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American Family Association is joining others in an effort to pass a Constitutional Amendment protecting the Pledge of Allegiance and our national motto, "In God We Trust." This proposed Constitutional Amendment is sponsored in the House (H.J. Res 108) by Rep. Chip Pickering and in the Senate (S.J. Res 43) by Senator Trent Lott. It will protect our Pledge of Allegiance and national motto, and will prohibit judges from declaring them illegal. Please support this effort by signing a petition which will go directly to the House and the Senate. is trying to secure ten million signatures for the Constitutional Amendment to save the Pledge of Allegiance and our National Motto. This would be the most people to sign a petition in history! Help save our Pledge of Allegiance and National Motto! Please sign the petition and forward it on to others. To sign the petition and for more information, go to

March 9th, 2003

1st Sunday of Lent


Schedule of Masses Week of March 10th  - March 16th, 2003



Requested for

Requested by

Mon March 10th

7 A.M.

Marcell Pokraska

Reiner Family


Rose & Thomas Mastrant

Theresa Lattanzi

Tues March 11th

7 A.M.

Priscilla Figueroa

St. Joseph Morning Prayer Group


9 A.M.

Julian Hoffmeyer

Burke Family

Wed March 12th


Socorro Kennedy

Marlene Bartram



William & Kathleen Staranka



7 P.M.

Rachel Stefano

Michael Stefano

Thurs March 13th 


Samuel Wilkins Jr.




John Stefano

Michael Stefano

Fri. March 14th



Don & Florence Eng



Robert Edelman


Sat. March 5th

9 A.M.

Lucille Cherry


6 P.M.

Josephine & Eugene Ackerman

Isabelle & Charlotte


For the People of the Parish


Sun. March 16th


Joseph Altomonte Daughters Agnes & Josie
  9 AM Domenica Fontana Sister Virginia Rossi


Liv Joseph Paparella Frances & Bruno

12 PM

John Neumann Jr. Neumann Family
  1:30PM For the People of the Parish  


Sanctuary Gifts March 9th  - March 15th, 2003 


In Memory Of

Requested By

Altar Wine

For the People of the Parish


Altar Bread

For the People of the Parish


Sanctuary Lamp

For the People of the Parish


Altar Candles

For the People of the Parish



Let Us Pray For Those Seriously Ill
 Joan Wheeler, Angela Krajnik

Vocation reflections

After spending forty days in the desert, Jesus went to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “this is the time of fulfillment.  The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel”.  People are still needed today to continue this proclamation of the good news.  Are you willing to do this?

 If you feel this call, “inquire within” and Please contact the Vocations Office the Vocations Office at (973) 497-4365 or by E-mail at Or visit our web site at


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Mindful of his covenant, the Lord promises never to destroy creation again by flood waters.  The waters of baptism bring salvation and forgiveness through the death of Christ.  After fasting forty days and being put to the test, Jesus begins his public ministry.

Our Weekly Offering

March  2003

March 1/2             $  5,742.

Month’s Total        $  5,742.

Month’s Average    $  5,742.

Mailed in, thank you  $  365.     

Month  ‘01 Monthly Avg.     ‘03 Monthly Avg.
February         $5,841.               $5,213.

March             $6,230.                



Every Tuesday the Blessed Sacrament is exposed in the church from 3 to 4 p.m.  It is an hour of prayer for the priests, DIVINE MERCY and religious men and women of the church.  Prayers are also said for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. 

We invite you to come and spend time with the Lord for these intentions and for your personal requests.  The Holy Hour closes with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.  If you cannot join us in church, we ask you to join us from a quiet spot in your home and pray with us, asking the Lord to guide and protect our priests. 

Stations of the Cross

During the Lenten Season, there will be Stations of the Cross in Church on Fridays at  1 p.m. and 7 p.m. beginning March 7th and ending April 11th.

Easter Flowers               

For your convenience, a “Flower” depository has been placed in the front of church next to the altar.  While beautifying the church for the Easter Season through the generosity of your donation, you will also be remembering your loved ones.  On Easter Sunday in the church vestibule, there will be a “donor” list displayed.  If you wish to have your loved ones listed, kindly drop off your flower envelope by April 13th.


Second Collection

The annual Peter’s Pence Collection will take place this weekend March 8/9.  This collection gives us all an opportunity to join in partnership with the Holy Father to help relieve the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable, those who suffer the devastating impact of war, oppression, disease, and natural disasters.

