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March 4, 2022

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What's happening at St Antoninus?

Please see below: the live-stream link for tonight's 7pm Mass for our Fridays of Lent parish mission (The link was mistakenly not provided at last night's newsletter blast)

This Sunday:
There are two Masses:
  • 8 am in Rectory Chapel
  • 10 am in Main Church (sung Mass).
9am is Holy Hour with Confessions.
More inside, including the live-streaming link for the 10am Mass.

√ Inside, please see Fr Joseph's Pastoral Letter on Ukraine

Tonight, Friday, March 4, Mass at 7pm
followed by Stations of the Cross.
Note: Zoom Rosary will be 6:30pm during the Fridays of Lent.
For those unable to come in person, you can participate via Youtube. Here is the YouTube link for the Mass. Click here

√ Today, Friday is First Friday, the day in the month when we most especially honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The celebration of our First Friday Mass is at 12 Noon in the Church Rectory.Following Holy Mass and an outdoor Benediction, as well as a quick simple lunch, Fr Joseph will expose Jesus in Blessed Sacrament and we will proceed with Alliance of Two Hearts-Communion of Reparation from 2pm to 5pm. Confessions will be available from 3pm to 5pm.

√ Tomorrow, Saturday is our Monthly Charismatic Healing Mass @ 3PM (every First Saturday of the month ) in the Lower Church. Come earlier at 2PM for our First Saturday Devotion to the Immaculate Heart. For those who cannot attend in person, here is the YouTube link for the Healing Mass. Click here.

Religious Education for our children is transitioning to in person classes, beginning this Sunday, the first Sunday of Lent, March 6. Breakfast at 8:30am and class at 8:45pm. More information will be given to the parents in the coming week.

√Reminder: The Memorial Mass will be celebrated for Ouffouet Affouet, Ouffwet Konan's beloved mother, will be this Saturday, March 5. This will be at 7 pm. Wake-keeping will follow the Mass in the Lower Church. Please see livestream Mass links and obituary for Ouffouet Affoue inside.

√ As announced on an earlier blast (Tributes to Fr Bill) , we will celebrate what would have been Fr Bill's 66th birthday on March 20, during our Sunday Mass. We will gather to give thanks for Fr. Bill’s life, his faith and his faithfulness to Jesus.
Following Mass, we will gather in the church hall for food, fellowship & tributes. This will be a potluck meal, so if you are able, please bring something to share. If it needs to be heated, put it in an aluminum chafing tray & bring it downstairs before the Mass. Please call the office for more information..
Sacramental Preparations at
St Antoninus

Call the rectory office to register or email at [email protected]:
Tuesday - Saturday 9-3pm

WEDDINGS. Contact the parish office one year in advance of the proposed marriage date.

INFANT BAPTISM. Expectant parents should call the office to register for the baptism of your baby. Most of our baptisms take place during Sunday Mass.

CATECHISM CLASSES FOR CHILDREN - take place on Sundays, from 8:15am to 9:15am.

ADULT BAPTISM & other Sacraments of Initiation – call to register


Reminders & Updates

Daily Mass at 12 Noon - Tuesday to Saturday.
Intentions for Daily Mass are available. Note: One petition offering per Mass. Call or email to schedule petition offering. Please provide the name of the person and reason for petition and indicate if living or deceased.

Daily Rosary at 7pm on Zoom. (During Fridays of Lent, our Rosary is at 6:30pm)
Zoom link: Click here

Every Tuesday at 8pm, we have Scripture Study- in person & on Zoom ( following the 7pm Rosary, using same Zoom link). This is mainly focused on the upcoming Sunday Mass readings, based on the video series, "Mass Readings Explained" by Dr Brant Pitre, who is a renowned & insightful Bible scholar, followed by discussions led by our "household preacher" Fr Peter Okafor. More inside.

Come in person for our Midweek Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 8pm. Join us at 7pm for Rosary & Litanies. If you cannot come in person, join us on Zoom.! More info inside.

Come in person for our Divine Adoration Prayer Meeting at 3pm every Saturday. If you cannot come in person, join us on livestream. (On the actual date, search onYoutube: St Antoninus )

Every second Sunday of the month, Children’s ministry of the Liturgy of the Word during our 10am Sunday Mass in the rectory dining room led by Sr. Genevieve Okoro, DMMM. The children will come to Mass with their parents as usual and then they will be dismissed just before the readings begin and return during or just before the Offertory. This will NOT take the place of our ongoing Children's Religious Education Classes. Participation in this requires on-time arrival at the Mass.

