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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

What is happiness? 

A new car smell? The aroma of freshly baked bread or winning the lottery? These are momentary joys of happiness, but our Catholic faith transcends full-time happiness when we are one with God. 

At the heart of Catholicism lies the belief that true happiness is found in union with God. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that humanity's ultimate end is to know, love, and serve God in this life and to be happy with Him forever in the next. This understanding underscores the idea that authentic happiness flows from a deep and intimate relationship with the divine, where we find purpose, meaning, and fulfillment beyond the transient pleasures of the world.

Furthermore, the Catholic tradition emphasizes the importance of virtue in the pursuit of happiness. Through moral teachings and spiritual practices, we are called to cultivate virtues such as love, humility, compassion, and gratitude, which contribute to a flourishing and joyful life. 

The Beatitudes, articulated by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, serve as a blueprint for the Christian life, outlining attitudes and actions that lead to true blessedness and happiness.

Central to Catholicism is the notion of community and the communal dimension of happiness. Our Church, as the Body of Christ, is a sacred fellowship where we come together to worship, support one another, and participate in the sacramental life. Within our community of faith, we find solidarity, encouragement, and shared values that nourish our spiritual journey and contribute to our overall well-being.

The scent of a new car evokes a sense of fresh joy, much like the celebration of the Eucharist. This sacred ritual serves as a profound source of joy and communion, uniting us in Christ's sacrifice and strengthening our bond as members of God's family.

Moreover, the Catholic Church places a strong emphasis on social justice and the common good, recognizing that authentic happiness is intricately linked to the well-being of others. Through acts of charity, service, and advocacy, we as Catholics are called to alleviate suffering, promote human dignity, and work towards a more just and compassionate society. By engaging in works of mercy and solidarity, individuals not only experience the joy of self-giving love but also contribute to the flourishing of our community and the advancement of God's kingdom on earth. 

Happiness begins with small gestures of kindness, such as saying "good morning" or holding a door open for someone you don't know. These simple acts of kindness not only brighten someone else's day but also contribute to your sense of well-being. They have the power to create a ripple effect, spreading positivity and fostering spiritual fulfillment not just within yourself, but also within those around you.

In conclusion, happiness in the Catholic faith is a multifaceted reality that encompasses spiritual fulfillment, virtuous living, and communal fellowship with social responsibility. Rooted in the love of God and expressed through love of neighbor, true happiness is found in communion with God and others, as we journey together towards the ultimate fulfillment of our human destiny.

Enjoy and be happy!

Joe Marateo

Spring Bible Study

We are excited to announce that beginning on Tuesday, April 9th and continuing thru May 14th Father Kris will offer a six (6) week Bible Study at 6:30 PM in Drexler Hall. If you are interested in attending, please contact the Parish Office at 908-687-3327 to reserve a spot!

Parousia: The Bible and the Mass

Why return to Mass? Our very lives depend on it. It’s the summit of God’s plan for our salvation.

Where do we find the Mass in the Bible? What is the relationship between the two?

In six weeks of the Bible Study based on the latest video Bible study from the St. Paul Center, we will discover why the liturgy is a major theme that runs through the entire Bible, from Genesis to the Book of Revelation. We will not only look to the Law, the Prophets, and life and teachings of Jesus, we’ll also lean on the Doctors of the Church to enhance our understanding of the Mass. We’ll see how the New Testament is concealed in the Old, the Old is revealed in the New, and why both point directly to the Mass, the sign of the New Covenant.

 


Holy Spirit’s goal for the 2024 Annual Appeal is $58,136.00. To date, 91 donors pledged $29,638.00 which equals to 50.98% of our goal, of which $23,020.16 has been collected. If you have not yet pledged to the Annual Appeal, will you prayerfully consider making a gift so that we can meet our Parish goal. The 2024 Annual Appeal will fund essential program programs and ministries at the heart of our Catholic mission in our four counties – namely to proclaim the gospel, to pass on the faith to future generations, particularly through 

the celebration of the sacraments, and to care for the poor and those on the margins. Now more than ever, especially during this health crisis, our ministries and programs need your support. Thank You in advance for your generosity.

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.

Archdiocese of Newark

171 CLIFTON AVENUE
P.O. BOX 9500
NEWARK, NJ 07104
TEL | 973-497-4000
www.rcan.org

Knights of Columbus

1034 Jeanette Ave.
Union, NJ 07083
908-686-4504
www.kofc4504.org

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Saint of the Day

May. 19 Pentecost Sunday, Solemnity

And when the days of Pentecost were drawing to a close, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a violent wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as of fire, which settled upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in foreign tongues, even as the Holy Spirit prompted them to speak (Acts 2, 1-4).

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May. 18 Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter (Vigil of Pentecost); Optional Memorial of St. John I, Pope & Martyr, Opt. Mem.

The Church celebrates the Optional Memorial of Pope St. John I (d. 526), who was elected Pope in 523. The Arian King Theodoric sent him as his ambassador to Emperor Justin in Constantinople. On John I's return, he was captured by the king, who was displeased at the outcome of the embassy and cast him into prison at Ravenna where he died a few days later. As pope he was responsible for introducing the Alexandrian computation of the date of Easter; it came to be accepted throughout the West.

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May. 17 Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter, Weekday

The Roman Martyrology commemorates St. Paschal Baylon (1540-1592), who lived and died in the kingdom of Aragon, Spain. He spent his early years as a shepherd and often gave religious instruction to the shepherds on the hills of Aragon. At the age of twenty-four, he entered the Franciscan Order and embraced the humble, austere life of a lay brother. He was noted for his devotion to the Holy Eucharist. Pope Leo XIII declared him protector of all Eucharistic Congresses and works.

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