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200 MONMOUTH ROAD, ELIZABETH, NJ 07208 + 908-351-4444
The communal experience of Mass is continued downstairs in the church hall at Café Genevieve. Please come down after the 9:00 and 10:30 Masses to enjoy coffee, tea or juice and a bagel, roll or pastry with your family, friends, and future friends.
Children of all ages are invited to enjoy games, puzzles, coloring pages, craft projects and other activities during Café Genevieve in Karen’s Corner. These supervised activities are provided after the 10:30 Mass until noon each week. Please join us!
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal organization for Catholic men. All men of the parish are invited to join. For information please contact : Council 253 at (908) 355-2253 or Chris at (908) 351-4444.
ARCHDIOCESE OF NEWARK
2024 LENTEN REGULATIONS
1. The days of both Fast and Abstinence during Lent are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the “paschal fast” to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily His Resurrection. The other Fridays of Lent are days of Abstinence.
On a day of Fast, only one (1) full meal is permitted, and two (2) smaller meals, which, if added together, would not exceed the main meal in quantity. Those between the ages of 18 and 59 are obliged to fast.
On a day of Abstinence, no meat may be eaten. Those who have reached the age of 14 are obliged by the law of abstinence.
2. The obligation to observe the laws of Fast and Abstinence “substantially”, or as a whole, is a serious obligation.
3. The Fridays of the year, outside of Lent, are designated as days of penance, but each individual may substitute for the traditional abstinence from meat some other practice of voluntary self-denial as penance.
4. The time for fulfilling the Paschal Precept (Easter Duty*) extends from the First Sunday of Lent, February 18 to The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, May 26, 2024.
* Canon 920, §1. All the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year.
Food Collection Helping Families
St. Genevieve’s Helping Hands Group is seeking food and paper product donations to support local families in need. Note: If you are a person or family in need, we can help you. Please connect with one of our Priests or call the Rectory (908) 351-4444 for confidential assistance.
Donations of checks/ food gift cards also accepted. Checks payable to: St. Genevieve Helping Hands and sent to the Rectory.
WE’RE SCOUTING FOR UNIFORMS
Do you have a Cub Scout or Boy Scout uniform hanging in your closet that is not used anymore? Please consider donating it to the uniform exchange maintained by the Cub Scout Pack 23 and Boy Scout Troop 23 at St. Genevieve’s Church. Like everything else, the cost of Scout uniform parts has risen greatly in recent years. Through its uniform exchange, the Scouting program at St. Gen’s helps to ease that burden for its member families. Scouts are often able to find a shirt, pants, belt, had, neckerchief or neckerchief slide that has been donated by a former member, or by a current member who has outgrown the uniform. Donations can be brought to the church hall almost any Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 8:30pm or they can be placed at any time in the American flag retirement box next to Webby’s Wood Shed, behind the church Rectory. For more details please contact Dan Bernier, Scoutmaster at email@example.com or (908) 451- 1948.
If you (or someone you know) is interested in joining the Catholic Church, or was baptized Catholic but never received Confirmation or First Communion and would like to find out how, please contact the Rectory at (908) 351-4444. Thank you!
A VOYAGE TO ANTIQUITY!
Are you ready for summer vacation yet? If you are starting to plan one, why not consider joining my travel group for a wonderful program to the lands of antiquity: Greece and Turkey. From August 5-18, 2024, I am offering the opportunity to visit such wonderful places as Athens, Istanbul, Ephesus, Mykonos, Rhodes and much more on a fabulous 10 day cruise. While this is new to St. Genevieve’s, I have been running programs like this for over 25 years. A full color brochure is available by calling or stopping in the parish office. Please speak to me for more details.
On this Third Sunday of Lent we journey further into this season of repentance and prayer. Moses give the people of Israel the 10 Commandments, the laws which still govern our society and Jesus drives out the buyers and sellers from the Temple, a powerful and symbolic act of removing all distractions and outside influences from prayer and worship.
Free from external distraction, Jesus wanted his people to focus entirely on internal conversion and change of heart.
During this season of Lent, we are each called to encounter this same reality: to admit our sinfulness and to beg for God’s mercy and forgiveness. Every Saturday we have the opportunity to approach our Lord in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. How many of us take advantage of this marvelous grace freely given to us? Are we so proud that we cannot humble ourselves before God? Are we so convinced of our own perfection that we refuse to even admit the possibility that we may need to be forgiven? There is an old proverb which states that you cannot be cured unless you first admit that you are sick. In the same way, you cannot be forgiven unless you first admit that you are a sinner.
In addition to our regular Saturday confessions, we have added an extra time on Wednesday night, March 27 at 7:00 p.m. This will be the final opportunity for confession prior to Easter.
A sincere thank you to all who have responded to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal. We are still short of our goal, so I would ask all parishioners to please do something, large or small, to help us get there. Envelopes are still available in church for your convenience.
As always, during Lent, please remember all those men and women who are preparing to celebrate Sacraments at Easter.
FAMILY LIFE MINISTRY
We are happy to announce that we are once again preparing the annual tradition of honoring those couples in the Archdiocese who will be celebrating five, twenty-five and fifty years of valid marriage for the Catholic faithful in 2024!
These anniversary liturgies will be held in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. They will be celebrated by Cardinal Joseph Tobin.
June 2 12:00PM 50 years
May 5 12:00PM 5 & 25 years
It is our desire that every couple in the Archdiocese deserving of such recognition be present at the appropriate liturgy. To register please call the Rectory at 908-351-4444. Also, any couple who would have celebrated their Silver or Gold Anniversary in those years stunted by covid restrictions may still join us . Again, please call the rectory for details.
The Elizabeth Knights of Columbus, Council 253, will host three fish fry’s during Lent. The first will be on Friday, February 16, the second on Friday, March 1, and the third on Friday, March 23. All will be from 5:30 to 8pm.
Fish Dinners are $15 and will be available to eat in or take out. Please call the Council at 908-355-2253 with any questions or to place a take-out order.
The 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 so that we may take appropriate action to protect others and provide support to victims of sexual abuse. Call the Coordinator for the Office of Accompaniment in the Archdiocesan Department for the Protection of the Faithful at 201-407-3256