January 10th 2020

Action Alert

The New Jersey Catholic Conference encouraging the Catholic faithful across New Jersey to contact Governor Murphy in regard to a bill that has been sent to his desk for his signature.

 The bill expands insurance coverage for abortion and removes the religious exemption thus requiring church organizations to provide services and/or drugs which are contrary to God’s law.

 It is of the utmost importance that the Catholic faithful make themselves heard on this issue by writing to the Governor and asking him to veto the bill.  The loss of this religious exemption could lead to further restrictions being placed on the Church and its institutions. 

 Please do your best to circulate the NJCC alert with its link that allows the faithful to write directly to the Governor’s Office as soon as possible.  This is a time-sensitive request since the Governor could sign the bill as early as next week. To send a message to Governor Murphy go to https://njcatholic.org/faith-in-action?vvsrc=%2fCampaigns%2f70232%2fRespond%3fvvcgUT%3dwvxkm8w4M19Evuvkc6iKrg%26vvcgRD%3dBzrRfbMUW4JcfQc%26vvsbr%3d6Q0PgOwvcGzG57Gs5FviQg

January 4th 2020

Bubba's 33 Proceeds Night on February 6

Join us for a proceeds night at Bubba’s 33 in the Gateway Plaza. 10% of your bill will be donated to OLV School when you present your server a flyer from 4pm- 10 pm. Download a flyer at http://olvsayrenj.com/content/uploads/bubbas-proceeds-night-feb-6.pdf 

December 18th 2019

Designer Handbag Bingo – January 10th

Mark your calendars to join us for our annual Designer Handbag Bingo on Friday, January 10th. A snow date had been reserved for January 11th. Tickets will be sold after the masses on Dec 28/29 and Jan 4/5. To download a flyer with additional details go to http://olvsayrenj.com/content/uploads/jan-10-bingo-flyer.pdf

November 12th 2019

2020 Mass Intention Request Form

The 2020 Mass Intention Book will be opened December 3rd. In order to assist with the scheduling of the masses, please download a request form at http://olvsayrenj.com/content/uploads/mass-intention-book-for-2020.pdf 

October 1st 2019

Spiritual Adoption Program

Everyone loves the beauty and innocence of a baby. As an expression of that love, OLV announces an adoption program for young and old alike. This week we will have the opportunity to “spiritually” adopt a child who is newly conceived this month. Not all newly conceived babies are allowed to be born. In fact, more than 4,000 babies lose their lives to abortion each day. It is these babies you are being asked to “adopt”. You may “adopt” a child individually or as a family by signing up. You will be asked to name the child for whom you will be praying, thereby giving the baby the humanity he or she deserves. You will be asked to pray for your unborn child and for all unborn children, for the power of prayer is great. You will receive monthly reports through the parish bulletin describing your baby’s development and your child will be born in May.  There are millions of unborn babies desperately in need of your prayers. Won’t you please “spiritually adopt” one and share the love for life that God has given you? You can download a form at http://olvsayrenj.com/content/uploads/spiritual-adoption-flyer.pdf 

September 12th 2019

OLV Parish Revised Calendar September 2019- August 2020

Our OLV Revised November 2019- August 2020 Calendar is now available by going to 

http://olvsayrenj.com/content/uploads/november-2019-to-aug-2020.pdf

Please visit frequently for updates.

August 24th 2019

Religious Education Registration Form and Catechetical Sunday

Catechetical Sunday will be celebrated on September 15th. A blessing of Catechists, Students and Families will take place. Our Religious Education Classes are scheduled to begin the 17th. To download a registration for the 2019/ 2020 academic year, please go to http://olvsayrenj.com/content/uploads/registration-form-2019.pdf

August 23rd 2019

Diocesan Walking Pilgrimage- September 21, 2019

A pilgrimage is a sacred journey that we make in order to move us closer to God. Historically speaking, pilgrimages were done on foot, that is, the people on the pilgrimage walked the entire distance, sometimes hundreds of miles over the course of days, weeks or even months depending on the starting and end points (they didn’t ride in air-conditioned planes or buses nor eat sumptuous meals or sleep in 5 star hotels!). The reality of those making a pilgrimage was that of the postman - wind, rain , sleet, snow, sun and of course, dogs! Seen as a sacrificial expedition of faith, pilgrims set out on their trek usually for several  reasons, to do penance for sins, to ask for some special grace for oneself or another or to give thanks to God for graces received.
 
