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St. Francis of Assisi Newcomer Welcome

The following information will provide you with a brief look at our people and programs and give you the necessary facts regarding our church services, sacramental offerings and parish activities. If you have questions regarding any aspect of our parish, please call the rectory at 973-506-8174.

We also encourage you to register in our parish.

Pastoral Sharings

Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi parish! You are now part of a dynamic, active and vibrant parish family. I hope the warmth and welcome you received will help that "newcomer" feeling fade rapidly. St. Paul tells us that we are all members of the body of Christ and as members of His body, we all have gifts and talents to share for the building of God's kingdom, so I invite you to become involved in the various ministries of the parish.

As God's people, we are called to holiness. As a community of faith, we strive to pray well together. In doing so, we grow in holiness and in the image of Christ, placing ourselves at the service of others. Again, welcome! It is a blessing for us to have you as a part of the St. Francis of Assisi family.

St. Francis Parish is administered by the pastor, a parish staff, and an elected Parish Pastoral Council which determines parish policy and direction. Various parish ministries are responsible to the Parish Pastoral Council. General Parish Information

Baptisms: Please contact the Rectory Office for Baptism instructions.

Marriages: Couples planning to be married at St. Francis of Assisi should efer to our Wedding Ministry page on this website.

Communion: Holy Communion in the home for the elderly or shut-ins is offered by lay ministers of the Eucharist. Contact the Rectory Office if interested.

Confirmation: This sacrament is administered annually, usually in December, to 8th grade students in the five-day school and Youth Religious Ed. students.

Sacrament of the Sick: This sacrament may be received by any Catholic who is seriously ill, about to undergo major surgery, or in poor health due to age. St. Francis of Assisi has two anointing services each year. They are usually held in the Spring and Fall during the Sunday noon mass.

RCIA: For information regarding the St. Francis of Assisi RCIA Program, please contact the Rectory Office.


Since 2007, the pride and rich tradition of the Catholic faith can be seen, felt and heard everywhere you look in this active, comfortable, friendly parish we call St. Francis of Assisi.

St. Francis of Assisi is supported by the members of the parish through their commitment to the belief in the vision and mission of the parish. Stewardship is based upon the Biblical sharing of faith, fellowship and funding. It is a call to respond to God gratefully and generously by placing Him at the center of our lives.

The message of the gospel is our most cherished gift. We have been called to a life of prayer and holiness. It is our responsibility to nurture our faith by sharing it with and teaching it to others, especially children. In other words, we are entrusted to spread the word of God by sharing our faith with family, church and community. In order for us to continue to do this, we depend upon your financial commitment to the continued work of the parish.