For the Year of Mercy, the Parishes of Saint Mary, Closter & Immaculate Conception, Norwood are proud to present Thérèse: The Story of a Soul on Sunday, September 18 at St. Mary’s, Closter @7:00pm. This live drama is a face-to-face encounter with Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, the most beloved saint of modern times. In this one-woman performance, Thérèse speaks directly to the audience, with humor, grace and humility. This is not the saccharine story of the "Little Flower", but an honest, loving portrait of a real girl who struggled with anxieties, but overcame these obstacles by trusting in God. Thérèse's honest, direct spirituality speaks powerfully to our busy culture, with the encouraging message that anyone can become a saint.
The musical score is lyrical and inspiring, and was composed by Sister Clare Sokol, herself a Carmelite nun. Because of her deep understanding of the spirituality of Saint Thérèse, she was able to capture the simplicity and romance of a young girl in love with God. Sister Clare and scriptwriter Patti Defilippis worked closely together to achieve an authenticity that would do justice to Saint.
To view a video clip of this live presentation
A free will offering will be taken up on the evening of the presentation. For additional information please call Fr. Leo @ 201-768-1600 or Fr. Paul @ 201-768-7565.
Orders placed the first Monday of the month. Call the rectory or pick up order forms in the vestibules. You can also set up an account online.
Registration # D84E6EB522L51
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Parishioners: As part of the Ministry of Adult Altar Servers, I would like to say that this is something I always wanted to do, be an “Altar Boy”. But, alas, this was not possible when I was a young person. So when the opportunity arose, needless to say, I became an “Altar Boy” at 65+ years of age. There is something wonderful that happens when you are so close to God. Serving as an Altar Server for Funeral Liturgies has also educated me on the importance of the Rite of Funerals. We are in need of men and women during the day to serve at Funeral Liturgies and other liturgies as needed. It would be great if we could create a group of people. Not a huge commitment of time that we are asking of you. This ministry can be done according to your availability. Please consider this ministry for yourself and contact me: Victoria Maiorino at 201-767- 1698.
REMINDER: ST. MARY'S DIAPER DRIVE We want to remind everyone that we will be collecting diapers and baby wipes throughout the summer, up to and including Labor Day Weekend, to be donated to New Hope. This is a Pro-Life organization that provides aid to single moms who have chosen LIFE for their pre-born babies and need our help. If you have any questions, please call Mary-Anne Colucci at 201-599-9430 or email@example.com, or Jill Ciotti at 201-956-2389 or firstname.lastname@example.org. God Bless you for your generosity.
Cornerstone Retreat here at St. Mary's, Closter on October 21-22, 2016.
What is Cornerstone? Cornerstone is an annual in-parish weekend retreat. It is a spiritual journey that brings the women of St. Mary's, Closter, Sacred Heart, Haworth, & ICC together for a brief and wonderful time to strengthen our relationships with God and each other. It is a time to share life stories. You will form friendships, multiply your joys, divide your sorrows and lift up your heart. Join us in joyful worship with warm and loving women.
WHY GO TO CORNERSTONE? At Cornerstone you will spend time in a relaxed atmosphere with other women of faith. You will be led by a team of parish women who have already experienced the gift of a Cornerstone retreat. They will share their faith stories with you. It is a welcoming, non-judgmental environment. The women you encounter may just be friends you haven’t met yet. Join other faith-filled women at this Cornerstone weekend. It is an opportunity to step out of your daily routine to relax, pause and reflect. Experience the peace and joy that come from a deeper intimacy with God, your family, and others in your life.
For additional information please contact Sr. Georgette @ St. Mary's. 201-768-7565 or Krissy Goodman @ 1-551-404-3460.
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St. Mary's Golden Agers are planning a trip to Biltmore Estate & Asheville, NC
October 9-14, 2016
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for info call Rita Dalto 201-573-8253
or Nancy Myers 201-768-3483
Join our annual Blessing of Animals and pet food drive to benefit C.L.A.W.S.on Sunday, October 2nd, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, at 11am and 1pm.This service of thanksgiving and animal blessings will take place rain or shine, in St. Mary’s parking lot. Attendees are encouraged to bring a pet food donation to benefit the pet food pantry of C.L.A.W.S - the Closter Animal Welfare Society. Items needed include wet and dry cat/kitten and dog/puppy food, kitty litter, as well as cleaning supplies, paper towels, and garbage bags.
Fr. Paul blesses Chloe and Bill Deegan at the annual Blessing of Animals.
The archdiocese of Newark is sponsoring a one day PILGRIMAGE to the BASILICA of the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION in WASHINGON, DC on OCTOBER 22, 2016.
The pilgrimage will take place under the leadership of the Archbishop and Bishops of Newark. Buses will leave from local parish churches and return on the same day. The features of the day will be rosary devotion and concelebrated Mass in honor of Mary, Queen and Mother of Mercy, in the Basilica of the National Shine. Plan now to be part of this conclusion of the EXTRAORDINARY HOLY YEAR in the beautiful national sanctuary dedicated to her honor. Please REGISTER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to determine the number of seats needed as a Parish. To register, call John Hernandez at 201-768-8871 or Sister Georgette at 201-767-8247.
The needs of parents who have suffered the loss of a son or daughter are unique. The Office of Family Life Ministries of the Archdiocese of Newark sponsors support groups for Parents Grieving the Death of a Child. The groups are led by trained facilitators - parents who have personally experienced the death of a child. Groups meet at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Parish Center, 60 Byrd Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ on the First Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm (July and August is 7:00pm) and at St. Peter the Apostle Church, Rectory Basement, 445 Fifth Avenue, River Edge, NJ on the Third Monday of each month at 7:30pm. There is no fee to participate and pre-registration is not needed. Please call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 973-497-4327 or email email@example.com for further information