During this Year of Spiritual Awakening we are setting out on this one day walking pilgrimage as part of our preparation for the consecration of the diocese to Our Lady of Guadalupe in December. The particular grace that we are asking Our Blessed Mother to gain for us is a new outpouring of the Gift of the Holy Spirit, as on the day of Pentecost, so that we can be empowered to “set a fire in the heart of our world!” Bishop Checchio recognizes that spiritual renewal among the baptized is crucial for a new work of evangelization to commence in the diocese and for this reason he convoked this year and the consecration.
 
We invite everyone of able body to make this one-day 9-mile pilgrimage in beautiful Hunterdon County in preparation for the consecration of the Diocese of Metuchen to Our Lady of Guadalupe, particularly our youth and families. Registration details are on the way!   MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW – SEPTMEBER 21, 2019. To download a flyer go to http://olvsayrenj.com/content/uploads/walking-pilgrimage.pdf

August 21st 2019

Discover the Epic Story of the Catholic Church Experience Church History from a Catholic Perspective!

As Catholics, we are heirs to a remarkable heritage. The history of our Faith is so much more than a list of facts and dates. It is a fascinating story of adventure, rebellion, tragedy, and triumph. A story 2,000 years in the making, one word best describes Catholic history: Epic.

Epic: A Journey through Church History is a captivating and fast-paced look at the story of the Catholic Church. Beginning with the lives of the apostles all the way up to the present day, Epic takes the immense history of the Church and simplifies it into twelve, color-coded time periods.

In the course of twenty sessions, participants learn about the major people, places, and events that comprise the captivating story of Christianity. This Study provides participants with an understanding of Church history that enables them to have a greater sense of meaning and identity as Catholics.

For a copy of the flyer with registration information go to: http://olvsayrenj.com/content/uploads/epic-church-history-promotional-flyer-2-ascension.pdf

June 14th 2019

New Jersey Independent Victim Compensation Program to open June 15

As announced in February, the Diocese of Metuchen- along with the four other Roman Catholic Dioceses in New Jersey (Newark, Trenton, Camden and Paterson) - established an Independent Victim Compensation Program (IVCP) to compensate those who, as children or young adults, were sexually abused by a priest or deacon of the Diocese. The IVCP will be open to claims beginning June 15 and will conclude on December 31, 2019. All individual claims must be submitted during this period.

 The state-wide  IVCP will be independently administered by Kenneth R. Feinberg  and Camille S. Biros, two noted victims' compensation experts who have nationwide  experience in administering varying compensation programs such as the Penn State sexual abuse claims, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, and the Boston Marathon  bombing compensation fund.

 The IVCP will handle the submission, evaluation and resolution of individual claims, and will operate independently of the Diocese or any church-affiliated institution. The administrators of the IVCP will have complete autonomy to determine the eligibility of a claim with the guidelines of the established Protocol. The amount of compensation for those who make a claim will be independently determined by the IVCP administrators. All victims- no matter when the abuse occurred- are eligible to participate, and all matters will be handled confidentially.

 Victims of clergy sexual abuse of a minor can begin the process of utilizing the program by going to www.njdiocesesivcp.com and reviewing the protocol for submitting a claim.

 The implementation of the IVCP is an important step in aiding victims in seeking justice and healing, and as we journey together as a Church toward a new day.

 Transparency, justice and truth, remain a top priority for Bishop Checchio, who in a February letter to the Church of Metuchen, said, "As sad as this day is for the Church, I remember daily that God has called me to this diocese, to be here with you and to walk down this road back to Him with transparency, justice and truth to promote healing, confidence and renewal.  The challenges the Church faces now may seem daunting, but we must not fear the days ahead; Christ walks with us. Together, we will journey toward a new day. Even though our Church today inherited these problems from the past, we are to be part of the solution to ensure these horrific crimes are never repeated in the future."

 Anyone who has been the victim of sexual abuse by a priest of the Diocese is encouraged to participate in the IVCP.

