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Saint Hedwig Parish
872 Brunswick Ave
Trenton, NJ 08638
Phone: (609) 396-9068
Fax: (609) 396-3171





Matthew wrote his Gospel in the aftermath of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 A.D. The loss of the Temple as the center of Jewish life evoked a variety of responses from within Judaism. One of the most important was the effort by a coalition of priests and scribes and Pharisees to fashion a program of Jewish life that revolved around the Torah as they interpreted it. This was the beginning of the rabbinic Judaism as we know it. Matthew's Christian Jewish community was another minority response to the destruction of the Temple. The program advocated by this community also revolved around Torah, but as interpreted by Jesus. In today's Gospel we learn that the key to Jesus' interpretation of the "whole law and the prophets" is the double commandment. The two greatest commandments, though distinct, cannot be separated, for love of God finds practical expression in love of neighbor. Similarly in Exodus, fidelity in covenant with God is expressed in compassion toward the neighbor in need, and in 1 Thessalonians, the Gospel never comes in word alone.


We would like to welcome The Most Rev. Bishop David M. O'Connell, CM who will join us for the 11:00 am Mass this Sunday, October 19, 2014. After the Mass the Bishop will bless the Statue of St John Paul, II and the Chapel. We invite everyone to join us for this very special occasion.

John Paul II Chapel


The feast of All Souls will soon be here. Please return the envelopes with the names of your deceased family and friends. An envelope has been included in your monthly packet mailed to you. Additional All Souls Day envelopes are available in the church at all the entrances. On Sunday, November 2nd at 7:00 pm we will have a Mass and devotion during which time the names will be read.


The traditional procession and blessing of the graves will be held on Sunday, November 2nd, 2014. We will begin at the Ewing Cemetery (New) after the 11 am Mass. From there we will go to the Hamilton Cemetery (Old) at 2:00 pm along with Divine Mercy Parish (Holy Cross Church). We invite everyone to come and pray for all our faithful departed whether buried here or abroad.


Please pray for the soul of Margaret Hodnicki who has died. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and let Perpetual Light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.

Daylight Savings Time ends and Standard Time begins next Sunday, November 2, 2014. Please be sure to turn your clocks back 1 hour before going to bed on Saturday night.


Saturday's Solemnity of All Saints and Sunday's Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed fit well at the beginning of November. The liturgical readings of this final month in the Church year are keyed to the end of time and the fulfillment of Jesus' saving acts. Nowhere is this more fully celebrated than in Mexico, where November 2 is the "Day of the Dead." Missionaries moved an ancient Aztec festival from midsummer to November, linking the festival to Christian themes. Today, it is a time for remembering the dead and celebrating the continuity of life, principally by festive picnics in cemeteries. There are special foods and games, and people socialize with other families and tell favorite stories about their dear ones. The sweetness of life is honored by sugary desserts and treats. Flowers, music, lights, and feasting assure that the day is not at all morbid. Traditionally, the day begins with Mass, a procession to the cemetery, and a morning feast. Most families have a special dinner with the pan de muerto, or "bread of the dead." A toy skeleton is baked into the loaf, and the one who bites into it is considered lucky indeed. The dead are not feared, but deeply loved, and this joyful family feast points both to age-old customs and Resurrection faith.

All Veterans active or inactive qualify to enter names on the Memorial Walk. The cost is $30.00 per brick. For information please call Julius Wszolek at 599-2298 


Lest We Forget
Because of them, our lives are full—
Because of them, our nation lives
Because of them, our world is Blessed.


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November 2, 2014

Saturday 5 PM
Sunday 8 AM (PL), 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM (PL)
Daily 7 AM (Except Tuesday) in Chapel
Tuesday 7 PM (PL) in Chapel with Novena
Holy Days   7 AM (EN), 7 PM (PL)
Vigil 7 PM

Learn about our patron's life.

  • Sacrament of Baptism:
    Every Sunday at 10:30 AM. Parents should make arrangements in advance by calling the Rectory. Baptism instructions for parents and godparents are the second Thursday night of each month at 7 PM in the Convent

  • Annointing of the Sick:
    Please call the Rectory if someone is gravely ill and would like to receive the sacrament of the sick or in the case of an emergency call day or night

  • Visitation of The Sick:
    Father & Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion visit the sick of our Parish family every First Friday

  • Sacrament of Reconciliation:
    Every Saturday at 4:30 PM in church

  • Sacrament of Marriage:
    Couples planning to be married, please contact the Pastor or one of our Deacons one year before the marriage date in accord with a Common policy of the Diocese of Trenton

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