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Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church

Monday-Thursday: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am to 12 Noon Only
The parish office is closed on National Holidays and Catholic Holy Days of Obligation.

Sunday Mass

Saturday: 5:30pm (For Sunday obligation)
Sunday: 8:00am, 10:00am and 12:00Noon

Daily Mass

Monday - Saturday: 8:30am
Holy Days: As announced

Reconciliation

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 8:20 am
Saturday: 8:00 am - 8:20 am and 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Mass For Our Country

September - June: First Thursday of the Month

Patriotic Rosary at 7:00 pm and Patriotic Mass at 7:30 pm

First Friday

First Friday of the month to the Sacred Heart of Jesus at 9:00 am (after 8:30 am morning Mass)

First Saturday

First Saturday of the month to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at 9:00 am (after 8:30 am morning Mass)

Divine Mercy Chaplet
Divine Mercy Chaplet on the Third Sunday of the month at 3:00 pm

Novena to BVM and St. Jude

Novena to Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Jude 
September - June: Every Monday after 8:30 am Mass

View from the Pew

Ordinary Time

Why, as Catholics, do we call it Ordinary Time? It should be called something more powerful, more poof, and more pizazz.

But Ordinary Time is just as powerful as Advent, Christmas, Easter, and Lent. Ordinary Time in the Catholic Church is our liturgical period that emphasizes the growth and mission of the Church in the world. This period occurs outside the major liturgical seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter.

Despite its name, "ordinary" it does not mean mundane; it comes from the Latin word "ordo," meaning "order," referring to the sequential numbering of weeks. Ordinary Time is divided into two segments: from the day after the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord until the day before Ash Wednesday, and from the Monday after Pentecost until the first Sunday of Advent.

During Ordinary Time, our Church now focuses on the public ministry of Jesus Christ. His teachings, his miracles, and his establishment of the Church. The color for this season is Green, Green symbolizes hope, the ongoing growth in the Church and our faithful. We all can use some Green.

For our general Catholic family, Ordinary Time calls us to live out the Gospel in everyday life. It is a period of spiritual growth and reflection, encouraging believers to integrate their faith into our daily activities and relationships. The faithful are urged to participate in the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. Jesus Christ daily encourages us to engage in acts of charity and service.

Biblical passages such as the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20), the Parables of the Growing Seed, and the Mustard Seed (Mark 4:26-34) all underscore the themes of mission and gradual spiritual growth. These scriptures inspire us Catholics to witness their faith through actions and to contribute to the building of God's kingdom and our Holy Spirit community.

As the summer months come on, Ordinary Time is not a season of inactivity but a vital period for deepening our faith and putting it into practice, reinforcing the Church’s mission in the world.

Why do Catholics never get bored during Ordinary Time?

Because their faith is always extraordinary!

Have a great summer

Enjoy

Joe Marateo

JESUS: THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE

As Christians, as Catholics, we all know that Jesus is at the very heart of our Faith. Indeed, many of us know a great deal about Jesus, but do we really “know” Jesus himself? If we wish to have an intimate, life-changing relationship with Jesus, then we need to be reintroduced to him in a fresh and compelling way, in a way that helps us come face to face with the Incarnate Son of God. 

Starting on Wednesday, September 11, at 9:30 AM, we invite you to join a 10-week video study program: Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life.  Anchored in the life of Christ as presented in the Gospels, this study explores the entirety of Jesus' life – who he is, what he is really like, what he taught, what he did for our salvation, and what all of this means for us as Catholics today.

Presented by Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Jeff Cavins, and Dr. Edward Srithis study was filmed in the Holy Land so Catholics can experience the extraordinary world in which Jesus lived and taught–the historical context, the politics, the clashing cultures, the history, and the ancient land–and see where the most significant events of his life took place, from his infancy to his ascension.

Parish Membership

​Our parish family invites all of its members to participate fully in our spiritual and social life. Every family moving into the parish is requested to register at the Parish Office. If you move, please let us know. Certificates of Eligibility (Godparent/Sponsor certificate) will only be given to registered parishioners. Please, click here for Parish Registration Form.

Join the Choir

The Music Ministry supports the singing and worship of the congregation. Such a wondrous ministry requires many gifts of talent, time, and treasure. We strive to put our parish’s many gifts to work so that our most important work may be made possible to engage fully through service and participation in our worship as the Body of Christ.

Religious Education - CCD

Our religious education program is offered for the children of our parish. The classes taught in the CCD Confraternity of Christian Doctrine program not only educate children about Jesus and the Catholic faith but, also, prepare children to receive the sacraments of Penance (Confession), the Eucharist (Holy Communion), and Confirmation. The schedule follows the Union Public School schedule as closely as possible. Information regarding registration is published in the church bulletin. Click here for the CCD class schedule. 

 

Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism is normally celebrated on the second Sunday of each month. A Preparation Program is required for first-time parents. New parents should register for the Baptism as soon as possible after the child’s birth by contacting the Parish Office. Please, click here for the Baptismal Registration Form.

For information on who can be a sponsor (godparent) of the baptized child, please, click here.

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171 CLIFTON AVENUE
P.O. BOX 9500
NEWARK, NJ 07104
TEL | 973-497-4000
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Knights of Columbus

1034 Jeanette Ave.
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908-686-4504
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Saint of the Day

Jul. 21 Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Sunday

And they went away in the boat to a lonely place by themselves. Now many saw them going, and knew them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns, and got there ahead of them. As he went ashore he saw a great throng, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things (Mk 6:32-34).

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Jul. 20 Saturday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time; Opt Mem of St. Apollinaris, Bishop and Martyr, Opt. Mem.

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Apollinaris (d. 79). Early accounts report that Apollinaris was ordained bishop by Saint Peter himself and sent as a missionary bishop to Ravenna during the reign of the emperor Claudius. Renowned for his powers to heal in the name of Christ, he was frequently exiled, tortured and imprisoned for the faith, and finally martyred. Initially, his feast day was celebrated on July 23, the day he died as a martyr, but it was transferred to July 20 to not "compete" with St. Bridget of Sweden. In the reform of the liturgical calendar of 1969, his feast day was removed due to lack of historical data, but in 2002, it was returned as an Optional Memorial on July 20. His own hometown, Port of Classe, Ravenna, Italy, still celebrates Apollinaris on July 23.

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Jul. 19 Friday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time, Weekday

The Roman Martyrology commemorates St. Aurea (d. 856), Roman Catholic Martyr of Spain. She was born in Cordova, Spain, in the ninth century to Muslim parents. She was also the sister of Ss. Aldolphus and John, who were martyred at Cordova. Aurea became a Christian after her husband died, and took the veil at a monastery in Cuteclara, Spain, where she remained for more than twenty years. She was ultimately denounced as a Christian by her parents, and received a martyr's crown by beheading in 856.

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