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  • CHURCH OF SAINT MARY 91 HOME AVENUE RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY 07070

    OUR SACRAMENTAL LIFE

    Eucharist (Obligation Masses) Saturday .................................................. 5:00 pm (Sunday obligation) Sunday ....................................... 7:30, 9:00, 10:30 am & 12:00 noon

    Weekdays Monday, Wednesday, Friday ................................................. 7:00 am Tuesday & Thursday ................................................................... 8:30 am Saturday ............................................................................................ 8:30 am

    Holy Days ............................................................As listed in the bulletin

    Reconciliation (Confession) Saturday ..................... 4:00 pm or by calling for an appointment

    BAPTISM: Parents are required to attend the parish Baptism Class and provide the godparents sponsorship letters BEFORE the baptism date can be set. Call the Parish Office at 201-438-2200 for class dates and godparent handbook.

    MARRIAGE: According to the N.J. Common Policy couples must register at least ONE YEAR in advance.

    ANOINTING OF THE SICK: Please contact the Parish Office.

    HOLY ORDERS: Contact the Vocation Office at 973-497-4365.

    Rev. Michael J. Kreder ............................... Pastor

    Rev. Charez B. Don Gringco ............................. Parochial Vicar

    John J. DiMeo ................................................................................ Deacon James J. Guida ............................................................................... Deacon

    Michael E. Matthews ................................................................ Deacon

    Roy Corso ....................................... St. Mary High School Principal

    Elena P. Simmons ....... The Academy at Saint Mary Principal

    Betty Hatler .......................................... Parish Catechetical Leader

    Mary E. Lanni ........................................................... RCIA Coordinator

    Larry Boland ........................................... Confirmation Coordinator

    Gerard DeMan ........................................ Director of Sacred Music

    Linda Verdino & Kevin McLean ......................................... Trustees

    David Valente .......................... Finance Committee Chairperson

    Deborah Moran ...................................... Administrative Secretary

    Tom and Kathie Clare ....................... Stewardship Chairpersons PARISH DIRECTORY

    Parish Office .......... 201-438-2200 Fax.......... 201-438-1098

    Web..................................................... www.stmaryrutherford.org

    E-mail .....................................................................rcansmr@aol.com

    St. Mary High School .............................................. 201-933-5220

    The Academy at Saint Mary ............................... 201-933-8410

    Catholic Community Services ............................ 201-440-7077

    Religious Formation ................................................ 201-438-2476

    Hospital Coordinator .............................................. 201-935-7259

    We are called to form the Christian Community of Saint Mary Roman Catholic Church; we are protected by our

    Blessed Mother in whose patronage our parish has been placed under her title Our Lady of the Rosary.

    Recapture the Dream

    A Dream Come True!

    First Sunday of Advent

    December 2, 2012

    http://www.stmaryrutherford.orgmailto:rcansmr@aol.com

  • FFrom the Pastor December 2, 2012

    1st Sunday of Advent

    December 8: The Solemnity of the

    Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    In this Year of Faith Im explaining the revised Roman Missal orations that were not on a Sunday last year. May our reflections on the theologically deep, beautiful Mass orations, gleaned from

    the book Essential Presidential Prayers and Texts, help us grow in FAITH!

    Immaculate Conception of the BVM - Collect

    O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin prepared a worthy

    dwelling for your Son, grant, we pray, that, as you preserved her from every stain

    by virtue of the Death of your Son, which you foresaw, so, through her intercession,

    we, too, may be cleansed and admitted to your presence.

    Our National Feast Day. With fewer priests and the confusion over which Mass to celebrate on Saturday or Sunday night when a holyday falls on a Saturday or Monday, the US Bishops lifted the obligation to attend Masses on these holy days except for December 25 [Christmas] and December 8: the Immaculate Conception of Mary in the womb of her mother, Saint Ann. While this truth had been widely believed by the Church for hundreds of years, it was only declared dogma by Pope Pius IX in 1854. However, before that, in 1846, the US Bishops, at their first Council of Baltimore, placed our 70-year-old country in Marys care under her title, the Immaculate Conception. So December 8th is always a holy day of obligation for us.

