Saint Catherine Bulletin

August 20, 2017


Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time


August 20, 2017

TODAY’S LITURGY: 20th. Sunday in Ordinary Time


Processional Hymn: Credo # 449

When Morning Gilds the Sky


Gradual (Psalm 67) O God let all the nations praise You.


Offertory Hymn: Credo # 536

We Walk by Faith


Communion Hymn: Credo # 564

There’s A Wideness in God’s Mercy


Recessional Hymn: Credo # 692

           Go to the World 






Feast of

Our Lady of Knock

Mass and

Devotions 7:00 pm

The Prayers and

Devotions are those used at the Shrine



SAVE THE DATE Saint Catherine’s Christmas Bazaar

Saturday, November 18th Tables now on sale; $30.00 per table.

To reserve your table or for information contact Cooky McCombs @732-787-3673

or e-mail Reserve your tables early!!







With summer winding down, why not consider treating yourselves to a Marriage Encounter Weekend? A Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend gives you the time and tools to revitalize romance, deepen communication, and nourish the spirituality in your marriage. The next weekend will be held October 13th—15th. Early registration is advisable as space is limited. Call 1- 732-904-9636 for more information and registration. You may visit us on our website




Next Sunday, August 27th at the 10:30am Mass.

Fr. Dan will bless all backpacks. Start the new school year with this very important blessing.




We are in desperate need for people to sign up and be present for the hours between

3:00 pm and 4:00

and 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

What’s missing at Ch _ _ ch??



O Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness

Flowers on the Main Altar today are in memory of Mary Trivett (bthdy) gift of Family.

Sanctuary Lamp will burn this week in memory of Thomas Idyk gift of Marita & Bobby.

Blessed Mother Votive Light will burn this week memory of Claudia Theresa Lisa (18th bthdy) gift of Mom, Dad & Brother

Sacred Heart Votive Light will burn this week in memory of .Claudia Theresa Lisa (18th bthdy) by Grandpa & Grandma Lisa.



Baptized in Water and the Spirit

The Parish Community welcomes Aaliyah Marie Wilson; Allana Nicole Basso

who were Baptized into the Catholic Faith on Saturday, August 12th.





Sunday, August 27th the Holy Name Society will sponsor a bus trip to Resorts Casino, Atlantic City. The bus will leave the parish hall at 10:30am. The cost is $25.00 per person with $25.00 back. For reservations or more information call Rich @732-787-1953




“Come Holy Spirit Fill the Hearts of your Faithful”

C. C. D. Needs your help!!!

We are in need of teachers for our Religious Education program for the following grades: First grade: Tuesday, 3:45 to 5:15pm; (will train) Seventh & Eighth grades: Wednesday, 5:30 to 7:00pm (will train) God Bless you. If you can volunteer your time please call 732-495-7779.

Evening registration for 2017/2018 C. C. D.  for grades 1 through 8,

Thursday, August 24. 5:30 to 7:30pm in the school building.




Weekend Retreat August 25th – 27th, 2017

Healing the Wounds of Abortion/

Rachel’s Vineyard Post-Abortion Retreat

The psychological and spiritual wounds of abortion can be sharp, deep and crippling. You may feel a deep numbness and may not be able to name the pain or recognize any of the symptoms. It can also have a devastating impact on the father or grandparents of the aborted child and friend/s of the mother.  You do not have to continue to hide in shame and fear. Rachel’s Vineyard’s Retreat is a chance to focus on this painful time in your life through a supportive non-judgmental process, in an atmosphere of confidentiality, understanding, and compassion. It is designed to help women and menthe mercy and compassion of God. If you have suffered through an abortion and have isolated yourself from healing and forgiveness, you might consider attending one our retreat weekends.

For more information, contact Judy Warenkiewicz @ 732-536-6871.  All inquiries are strictly confidential.



In your charity please remember to pray for our parishioners and friends who have asked for our prayers: Kathy Trammell, Joseph Yannibelli, Sr., Edith Reseter, Elaine Maxcy, MaryEllen Carbone, Reverend Josh Keernan, Pat Swanson, Veronica Marquez, Susan Hicks, Roger Palmer, Roseann Jaccarino, Gregory Uhgenach, Severina Bailey, Michael Brothers, Ed Cooney, Mary Ann Barbella, Paul Friedman, Joseph Puglisi, Pat & Sid Brokken, Deborah Snyder, Amy Borneo, Sylvia O’Brien, Olga Peterson, Christopher Polakos, Theresa Marks, Cassandra Dempsey, Pat Welsh, Stacy Welsh, Betty Fleming, Darlene McCabe, Carol Hayden, Sheila Buxton, Thomas D. Murphy, Joseph Vetter, Sr., Charles Vetter, John Bolger, Margaret Cascone, Ryan Hansen, Lori Tremari Joseph, Rachel O’Brien, Melissa Dorsa Granant, Taryn Hussey, Maureen Farrell, Rich Callahan, Robert Bonner, and for the faithful departed: Robert Corbliss, Barbara Parr.

God, our loving Father, look with kindness on our brothers and sisters who seek Your care. In Your mercy grant health to the sick; comfort to the sorrowful, peace to the troubled, joy to the weary and eternal rest to those whose work on earth is done, and all for Jesus’ sake. Amen







We are revising the Military prayer list effective September 1st. Your assistance is needed to accomplish this, please notify the parish office of any changes or deletions necessary.








