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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!
If any organization, family or group of friends would like to host Café Genevieve two or three times each year, please contact Dan Bernier at 908-451-1948 and he will fit you into the schedule.
2023 ANNUAL APPEAL
The 2023 Annual Appeal is underway. We are approximately 95% of our goal! The outpouring of support from many parishioners like you helps sustain the important ministries across the Archdiocese of Newark. These programs help to make our own parish a more vibrant place of worship.
If you have yet to give. Please pick up a pledge envelope at the back of the church or visit www.rcan.org/sharing. Thank you for your prayers and support.
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.
Even though we have been observing it for a few years now, I will be the first to admit that celebrating the Ascension on a Sunday just feels odd. For all of my life, and yours, we gathered on a Thursday for this. Change is difficult especially when we are so used to doing certain things on definite days.
However, it makes perfect sense for our bishops to permanently transfer this feast to a Sunday. Lets be honest, just how many people actually came to church on a Thursday to celebrate the Ascension? Yet here we are today, with the entire worshipping community gathered, to give proper attention and reverence to this next step in the Easter mystery. We honor the resurrection on a Sunday, we honor the coming of the Holy Spirit on a Sunday, and now we honor the completion of Jesus earthly ministry on a Sunday as well.
While today marks the end of Jesus’ time on earth, it also marks the end of our Religious Education Program for another year. On behalf of the entire parish, I want to thank Ms. Donna Pietz, our Director of Religious Education, and her entire staff of volunteer teachers and aides for yet another year of dedication and superb ministry. There is no more challenging, and at the same time gratifying, ministry in the church than the formal handing on of faith to those who come after us. In all of your names, I thank them for their hard work.
I also remind all parents and students that the end of class does not mean the end of Mass. We expect to see all of you here every Sunday, and re-registered for the resumption of classes in the fall.
Finally, a very important save the date: After a multi-year hiatus because of Covid-19, the Archdiocese of Newark will resume the tradition of a diocesan pilgrimage to the Basilica of the Nation Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. The date of the pilgrimage is Saturday, September 16, 2023. As it gets closer, please watch the bulletin for information about how our parish will participate in the important event.
Food Collection to Help Local Families
St. Genevieve’s Helping Hands Group is seeking food and paper product donations to support local families in need. Through your ongoing and generous efforts we are now supporting multiple families.
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.
NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
Please join us as we gather to honor the Holy Spirit through the praying of the oldest novena of the church. 9 sessions of hymns, prayer, scripture and a reflection on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and how we can more effectively use them in our lives.
The Novena takes about 30 minutes, possibly a bit more depending on the topic. You are encouraged to join us for the entire devotion, or simply come when you choose. The novena will be prayed on the follow schedule:
Thursday, May 18-7:00pm—The Gift of Wisdom
Friday, May 19-7:00pm—The Gift of Understanding
Saturday, May 20—The novena prayers are incorporated into the 5:30pm Mass
Sunday, May 21—No Novena
Monday, May 22 The prayers will be incorporated into the 7:00pm Mass. The Gift of Counsel. The regular Monday novena prayers will be said before mass.
Tuesday, May 23—7:00pm The Gift of Fortitude
Wednesday, May 24—7:00pm The Gift of Knowledge
Thursday, May 25—7:00pm The Gift of Piety
Friday, May 26—7:00pm The Gift of Wonder and Awe (with exposition and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament)
Saturday, May 27—The Vigil Mass of Pentecost
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!
Sunday, May 21st will be the last day for our CCD program this school year. There will be class at 9:15am. The children will NOT be dismissed in the school yard after class. All the children will be attending 10:30 mass. At the end of mass we will be closing this year with the Crowning of the Blessed Mother. They can be picked up after mass in the church. I hope to see all of the parents there as well. Thank you, Donna Pietz