Join us for some or all of our Advent / Christmas Events at Little Flower
Blue Christmas - Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 2:00 PM in the Little Church on Plainfield Avenue
Christmas Community Concert - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 7:30 PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 725 Mountain Avenue, Berkeley Heights, NJ
A Night of Songs and Carols featuring Westminster Sanctuary Choir, Voices In Praise, Church of the Little Flower Choir and Other Local Musicians
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Living Nativity - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm - Upper Church
Tree Lighting – 5:00 pm - Upper Church
Crafts, Cocoa and Caroling – after Tree Lighting – School Cafeteria with a special Guest
Advent Taize Prayer Service - Friday, December 16, 2016 - 7:30 PM - Upper Church
CHRISTMAS MASSES AT LITTLE FLOWER - 2016
Christmas Eve - Saturday, December 24 - 4:00 PM - Upper Church
Cherub, Junior and Youth Choirs - Musical Presentation: "Jesus, My Best-est Friend" - begins at 3:30 PM
Christmas Eve - Saturday, December 24 - 6:00 PM and 10:00 PM - Upper Church
Adult Choir - Christmas carols and congregational singing - 25 minutes prior to each liturgy
Christmas Eve - Saturday, December 24 - 4:15 PM - Little Church
Christmas Day - Sunday, December 25 - 8:30 AM and 11:30 AM - Upper Church
THE SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 3:00 PM - Upper Church
Featuring the combined choirs of Litte Flower - Berkeley Heights, St. Vincent, Martyr - Madison, Church of the Assumption - Morristown with Guest Instrumentalist Merynda Adams - Harpist
Free Will Offering to benefit Family Promise of Union County, the parent organization of the Homeless Ministry at Little Flower
Gift tags for the Sharing Tree will be available for pick up at masses on the weekends of November 12th/13th and 19th/20th. Gifts can be dropped at any mass or at the Rectory between December 3rd-11th. Gifts for the Sharing Tree are distributed to the Lyons VA Hospital, Engel Senior Center, Runnells Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare, and Catholic Charities.
Many people are struggling to make ends meet for their day-to-day lives, let alone adding Christmas to the mix. If you are blessed to have all you need, please consider helping those who don’t and sign up below to Adopt-a-Family this holiday season.
We have provided information on each family and specific gifts for each family member on the sign-up sheet below so you can select which family works best for you.
All gifts for your family must be returned to the rectory between 11/30-12/6. The families which have a family ID# are from St. Joseph's. Their gifts must be unwrapped and placed in large Christmas bags (shopping bag size) with tissue paper. Each family member should have their own bag with a gift tag on the bag clearly labeled with the family ID and first name of the family member.
St. Joseph's has requested that we please only purchase what is requested which is just essential clothing. You can purchase more than one outfit if you'd like or add small toys to the bags for the children, but unfortunately, storage space is limited so please make sure all items can fit in one shopping bag per family member.
The families with a letter for a family ID are from our parish or community so gifts should be wrapped and labeled with their family letter.
Thank you for your support and Happy Holidays!
On Sunday, November 27 our next homeless ministry hosting begins.
During the season of Thanksgiving, can you help us!
There are 3 homeless ministry sign-up links on SignUp Genius below. Most volunteer positions only require about 2 hours of your time.
1) For safe environment* policy compliant volunteers to serve as evening coordinator, dinner, evening, overnight and breakfast hosts or as emergency drivers:
Only sign-ups by approved volunteers will be accepted.)
2) For any volunteers to assist with the setup, tear-down or laundry or to drop off a meal item:
3) For any volunteers to donate groceries and supplies:
* The Archdiocesan Safe Environment Policy requires that all adult volunteers directly serving youth and vulnerable adults complete a volunteer application, submit to a background check, agree to abide by the Archdiocesan Policies and Code of Ethics and attend the Protecting God’s Children Workshop. See the Safe Environment section on the parish website for details. Only those volunteers who have complied with these requirements may directly serve our homeless ministry guests.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES OFAMERICA?
Below is information from Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark regarding the services this Archdiocesan-sponsored agency provides to those wishing to become citizens of the United States.
Catholic Charities can help with completing your application N-400 at one of our free workshops. Free Consultations are available on the First and Last Friday of the Month: 10-12 Noon
Contact Catholic Charities AT 973-733-3516, extension 206, located at 976 Broad Streed, Newark, NJ 07102
Benefits of Becoming a U.S. Citizen
- Extended Travel Outside of the U.S.A.
- Vote in Elections
- No Risk of Deportation
To Become Eligible for Citizenship you must
- Be at Least 18 Years Old
- Be a Permanent Resident for Five Years or Married for Three Years to an American Citizen
- Have not had an Extended Period Outside of the United States
Supplementing Retirement with a Planned Gift
Are you nearing retirement or are already retired and are looking to make a year-end gift?
If so, a Charitable Gift Annuity can be a way to supplement your retirement income and help your parish at the same time.
Also, if you are 70 ½ or older, don’t forget about the IRA Charitable Rollover.
Students in our Religious Education classes think outside the box!
Blessing of Animals on Sunday, October 2, 2016