ASH WEDNESDAY & LENT
The Holy Season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday which is Wednesday, March 1st. Ashes will be
distributed at the 8:00AM Mass, at a short service at 12:00 noon, and at the 7:00PM Mass. Ash Wednesday is a day of Fasting and Abstinence from eating meat, and only one full meal. Beginning Friday, March 3rd, and every Friday during Lent, the Stations of the Cross will be held at 7:00PM in church. Each Friday of Lent we will have our Annual Soup and Bread in the rectory dining room begin-
ning at 6:00PM. Our Parish will also participate in the Ecumenical Services held each Wednesday during Lent in a different Gloucester City Church. Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Hour will take place on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm and on Thursday afternoons from 12noon-1:00pm. Details on these and other Lent devotions will be provided in future bulletins.
EUCHARISTIC HOLY HOUR AT ST. MARY
At the request of parishioners we are adding a
Eucharistic Holy Hour. We have a Holy Hour every Thursday from 12noon to 1pm. Starting Wednesday, March 8th, and every Wednesday we shall add another weekly Holy Hour at 6:30pm to 7:30pm. The Miraculous Medal No-
vena, Rosary and Devine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed. Spend a wonderful hour before our Eucharistic Lord and experience the Heavenly Peace which will descend upon you.
50-50 RAFFLE TICKETS ARE NOW AVAIL- ABLE AND ARE $10.00 A PIECE! PLEASE SEE ANY SELLER TO BUY A TICKET. THE RAFFLE GOES OFF ON ST. PATIRCK’S DAY BREAK- FAST AT THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS HALL.
Yearly Contribution Statement
As of this year, we are going to cease providing financial statements to everyone in the parish. Starting now only those who request the rectory to keep a running record of your individual weekly donations for personal tax purposes will receive them. Experience has shown that only a handful of our many parishioners ask for contribution verification. You must communicate with the rectory staff to request this service to continue for you. If you want us to continue recording your donations for this year (2017) please contact us immediately.
We welcome into our Parish Family through the Sacrament of Baptism
CALEB JOHN WILLIAMS
BERNARD JASON DOLSON
CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL DOLSON
JUSTICE ANDREW DOLSON
DAMIAN JOSEPH ACEVEDO
ALEXA ELIZABETH SETTAR
ADRIAN JOANNE SETTAR
ALEXIA MARIE ELLIS
ELLA GRACE WELSH
VOLUNTEER CATECHISTS ARE NEEDED
Catechists are needed to share the Catholic Faith with our children. Presently there are two sections of grades 1 through 4. In the fall, we would like to have enough Catechists to open more classes. We would like to be able to have two classes from grades 1 through 6. Grades 1 to 3 have classes on Wednesday from 3:30-4:40pm. Grades 4,5, & 6 meet on Thursday from 3:20-4:#0pm. Classes run from September through May. Do you have time to share with our children?
Please contact our Religious Education (CCD)
Coordinator, Mary Kelly at 609-605-2765 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
for further information.
Please commit to praying for the catechists and students!
Sponsored by the Gloucester City Ministerium and the First Baptist Church. The sessions are held on Wednesday evenings at 8:30pm and Saturday evenings at 8:00pm at the First Baptist Church on the corner of Monmouth and Sussex Sts.
SPONSOR A RELIGIOUS EDUCATION STUDENT
We are launching a new initiative here at St. Mary’s to Sponsor a Religious Education Student. Although the fee for classes is $60 for one child,$100 for two, and $125 for three or more children, there are several families that are unable to afford this amount. No child is ever turned away! We are asking you to help those among us in need of assistance by sponsoring a child in our own parish. Would you be will- ing to support the Religious Education Program with your sponsorship of a student? If you would like to sponsor a child, please contact the Rectory Office at 856-456-0052.