Join our Cleaning Ministry which meets every second Saturday of the month to do a general cleaning of the Church. Call Doris Okolie at 347 748 502, coordinator of this mission of love & fellowship.

More! See updated chart of schedule of our liturgies & ministries. Participate in our daily online Rosary, Eucharistic Prayer Meeting, Scripture Study, etc.


Please consider making an offering to the Lord on behalf of St Antoninus, that we may continue our mission. See links inside. Thank you and God bless you!
Praying for Peace in Ukraine
as our Lenten Offering
From Fr Joseph :

On Ash Wednesday, 2 March, the Holy Father invited everyone throughout the world to join in a Day of Fasting and Prayer for peace, imploring Our Lady, Queen of Peace, to preserve the world from the madness of war, particularly as the war rages on in Ukraine.
Pope Francis said : “War is madness…Put down your weapons!"
This is worldwide call to pray and fast for world peace, especially as the season of Lent begins.
Please read these excerpts from a powerful letter from Bishop Mark O'Toole of England who urges us all to pick up the Spiritual Weapons of Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving this Lent, especially for the People of Ukraine.
War has come again to Europe. It is almost unimaginable for us (in Europe) who have lived in peace for so long. Our hearts and our prayers go out to the Ukrainian people and to all peace-loving Russians. We also pray and hope for the conversion of hearts and minds of those bent on war and aggression.
…We all feel somewhat impotent. What can we do?
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a season marked by the disciplines of Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving. This year, these have a particular focus for us, as we link these spiritual weapons to the reality of what we are living through in Europe at this time.
Firstly, is the weapon of prayer. The Mass is the most fruitful prayer in which we participate. We pray that all may turn from the road of hatred and of violence - Repent and believe in the Gospel!
I urge all Catholics to take up again their regular attendance at Mass. Lent can be a time to renew this. Physical attendance at Mass, for those who are able, can be a practice that is lived in these days as an act of solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are suffering (in Ukraine & elsewhere). We believe in 'the economy of Grace'. Where we do not find love, we pour love in, in the hope that eventually we can draw love out. As members of Christ's One Body, we know that when one part of the Body suffers, we all suffer. As we worship and adore God at Mass, we unite ourselves with Jesus' offering to the Father on the Cross. We pray that the fruits of the Lord's sacrifice be bestowed on our sisters and brothers enduring the pain of war. So please, I urge you, return to being physically present at Mass, if you are able.
Secondly, is the weapon of fasting. Fasting entails denying ourselves some good, usually some food, but it can also be some particular enjoyment, such as watching TV or using the Internet or social media. It is a personal sacrifice, but also an act of solidarity with those who are poor, who are denied these things in daily life. How shocking it has been for us to see the scenes of panic food and fuel-buying in Ukraine, of the very real sacrifices forced on people as a result of war. Fasting brings us closer to them. It also puts us in touch with our own vulnerability, (and) even make us feel a little weak. But we do so to remember our dependence on God, Creator of all that is good, and in order that the fruits of Jesus’ Passion may be bestowed on those who are truly hungry, who really have to go without.
And then there is the weapon of almsgiving, of charitable giving. We know that this war means steeper energy and food prices. This will be felt most deeply by the poorest in our communities. It requires greater generosity from those of us who have more. The war will also lead to many refugees. I hope our countries will be generous in receiving these desperate brothers and sisters fleeing for safety from war in their homeland. May this Lent indeed help us to be more sensitive to the needs of our neighbors, both at home, and abroad.
…We all want to do something to bring an end to this terrible war. So, we undertake the sacrifices of love during this Lent - prayer, fasting and almsgiving - as spiritual weapons to bring God's grace into a situation which is so desperate, and where it seems as though God is absent. Through His power and action, God can bring his redemptive love to bear on this and all dire situations, in ways unseen or unknown to us. Our acts of prayer, of fasting, of almsgiving, aid us in participating in God's redemptive action, united with all those who believe, with all those who suffer, with all those who long for an end to this war. United, too, with Mary, the first of the disciples, who is Queen of Peace, we continuously intercede, "Stop the war!"
+Mark O'Toole
Bishop of Plymouth
Chair of the Department of Evangelization and Discipleship
Source: CBCEW

Below, Bishop Barron," Entering the Desert of Lent" . As we enter in Lent, Bishop Barron talks about this ancient period of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving in preparation for Easter, and offer several recommendations on how to have a more spiritually powerful Lent.

