Saint Cecilia Parish - St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church

Saint Cecilia Parish - St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church

Saint Cecilia Parish - St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church


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Saint Cecilia Parish

Rev. Sigmund Peplowski,


Rev. Daniel O’Mullane

Rev. Marcin Michalowski

Parochial Vicars

Rev. James Bono

Weekend Assistant

Deacon Paul Willson

Seminarian Gabriel Barrera

Mrs. Janet Maulbeck

Business Administrator

Mr. Lyle Leeson,

Director of Music

Mr. James Clancy,

Director of Faith Formation

Mrs. Ann Mitchell,


Parish Secretary

Tanya Nellen

90 Church Street

Rockaway, New Jersey 07866

Parish Office: 973-627-0313 internet: www.st-cecilia.org FAX: 973-627-4811

To Contact: Fr. Zig, Ext. 12 or speplowski@optonline.net

Fr. Daniel Ext. 11 or rev.dpo@gmail.com Fr. Marcin Ext. 15 or martmich1983@gmail.com

Convent: 973-627-6533 School: 973-627-6003 CCD Office: 973-627-0313 Ext. 17


A Pre-Baptismal Class is held the third Tuesday of each

month at 7:00 pm in the parish office. To register for the

class, please call 973-627-0313 . The next class is Tuesday,

April 16, 2013.. Both parents are encouraged to attend the

class before the birth of the baby. The Sacrament of Baptism

is administered weekly at the 12:15 pm Mass, and a

Baptismal Ceremony at 1:30 pm. To schedule a Baptism

please call Fr. Marcin at 973-627-0313 Ext. 15


Arrangements are to be made at least ONE YEAR in advance.

The date should not be set until the priest has been



Urgent calls will be attended to at any time of the day or

night. If there is anyone at home or in the hospital who

cannot get to Mass and the Sacraments because of illness

or old age, please inform one of the priests or call the

Parish Office.



Saturday: 4:30 pm, 7:00 pm

Sunday: 8:00 am, 9:15 am,

10:45 am and 12:15 pm

5:00 pm (Vietnamese)


8:00 am and 7:30 pm

Weekday Schedule:

Monday - Friday

8:00 am


8:00 am followed by Novena


Saturdays 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm and

6:15 pm—6:45 pm

Monday 7—8pm

Any time by appointment

Holy Hour:

Monday: 7-8pm

(Sacrament of Penance Available)


Damiano Servidio

Carol McGotty



AND OUR LADY OF FATIMA: Saturday morning after the

8:00 AM Mass.

BIBLE STUDY: Father Daniel 973-627-0313 x 11

Every Monday evening at 7:30 PM in Parish Office and

Tuesday mornings at 9:30 AM in Hayes Hall.


7:45 PM in Hayes Hall

ROSARY PRAYER GROUP: Mon.—Sat., 7:40 am


7:00 pm—Church

HOLY HOUR: Every Monday from 7—8 pm)

(Sacrament of Penance Available)

RCIA: Sundays 11:30 –1:30 pm in the Parish Office

Dn. Paul Willson 973-627-7656


Monday-Thursday 9:00 am—5:00 pm

Friday/Saturday 9:00 am—3:00 pm

CLOSED FOR LUNCH: 12:45 pm—1:30 pm

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MONDAY— March 25, Holy Week

8:00 am Gregory Fullman r/b Gary & Debbie Craig

TUESDAY— March 26, Holy Week

8:00 am Candace Malack r/b Joanne & Mark Malack

WEDNESDAY– March 27, Holy week

8:00 am The Holy Souls in Purgatory

6:00 pm Penance

THURSDAY, March 28, Holy Thursday

8:00 am Morning Prayer

7:30 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper

(followed by Adoration until midnight)

FRIDAY- March 29,

Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord

8:00 am Morning Prayer

12:00 pm Stations of the Cross (Cemetery)

3:00 pm Stations of the Cross (Church)

