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Why not take some time aside this Lent to nourish your soul?

This year's Lenten mission will take place on
March 9, 10 and 11 (at 7:30pm in the Church).

Our Mission preacher, Fr. John Collins, has conducted more than 200 missions in the past decade and is often seen on the streets of NYC with his video series 'You Don't Know Jack'.  Below is a clip from his Lenten walk near St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Fr. Jack Collins

This year's mission, 'Give God a Second Thought', will help you discover your own personal faith story and learn the importance of taking that story beyond the walls of the church.  Each evening will focus on a particular theme:

  • March 9 - 'What Good is God?'
  • March 10 - 'Why Prayers Don't Work'
  •  March 11 - 'Ten Kinds of People We Don't Have to Love

Attend the mission one, two or all three nights - bring a friend or two!  Refreshments will be provided at the Mission's close each evening.  Please note that the material presented each night is primarily directed to adults.  Questions?  Please contact Annette Gallagher at 201-612-4660 or

Women's Cornerstone VI is March 20-21.  For more information, please contact Jody Guariglia at 201-670-0298.

How about giving one Saturday to God this Lent? 

See information below about the Women's and Men's Commissions taking place at Seton Hall University this March.  Both days are prayerful, spirit-filled and life changing!  The day includes breakfast and lunch and opportunities for the sacrament of Reconciliation.  Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop John J. Myers.  Ticket price is $25/adults, $20/seniors, $15/students.  To register, call 973-497-4545 or visit the websites below.

For women,  “Behold Your Mother” - Saturday, 3/7 (8am-4:30pm)

A dynamic line-up of speakers, including Immaculée Ilibagiza, New York Times best-selling author and Rwandan genocide survivor, who will share her inspirational story of faith, hope and forgiveness.  Please register at

For men, “Be Not Afraid...He is With Us” - Saturday, 3/14 (8am-4pm)

Dynamic presentations and discussion groups as well as testimonials!   Please register at


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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Please keep in your prayers the following persons as they continue in prayer, and study to seek initiation into the Catholic Christian community.  Meetings are held in the Ministry Center on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:30pm.

Our Catechumen (Kate Diana, Apryl Helder and Prescott Scofield) will celebrate the Rite of Election on Saturday, February 21 at 5:30pm.

Our Candidates (Sophia Brown, Owen Davitt, Sergio Galvez, Matthew Guariglia, Brandon Lanski, Christine Rivara and Victoria Rivara) celebrated the Continuing Call to Conversion the weekend of February 14-15.

RCIA is the process of initiation into the Catholic Church. We invite you, or someone you know, to grow in faith and to be part of our Catholic community.   The RCIA process will continue with additional sessions in 2015 on Wednesday evenings.  If interested, please contact Fr. Thomas Blind at 201-445-3703 x303 or  The RCIA process is for:

  • Adults (18 & older) who are interested in becoming Catholic, including those who are not baptized and those who are baptized in another Christian faith.
  • Adult Catholics who are in need of receiving First Communion or Confirmation.
  • RCIA is also for Catholics who have not been attending church and want to renew their faith; get reacquainted with the church.
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Support Groups

'Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.’ 

The parishes of St. Catharine, St. Gabriel and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel are jointly sponsoring a Bereavement Support Group which will meet on Friday mornings in the spring at St. Gabriel in Saddle River. You need not be a parishioner to attend. The group will meet from 9:30-11am in the Kavin Center and run for eight weeks beginning on April 10th and ending on May 29th.

The intent of these meetings is to support one another during the beginning stages of the grief process. Only those people who are presently going through grief or have experienced loss can relate.  Being a part of a grief group is a way of helping others which can contribute to our own healing. In this group, we stress confidentiality and mutual support. There are no "shoulds" in grief. We let others who have gone through the grief process help us understand and deal with our grief. We learn to lean into our pain. It cannot be outrun. We cannot go around it, over it, or under it. We need to go through it; we need to be good to ourselves, putting balance into our lives through prayer, reading, resting, relaxation and work. Grief takes time. Unrealistic expectations undermine the healing process.

Pre-registration is required; walk-ins are not accepted. Contact Annette at OR 201-612-4660 OR Sr. Esther at OR 201-327-5663 x11.

“In the heart of every caregiver is a knowing that we are all connected. As I do for you, I do for me.”    ~  Tia Walker

If you are a caregiver and would like to learn more about resources to help you and your loved one as well as to find support from others in a faith-based environment, this is the group for you. Please come to the next Caregiver Support Group on Thursday, March 5 from 11:30am-12:30pm in the Ministry Center Meeting Room.   If you have any questions, or if you are unable to leave your loved one alone to attend, please call Mary Alice Coghlan at 201-652-4305.


The St. Cajetan Ministry Network (parishes of St. Catharine’s and St. Anne’s) invites all unemployed/underemployed men & women to join their ministry which provides support through prayer & helpful guidance in the job search process.  If you have any questions or would like to participate in the Ministry please call: Ed Grzesiak 201-321-5144, Eamon Jennings 917-841-2558, John Lederer 201-286-9354, Lou Cuomo 201-657-3838, or Steve Zmuda 201-819-9026.  We continue to seek possible employment opportunities. If you know of a job opening and/or the hiring manager’s name in a company, please email them to or drop them off to the rectory marked "St. Cajetan Opportunities" and we will forward them on to the group.

Upcoming Dates:
Thur., March 5 - St. Catharine’s Ministry Center Mtg. Rm. (first floor) – 7-9pm
Sat., March 7 - St. Anne's Faith Center, Fair Lawn (rectory, lower level) – 10am-noon

 Happy Anniversary

We ask God’s continued blessing over these couples who celebrate wedding anniversaries in the month of March.  Bless their homes and their families. Help them  to renew their vows of love and loyalty and to strive to remain united with You, steadfast in faith and in your service.

Karen and Joseph Krug - 43 years
Aleece and Stephen Nolan - 25 years
Kathleen and Peter Cassidy - 23 years
Kathleen and Bob Wilson - 23 years
Theresa and Steve Roberts - 11 years
Maria and Andy Dolan - 10 years
Meredith and Patrick Gallagher - 4 years

All St. Catharine married couples are invited to register themselves and their wedding date so that you may be remembered in the prayers of our parish year round but especially during the month of your anniversary. To register, please contact Annette at 201-612-4660 or

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