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Catholic Strong Campaign

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Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

After my arrival in the diocese, I set forth three principal pastoral objectives that needed to be addressed: increasing vocations to the priesthood; the availability and accessibility of Catholic schools; and the financial stability of the diocese and each parish. Significant strides have been made in the areas of vocations and Catholic schools. Our next hurdle is the maximizing of the resources in each of our parishes and in the diocese to meet the growing challenges of announcing the joy of the Gospel to all men and women in South Jersey.

In Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation EVANGELII GAUDIUM, (The Joy of the Gospel) he encourages us to become a missionary Church that ministers even to the peripheries of society. “Pastoral ministry in a missionary key seeks to abandon the complacent attitude that says, ’we have always done it this way.’ I invite everyone to be bold and creative in the task of rethinking the goals, style, structures and methods of evangelization in their respective communities. The important thing is to not walk alone, but to rely on each other as brothers and sisters.” (EG #33)

To accomplish the Holy Father’s mandate, we must invest our time, talent and, yes, our treasure in our parish communities. Therefore, it is time for us to come together in a diocesan-wide campaign to raise funds, something that has not happened in our diocese for more than two decades. This historic effort is not so much about bricks and mortar, but rather about the flesh and blood of our parishes, Catholic Schools and the ministries of our missionary Church.

Our theme, CATHOLIC STRONG, is not just a slogan. It is a goal that we can reach together.

To accomplish this, we must: invest in evangelization programs, particularly crafted for youth and young adults; strengthen faith formation programs for families, adults and children; encourage professional development of parish ministers and staff; and continue to expand our social service efforts. In this way we bring the truths of our Catholic faith to more people; serve our neighbors spiritually and practically; and lay the groundwork for the future of the Church in South Jersey.

Ours is a joyful faith that follows the mission of Jesus Christ. CATHOLIC STRONG is a call to make His mission more present in South Jersey by building up the ministries of our parishes through programs of evangelization.

The Sunday Mass is central to our faith lives, and every Mass concludes with the dismissal “Go,” which calls us

to bring our faith to serve the needs of children; families; the poor; the immigrant; the refugee; the addicted; the struggling and burdened; and all women and men who look to the Church for spiritual assistance and support.

I ask each of you to prayerfully consider how best to contribute to your parish and the entire Catholic community of South Jersey so that we may become stronger missionary disciples. I hope you will ask questions, offer solutions and act as good stewards of our Faith. May we be CATHOLIC STRONG to ensure, now and far into the future, an active, engaged Church in South Jersey.

With gratitude for the privilege to serve you as your bishop and with firm hope for the future of our Church in South Jersey, I am,

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Reverend Dennis J. Sullivan D.D.
Bishop Of Camden

2018 LENT & EASTER SCHEDULE

What does Lent mean to you, after the ashes of Ash Wednesday have worn off?

OLPH Parish has tried to coordinate a schedule of spiritual programs to give you opportunities to keep your faith at the forefront during these important forty days. We hope you take the time to participate in whatever ways you feel comfortable.

Locations:
(A) Church of the Assumption
(S) St. Nicholas Church

Penance
Saturdays throughout Lent
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM (A) & 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM (S)
(No Confessions on Holy Saturday)
 
Inter-Parish Penance Service
7:00 PM Wednesday, March 21st
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish/ Assumption Site
Confessions during Holy Week by appointment only
 
Stations of the Cross
6:30 PM Tuesdays (Spanish) (S)
1:30 PM Friday, February 16, 23 & March 9 & 16 (A)
7:00 PM Fridays February 16, 23 & March 2,9,16 & 23 (A)
 
Events
Lenten Cantata – Sunday March 4th 4:00 pm (A)
Living Stations – Thursday, March 22nd 1:30 PM (A)
Tenebrae – Wednesday, March 28th 7:00 PM (A)
 
Palm Sunday Masses March 25th
Saturday 4:00 PM (A) & 4:30 PM (S)
Sunday, 8:30 AM & 11:00 AM (A)
8:45 AM (English) & 10:30 AM (Spanish) (S)
12:45 PM (Creole-Haitian Community) (A)

Daily Masses During Holy Week
Monday & Wednesday 7:00 AM (S)
Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday 8:00 AM (A)
Tuesday 12:15 PM (A)
 
Holy Thursday, March 29th
No Daily Masses
Mass of Our Lord’s Supper (Multilingual) 6:30 PM (A)
Chapel of Repose until 10:30 PM (A)
 
Good Friday, March 30th
No Daily Masses at either site
Service of the Lord’s Passion
10:00 AM (Spanish-with Procession) (S)
3:00 PM (A)
 
Holy Saturday, March 31st  (No Confessions)
Blessing of Food Baskets for Easter – 12:00 PM (A)
Easter Vigil 8:00 PM (A)
 
Easter Sunday, April 1st
8:30 AM & 11:00 AM (A)
8:45 AM (English) & 10:30 (Spanish) (S)
12:45 PM (Creole-Haitian Community) (A)

Ash Wednesday ARCS Fish Fry

ASSUMPTION REGIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL PRESENTS
14th ANNUAL PTA FISH FRY at ARCS CAFETERIA (ACROSS FROM CHURCH)
146 S. PITNEY ROAD, GALLOWAY, NJ

