Parish News

Stations of the Cross for Friday, February 26:

Click here to view this week's video!

Special thanks this week to Lynda Petrocelli, Jeff Broderick, Beth Meagher, Ernie Andreoli, and Claire Gmachl.

Please feel free to join with us in person or via live stream this evening at 7:00pm. And look for a new video of Stations of the Cross each Friday at 3:00pm.

And check out our Lent 2021 page for more resources to enhance this year's Lenten journey!


Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection. Ashes are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the Church's blessing and help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice. With the ashes, we recognize that we have sinned but ready for transformation, and that is why the Church reminds us of this reality, saying: "remember that you are dust and to dust you will return."

Ash Wednesday is also a way to admit the ways in which we are not living the best we could be. It is a time for continued reflection and preparation to celebrate the Holy Week, in expectation that God will touch our hearts to begin a new way of living. Lent is a beautiful time to recognize and remember that God walks with us. It is a process of change over 40 days. It is a time to be strengthened through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

The distribution of ashes comes from a ceremony of ages past. Christian who had committed grave faults used to perform public penance. On Ash Wednesday, the Bishop blessed the hair shirts they were to wear during the forty days of penance and sprinkled over them ashes made from the previous year's palms. Then, while the faithful recited the seven penitential psalms, the penitents were turned out of the Church because of their sins. The penitents did not enter the Church again until the beginning of the Lord's Supper (on Holy Thursday), after having reconciliation and sacramental absolution. Later, all Christians, whether public penitents or simply standard sinners, came to receive ashes out of devotion.

It is important to remember that this year due to the pandemic situation, things will look a little bit different. Ashes will be distributed at the end of Mass (rather than after the homily), after the priest prays the prayer after communion and concludes the Mass. After the final blessing, the faithful will come forward to receive ashes (we will use a clean Q-tip on each person's forehead) and then depart in silence.

May the Lord continue to bless us all during this time of preparation for Easter Triduum and may the Virgin Mary intercede for each of us, imploring God grant his blessings in our everyday lives.

Blessings,
Fr Miguel, Pastor


Please note this year's Ash Wednesday Schedule:
Masses in English at 8:15am, 12:10pm, and 5:30pm
Mass en Espanol at 7:00pm
Walk-in ashes from 9:00am-11:00am and 2:00pm-4:00pm
Reservations are required to attend Mass in person. All Masses will also be live streamed on the parish website and social media. Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation and the dispensation to attend Mass for the faithful of the Diocese of Trenton from Bishop O'Connell remains in place.

Each year, the Bishop seeks the support of all the members of the diocese to further the work of our ministries. Your donation is important in building up our Church. Each of us has a vital part in all we do in Christ's name and each of us can share in all we do with a gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal. Our single Act of Faith propels the works of love that build up our Church. St. Paul's share of the diocesan goal is $151,000. We truly need everyone to participate. Our parish will receive a 15% rebate when we collect funds equal to our parish goal. The Bishop is always grateful and moved by the level of support you give to your parish and diocese. Thank you and may God continue to bless you and your family. Please click here to be redirected to the diocesan Catholic Appeal page for more information or to make an online gift/pledge.

St. Paul Parish is seeking a parish accountant to become a team member of our faith-based team. The ideal candidate will be detailed-oriented, hold a bachelor's degree in Accounting, and possess excellent communication skills. This position assists with the ministry of the parish by maintaining the parish accounting records, processing receivables and payables, and administering payroll. This position also requires regular communication with the parish pastor, other staff members, and the parish school. If this is an environment that is appealing to you, please submit your application to mvalle@stpaulsofprinceton.org

General duties include but are not limited to:
  • Using Parish Soft accounting software for accounting purposes
  • Handling accounts payable
  • Processing payroll and maintaining human resource records
  • Maintaining Parish Soft, Parish (online) Giving, and ACH databases
  • Completing month and annual sales tax returns
  • Preparing monthly financial statements and presenting them to the parish Fiinance Council
  • Reconciling accounts and bank statements on a monthly basis for the church and school
  • Implementing electronic transfers and overseeing the parish bank accounts
  • Maintains an open-door policy for effective communication with other staff, parishioners, and parish committees/organizations
  • Working with pastor, staff, and finance team to develop an annual parish budget
  • Overseeing the volunteers who count the Sunday collection
  • Handling sensitive information confidentially
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Accounting
  • Minimum of three years of experience with standard accounting practices, office procedures, and business etiquette. Must be fluent in Microsoft Excel and Word. Familiarity with Parish Soft Accounting
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality and attend monthly Finance Council Meeting
  • Employee is expected to work onsite Monday through Friday with minimal travel

Join with our Bishop David M. O'Connell, CM, the Diocese of Trenton, and our St. Paul Parish family to pray this novena January 14-22, 2021 to end abortion.

