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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 communal experience of Mass is continued each week downstairs in the church hall at Café Genevieve. Please come down after the 9 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 activities are provided after the 10:30 Mass until noon each week, and are supervised. Please join us!
Children’s Liturgy first Sunday of the month at 10:30 Mass. Children’s Liturgy of the Word third Sunday of the month 10:30 Mass. Please mark your calendars.
CHILI COOK OFF
The St. Gen's Helping Hands Group will be hosting a Kickstart To Summer Chili Cook Off on Sunday, May 22 at 1:00 PM in the auditorium. Please mark your calendars to gather for some fellowship, fun, and delicious chili samples. Anyone interested in submitting a chili please register with Kelly McCracken Villanueva
(by email: email@example.com or Text 908-447-3018)
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.
Items of immediate need: Canned Chicken, Rice, Canned Fruit, Cake Mixes, Pancake Mix, Instant Potatoes, Maple Syrup, Mayonnaise, Ketchup, Mustard. Other items: Tissues, Paper Towels, and Toilet Tissue.
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.
The 2022 Annual Appeal is well underway. St. Genevieve Parish is currently at approximately 85% of our goal of $39,745! Thank you to those who have already pledged. Your support is central to the mission of the Archdiocese of Newark. Together we can continue to serve with faith, hope and charity. If you have yet to participate, please pick up a pledge envelope at the back of the church or visit www.rcan.orc/sharing
Christ is Risen, He is truly risen!
Two weeks ago I wrote something here that I need to mention again. For the past two years, because of the pandemic, the church moved the Solemnity of the Ascension from its traditional Thursday celebration to the following Sunday. A few months ago, the Bishops of New Jersey unanimously voted to make this change permanent. From now on, in New Jersey, the Ascension will be celebrated on what was formerly the Seventh Sunday of Easer. This means that there is NO HOLYDAY this coming Thursday.
This change brings our state into conformity with 41 other states in our country who made this same adjustment decades ago.
Transferring liturgical dates is not something new. In the United States, we already celebrate Epiphany on the Sunday after to January 1, and Corpus Christi the Sunday after Trinity Sunday. Elsewhere in the world, these are both celebrated on specific dates, even if they fall in the middle of the week. Adding one more to this list is really not a big deal.
Beginning Thursday, May 26th and continuing for 9 sessions, you are invited to join us for the Novena to the Holy Spirit, the original novena prayed by the church since the second century. Further information is elsewhere in this bulletin and I encourage you to invite your family and friends to be with us for these days of prayer, scripture and teaching about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Now that the Religious Education program has ended for the year, I want to publicly thank Ms. Donna Pietz and her entire staff of catechists for their dedication, faithfulness and commitment to handing on our faith to our young people. This is a vitally important ministry in the church and one which so often goes unrecognized. If you feel called to offer your gifts and talents in the service of Catholic education, please see Donna before you go away for the summer.
The 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 following schedule:
Thursday, May 26, 7:00pm - The Gift of Wisdom
Friday, May 27, 7:00pm - The Gift of Understanding
Saturday, May 28, The novena prayers are incorporated into the 5:30pm Mass
Sunday, May 29 - No Novena
Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day) the prayers will be prayed after the 9:00am Mass, no evening session - The Gift of Counsel
Tuesday, May 31, 7:00pm - The Gift of Fortitude
Wednesday, June 1, 7:00pm - The Gift of Knowledge
Thursday, June 2, 7:00pm - The Gift of Piety
Friday, June 3, 7:00 pm - The Gift of Wonder and Awe (with exposition and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament)
Saturday, June 4, The Vigil Mass of Pentecost
YANKEES vs METS
The Elizabeth Knights of Columbus Council 253 is running a bus trip to Citi Field to see the Yankees vs. Mets game on Wednesday, July 27. The cost is $140 per person and includes the game ticket, bus ride, and food/beer/boxed wine/soda/water on the bus. A down payment of $50 is required to secure your spot. A second deposit of $45 is due June 1,2022 and the final $45 payment is due July 1, 2022. Payments are nonrefundable unless there is a waiting list and the ticket can be sold. For information and to reserve tickets, contact Allison at NuttyIrish5@aol.com or 908-337-6782 or the Council at 908-355-2253. Venmo & Zelle are available.