We are in the process of building up a written and photographic history of St. Mary’s Parish. We shall develop a museum to be a focal point somewhere prominent in our property. Won’t you please go through your attic, basement, and garage trying to locate anything pertaining to St. Mary and donate such materials to the Church? Allow us to memorialize your loved ones by accompa-nying your photos or films with all the necessary information. The Church, Rectory, Convent, Schools, Cemeteries, Priests, Dea-cons, and Sisters should be highlighted!
COUPLE TO COUPLE LEAGUE
LIVE THE LOVE
A great program and publication for those preparing for marriage in the Catholic Church
titled: Your Love Story: A Guide to Engagement and Marriage. This program invites couples to explore the meaning of marriage through solid catechesis, humor and personal stories. Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York said this publication includes some powerful stories and testimonies from couples that can truly speak to young men and women entering marriage preparation. In addition to the “Creating Your Love Story” questions at the end of each chapter, readers will also appreciate some of the interesting approaches to the dilemmas we encounter in today’s culture.
Publications are also available on: Natural Family Planning and The Couple to Couple Advantage.
To order these outstanding publications please call 1.800.745.8252 or www.ccli.org/yls
QUEEN OF IRELAND RELIGIOUS ARTICLE & GIFT SHOP-20% OFF ALL ROSARIES DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST IN HONOR OF THE ASSUMPTION OF OUR BLESSED MOTHER MARY.
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 Novena, 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.
We welcome into our Parish Family through the Sacrament of Baptism:
HAZEL CAROLINE COFFIN
ELSA ELIZABETH COFFIN
SCARLETT EDEN COFFIN
RAEGAN JESSICA MCKENNEY MCKENNA MARY PEASE
MIA ELIZABETH SACCHETTI
IAN ATLAS MORGAN MEYERS
CHARLEE JOSEPHINE GILSON GRAYSON JAMES KAL-BACH
JAMES EDWARD MCHUGH, III
AMELIA DONNA LIKE
MORGAN ROSE MONROE
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 email@example.com further information.
Please commit to praying for the catechists and students!
FEED THE POOR
Deacon Frank has asked for donations of Peanut Butter and Jelly to make sandwiches to feed the poor at the rectory. As you know, we feed anywhere from 15 to 40 people per day who are in need. If you can help donate peanut butter and jelly, please drop your donation off at the rectory office. Thank you for your generosity to our needy.
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 spiritual 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 contradicts the free, total, faithful and fruitful love promised between the spouses. The marriage act with Natural Family Planning is a renewal of the wedding promises and does nothing to sterilize an act of intercourse. Virtual Online Courses and Self-Paced Online Natural 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
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.
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.
Heeding the call of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, St. Mary's will "seek new methods of evangelization, so as to bring the Gospel to the uttermost ends of the earth!" Stay tuned as we "bear witness to the faith through the digital world" ...Pope Benedict XVI. Glad to see you've found the website. There really is something here for everyone. We will be sending a series of email messages about the features on the site that we're sure to find useful for yourself, your friends and your family. Easy to SIGN UP. Click the SIGN UP NOW Button or text STMARYS to 228-28 on your Mobile Phone!