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Parish Bulletin / Boletin Parroquial

Saint Stephen Protomartyr Catholic Church
Pastor: Rev. John J. Szczepanik
Address: 20 William St. South River N.J 08882
Phone: (732)-257-0100 / Spanish (732)-766-3452
Whats App: (732)-766-3452
Web Site:  / You Tube



Monday, May 13 ( Feast of Our Lady of Fatima ):

10:00 a.m. – Helen Dzergoski          Mass in English

7:00 p.m. – Jose Luis Meza              Mass in Spanish

7:30 p.m. – RCIA meeting                 in English


Tuesday, May 14:

10:00 a.m. – God’s abundant blessing for Mary Cicchi        Mass in English

3:30 p.m. – May devotions     in English

4:30 p.m. – CCD classes          in English

7:30 p.m. – RCIA meeting           in Spanish


Wednesday, May 15:

8:00 a.m. – for God’s continuous protection over William Picciano         Mass in English

7:00 p.m. – May devotions             in Spanish


Thursday, May 16:

7:00 p.m. – adoration of the Blessed Sacrament         in Spanish


Friday, May 17:

10:00 a.m. – Easter intentions                 Mass in English

7:00 p.m. – Charismatic Group meeting          in Spanish


Saturday, May 18:

1:30 p.m. – God’s abundant blessing for Jonathan Santos Morales & Zuleyma  Palacios       Wedding Mass in Spanish

4:00 p.m. – Carl, Jenny & Ralph Rossi, Sr.           Mass in English

6:00 p.m. – Ludwika & Stanislaw Szczepanik           Mass in Spanish


Sunday, May 12:   

8:30 a.m. – God’s abundant blessing for Judy and Bill Picciano       Mass in English

10:00 a.m. –  Easter intentions       Mass in Spanish

11:30 a.m. – Easter intentions          Mass in Spanish

12:45 p.m. – CCD classes         in English

1:00 p.m. – CCD classes           in Spanish

4:00 p.m. – Easter intentions          Mass in Spanish


Weekly Offerings:     You can make your weekly donation to the Church at the end of each Mass by placing it in the collection basket situated on top of the white pillar on the right side of the exit door.  Also, you can mail your check directly to the parish office at 20 William Street, South River, N.J.  08882.   With many thanks to all our parishioners for your continuous financial support of the parish.     Fr. John

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Annual Parish Raffles   will begin its campaign on Saturday, April 27 with its drawing taking place on Sunday, June 23 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets will be available after each Mass and from the parish office.

Centennial anniversary of the construction of our church – main projects:    * installation of the new Main Altar of Christ the High Priest – completed on August 11, 202;  * creation of a new chapel in the church ( Chapel of the Crucified Lord ) with His images coming from various parts of the world ( situated on the left side of the staircase leading us to the choir loft ) – completed on July 4, 2021;   * construction of a new sidewalk behind the church – connecting the existing sidewalk on both sides of the church ) – completed on August 14, 2021;      * erection of a statue of St. Joseph the Worker in the garden area on the right side of the church – completed on September 2, 2021;     * installation of the Praying Angel on the left side of the church on August 20, 2022;      * renovation of the parish parking lot’s wall on August 21, 2022;      * installation of a new welcoming sign in front of the church on October 7, 2022;      * renovation of the kitchen and the stage in our Parish Center ( April 2023 );     * renovation of the sidewalk in front of the church and the staircase that leads to its front entrance door ( April 2023 )    

 Confessions –   any day at any time upon one hour telephone notice.

Travelling Chalice:   To  promote prayers for vocations among our parishioners and to ask the Lord to inspire young men from our parish to enter Priesthood, I warmly invite you, my Dear Parishioners and Friends of the Parish, to consider receiving an old chalice, hosting it for a week and at the time of its presence among you, saying a daily prayer for vocations. The prayer cards will accompany the chalice. You can ask for any week of your choice personally or via a phone call ( 732-257-0100 ).    Fr. John

Youth Group  invites all young people to be a part of its spiritual, educational and social activities. More info with Fr. John.

CCD Program:    Registration for the school year 2023 / 24   after each Sunday Mass. Classes resumed have already resumed with the following three choices:  1) Sundays at 12:30 p.m. in English;     2) Sundays at 1:00 p.m. in Spanish;    3) Sundays at 4:45 p.m. in English;     4) Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. in English.     Our program is free if charge, however, your child is required to be at Mass every weekend.   