5:00 pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

8:00 pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion


SATURDAY—March 30, Holy Saturday

8:00 am Morning Prayer

1:00 pm Blessing of Easter Food at 1:00 pm and after

the Easter Vigil

SUNDAY, March 31, Easter Sunday of the Resurrection

of the Lord

8:00 pm

8:00 am

9:15 am

10:45 am

12:15 pm

Lucille Hirleman, Steve Parochniak, Betty

Golden, Kate Darlington, John Brinkman

Jr., Linda Kirby, Jake Michael Miraldi,

Scott Bornemann, Rosemary Woodring,

William T. Cousins, Sharon Augenti, Sean

Nolan, Peg Norman, Paul Moscoso, Eileen Sutherland,

Maryann Hughes, Charles Passarella, Dian Hamadyk,

Jeffrey Jerz, Peggy Eileen Miars, Ray Kennedy, Richard

Corcoran, Adam Rosowicz, Lorraine Gerber Madison

Rose Leslie, Norman Rodriquez, Demetrius Barbee,

Lucille Bardi, and Frances Finn.



Week Ending - February March 17, 2013

Collection—Checks $ 10,071.25

Collection– Cash $ 3,470.00

ParishPay Electronic Giving $ 1,270.00

Total Weekly Collection $15,081.25

Yearly Collection Goal (BUDGET) $803,400.00

Weekly Goal $ 15,450.00

Weekly Collection Surplus (Deficit) ($ 368.75)

Year To Date Surplus (Deficit) ($5,176.00)


Here are the readings for next Sunday

Acts 10:34a, 37-42 Psalms 118:1-2,16ab-17, 22-23

Col 3:1-4 or Cor 5-6b-8 John 20:1-9 or 41: Luke 24:1-12

The people of St. Cecilia Parish are asked to pray

for the following people serving our country in

the armed services:

2nd Lt. Kelley E. Robbins, Pvt USMC, Diego

Usma, Major Glenn E. Martinez, Sgt. Brian

Whalen, General Raymond Odierno, Capt. Anthony Odierno,

Cpl. Kong V. Nguyen, Cpl. Jim Van Valen, LCPL Anthony

Eresman, Sgt. Paul J. Willson, PFC Cano Janeth, Sgt.

Bob Autrey, Col. William Paliwada, Sgt 1st Class (E7) Sam

Colon, PFC Marylyn Rivera-Sachez, Cpl. Edward C. Thompson,

PFC Mellissa Corbo, Major Kevin M. Nash, Lt. Amy

Cronin, Lt. Col. John L. Medeiros, Jr., Sgt. Daniel Healy, Marine

Keith Leitner, Sgt. Spencer Lopez, PFC Taryn Kemp,

Jeffrey Braunhausen, E7 Joseph Grimsey, Bill Maloney, Greg

Bloete, Gian Carlo Bruzzese, Spc. Christopher Little, PFC

Brittany Martindell, T4 Matthew Fitzgerald, SA Justin C.

White, Matthew & Daniel Rosica, Mark Leonard, Sr. Armn.

Ashley Valetta, Sgt. John Wisnofsky, Cpl. T.J. Finn, Sean

Killeen 1st Class Airman, Sgt. Kristopher Faber, Capt. Vincent

Presto, and Airman First Class William Kussler . We ask

God the Father of us all, through the intercession of St. Michael

the Archangel, to protect all the men and women in our Armed

Forces, to bless them in their efforts toward bringing peace and

justice to our world. May they be brought back safely to those

they love.

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A Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Saint

Katharine Drexel in Bensalem, Pa and

Saint John Neumann in

Philadelphia, Pa, opened to parishioners

of all ages is being sponsored by

St. Cecilia Rosary Society on

Saturday, April 13, 2013.

The bus will leave from St. Cecilia’s

parking lot at 7AM and return at approximately 6PM. A

lunch stop will be made en route at your own expense. Free

will donations will be accepted at the shrines.

Cost for the bus transportation is $25.00 per person and reservations

must be made by Wed, March 20, 2013. Seating is

limited reserve early.

Please make checks payable to St. Cecilia Rosary Society

and drop off at the Parish Office.

