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    Pastor Reverend Jeffrey J. Kegley

    [email protected]

    Parochial Vicar Reverend Richard Osborn

    [email protected]

    Parochial Vicar Reverend Jordan McConway O.P.

    Deacons Carlo Squicciarini

    Martin K. McMahon

    Business Manager Hank Pekarsky ext. 232

    Sacristan/Altar Server Coordinator Mrs. Laney Wilkens

    Parish Trustees Mr. Kenneth Ginsky

    John (Jack) Kurkemelis

    Faith Formation: Mrs. Peggy Dunne ext. 240 [email protected]

    St. Vincent DePaul Society Assistance 732-671-4062

    Director of Music Malena Towers ext. 239

    [email protected]

    Youth & Young Adult Ministry Cassandra Abbud

    [email protected]

    Pastoral Associate Chris Carlo

    HR/Finance Administrator Mrs. Sharon Crossnohere ext. 223

    [email protected]

    Bulletin Editor Jessica Parks [email protected]

    RCIA - [email protected]

    Usher Coordinators George Rahey - [email protected]

    Brian Dolan - [email protected] Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration ext. 241



    Mon. - Thur. 8:15 am (SMC) Mon. - Thur. 12 pm (SMC)

    Friday 8:30 am (MMGC) Friday 12:00 pm (SMC)

    Saturday 8:15 am (SMC) & 5:00 pm (MMGC) Sunday 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:30 am 12:00 pm

    5:00 pm Life Teen Mass (MMGC)

    MMGC - Mary Mother of God Church SMC - Saint Mary Chapel

    COMMUNION SERVICE Mon. -Fri. 6:30 am St. Mary Chapel

    RECONCILIATION/CONFESSIONS Saturday 1:00 to 2:00 pm (MMGC)

    Thursday 3:30 to 4:30 pm (MMGC)

    SACRAMENT of BAPTISM The First & Third Sundays 1:30 pm (MMGC)

    BAPTISM PREP CLASS 2nd Thur.7:00 pm in the Bulman Center

    call ext. 221 to register

    SACRAMENT of MARRIAGE ext. 222

    St. Mary School Principal

    Mr. Craig Palmer - [email protected]

    St. Mary School Vice Principal

    Mr. Dennis Poracky - [email protected]

    ST. MARY SCHOOL 538 Church Street

    Middletown, NJ 07748 732-671-0129


    19 Cherry Tree Farm Road

    Middletown, NJ 07748

    732-671-0071 Fax 732-671-6125


    We are on a limited office schedule please call ahead before coming to visit us.

    Mon-Fri 9 am - 7:30 pm Sat. & Sun. 9 am-12 pm

    (Closed 1 pm - 3 pm on Wednesday)

    For the week from May 16- May 22, 2020

    Weekly drop offs and $13,959.64

    Parish Giving $6,169.00

    Go Fund me $610.00

    Easter $75.00

    Children $109.74

    Diocese Assessments $140.79

    Ascension $352.35

    Mother Day $177.65

    Youth $105.00

    Mortgage $365.00

    Ave Maria 262.43

    Father Day $130.00

    mailto:[email protected]

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    In Jesus and Mary,

    Father Jeff Kegley Pastor

    Jesus is Lord!

    Dear Brothers and Sister In Christ,

    The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord is one of the great solemnities in the Christian liturgical calendar, and commemorates the bodily ascension of Jesus into heaven. Ascension Day is traditionally celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day of Easter. However, this year because of the Coronavirus, the New Jersey Bishops have moved the observance to this Sunday, which would have celebrated the seventh Sunday of Easter.

    This past week, our parish started to celebrate daily “in car” parking lot Masses at noon from the Mater Dei parking lot facing the red barn. The experience of gathering after a two month absence with our parishioners to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass has been very emotional for the people and the priests. Here are some of the responses on Facebook:

    Thank you and God Bless you Fr Jeff for giving us the opportunity to attend Mass and receive Holy Communion Again. It was great! – Janet

    Thank you, Fathers. I was so happy to be at Mass and receive the Eucharist. I’ve missed the Liturgy and Communion so much; it was so meaningful to be able to receive the Body of Christ again. -Marianne

    Thank you for the Mass! It was so wonderful to receive Jesus! - Bill

    I feel like I did when I received my first communion. I feel so blessed. We do have such a great parish and team of priests. Thank you. – Roberta

    Cried receiving communion. Spread the word, wonderful faith in action. Another miracle at St. Mary’s. God is good! All the time. All the time. God is good. - Mary

    It was just beautiful and a Mass to remember! - George

    Awesome after noon with the car Mass tears of joy when I saw Fr Jeff walking towards my car with Jesus. - Caitlin

    Beautiful Mass, so happy to be among the community again. - John

    I want to thank our wonderful staff and volunteers for setting up the PA system, stage, Mass and parking lot each day to allow these Masses to happen. As I always say: “We are blessed!”

