CHURCH OF SAINT MARY
91 HOME AVENUE � RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY 07070
We are called to form the Christian Community of Saint
Mary Roman Catholic Church; we are protected by our
Blessed Mother in whose patronage our parish has
been placed under her title “Our Lady of the Rosary.”
Rev. Michael J. Kreder ............................... Pastor
Rev. Charez B. “Don” Gringco ............................. Parochial Vicar
John J. DiMeo ................................................................................ Deacon
James J. Guida ............................................................................... Deacon
Michael E. Matthews ................................................................ Deacon
Roy Corso ....................................... St. Mary High School Principal
Elena P. Simmons ....... The Academy at Saint Mary Principal
Betty Hatler .......................................... Parish Catechetical Leader
Mary E. Lanni ........................................................... RCIA Coordinator
Larry Boland ........................................... Confirmation Coordinator
Gerard DeMan ........................................ Director of Sacred Music
Linda Verdino & Kevin McLean ......................................... Trustees
David Valente .......................... Finance Committee Chairperson
Deborah Moran ...................................... Administrative Secretary
Tom and Kathie Clare ....................... Stewardship Chairpersons
Parish Office .......... 201-438-2200 Fax.......... 201-438-1098
St. Mary High School .............................................. 201-933-5220
First Sunday of Advent
December 2, 2012
“Recapture the Dream”
A Dream Come True!
OUR SACRAMENTAL LIFE
Eucharist (Obligation Masses)
Saturday .................................................. 5:00 pm (Sunday obligation)
Sunday ....................................... 7:30, 9:00, 10:30 am & 12:00 noon
Monday, Wednesday, Friday ................................................. 7:00 am
Tuesday & Thursday ................................................................... 8:30 am
Saturday ............................................................................................ 8:30 am
Holy Days ............................................................As listed in the bulletin
Saturday ..................... 4:00 pm or by calling for an appointment
BAPTISM: Parents are required to attend the parish Baptism
Class and provide the godparent’s sponsorship letters BEFORE
the baptism date can be set. Call the Parish Office at 201-438-
2200 for class dates and godparent handbook.
MARRIAGE: According to the N.J. Common Policy couples
must register at least ONE YEAR in advance.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK: Please contact the Parish Office.
HOLY ORDERS: Contact the Vocation Office at 973-497-4365.
The Academy at Saint Mary ............................... 201-933-8410
Catholic Community Services ............................ 201-440-7077
Religious Formation ................................................ 201-438-2476
Hospital Coordinator .............................................. 201-935-7259
FFrom the Pastor December 2, 2012
1 st Sunday of Advent
The Solemnity of the
of the Blessed Virgin Mary
In this ‘Year of Faith’ I’m
explaining the revised Roman
Missal orations that were not
on a Sunday last year. May
our reflections on the
theologically deep, beautiful
Mass orations, gleaned from
the book Essential Presidential Prayers and Texts,
help us grow in FAITH!
Immaculate Conception of the BVM - Collect
O God, who by the Immaculate Conception
of the Blessed Virgin prepared a worthy
dwelling for your Son, grant, we pray,
that, as you preserved her from every stain
by virtue of the Death of your Son,
which you foresaw, so, through her intercession,
we, too, may be cleansed
and admitted to your presence.
Our National Feast Day. With fewer priests and
the confusion over which Mass to celebrate on
Saturday or Sunday night when a holyday falls
on a Saturday or Monday, the US Bishops lifted
the obligation to attend Masses on these holy
days except for December 25 [Christmas] and
December 8: the Immaculate Conception of
Mary in the womb of her mother, Saint Ann.
While this truth had been widely believed by
the Church for hundreds of years, it was only
declared dogma by Pope Pius IX in 1854.
However, before that, in 1846, the US Bishops,
at their first Council of Baltimore, placed our 70year-old
country in Mary’s care under her title,
‘the Immaculate Conception.’ So December 8 th
is always a holy day of obligation for us.