ASH WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 4:30PM TO 7:30PM
– – – – – MENU – – – – –
ADULT MEAL $11
FRIED FISH WITH: FRENCH FRIES OR BAKED POTATO OR  PASTA WITH GARDEN SALAD
CHILD MEAL $7
FRIED FISH WITH FRENCH FRIES OR MAC & CHEESE WITH FRENCH FRIES
All meals include Coleslaw or Applesauce, Beverage & Dessert

TAKE OUT / EAT IN

 – – – PROCEEDS BENEFIT ARCS PTA – – –
For More Information Please Contact:
Michele Mason 609-517-0903 Mic.mas@aol.com
Jill Cooke 609-214-9149 jcooke5152@gmail.com
www.assumptionregional.org

Lenten Cantata

Featuring the combined choirs and instrumentalists of
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish and Assumption Regional Catholic School

146 S. Pitney Rd.
Galloway, NJ 08205

March 4, 2017 at 4 pm

Free will offering will be collected to benefit
The parish and school music programs

Valentine Celebration

It’s not too early for Vacation Bible School

Support our School: Gift card sales

Assumption Regional Catholic School is once again selling gift cards during the holiday season, to benefit the school. Get cards from your choice of over 100 stores, restaurants, and services. Download the order form here. Return the form and payment via the collection, Parish Office, or directly to the school. CLEARLY MARK “GIFT CARD SALE” on the envelope!

Ministry Spotlight: Body and Soul Ministry

Are you struggling with health issues, or trying to provide healthier and affordable meals? Then Body and Soul Ministry may be just what you’ve been looking for!

During casual, interactive sessions we explore tips and tools for wellness of the body, mind and spirit which can lead to greater health and happiness in our lives that will positively affect our families and community. Topics in health include nutrition, movement, and mindset.  These simple tools – along with a thankful heart – lead to better health and a sense of well-being.

Come out and see what it’s all about the 1st Thursday of the month, at 7:00pm until 8:30pm in the OLPH parish office.

For further information please contact Ginnie at 609.335.4602

HOLIDAY SEASON SCHEDULE 2017-2018

PARISH CHRISTMAS CANTATA
Sunday December 3rd at 5:00 P.M.
Assumption Church

FEAST OF ST. NICHOLAS MASS
Wednesday December 6th at 7:00 P.M.
St. Nicholas Church

FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
a holy day of obligation
Thursday, December 7th (eve) of the Holy Day
7:00 pm at the Assumption Church

Friday, December 8th
7:00 am and 7:00 pm at the St. Nicholas Church
9:00 am at the Assumption Church

INTERPARISH PENANCE SERVICE
Tuesday December 12th at 7:00 P.M.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
591 New Jersey Avenue, Absecon

ARCS CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
Friday December 15th at 7:00 P.M.
Assumption Church

PARISH LIVE NATIVITY
Saturday December 16th at 5:00 P.M
Assumption School & Grounds

CHRISTMAS MASSES

 Christmas Eve

4:00 P.M. – Assumption
5:00 P.M. – St. Nicholas
6:30 P.M. – Assumption

Christmas Day

12:00 Midnight – Assumption
9:00 A.M. – St. Nicholas
10:00 A.M. – Assumption
10:30 A.M. – St. Nicholas (Spanish)
12:45 P.M. – Assumption (Creole)

December 31st Vigil Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

4:00 P.M. – Assumption
4:30 P.M. – St. Nicholas

January 1st Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

10:00 A.M. – Assumption
10:30 A.M. – St. Nicholas (Spanish)
12:45 P.M. – Assumption (Creole)

Volunteers needed for annual Live Nativity!

It’s that time of year again, Angels and Shepherds are needed for the 4:00 pm Christmas Eve Children’s Mass on Sunday, December 24th at the Assumption Church.  If your child is interested in portraying an Angel or Shepherd, please call the Religious Education Office at 609-652-0008, extension 207 and leave the child’s name and a contact phone number.  A quick rehearsal will be  held on Thursday, December 21st, 6:30 PM at Assumption Church. At that time, costumes will be issued.

We could use your help for the event, as well, on General Volunteers for Saturday December 16:

  • Set up –12:00pm – 3:00pm. Move Cafeteria tables to Gym and miscellaneous Set up.
  • Cafeteria – 3:00 set up and then then we need people to work behind the counter from 5:00pn – 8:00pm.
  • Live Animal Petting opens at 4:00pm – 5:00pm.  Will need at least one volunteer to mind the children inside the manger and watch the line.
  • Assist with wardrobe – 4:45pm – 8:00pm
  • Runner to escort actors back and forth from Manger – 5:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Clean Up Crew – We will begin clean up at 7:30pm, join us if you have some time to assist us with moving back the tables and clean up.

Confirmandi (Manger Volunteers) – A sign Up Genius link has been emailed If you have not received any information but would like to participate please let us know so we can place you on the schedule.

Entertainment – Do you know of an individual singer, choir or dance team that would like to participate?  Please let us know.

We could also use bales of hay or straw, Juice (Box) and Food donations.

 

There is much to do and we are flexible; so if you have some free time please call or email: 609-457-1086 christineabruno@comcast.net.   Anything you can do will be appreciated.  Thank you. Chris Bruno

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