    Monday of nation celebrates Memorial Day. Please join us at noon Mass as we remember the men and women who gave their lives serving our country and defending our freedom. May the rest in peace.

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    Pope Francis encourages Christians to be generous witnesses

    During the General Audience, Pope Francis encourages the faithful to be generous witnesses of Christ in preparation for the liturgical feast of the Ascension of the Lord.

    “As we prepare to celebrate the Ascension of the Lord, I invoke the peace and joy that come from the Risen Christ upon you and your families,” said Pope Francis, in his greeting to English-speaking listeners at the weekly General Audience. The Holy Father encouraged Christians to be generous witnesses of the Risen Christ, knowing that He is always with us to sustain us. He reminds us that Jesus left us the command to “Go and teach all nations…teaching them to observe all that [He] commanded” (Matt 26: 19 – 20). The Pope then turned his thoughts towards the young, the elderly, the sick and newlyweds while addressing the Italian-speaking faithful. Addressing the Spanish-speaking listeners, Pope Francis prayed that the Risen Jesus, with the power of His Holy Spirit, may make us “bearers of joy, and strengthen in us the hope and the certainty that love is stronger than death and that it always triumphs.” Centenary of St. John Paul II Pope Francis extended his heartfelt greetings to Polish-speaking listeners, as the Church continues to celebrate the 100thanniversary of the birth of Saint John Paul II. He noted that the Polish saint was “a pastor of great faith who loved to entrust the Church and all of humanity to God in prayer.” The Pope prayed that, like Saint John Paul II who chose “Totus Tuus” as his motto, we might turn to Our Lady in times of difficulty and ask for her intercession. Month of Mary Referring to May as the “Month of Mary”, the Holy Father encouraged us to pray the Rosary daily, in his address to the Portuguese-speaking faithful. He prayed that we might learn from Our Lady to have a contemplative gaze in our daily lives. God in creation As the Church continues to mark the Laudato Si’ Week from 16 to 24 May, Pope Francis told the German-speaking faithful that we recognize the greatness of God in the wonder of creation. “May joy in nature and praise of God help us to find fullness and inner peace,” prayed the Pope.

  • Events at St. Mary, Mother of God



    Women's Discipleship is excited to announce that starting Wednesday, June 3, we will begin a series of teachings by Darlene Line, focusing on the Book of Daniel and the Book of Revelation. Right now, Women's Discipleship gathers online every Wednesday night from 7:30-9 PM on ZOOM. To join our Zoom Meeting, just use this link in your browser and you will enter our virtual "waiting room" until the meeting begins:

    Each Wednesday, Darlene presents anointed teachings, Malena Towers leads us in worship, and we celebrate our God with praise, prayer, and sacred scripture. It is wonderful to see each others' faces on ZOOM in this time of social distancing! All women are welcome! If you have any questions, please call Pat Moller at 732-671-0671.


    The Parish Finance Council is a select group of

    parishioners known for their spiritual maturity and

    love of Christ and the Church, endowed with special

    competence in financial matters and of prudent

    judgement. They offer their time and talents as a

    Christian service or ministry in the development and

    management of the parish’s financial resources so that

    the parish may effectively pursue its proper mission of

    spreading Christ’s Gospel of love.

    Parishioners who are interested in serving on the

    Parish Finance Council are invited to send their

    resume to Father Jeff Kegley at [email protected]

    St. Mary’s Great Fair

    June 22 - 27

    The FAIR is

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    Mater Dei Prep is a private, Catholic preparatory school empowering

    students for lifelong success by integrating faith and service into a

    rigorous college preparatory curriculum. Prospective incoming and

    transfer students are encouraged to apply today, we are still

    accepting online applications!

    To apply visit our website at If you have any

    additional questions please contact Mrs. Christine O’Connor, Director of

    Admissions email at [email protected]

    “And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you

    did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ “ Matt 25:40

    We’d like to offer a word of thanks to our faithful benefactors who have

    continued to support our ministry during this pandemic. This is, and has

    been a challenging time for all of us, but most especially for our

    neighbors who struggle financially on a regular basis and/or who are now struggling due to the

    loss of income as a result of the quarantine. We need the support of our parish family to help

    those in need. Your donation, no matter the amount, helps to improve the lives of others,

    something we are all called to do as Catholic Christians.

    We hope you will prayerfully consider making a donation. Checks, made payable to St. Vincent

    de Paul of St Mary’s, can be mailed to our attention at the parish office. If you’d prefer to make

    a cash donation, and until we can gather for Mass in the church, the poor box has been moved

    from the narthex to the entrance of the parish offices. Donations of non-perishable food, paper

    goods, cleaning supplies or personal items can be placed in the bin located in the vestibule of the


    We ask that you continue to support our ministry, both financially and in prayer. We in turn are praying for you, our generous benefactors. We thank you and God bless you.

    http://www.materdeiprep.orgmailto:[email protected]://

  • Please Help!

