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As we prepare for our 4th Annual Pride Mass on Sunday, June 27, 2021, our next two Zoom discussions will focus on LGBT topics. Join us on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, from 7:30 to 9 PM when Christine Zuba from South Jersey will share, “A Personal and Faith Journey as a Trans Catholic.” If you would like to participate, you can contact the parish directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We will send the Zoom invite the day before the discussion.

We celebrate Confirmation for our teens on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at 7:30 PM in OLG Church with Bishop Gregory Studerus. All parishioners are invited. There is no 7 PM Mass in the Chapel that evening.

Cardinal Tobin has moved the Feast of the Ascension to Sunday, May 16, 2021, for this year only. Thursday, May 13, 2021, therefore, is a regular weekday.

We began our parish LGBT outreach called, “LGBTQ at Grace,” after our archbishop, Cardinal Joseph Tobin welcomed a gay pilgrimage to our Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark in May 2017. The following year he invited 20 LGBT Catholics to the cathedral for dinner and a discussion. Our LGBT leader, Gary Stavella, and Christine Zuba, our May parish Zoom chat guest speaker, attended. Since then, we have held meetings pre-COVID and now on Zoom.

People ask me, “Why do you have a Pride Mass?” Because we believe the lives of all people are worth dignity and respect and we have failed as a Church to do that with our LGBT brothers and sisters. That is part of our official catechism.  Pope Francis has asked us to go to the peripheries to find people who have been estranged, disenfranchised or rejected and bring them into the fold.

As we prepare to celebrate our Fourth Annual Pride Mass on Sunday, June 27 at Our Lady of Grace Church, we reflect on how inclusive Jesus was and how we need to bring that quality to our parish and Church.

Back in 2010, Tyler Clementi left Ridgewood to start school at Rutgers, New Brunswick. Prior to leaving home, he informed his parents that he is gay. One night, he invited a man back to his dorm room and his roommate, unknowing to Tyler, filmed the encounter and posted it online. Tyler was not out publicly and was a very shy and private young man. Two days after he learned of the video, he jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge.

After a period of grieving, his parents Jane and Joseph Clementi formed the Tyler Clementi Foundation. Jane is now the president. She will be our June parish Zoom chat guest and speak about the need to eradicate bullying of LGBT individuals, especially youth.  The foundation is asking parishes to sign on to an LGBT anti-bullying pledge. You can find the pledge and the opportunity to sign on the right side of our parish's homepage. There is colorful art that says, “Support Our LGBT Youth.” Click on the art. Your name will not be released but is simply for parish purposes. And no one will see any other name so only you and I will know that you signed.

Easter is the second most important collection for us. Over the last months we have restored the OLG altar rail and pulpit and completed additional stained glass window work. We will soon install a new parish telephone system. At St. Joseph we have engaged a contractor to repair exterior damage to the church and repair any openings so we can fix the church interior. Our Easter collection goal for both churches is $37,000. Your generosity enables us to complete the work that will position our churches for the rest of this century. If each person, couple or family donates $100, we will go over our goal. We hold the collection open until the Feast of Pentecost, May 23, 2021, and then publish a list in the bulletin unless you ask us to omit your name.

We thank you for helping us reach our Archbishop’s Annual Appeal goal. Now, if we can redeem the goal in paid pledges by June 30, 2021, we get a 2% reduction in our 2022 annual assessment to the Archdiocese, which is a significant amount of savings. 
Also, if you have not yet made a donation or a pledge, it is not too late!  
Please consider taking four minutes to watch the appeal video:
For more info on how the funds are used, please visit:
It is easy to donate here:  Please be sure to designate Our Lady of Grace / St. Joseph as your parish so that we receive credit for your generosity.
Thank you for all that you do to support our parish, the Archdiocese and our Catholic faith!

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin has written a beautiful pastoral letter on the Eucharist.  You can access it in English and in Spanish here:

We now can accept donations and other payments to the parish from Venmo and Zelle!  It's fast and easy.  For more information and instructions, please click here.

Tickets for the parish's bimonthly raffle are available after Mass. The next winner will be drawn on June 28.  You may take some tickets home to sell to family, neighbors and co-workers. Or contact Socorro Martinez at the Parish Center (201-659-0369), and she will mail them to you.  Thank you for your support!



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