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December 29, 2023

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337 S. ORANGE ST, NEWARK NJ 07103 ~ 973-623-0258

What's happening at St Antoninus?

New Year /Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Tomorrow, Sunday, December 31
The Feast of the Holy Family: Jesus Mary and Joseph.

There will be the usual 8am & 10am Masses for tomorrow MORNING.

Then, bring in the New Year with Jesus and Mary, as tomorrow night, December 31st we begin the great Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, and begin the New Year together. 


Sunday, Dec 31, New Year’s Eve/ Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.

We start at 8pm with Eucharistic Adoration, Praise & Worship, Rosary & Chaplet of Mercy. Confessions will be available the whole time. Then Mass is at 10 pm, followed by pot luck “dinner” and fellowship in the rectory dining room. Bring something to eat and share.

Call the office or leave a message - 973-623-0258 to let us know what you are bringing (chicken, fish, a casserole, vegetables, pasta, rice, potatoes / sweet potatoes, etc.) The church will provide beverages and deserts.


On Monday, Jan 1, New Year’s Day & The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God,
Holy Mass is at 10am.
There is no 8am Mass on New Year’s Day.
Blessed New Year!
PS. There is still time to give a gift to Jesus this Christmas Octave – Invite family and friends, and tell them:

“Don’t drown your sorrows in booze and noise. Let Jesus and Mary give you a fresh start this New Year.”

 “There’s no party like a Catholic party! Hey!”


Live streaming links for the Masses:

Reminder: No Religious Education class for the children this Sunday.

In case you have not read Fr Joseph's letter:

Fr Joseph:
" I ask the Lord to give all of us a heart for the poor and suffering..."

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus, Mary & Joseph!
The birth of Jesus changes everything! Yet without the eyes of faith, it can seem that it changes nothing. Christmas seems different when we are passing through a time of loss. Still, no matter what we may be going through in our lives, our families, the Church, this country or the world (Lord have mercy), our All Powerful, yet very humble & loving God is in the midst of everything and He has come to save us. This is truly Good News!
 So, no matter how bumpy the ride, as long as you and I are where we ought to be, that is, living in His will, then the rest are “just details.”

He will work everything for his glory and for our greatest good - union with Him (Ro 8:28)!
As Christmas is upon us and a new year as well, I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for all of you. I am especially grateful for all the blessings that the Lord has poured out upon this little inner-city mission parish through so many of you. Thank you!
As we enter 2024, I ask the Lord to give all of us a heart for the poor and suffering, and for the spiritually lost. May this be the year when we bring home a friend or stranger who is hurting and lost in this broken world.
May the Lord grant you and your loved ones a joyful and peaceful Christmas and fruitful New Year!
In Jesus thru Mary & St Joseph,

Fr Joseph
PS Recently, there seem to be mixed messages coming from the Vatican, and the media adds their own spin to that communication. This can be a source of confusion for the faithful. Be assured that the Catholic Church’s teaching on Christian moral principles, including her teaching about marriage, can never change, because it is Jesus’ teaching. I would encourage everyone to watch the videos we send out on our constant contact, see below. These will help you to sort through any confusion with the simple refreshing truths of our faith.

These are trying times, but Jesus is and always will be the Head of the Church, and the gates of hell will never prevail against it. The Church may be tossed around by the waves, like a boat at sea, and we may even get a little sea sick, but, do not fear, it will never sink. Stay close to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and to our Blessed Mother, and everything will always become a means for our sanctification and His Glory!

NOTE: In connection with the current media controversy on the Vatican statement on same sex blessing, watch Fr Joseph's brief video exhortation below:
" The Sacred Gift of Marriage: Some Things Can Never Change"

Join the parish! Now on Day 8 (never too late to jump in and start from Day 1)

Surrender Novena - in preparation for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

In preparation for the great feast of Mary, Mother of God on New Year's Eve/Day, we have been praying Fr. Dolindo Rotuolo's Surrender Novena . Day one was last Saturday, Dec 23.

Note that as witness to this prayer of surrender, we have incorporated into the novena Luke 1:41-55, which includes the beautiful Magnificat of Mary. 

By joining the Virgin Mary in this prayer of faith and abandonment to the will of God, we offer both our body and soul to our Lord God for His will to be done in a complete fiat as Mary showed in the Annunciation. For Mary, it was more than just a complete surrender. When she said “let it be done to me according to your word”; she also allowed God to use her for His purpose, to help God carry out His plan even if she did not understand it or what it will entail for her.