    Like so many families, Saint Mary, Mother of God Church is facing a

    serious financial setback because of the Coronavirus pandemic. With no

    public Masses, there are no collections, which means no income for weeks.

    We depend on your sacrificial offerings in the weekly collections for: Saint

    Mary School, parish programs and ministries, employee salaries and

    benefits, Church mortgage, utilities and insurance, etc.

    We need your help during this crisis. Please prayerfully consider continuing

    your financial support by in one of the following ways:

    1. Electronic giving: Visit the parish webpage

    at to make your donation.

    2. Go Fund Me Page (new): Contribute to “Forever St

    Mary” at

    3. Drop off at Parish Office: A secure white mail box is at the door of

    the parish office where parishioners can “drop off” their church envelopes.

    4. Mail Donations: Saint Mary Church, 19 Cherry Tree Farm Road,

    Middletown, N.J. 07748



  • Dear Parishioners,

    Parish Giving is the premier electronic on-line giving and payment system for church

    communities throughout the nation. Parish Giving is a safe, secure and easy way to make on-line

    parish and church related donations and payments.

    One major advantage of electronic giving is that it normalizes offertory collection in order to

    properly budget for our parish. If you are on vacation, work or visiting family and friends and

    are not able to worship with our parish community on Sunday, Parish Giving enables you to

    continue the needed financially support for our mission and ministry here at Saint Mary’s.

    Because of this stability in offertory collections, parishes who encourage parishioners to use

    electronic giving see a 25% increase in weekly collections. We certainly need that at Saint


    So I would like to encourage you to sign up for Parish Giving. To do so, please visit our webpage

    at and click the “Parish Giving” button on the top right of the page.

    This will bring you to the Parish Giving page for Saint Mary’s. It is very easy to sign up. If you

    have any questions about Parish Giving, please feel free to call the parish office.

    Thank you for your consideration and thank you for all your financial support to our parish

    community of Saint Mary’s. As I keep saying, “we are blessed!”

    In Jesus and Mary,

    Father Jeff Kegley




    Saturday - May 23, 2020

    5:00 Mary & Edward Gilmartin r/o Daughter

    5:00 Maria & Pepino r/o Thanh Betten

    Sunday - May 24, 2020

    7:30 Anna & Vincent Urgo r/o Mr. & Mrs. Victor & Joan


    9:00 Hilton Rodriguez r/o Judi & Bert

    10:30 John J. Lauricella r/o Robert Lauricella

    12:00 Patrick McGee r/o Family

    5:00 People of the Parish

    Monday - May 25, 2020

    9:00 Living & Deceased Members of the Parish

    Tuesday - May 26, 2020

    8:15 Souls of Purgatory

    8:15 Irene K. Brennan r/o Gene Brennan

    12:00 Thomas Ryan r/o Linda Ryan & Daughters

    12:00 Frank Kakol r/o Kakol Family

    Wednesday - May 27, 2020

    8:15 For the Souls in Purgatory

    8:15 Frances Caruso r/o LaSpata & Takals Families

    12:00 John Lauricella r/o Loving son, Robert

    12:00 Anne Zeller r/o The McCausland Family

    Thursday - May 28, 2020

    8:15 Frank Christiansen r/o Carol Christiansen

    8:15 Living & Deceased Members of the Alandy Family r/o

    Freddie Alandy

    12:00 Deceased Members of the Socrates Family r/o Deacon


    12:00 Don Miniero r/o Janet Moscuzza

    Friday - May 29, 2020

    8:15 Matthew Eckert r/o The Mills Family

    8:15 Helen Daly r/o Mary & Don Daly

    12:00 Deacon Charlie r/o The Carlucci Family

    12:00 For an Increase in Vocation to the Priesthood for the

    Diocese of Trenton r/o Fr. Rick Osborn

    Saturday - May 30, 2020

    8:15 Muriel Johnston r/o Carol Christiansen

    8:15 Edward Golding r/o Vincent & Patricia Geraldi

    Saturday - May 30, 2020

    5:00 Catherine Elwood r/o Her Daughter

    5:00 Thomas Kelly r/o James & AnnMarie McCarthy

    Sunday - May 31, 2020

    7:30 People of the Parish

    9:00 Arthur Ratel r/o Judi & Bert Rodriguez

    10:30 Mary & John Cahill r/o Daughter, Cathy

    12:00 Matthew Eckert r/o Duck Donuts

    5:00 Matthew Eckert r/o The Delahanty Family


    MAY 24 TO MAY 30

    St. Mary Chapel Candle

    All Those Affected by the Virus

    Adoration Chapel Candles

    All Saint Mary Parishioners

    All Those Affected by the Virus

    Mary, Mother of God Church Candle

    All Saint Mary Parishioners




    Lord, hold our troops, home and

    abroad, in Your loving hands.