Any questions contact Pat at (973) 627-1732 or via email at


The St. Monica Guild would like to thank all those who attended

our St. Patrick’s Day Dinner on Saturday, 3/16/13.

May you be blessed with love in your heart, peace in your soul,

and joy in your life! Hope to see you next year!

Assisting our Neighbors

25% of contributions to CRS Rice Bowl remain

in our diocese, helping to support local

poverty and hunger alleviation programs.

This week, we pray for people in our own

community who struggle with poverty and

hunger. Give to your Rice Bowl to support

programs that help the poor in our own community, as

well as in communities around the world.


Do you enjoy gardening? We are in need of

volunteers to help keep the Church looking

beautiful. If interested, please call the Parish

Office at 973-627-0313

Save the Date!

2nd Annual Parish Garage Sale

Sponsored by the St. Monica Guild

Saturday, April 27th, 8 AM – 2 PM, Hayes Hall

We will start accepting $15/table reservations on 3/23/13.

Please call Pat Zayac at 973‐625‐4572.

Porta Fidei: ‘Year of Faith’ Formation

This Thursday is Holy Thursday and there will be no

“Year of Faith Gathering.”

We will not have a session for the next two weeks.

Have a prayerful Holy Week and a blessed Easter

Divine Mercy Eve at St. Andrew’s, Clifton

As part of the “Year of Faith”, all are invited to join us on

Saturday Evening April 6th at 7:30 pm for a concert and

lecture on St. Therese (“the little flower”) and God’s Divine

Mercy. Three time Grammy nominee, singer, songwriter,

and producer , Marty Rotella will offer a concert

of contemporary Christian music with a special lecture on

St. Therese and Divine Mercy, given by Fr. Joseph

Meaghan, pastor of St. Antoninus parish in Newark , Director

of the “Respect Life Office” of the Archdiocese of

Newark, and adjunct spiritual director at Immaculate

Conception Seminary. There is a suggested donation of

$10 and a short reception will follow. For further information

please contact Marty Kleber (973) 865-9075.

Parish Cemetery – With the approaching Easter celebration

we remind you that all Christmas wreaths and

grave covers should be removed from the parish cemetery.

A general clean-up will take place shortly and we

ask for your cooperation in this matter.

Outdoor Good Friday Service – The young people of

both St. Cecilia and Sacred Heart of Jesus Parishes will

conduct an outdoor Stations of the Cross ceremony on

Good Friday, March 29 th in St. Cecilia Cemetery beginning

at 12 Noon (not 3 p.m. as previously announced).

In the event of inclement weather the service will take

place in Saint Cecilia Church.

Divine Mercy Sunday – Divine Mercy Sunday will be

commemorated on April 7 th with a service taking place

in Saint Cecilia Church beginning at 3 o’clock, the hour

of mercy. The liturgy will include Benediction of the

Most Blessed Sacrament, adoration, the reciting of the

Chapel of Divine Mercy and a homily. “Jesus, I trust in



April 2nd — Regular Meeting

11:00 am—Set Up

12:00 pm—Meeting Begins


April 9—Mohegan Sun

Cost $25.00

Call Naomi 973-625-0819

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March 24, 2013 Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord



Mass at 8:00 am

CHRISM MASS at 7:30 pm at St. Philip’s Parish, Clifton

The Blessing of oils and the renewal of Priestly ordination vows takes



Mass at 8:00 am


Mass at 8:00 am

Penance 6;00 pm—7:30 pm



Morning Prayer—8:00 am

Mass of the lord’s Supper at 7:30 pm

(followed by adoration until midnight)


Morning Prayer—8:00 am

Stations of the Cross at 12:00 pm at St. Cecilia’s Cemetery

Stations of the Cross at 3:00 pm in the Church

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 5:00 pm

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 8:00 pm (Vietnamese)


Morning Prayer—8:00 am

Blessing of Eastern Food at 1:00 pm

And after the Easter Vigil


EASTER VIGIL: 8:00 pm on Saturday, March 30

EASTER SUNDAY: Regular Sunday Schedule:

8:00, 9:15, 10:45 am, 12:15 pm and 4:00 pm (Vietnamese)

A Family Perspective by Bud Ozar

Today Jesus tells us “I am among you as one who serves.” In

accepting the palm branch today you publicly confirm your

baptismal promise to follow Jesus as “one who serves.” Selfless

service defines a family as Christian.



