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December 2, 2012 - Church of St. Mary

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

Web..................................................... www.stmaryrutherford.org

E-mail .....................................................................rcansmr@aol.com

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

Weekdays

Monday, Wednesday, Friday ................................................. 7:00 am

Tuesday & Thursday ................................................................... 8:30 am

Saturday ............................................................................................ 8:30 am

Holy Days ............................................................As listed in the bulletin

Reconciliation (Confession)

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.

PARISH DIRECTORY

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

December 8:

The Solemnity of the

Immaculate Conception

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!

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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


FIRST SUNDAY

OF ADVENT

December 2, 2012

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2012

5:00 p.m. Anthony Azzolini

Donald Bennett

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

Milica Sartori

Theresa Mackie - 1st Anniversary

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

5:00 p.m. Jessie Gambatese

Nicholas Yaniero

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2012

7:30 a.m. Katherine Temple

9:00 a.m. John Inglese

10:30 a.m. Joanne Eleanor Adamo

Jack DeCandia

12:00 noon Viola LaGuardia

Next Sunday’s Scripture Readings

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Bar 5:1-9

Ps 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6

Phil 1:4-6, 8-11

Lk 3:1-6

SANCTUARY OFFERINGS

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

your prayers.

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 andrea.covais@gmail.com for more

information.

CHILDREN'S CONCERT - CHURCH OF SAINT MARY

Sunday, December 9th at 4:00 p.m.


PHOTOGRAPHS

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.

SOLEMNITY OF

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

5:00 p.m.

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.

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SECOND COLLECTION

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!

CHRISTMAS FLOWERS

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

legibly.

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 [201] 933-1056. To “sign up” for this year’s

session, leave your name and evening phone number at the

Parish Office.

Name:

Telephone #:

email address:


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.

Universal Prayer

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."

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* 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

world.

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

Daily Eucharist

Receive daily Eucharist to spiritually enter Advent.

Sunday Obligation Masses:

Saturday evening: 5:00 pm

Sunday:

7:30 am – 9:00 am – 10:30 am – 12:00 noon

Weekday Mass:

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!

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CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE

Christmas Eve

Monday

December 24

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

January 6

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

Repent!

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:

bahatler@gmail.com.

LESSONS and CAROLS

December 16, 2012

Saint Mary Church

3:00 p.m.

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

PARISH CENTER

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!

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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 Bastille.”

INFLUENZA VACCINE

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

mrbillnj@aol.com. 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

(fr.don_gringco@yahoo.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.

10

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

through them!

All Confirmation Candidates must attend!

THIS WILL BE THE LAST OPPORTUNITY FOR

RECONCILIATION BEFORE CHRISTMAS!

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

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.

HANDBELL CHOIR

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

double spaces,

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

BRUNO AND

FERRARO

261 PARK AVE • RUTHERFORD, NJ

(201) 460-9494

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

201-933-3633

Foreign & Domestic

Auto Repairs

Larry Kraft (201) 939-2489

220 Jackson Ave., Rutherford, NJ 07070

261 SUMMIT AVENUE · HACKENSACK, NJ 07601

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LIVING ASSISTANCE SERVICES

Senior Homecare By Angels ®

Dr. James a. Cuozzo

Chiropractor

America's Choice in Home Care Office Hours By Appointment

· Up To 24 Hour Care (201) 935-3115

· Meal Preparation

75 Maple St. (Corner Union Ave.) Rutherford

· Shopping/Errands

· Hygiene Assistance

· Light Housekeeping

· Respite Care For Families

· Rewarding Companionship

201-288-6688

Hiring Experienced Caregivers!

