Welcome to Sambayanihan


We are a community of Filipino American families conscious of its own socio-cultural identity, growing intellectually and spiritually together thru the reception of the sacraments rooted in the scripture and devotion especially to Mother Mary but integrated in the community life of St Mary Parish (Alpha NJ).

Sambayanihan is a composite word. SAMBA refers to the worshipping and prayerful nature of this Christian Community. SAMBAYANAN is the Filipino word for community. BAYANIHAN refers to the spirit of solidarity, cooperation and service among the members of the community.

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St. Mary Parish Organizations


  • The following are just some of the different ministries in St Mary Church. Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate. Please refer to the Weekly Bulletin for contact names and additional information.

    • Altar Rosary Society
      Meets every 4th Tuesday of each month at 7PM Mass followed by meeting in the Church Hall.

    • Adult Choir
      Thursdays at 7PM in Church. New members welcome - HS age and up.

    • Footprints Ministry (Cancer Support)
      2nd Monday of each month at 7PM in the Parish Center.

    • Martha's Table
      Assist parishioners with dinners after surgery, accident, death or when dealing with a long-term illness.

    • Mary's Helpers
      A group of parishioners available to help families with refreshments after a Funeral Mass.

    • Sanctuary Guild
      Each Thursday following the 8AM Mass.

    • Meals on Wheels
      Provides home delivered meals services to people in need. Refer to Bulletin for contact name.

    • Youth Choir
      Thursdays at 6 PM in the Church Hall.

    Fr Leo's Corner


    Dear Sambayanihan,

    As we celebrate the Year of the Family and in preparation for the visit of Pope Francis on September 2015, please join me in praying the prayer for the world meeting of families:

    God and Father of us all,
    In Jesus, your Son and our Savior,
    You have made us
    Your son's and daughters
    In the family of the Church.

    May your grace and love
    Help our families
    In every part of the world
    Be united to one another
    In fidelity to the Gospel.

    May the example of the Holy Family,
    With the aid of you Holy Spirit,
    Guide all families,
    Especially those most troubled,
    To be homes of communion and prayer
    And to always seek your truth and live in your love.

    Through Christ our Lord. Amen

    Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Pray for us!


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    EWTN Live - 2015-1-7 - Bishop Mylo Vergara

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