2019 Diocesan Pentecost Rally

The 2019 Pentecost Rally, sponsored by the Diocese of Trenton Catholic Charismatic Renewal, will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Saint Mary, Mother of God Church, Middletown, NJ, beginning at 9:00am and concluding with the Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Pentecost celebrated by Bishop David O’Connell at 5:00pm.  Speakers for the Rally include: Father Jeff Kegley, Amanda O’Sullivan, Jim Tortorici and Gez Ford.  A children’s ministry is available to assist our younger family.  Suggested donation for the Rally is $35.00.  To register for the Pentecost Rally, visit www.DOTCCR.org or call 732-671-0071, ext. 221.

Parish Ministry Spotlight: Respect Life

Our OLPH – St. Agnes Respect Life Ministry seeks to inspire and motivate our fellow parishioners to become actively involved in promoting a culture of life.

We affirm that human life, in all its stages, is a precious gift from God. Through prayer, education, and advocacy we strive to increase awareness of the God given worth and dignity of every human life.

As Pope Francis stated: “Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.”

Our meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. in the OLPH Church basement meeting room. Please come and share your ideas.

TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR LIFE!

Download, a resource guide right here!

Farewell of Chief Jerry Vasto

Here are some photos from today farewell of Chief Jerry Vasto, which all the police officers pay their respects to him for a job well done in serving the Community of Atlantic Highlands, NJ.

To: Chief Jerry Vasto,  

You are about to start a new life. Best wishes for you on retirement. Enjoy your time with family and friends. May every moment of your life be fulfilling and full of joy.

May God bless you Chief Vasto. 

From Fr. Fernando and our parish family of Our Lady of Perpetual-Saint Agnes.

CCD News: The Legend of the Sand Dollar

It is difficult to find a shell so rich in symbolism as the sand dollar. The sand dollar is a flat-looking burrowing sea urchin. After the urchin is washed up on the beach and bleached by the sun, it looks like a large silver coin. A legend rich in Catholic symbolism developed about the sand dollar many years ago because of its distinct markings and etchings. The following poem, author unknown, was read to the class of Mary Flynn’s 3rd grade and MaryAnn Blumhagen’s 4th and 6th grades to describe what is found on the front and back of the Sand Dollar and then demonstrated how the details on the Sand Dollar corresponds to Jesus’ story: I love you.

The Legend of the Sand Dollar
That I would like to tell
Of the birth and death of Jesus Christ
Found in this lowly shell.

If you will examine closely,
You’ll see that you find here
Four nail holes and a fifth one
Made by a Roman’s spear.

On one side the Easter Lily,
Its center is the star
That appeared unto the shepherds
And led them from afar.

The Christmas Poinsettia
Etched on the other side
Reminds us of His birthday,
Our joyous Christmas tide.

Now break the center open
And here you will release
The five white doves awaiting
To spread good will and peace.

This simple little symbol,
Christ left for you and me.
To help to spread His Message
Through all eternity.

Happy Easter!

Mrs. Carol Mulkeen
Director of Religious Education

Happy Easter from the Pastor

Dear Parish Family,

On behalf of my staff and the clergy of the parish, I want to extend to you and your families a happy and blessed Easter season.

The reason of our faith, our Lord Jesus Christ, is risen today. Alleluia! Alleluia! Let us rejoice together as a parish family, a renew our faith.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who commit every day to make our parish vibrant and joyful. My time among you has been challenging, but with your help we have had many accomplishments. I can see myself as a different priest and a different person in a positive way.

With joy and sadness at the same time, I would like to announce that I have an opportunity to continue my education. Therefore, I will be leaving the parish to take another position where I will be a Parochial Vicar and no longer a pastor. This will give me the time to focus on my pastoral work as well as my studies. I will provide more details over the next few weeks as everything is confirmed.

You will remain in my heart and in my prayers, as I hope I will remain in yours.

In Christ Resurrected,

Fr. Fernando
Pastor

2019 Diocese of Trenton Blue Mass

The 20th annual Mass and Celebration of Law Enforcement, also known as the Blue Mass, sponsored by the Diocese of Trenton for law enforcement personnel

of all faiths who live or serve in Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties will be held on April 30, 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton.

The event is offered to build support, and show visible appreciation for the efforts of law enforcement in keeping the public safe, and to ask God to protect them in this critical work. The Mass also offers an opportunity for the law enforcement community to honor and pray for fallen officers and their families.

A luncheon donation of $20 per person is requested. Immediate families of law enforcement personnel are included at no cost. For further information, call Anna at 609-403-7199 or visit www.bluemass.org.

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