Welcome to the website of the Parish of St. Catherine of Siena! Our parish is a vibrant, growing community with a passion for service and the love of Christ.
Please take some time to look around our site, and be sure to let us know if you have suggestions for improving it. We're glad you joined us!
Eagle Scout and St. Catherine's parishioner Alex La Tournous created a way for the homebound to receive The Word of God when they can't get to Mass. He and his fellow Scouts read select Scripture readings that the homebound can borrow on CD along with a CD player and headset. Or, they can stream the readings with one click from a web page he created for our parish website.
If you or someone you know would like to have the Word of God available for listening in your own home, just click here to launch "The Word of God" project or call the Parish Office for more information.
On May 23rd and 30th, forty-one St. Catherine's eighth graders were confirmed in the faith, receiving the final sacrament of initiation -- after Baptism, First Penance and Eucharist. The Parish Center was full of family and friends of the Confirmandi as they received the sacrament.
On Sunday, May 24th, St. Catherine's Veteran Military Apostolate joined in a special Mass to commemorate our Fallen, as well as honoring those who have served our nation. Flags from each branch of the military were carried by Veterans who served in that branch to honor and remember their selfless service to preserve our nation's freedoms. Fr. Chester also gave a special Veterans' Blessing to those who served.
The Apostolate and parish also participated in an outreach project for a collection of items needed for sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, dispatched off the Gulf of Aden on the Yemen coast. The donated items are being packed to make their long journey to the men and women serving there.
Check back here and in the parish bulletin for more information on an upcoming "Big Brother/Big Sister" mentorship program to provide fellowship and support to veterans as they transition back to civilian life, sponsored by Veteran Haven North "The Rally Point," a Transitional Housing Program for homeless veterans in Glen Gardner, N.J.
Here's some great news from our Religious Education Director:
Camp St. Catherine is almost here!: July 6 to 10, 9am to 12:30pm at the Parish CenterSee registration forms for deadlines.
Come join the fun with SonSparks Labs. Each day, kids will discover the answer to an important question about God's plan for the people of His planet! We'll have fun with crafts, music, Bible stories, and more!
They will personally experience God's plan for each of us -- God's Plan 4 U = Jesus! Older kids in 7th to 12th grade can volunteer as counselors and we can always use more adult helpers.
On April 26, the St. Catherine's Parish Center was packed as parishioners piled in for the inaugural Family Mass at 9:30 a.m. Nearly 240 people, including youth from newborns to high schoolers participated in this family-centric Mass on Good Shepherd Sunday.
Parish 7th graders lined up behind personalized banner to process in with the Celebrants. During Mass, the youth served as ushers, altar servers, lectors, gift-bearers, music ministers and refreshment servers. With the help of a specially prepared worship aid -- young and more "experienced" parishioners celebrated Holy Mass together with contemporary worship hymns and a special homily geared to the youngsters.
Deacon Tony sat with the children at the foot of the altar to read the Gospel and Father Chester joined the sit-in afterwards for an interactive homily that compared Jesus and his sheep to children and their pets, which recognize their beloved owners and follow them wherever they lead.
Mass ScheduleMon, Tues, Thurs: 8:00 a.m. (Church)
Wednesday: 7:00 p.m. (Church)
Saturday: 4:30 p.m. (Parish Center)
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. (Church)
9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. (Parish Center)
- July 26: Family Mass - 9:30am @The Parish Center
- August 7: First Friday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament - 3:00pm @The Church