Father Zig and Father Peter Glabik, our former parochial vicar

and current pastor of St. Catherine of Bologna Parish in Ringwood,

are co-sponsoring a Pilgrimage to Poland: Land of Our

Lady and the Saints. The 10 day pilgrimage will begin on August

25 th and return on September 3 rd . A brochure with detailed information

and complete itinerary is being printed and will be available

shortly. Save the dates and join in a spiritual experience

which will last a lifetime.

If you would like a brochure, stop by the Parish Office.


Statement of Bishop Arthur Serratelli on Pope Francis

With great joy, we welcome Pope Francis I as the chief

shepherd of the Church. As visible head of the Catholic

Church, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio,

Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, now assumes

the office once given to Peter by Jesus himself. In electing

him to succeed our beloved Pope Benedict XVI,

the cardinals have expressed great confidence that his

personal gifts and previous service to the Church, both

in Argentina and internationally, with God’s grace,

will make him the right man for the needs of our day.

I was deeply moved by his humility and simplicity in

his selection of the name, Francis I, by his prayers for

his predecessor, Benedict, and by his asking all the

people to pray for him as he bowed his head.

The shortness of the conclave speaks volumes of the

trust that the cardinals have in him to be a strong

leader for Catholics and, indeed, for the world, in the



Thank you so much for your generous donation of

$1405.00 to Faith Kitchen as part of the Souper Bowl of

Giving. We really appreciate your continue support.

Faith Kitchen is currently serving 80-100 people daily. It

is only through donation of food and monetary contributions

that we are able to feed as many people as we do!

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Monday, March 25

Tuesday, March 26

9:30 am Bible Study (Hayes Hall)

2:00 pm School Play Rehearsal (Gym)

6:30 pm Catechism Study Group (Hayes Hall)

7:45 pm Charismatic Prayer Group (Hayes Hall)

Wednesday, March 27

2:00 pm School Play Rehearsal (Gym

6:00 pm Sacrament of Penance (Church)

7:00 pm True Love Waits (Parish Office)

Thursday, March 28

8:00 am School (Hayes Hall)

9:30 am Mommy Bible Study

(Parish Office)

2:00 pm School Play Rehearsal (Gym)

7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal (Church)

Friday, March 29


12:00 pm Ecumenical Luncheon Service

(Methodist Church)

2:00 pm School Play Rehearsal (Gym)

Saturday March 30

8:30 am RCIA (Parish Office)

1:00 pm Blessing of Easter Food

Sunday March 31

5:00 pm Vietnamese Community

(Hayes Hall)

Monday, April 1



Anyone who is sick, homebound, hospitalized or in a nursing

home and would like to receive a visit, Holy communion, or the

Sacrament of Reconciliation or Anointing of the Sick, please

contact the

Parish Office. 973-627-90313 Ext. 10


The new schedules are in the Sacristy for pick up.

Altar Servers needed for the following Masses:

4:30 pm and 12:15 pm

Call Mr. Marcin 973-6270313 Ext. 15

OUR MUSIC PROGRAM: The Adult Choir sings at the 10:45 AM

Mass on Sunday, the Contemporary Group sings at the 9:15 AM Mass on

Sundays. All rehearse on Thursdays, resuming in September. New members

are welcome and should speak to our Music Director, Lyle Leeson

after Mass


Please help to support the many programs of

Catholic Charities by donating clothing, shoes and

household items by placing them in the donation

box located in the Church parking lot at St. Cecilia


Thank you for your support.



Thank you to the parishioners and school families who

have been supportive of our Gift Card sales..

If more people participate, I cannot even imagine how

much more we could help the School

without any added cost to the buyer.

Once you start using the cards, you will realize

the benefits too.

For your convenience, gift cards are sold

at the Parish Office and school offices during

normal working hours.