    This feast proves that solo scriptura or the Bible alone is not enough! For the Bible is like a field from which we mine ores and other products that must be tested, refined and blended with common sense and other skills to give us Gods FULL revelation of the Gospel Truth! As this Collect explains, while Christs Death took place in time or in human history, the Bible often says God planned everything before time began! However, Mary was free to accept, ignore, reject or even oppose Gods plan. For like Adam and Eve, Mary was created without Original Sin, but she remained sinless. Since our free will is weakened by the stain of Original Sin, we ask Marys intercession to help us do the Fathers will as she always did!

    Immaculate Conception of the BVM - Offerings

    Graciously accept the saving sacrifice which we offer you, O Lord, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin

    Mary, and grant that, as we profess her, on account of your prevenient grace,

    to be untouched by any stain of sin, so, through her intercession,

    we may be delivered from all our faults.

    Prevenient Grace. Even my computers spell check did not know the word prevenient which means anticipatory. Perhaps a unique word is required to describe the unique grace given to such a unique woman! However, contrary to what some say, we do not worship Mary! As the Collect states, we worship the God who gifted or graced Mary with all she needed to be the Mother of His Son, our God in human form. And the Prayer over the Offerings reminds us: we now ask Marys help or intercession so that what she was EXEMPTED from, we may be DELIVERED from: that is, sin. For Mary was also a human being in need of the redemption made possible only through Christs saving sacrifice. The Immaculate Conception simply celebrates Gods lavish love, which neither time nor space can limit in any way, shape or form!

    Immaculate Conception of the BVM - Communion

    May the Sacrament we have received, O Lord our God, heal in us the wounds of that fault from which in a singular way you preserved Blessed Mary in her Immaculate Conception.

    Freedom From Sin. As the title of Elton Johns 1976 hit, Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word reminds us, seeking someones pardon is one of lifes painful requirements. But not for our Blessed Mother! The Immaculate Conception never had to ask for forgiveness! But we do, and often! Todays Prayer after Communion asks Marys help as, with Gods loving help, through the gift of the Eucharist, we strive to restore our Baptismal Grace, renew our efforts to use every gift and grace God has given us, and recommit ourselves to live by Gods will as Mary always did! O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!

    With Gods love and my prayers,

    Reverend Michael J. Kreder

    2

  • FIRST SUNDAY

    OF ADVENT

    December 2, 2012

    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2012

    5:00 p.m. Anthony Azzolini

    Donald Bennett

    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2012

    7:30 a.m. Carol Froehlich

    9:00 a.m. Aurora Traficanti

    10:30 a.m. Walter Vosburgh

    12:00 noon Patricia Tylenda

    Marie and Anthony Mele

    MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012

    Saint Francis Xavier, Priest

    7:00 a.m. Katherine Temple

    12:00 noon Prayer Service

    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2012

    Saint John Damascene, Priest and Doctor of the Church

    8:30 a.m. Meehan and Mulcahy Families

    12:00 noon Prayer Service

    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2012

    7:00 a.m. James Fallon

    Helen V. Miller

    12:00 noon Prayer Service

    THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2012

    8:30 a.m. Michael F. OKeefe, Sr.

    12:00 noon Prayer Servi ce

    FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2012

    Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    7:00 a.m. Carmen Cuccinelli

    Stephen P. Kiselick

    12:00 noon Prayer Service

    Vigil Mass for the Immaculate Conception of the

    Blessed Virgin Mary

    5:00 p.m. Maria Strom

    The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2012

    8:30 a.m. Maria Strom

    12:00 noon Jill Ann Ziemkiewicz

    Milica Sartori

    Theresa Mackie - 1st Anniversary

    SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

    5:00 p.m. Jessie Gambatese

    Nicholas Yaniero

    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2012

    7:30 a.m. Katherine Temple

    9:00 a.m. John Inglese

    10:30 a.m. Joanne Eleanor Adamo

    Jack DeCandia

    12:00 noon Viola LaGuardia

    Next Sundays Scripture Readings

    SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

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