The Holy Spirit Episcopal Church of Verona reached out to Fr. Joe (they are part of the same interfaith clergy support group) because they are in urgent need of items for their new food pantry. Items include, but are not limited to:
The food pantry will continue to be open the 4th Saturday of each month. As of July 2016, we have adjusted the hours to 9am-12pm.
For more information about the food pantry and items needed, visit holyspiritverona.org/food-pantry.
A Mass to commemorate the first anniversary of the passing of Most Reverend Thomas A. Donato will be held on Thursday, August 25 at 7pm at St. Henry Church, 82 West 29th Street, Bayonne, NJ.
Light refreshments will be served afterwards at the parish center. Anyone wishing to attend should call St. Henry’s parish office at 201-436-0857 by Thursday, August 18
The following message is from Rev. Timothy Graff, Director, Office of Human Concerns:
As our nation moves toward the national conventions and elections this November for President and other important elected posts, we wish to remind you that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops offers “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” as our teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics.
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We have people coming to the rectory office on a regular basis who need a form of some kind filled out and when we check our records, we find that they are not registered parishioners. ARE YOUR REGISTERED AS A PARISHIONER OF OUR LADY OF THE LAKE? If you are not, it becomes more complicated if you need some kind of form to be filled out stating that you are a parishioner of our parish.
Parish policy require registration to participate in Baptism, Marriage and religion classes. The best way for you to know if you are registered is if you receive our parish mailing at Easter and Christmas.
PLEASE save yourselves and parish staff a great deal of time and trouble—sign up at a welcome weekend at the doors of the church or come to the rectory office and complete our simple form.
All are welcome!
The Archdiocese of Newark has introduced a short video highlighting the significance of the Church’s meaningful funeral rituals to guide our Catholic community. The six minute video, titled “Many Travelers, One Journey,” weaves together the stories of multiple individuals describing how family, friends and the Church community come together to pray and comfort each other, celebrate the faith and life of their loved one, and share in the three principal parts of the Catholic funeral liturgy - the Vigil, Funeral Mass and Committal Service - known as the Order of Christian Funerals.
Produced by Catholic Cemeteries, a ministry of the Archdiocese of Newark, the video accompanies a comprehensive planning guide, titled “Continuing the Journey, Preparing a Catholic Funeral,” to assist Catholics during their time of loss or when pre-planning. All the above is available online at www.rcancem.org/ocf
For well over a century, the Catholic Church in NJ has provided adoption services. Throughout all those years, the Church promised to honor the privacy of birth parents and adoptees. That promise of privacy also was assured by law and affirmed by the State Superior Court. Those promises can no longer be kept. On May 27, 2014, a new law took effect that will allow adoptees and certain relatives to request and obtain the names of their biological parents beginning January 1, 2017.
Any birth parents who wish to preserve their privacy must submit a Redaction Request Form to NJ Dept. of Health no later than December 31, 2016. By filing this form, birth parents will be able to keep their names off any documents provided by the State to adoptees or anyone else. The form can be downloaded at http://nj.gov/health/forsm/reg-36c.pdf
If you know a person who placed a child in adoption, please tell them that if they do not file a Redaction Request Form, their name and other information could be given to the adoptee. Anyone needing assistance can call a HELPLINE at 609-989-4809.
Come join other Dads who understand the joys and struggles you live with as the father of sons and daughters with special needs. Typically 3rd Wednesday of the month, 7:30-9pm.
The meetings alternate location each month:
Nov 18, Jan 17, Mar 16, May 18
All Dads of children with special needs welcome. Refreshments are provided.
Any questions contact Deacon Jim Detura 201-747-0713 firstname.lastname@example.org or Anne Masters 973-639-6536 email@example.com
These Masses are adapted for individuals with special needs (developmental, intellectual and/or other disabilities) and their families and friends. They are particularly welcome to attend these Masses and celebrate the Eucharist with other members of the surrounding communities.
