Thanks to the 400+ families that have given so generously to our parish! Christmas, 2016 falls on a Sunday this year. St. Mary’s counts on donations from both weekly collections and special collections like Christmas. We do not have a Weekly Offertory Envelope for Christmas Day. We ask that you keep this in mind when making your Christmas donation to the parish.
Special Thanks to E-Givers
St. Mary’s-Stony Hill would like to thank the 100 families who are currently giving electronically. You may not see these fellow parishioners place an envelope in the basket every week, but their consistent giving does not go unnoticed in our parish office. Each month our parish receives a steady and predictable stream of income from those donors who have made the commitment to give to God first by having a designated contribution automatically transferred to our parish through our Online Giving Program. If you would like to learn more about this easy, safe and secure way of giving, please contact the parish office or go to WeShare on our website.
This holiday season, we are once again collecting new clothing for the men at Ozanam Inn in New Brunswick. Ozanam Inn is a temporary homeless shelter run by Catholic Charities that currently hosts 40 men. Last year, St. Mary’s delivered more than 400 gifts to the men at the Inn. Help us continue this tradition by taking a tag from the tree in the Narthex. Place the unwrapped gift under the tree by noon on December 14. Thank you for your continued support of this worthy Christmas project.
Bring new or gently used coats, hats, gloves & scarves and make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. All donations are being collected in the parish office. There is a box in the vestibule, so donations may be dropped off at any time. Thank you!
For a number of reasons, the campaign launch for the Bishop’s Annual Appeal is being moved from September to February. Being aware that your charitable giving is reported for tax purposes on a calendar year basis, we are providing this opportunity for a year-end gift to the 2017 Bishop's Annual Appeal. You will receive a tax statement for any contribution made before December 31st. Pledges received before year-end will be credited to your parish’s assigned goal for the 2017 Bishop’s Annual Appeal. To learn more about Maximizing Your Tax Benefits, see our End of Year Giving Brochure
The Knights of Columbus are hosting a Valentines Dinner Dance at Primavera Regancy. Click here for more information.
Today is known as “Gaudete Sunday” or the Sunday to rejoice! Gaudete means “rejoice” in Latin. It marks the halfway point of Advent. Rose vestments are worn to emphasize our joy that Christmas is near, and we also light the rose candle on our Advent wreath. Prepare our hearts and remove the sadness that hinders us from feeling the joy and hope which His presence will bestow. Amen.
Dec. 7th - Vigil Mass Masses 7:30 pm
Dec. 8th 7:00 am
SATURDAY - Christmas Eve
4:00 PM Fr. Brian - Family Mass
6:00 PM Msgr. Prus
Midnight: Fr. Brian - Choral prelude at 11:30pm
SUNDAY - Christmas Day
9:00 AM Fr. Brian
11:15 AM Fr. Brian
Mass will be celebrated at 12:10 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
We warmly welcome Julie Jean, daughter of John and Melissa Spillane, who was recently baptized. May the flame of faith grow ever stronger in her heart. God’s blessings to all!
Jennifer Godin & Jacob McKenna