4533

Service & Parts

Mon.-fri.: 9am-6pm

Sat.: 8am-1pm

WhItE hOusE

Marion Douglass

Broker owner

Office: 201-672-0400

Cell: 201-893-3657

46 ChESTNUT ST., RUThERFORD, NJ

remaxmarion@gmail.com

www.remax.com

Each Office Independently Owned and Operated

Accounting Business Consulting Tax Planning

Michael L. Zola, CPA

mzola@mzconsultcpa.com

www.mzconsultcpa.com

201-507-0470

111 MortiMer Ave., rutherford

dr. steven poling

PODIATRIC PHYSICIAN & SURGEON

Infant Congenital Foot & Ankle Deformities Adolescent & Adult

Podiatric Sports Medicine, Pediatric, Adult, Geriatric Foot & Ankle

Injury Fractures, Surgery Diabetic Foot Preventative & Ulcer Care

460-1555

Office & House Calls by Appointment

240 Park Ave., Rutherford Available for Emergencies

Fine Jewelry • Special Orders • Repairs

Camille Baghdo

(201) 460-1010

65 Park Avenue, Rutherford, NJ 07070

ITALIAN

RISTORANTE

Pasta Made Fresh on Premises Daily

132 Park Avenue, Rutherford, N.J.

(201) 935-5755

Bring your own Bottle

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

Frederick Liller, Master Plumber/Parishioner

201-745-6419

130 WASHINGTON AVENUE · RUTHERFORD

Email: ALiller1@aol.com · www.BaF-plumbingandheating.com

nJ LicenSe #12564 · Bonded & inSured · aLL MaJor credit cardS accepted

Schumacher Chevrolet

973-256-1065 • 8 Main St., Little Falls, NJ

Family Owned & Operated For Over 77 Years

Shop 24/7 www.schumacherchevy.com

DOWNTOWN RUTHERFORDS LARGEST OUTSIDE SEATING!

201-507-9696

59 PARk AvENUE · RUTHERFORD

50% OFF ICED TEA OR COFFEE

With The Purchase Of Wrap, Soup Or Salad

­•­21­Yogurt­Flavors­&­Over­

­­­50­Toppings

•­Customized­Salads­&­Wraps

•­Cappuccino,­Lattes,­Espresso­

­­­&­Other­Gourmet­Coffees

STUDENT LUNCH DISCOUNTS

New & used Car Sales

Mon.-thurs.: 9am-8pm

Fri.: 9am-6pm • Sat.: 9am-5pm

BUY · SELL · REPAIR

Install All Major Brands of

Telecommunication Equipment

Jan Krzyszton, Parishioner

800 294-0020

973-473-4411 ext. 213

www.us-tel.com

203 PATErson AvE., WAllIngTon

002D (CK) - St. Mary's, Rutherford FOR ADVERTISING INFORMATION CALL (800) 364-0684 • BON VENTURE SERVICES, LLC • P.O. Box 850, Flanders, N.J. 07836 Inside


Macagna Diffily Onorato

Anthony Macagna., Jr.

Mgr. N.J. Lic. No. 3242

Michael Onorato., Dir.

N.J. Lic. No. 4177

website: www.collinscalhoun.com

40 Park Ave.

Rutherford

201-340-4171

FUNERAL HOME

Angelo G. Mania, CFSP - Manager

N.J. Lic. No. JPO3201

19 Lincoln Ave. Rutherford 939-1050

52 Chestnut Street

Rutherford

Tel: 201-460-9888

www.RutherfordPancakeHouse.com

hair design · Facials · Waxing

www.salonjone.com

NEW

PARK

TAVERN

Family

Restaurant

201-939-9445

250 Park avenue

east rutherford

Funeral Home

41 Ames Avenue · Rutherford, NJ

(201) 939-0098

ANTHONY J. RIPOSTA

Counsellor at law

Certified by the supreme Court of

nJ as a Civil trial attorney

201-991-0067

432 Ridge Road · North Arlington

www.ripostalaw.Com

J.P.'s Tree

service

All Phases of Tree Work · Snowplowing

201-935-9562

Peter De carlo

22 Riverview Ave., Rutherford

Fully Insured · Reasonable Rates

$10 OFF HAIRCuT WITH

COLOR WITH COuPON

An Exclusive Salon Experience

For Men & Women

201-528-7355

7 Glen Road · RutheRfoRd

Rutherford Wine Shoppe

"Your Wine Access"

