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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!
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 77% 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.
The Elizabeth Knights of Columbus Council 253 will hold A Fish Fry on Friday, March 31 from 5:30—8pm. Fish dinners will be $15. and will be available to eat in or take out. Please call the Council at 908-355-2253 with questions or to place a take out order.
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 2023!
These anniversary liturgies will be held in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark . The 50th will be celebrated by Cardinal Joseph Tobin. The 5th & 25th will be celebrated by Bishop Gregory Studerus.
April 16 - 3:00PM - 50 years
May 7 - 3:00PM - 5 & 25 years
It is our desire that every couple in the Archdiocese deserving of such recognition be present at the appropriate liturgy. The presence of these couples will be a tender witness to the strength and stability of Christian marriage in today’s society. To register please call the Rectory at 908-351-4444.
SELLING PALM CROSSES
The Boy Scouts of St. Genevieve’s Troop 23 will be selling Palm Crosses and Easter flowers outside of Church after all Masses on the weekends of March 25 and April 1-2. Crosses sell for $10 each.
Though traditionally used to decorate graves in the Easter season, palm crosses are now also being used to proclaim the joy of Easter inside and outside of homes as well. Put one on your lawn, hang it on your front door, or place it on your mantel.
Please support the activities of our award-winning Scout troop, which teaches character, citizenship and physical fitness to the boys of our area.
ARCHDIOCESE OF NEWARK
2023 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 26 to The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, June 4, 2023.
* 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 one a year.
The Fifth Sunday of Lent is always a very special time in the holy season. Traditionally, today would begin a period known as “Passiontide.” Those of us of a certain age will remember that this was the day you came to church and all the statues and images were covered and remained so until Easter. The purpose of this was to remove all distractions from worship until the celebration of the Paschal Mystery. Our eyes were to be fixed intently on the altar and our ears on the readings for these most important days of the liturgical year.
Next Sunday is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week, which includes Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, otherwise known as the Sacred Triduum. Please make your plans now to be with us for all three of these most special days. Give them to yourselves as a special gift for your souls to be with the
Lord to witness the fullness of His life, death and resurrection.
His Eminence, Cardinal Tobin invites all people of the Archdiocese to join him and all the priests as they celebrate the Chrism Mass on Monday, April 3 at 8pm in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. This is the first time in three years that we can open this to all people, and if you have never been present for it, I assure you it is very well worth your time; it is an exceptionally powerful and impressive liturgy wherein the sacred oils are blessed and all the priests re-dedicate themselves to your service.
For those who wish to celebrate Reconciliation prior to Easter, please note that in addition to the usual Saturday time, we will also add an evening opportunity on Wednesday, April 5 at 7pm. This will be the final opportunity for confession before Easter as there will be no confessions on Holy Saturday.
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.