In these times of great confusion, let us ask the Lord for the grace of total surrender to His Will. This is our best protection. With this protection, we can keep our focus on Jesus, and remain centered and peaceful, no matter the circumstance.

As Fr Joseph put it in his letter above:
So, no matter how bumpy the ride, as long as you and I are where we ought to be, that is, living in His Will, then the rest are “just details.

So let us the Surrender Novena with Mary and in honor of her feast, Mary Mother of God on January 1st, a we entrust 2024 to her loving care and intercession.

This week's bulletin.
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Readings for Mass

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Next Friday, January 5:

Next Saturday, January 6:

Come for the Lord's extravagant consolation and healing!
The Year of Parish Revival began on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, June 11, 2023 . As we have entered this new season of grace, Bishop Cozzens has composed a beautiful prayer for the Revival and the Church. We pray in particular for our beloved St Antoninus Church....

Prayer for the Eucharistic Revival of the Church

Lord Jesus Christ, you give us your flesh and blood for the life of the world, and you desire that all people come to the Supper of the Sacrifice of the Lamb.

Renew in your Church the truth, beauty, and goodness contained in the Most Blessed Eucharist.

Jesus living in the Eucharist, come and live in me.

Jesus healing in the Eucharist, come and heal me.

Jesus sacrificing yourself in the Eucharist, come and suffer in me.

Jesus rising in the Eucharist, come and rise to new life in me.

Jesus loving in the Eucharist, come and love in me.

Lord Jesus Christ, through the paschal mystery of your death and resurrection made present in every Holy Mass, pour out your healing love on your Church and on our world.

Grant that as we lift you up during this time of Eucharistic Revival, your Holy Spirit may draw all people to join us at this Banquet of Life. You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Eucharist, Pray for us.
for the heart & mind

In connection with the current media controversy on the Vatican statement on same sex blessing, watch Fr Joseph's 13 minute video exhortation below:
" The Sacred Gift of Marriage: Some Things Can Never Change." ( Recorded on Dec 24, 2023)

Below, In celebration of the Great Feast of Mary Mother of God:

Why Is Mary So Important to Catholics? Biblical Roots of Marian Devotion |
Dr. Brant Pitre

Interested in becoming Catholic ?
Or maybe you still need to receive any or all of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation or Holy Communion)?

Classes are on Tuesdays .

Call the rectory to sign up .

This class part of what is called RCIA.   RCIA stands for: “Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.”
This program is for:
- Those adults 17 years old and older who are not baptized and want to inquire about becoming Catholic OR
- Those who are baptized non-Catholic Christians who want to consider becoming Catholic. OR
- Adult Catholics (17 years or older) who have not received Confirmation or Holy Communion.

Extend this invitation to your family and friends. Please see me / Fr Joseph after Mass for any questions.

Sacramental Preparations at St Antoninus
To register, call the church office 973-623-0258 
Tuesday - Saturday 9-3pm
or email us at 

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. and for baptism classes with Fr Joseph. Baptisms at St Antoninus Church are celebrated during Sunday 10am Mass..
CATECHISM CLASSES FOR CHILDREN - take place on Sundays, from 8:15am to 9:15am.
ADULT BAPTISM & other Sacraments of Initiation – call to register.

Our new RCIA Class is every Tuesday . Call to register.

Tuesday nights!
For those who can only join via Zoom, here is the link:
(Same link for Rosary & Prayer Meeting)

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 chapel door code, you will need to register simply by emailing us at:
Give your full name, tel #, and your address. 
Then we will email you back to arrange a time to show you around and give you a simple orientation on making use of the chapel. 
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
Daily Mass at 12 Noon in Our Lady of Guadalupe chapel - Tuesday to Saturday.
Petitions 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 7 pm on Zoom
Zoom link: Click here
Men's Praise & Fellowship every Saturday in rectory at 8am. Praise & Worship, men-to-men sharing and breakfast.

Come to our two weekly Prayer Meetings:

  • Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting at 8pm in the Rectory Chapel

  • Divine Adoration Prayer Meeting at 3pm every Saturday.

Monthly Prayer Meeting with Real Love Ministries every last Saturday of the month. In person & Zoom. Enjoy inspirational preaching & fellowship.

See more below:
Please consider making an offering to the Lord on behalf of St Antoninus, that we may continue our mission. Thank you and God bless you!

We are accepting Zelle for online contributions. 
All you need to do is enter on the Zelle info:
Name: St. Antoninus Catholic Church
This means that you can open a Zelle account and put St Antoninus as a recipient.
If you don't have a Zelle account yet, it is easy to do this one time setup:
When you sign up, please include your email or phone number. Thank you.

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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)