This feast proves that ‘solo scriptura’ or ‘the
Bible alone’ is not enough! For the Bible is like a
field from which we mine ores and other
products that must be tested, refined and
blended with common sense and other skills to
give us God’s FULL revelation of the Gospel
Truth! As this Collect explains, while Christ’s
Death took place ‘in time’ or in human history,
the Bible often says God planned everything
before time began! However, Mary was free to
accept, ignore, reject or even oppose God’s
plan. For like Adam and Eve, Mary was created
without Original Sin, but she remained sinless.
Since our free will is weakened by the stain of
Original Sin, we ask Mary’s intercession to help
us do the Father’s will – as she always did!
Immaculate Conception of the BVM - Offerings
Graciously accept the saving sacrifice which
we offer you, O Lord, on the Solemnity of the
Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin
Mary, and grant that, as we profess her,
on account of your prevenient grace,
to be untouched by any stain of sin, so,
through her intercession,
we may be delivered from all our faults.
Prevenient Grace. Even my computer’s spell
check did not know the word ‘prevenient’ which
means ‘anticipatory.’ Perhaps a unique word is
required to describe the unique grace given to
such a unique woman! However, contrary to
what some say, we do not worship Mary! As the
Collect states, we worship the God who gifted
or graced Mary with all she needed to be the
Mother of His Son, our God in human form. And
the Prayer over the Offerings reminds us: we
now ask Mary’s help or intercession so that
what she was EXEMPTED from, we may be
DELIVERED from: that is, sin. For Mary was also
a human being in need of the redemption made
possible only through Christ’s ‘saving sacrifice.’
The Immaculate Conception simply celebrates
God’s lavish love, which neither time nor space
can limit in any way, shape or form!
Immaculate Conception of the BVM - Communion
May the Sacrament we have received, O Lord
our God, heal in us the wounds of that fault
from which in a singular way you preserved
Blessed Mary in her Immaculate Conception.
Freedom From Sin. As the title of Elton John’s
1976 hit, “Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word”
reminds us, seeking someone’s pardon is one of
life’s painful requirements. But not for our
Blessed Mother! The Immaculate Conception
never had to ask for forgiveness! But we do,
and often! Today’s Prayer after Communion
asks Mary’s help as, with God’s loving help,
through the gift of the Eucharist, we strive to
restore our Baptismal Grace, renew our efforts
to use every gift and grace God has given us,
and recommit ourselves to live by God’s will … as
Mary always did! “O Mary, conceived without
sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!”
With God’s love and my prayers,
Reverend Michael J. Kreder
December 2, 2012
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2012
5:00 p.m. Anthony Azzolini
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2012
7:30 a.m. Carol Froehlich
9:00 a.m. Aurora Traficanti
10:30 a.m. Walter Vosburgh
12:00 noon Patricia Tylenda
Marie and Anthony Mele
MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012
Saint Francis Xavier, Priest
7:00 a.m. Katherine Temple
12:00 noon Prayer Service
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2012
Saint John Damascene, Priest and Doctor of the Church
8:30 a.m. Meehan and Mulcahy Families
12:00 noon Prayer Service
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2012
7:00 a.m. James Fallon
Helen V. Miller
12:00 noon Prayer Service
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2012
8:30 a.m. Michael F. O’Keefe, Sr.
12:00 noon Prayer Servi ce
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2012
Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
7:00 a.m. Carmen Cuccinelli
Stephen P. Kiselick
12:00 noon Prayer Service
Vigil Mass for the Immaculate Conception of the
Blessed Virgin Mary
5:00 p.m. Maria Strom
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2012
8:30 a.m. Maria Strom
12:00 noon Jill Ann Ziemkiewicz
Theresa Mackie - 1st Anniversary
SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
5:00 p.m. Jessie Gambatese
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2012
7:30 a.m. Katherine Temple
9:00 a.m. John Inglese
10:30 a.m. Joanne Eleanor Adamo
12:00 noon Viola LaGuardia
Next Sunday’s Scripture Readings
SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Ps 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
Phil 1:4-6, 8-11
The SANCTUARY LAMP which burns near the
Tabernacle in Church, the reminder of the Lord's Presence in
the Most Holy Eucharist will burn in memory of FRANK
TAYLOR. Requested by Geri and children.
