8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM
Monday to Saturday:
(Rosary following Mass)
8:00 AM, 7:00 PM
3:45 PM to 4:45 PM
Available After All Weekday Masses, During Monday Night Adoration, and Any Time By Appointmemt
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
9 AM - 2:00 PM
In the event of inclement weather,
please click HERE for Religious Education Program closure information.
Program closures due to inclement weather will be posted on this website by 7am the morning of class.
Closings will also be announced on WSUS -102.3 FM and posted on their website under "Closings and Delays" at http://wsus1023.iheart.com/features/closings-and-delays-1423/.
It will be your responsibility to check the above websites.
Please do not call the rectory.
Rev. Edward G. Rama, Administrator
209 Route 206
Branchville, New Jersey 07826
Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish Family Picnic
Time: 12pm to 4pm
Location: Church Grounds and Pavilion
Bring a covered dish, salad, or dessert to share
12:00 p.m. – Lunch (hamburgers and hotdogs)
1:00 p.m. – Old Fashioned Family Picnic Games:
Three Legged Race
Pizza Box Relay
Egg & Spoon Race
Bocce & Horseshoe Tournaments
2:00 p.m. – Special Guest Performance
3:00 p.m. – Kickball Tournament
Join us for a fun-filled afternoon!
Our Lady Queen of Peace & St. Thomas have formed a new youth group for all teens in High School. Come join us every Sunday, 6:00-8:00 pm, in the pavilion at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish. There will be plenty of fun, food, games, music, events, and prayer. For more information please call Jenn at the office (973)948-3185.
Sunday, October 2, 2016
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
From the Desk of Father Ed:
This weekend is Respect Life Sunday. It was wonderful to see so many people supporting the parish’s Baby Shower by taking gift tags and buying the much needed baby items. The parish hall is decorated and filled with baby clothes and diapers. It is a great reminder for us of the dignity of all human life from the moment of conception to natural death. Collecting baby items is an ideal way to help mothers who are struggling to provide for their newborn babies and families. I especially want to thank our parishioner, Rita Wenning, and the numerous volunteers who helped to organize the event and to raise our awareness of the need to promote the Culture of Life.
Recently our Bishop sent out a letter to all his Priests asking us to explain to our parishioners the Church’s teaching on abortion. Several weeks ago a dissident group calling themselves Catholics for Choice took out an ad in the local NJ newspapers claiming to be both Catholic and pro-abortion. In response to that ad the Bishops of New Jersey also placed an ad in the NJ newspapers, which clearly stated that, "You can not be both Catholic and pro-abortion. The only choice for Catholics is Life." (NJ Bishops Newspaper Ad) The newspaper ad also included the following quotes from our Holy Father Pope Francis and as Cardinal Bergoglio: "Life must be protected with utmost care from the first moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes." Abortion is without a doubt one of the greatest moral evils within modernity." "The right to life is the first human right. Abortion is killing someone that cannot defend himself or herself."
In our Gospel today the Apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith." It takes faith to place our trust in the church’s teaching and to believe that the Church is a divine institution founded by our Lord Jesus Christ and overshadowed by the Holy Spirit. When we disobey the Church’s teaching we disobey our Lord. It also takes faith to believe in the unfathomable mercy of our God. There is no sin so great that is beyond the reach of God’s mercy. God is all loving and forgiving. Many people suffer from the sin of abortion; Jesus is the Divine physician who heals in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the place where we confess our sins before his priest. Stay close to the Sacrament of Reconciliation especially during this Year of Mercy and experience the healing power of this sacrament. Let us continue to pray for a transformation of our culture to a Culture of Life, an end to abortion, and the Lord’s healing for those who suffer from abortion especially on this Respect Life Sunday.
Our Lady Queen of Peace, pray for us,
Our parish picnic is this Sunday, October 2nd after the 11:00 am Mass. Please come and join us for a fun day. If you can bring a covered dish that would be greatly appreciated...also bring a lawn chair if you like. We have rented several inflatable rides for the children and teens.
A special thanks to the many people who participated in taking tags and purchasing gifts for the Baby Shower to help our local pregnancy centers. The gifts are due back unwrapped this Sunday, October 2nd Respect Life Sunday and can be delivered to the parish hall. Light refreshments are being served at the Baby Shower located in the parish hall this weekend after all the Masses.
In addition, this Sunday October, 2nd at 3:00 pm we will be having the St Francis of Assisi, Blessing of the Animals in the church parking lot.
Thursday, October 20, 7:30 PM,
Our Lady Queen of Peace:
Branchville, NJ (973) 948-3185
Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish will be offering a Healing Mass. The Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, October 20, at 7:30 PM in the Church.
The healing service will take place immediately after Mass; Father Ed will be celebrating the Mass and healing service. Healing has always been a part of the Church. Jesus healed the blind man, the deaf man, and the leper. We find in Sacred Scripture physical healings, healing of relationships, psychological healing, financial healing, and spiritual healing. Come with expectant faith and join us, and experience the Lord’s healing power.