What's Happening In Our Parish
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Welcome Reverend Damian McElroy!
As of July 1, 2019 Rev. Damian McElroy is officially Pastor of
St. Catharine- St. Margaret Parish as appointed by Bishop O’Connell.
Rev. McElroy has spent the last 14 years as Pastor of
Our Lady of Good Counsel, Moorestown.
Here are just a few things happening in our parish
Message from our Pastor
Concert This Sunday!
Mary Queen of Heaven- begins this week
SCS Fall Fundraiser- Step By Step
Annual Memorial Mass
Spotlight Ministry- Prayer Shawls
Boys CYO Basketball
MAKE MY MONTH Raffle
Upcoming Trips with Fr. Damian & Sr. Margaret
All Souls Mass- Resurrection Mausoleum
From the Pastor
The Gospel this week seems radically shocking!
No servant can serve two masters.
He will either hate one and love the other,
or be devoted to one and despise the other.
You cannot serve both God and mammon.
In other words you can’t serve God and material wealth. At first glance you might think that this rules out any relationship with material wealth or indeed material things but his would be incorrect.
The important word is
we can use material things, business and wealth to
more than profit, necessary as it is. We can use material things to create a business, to employ, to better society, our community, to
Often our business life can serve our Christian life but there are times when there is an obvious conflict, that is, when business success or profit would ask us to pursue a policy or values that are unchristian. I can remember someone once telling me “my lawyer says it’s ok” and my answer was “but how about your conscience, where will your lawyer be on Judgement Day”?
Fundamentally we must ask ourselves what is our mission in life, the mission we will be held accountable for? Who is my Lord, the centre of my life?
I invite you to read and reflect upon one of my favorite prayers by Blessed John Henry Newman.
Mission of My Life
God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments.
Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.
With Every Blessing,
If you would like to Sponsor someone in the walk please complete the form below and return it to the school with a donation.
Don't know a students name? Fr. Damian could always use some sponsors as well.
SCS Fall Fundraiser
On November 1, 2019 the students of St. Catharine School will be participating in a school wide walk around Spring Lake. The entire student body, faculty and administration of St. Catharine School will be walking together. Every year our school engages in various activities that help to strengthen the personal connections we have both within our school and with the surrounding community at large.
This year we are calling our fundraiser: “Step-by-Step: we grow stronger together”. We ﬁrmly believe that by uniting and moving forward - together - we will be able to achieve great things and continue providing an excellent education enriched by our Catholic faith.
Religious Education Classes began on
Tuesday September 24th
K-5th grade 4:30PM - 5:45PM
6th - 8th grade 7:00PM - 8:15PM
For more information or if you
still need to register please contact the
RE Office at 732-449-4424 x305
Photo courtesy of Ruthie Wagner
Father Morley is doing well and is asking for our prayers. He is thankful for those who have visited him and who have sent him cards and messages.
He loves receiving mail!
Father John Morley
C/O St. Catherine of Siena Health Center
120 Bloomfield Ave.
Bloomfield NJ 07006
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Prayer Shawl Ministry welcomes all those who would like to assist us m
ake prayer shawls for the sick and those who have lost a love one. We meet once a month in the Convent at 4pm and also at 7:30pm. Come join us for fun and companionship as well as making a shawl that is very meaningful to people at a special moment in their lives.
Our next meeting is Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 4:00pm and 7:30 pm!
Come to the afternoon or evening session!
Call Sr. Margaret 732-449-5765, 124. for more information.
Thank you to our program advertisers from the Cohort 19 Mass at Maclearie Park on September 8th
Check out some pictures of the mass on the Monitor's Website
Both Father Damian and Sister Margaret have trips planned for 2020.
for more information
“Know someone who needs assistance with food, housing, addiction recovery, mental health, domestic violence or immigration? Contact Charities Diocese of Trenton:
St. Catharine- St. Margaret Parish is honored to have this powerful devotion in
St. Catharine Chapel every Wednesday from 8:30AM to 4:00PM
The Priest or Deacon removes the sacred host from the tabernacle and places it on the altar for adoration. During this time parishioners may come at any time (for any length of time) to pray or meditate in the presence of our Lord.
At 4PM, Adoration concludes and Benediction takes place and the Host is placed back into the tabernacle. Because we believe in the living presence of Jesus in the consecrated Host, the Blessed Sacrament should not be left unattended at any time. We ask that worshipers sign in while visiting the Blessed Sacrament so we are able to monitor the number of people in attendance and so that we know whether the Blessed Sacrament was left alone. Please feel free to use the booklets provided to guide your prayer and meditation if you need it
Cohort 19 News
A New Cohort website has been created,
Here you will be able to see mass times, events and news from all five of the parishes in Cohort 19
Get Social With Us
You may have noticed a more concerted effort in the parish's social media department during the past few months. The parish technology team definitely appreciates all the support, follows and likes you have given. If you don't already follow us, we can be found on
on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 10:16AM