May 22nd 2019

Protect Babies Born Alive

The United States Senate failed to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which protects babies from infanticide. But there is still hope for this bill!    

If the U.S. House of Representatives passes the bill, it would put significant pressure on Senators who voted against the bill to reconsider their vote.   

But efforts to bring the bill to a vote in the House are being blocked. Your action is needed to urge your Representative to sign a petition that would allow this vote to occur. 

Text ALIVE to 50457 or visit www.babiesbornalive.com.

April 7th 2019

Home Visitation of Our Lady of Guadalupe

During this Year of preparation for the Consecration of ourselves individually and our Parish to Our Lady of Guadalupe, we are offering an opportunity for parishioners to sign up for a week long home visitation of Our Lady of Guadalupe. For additional details download a flyer at http://olvsayrenj.com/content/uploads/letter-home-visitation.pdf 

March 1st 2019

OLV Lenten Activites 2019

Lent begins Wednesday, March 6th. Our schedule of masses and prayer services are included in our bulletins. For additional information on our Lenten activities go to http://olvsayrenj.com/content/uploads/olv-lent-2019-flyer.pdf

February 11th 2019

Live Lent Opportunity by Renew

How many times have you thought you wanted to do something special for Lent? This year, Lent will begin on March 6, 2019. Why not participate in our Live Lent Program this year. Down load a registration form at http://olvsayrenj.com/content/uploads/sign-up-lent-2019.pdf  Download a flyer at  http://olvsayrenj.com/content/uploads/live-lent-flyer-2019.pdf .

September 2nd 2018

Scrip Shopping Program 2018

Your participation in the Scrip Program is an easy way to assist with the fundraising efforts of our parish. You can order gift cards for many local businesses that you already use. You can also register to order directly with the program and place your orders online. Another option allows you to order and pay directly and print ecards for your personal use, or a last minute gift for family or friends. For additional information go to http://olvsayrenj.com/content/uploads/parish-order-form-sept-2018.pdf 

To view a video on how to use the ScripNow option go to https://shop.shopwithscrip.com/Support/ordering-scrip-for-families/use-scripnow--never-miss-rebates-again 

 

 

March 8th 2017

Pastoral Letter of Bishop James Checchio

Bishop James Checchio recently published a pastoral letter entitled “Lighting a fire in the heart of our world.”

Now available is a short video message from Bishop Checchio to the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese of Metuchen, inviting all to read his pastoral letter, You can view it on our Vimeo page, here: https://vimeo.com/207350918. The pastoral letter can be found at http://diometuchen.org/bishop/pastoral-letter.

September 19th 2016

Prepare to Lead

The Prepare to Lead course offers a basic introduction to Sacred Scripture for people who desire to understand the Bible better and may wish to lead Bible Studies. The classes lay a foundation in the Catholic approach to reading and interpreting the Word of God as well as deepen the faith life of the participants and better equip them to share their faith with others. For additional information go to http://olvsayrenj.com/content/uploads/prepare-to-lead-brochure2016-17.pdf  

September 7th 2016

OLV Respect Life Spiritual Adoption Program

You are invited to participate in the Spiritual Adoption Program coordinated by the Our Lady of Victories Respect Life Committee. This is an opportunity prayerfully support the life of a young child and parents. Your prayers can impact the life of a child! You are invited to download a form, and return the pledge section and pray daily for the life of a child from now until Mother’s Day. For more information go to http://olvsayrenj.com/content/uploads/spiritual-adoption-2016.pdf

November 8th 2014

Read the English translation from the Synod of Bishops on the family, the "Relatio Synodi,

The final document of the Synod of Bishops on the family, the "Relatio Synodi," has finally been translated into English and posted to the Vatican's website. http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2014/10/18/0770/03044.html

 

April 18th 2013

Diocesan Policy on Funerals

In a letter to the priests of the Diocese of Metuchen, Bishop Paul Gregory Bootkoski presented the Diocesan Funeral Policy. Included in the policy are the importance of the Funeral Mass, the requests of eulogies and the expectation of the internment of human cremains. You can read the policy at http://olvsayrenj.com/content/uploads/diocese-of-metuchen-funeral-policy-2013.pdf