Mission, Goals, & Stewardship


Jesus, speaking in the synagogue in Nazareth at the beginning of his ministry, used the words of the prophet Isaiah to describe what was being accomplished in the world as he, the Son of God, undertook the mission given to him by his Father, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me … to bring glad tidings to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free…” (Luke 4:16-22) At the end of his earthly ministry, Jesus commissioned his disciples to go forth in his Name and “make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:16-20)


Relying only on the grace of God that comes to us in Jesus Christ, this parish of Saint Catherine of Siena, a Roman Catholic parish within the Archdiocese of Newark, accepts Jesus’ challenge to make his mission our own. We share this mission in union with all our sisters and brothers of the Catholic Church throughout the world. With them we pray for and seek guidance from our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI.


Our parish has put our understanding of that mission into contemporary words in our Parish Mission Statement:
Saint Catherine of Siena Parish is a welcoming community of disciples of Jesus Christ,
living and celebrating in Sacrament the Catholic Christian tradition,
so that all who seek may experience the loving presence of God.


We invite you, our virtual visitor, to see how we are trying to accomplish that mission through our parish’s life that is chronicled on this web site.


If you are already a Saint Catherine’s parishioner, we hope you will be moved to come more deeply into the life of faith and action we parishioners share together. Perhaps you will find a service here that meets your needs. Perhaps you will see a way to share even more generously your gifts and talents with our parish.


If you are a person who does not now belong to a faith community but is searching for a way to follow Jesus as a disciple, we invite you to consider joining this community of disciples and walk with us.


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The center of our parish life is the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy. In the Liturgy, the celebration of the Mass and the Sacraments, we, the People of God, assume our mission to be a Priestly People (1Peter2:9), offering praise and thanks to God “for his inexpressible gift” (2 Corinthians 9:15) and intercession for the needs of the world (1 Timothy 2:1-2). The Mass itself was established by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper, and his followers were commanded to “do this in memory of me.” (Luke 22:14-20) We obey Jesus’ command by celebrating the Sacred Liturgy, as did those who first heard the Good News of Jesus’ resurrection and believed. (Acts 2:41-42, 47)


The Roman Catholic liturgy, a worship tradition that stretches back to the Apostles, employs words and actions, silence and song, art and beauty, engaging all the human senses to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and offer to God the Father our worship in Christ through the Holy Spirit. With our priests leading us in these sacred actions, we follow the Lord Jesus in a cycle of feasts and seasons that in the course of the year brings us to share in the mysteries of his life, death and resurrection.


We encourage one another to gather faithfully every Sunday to celebrate in the Eucharist the Lord’s passage from death to life. The Eucharist of the Lord’s Day (Sunday Mass) is celebrated on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. The Choir sings at the 10:45am Sunday Mass. Children, even the smallest children, are welcome and their presence is anticipated at all our Masses. Our Sunday 9:15am Mass, the Family Mass, celebrated in the lower Church, has families with children especially in mind.


Since the spiritual life is not limited solely to participation in the liturgy, the parish encourages prayer in groups and individual prayer. Christians are indeed encouraged to pray with each other, but they must also enter into their rooms to pray to their Father in secret (see Matthew 6:6). The parish offers a full range of Devotions and Services, to include: Eucharistic Adoration with recitation of the Rosary; prayers and blessings associated with the feasts and seasons of the liturgical year; and, Lenten Stations of the Cross. Prayer together is also part of the meetings of each ministry.


The parish lives by the teaching of Vatican Council II that “the liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; it is also the source from which all its power flows.” From this source flows our lifestyle of Stewardship, expressed in many ministries through which our parishioners direct their energies for the building up of the Church and the transformation of the world.


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God has blessed us with every good gift, spiritual and material. We seek to live a lifestyle of gratitude, giving thanks to the Giver of all gifts, using all we have been given responsibly, and giving back to God a sacrificial portion of our time, talent and treasure, in generous service to the needs of the world around us, with a preferential concern for the poor and marginalized. All this we call the lifestyle of Stewardship, and our parish is committed to growing in the spirit of Stewardship. It is the way we see ourselves fulfilling our call to be disciples of Jesus in our time and in the midst of our culture.


We seek to give thanks by giving back. Even when we exercise Stewardship in our personal, family and work lives, we do so as members of Christ’s Body, the Church. Our parish seeks to model the life of Stewardship by gathering its parishioners to work together in the ministries of the parish, serving needs both within St. Catherine’s and the larger Church, and outside the parish, in the community and world of which we live. Our parish ministries are clustered into four groupings: the Ministries of the Word, Ministries of Worship, Ministries of Service and Ministries of Community.