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MONDAY   Lv 19:1-2,11-18 Ps 19:8-10,15 Mt 25:31-46

TUES.  Is 55:10-11 Ps 34:4-7,16-19          Mt 6:7-15

WED.  Jon 3:1-10 Ps 51:3-4,12-13,18-19  Lk 11:29-32

THURS.  Est C:12,14-16,23-25 Ps 138:1-3,7c-8 Mt 7:7-12

FRIDAY  Ez 18:21-28 Ps 130:1-8 Mt 5:20-26

SATURDAY   Dt 26:16-19 Ps 119:1-2,4-5,7-8 Mt 5:43-48

NEXT SUNDAY - 2ND SUNDAY OF LENT     Gn 22:1-2,9a,10-13,15-18 Ps 116:10,15-19 Rom 8:31b-34 Mk 9:2-10


CCD News

·          Contact Sister Alberta in the CCD Office at 201-659-1794 or at the Convent 201-963-0998 if you’re interested in the Villa Roma trip June 22nd-27th, 5 nights/6 days.  Price includes: hotel accommodations, meals, activities, night entertainment, tips, tax and transportation - Adults: $540 + $40 transportation; Children up to 3 yrs. are free; 4 to 10 $150 + $40 transportation; 11 to 17 $175 + $40 transportation

·          Confirmation classes in session on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8 p.m.

·          First Penance Practice March 10,12,13 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. in church.

·          First Penance Day will be on March 15th at 11 a.m.  Children are to be here by 10:45 in church.  All first grade parents are asked to help with social for second graders - a form was sent home.

·          March 16th - First Communion meeting from 10-11:15 a.m. in Chapel Hall.  Please be on time!

·          March 23rd - First Penance Conference was changed from March 9th.  Parents and First Communion children are to attend.  All parishioners are invited to attend.  Also on this day, there is a practice for Last Supper Presentation from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Chapel Hall. 

        March 30th - All Confirmation candidates, sponsors and parents are to attend “Lenten Reflection” which is their mini-retreat for grade 7.  All must be present.  All parishioners are invited to attend.

From Generation To Generation, We Share Our Faith

Saint Anne’s 100th Anniversary News Update


At Saint Anne’s, our central pledge is to create a space so sacred that God’s deep passionate love can be experienced and shared.

Thanks to our ancestors, the parish they created 100 years ago affords us the opportunity to pray, to play and to learn in an inspiring and spacious environment.  As announced at all the Masses the weekend of January 25th and 26th, some of this space is in need of repair.  As a Centennial Gift to Saint Anne and to prepare for the 100th Anniversary Celebrations, it has been proposed by the Centennial Committee that we, as parishioners, refurbish the auditorium (floor, stage, rest- rooms, painting, etc.).

Letters have been mailed to all parishioners with further details regarding this proposal.

Our deepest gratitude to everyone for helping to make this occasion successful.

  “Let us pray together that the Faith we share will continue to grow.”  


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Our Web Site


When you log on and browse around you’ll see all kinds of information about our parish. Included, of course, will be the current activities for the many different organizations as well as an update as to what is going on with our parish family.
Do not let evil defeat you: Instead, conquer evil with good!!

By your wounded heart: teach us love, teach us love, teach us love..... -Daphne Fraser


St. Anne’s Parish Auction was held last Sunday, March 2nd.  The winners of our raffles are:  50/50 raffle: Lilibeth Revilla  Shop-Rite Certificates: Dottie Lavecchia        The Parish wishes to thank everyone for their support and participation.  Congratulations to all of our winners!

Home & Garden Party

St. Anne’s Rosary Society will be hosting a “Home & Garden Party” on  Tuesday, April 1st at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.  Candles, floral arrangements, frames, dinnerware, etc. are just a few of the items available for purchase.  Please join us...all are welcome.  Coffee and cake will be served.

Liturgy Committee Meeting

There is a Liturgy Committee Meeting Monday, March 10th at 7:30 p.m. in the rectory.  All members are requested to attend.  Thank you.

St. Anne Seniors

A trip to Atlantic City has been planned for March 26, 2003.  Cost is $11.  Bus will leave from in front of St. Anne’s Church at 9 a.m.  We are going to the Sands Casino. 


Archdiocese of Newark ~ 2003 Lenten Regulations

1. The days of both Fast and Abstinence during Lent are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The other Fridays of Lent are days of Abstinence.

On a day of Fast, only one (1) full meal is permitted.  Those between the ages of 18 and 59 are obliged to fast.

On a day of Abstinence, no meat may be eaten. Those who have reached the age of 14 are obliged by the law of abstinence.

2. The obligation to observe the laws of Fast and Abstinence "substantially", or as a whole, is a serious obligation.

3. The Fridays of the year, outside of Lent, are designated as days of penance, but each individual may substitute for the traditional abstinence from meat some other practice of voluntary self-denial as penance.

