Our Lady ​of Mount Virgin Parish

Roman Catholic Church

Garfield, NJ

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Parish Mission Statement 

Growing in grace, growing in gratitude, and growing in faith by living the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Crescendo nella grazia, crescendo nella gratitudine e crescendo nella fede per mezzo di vivere il Vangelo di Gesù Cristo.

Lifting our prayers through the intercession of Our Lady of Mount Virgin and Our Lady of Sorrows.

September 15, 2019

My Friends:

Welcome back this week, as we celebrate Catechetical Sunday all of our children, catechists and teacher aides, along with everyone who was gone for the summer. This year’s theme for Catechetical Sunday is, "CHRIST OUR MISSION!" Indeed, Christ is our mission and the purpose for which we live. Christ is the mission of every Catholic-Christian in this world and then some. The purpose for which Jesus became incarnate, His mission in this world, is ours to continue with complete loyalty and unwavering hope. We live this relationship as individuals and even more importantly as a parish community; a family of faith. It is for this reason that we gather around the Altar of Sacrifice every Sunday in this sacred space, we call our spiritual home. We are fed at this Altar as a community and strengthened by the Sacraments and above all the Eucharist. We are sent as Mass concludes out into the world to do just that; to be Christ in our everyday actions, yet it all begins at home. Our Lady of Mt. Virgin is our home. As such, I need to bring to your attention several matters of importance to help us not only maintain this "spiritual home," but to work together as a family from within. I always say that Together Everyone Accomplishes More - T.E.A.M.!!! I assure you that there is a lot to be accomplished in this coming year both pastorally and administrative.

This past summer was an administrative nightmare. The onslaught of property management issues, my father’s swift diagnosis and death, followed by the feast and then some! As this is your "spiritual home" it is important you know what was repaired. The following is a list: the delayed air conditioning repairs, which caused upset and a brief exodus to local churches to be comfortable, major roof repairs to both the church and rectory, a burst water pipe in both school and rectory, electrical issues, the unplanned yet immediate need to pave the parking lots, gutter and sidewalk replacement at the OLOS sight, a lawsuit in arbitration against the church for someone who hurt their hand on the fence, the delayed sale of the OLOS rectory for reasons outside my control, and many other smaller repairs. Toss in being named executor for a parishioner and my father. Not fun! The Eucharist, God’s Grace and your prayers together with a tremendous administrative/pastoral staff and advisory council who helped me to weather the storms!

The general, yet sad, decrease in summer Mass attendance, combined with the brief exodus due to air conditioner under repair caused a drastic plummeting of weekly offerings. I assure you that if we did not have the school rent as back-up, these doors would be closed too. Understand however that the rental income helps to offset other major operating expenses and monies owed to the Archdiocese. It was for this reason my siblings and I chose Mt. Virgin as the focus for our dad’s memorial in lieu of flowers. To date, dad’s memorial offerings total, $13,600.00. A mere drop in the bucket, yet it gives us great comfort that he will be remembered here at Mt. Virgin, which has become a second spiritual home to my entire family as well. The income from weekly offerings, June 1st through September 1st equaled $38,179.00. The General Weekly Operating Expense PER WEEK is approximately $23,000.00. Do the math!

I beg you to please take seriously what we began last Spring as part of our I-Faith Ministry. The Ministry meetings went on hold in the summer for various reasons. However, we are back in action. It is our objective to bring us up to speed in this modern world so as to continue Christ’s mission which is our mission. Remember, we need this beautiful and sacred space from which we are sent as a family to do His work in the world. Will you consider the same for your family member? How can you help? Simply cooperate and get on board with me/us. What you need to do is…

1. Complete, if you haven’t already, the new registration form included in every bulletin.

2. I believe that in this day and age, EVERYONE has a credit card or several. Register on line for Parish Pay. If you are not computer savvy – we will help you. This secures a regular and steady income of weekly offerings. Your weekly offering is not placing the envelope in the basket when you attend, but sacrificial giving to the church on a regular basis. Slips can be provided by the company so you don’t suffer the awkward feeling (which I know well) when the collection passes and you do not drop something in. SIGN UP TODAY!

3. Step up to the plate! For fifteen years, I have noticed very little change in the “faces” of our Team, Society and Ministry members. It is not fair. Volunteer to use your gifts and talents to help us increase people attending Mass as parish members, join our groups, attend meetings, offer ideas, assist with the religious education program, and all the various groups that deal with catechesis for children and adults, become a liturgical minister, become part of the teams for sacramental prep. A form will be coming soon for you to do so.

4. We are reformatting our bulletin and have brought our website at www.mountvirgin.com up to speed. Do you go to it when you’re on the computer? We have a Facebook page and other means of being Christ who is our mission. Spread the Word!!!

5. Soon we will be able to send to you group texts and emails as important reminders, etc. via Flock Notes.

6. SQUARE is a credit card system which was carefully investigated and is used by other parishes. We invested in it and made SQUARE available since late Spring. It allows you to pay onsite for various things including tuition, Mass cards, special events, etc. Take advantage of the service and help me to help you to keep us on board and fulfilling Christ’s Mission.

This is a lot to digest, so I will conclude. I ask you, as good stewards, to pray about how important this particular church is to your spiritual life of faith and for that of your children and generations to come. In the past, when a train was about to depart from the station a conductor would call out in a loud voice, “ALL ABOARD!” This train is departing. Are you on board? I hope and pray you take this seriously. Thank you for your attention.

Loving you always,

Fr. Peter

2019 Sharing God’s Blessings

Annual Appeal

This weekend is the start of the 2019 Sharing God’s Blessings Annual Appeal.  This campaign provides the necessary resources to sustain Archdiocesan programs and ministries. Our Parish Goal this year is $24,909. Please be as generous as possible. Thank you for any help you can provide.  If you choose to donate online, please visit www.rcan.org/sharing. 

Parish Registration

Every family participating regularly in the spiritual life of our Parish is encouraged to register. Registration is our only means of recognizing anyone as a member of our Parish. It is also important for testimonial letters regarding Sponsorship for the Sacraments.

To register, please contact the Parish Office during office hours.

Parish Giving

On-Line giving is now available!

Go to:  https://mtvirgin.churchgiving.com/

Let us share the gifts we have generously received.

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