St. Joseph,
Patron of the Universal Church
and Guardian of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Child Jesus,
the Son of God whom she carried in her Immaculate womb:
intercede for us, we pray,
that all recourse to abortion
might cease in our nation and our world.

As you cared for Mother and Child,
care for all women who bear the gift of life in their womb.
May no harm ever endanger them
and may no choice ever threaten
the blessing of human life that God has created within.
Guard them with your loving protection,
at every moment,
until His will has been fulfilled.

St. Joseph,
spouse of Mary and foster father of the Lord,
help us build a culture of life
that yields a civilization of love among us.

Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory be...

Having now completed the celebration of the Christmas season as a parish family and acknowledging that it was under very different and challenging circumstances this year, I wish to highlight some aspects of our journey this year as a community of believers:

First, I want to let you know that your perseverance in faith has greatly touched my heart and deeply impacted my priestly ministry. In the midst of this terrible pandemic, you have continued coming to our liturgical celebrations or have participated in them from home by watching the live stream. Your dedication has shown me how driven your lives are by hope and charity. Having now been named pastor, my heart is filled with joy to be among such a strong faith community. I have now shouldered a great responsibility and a deep honor to participate in such a meaningful way in your spiritual lives. I want to walk alongside you, helping you to always feel God's presence. That is my job. That is my vocation and my purpose. I want to have the heart of a pastor, to be dedicated to his community. When the faithful approach a priest, it is not to find a psychologist or a professional minister, but above all, a pastor who has the heart of Jesus, helping you to find new perspective in your life. Please, pray for me so that I can fulfill this responsibility.

Secondly, your generosity has touched my heart very deeply. I have been so moved over the past several months to see how God has put me in a community where parishioners know how to and desire to share their time, their talents, their human and Christian values. I thank you once again for this generosity because, despite the impact of this pandemic, you have not stopped donating whether online, mailing your envelopes, or putting them in the collection baskets each weekend. For that sacrifice that you continue to make, Fr. Carlo, Fr. Zack, Dcn. Jim, Dcn. Frank, all the staff, and I say thank you for your great generosity. We continue to live in difficult times and I am sure that we will move forward together as a parish family overcoming any future challenges that await us.

And finally, I am deeply grateful to all the ministers and ministries, to the volunteers who - with so much dedication and love - have prepared, decorated, and made our church look beautiful during the Advent and Christmas seasons. I know they have worked diligently, full of faith and joy. For all this effort, dedication, and love, God bless you all.

Again, on behalf of Fr. Carlo, Fr. Zack, Dcn. Jim, Dcn. Frank, and myself, I invite you to walk in faith as we approach Ordinary Time. During this season, we are reminded that there is hope. We will journey with Jesus through this difficult time and, together through prayer and discernment, we will stove to make the best decisions for our community. God always bless you all. I love you!

Fr Miguel
Pastor, St. Paul Parish


During the month of November, we will be creating a virtual Altar of Remembrance on our parish website. You are invited to email a picture of your beloved deceased to be included. Please send pictures to photos@stpaulsofprinceton.org.

Our Altar of Remembrance will remain until the beginning of Advent. As we remember our deceased, we are reminded that through Jesus' death and resurrection, life is changed and not ended.

Each year at this time we gather as a family at ParishFest to celebrate the many diverse cultures that make up the Catholic Community of Princeton. A major component of this event is the sharing of ethnic dishes with one another. Because of the COVID 19 restrictions this year we cannot gather together to share a meal. However, we can still feed one another and the broader Princeton Community.

In order to help meet the needs of our community, the Pastoral Council in conjunction with the Parish staff and ParishFest team is sponsoring a food drive on the Sunday we would normally celebrate ParishFest.

Nonperishable food (no glass containers) will be collected from 8:00am to 3:00pm on Sunday September 13. All donations may be dropped off in the Church parking lot (allowing for social distancing). Food supplies will be donated to Arm in Arm.


Please consider donating:

PEANUT BUTTER

APPLESAUCE

RICE

IODIZED (OR KOSHER!) SALT

SUGAR

HONEY

FLOUR

ELBOW (OR ANY!) PASTA

SWEETENER

TOMATO SAUCE

ZITI (OR ANY!) PASTA

OATMEAL

ZITI (AGAIN! LOTS OF IT!) PASTA

OIL (IN PLASTIC BOTTLES)