Parish of the Visitation 






                  Candle Offering

The cost of having a lamp lit is 

$20 for the week. 


Please contact the Parish Office for availability. Thank you!

" A Community of people who brings Jesus to others."

WEEKDAY MASSES - St. Mary's

Monday thru Saturday..............................................7:00 AM

Monday...................12:10 PM followed by St Jude Novena

Friday. (In Spanish)..................................................7:00 PM

followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament


WEEKEND MASSES - St. Mary's

Saturday ..............................4:00 PM, 5:30 PM  (in English)

Saturday............................................. 7:00 PM (in Spanish)

Sunday ..................................................8:30 AM, 10:00 AM 11:30 AM & 6:00 PM (in English )......1:00 PM (in Spanish)

 

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Tuesday (except Holy Day vigils & August)

From 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. @ St. Mary’s

During Lent: Tuesdays 12:45 to 6:45 p.m. 

E-mail

parishofthevisitation@gmail.com

Stmarymountvirgin@gmail.com


Website

  www.parishofthevisitation.org



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WEEKDAY MASSES

 Tuesday @ St. John's ...................................7:00 PM

 

WEEKEND MASSES

 Sunday @ St. John's  ....................................9:00 AM


WEEKEND MASSES

Saturday @ St. Theresa's  .............................5:30 PM 

See our Weekly Bulletin for latest updates in our Parish. 




Visit the USCCB Website to listen to the Daily Readings or read the Readings 

-2:56

A Note From Our Administrator,

KEEPING A HOLY LENT

Easter has always been the most important celebration of Christ’s Church. We observe a period of fasting and preparation before the great feast in order to grow in love of God and neighbor and to gain a clearer, more joyous vision of the Risen Christ come Easter Day. Lent is a time when we try to clean out the clutter in our hearts and minds and souls, to prepare ourselves for the joyful gift of new life, freely given to us through the mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection. The forty days of Lent symbolizes the forty days Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness. It was a time of cleansing and prayer for him, and it preceded the launching of his public ministry. So Jesus’s “Lent” was a time of deep inner transformation, through prayer and silence and fasting.

Lenten guidelines provides us with some general rules for fasting and abstinence. However, there is so much more we can do to make this a truly meaningful Lenten season. Think of additional sacrifices you can do … plan to attend daily Mass, join us for the Stations of the Cross every Friday evening, come to our Tuesday Holy Hour, join us on Sunday evening for the Scriptural Rosary. Make a concerted effort to begin and end each day with prayer. Pray the Rosary more often. Take more time for silence, meditation, and pray unceasingly, making sure to touch upon each and all of the facets of Christian prayer: adoration, confession, petition, intercession, and thanksgiving. Lent is also a time for almsgiving — giving money or other resources to those in need. In other words, Lent involves doing something extra as a response to God’s love.

Can you give up Facebook and other social media, video games, and at least significantly reduce time spent on entertainment devices, and television for a while? Also, put aside anger, gossip, slander, and vulgar language. Do these things in order to become more at one with the mind and will of God, and to experience His power and presence in your life.

“Be still and know that I am God,” proclaims Psalm 46. But to find that stillness within, we need to empty ourselves.

With love and prayers,

Father Benny

Our Lady of Guadalupe Traveling Image

As part of the Diocese of Metuchen's Consecration to Our Lady Guadalupe, you are invited to host the traveling image of Our Lady for a full week. The image will deepen you and your family's devotion through prayer. The traveling kit contains all the materials you will need. The kit will travel weekly throughout our Parish. Please call the parish office to sign up for this prayerful opportunity. Please give your name, phone number and indicate which Mass your usually attend. Thank you.



2019 Bishop’s Annual Appeal

Help Build a Civilization of Love

The diocesan ministries supported by the Appeal directly impact many of the parishioners here in the Parish of the Visitation. Your gift provides formation opportunities for our catechists, youth and young adults. Among other important ministries, your sacrificial gift supports our renewed efforts in Evangelization & Communication. If you have yet to make your pledge to this year’s Bishop’s Annual Appeal, you will have the opportunity to do so next weekend, March 16/17, which has been designated as Bishop’s Annual Appeal In-Pew Weekend. Please consider a gift to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal to help our parish reach its goal. If we can exceed our goal, 50% of the amount collected over goal will be returned to us in the form of a parish rebate. Just as important as our financial goal is our goal of reaching 100% participation. Every gift, no matter the size, is important and greatly appreciated. Thank you.


English: https://vimeo.com/dioceseofmetuchen/2019appeal

Spanish: https://vimeo.com/dioceseofmetuchen/2019appealspanish


Weekly Holy Hour
Please join us each Tuesday evening in the Visitation Chapel for Holy Hour from 5:30 PM to 6:30PM.  The service begins with Benediction followed by the Holy Rosary or the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy (rotated from week to week).  The service also includes prayers to Padre Pio and prayers for vocations. Take some time to rest, meditate and pray; it is good for the soul.

Scriptural Rosary

Starting October 1st, we will being our weekly recitation of the Scriptural Rosary which will take place in our Visitation Chapel every Sunday evening at 7:00 PM.  The Scriptural Rosary is a modern version of the way the Rosary was prayed throughout Western Christendom in the late Middle Ages.  In those times, people recited a different little thought, or meditation, as they prayed each Hail Mary of the Rosary.  These thoughts for each Hail Mary bead described some event or incident in the lives of Jesus and Mary.  Books are provided.  This being the 100th Anniversary of the Fatima apparitions, it is the perfect time to begin this program.  Please plan to join us!

We don't give because we have an abundance of resources and can afford it; we give because of a desire to share what we have with others out of love and gratitude.

Spreading the Word

Each talent not developed is bud that never opens to reveal its beauty and fragrance. I stand accountable  for developing the talents I have been given. How do I return to the Lord the uniqueness that is me through my compassion?  My artistic gifts? My organizational ability?