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Bulletin 5.15.22


Fifth Sunday of Easter

This week I have written a poem called “Woke Robin” that Doug Balliett is putting to music at the noon mass. The poem is based on Revelations 21, a favorite passage of mine, the second reading of the mass today, that I often have the groom in a wedding read to welcome the bride. “Revelation” as such simply means “lifting the veil.” Marriage was typically the first time that the groom would meet his bride…

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Bulletin 4.24.22


Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday

We are happy to announce that a former parishioner of St. Mary’s Parish Mr. Richard Ferreira has been called to the priesthood. The Most Reverend James F. Checchio, Bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen, to the Order of Diaconate will ordain him on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi in Metuchen, New Jersey.
We pray that God will grant him the grace to accept whatever challenges, disappointments and acceptances that come his way. God Bless him always!

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4.10.22 Bulletin


Palm Sunday

“Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion” – Palms signify “witnessing” to Christians. In Luke’s Gospel Jesus refers to himself at the “Son of Man” three times, identifying himself with us. Unbelievers ask if He is the “Son of God.” Disciples call him “Lord. “ In trial he is examined if he is the “Christ” of God or the king of the Jews. Jesus is spoken in narrative form 10 times and only once by name from the good thief. We witness, therefore, with our palms that he is “Lord.” But in mercy we call out to him using his holy name Jesus…

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4.3.22 Bulletin


Fifth Sunday of Lent

“All will be well” is a mantra from Julian of Norwich, an English mystic, that T. S. Eliot invokes in Little Gidding, the fourth of the Four Quartets poems written in England during the darkest days of WWII in 1942. “We will not cease from exploration/ And the end of all our exploring/ Will be to arrive where we started/ And know the place for the first time.” are the famous lines of the poem that invokes the fire of the Spirit that came onto the church at Pentecost…

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2.6.22 Bulletin


Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

When the Lord stepped aboard Peter’s fishing boat to hold steady before a crowd, to sit and to teach them, Jesus returned the favor by asking Peter to set out and drop nets for a catch. The love of Christ is the power of living in Him. The life of holiness could be felt by St. Peter in the first the pull of the nets. All things work to the good when unfettered from sin and death. Leaving the nets should be the first call of Christian life, specifically for the young to be supported and encouraged to consider religious life.

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1.16.22 Bulletin


Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

The First Miracle of Jesus is for the happiness of the human family. “You have saved the best wine until last” is the promise that betrothal to Christ in the sacramental life gives: beyond what we could plan or even desire in life, the water of our humanity has turned to wine. Let us be disposed to the Spirit, as Paul instructs us in the second reading, so that we may be ready to play our part.

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1.9.22 Bulletin


The Baptism of the Lord

Baptism of the Lord. In Luke’s Gospel God the Father speaks directly to his Son: “You are my beloved son. With you I am well pleased.” Later, in the Transfiguration the Father speaks from a cloud to his disciple: “This is my beloved son, listen to him.” The love of the Father for the Son, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit swirl around the meaning of baptism: the inner working of the trinitarian godhead. It is the taking flesh, its humility, with which the Father is well pleased. It bodes well for us that we are made to receive and to be filled with God in our humanity.

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Saint Mary Grand will celebrate its Bicentennial Anniversary on Pentecost Sunday, May 26, 2026

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