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The Catechism Online

Did you know you could read the Catechism of the Holy Catholic Church On Line? If you ever need to reference the teachings of our faith, log on here: 


Please Visit United States Conference of Catholic Bishops USCCB and Archdiocese of Newark websites for current information about what is happening with our faith.  WE need to be informed.

[Link to THOMAS Home Page ]

Acting under the directive of the leadership of the 104th Congress to make Federal legislative information freely available to the Internet public, a Library of Congress team brought the THOMAS World Wide Web system online in January 1995, at the inception of the 104th Congress. Searching capabilities in THOMAS were built on the InQuery  information retrieval system, developed by the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval based at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The THOMAS button above allows the individual to retrieve current information on any bill, (being considered on the floor or enacted) real-time.  It is a valuable resource for us as concerned citizens whether it be related to Family. This allows us to critically analyze what is happening in our world and then proceed to Contact representatives on issues of concern. Thank YOU!

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

Contact representatives on issues of concern!!!!!!  

Please contact your senators, Congressman, and the President often to voice your opinion, sign a petition for what YOU BELIEVE IN PLEASE !!!!


Our legislators need to know our views on the issues that effect us such as The Right to Life.  For your convenience, simply click the link 

Your Catholic Voice Foundation

Another great site to watch for information is  Your Catholic Voice Foundation   This site has lots of info but do not feel the compulsion to donate to it.  Many of us overextend ourselves. Lets give of our time and our caring by using our minds and giving our votes on critical issues.  Donate when you can.  God bless all and let us keep trying.  

Right to Life

Pro Life Activities

1. Annual march for live in Washington on January 22nd each year, with bus transportation provided.

2. Respect Life Sunday, the first Sunday of October.

3. Pro-Life intentions in the Mass.

   The following is a poignant article taken from American Catholic,  [] Friar Jack's E-spirations

The Beatitudes
Eight Attitudes for a Holy Lent

by Friar Jack Wintz, O.F.M.

Some months ago I received an e-mail from a reader suggesting that Jesus’ eight beatitudes would make a good topic for
. As we stand at the threshold of Lent, the timing seems just right for us to explore this teaching of Jesus, which offers us eight attitudes for opening ourselves to God’s saving love.

It’s interesting to note that Jesus presents these eight attitudes immediately after the point in Matthew’s Gospel where he has proclaimed the good news that the Kingdom (God’s saving presence) is at hand (see 4:23). As usual, side by side with Jesus’ proclamation (preaching) of the Kingdom comes his widespread healing activity—his “curing every disease and illness among the people.” The proclaiming of the Kingdom and the healings go hand in hand, as if they are two sides of the same coin.

Matthew tells us at this point that a core part of Jesus’ audience are men and women in desperate straits: “They brought to [Jesus],” Matthew says in 4:24, “all who were sick with various diseases and racked with pain, those who were possessed, lunatics and paralytics, and he cured them.” On the surface, this was not a very happy or self-satisfied group of human beings. They were people keenly in touch with their own poverty and fragility. And so Jesus says to them:

1. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Jesus was not there to give comfort to the proud or haughty or to the well-fed but to assure those broken in spirit that they were truly objects of God’s saving love. We can trace this attitude back to the poor, the anawim, of the Old Testament—people who realize that salvation comes as a free gift from Yahweh.
2. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Those who feel deeply the pain carried by loved ones or who mourn their own sins are more likely to be in tune with the need for God’s healing and forgiveness.  In Chapter 9 of Matthew’s Gospel, a tax collector named Matthew is among those eating with Jesus. When the question is asked: Why does Jesus eat with tax collectors and sinners? Jesus answers: “Those who are well do not need the physician, but the sick do” (Matthew 9:12). Only those who truly recognize and mourn their sin see the need for God’s healing love.

3. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
The word meek today sometimes suggests softness, even spinelessness. The biblical meaning of meek, however, indicates tolerance, lowliness and respect. As Scripture scholar John P. Meier puts it, the meek “do not push their own plans to the detriment of God’s saving plan.” Jesus describes himself as “meek and humble of heart,” and yet can any human match his inner strength? Mary, too, is an example of biblical meekness. She admits her “lowliness” and knows where her greatness comes from: “The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name” (Luke 1:49).

4. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied. Here Jesus is saying that those are already blessed who, aligning themselves with God’s saving activity, are dedicated to building a world of justice and righteousness. In such a world, everyone’s rights will be respected. Everyone will find a place at the banquet table and enjoy a fair share of the gifts of God’s creation.

5. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
In the Our Father we ask God to “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” The Peace Prayer of St. Francis picks up the same dynamic in these familiar words: “It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.” And this miracle of mercy doesn’t happen just sometime in the next life. It happens now. No sooner does our heart imitate the mercy of God than we are shown the same gift of mercy!

6. Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God.
With the pure of heart, there is transparency. What you see is what you get. If someone is giving you a gift, that’s what he or she is doing. There is a singleness of aim. There is no mixed intention or duplicitous motive. Sometimes after a spring rain, we come across a clear puddle of water. If we stir that puddle with a stick, it clouds up and loses its clarity. When our motives and intentions are clouded or dishonest, we lose our clarity of heart and our ability to see God—and our neighbor as an image of God.

7. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
The Hebrew word shalom helps us understand the full meaning of peace as a state wholeness and total health and well-being. When we wish someone peace in the biblical sense, this is what we are wishing them. When we are in tune with God’s healing and saving love, we are peacemakers, seeking to tear down walls of hatred, division, misunderstanding and prejudice. As instruments of God’s peace, we are instruments of wholeness and reconciliation in our world. We are then true children of God.

8. [a] Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    [b] Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.
As we look back over the eight beatitudes, we see that Jesus is the perfect model for each of them. He, too, is blessed and happy for the same reasons. In his book Matthew, John P. Meier states: “Ultimately, Jesus is the completely happy man of the beatitudes, the ‘happy attitudes.’ His beatitudes define his own being and call others to be what he is.”

Jesus knows he stands in the tradition of the persecuted and martyred prophets. “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her young under her wings, but you were unwilling….I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord’” (Matthew 23:37-39).

Consider Jesus riding into Jerusalem humbly on an ass. He knows full well—even as the crowds extol him—that he will be persecuted and destroyed by leaders of both the church and state of his day. But he also trusts that God is with him as he breaks through the low-ceiling imperfection of his persecutors—and into the saving love and happiness of God’s kingdom.


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Christ our Light Society is a ministry of St. Joseph’s Morning Prayer Group. As you know if you wish to have an announced Mass offered for the repose of the soul of a loved one, such arrangements can be made at the rectory. We have also made Sanctuary Gifts available in memory of our loved ones for an entire week.  A third option is available whereby the members of the Christ our Light Society will light a vigil lamp near the statue of Saint Joseph in our church in honor of your request. This vigil light will burn for an entire month and while the light burns they will remember your special intention by name during their daily prayer time. You are, of course, welcome to join them. The offering for this light is $25. per month. Cards are available and arrangements can be made at the rectory.


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Need Mass schedule information?

You can call 1-800-Mass Times and get information about Mass availability and time schedules as well as directions to the Church.  If you can access a computer, you can get Mass schedules if you know the Name of the Church or the phone number by jumping on to      .   Isn't that a great help when you aren't at home.


Cub/Boy Scouts
Cub Scouts meet at St. Anne’s Parish Center #4 Thursdays 6-8 p.m.
(Cub scouts ages 8 -10).  

Anyone who is interested please contact St. Anne's rectory at 201-656-2490.

  If you are interested in Boy Scouts (ages 11-15 yrs.), contact Mr. Lou Cappelluti at 798-6880. 

They meet on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.  Their meeting place is the St. Paul 

of the Cross School, side entrance, located at 211 Sherman Avenue in Jersey City.

Saint Anne's Seniors

Saint Anne's Seniors are a very active group of young seniors who plan lots of fun things.  Please consider having some fun with the people on the move.  For information,  please contact  Peggie Riscoe at 659-3930.

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