Sponsored by the Highland Park Church of God this is a new ministry/small group being launched called EMBRACE GRACE. This group provides emotional, practical, and spiri- tual support for single, young pregnant women who find themselves in an unintended pregnancy. The primary goal of EMBRACE GRACE is to empower the church to be a safe and non-judging place for the girls to run to when they find out they are pregnant, instead of the last place they are welcomed because of shame and guilt. It is a 12-week program that teaches them about God’s love and grace, and at the end we will give them a baby shower to honor them for CHOOSING LIFE and to help provide for their baby’s needs.
For more information on EMBRACE GRACE please visit www.embracegrace.com or contact our Parish Nurse Claire Marie Devereaux at 856-456-5716.
NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING
Why would God care if we practiced NFP or used contraception? Contraception is the choice to engage in an act of intercourse, but render it sterile, thus separating the Life and Love meanings of the act. Contraception is a contradiction of the wedding vows: it contra- dicts the free, total, faithful and fruitful love promised between the spouses. The marriage act with Natural Family Planning is a re- newal of the wedding promises and does nothing to sterilize an act of intercourse. Virtual Online Courses and Self-Paced Online Natu- ral Family Planning Courses are available at your convenience. Live the Love with Natural Family Planning. For NFP info and Class registration : www.ccli.org
Couple to Couple League: 800-745-8252
HOUSE OF CHARITY
DID YOU KNOW - the House of Charity is a donor choice for many employee giving campaigns? Many businesses will begin
their Employee Giving Campaigns this month and continue to solicit donations through the fall months. Employee Giving/ United Way campaigns give us an opportunity to direct our donations to the charities that best represents our beliefs, interests and social concerns.
Ask your employer for a pledge card and be sure to: In the Donor Choice Section, designate the “HOUSE of Charity“ Ask to be acknowledged!
This ensures our parish will receive credit toward our House of Charity goal. If the agency requests a code for your donor choice...these codes may be found on the House of Charity website under “Employee Giving Campaign” and in the Catholic Star Herald. Your donation to our House of Charity helps to build, support and maintain many programs, ministries and services throughout our parishes and communities. These programs save lives and build futures. Thank you so much for your past, present and future support of our House of Charity fundrais- ing campaign.
If you have any questions, please contact: Sheila McGirl House of Charity 856-583-6128.
OPERATION STAY WARM
This year St. Mary’s will be collecting coats, scarves, hats, and gloves for the cold weather season. These items will be distributed to those less fortunate within the Gloucester City Community. If you have any lightly used or new warm wear that you would like to donate, please bring them to Mass and place them in the coat recepta-cle in the rear of the Church. Please help Gloucester City stay warm!
SUPERMARKET GIFT CARDS
Are now also available for sale in the Queen of Ireland Religious Article Shop behind St. Joe’s Altar! AND WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS TO PURCHASE THE GIFT CARDS!
Online Giving on New Website
St. Mary's Church of Gloucester City, NJ has partnered with Parish Giving to provide its members with the opportunity to use Electronic Funds Transferas an alternative method for giving. The Program is free of chargefor parishioners. Parish Giving allows participants to donate a recurring contribution that is automatically transferred from your checking or savings account, or even credit card, on a monthly basis, and you select your own billing date. This Program can be utilized for your Sunday contributions, as well as any Holy Day Collection and all Archdiocesan collections. The use of EFT is not only time saving and convenient for you, but also allows our Parish to realize a more consistent level of support. By signing up for Parish Giving, you will know that you are doing your part to support the Parish even at times you are not able to physically present to celebrate with the Parish Community. To get started, simply click on the Parish Giving logoand create an account.
To continue the success of our Bingo on Sundays, we now have three Bingo Team Captains for the 4th Sunday
(Parishioners). The Bingo Team Captains are: Team #1 Kathy Arensmeyer, 456-3750
: Team #2 Sean & Carla Herbert, 397-0767: Team #3 Claire Marie Devereaux, 456-5716
. Please contact one of the Captains to be on their parishioner team.
Each team should have 6-8 parishioners. Also if we had another Bingo Captain, each team would only have to work every 4 months. Please contact Alice Mendell, 456-4576. Pease support this very important fund raiser for the Parish of St Mary’s .