Ash Wednesday Masses
February 10, 2016
7:15 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Church
1:15 p.m. at School

Faith in our Future Parishioner Survey

Handing on the message of the Gospel is at the core of our mission as Catholics. To strengthen and continue this mission, parishes in the Diocese of Trenton is undertaking an evaluation process entitled, Faith in our Future, in an effort find ways to meet some of the important challenges we face today, including the shortage of priests, limited resources, reduced number of facilities, et al. We will be responding with recommendations and new opportunities to meet these challenges, such as incorporating venues for new evangelization, realigning our priestly leadership, uncovering new resources, to name a few, so that we can better share the Gospel in ways that will benefit Catholics for generations to come.To this end, Father Dan has appointed a task force of nine parishioners who have the pulse of St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church and School. They are: Elaine Barbagiovanni, Debbi Borie-Holtz, Marta DeGisi, Stella Dunn, Jim Dwyer, Pat Kiernan, Millie Linnett, Nancy Sanson, and Marylynn Skahan.

The task force has completed an evaluation of St. Mary of the Lakes in the following areas:

Sacramental Life of the Parish
Evangelization, Catechesis, and Catholic Schools
Communal Life
Leadership and Stewardship

Parishioners have an opportunity to complete the survey and provide input in the same areas. The survey is available here on our parish website and also will be available in the pews at Mass on Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7th. It only takes five minutes to fill out and the survey can be filled out by anyone over the age of 18, i.e. not just one survey per household. Print copies can be returned to the ballot boxes at the church entrances after Mass. Surveys filed electronically will automatically be returned to an independent research firm for compilation.
Once results of the survey are in, we will enter into conversations with other area parishes, and form “clusters,” with the hope of making recommendations to the Bishop and a Diocesan Planning Commission, on which Father Dan has been asked to serve.

Young Adult Ministry to Begin at St. Mary of the Lakes

Father Dan is interested in starting a Young Adult/Millennials Ministry at St. Mary of the Lakes for all parishioners ages 25-35 years of age. The kick off, information meeting will be on Tuesday, February 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Emmaus Center. If you have interest, please plan to attend.

From A Catholic High School – Bring an end to
Prayer Shaming

We are confronted with an anti-Christian media and a presidency that seemingly prefers non-Christians. Christians can control the ballot box, and vote out the anti-Christians. You won’t need the audio for this, the video speaks for itself!

Please take a minute to watch the students at this Catholic high school in Connecticut deliver a powerful message in response to a senator’s remark about where does God fit in with all the tragedy in the world.
Happy New Year everyone!

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St. Mary of the Lakes Church and School – Y.E.S.
DIOCESAN YOUTH CONFERENCE–04/17/16 Permission Slip

The Ten Commandments Ten Commandments

Inspired by God’s word, we are a community of Christians who, through meaningful prayer and sacramental life, seek to love one another as Christ loves us and to fulfill this love through acceptance of and service to all people.

Suggested Reading from Fr. Dan

Liturgy of the Hours

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