Please remember to pray for our parishioners and friends serving this nation at home and abroad. Margaret D, David B. Joe C., Dakota H., Ryan N., Casey N., SSgt Jennifer C. Joe K., SSG Jason D. C., Robert M., Kyle D., Col. John N, Matt R, Sgt. James C, Matthew S, James Joseph C, Patrick G, Tyler O, James C, Adam S, Lucas I, Nicholas M, Michael David H, Matthew G, Patrick M., Brendan C, Nicholas R, John N, Suzanne S, Robert R, Jason M., Stephen M, Frank M, Ryan T, Michael H, Michael D, Liam N.

Prayer: O God who art the lover of peace and concord. Grant to these thy servants who serve this nation, grace and strength. Preserve them we pray and shield them from all danger of body and soul; and hasten the day when they shall return to their homes and loved ones, through Christ our Lord AMEN





O Almighty God, Whose great power and eternal wisdom embraces the universe, Watch over all policemen and law enforcement officers everywhere. Protect them from harm. In the performance of their duty to stop crime, robbery, riots and violence. We pray, help them keep our streets and homes safe, day and night. We commend them to your loving care because their duty is dangerous. Grant them strength and courage in their daily assignments. Dear God, protect these brave men and women. Grant them your almighty protection. Unite them safely with their families after duty has ended. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. St. Michael the Archangel, Patron of police, pray for them.

Remember all these Intentions, as we offer our daily prayers.




The Message of Our Lady of Knock:

One rainy night on the 21st of August 1879, from around 7:15 to 9:30 in a small village of no more than a dozen homes, Our Lady made a unique, silent public appearance that has become known to the world as the apparition of Our Lady of Knock.
The village of Knock lies in the northwest quadrant of Ireland, about 28 miles east of Croagh
-Patrick, and this prophetic mountain can be seen to the west on the road north from Claremorris to Knock. The pilgrimages to the shrine in the little village have steadily grown since that day, and it presently receives 1.5 million visitors a year. In 1932, Pius XI declared Our Lady of Knock to be “Queen of Heaven and of Ireland” at the closing of the Eucharistic Congress. It is considered to be one of the prominent Marian Shrines of the world.

I say Our Lady made a “public appearance” because, unlike other recent apparitions of Our Lady - La Salette, Lourdes, Fatima - where she appears and communicates to only one or a few seers (always youths and never members of the clergy), in this apparition she appeared to all present but remained silent. Everyone at or near the south gabled wall of the church dedicated to St. John the Baptist saw the apparition.
The only member of the clergy in the village, the pastor Archdeacon Cavanagh, could also have seen the apparition if he had simply stepped outside. His housekeeper went to tell him about it, but apparently there was some miscommunication and, as a result, once again, the clergy did not receive the gift of seeing an apparition of Our Lady.
Shortly after the apparition, an official commission of investigation was set by the Archbishop, and it recorded the testimony of 15 witnesses: men, women and children, ranging in ages from 5 to 75. At the inquiry, the commission found that, “the testimony of all, taken as a whole, was trustworthy and satisfactory.” . Many years later, in 1936, a second commission confirmed the verdict of the first.
Mary Byrne, a primary witness of the apparition at Knock, was 86 at the time of the second commission and spoke to the commission from her bed since she was too sick to leave. She concluded her testimony with these words, “I am clear about everything I have said and I make this statement knowing I am going before my God.” Six weeks later she died.
There were others who saw the apparition (between 25 and 29 people), whose reports were not officially recorded to avoid redundancy.
Below is the testimony of Judith Campbell, one of the 15 official witnesses of the apparition. It is short and concise:

I live at Knock; I remember the evening and night of the 21st August last. Mary Byrne (photo) called at my house about eight o’clock on that evening, and asked me to come and see the great sight at the chapel. I ran up with her to the place, and I saw outside the chapel, at the gable of the sacristy facing the south, three figures representing St. Joseph, St. John and the Blessed Virgin Mary; also an altar, and the likeness of a lamb on it, with a cross at the back of the lamb. I saw a most beautiful crown on the brow or head of the Blessed Virgin. Our Lady was in the centre of the group, a small height above the other two; St. Joseph to her right, and bent towards the Virgin; St. John, as we were led to call the third figure, was to the left of the Virgin, and in his left hand he held a book; his right hand was raised with the first and second fingers closed, and the forefinger and middle finger extended as if he were teaching. The night came on, and it was very wet and dark. There was a beautiful light shining around the figures or likenesses that we saw. I went within a foot of them; none of us spoke to them; we believed they were St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist, because some years ago, statues of St. Joseph and the Evangelist were in the chapel at Knock. All the figures were in white or in a robe of silver-like whiteness; St. John wore a small mitre. Though it was raining, the place in which the figures appeared was quite dry.

Everything within the sphere of the image remained completely dry including the grass and the church wall.
The deliberate silence
The apparition was completely silent. The only sounds heard that night were those of the wind and the ever
-increasing rain, which eventually became a downpour. But we know that the actions of Divine Providence must always have an ordered purpose. As Fr. William J. Smith said, “There was no message of any kind given, no word was uttered by any of the three celestial visitors. Yet the apparition must have a meaning, an extraordinary, deep and divine significance”
Consequently, no one should think that the silence of the apparition is an oversight of Our Lady. With certainty, we can affirm that Our Lady willed that this apparition should remain completely silent and that this silence serves a purpose. What is that purpose?
The message of Our Lady of Knock is not to promote silence.
Those who try to present this silence as the main message that Our Lady wished to convey are promoting a passivity that pressures the faithful to remain inactive and just pray in face of the grave crises in the world we face today. To keep silent before the onslaughts of an evil world is to suppress the Catholic militant spirit. The silence is meant to encourage us to persevere in faith and good works, to live and breath our Catholic Faith, and never give up the good fight of faith Our Lady of Knock, pray for us.


MONDAY 7:00 pm with Devotions



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