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Archdiocese Synod Report/Caregiver Seminar

Dear members of our faith community, The Archdiocese of Newark has announced the release of our Synod on Synodality Synthesis Report, which captures the voices of more than 15,000 people across northern New Jersey. This effort is the local phase of Pope Francis’ two-year Synod on Synodality, a worldwide effort to discern how the Catholic Church can better engage with today’s faith communities. The archdiocesan report will be part of a consolidated U.S. report submitted to the Vatican for the Synod of Bishops in Rome in October.
Click here to read the Synod Report

The Archdiocese in conjunction with Union County and Catholic Charities is offering a Caregiver’s Seminar for those caring for someone in Union County age 60+.
Click here for more details.

Food Pantry Needs Donations

The OLP Food Pantry is open on Tuesdays, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and the last Saturday of the month from 9:00 -11:00 a.m. 

The OLP Food Pantry Committee and its patrons greatly appreciate your generosity. The pantry is very low on items at this time. Any donation would be greatly appreciated. The following items are in most need:  boxed milk, macaroni & cheese, stuffing, ketchup, flour, coffee & tea.
Monetary donations always welcomed.
Thank you for your generosity!

September/October Highlights

Here is a short list of Parish events,  click here to go to the bulletin for more details:

Mondays – Weekly Sandwich Ministry  at 1 pm Parish Hall. Make or bring sandwiches for those in need also fruit and snacks are welcomed. Monetary donations needed. 
Tuesdays – Food Pantry 10-12 am and last Saturday of the Month.

28 – Bring Gift Cards for Homeless Ministry to Rectory
28 – Bring items and monetary donations for BOLD College Baskets to Rectory

5 – OLP Bereavement Group – 7-8:30 PH
6 – Bold Opening BBQ 7-8:30 pm Sign Up at
8/9 – Selling of Dinner/Raffle Tickets for St. Joseph Social Service Center Dinner on 10/20 after all Masses
9 – Blessing of the Animals 1:30 front lawn
9 – The Rosary Altar Society General Meeting and Crowning of Mary at the Noon Mass
12 – OLP Bereavement Group – 7-8:30 PH
18 – Sandwiches for St. Joe’s – drop off at Rectory Monday afternoon or Tuesday before 9:30 am
18 – Right to Life Ministry Meeting 7-9 PH
19 – OLP Bereavement Group – 7-8:30 PH
20 – KOC hosting Theology on Tap at United Brewing Co. 7-9pm
26 – OLP Bereavement Group – 7-8:30 PH

Volunteers Needed

  • The Food Pantry Committee needs another person to accompany our driver to the Food Bank in Hillside; two Thursdays a month from 9:00 -11:00 a.m. to pick
    up food for Tuesday distribution. If interested, please contact Marie Russo at 908-472-3868.
  • We are looking to have 3 main ushers per weekend mass. PLEASE leave your name at the Rectory so we may schedule a meeting. This applies to current and new ushers.
  • If you have made your First Holy Communion and would like to become an altar server, please contact Fr. Arlou at the rectory 
  • Help is needed in washing and ironing Altar Linens used during masses.
  • The Prayer Shawl Group is looking for knitters to make shawls. Call Gail Seeley if interested – 908 464-4109.  


Online Mass Information

There are many sources/websites to see the Mass on tv or on-line:
OLP – OLP has installed a new camera and audio system to improve the livestream of daily and weekend masses. The masses will be livestreamed on OLP’s own YouTube channel.   Click here for YouTube  When you go to the OLP YouTube channel, please hit Subscribe. Click here for OLP’s FB page.
Click on highlighted text to go to links.
The Newark Archdiocese has a list of parishes that are live streaming Sunday Mass
click here to view
EWTN – various times on tv and online  at EWTN website
WLIW – Sunday Mass by the Passionists Community at 9 am  on WLIW or stream anytime
Boston Catholic TV Network – stream anytime  
Canadian TV Network – stream anytime
St. Teresa of Avila is livestreaming masses. Click here for information.
Little Flower is livestreaming masses on You Tube.

Prayer Shawls Available

Do you know someone who is suffering physically or mentally and could use some comfort? Consider giving them a prayer shawl. The Prayer Shawl Club has been tirelessly knitting beautiful shawls while praying. Each beautiful shawl comes in a gift bag with a prayer. They are free, just call the rectory. 908 464 7600.

Why Register as a Parishioner?

Every Catholic should be registered in a parish. Beside the active support and involvement that the registration enables, the parish registration is also a mandatory condition for many sacraments including Baptism and Matrimony. *It is therefore important to register at your local parish as soon as you start worshiping there regularly.
 You may request verification letters to sponsor individuals for sacraments,
receive sacraments yourself or your child (i.e. marriage, baptism).
 You will receive end-of-the-year tax contribution statements.
 The Archdiocese will know that our parish has a healthy base of registered,
supportive parishioners.

To register in the parish, please visit the Rectory or print out the


on our website, fill it out and return it to the rectory.

*You are not automatically registered if you made your Sacraments here as a child or went to the school.