Discount Spirits, Gift Baskets, Lots of Beer

Scott Clausman • Theresa Forte

270 Park Ave. Tel: 201-964-WINE (9463)

Rutherford, NJ 07070 Fax: 201-964-0234

MEADOWLANDS

HARDWARE

179-189 Hackensack Street

East Rutherford

438-4333

We Specialize

In Re-Styling

Your Home...

The Instant

Re-do!

201-805-6685

www.celioart.com

Dr. Kenneth P. Zaorski

Family Dentistry

50 Ridge Rd., Rutherford

(201) 438-4848

John & Linda KosaKowsKi

LocaL Residents

$5

off ANY PURChASE OF

(M) $35 OR MORE WITH AD

(201) 288-2300

www.osheasflowers.com

231 BOulEvard • hasBrOuck hEIghts

Joseph A. Lizza, MBA, CPA

Proprietor

1099 Wall St. W., Ste. 170, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071

201-896-1170

email: j.lizza.cpa@verizon.net

www.lizzaandassociates.com

~ Ivana Gorek ~

Cleaning Lady

"Making your home a

better place to live"

RutheRfoRd Resident

Polish Cleaning Woman

201-669-9855

STEFANO DeSTENO, DMD

DONALD A. FANELLI, DMD

FAMILY DENTISTRY

71 Union Ave., Suite 203

460-0820

Rocco Paolazzi

Paul Paolazzi ~ Jeff Paolzzai

Dr. Purnell's

Eyecare

Faithfully Serving The Town

of Rutherford And Surrounding

Neighborhoods Since 1893

Treatment of Glaucoma

Eye Infections · Contacts · Glasses

Laser Vision Care · Sports Vision and More

DR. ROBERT E. PURNELL

DR. R. SCHORN PURNELL

(201) 939-2463

31 Park Avenue ...................Rutherford

Family Owned

& Operated

Peter M. Toscano

N.J. Lic. No. 2678

Rutherford Taxi & Limo

(201) 507-1212

www.rutherfordlimo.com

Reasonable Rates - Courteous Service

20% Discount w/Ad

201-531-1155

Brenda Shafer, Owner/Designer

18 Park Avenue · Rutherford, NJ

Your Hometown Florist

Smile 4-Ever Dentistry

FAMILY DENTISTRY

$80.00 EXAM, X-RAYS & CLEANING W/COUPON - REG. $185.00

~ Voted America's Top Dentists ~

33 LincoLn Avenue · RutheRFoRd · 201-933-0200

Patricia Ungaro, LPc

Individual, Group & Family Counseling

ceLL 201-370-7994

FAX 201-939-6744

pat_ungaro@yahoo.com

15 union avenue · rutherford, nJ 07070

Special Event & Everyday

SPECIALIZING

IN CHILDREN

201-438-6542

Fax: 201-438-1615

43 Chestnut Street Rutherford, NJ 07070

Complete Lawn Care

FRee eStiMAteS

LicenSed & inSuRed

201-421-5092

www.PetesLawnMaintenance.com

"Come Home To Better Banking"

25 Orient Way

280 Union Avenue

Rutherford

201-939-6600

Member FDIC

002D (CK) - St. Mary's, Rutherford FOR ADVERTISING INFORMATION CALL (800) 364-0684 • BON VENTURE SERVICES, LLC • P.O. Box 850, Flanders, N.J. 07836 Outside

Styles

201-939-4442

tuesDay-thursDay 9:00am-8:00pm

FriDay 9:00am-7:00pm

saturDay 9:00am-5:00pm

sunDay 9:00am-3:00pm

325 UNION AvENUE · RUTHERFORD

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