The Ascension

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The Lord, by descending to hell, has annihilated the opponent, and with his ascension, he has exalted men. The icon announces the ‘victory over death, hell, and the purpose of salvation’. Our humanity is definitely introduced in the celestial existence through the humanity of Christ. Hence, our home is in heaven. “But God being rich in faithful love,through the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our sins, brought us to life with Christ -- it is through grace that you have been saved -- and raised us up with him and gave us a place with him in heaven, in Chirst Jesus.” (Ep. 2: 4-6).  The ascension is indeed the beginning of Pentecost, which is the fulfilling of Jesus’ prayer: “I shall ask the Father, and he will give you another Paraclete to be with you forever” (Jn 14: 16). Christ, in a circle of cosmic spheres where he radiates his glory, extends his right hand as a gesture of blessing as well as sending us to evangelize. “And raising his hands, he blessed them. Now, as he blessed them, he withdrew from them and was carried up to heaven” (Lk 24: 50-51). By the sign of this permanent blessing, the apostles become the foundation of the church. On his left hand, he holds the scroll with the scriptures that contain the Good News. The mission of salvation is carried out. Now, it should be freely accepted by each person. He sent them to evangelize: “Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations; baptize them…And look, I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.” (Mt 28: 19-20). The joy of the apostles bursts in spite of Christ’s departure because his promise remains: “I am with you and no one will prevail against you”. The blessed Virgin, image of the church, appears between two angels under Christ who is the head of the church. The ends of the raised arms from the angels and Mary’s feet make the three points of a triangle signifying the Holy Trinity which is the imprint of the church. The Apostles, divided into two equal groups, form a circle and show the church sealed in the holy and eternal love of the Father and the Son.  Saint Peter is standing in the group of the Apostles that are on the right side of the Virgin Mary. To the left, we see Saint Paul, who certainly was not a witness of the ascension, however, he belonged to the nucleus of the Apostles. Christ, in his departure, is held by two angels who were the witnesses of His mysterious and astonishing incarnation. In the icon, inverting the direction of the movement of Christ, signifies the return of the Lord: Parusia. “This Jesus ...will come back in the same way as you have seen him go to heaven” (Acts 1: 11). This is what the two angels announce amongst the Apostles. 

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Welcome

Our parish is one of the oldest Catholic churches in New Jersey located within the Archdiocese of Newark.  It was established in 1851 to serve the Catholic community in the Central New Jersey area.  Presently it serves approximately 5,000 parishioners with 1,000 Religious Education students and many groups of formation and ministry.

As you know better our parish through this website, we hope you also enjoy celebrating the sacraments in our church; keep growing spiritually and in Christian fellowship in our formation groups and initiatives; adore God keeping his commandments and find your mission in life gratefully serving God in ministry and evangelization.  We are eager that you join us giving glory to God with our life!

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Manoel J. Oliveira, Pastor

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Messages from our Pastor

CHURCH OPEN!

For Personal Prayer Time

Our church will be open for personal prayer on Sundays (9m-3pm) and Mondays thru Saturdays (5pm-7pm)
Since we can only have 10 people at a time, we invite to be patient if you have to wait for your turn and also be considerate of other people that are waiting to get in.
Please, notice that the bathrooms will not be available.

 

IMPORTANT!

ST. MARY'S CHURCH WILL NOT CALL, OR EMAIL, OR SEND TEXT MESSAGES TO ASK YOU FOR MONEY OR PERSONAL INFORMATION. DONATIONS MUST BE DONE FOLLOWING THE DIRECTIONS BELOW. IF YOU RECEIVE A PHONE CALL, EMAIL, OR ANTYHING ASKING YOU TO SUBMIT MONEY OR YOUR CREDIT CARD OR BANK INFORMATION, PLEASE DO NOT PROVIDE THIS INFORMATION AS YOU MAY BE A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR SCAM.

Making Donations to the Parish

Some of you have been asking how to make a donation to the parish during this time.

The first option is to drop it at our mail box in our rectory. It is located by the door of the house (not the office door, but to the right.)

The second option is 

May God bless you for you generosity.

Please, keep us posted on your situation, on how your family is doing.

God bless you!


Mass Schedule - Live

Monday-Saturday:

  • English: 8:00am

Monday-Friday:

  • Spanish: 7:00pm

Sunday:

  • English: 10:00am
  • Spanish: 11:00am

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God bless you,
Fr. Manoel