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Ministries of the Word seek to bring the Word of God and break open that Word for the benefit of children and adults.


In his Epistle to the Romans, Saint Paul asks, “But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard?” (Romans 10:14)


Our Word Ministries are: Baptismal Garment Making; Baptismal Preparation Team; Jesus Story Time; RCIA: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults; Religious Education (CCD); our Parish School; and its Home School Association, School Advisory Council and Rosebuds; and, Youth Ministry.


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Ministries of Worship organize parishioners for the service of their brothers and sisters at liturgical worship. The center of our life as a parish is the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy.


The Second Vatican Council teaches us, “The Sacred Liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; it is also the source from which all its power flows.”


A full range of Worship Ministries care for all aspects of our Sacred Liturgy: Altar Linens; Altar Servers; Extraordinary Ministers of Communion; Family Mass Team; Funeral Mass Ministry; Greeters; Holy Communion to the Homebound; Lectors; Liturgy Committee; Children’s Liturgy of the Word; Music Ministry; and, Nursing Home Mass and Visitation.


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Ministries of Service organize the work of parishioners who serve others in the name and in the power of Jesus the Servant.


At the Last Supper, on the night before he offered his life on the cross for us, Jesus illustrated the imperative behind both Supper and Cross with an act that shocked his disciples. Taking the role of a slave, Jesus washed their feet. Then he said to them, and all who would be his disciples, “I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.” (John 13:1-17; see also Philippians 2:5-11)


In our life of service, we pray that God might keep us faithful to the example and command of Christ. We want to serve as Jesus, and thus offer these Ministries of Service: Bereavement Ministry; Christmas Giving Tree; Meals for St. Patrick’s; Monthly Food Collection; Prayer Shawl Ministry; Social Justice/ Respect Life; S.O.S. ~ Shepherds Of Service; and Stewardship Council.


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In the Ministries of Community, we seek to model our parish after Jesus’ practice of gathering his disciples into community. We see the Catholic Way as a communal way of holiness. We are linked together in the Body of Christ, each of us a member of that Body (cf. 1Corinthians 12:12-27).


We seek to build up this Body of Christ through our Ministries of Community: Carnival; Collection Counters; Finance Council; Joyful Noise; Maintenance Committee; Men’s Night; New Energies Team; Parish Website; Pastoral Council; Rosary Society; Vine & Branches; and, Welcome Ministry.


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The ministries of this parish have evolved incrementally over the years in response to changing needs and fueled by the energy and initiative of our parishioners. We are always looking for new members for our existing ministries; we are hopeful that new ideas and new energy will yield new ministries. We ask for new ideas. We welcome new volunteers.


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Saint Catherine of Siena parish is served by a Pastoral Staff consisting of pastor, parochial vicars, and lay professional staff members. The dedicated professionals of the Support Staff see to the business management of the parish, maintenance of the parish plant, and provide administrative assistance in the offices of the parish, school and religious education office. Without the dedicated service of its staff members, our parish simply could not accomplish its mission.


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Our parish logo illustrates our understanding of our mission and ministries. This logo is inspired by the rose window that graces the façade of our church. That rose window has twelve panels radiating out from a central circle, each panel containing a symbol of one of the twelve apostles, the foundation stones upon which Christ builds his church. In the rose window, those twelve radiating panels form a closed design. All that the Church requires for her effectiveness and growth has been given to her by her Lord, and handed on faithfully by the apostles. In our logo, however, the design is incomplete. A contemporary song by Marty Haugen that we often use at Mass says, “Gather us in, the lost and forsaken. Gather us in, the blind and the lame.” We see our community as incomplete until all are gathered in, and to that goal we dedicate our energies. The rose window, and our logo, both are centered on a circle within which is a three-lobed device called a “trefoil,” ancient symbol of the Holy Trinity. It is the communion of Persons in the One God that is our inspiration and the very source of our communion. May God be praised in all we do here at Saint Catherine’s, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


Rectory Office Hours

Monday: 8:30 AM – 8:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 8:30 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday; 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday; 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Office is closed everyday
from 12-1pm

 

 

 

If your group is having a meeting
on an evening the rectory office closes at 4:30 PM, please contact
the rectory office before hand
to arrange for a key.