Fr Chris Alar, MIC: "Why Penances are Obligatory and Scriptural. What You Need to Know."

To download chart, click here.

This Sunday:
March 6, 2022

8 am Holy Mass in the Rectory Chapel
9 am- Holy Hour in Main Church

10 am- Holy Mass in Main Church

Come in Person!

Live-streaming only for 10am Mass

To watch the 10am livestream on our YouTube Channel: go to

Or go directly to the links below:
ADORATION livestream

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Mass readings
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Read this Sunday's Bulletin. Click on image .

Memorial Mass this Saturday, March 5 , 2022
For those who cannot come to the Memorial Mass in person, this Saturday at 7pm, here is the YouTube Livestream Just click below or copy link to pass on to others .

Ouffouet Affouet began her final journey home on January 28, 2022. She leaves behind her beloved family.
Sons and daughters: Alfred Koquin, Emiliano Koquin, Théodore Koquin, Ouffwet Konan, Georges Kouassi, Yolande Aya, Denis Yao, Marcellin Kouakou.
Siblings: Ouffouet Amenan, Ouffouet Koffi Raphael, Ouffouet Nguessan, Ouffouet Ndri Michel, Ouffouet K. Pascal and Ouffouet Ngoran.
She leaves behind many grandsons, great grandsons
nieces, nephews and many cousins

Please join Ouffwet Konan, beloved son of Ouffouet Affouet, in the offering a Requiem Mass on
Saturday, March 5th at 7pm
Wake keeping follows at the Church hall

Eternal rest grant unto Ouffouet, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Every Wednesday night- our Holy Spirit midweek refreshment!


For those who cannot join us in person , join us via Zoom.

Meeting ID: 823 8386 9993

Passcode: Rosary

One tap mobile
+13126266799,82383869993# US

For audio only - phones +1 929 205 6099 US

Tuesday nights!
Scripture Study
We have added a video series by Dr. Brant Pitre to our Tuesday Night Scripture Study. Join us in person and on Zoom! Start with the Rosary at 7pm (Rosary every nite at 7pm), then the Scripture Study starts at 8pm.
A note about Dr Pitre:

Dr Brant Pitre is a renowned & insightful Bible scholar.

What blessing it is to listen to Dr Pitre's study on the Mass readings, to " be instructed in the Old Testament background of the Gospel, the Jewish rabbinical tradition, the testimony and interpretation of the early Church Fathers, the Church's magisterial teaching, and the personal insights of a leading Catholic Scripture scholar.
Dr. Pitre makes the Scripture come alive, and his love for God's Word comes through loud and clear. He communicates profound insights into Scripture in a manner available to everyone, from the beginner to the accomplished student or scholar"
Fr. Miles Walsh, S.T.D.

The discussions following the video presentation is led by our own Fr Peter Okafor.

Below: our "Hybrid" Scripture Class is now both in person and via Zoom. Join us every Tuesday night at 8pm.
For those who can only join via Zoom, here is the link:
(Same link for Rosary & Prayer Meeting)

Just click 

Meeting ID: 823 8386 9993

Passcode: Rosary

One tap mobile
+13126266799,82383869993# US

For audio only - phones +1 929 205 6099 US
Visit JESUS in the Most Blessed Sacrament!

Tuesday thru Saturday
9am to 8pm 
Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel.
Could you not watch with me one hour?
Mark 14: 40b
Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel is open for personal visits with our Eucharistic Lord. Spend precious time alone with Jesus!
To obtain the door combination, you will need to register simply emailing us at [email protected] Give your full name, tel #, and your address. This will give you an access to our security key pad.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
Click here. For more detailed information on our schedules, including online links, click on image below.
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St Antoninus Church
337 S. Orange Ave, Newark NJ 07103
Thank you and God bless you!"
337 South Orange Ave, Newark NJ 07103 
Rev. Joseph A. Meagher (Pastor)