Be a part of this brand new initiative to increase Bible literacy in the Archdiocese and in your parish! Click the Bible image above or click here to see the attached brochure and registration forms for more information.
Registration forms also can be faxed to Rocio Pozzo in our office at 973-497-4249. Registrations will not be accepted at the door. Please email/fax your form to us by Wednesday, March 28th.
If you have any questions, feel free to call or email. We look forward to seeing you at the Catholic Bible Conference!
Joanne DePasquale-Parent
Associate Director Adult and Family Catechesis
Catechetical Office – Archdiocese of Newark
973-497-4288 – phone
973-497-4249 – fax

Lent 2018

During Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to seeking the Lord in prayer and reading Scripture, to service by giving alms, and to sacrifice self-control through fasting. Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season.
Contemplate the meaning and origins of the Lenten fasting tradition in this reflection. In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God’s gifts—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents. As St. John Chrysostom reminds us: “Not to enable the poor to share in our goods is to steal from them and deprive them of life.
The goods we possess are not ours, but theirs.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2446). 

-United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Archdiocesan Lenten Regulations

The days of both Fast and Abstinence during Lent are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the “paschal fast” to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily His Resurrection. The other Fridays of Lent are days of Abstinence.

On a day of Fast, only one (1) full meal is permitted, and two (2) smaller meals, which, if added together, would not exceed the main meal in quantity.Those between the ages of 18 and 59 are obliged to fast.On a day of Abstinence, no meat may be eaten. Those who have reached the age of 14 are obliged by the law of abstinence.

The obligation to observe the laws of Fast and Abstinence “substantially”, or as a whole, is a serious obligation.

-Archdiocese of Newark


Lenten Message From Pope Francis for 2018

“Lent summons us, and enables us, 
to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly 
and in every aspect of our life.” -Pope Francis

Daily Lenten Mass at Madonna

Please consider making daily Mass part of your Lenten journey. 

Daily Mass: Mon- Fri 7:15am, 8:30am, 5:30pm

Sat 7:15am, 8:30am


The Lord’s Day: Sat 5:30 (anticipated)

Sun 7:30, 9:00, 10:30, 12:00 main church

(11am – Church on the Hill)


Stations of the Cross  Fridays of Lent at 6pm – main church

Special Lenten Services


Saturday, February 17th 11am – Call to Continuing Conversion

for candidates – at Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart 89 Ridge St, Newark
Sunday, February 18th – (1st Sunday of Lent)

11:30am-12:45 – Coffee and…in cafeteria for Catechumens and sponsors  

12:45pm – Leave to Basilica. 

2:30pm – Rite of Election (catechumens to become Elect) at Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge St, Newark, NJ  


Sunday, March 4th, (3rd Sunday of Lent) – 1St Scrutiny (Elect) 9am Mass at Madonna

Sunday, March 11, 9am Mass (4th Sunday of Lent) 2nd Scrutiny (Elect) at Madonna Church


Communal Penance/Confession Service

Monday, March 12th, 7pm Korean Penance Service

Monday, March 19th, 7pm English Penance Service

Sunday, March 18th, 9am Mass (5th Sunday of Lent) 3rd Scrutiny at Madonna Church (Elect)  



Penance/Confession for Religious Formation students 

FEB 25th –10am – Penance for Grades 3rd & 4th – Christ the Teacher classrooms

MAR 4th – 10am – Penance for Grades 5th & 6th – Christ the Teacher classrooms

MAR 11th – 10am – Penance for Grades 7th-8th – Christ the Teacher classrooms


Sunday, March 25th Palm Sunday (regular Sunday Mass schedule)

*Thursday, March 29th Holy Thursday:

  • 8:30am – morning Prayer – main church
  • 7pm – Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Night Prayer – main church 

*Friday, March 30th Good Friday (English)

  • 8:30am – morning Prayer – main church
  • 3pm – service: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion – main church
  • 8pm (Korean Service) main church


Saturday, March 31st Holy Saturday – Prepatory Rites (Elect) – main church

-8:30am Morning Prayer at main church

  • 8pm at Madonna, Easter Vigil (Elect)



Easter Sunday, April 1st – (regular Sunday Mass schedule)

Resources for Lent

40 Songs for 40 days – A Lenten Playlist


Top 10 Catholic apps for Lent

1- Laudate (Google Play, iPhone)
2- Truth and Life (Google Play, iPhone)
3- The Holy Rosary (Google Play, iPhone)
4- Confession (Google Play, iPhone)
5- Mary (Google Play, iPhone)
6 – Ignio (Google Play, iPhone)
7- Mass Explained (Google Play, iPhone)
8- The Pope App (Google Play, iPhone)
9- CRS Rice Bowl App (Google Play, iPhone)
10 – Relevant Radio (Google Play, iPhone)