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
Why The Church? With Fr. Chris
Trenton Monitor Subscriptions
Annual Catholic Appeal Update
2020 Mass Book Opening this Friday
Uganda Collection November 16th & 17th
MAKE MY MONTH Raffle- Tickets now available!
Collection Envelope CHange for 2020
VIRTUS Training Class
Boys CYO Basketball
Thanksgiving Day Mass
Mary Queen of Heaven
Upcoming Trips with Fr. Damian & Sr. Margaret
From the Pastor
I’m scared of “holy people” yes, they terrify me!
I don’t mean the real holy people, I mean the ones that are convinced they are holy and everyone else isn’t. I bring this up because on the feast of
I'm suppose to encourage everyone to be a saint, but I want to make sure we are on the same page.
What do we mean by saint, how would you know one? Well, some are canonized, but most people are called saints because people regard them as saints.
Here is a little test, your notion or idea of what a saint truly is, is probably revealed in who your favorite saints are. Is your saint meek and mild, caring for the poor, or a doctor of the church, or a virgin and martyr, or a great reformer or thinker, or a person of self-denial and poverty? There is probably something in the life of your favorite saint that you equate with holiness. Or maybe you don’t have a favorite saint, maybe you just never heard their story, or you just didn’t see the point, or maybe you just couldn’t relate your life, your story to theirs.
I do sympathize, don’t get me wrong, we have many saints who are approachable and relevant to us but I must admit some of the others we read about, are a little bit scary.
I don’t know if they were really that strange in real life or if their biographers have done them a disfavor, I presume the latter.
Sometime in the lives of the saints, all that remains after centuries of editing are caricatures of real people. People in old garments, speaking a strange language, living an unbalanced life, a life of extremes…most probably not a life you would desire for yourself or your family.
To use popular language, our ideas and image of a saint needs a makeover.
The first thing we need to say is that we have saints of every personality, size, shape, race, culture, and language. Over the centuries and today, they wear every type of clothing. They come from every rank, from servant to king, from pauper to persons of wealth, from the simple to the sophisticated, from the learned to the unlettered and everyone in between. Every person of every time is called to holiness, to sanctity and can achieve it with God’s grace!
In this great diversity, there are a few common elements among saints.
The first, the recognition that God knows them, loves them and calls them. So begins a lifelong relationship of knowing that every moment is lived in the presence of God, that we are significant people, unique, called to be the person he created us to be.
To be the person he calls us to be, to live not an extreme life or half-life or weird life, but to live a life to the full, a life of joy. To choose goodness is to choose life , to choose sin is to choose something less, something false, something not worth of ourselves, we deserve better.
A saint is not someone convinced of his or her own holiness but God’s.
Some will say, I can’t be a saint because I have a past. So did St. Peter & St. Paul.
I can’t be a saint, I had doubts. So did St Thomas. I can’t be a saint, I sin…Welcome to confession.
If you asked people in recent years to name a living saint, most would have said Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Many regarded her, as living on another level, her praises were sung, and she was mentioned in every second homily. However there was a tendency to romanticize, to create a new caricature.
That why in recent years I was glad that when the diary of Mother Teresa was published, we found a real woman, a real person, who doubted her own worth, her own faith, who wrestled with doubt , but kept praying and serving. Mother Teresa’s struggles only strengthened my belief that she is a true saint of the church.
The life of a disciple is not Hollywood or Disney, it has struggle and pain and sin and failure and conversion and reconversion. We hang onto his garments, to his holiness, because we know we cannot save ourselves. We throw ourselves on the ground and he picks us up from the dust. We ask for forgiveness again and again and he gives it again and again.
We are all sinners in this church, called to be saints, relying on God’s grace and mercy to become the people he calls us to be. It is a blessing to be on the journey with you.
At the beginning of this month the Trenton Monitor Newspaper officially switched to a monthly magazine.
The parish is no longer sponsoring individual subscriptions to be delivered to parishioners' homes. There will be copies in the churches for free as always. If you would like a copy of the New Trenton Monitor Magazine delivered to your home please purchase a subscription
Annual Catholic Appeal
Each year we as a parish participate in the Annual Catholic Appeal. Traditionally, our goal has been to raise $175,000. We have always been very proud to say that we are one of the few parishes to not only meet our goal but vastly exceed it each year.
This year we are sad to say that we are $50,000 short of our goal.
Please watch the attached video and consider donating to the Annual Catholic Appeal. None of your donation will go to fund the child abuse settlements, it all goes to help our diocese run each and every day,
Donate or find more information on the Diocese of Trenton website
Funds Collected: $124,976
Contact Rick Cambron at the rectory at 732-449-5765 x111 or
for more information
The 2020 Mass Intention Book will open on November 8th at 1:30PM.
You are also able to enroll a loved on in the Memorial Mass Society at this time.
Forms can be found in the churches, the rectory and on our website
Second Collection Change
The Second Collection on November 16th and 17th will be for Mission of Mercy in Uganda, not the Diocesan Assessment.
Collection Envelope Change
As a parish, we are currently sending collection envelopes to approximately 3,400 families 5 times per year. However, there are only around 1,600 families financially supporting the parish through collection envelopes and online contributions through Parish Giving.
Beginning in 2020 the parish will only send collection envelopes to those actively financially supporting the parish. By making this change we will save approximately $10,000 annually plus the cost of postage.
If you do not receive envelopes and would like to, please contact the rectory offices. Additionally, if you do receive envelopes and do not want them please let us know.
Next VIRTUS Session is November 14th
Pre-registration is required.
Anyone volunteering with minors or vulnerable adults in the parish or school must complete the Protecting God's Children VIRTUS class and be fingerprinted every four years.
More information can be found on our 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:
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
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
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 Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 3:25PM