The PASCHAL CANDLE, a symbol of the Risen
Christ burns brightly at every baptism, through which we die
to sin and rise to new life in Christ and at every funeral to
show we died to this life and have fully entered the new risen
life of Christ! This year’s Paschal Candle has been
memorialized for GEORGE AND PAULINE RIMAR.
Requested by Gay Najawko.
Please keep Frank, George, Pauline and their families in
2012 Sanctuary Offerings
are available through the Parish Office. Celebrate the
Birth - Baptism - Graduation - Wedding - Anniversary of
someone you love OR remember those in the Military -
those who are deceased through these offerings!
SAINT MARY CHILDREN'S CHOIR
It's not too late to join the St. Mary Children's Choir!
New members in grades 2 through 8 are always
welcome. Rehearsals are Friday afternoons from 4:30 to
5:30 in church. Come share your voice and serve the
Lord in this wonderful ministry. Please email Andrea
Covais at email@example.com for more
CHILDREN'S CONCERT - CHURCH OF SAINT MARY
Sunday, December 9th at 4:00 p.m.
2012 MASS OF REMEMBRANCE
If your loved ones photo hung on our
Memorial Wall OR if you submitted to the
Parish Office a photograph for our Mass of
Remembrance, PICTURES can be picked
up in the Weekend Sacristy. We will
ONLY hold them until the Baptism of the Lord They are
grouped together in a white envelope marked
"PHOTOGRAPHS FROM MEMORIAL WALL!" Please
make a point of stopping by when you come to Mass on Saturday
evening or Sunday morning.
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF
HOLY COMMUNION AND READERS
Please stop by the weekend Sacristy to sign up for Masses on the
Feast of the Immaculate Conception and Christmas Eve and
Christmas Day. Knowing ahead of time, helps make everything
run that much smoother! Thank you.
THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
a HOLYDAY of OBLIGATION
WEAR something BLUE as we honor MARY
under her title
“The Immaculate Conception”
Patroness of the
United States of America
Mass on FRIDAY, December 7
SATURDAY, December 8
8:30 a.m. AND 12:00 noon
CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE
Thanks to Ray Mazzeo, the Christmas
Giving Tree is up! Ornaments are
available this weekend! Once again
there are 250 personalized ‘trees’,
giving a specific child’s name, age and
Christmas need. There are also
additional ornaments [bells for boys
and doves for girls] that show a
specific age. All gifts should be brought to the church the
weekend of December 15/16 as the gifts will be packed and
delivered after the 12:00 Mass Sunday. Please do not bring
gifts before the specified weekend as we cannot guarantee
their safety. Please do not gift wrap used clothing.
RELIGIOUS RETIREMENT COLLECTION will be
taken December 8/9th. This national appeal is to help
religious congregation care for their elderly & infirm
Sisters, Brothers and Order Priests. Let’s be generous
in our thanks to them now in their need.
ADOPT-A-FAMILY FOR CHRISTMAS
Thanks to Bonnie Reid and Maison
Schnackenberg who will coordinate this year the
wish needs of very needy families from Catholic
Community Services. The cases are now available.
These families are the neediest of the needy. The
estimated cost of adopting a family of four is $300.00.
In the past, parishioners who cannot adopt on their
own have joined relatives, friends or co-workers to
adopt a needy family. The gifts will be collected the
weekend of December 15/16th. Stop by the Narthex!
If you wish to REMEMBER YOUR LOVED ONES by
memorializing them in our Christmas flowers, please use the
envelope included with your monthly packet or pick one up at
the doors of the Church. The names of the person and the
person requesting the remembrance will be included on one line
to be published in the bulletin after Christmas. Please print
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS
Anyone interested in becoming a fully initiated Roman Catholic
- one who has received Baptism, Confirmation and First
Eucharist - the RCIA is for you! The RCIA is ideally for nonbaptized
[Jews, Moslems, Hindus, the unchurched] and for
baptized Protestants who wish to become Catholic. It is also for
adult Catholics who never received First Eucharist and/or
Confirmation. Please share this invite with anyone who might
be interested. For further information call Mary Lanni,
coordinator at  933-1056. To “sign up” for this year’s
session, leave your name and evening phone number at the
The ‘Year of Faith’ at Saint Mary Church
The Apostles said to Jesus, "Increase our faith."
