PARISH LIFE at St. Aedan's
St. Aedan's strives to provide its vibrant, diverse congregation with opportunities to live out their faith with each other, and in their everyday lives. This includes volunteer opportunities which allow members of the community to share their time and talents during worship and beyond; social justice programs which serve the Jersey City community and through which parishioners can translate their faith into action; parish groups in which like-minded individuals can gather, interact, share, and support each other in their faith lives and daily lives; and the Arts on Bergen free concert series, in which high quality musical performances are made available to the community.
If you are a parishioner at St. Aedan's, we invite you to register here.
If you and your family are parishioners at St. Aedan's, please register by filling out the form below. Registering allows us to certifying that you are an actively practicing Catholic, and will enable, and to provide you with the Certificates of Eligibility needed to be a sponsor at Baptisms and Confirmations.
Please fill out one form for every member of your family or household.
We would love for you to share your time and talent with the community at St. Aedan's! Here are the many ways you can get involved.
Music Ministers. We are always on the lookout for singers and instrumentalists to help lead music during weekend Masses. No prior experience or musical training is required -- just the ability to carry a tune or play an instrument, a commitment to rehearse once a week, and a passion for leading and serving through music.
St. Aedan's Schola is an adult choir that sings at the 9:30 AM Mass on Sundays. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings. For more information, contact Joseph Legaspi, University Director of Music.
Ministers of Music of St. Aedan's are individual volunteer singers and instrumentalists who lead music at 5:30 PM on Saturdays and 8:00 AM and 12:30 PM on Sundays. No age requirement. Rehearsals are on Thursday and Saturday afternoons. For more information, contact Paulo Tirol, Assistant Director of Music.
Coro Unidos En Cristo Jesus - St. Aedan's sings at the 11:00 AM Mass on Sunday. For more information, contact Dennis Lansang, Music Director.
Liturgical Ministers. We welcome those interested in helping out during Masses:
lectors to read scripture and prayers;
altar servers, young adults who have had first communion up to college age, to assist the priests during the Mass;
ushers to help welcome churchgoers, distribute weekly bulletins, and assist in taking the collection; and
Eucharistic ministers to help distribute the body and blood of Christ.
Some training is required. For more information, contact Joy Villanueva, Parish Secretary.
Volunteer religion teachers. Our catechism program for children, often known as CCD, welcomes catechists to help with children's faith formation. Classes are held on Sunday mornings during the academic year. For more information, contact contact Joy Villanueva, Parish Secretary.
Church Beautification Volunteers. A group known as the "flowerettes" gathers at the church on Saturday mornings to arrange flowers and clean the church. For more information, contact Joy Villanueva, Parish Secretary.
Social Justice Volunteers. The parish's social justice program welcomes professionals willing to share their skills, especially pro bono lawyers to provide counseling (particularly immigration counseling); but also interpreters particularly in Spanish and Arabic. For more information, contact Joy Villanueva, Parish Secretary.
St. Aedan’s aspires to serve the weak and the poor, to form in its parishioners a faith that does justice, and to be a community that makes God's merciful love tangible on earth. To this end, St. Aedan’s regularly organizes social justice programs, including free medical clinics, and trainings on relevant topics such as human rights and financial management. St. Aedan's social justice programs will be posted on St. Aedans’ event calendar.
In July 2018, St. Aedan’s Migrant Center (SAMC) was officially launched in the former parish convent. The SAMC is an independent interfaith project of individuals and organizations belonging to the St. Aedan’s Social Justice Ministry, providing legal clinics, financial literacy courses, and a supportive network for the immigrant community in Jersey City. Through SAMC, we look forward to serving and empowering the immigrant community of Jersey City. SAMC’s specific programs will be posted on St. Aedans’ event calendar, and also announced through an e-newsletter.
We are also in need of volunteers to offer their time and talents to St. Aedans' social justice programs and to the SAMC. We are looking for professionals who can share useful skills and knowledge with the community.
To volunteer, or for any other information on SAMC or any of the parish’s social justice programs, please email Joy Villanueva, Parish Secretary.
Lastly, Saint Peter's University Campus Kitchen and the Saint Peter University's Food Pantry and Clothes Closet welcome donations of food and clothing year-round, for distribution to the less fortunate around Jersey City. For more information on donations, contact Erich Sekel, Associate Director of Campus Ministry for Community Service.
This section is being updated to reflect our post-COVID Fall 2021-2022. Stay tuned!
ARTS ON BERGEN
Arts on Bergen is the free concert series of Saint Peter's University. Every month since Fall 2015, Arts on Bergen has put on large-scale evening concerts at St. Aedan's, and smaller midday concerts at Saint Peter Chapel in Saint Peter's University. Over the years, the series has featured a world-class performers in a variety of styles: from Brazilian tango quartets, to film scores played from the Patriot Brass Ensemble, to the choral music of the Philippine Madrigal Singers.
Arts on Bergen evening concerts at St. Aedan's also regularly feature the Saint Peter's University Schola and the Aidan C. McMullen Chorale in Lessons and Carols at Christmastime and an annual spring concert, as well as parish and university musical talents in Music From Within, an annual community cabaret.
Follow Arts on Bergen on Facebook to stay updated about upcoming events and to enjoy photos and videos of past performances. For more information on Arts on Bergen, contact Joseph Legaspi, University Director of Music.