4. The time for fulfilling the Paschal Precept (Easter Duty*) extends from the First Sunday of Lent, March 9, 2003 to the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity, June 15, 2003.

*Canon 920, §1. All the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year.

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Support Groups for Parents Grieving the Loss of a Child

The Office of Family Life Ministries of the Archdiocese of Newark sponsors two support groups for “Parents Grieving the Death of a Child”.  Groups meet on the first Wednesday of each month at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Center, 60 Byrd Avenue, Bloomfield, and on the third Monday of each month at St. Peter the Apostle Rectory, 445 Fifth Avenue, River Edge.  There is no preregistration and there is no fee.  All meetings begin at 7:30 p.m.  For further information, please contact the Office of Family Life at 973-497-4327.

Annulment Information Evening

An Annulment Information Evening is scheduled for Wednesday, March 12th.  A canon lawyer from the Archdiocese of Newark will discuss the most recent theology, guidelines and requirements for obtaining a Church annulment.  The information will be presented in terms that all can understand.  A question and answer period will conclude the session.  Pre-registration is not necessary.  This evening of information will be held at Corpus Christi RC Church, (School Cafeteria), 218 Washington Place, Hasbrouck Heights, at 7:30 p.m.  For additional information, please call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 973-497-4327.

Aids Compassion Sunday

AIDS Compassion Sunday is March 2nd and will be celebrated at all Masses throughout the Archdiocese of Newark.  Encourage your family and friends who may be living with HIV/AIDS to join us and feel welcomed.

Felician Day of Recollection

Are you a single, young adult, Catholic woman between ages 18-35 searching to deepen your spiritual life?  The Felician Franciscan Sisters invite you for a day of recollection, “Living a Eucharistic Life” on Saturday, March 15th at Heart of Mary Convent, 257 South Main St., Lodi - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Contact Sr. Marilyn Minter at 973-473-5923.

Campus Ministry Lecture Series

“Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome” by Joy Degruy-Leary, Ph.D. - Dr. Leary’s theory of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome postulates that the African American community has suffered from the causes and exhibits all of the traditional symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Her work explores the idea that North American chattel slavery itself was the inevitable consequence of a collision of fundamentally incompatible value systems: one derived as a means of survival in prehistoric Africa, the other as a means of survival in prehistoric Northern Europe.  This lecture will be presented  at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Dickinson Hall, Wilson Auditorium in Hackensack, NJ on Thursday, March 13th at 8 p.m.  Free admission/donations accepted.  Seats are limited, please RSVP.  Contact Imam Khalil Ali 201-692-2768,

Spirituality Convocation at the College of St. Elizabeth

On April 5, the annual Spirituality Convocation will take place at the College of St. Elizabeth.  There will be keynote presentations, over 30 workshops to choose from, beautiful music, and the celebration of the liturgy.  Please call the Center for Theological and Spiritual Development at the College of St. Elizabeth at (973) 290-4300/4364 for a brochure, or visit their website at

Cake Sale/Flea Market

St. Anne’s Rosary Society will be holding its annual Cake Sale/Flea Market on Saturday and Sunday, April 12 & 13th following all Masses.  Please support their fundraiser by stopping by after Mass for a sweet treat, roll, or just a cup of coffee.  Don’t forget to browse their flea market tables for super bargains.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

St. Anne’s Elementary School     Registration for 2003-04

Location: 255 Congress St., Jersey City

March 10th-14th for Grades Pre-K through 7th


Birth Certificate & Baptismal Certificate

Medical Records

Registration Fee of $150

Must attain the age of 4 or 5 by September 30th, 2003

For further information, please call 201-659-0450.


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    Personal Meditation      

March 9th, 2003

Gen 9:8-15, 1P 3:18-22, Mk 1:12-15

Gospel Reading

Then the Spirit drove Jesus into the desert. Jesus stayed in the desert forty days and was tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, but angels ministered to him.

After John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee and began preaching the Good News of God. He said, "The time has come; the kingdom of God is at hand. Change your ways and believe the Good News."


"The kingdom of God is at hand." There is a note of urgency to Jesus' word. The reign of God is here and now. It has finally come among us and is breaking through at this very moment. The fact is, the Kingdom of God, which Jesus preached is not something so abstract, remote, and distant. It is rather, as he says, "at hand." It is here, within our reach, unfolding right before our eyes. It's not something abstract, it's something concrete. It's there in every kind and encouraging word, in every generous deed, in every act of compassion and concern, and in every loving and caring thought. Every good deed expands it and brings the Kingdom closer to fruition; every generous impulse suppressed and every unkind act hurts its realization. The holy season of Lent reminds us of the urgency of our mission as Christians, for it is we ourselves who have been tasked by Jesus to bring God's Kingdom to our world today.