our Lady of Mercy Church). During the hour we will celebrate evening prayer (Liturgy of the Hours) and benediction with at least 30 minutes for quiet prayer time with our Eucharistic Lord. The next Holy Hour of Prayer will be held on Friday, May 2, 2014.
Make a donation to our parish just by shopping! The Printery House is a department of Conception Abbey that manufactures and sells Christian greeting cards and gifts.
If you click on the Printery House link, we will automatically receive a donation of 7% of whatever you purchase. Or, just be sure to use our special Keycode, AF1333 if you call or mail in your order to them. Your donation will be used to benefit social outreach ministries in the Parish. Plus, by patronizing the Printery House, you help to support Conception Seminary College at the Abbey, where our future priests begin their training.
Parish Mission Statement:
The Parish of St. Thomas More is a Roman Catholic family of faith, built on the inspiration of past generations, to serve the community by loving God and our neighbor. We strengthen faith, celebrate the sacraments, provide for the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, educate across the life span, heal the spiritually broken and respect the dignity of human life. We live the Gospel and seek Christ in all people.