The Lord replied, "If you have faith the size of a
mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry
tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,'
and it would obey you." [Luke 17:5-6]
If we only realized the awesome power of the
kernel of faith with which God has gifted us! In
this ‘Year of Faith’ proclaimed by Pope Benedict
XVI, we are challenged to rediscover what the
small seed of faith that has been planted within
us can do - by doing more to learn about our
Christian faith and putting it into practice.
While our faith can change our world, this
year’s parish Advent calendar suggests little
ways to change ourselves and those around us.
By fulfilling the calendar’s spiritual exercises, we
can stir into flame the sparks of the faith that
many have allowed to fade or go dormant.
Blessing & Lighting of an Advent Wreath
The leader leads all in the sign of the cross:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Blessed be God, who enlightens every heart.
Blessed be God for ever.
My brothers and sisters, in this holy time of
Advent, we open our hearts to God's love as we
prepare to welcome Christ into our lives and
homes. The candles of this wreath remind us
that Jesus Christ came to conquer the darkness
of sin and to lead us into the light of his glorious
kingdom. Let us listen to God’s Word. (Another
person proclaims the Scripture reading.)
A reading from the first Letter of Saint John
(1 John 1:5-7)
Now this is the message
that we have heard from him
and proclaim to you: God is light,
and in him there is no darkness at all.
If we say, "We have fellowship with him,"
while we continue to walk in darkness,
we lie and do not act in truth.
But if we walk in the light as he is in the light,
then we have fellowship with one another,
and the blood of his Son Jesus
cleanses us from all sin.
The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Others offer the intentions after the leader begins:
Christ came to bring us salvation and has
promised to come again. Let us pray that we
may be ready to welcome him. Our response is,
"Come, Lord Jesus."
* That the keeping of Advent may open our
hearts to God's love, we pray:
* That the light of Christ may penetrate the
darkness of sin, we pray:
* That this wreath may constantly remind us to
prepare for Christ’s coming, we pray:
* That the Christmas season may fill us with
peace and joy as we strive to follow the
example of Jesus, we pray:
Other intentions are added the leader prays:
With longing for the coming of God's Kingdom,
let us pray as Jesus taught us: Our Father...
Then the leader continues:
Lord God, your Church joyfully awaits the
coming of its Savior, who enlightens our hearts
and dispels the darkness of sin and ignorance.
Pour forth your blessings upon us as we light
the candle[s] of this wreath; may their light
reflect the splendor of Christ, who is Lord, for
ever and ever. Amen. (light the first candle;
each week an additional candle is lighted.)
All make the sign of the cross as the leader prays:
May the light of Christ lead us to the joy of his
kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.
Advent Prayers Before Meals
Let us pray. Bless us, O Lord, and these your
gifts, which we are about to receive, from Your
bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen. - or -
God, the Father of mercies, you willed your Son
to take flesh, in order to give life back to us.
Bless these, your gifts, with which we are about
to nourish our bodies, so that, receiving new
strength, we may wait in watchfulness for the
glorious coming of Christ. Through the same
Christ our Lord. Amen.
Advent Prayers After Meals
Let us pray. We give you thanks for all your
benefits, O Almighty God, who lives and reigns
for ever; and may the souls of the faithful
departed, through the mercy of God, rest in
peace. Amen. - or-
V. Let us live soberly, justly, and devoutly in this
R. As we wait in joyful hope for the coming of
our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Let us pray. We thank you, all-powerful God, for
your kindness in refreshing our bodies by these
gifts from your providence. Strengthen us, we
pray, not only in body, but also in spirit.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
National Patronal Feast Day
Holy Day of Obligation
Wear something BLUE
as we honor Mary under her title
“The Immaculate Conception”
Patroness of the
United States of America
Immaculate Conception Masses
on Friday, December 7
5:00 pm Vigil Mass
Saturday, December 8
8:30 am – 12:00 noon
Receive daily Eucharist to spiritually enter Advent.
