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If You Want to Know Jesus, Know His Word.

01-26-2021Fr. John Barbella

This weekend we celebrate the Sunday of the Word of God. I’m sure that many of you remember that Pope Francis established this new feast day last year. It will be observed on the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time each year, to remind us of the importance that God’s Word should have in our lives. Family and personal Bibles will be blessed at all the Masses this weekend, to remind us to make good use of them!

St. Jerome, a great Biblical scholar who died in 420, used to say that ‘ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.’ He meant that you really can’t know Jesus if you don’t know His story, and His story is told in the Scriptures, especially the Gospel. This is why the Church assigns three readings from the Holy Bible, plus a Psalm, to every Sunday Mass. The hope is that by listening to these readings will help us get to know the Lord thru His Word.


Upcoming Events

Prayers for Life, Liberty, and Marriage

Add Sat, Jan 30 @ 8:30 PM

Come join us on Sat, Jan 30, at 8:30pm in Mercy Hall for Prayers for Life, Liberty, & Marriage.


Feast of St. Blaise

Add Wed, Feb 3

Throats will be blessed at all the Masses (6:45am, 8:00am and 12:10pm in Mercy Hall) and at a special Prayer Service in Mercy Hall at 7:00pm. Everyone is encouraged to come, pray, and see God’s blessing.


St. Mary's Blood Drive

Add Sun, Feb 14 @ 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

St. Mary Church in Alpha, NJ will be holding their Parish Blood Drive on Sun, Feb 14 from 8:30am – 1:30pm.