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11-28-2021Fr. John J. Barbella

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Bulletin deadlines required me to write this column before Thanksgiving, so I can’t tell you how mine went. I can tell you that I was looking forward to it as I wrote these words!

Today we begin the holy season of Advent. While it’s easy to think of Advent as a time to prepare for Christmas, it’s really much more than that. The word Advent means ‘coming’ – and Advent is indeed a time to get ready for the coming of Christ.

As Catholics, Advent makes us think about not just one, but two, of Christ’s comings. While we are certainly getting ready to celebrate His first coming at Christmas, Advent also reminds us to get ready for His Second coming on Judgement Day.


Upcoming Events

Notre Dame 1st Annual Crusader Christmas!

Add Sat, Dec 4 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Please join us at Notre Dame High School on Dec. 4th, from 11:00am – 2:00pm (Snow date: 12/5) for our 1st Annual Crusader Christmas! Get your Christmas shopping competed early by attending our event!


Serra Club of Warren County

Add Tue, Dec 7 @ 6:00 PM (every first Tuesday of the month)

Serra Club of Warren County is looking for new members. Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to join. Our meetings are on the First and Third Tuesday of the month starting with mass at 6:00pm in the church and a dinner meeting at Flynn’s on the Hill starting at 7:00pm. Anyone wishing to join please call the church office at 908-454-0112.

Wed, Dec 8 - the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception - is a Holy Day of Obligation

Add Tue, Dec 7 - Wed, Dec 8

Mass times: 5:30pm Vigil Mass, 6:45am, 8:00am, 12:10pm, 7:00pm

2021 Bishop's Annual Appeal

“It is because of your love for Christ and the Church that I ask you to join me in being Transformed by Christ’s Body and Blood, to make a sacrificial contribution to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal in proportion to your income, and continue our Mission to Light a Fire in the Heart of the Church.”

Most Reverend James F. Checchio, JCD, MBA
Bishop of Metuchen


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