    Protect and bless them and their

    families, as they protect us. Amen.

    Sgt. Tim Hayes, Special Ops.

    LCpl. Robbie McCann, U.S. Marines,

    Louis Adamo Army Reserve, U.S. Navy

    Sgt. James A. Conklin

    Staff Sgt. Michael J. Mangan, Marines

    James Chinnici,

    Staff Sergeant Craig Kubolka II, Army Ranger,

    7th Deployment to Middle East

    Greg Charpek, U.S. Coast Guard,

    H.M Ashley Thompson,

    U.S. Navy, Col. Kevin Meisler,

    Army Reserve, Captain Iraq; LTJG Christopher Baum,

    Jonathan Bagnato,

    Andrew Leroy,

    Ryan Trachman Marines,

    Josh Pershing, U.S. Air Force, 3rd tour Iraq,

    Master Gunnery Sgt. C.T. Gregoire, Marines, SFC

    Wesley Briggs, U.S. Army 2 tours

    in Iraq, stationed in Egypt;

    U.S. Marine Jonathan Alfano

    Tanay Mahadik, AirForce, Deployed over seas

    Master Chief Ryan Gerdon U.S. Navy

    Week 3 Darleen Striker

    Manny Konstantinidis Eugenina Kelly John Petersen Carol Natoli Joanne Silver

    John Day Lorraine Lauricella

    Bill Bellini Richie Harrison Mary Colasurdo Mary DeVuono

    Peter Saggalewich Sophia DiPietro

    Week 4

    Mary Ehret Arlene Ryan

    Gene Brennan Tom Ashe Ryan Cook

    Pat Brennan Cynythia Alvarez

    Margaret “Rita” Golinski Angie Herrera

    Michele Sullivan Fernandez Fred Binn

    Tara LaBarca Jane Cella

    Dino DeSantis Tim Mannix Adelina Pelle Estela Sharp

    Mary Kwiakowski Ricky Fary

    Diane Brown

    To include someone on the Prayer List call the Parish Office 732-671-0071 x221.

    Week 1 Janet Haley Lisa Torrez

    Linda Scaglione Jack Andrews

    Debbie Johnson Debbie Faaland John Chiarini Chris Vaughn

    Jimmy Ocampo Marie Duffy

    Corrine Mayor Sr. Gloria Barone

    Sue Blanchard Mary Colasurdo

    Week 2 Joan Buck

    Margaret Heap June & Emil DeMarco

    Sunny Reid Anna Lauricella

    Manny Konstantinidis Amanda Jung

    Barbara Woezer Grace Orlando

    Mark Vern Nicole Lucchini Barbara Herring Megan Mazza

    FOR OUR CHILDREN Falyn Szuwalski Brianna Orlando Emily Calabro Arden McPhee

    Alexandria Iscaro Addison Noelle Feirstein

    Liam Joseph Kelly Amelie Courtney

    John James Schultz, Jr Jake Wilson


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    State of Our Parish - Adopting a Pew Our weekly collections are not sufficient to cover expenses nor were they used to pay for completed repairs. We are

    offering parishioners an opportunity to ADOPT a PEW to pay for these extraordinary repairs. The pew will be in either

    Mary, Mother of God Church or in the Chapel. You will have the option of choosing the pew and its location. The cost is

    $1,000. You may pay by installments and upon completion of the payment plan, the plate will be mounted on both ends of

    the pew. Thank you for your generosity. God Bless You, Hank Pekarsky - Business Manager

    Please consider this opportunity to honor your loved ones while preserving the beauty of our Parish.

    In Memory of or Dedicated to:___________________________________________________________________

    Donated by:_________________________________________________________________________________

    Phone #___________________________________ E-mail____________________________________________

    Amount Enclosed: ________________________________Balance due:__________________________________

    We would like to thank our parishioners that have adopted a pew.

    In Memory of Martin & Rita Lawlor Donated by: Al & Marie Bevacqua

    Dedicated to The Bevacqua & Lawlor Families Donated by: Al & Marie Bevacqua

    Ester P. Mendoza

    Dr. Lolita M. Uy

    Mary & George Gent

    Jason Lopes

    Eleanor Wilcox

    Andrew and Kathleen Zapcic

    Edward and Donna Ficarra

    The Pagliettini Family

    Fredie C. Alandy

    James and Susan Driscoll

    Tim Malone

    The Lippincott Family

    Adelina Pelle

    The Maltese Family

    Mary Colasurdo, and Families and R. & D. D’Urso Family

    Michael and Maria Flynn

    Frank & Peggy Marzullo

    The Monteleone Family

    Beverly & Vincent Murphy