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Dear Friends,

Upcoming for November

Each year, for the past several years, the members of our Youth Group have been collecting frozen turkeys for the Fr. English Center in Paterson. This is the same Fr. English Center which the parish periodically helps out with frozen trays throughout the year. It is an outreach of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson, providing a wide variety of social services for those in need, including a food pantry and soup kitchen. A few years ago we were told that they experience more of a need for Thanksgiving turkeys than they were able to fill and OLMC has been helping out since then. The collection of Frozen Turkeys, 25 lbs. or less will be next Saturday, Nov. 11th, only, between 9:00am and 12:00 noon, in the parking lot next to the rectory. Members of the Youth Group will be there to accept the turkeys and say thank you. They will be picked up by the Fr. English Center that very afternoon, so there is only this one opportunity to help a family in need. Please help to make some family Thanksgiving as joy-filled as your own.

Speaking of thanks, thank you to all who dropped off shoes in the recent Soles 4 Souls drive, sponsored by Ridgewood Rotary, and a big thank you to the members of our Youth Group who bagged all the footwear and got them ready for pick-up. We could not have done it without you.

Next up. In today’s Second Reading, Paul gives thanks to God for the community at Thessalonica, to which he is writing. It reminds me that Thanksgiving Day is less than three weeks away. I guess the extraordinarily warm and beautiful fall makes that hard to believe, but it is. So often in our lives we complain, either publicly or, more often than not, in our hearts, about our lives, we’re not beautiful enough, not strong enough, not thin enough, not tall enough, not healthy enough, not wealthy enough. And yet, if we were to take a serious look at our lives, we would discover (or realize) how blessed we really are. And even, how blessed we are when we think of those who are less fortunate (though not less blessed) than we are. As with so many recent years, as a nation, this has been a very difficult year and continues to be. But even with all the struggles and challenges that confront us, we still enjoy the blessings and fruits of that one great gift the pilgrims were thankful for centuries ago, the one great gift for which we should be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day, the one great gift we pray we will never lose – our freedom. Why not begin Thanksgiving Day on the right foot, by truly giving thanks to God in prayer, the great prayer of thanksgiving God has given us, the Eucharist. Mark your calendars now – Nov. 23rd, and join together as a parish for our Mass of Thanksgiving at 8:30, receiving blessed bread that you can then share at your Thanksgiving table. It’s not that far away.

Next up. Cardinal Tobin has been Archbishop of Newark for almost 11 months. During that time he has been travelling to the various Deaneries throughout the Archdiocese. A Deanery is a grouping of parishes in the same geographical area that generally share the same demographics and cooperate in various activities together. OLMC is one of the 12 parishes in Deanery 1, Northwest Bergen County. He will come to our Deanery on Wednesday, Nov. 29th, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Oakland. (Plenty of parking). He will celebrate Mass at 7:30PM and that will be followed by an open forum, a chance to speak your concerns and your hopes for your faith life, your parish, the state of the Church, whatever. It is a good opportunity to let him get to know us and for us to get to know him a little better. I encourage everyone to mark their calendars and make this very special event in the life of our Deanery and parish.

Finally, a reminder. For those who use e-giving, if you want to throw something into the basket as it is passed in front of you, cards are now available on all the tables in the lobbies of the church. Once again, I invite everyone to consider e-giving as the way to make a stable Stewardship gift in support of the work of the Gospel and the Kingdom.

God Bless,
Fr. Ron


Mass Schedule

Weekend Liturgies
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m.,
11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m.,
3 p.m. (Spanish), 6:30 p.m.
Weekday Liturgies
Monday thru Friday,
6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m.,
and 12 noon
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. only
Holy Days
Eve: 7:30pm (anticipated)
6:30am, 8:30am, and 12noon 




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