St. John the Evangelist: 29 N Washington Ave, Bergenfield. Nov 1, Dec 6, Jan 3, Feb 7, Mar 6, Apr 3, May 1, Jun 5, at 1:30pm. Contact Rosemarie Flood 201-384-3601
San Agustin: 3900 New York Ave., Union City. In Spanish. Nov 14, Dec 12, Jan 9, Feb 13, Mar 12, Apr 9, May 14, Jun 11, at 5pm.
Church of the Nativity: 315 Prospect St, Midland Park. Oct 11, Nov 8, Dec 24 (5:30pm), Jan 10, Feb 14, Mar 13, Apr 10, May 8, at 9am.
Our Lady of the Lake: 32 Lakeside Ave, Verona. Nov 1, Dec 6, Jan 3, Feb 7, Mar 6, Apr 10, May 1, at 9am
St. Therese of Lisieux: 120 Monroe Ave, Cresskill. Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 20, Jan 17, Feb 21, Mar 20, Apr 17, May 15, at 1:30pm. Archdiocese of Newark Pastoral Ministry with Persons with Disabilities 973-639-6536 or www.rcan.org/disabilities
LifeNet is working together with pro-life groups throughout NJ and surrounding areas to achieve equal rights for babies in the womb. To that end, we all know all our efforts to save unborn children from abortion must be strengthened by prayer.
A goal was set by LifeNet to have 2,400 Masses offered for the “Protection of unborn babies and their mothers” by December 31, 2016. This is a very doable and powerful project. To accomplish this project, one can simply visit our church office, or call us at 973-239-5696, and request Masses be offered for the “Protection of unborn babies and their mothers.”
The traditional Mass offering to the church is $10 per Mass. It is optimal the Masses be offered on Sundays to be heard by the most parishioners, however, any Mass is wonderful!! Please consider making a mass offering for these babies and their mothers.
In Service to One. In Service to All.
Did you ever think about joining a group of Catholic men who share your values and beliefs?
Then take a look at the Knights of Columbus.
We welcome new members ready to roll up their sleeves and work to make Our Lady of the Lake and our surrounding communities better places to live, work and share our faith-filled values. We work, pray and socialize together!
For information, please contact Gary Wilczewski, Grand Knight, at 973-432-0923 or Chuck Collins at 973-809-5580.
Cards are so handy to use once you get in the habit and you will l be helping OLL too. Cards are available in $50 and $100 denominations for Shop Rite, Foodtown and Kings. They can be purchased after all weekend masses at the Ramp door entrance or during the week at the rectory office.
Did you ever wonder:
Check out the free new mobile app Newark Evangelization at your App Store. This free app found on the App Store at “Newark Evangelization” will be the resource in the palm of your hand which will allow you to answer these questions and many more. It will be a fountain of information and inspiration for anyone interested in the Catholic faith. The site also offers helpful information to inquiring non-Catholics or inactive Catholics.
Have you ever thought about joining the Music Ministry of Our Lady of the Lake Church as a singer or instrumentalist? Our Adult and Children’s Choirs and Youth Band are now recruiting new members. Please read on to see where you can fit in.
The Parish Choir
Open to all individuals high school age and older. The ability to read music is not a requirement.
The Praiseful Youth Band (Grades 6-12)
Open to all band students. Students must be able to read music. We are particularly in need of upper woodwind, low brass, and percussion players.
The Joyful Voices Children’s Choir (Grades 3-8)
Open to all students. The ability to read music is not a requirement.
If you are interested in joining any of these musical groups, please contact music director Henry Gehman at 973-513-3192 or see him after any weekend mass.
Because of privacy laws, we are no longer advised by the hospital when our parishioners have been admitted.
If you or a loved one would like to be visited by a priest while in the hospital, please contact the rectory.
In addition, if before leaving for the hospital, you would like to be anointed or receive a blessing, please contact the rectory at 973-239-5696 and arrange for a time to stop in and receive an anointing from one of the priest.
Archdiocese takes very seriously any and all allegations of sexual misconduct by members of the clergy, religious and lay staff of the Archdiocese. We encourage anyone with knowledge of an act of sexual misconduct to inform us immediately so that we may take appropriate action to protect others and provide support to victims of sexual abuse.
Individuals who wish to report an allegation of sexual misconduct may do so by calling the Archdiocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection 902-407-3256.
No change for Summer!