Sunday Obligation Masses:
Saturday evening: 5:00 pm
7:30 am – 9:00 am – 10:30 am – 12:00 noon
Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 7:00 am
Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30 am only
Saturday: 8:30 am only
Prayer Service with Holy Communion:
Monday – Friday: 12:00 noon
Sacrament of Reconciliation [Confession]
All should celebrate the Sacrament of Penance
or Reconciliation [also called Confession] to
remove whatever hinders Christ’s Light from
shining through them! Confessions are heard:
Saturdays at 4:00 pm
on December 1, 8, 15 & 22
All MUST arrive before 4:00 pm!
note: due to the 5:00 pm Mass, Confessions
MUST END by 4:30 pm, so arrive early!
Advent Penance Service:
Monday - Dec. 17 - 7:30 pm
Several priests will be available for individual
confession after a communal examination of
conscience; this is NOT General Absolution.
Church Decorating: All Hands On Deck!
Saturday, December 15 – 9:30 a.m.
Many hands and strong backs are needed to
decorate our worship space and property; leave
your name and number with Debbie [201-438-
2200 x 111] and we’ll give you a job to do!
CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
& 6:00 pm
Solemn Christmas Mass: 10:30 pm
[This Solemn Mass begins with
Lessons & Carols at 10:00 pm]
Christmas Day: Tuesday, December 25
SPECIAL Mass schedule:
8:00 am - 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Mary, the Holy Mother of God
New Year’s Day 2013
SPECIAL Mass schedule:
Monday, December 31, 2012: 5:00 pm
Tuesday, January 1, 2013:
9:00 am – 10:30 am & 12:00 noon only
[Note: NO 7:30 am Mass on New Year’s Day]
The Epiphany of the Lord
regular weekend Mass schedule
Epiphany Concert: 1:00 pm
The Baptism of the Lord
January 13: last day of Christmastime
regular weekend Mass schedule
Church un-decorating and clean up
right after the 12:00 noon Mass
Lots of hands and strong backs are needed!
Ash Wednesday: February 13, 2013
Ashes distributed at 7:00 am - 8:30 am
12:00 noon – 3:30 pm & 7:00 pm
CHRISTMAS TREE HELP
Kindly call the Parish Office (201) 438-2200 and leave your
name and telephone number on extension #100 if you want to be
called to assist with setting up Church Christmas Trees.
Reserve: Saturday, December 15th. Set up will begin at 9:30
a.m. but COULD change if a Funeral comes in.
ATTENTION ALL COMMUNICANTS AND PARENTS:
All registration cards and sacramental fees are due. All are
reminded to attend either the 5pm Saturday mass or 10:30 am
Sunday mass and should be accompanied by a parent. It is
necessary to be on time since the lesson generally takes place at
the beginning of mass. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Communion date changes should be submitted in writing.
Questions or concerns should be directed to me at:
LESSONS and CAROLS
December 16, 2012
Saint Mary Church
Come enjoy an afternoon of prayer and carols
as we begin our Christmas Season!
PRAY FOR OUR SICK
‘Grant our brothers and sisters comfort in their suffering.
When they are afraid, give them courage, when afflicted, give
them patience, when dejected, afford them hope and when
alone, assure them of the support of your holy people’.
Ray Anderson, Margaret Curtin, Gilda Danza,
Domingo DelaCruz, Joselito De Leon, Bruce Duryea,
Michael Francis, Natalie Gorsegner,
Joyce Kasper, Vicky MacFadyen,
Beth Maroney, Megan Macaluso, Connie Mehos,
Mae Miller, Steven Monahan AND Estelle Reid
PRAY FOR OUR MILITARY
DREW NAPOLI - 1LT. DANIELLE REID -
PAUL FEDORISIN - JESSICA AND STEVEN PLUCINSKY
We are getting ready to begin the tedious task of getting
back into the Parish Center. Carpet was placed in some
offices and other offices have tiled floors. Before we
start organizing, we need volunteers to help clean floors,
dust window sills, clean furniture etc. Do you have some
time during the day for us? Call the Parish Office if you
think you can help!
GYMNASIUM ENTRANCE PROJECT
We WILL be presenting plans for our gymnasium
renovation to the Borough of Rutherford on
December 13; we’re seeking site-plan approval and
the variances needed for the project. The front of the
gym is one of the last eyesores on our Parish campus;
we plan to put a new brick front and extend the area
out further to give some much needed office space.
