Neighborhood Garden

St. Michael's Neighborhood Garden is open to all gardeners in the surrounding neighborhood who don't have a spot to grow veggies and flowers.  

We are anxious to begin work in preparation for the 2018 gardening season!  A letter will be sent out with details, dates and guidelines within the next two weeks, which include the date of the kick-off meeting and the deadline to receive payment for garden plots.  

As you may know, we were awarded a grant from DIG IN! City Green and Passaic County Community Garden and Neighborhood Farming Program at the end of the 2017 gardening season.  We are in the process of planning a workday to build wood borders around each of the plots in the garden to create raised beds.  Someone from City Green will come out and help guide us in building these borders.   The building workday is tentatively set for Friday 3/30/18, weather permitting. 

Please come to the garden this Saturday, 3/24/18, we will be there from 9AM until Noon.  We will be prepared to receive payment and assign plots for the 2018 season. We will work together to remove any of the existing borders on the plots, clear and remove all vegetative and non-vegetative materials as necessary to ready the plots for the wooden borders.  Please bring garden tools if you have them and wear your garden gloves! Email or call and leave a message to let us know if you can make it Saturday, send me any thoughts, questions or concerns.

Assignments will be made when plot fee is collected for the 2018 season.  For gardeners from 2017, the same plot(s) may be assigned for this season, a maximum of 2 plots per person. 

*Fee for each plot:

$25 for 4' x 12' for the season 

$35 for 4' x 18' for the season


 Let's grow together! 

  Jane and Michael - 973-248-8415

Sunday Worship


8 & 10 AM Mass, unless otherwise noted

10AM Morning Prayer on last Sunday of month


9AM Mass and on Labor Day Sunday

9AM Morning Prayer on last Sunday of month

Special Needs Game Night

Join us for a fun evening with these special needs folks on the third Friday of every month.  Volunteers cook a full meal and offer different games for those who come.  A donation of $5 per person is requested to cover the cost of food.  

Holy Week Services

Holy Week is a solemn time when we remember Jesus Christ's horrific suffering and death on the cross that he endured for our sins and salvation.  We rejoice on Easter Sunday morning when his father raises him up and restores him to glory.  Holy Week Services are:  March 25 - Palm Sunday Mass, 8 & 10 AM; March 29 - Maundy Thursday Eucharist, 7 PM; March 30 - Good Friday:  Stations of the Croos at 11:30 AM followed by Holy Eucharist, and Stations of the Cross at 6:30 PM followed by Holy Eucharist; March 31 - Easter Vigil at 8 PM; April 1 - Easter Sunday Mass of the Resurrection at 9:30 AM

Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Bunny will arrive after 9:30 AM Mass on Easter Sunday to greet our children.  There will also be an Easter Egg Hunt on the grounds.  Bring your children and your children's friends for a fun time!

Behind Heaven's Door #1

Dear Family, Friends and Visitors:

Behind Heaven's Door #1

For many years “Let’s Make a Deal” has been telling us that there is fortune for us behind one of the three doors they offer.  The truth is there was fortune behind all three, but only one door hid the greatest of all the prizes.  Any of us would have been happy with any of the three door prizes that were hidden.  I, unfortunately, never got to be on the show, so I guess I will never get any prizes or fortune in my life.  I deserve better for my sacrifices.  What a rabbit hole this thinking is for many people.

Pentecost is the season that brings us, as followers of Christ, to the penultimate door that holds all truth and stability.  It is the greatest treasure given to us by God.  God sends Jesus to show us the way, the truth and the life.  And, Jesus then gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit.  When the Holy Spirit lights on the heads of those gathered in the upper room a miracle is being set loose for the benefit of the whole earth and all her peoples of many races, tongues and ethnic backgrounds.  It says in Acts 2, “I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams . . . . Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

This seems to be a pretty good door prize that “Let’s Make a Deal” can never offer.  We often struggle to discern just what this Holy Spirit is and what it might look like to each of us if visible.  The truth is, that we have that Spirit all around us and she is visible.  We, unfortunately, are not in tune with the world around us which prevents us from seeing the work the Holy Spirit is actually doing.  The working of the Holy Spirit becomes real when we help those who are in need, when we offer prayers for those we do not know, when we allow ourselves to think of others first before ourselves, when we are willing to risk all for the sake of the Kingdom and when we are willing to accept the fact that it is through the divine grace of God that all exists.  It is not “Let’s Make a Deal.” 

Those gathered in the upper room, both men and women, had their hearts filled with fire to go out and change the dysfunctional world they were living in and experiencing.  Many thought they were drunk or crazy, but the testimony to their fire is that about 3,000 were added to their numbers that very day.  If that is what being drunk or crazy means for the church then I would encourage everyone to get drunk and crazy on the message of the Holy Spirit.  None of us are able to save ourselves, but we should be deeply grateful that God can save us from the extremism of the world, the vetting of folks who differ from us and the violence that rocks our sensibilities every day in the news.  The world appears, by all accounts, to be in a state of chaos with no hope on the immediate horizon.  How narrow our faith has become if this is what we truly believe.  It says in Matthew 19, “But Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”

Pentecost is the assurance that there are far greater riches for our lives than on “Let’s make a Deal.”  My challenge to you for this Pentecost season is to open your hearts and minds to the working of the Holy Spirit that is poured out for all people.  May you realize that God loves each of you more than you can imagine.  If all of this is true then I, too, would have waited in that upper room for as long as it took to receive the promise Jesus made to me.  I beg you to get out of the many doors that distract you from the love of God and for you to gather in that upper room.  You will be a different human being by doing so.  For me, personally, I choose the true door which is Jesus.  I already have too much from the other doors and I need to downsize.  The deeper question I leave with you is, “which door are you going to choose?” I pray the door of truth will be your choice.  

Fr. Keith+

Priest and Rector