Parish

UPDATED 9.22.2022

“God has not abandoned us and is present among us.”
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M.

 


 

It’s “Back to Church” Time, Too!

It’s “back to school” time, where our children enter a new grade or new school and get back into the routine of learning after summer reprieve. There are so many good things going on here in September. The Preschool is open. Fall Religious Education is starting soon. The parish picnic is almost here.

It is also “back to Church” time for us. It’s a time to get back into the habit of attending Sunday mass as individuals and families. Many of us got into the habit of watching online out of necessity, and simply lost the Sunday routine. As Catholics, Sunday is the Lord’s Day. The 4th commandment tells us to set aside this one day per week for the Lord: for rest, for prayer, for Church. And I like adding, for family time.

As we get back into the school year routine, let us encourage one another, and those new to the area, to also get back into the Church routine. We know it is good for us to take time each Sunday. So, let’s get back into the holy Rhythm of making our Sunday the Lord’s Day!

Blessings,
Fr. Pat

 


 

Regular Mass Times

Weekend Mass times are 5:00 pm on Saturday, 8:00 am, 10:00 am and 12:00 pm on Sunday. Help us to spread the word by telling others; it is also a wonderful opportunity to invite others to Mass.

Homebound parishioner can watch Mass online at EWTN, Catholic TV or Mass Online. Call the parish office to set up someone to bring Communion to your home.

 


 

2023 Mass Intention Requests

MInistries

Honor a deceased or living loved one by having daily or weekend Masses celebrated in their honor. Submissions are filled on a first come first serve basis. You will be notified of the first available date within a week of receipt of your Mass Intention Form and payment.

Request a Mass Intention by completing the Mass Intention Form or obtaining a form at the parish office. The suggested stipend for each Mass Intention is $10.

Please drop off payment and form at the parish office or mail in your form with a check made payable to the Church of St. Catharine.

 


 

Parish Pastoral Council

Fr Pat and the Parish Pastoral Council are utilizing a two-part Nomination and Discernment Process for welcoming new members to the council, allowing the Holy Spirit to work amongst and through us as a community of believers bringing forth those gifted to serve.

Please nominate yourself or someone you know
for the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC)
Email name, email address, and phone number of nominees to
pastoralcouncil@stcatharine.net

All interested in learning more about the PPC are invited to our
Pastoral Council Information Session
Wednesday, October 5th, 2022 at 7:00 pm.

All interested in continuing with the discernment process
are invited to attend the
Pastoral Council Discernment Night
Wednesday, October 12th, 2022 at 7:00 pm.

For more information, please visit
https://stcatharine.net/parish/pastoral-council/

“May we be open to the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit
as we seek servant leaders committed to the Gospel and our mission as a community.”

 


 

Blessing of Animals, October 2

MInistries

In October, we celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the best-known saints. His life of devotion to Christ was shown by his willingness to live a life of poverty, prayer and loving service to others. Tradition holds that St. Francis had a special love of animals—God’s creatures.

In honoring this tradition, we will have
Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 2 at 1:00 pm
in the Church parking lot.

 


 

Annual Catholic Appeal

MInistries

As of June 27, a total of 328 St. Catharine parishioners have pledged $135,136 which is 82% of our goal of $165,000. We have the last half of the year to raise an additional $30,000 to meet our goal and if we do, St. Catharine will get a $24,750 rebate from the Diocese. Last year at this time, we were at 75% of our goal and we did not meet it. If we get enough additional parishioners to participate in these last six months, we can meet our goal! We thank everyone who has contributed so generously. If you have not yet contributed, please give serious consideration to participating. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Bob Buus at 732-946-8615 or w2od@aol.com and keep up the good work!

 


 

Doing Our Part to Keep Our Community Safe

We are always concerned for the safety and well-being of all who enter our doors. Much thought and prayer has gone into decisions that will affect those coming into our church. We ask that all parishioners care for one another in the spirit of Christian charity.

Masks are encouraged! It is your choice!

Ushers will be available to assist you with seating. Hand sanitizer will remain available.

Thank you ahead of time for all your cooperation!

If you have any concerns, please call the parish office at 732-842-3963.

Fr. Pat


 

Mass and Sacraments Schedule

Weekend Masses are Saturday at 5:00 pm; Sunday at 8:00 am, 10:00 am and 12:00 pm.

Weekday Masses are Monday – Friday at 9:00. No Saturday 9:00 am Mass.

Confessions – The Sacrament of Confession will be heard in the Chapel on Saturdays from 3:30 – 4:30 pm.

Baptisms – Please call the Parish Office.

Weddings – Please call the Parish Office one year in advance of the planned date.

Funerals – Please call the Parish Office.

Anointing of the Sick – Please call the Parish Office if someone is seriously ill and requires the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.

Private Prayer – The Chapel remains open for private prayer, Monday – Thursday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Friday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

 


 

Parish Information

The Parish Office is open from 9:30 am – 2:00 pm, Monday – Friday.

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Thank you so much for your continued stewardship

Mail in your envelopes to the parish:
Church of St. Catharine
108 Middletown Road
Holmdel, NJ  07733


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