International Lunch     invites you to taste delicious Larin American food following the 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Masses on Sunday, June 23.

All proceeds for St. Stephen’s.

Parish Registration:   We warmly invite you to register in our humble Catholic Community of St. Stephen Protomartyr Church. You can always do so after Mass. 

All businesses in our area are invited to place ads in our parish bulletin in its paper version and on-line – it appears every week in two languages  ( in English and in Spanish ). Our rate is $120.00 per year.      More info in our parish office ( 732-257-0100 ). With many thanks to the following businesses, that have already advertised with us:

Bella Puebla Pizzeria & Mexican Cuisine:  714 State Rt. 18 in East Brunswick ( 732-238-1078 & 732-238-1258 )

Ben Construction LLC:   sidewalks, curbs, patios, Belgium blocks, service walks, handicap ramps, driveway  ( 908-720-0407 )

Better Life Pharmacy:  54 Main Street in South River ( 732-257-0069 );      free delivery           Wael Isaac, CEO

DBA Law Offices of Maribel J. Allen, Esquire:  292 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick ( 732-887-5739 )

Dental Arts Studio, LLC:    15 West Prospect Street in East Brunswick ( 732-254-5600 );     Svetlana Steinberg

Eighteen Lumber, Inc.:   652 Rt. 18 in East Brunswick ( 732-257-6004 )

Elaine Mariolis, DPM    LLC:    252 Smith Street, Perth Amboy ( 732-826-5400 )

El Pueblo Mexican Restaurant:   42 Min Street in South River ( 732-432-4941 )        delivery         catering

Healing Road Counseling Services:    27 South 5th Ave., Highland Park, N.J. ( 215-688-5116 )    Yudelka Columna, MSW, LSSW

K & C Bookkeeping Services LLC:     852 Easton Ave., Somerset, N.J. 08873      ( 732-648-4210 )        Maria Reyes

Latin Flavor:  empanadas, rice, roast, chicken and pork;   ( 347-683-7036 )

Maliszewski Funeral Home:  218 Whitehead Avenue, South River    ( 732-254-0428 )          Carmen Spezzi, Manager

Matamoros Tax Services:   210 New Street in New Brunswick ( 732-846-0050 )        authorized IRS provider

Mia’s Pizza Restaurant:  4500 Bordentown Ave., Sayreville ( 732-651-9888 )      delivery available

Milina Cuisine LLC Restaurant:    2909 Washington Road in Parlin ( 732-952-8226 )

New City Fresh Market Carniceria:  48 Main Street in South River ( 732-210-2888 )

NOVA Paving & Masonry: ( 908-455-5367 + 609-509-3094 )        free estimates

Peopleready skilled trades:   1945 Morris Ave., Unit 3, Union, N.J. 07083 ( 201-419-9692 );   Denise Martinez, Manager

PNC Bank:  289 Rt. 18 North in East Brunswick ( 732-390-6207 )         Sandra Nielsen, Branch Manager

Portuguese Fisherman Restaurant:      11 Jackson Street in South River ( 732-238-5188 )         Mark Silva, Owner

Reny’s Unisex Hair Salon:  91 Jackson Street in South River ( 732-390-0600 )

Rezem Funeral Home, Inc:   457 Cranbury Road in East Brunswick ( 732-257-1191 )       James T. Fife, Manager

Scalia Home for Funerals and Cremations Service:   3377 US Highway 9 in Old Bridge ( 732-679-4422 )     Michael Hagarty & John Vincent

Texas Road Pharmacy:    1183 Englishtown Road in Old Bridge ( 732-726-1101 )       free delivery

Tex Mex  Panaderia y Pasteleria Mexican Bakery:   19 Main Street in South River ( 732-955-6360 )

The Class Barbershop:  58 Main Street in South River ( 732-360-7379 )

Wadie’s Hair Salon:  716 Route 18, East Brunswick ( 732-432-9004 )



Parish registration              You are warmly invited to join our old, small Parish with a Big Heart. Please, print / complete the below listed mini-form and mail it to the parish office ( 20 William Street, South River, N.J. 08882 ), or simply drop it off in our Sunday collection basket.

If you live far away – you can become an Honorary Member of Saint Stephen’s, supporting it spiritually and financially.

registration form