Saturday, March 9th, was a night to remember for our parish and school community!
The school gym was filled with over 300 people to partake in our First Inaugural Meat Raffle. If you have never attended a meat raffle, you have set absolutely no expectations for what might happen at one and oh boy, did this night make for many laughs! Experienced “meat raffle attendees” knew how to prepare. They had plastic steaks hanging on necklaces, special holders on sticks that they raised in the air that held their dollars, picnic coolers at their feet ready to hold their winnings and carry their meat home, and yes, they remembered their large pile of dollars. Most raffle rounds were a $1, with the most expensive round being the finale with $5. When they called your number and you found out you won a ham, there was a loud noise, big smiles, and the silly thrill of knowing , that yes, you actually won a ham!
Friends and family gathered, bringing homemade snacks from home for their tables to enjoy and share with others. Walking around, tables were full. We saw cheese and crackers, shrimp and cocktail sauce, homemade dips and chips, home made cookies, and so many more tasty treats! St. Mary’s provided keg beer, wine and soda with the ticket purchase and craft beers were sold by the can along with pizza slices .
The night proved to be a great fundraiser for St. Mary School and hats off to all who orchestrated this awesome event! Another batch of experienced “meat raffle attendees” has been born and we look forward to upping our game at our next event!
This Wednesday, March 6th, is Ash Wednesday, when countless numbers of Christians will gather in churches throughout the world for the imposition of ashes, making visible the sign of the cross for all to see on our foreheads.
Lent invites us to recapture a sense of simplicity: to put aside the many things that complicate our lives and focus again on the simple but profound things of God- love, compassion, forgiveness, and justice. The next 40 days calls us to free ourselves of the empty and shallow values that take over our lives and become the people we truly want to be in the eyes of God.
With the Lenten season upon us, there are many opportunities here at St. Mary’s (listed below), to participate in activities that enrich our soul and prepare us for Christ’s Resurrection.
May we have the courage to put aside whatever distracts us from the Lord’s love and grace, to turn away from self- centeredness and fear, and to open up our hearts to the life and peace of the Risen Christ.
St. Mary’s Lenten Schedule
Ash Wednesday, March 6th– There will be 5 Mass/ Service opportunities for ashes:
7 AM, 9 AM, Noon, 5 PM, and 7 PM- (all in the church)
Reconciliation Opportunities: (All reconciliations take place in church)
Every Tuesday during Lent (except 4/16) 7-9 PM
Every Saturday during Lent (except 4/20) 3:00-3:45 PM
Parish Penance Service ( with 5-6 priests) April 8th, 7 PM
Wednesday , April 17th, 5-7 PM
Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction: Join our Deacons and come and spend an hour with the Lord…
Tuesdays during Lent: 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, and 4/9 7:30-8:30 PM (in the chapel)
Lenten Taize Service, April 4th, 7 PM– Meditative service in prayer,readings and songs.
Stations of the Cross: Every Friday during Lent after 9 AM Mass( 9:30 AM) & 7 PM in the church.
Living Stations of the Cross: Presented by St. Mary’s 5th Graders on Friday, April 5, at 7 PM:
Lenten Regulations Reminder
ABSTINENCE: All Catholics who have reached their 14th birthday are bound to abstain totally from meat on the following days: Ash Wednesday, all Fridays of Lent, and Good Friday.
FASTING: All Catholics between their 18th and 59th birthdays are also bound to observe the Law of Fast on the following days: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. This practice involves limiting oneself to a single full meal and avoiding food between meals.Light sustenance may be taken on two other occasions in the course of the day.
EASTER DUTY: After they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, all the faithful are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once per year. This precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season, unless for a good reason, it is fulfilled at another time during the year. this obligation may be fulfilled between February 18TH ( 1st Sunday of Lent) and May 27th(Trinity Sunday).
RECONCILIATION: Catholics are bound by an obligation to confess serious sins at least once a year. (Canon Law 989)
OTHER FRIDAYS OF THE YEAR: All other Fridays of the year remain as days of penance, in prayerful remembrance of the Passion of Jesus Christ.
To all of the men and my fellow brothers in Christ:
For more than 20 years, St Mary’s has hosted Christ Renews His Parish weekends/retreats here at our Parish. St. Augustine once said, “Our hearts are restless O’Lord until they rest in you.” Our parish’s heart is restless until it rests in “You!” You are the Parish. Your family is the Parish, and without you we cannot stand God strong. I wish to take this opportunity to personally invite you to join us in March for this awesome inspirational weekend of welcome, renewal and faith. I especially encourage the men who are new to our parishioners to come and join us. What a Great way to meet other parishioners and share a common bond we call our Catholic Faith. One simple “Yes” can make a tremendous difference in our lives and the lives of those dear to us. I am convinced that Christ Renews His Parish is one of the reasons for our Parish’s warmth, generosity, and closeness. With your presence, Christ Renews His Parish will continue to be the spirit driven difference in your life, your families and in our Parish.
Sincerely and humbly I remain your brother in Christ,
Rev. Robert W. Zilliox, JCL
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We have been praying for you, eagerly anticipating you joining us for the Women’s Retreat as the promise of spring approaches. We have planned a refreshing weekend of spiritual renewal and look forward to sharing our journeys in Christ. Our goal is to make this brief time for you a spiritual experience filled with relaxation, prayer, reflection, laughter, and song; a refreshing step in your own journey with Jesus. And the food, have we mentioned the fabulous food that will be prepared for you?
Is this your year? Join us and you will meet other parish women experiencing similar demands and challenges in their busy lives. We are women in all stages of life—with young children, school-age kids and college kids; students; empty-nesters, single, married; working outside the home, retired. We pray you hear God’s call to make this time for yourself. How joyful we have been in our decisions to attend.
We look forward to gathering with you in Christ for this very special time.
The Women of CRHP Team 33
St. Mary’s announces its First Annual Meat Raffle, organized by the St. Mary School Home School Association. This popular style event will feature a variety of meats from Latina Boulevard Foods, raffled off by Mike “The Meat Man” Demmin’s team. This event takes place on Saturday, March 9th from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at the St. Mary School Gymnasium, with doors opening 6:00 pm.
The event will include multiple rounds of meat raffles, during which attendees may purchase tickets for any of the meat lots they wish to potentially win. In addition, raffles will be held at the event for a 50/50 split, chest freezer and lottery ticket assortment. Attendees are encouraged to bring cash in the form of singles to expedite raffle sales throughout the course of the evening.
Tickets include unlimited soda, draft beer and wine, with craft beer and pizza also available for purchase. Attendees may bring their own snacks. A strict no outside alcohol rule will be enforced and this is an age twenty-one and older event.
Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit St. Mary School, a premier preschool through eighth grade institution. Prior fundraising event proceeds have been used to purchase amenities and upgrades for the school such as water fountains, air conditioning, technology items and a scoreboard, providing an enriched experience for students.
Tickets are $7.00 each via Pre-Sale and $8.00 each purchased at the door. Tables of eight may also be purchased in advance for $50.00. For Pre-Sale reservations, contact Jen 716-392-5553 at or Judy at email@example.com. A limited number of tickets will be sold and Pre-Sale reservations are strongly encouraged.