I need as many of you as possible of you to attend the
meeting, December 13 for a respectful “storming of
The Rutherford Health Department is pleased to report that
they still have additional doses of the seasonal influenza vaccine
and are opening the program to all residents 36 months of age
and older, free of charge. It will be available to non-residents at
a cost of $13.00 per dose. If interested, contact the public
health nurses weekdays between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at (201)
460-3020 for information.
ARCHBISHOP'S ANNUAL APPEAL
No matter how busy we are or how tight our
budget might be, we are all called to have
compassion for those who are less fortunate
than us. We hear these instructions in both the Old and
New Testament. In fact, Jesus tells us that we will be
judged by how well we reach out to those who were
hungry, thirsty, homeless, sick, grieving or in need of our
compassion in any way. If you have made a sacrificial gift
to the AAA THIS YEAR, Saint Mary will ONLY receive
credit for your gift if the amount pledged is paid by
DECEMBER 31ST. Anything received after the 31st, the
Archdiocese receives your credit and NOT the parish.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
Regina Council 1688 of the Knights of Columbus was founded
by a group of Catholic men from Saint Mary Parish of
Rutherford on May 4, 1913 and we will be celebrating our 100th
Anniversary with Saint Mary Parish during May of 2013. We
ask that all current members of Regina Council send an update
via email indicating their contact information with current email
addresses and phone numbers to Bill Teresavage at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional nformation can be found on
www.kofc.org or www.njkofc.org.
On DECEMBER 9TH, candles will be lighted by parents,
grandparents and siblings at 7pm in every time zone in memory
of all children who have died, producing a wave of light that will
encircle the earth. As candles burn down in one time zone, it
becomes 7pm in another creating a virtual 24 hour memorial.
Can we still talk about it?
The first event of the year of Faith, “A World without
End: The End of Times,” captures the human desire for peace
and joy at the end of this life. In my previous article, I shared
some thoughts with you about purgatory, a state in which the
soul is purified so as to attain union with God. In the Universal
Judgment at the end of time, there will only be two choices for
us: Heaven (full union with God) or Hell (utter separation
from God). These destinies are the result of our act of will
(based of course on a confident and total dependence on God)
to choose good and avoid evil.
This choice is often not heard in our ordinary
conversation. Some Catholics think that these teachings are
obsolete. The truth is quite the contrary. Sometimes you and I
are afraid to face the reality of life when confronted with
eternal judgment. Punishment or reward depends on the good
and bad deeds we do in this life (1 Peter 1:17). This follows a
simple logic that God’s Mercy is Just. The teaching of the
Holy Mother Church is grounded on the Sacred Scripture and
Tradition. As a mother, she guards the faith and handed them
down to her children for the salvation of souls.
If Hell and Heaven is not real then God is a liar. It
also follows that our Sacramental life is meaningless. An
atheistic and agnostic culture convinces us not to believe in a
Supreme Being and the existence of mysteries. They refuse to
accept the love of God in their hearts; hence instead of having
joy and peace, they resort to hatred and anger. The Eternal
Word became flesh and lived among us (John 1:1, 14). They
are looking for the proof of God’s existence instead failed to
recognize that God is already with us. God gave us His only
begotten son who died and rose on third day. This is not
simply to express the power of God but to give us the living
proof of eternal life to come. This can be experience right now
if we are in right relationship with God and each other.
So what can we do now? God gives us two options:
Heaven or Hell. We cannot be united to God unless we freely
choose to love him (CCC 1033). To die in mortal sin without
repenting and accepting God’s merciful love means remaining
separated from him for ever. This self-exclusion from
communion with God and blessed life is called hell. Those
who die in God’s grace and friendship and are perfectly
purified live forever with Christ (CCC1033). This is heaven.
This mystery is beyond all understanding but Sacred Scripture
gives us the glimpse of what it looks like through images:
“life,” “light,” “peace,” “wedding feast,” “the wine of the
kingdom,” “the Father’s house,” “the heavenly Jerusalem,”
“paradise”: “no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heard of
man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love
him (CCC1027; 1 Cor 2:9). When you are at the Holy
Sacrifice of the Mass, Sacrament of Confession or in other
Sacraments, can you recognize the presence of heaven before
us? If not, what’s getting in the way?