The following are available all of the time,

for immediate sales:






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St. Cecilia School 2013 Calendar Raffle

March 15, 2013 Winner

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Dear Parishioners,

As we gather to celebrate the Lord’s Day we also begin the most sacred time of the Christian

liturgical year, HOLY WEEK. On this PALM SUNDAY our liturgy begins with the solemn

blessing of palms to recall our Lord’s triumphal entrance into the holy city of Jerusalem. The

shouts of “hosanna” which greeted our Lord on Sunday quickly turned to “crucify him” on Good Friday. These

events will be once again be proclaimed during today’s Mass with the reading of the Passion narrative from the

Evangelist Luke. The reading of this account is of ancient tradition and prepares us for the saving events which

will be solemnly commemorated as we make our way to the “Feast of feasts”, the Holy Resurrection of our God

and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Every Catholic, old and young, who is physically able, should be present in church this week for the scheduled liturgical celebrations.

HOLY WEEK is exactly that, HOLY and you should reflect this holiness in your life and home this week. Please come to

church with the family, especially acquaint the children and young people with our way of commemorating this week with

church attendance, prayer and fasting. Remember that Good Friday is a STRICT DAY OF FAST AND ABSTINENCE. The

eating of meat and more than one full meal on this day is FORBIDDEN. We should reduce the time we spend on the computer,

the television and other non essentials which are used for pleasure so that we can focus on our prayers.

Almsgiving has also been a significant part of our Church’s tradition during the season of Lent. “Operation Rice Bowl” has been

the official project supported in the American Church which benefits Catholic Relief Services and the poor who are served

through this agency. Your sacrifices (alms) are used to help our brethren in need. I am so grateful to the faithful who have lovingly

kept this tradition. I remind you that the alms boxes are due back at the church next Sunday, Easter. Please deposit your

rice bowl in the container located at the Altar of the Blessed Virgin Mary. All offerings are accepted and checks should be made

payable to ST. CECILIA CHURCH with “rice bowl” in the memo.

I have been informed that the exterior work to our church will begin the week of April 1 st (I hope that’s not “April Fools”). We

should see some scaffolding being erected in the front of the church. I will be telling you more about all of this soon.

I am happy to have Seminarian Jakub (Jacob) Grzybowski from Saints Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Michigan

with us for Holy Week. He will be staying with us in the rectory and assisting at our liturgies. Jakub is originally from Poland

and is studying for the Diocese of Paterson. We will also see our parishioner, Seminarian Joseph Boykow who is a student

at Immaculate Conception Seminary at St. Andrew Hall-Seton Hall University. We are also blessed to have Seminarian Gabriel

Barrera assigned to us and hopefully will be with us until his Presbyteral ordination. How blessed are we! We have our own

seminary right here in Rockaway!!

Let’s begin Holy Week!

Father Zig


March 29—Patron of Funeral Directors

St. Joseph of Arimathea was a just and devout man who was looking for the Kingdom of God. Although during Our

Lord’s public life he was afraid to show himself openly as His disciple, after the crucifixion he had the courage to

seek out Pilate and ask for the body of Jesus. Aided by Nicodemus, he took the body of the Savor from the Cross,

bound it up 8in wrappings of cloth with perfumed oil, and laid it in his own new tomb which had been hewn from a

formation of rock (Jn 19:38-42)

PRAYER: God, You alone are holy and without You no one is good. Through the intercession of St. Joseph, grant that we may

so live as not to be deprived of Your glory. Amen

Taken from, Lives of the Saints, Catholic Booking Publishing Company, 1999 New Jersey

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Saint Cecilia Parish

90 Church Street

Rockaway, New Jersey 07866

Parish Office: 973-627-0313 internet: www.st-cecilia.org FAX: 973-627-4811

To Contact: Fr. Zig, Ext. 12 or speplowski@optonline.net

Fr. Daniel Ext. 11 or rev.dpo@gmail.com Fr. Marcin Ext. 15 or martmich1983@gmail.com

Convent: 973-627-6533 School: 973-627-6003 CCD Office: 973-627-0313 Ext. 17

580-St. Cecilia

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