Rahway Parishes To Merge On July 1

RAHWAY — On Thursday, July 1, the parishes of St. Mary and St. Mark will celebrate a new phase in their history as they merge into one Catholic community that will be known as Divine Mercy Parish of Rahway.

A con-celebrated Mass, led by Bishop Edgar de Cunha of the Newark archdiocese, will begin at 7 p.m. in St. Mary’s church. During the Mass, Fr. Dennis Kaelin will be officially installed as the first pastor of the new parish. Prior to the Mass, parishioners and church leaders will assemble at St. Mark’s at 6:30 p.m., weather permitting, for a procession to St. Mary’s that will be led by the Rahway Council of the Knights of Columbus.


A unique feature of the evening will be the signing in of all parishioners who attend the July 1 Mass as founding members of Divine Mercy Parish. This special registration will take place after the Mass in the auditorium where refreshments will also be served.

In addition to the Mass and procession, a special Forty Hours and Eucharistic Exposition and Adoration devotion will take place at St. Mark’s beginning on June 30 after the 7 a.m. Mass and ending on July 1 at 6:30 p.m.

All are welcome to attend this historic event, share in the parish’s hospitality and experience the Catholic faith as it continues to grow spiritually and socially in Rahway.

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