Please let us know about your thoughts regarding
this and the previous articles as we deepen our treasured
Catholic Faith. Send your comments to
(email@example.com). Also please mark calendar and
let us celebrate the nativity of Christ our Lord and Savior
through the lessons and carols on December 16, 2012 in our
beautiful Church at 3:00 pm.
ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE
Monday - December 17th at 7:30 p.m.
All should celebrate Reconciliation or Confession to
remove whatever hinders Christ’s Light from shining
All Confirmation Candidates must attend!
THIS WILL BE THE LAST OPPORTUNITY FOR
RECONCILIATION BEFORE CHRISTMAS!
The Community of God’s Love is hosting “A Community
Christmas: A Festival of Song” on Sunday, December 9,
from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Visitation House, 70 West Passaic
Avenue (corner of West Passaic and Mortimer Avenues) in
Rutherford. Everyone is welcome to participate in this
afternoon of song and fellowship. Refreshments will be
served. Please RSVP by calling the office (201-935-0344).
The concert will feature the Ackermann Family Singers, John
Dull, Marie Griffo and Denis Mullins.
Saint Mary Handbell Choir will ring on Christmas Eve at
10pm this year. Rehearsal schedule is Tuesdays December
4th at 7:30pm, December 11th at 7:30pm and December
18th at 7:30pm. Anyone interested in joining the handbell
choir should see Gerry DeMan at the organ after Mass.
PARKING LOT - PARKING SPACES!
Please be a considerate parker!
If you choose to park in one of the spaces
along Home Avenue which have
YOU MUST pull all the way through.
If you stay in the 1st space, NO ONE can park
in front of you leaving that space a WASTED SPACE.
Parking in that space is PROHIBITED when NO CAR
is in front of you. PLEASE pull up!
If you DO NOT WANT to take the chance of
being blocked in, we ask that you take a space opposite
the double parking or a SPACE on the STREET.
Mandatory 2012 Summer Religious Formation
SATURDAY Session is December 8th
from 9:30 - 1:00 p.m.
12:00 Noon Mass is Mandatory for the
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
JOHN J. BRUNO, JR.
COUNSELOR AT LAW
261 PARK AVE • RUTHERFORD, NJ
FAX: (201) 460-0276
KEVIN M. HEANEY, D.D.S.
~ Saint Mary'S Graduate ~
Office Hours By Appointment
(201) 487-4008 • FAX (201) 996-1055
Richard J. Allen, Jr.
Walter A. Kipp, III
52 Chestnut St., Rutherford, NJ 07070
Foreign & Domestic
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220 Jackson Ave., Rutherford, NJ 07070
261 SUMMIT AVENUE · HACKENSACK, NJ 07601
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Hiring Experienced Caregivers!
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111 MortiMer Ave., rutherford
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240 Park Ave., Rutherford Available for Emergencies
Fine Jewelry • Special Orders • Repairs
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Pasta Made Fresh on Premises Daily
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New Construction · Renovations · Kitchen & Bath · Boiler Replacement
Steam & Hydronics · Radiant Heat · Repair Work · Water/Sewer Mains
Water Heaters · Drain Cleaning · Preventive Maintenance · Gas & Oil Burners
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New & used Car Sales
Fri.: 9am-6pm • Sat.: 9am-5pm
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52 Chestnut Street
hair design · Facials · Waxing
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ANTHONY J. RIPOSTA
Counsellor at law
Certified by the supreme Court of
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Scott Clausman • Theresa Forte
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1099 Wall St. W., Ste. 170, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
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STEFANO DeSTENO, DMD
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71 Union Ave., Suite 203
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Neighborhoods Since 1893
Treatment of Glaucoma
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31 Park Avenue ...................Rutherford
Peter M. Toscano
N.J. Lic. No. 2678
Rutherford Taxi & Limo
Reasonable Rates - Courteous Service
20% Discount w/Ad
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33 LincoLn Avenue · RutheRFoRd · 201-933-0200
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