Who We Are
Bishop George W. Ahr, 7th Bishop of Trenton, established the Parish of Saint Aloysius on June 12, 1964, appointing the Reverend Amedeo L. Morello as our founding Pastor. Fr. Morello celebrated the first Sunday Mass on July 5, 1964 at Switlik Elementary School in Jackson.
In September of 1964 a 16-acre farm was purchased to become the site of the new Church grounds. The original two-story farmhouse on the property was repaired, and on December 18, 1964 began its service as the Rectory for the parish. The tool shed behind the rectory was converted into a chapel and served as the tabernacle home of Our Lord awaiting the construction of a Church. From these humble beginnings new construction was begun on January 9, 1966 with the ground breaking for a Church, cafeteria, school office and two classrooms.
In September of 1994, St. Aloysius Elementary School was opened with two classes each of Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade. June 2002 marked the first Eighth Grade graduation of St. Aloysius Elementary School.
Since its founding in 1964, Saint Aloysius Parish has grown to more than 5000 families. The Elementary School has a healthy enrollment of over 300 students and Religious Education has an enrollment more than 1800 students. Throughout the years, many parish societies and organizations have sprung up from the community, making our parish active and vibrant. Recently, Saint Aloysius initiated its "Journey to Community" - a collaborative effort of clergy and laity from which emerged a Pastoral Council and four Ministerial Core Communities.
Bishop John M. Smith dedicated our new, award-winning church building on March 14, 2009.
In the new millennium, we, as a Catholic Community, recognize our mission to be a people worshiping and growing in faith, committed to love, to serve, and to forgive as Jesus.
What We Believe
The Catholic Church is the Universal Church of Christ. For 2,000 years the Church has been striving to teach, preach and live the instruction given to us by Jesus. Jesus was born into a marginal Jewish family in Israel under the rule of the Roman Empire. Being truly human, Jesus saw suffering, injustice and poverty every day of his human life on earth. Having learned the teachings on social justice in his Jewish faith, and by his deep union with God, Jesus cared for the most vulnerable members of his society. He taught the Word of God, healed the sick and gave hope to the poor. He charged his followers, by word and example, to accept the great dignity that God has given to every human being, and to work for the dignity and well being of others. Being truly divine, Jesus offered us the most perfect way to worship God, to have full union with God in the Eucharist, which we celebrate each Sunday, and every day if one desires.
This is who we are - who we strive to be as a community and as individuals - a people of faith, rooted in hope, working for the good of all.
One who would like to become a member of the Catholic Church unites the journey that brought them here with a new journey, more deliberately walking with Christ.
On this journey:
- We go to Mass together to hear the Word of God (the Scriptures).
- We learn and understand what the Scriptures mean, and how they relate to our lives.
- We come to know more deeply the unbreakable love that God has for each of us.
- We recognize that same love that God has for others, and try to love them with God's heart.
- We see more clearly how God has already been working in our lives, where God is present now, and how we can invite God more fully into our hearts.
- We learn the teachings and traditions that have been handed down for centuries through the Bishops of the Church.
- We serve our community and learn to pray.
- We live what we have learned in every part of our lives: family, work, school, with friends, in our community, and beyond.
- We seek to be reconciled where we have been hurt or hurt others.
- We become initiated into the Church through the Sacraments, participating fully in the life of the Church.
St. Aloysius Parish
Very Reverend John Bambrick V.F., 732-370-0500, ext. 218
Rev. Sheldon Amasa, 732-370-0500 ext. 207
Rev. Msgr. Joseph Ciampaglio
Deacon "Al" Augusto Gamalo, 732-370-0500 ext. 208
Deacon Uku Mannikus
Deacon Rene Perez
Joey Tun 732-370-0500 ext. 202
Youth Minister/Young Adult Minister
Naomi Capasso, 732-370-0500 ext. 217
Sherri Kroesch, 732-370-0500 ext. 203
Olive Taylor, 732-370-0500 ext. 220
St. Aloysius School
Elizabeth O'Connor, 732-370-1515 ext. 312
Nancy Hegedus, 732-370-1515 ext. 313
Faith Formation Office
732-370-1515 ext. 311
Find your place here at St. Aloysius Church.
Our ministries are designed to help you grow personally and spiritually. Get involved today!
Here in the Catholic Community of St. Aloysius, we see a great many passionate and committed people carrying the load together. A movement of willing hearts, dedicated to serving others and building God's kingdom.
We have a number of areas of our church life and ministry in which we need help from our church family -- opportunities for you to give back to the community and to grow in your relationship with Christ. Many of these volunteer areas can be done by one or two individuals, or an entire family. Even better yet, your level of involvement is up to you - there is no set minimum requirement or amount of time you can serve.
Prayerfully consider today how God is calling you to get involved!
How Do I Get To St. Aloysius?St. Aloysius Parish
935 Bennetts Mills Road
Jackson, NJ 08527
Get Directions from Google Maps
From Garden State Parkway :
Go to Exit 98. Follow signs for I-195 West. Go approx. 7 miles and take Exit 28A (Rt. 9 South). Go to 2nd light (Taco Bell) and make right turn onto Aldrich RD. Go 2.8 miles. St. Aloysius is on left.
From Trenton and West:
Take I-195 East to Exit 22 - Georgia - Jackson Mills. Bear right at end of ramp following signs for Shop Rite and McDonalds. Go approx. 1 mile and make left on to Rt. 526- County Line Rd. Go approximately 3 miles to the traffic light at intersection of Bennetts Mills Rd. Go through light and take the jughandle behind the Lukoil gas station. Cross over RT 526/County Line RD (the road you were on) on Bennetts Mills RD. The entrance to St Aloysius is immediately past the Post Office, approximately 100 yards from intersection on right hand side.
From Route 9 (North of Howell):
Go to the second light south of I-195 interchange in Howell and make a right turn, heading west on Aldrich RD. Go 2.8 miles. St. Aloysius is on left.
From Lakewood :
Take Route 9 to County Line RD (Rt. 526). Go towards Jackson . After passing Jackson Skating Center on your right, make right at 1st light ( Bennetts Mills RD ). Less than 100 yards turn right into St. Aloysius driveway (right after the Post Office).
From Route 70 and West:
Take Route 70 to Whitesville RD ( County Rt. 527). Go across RR tracks and at next light, make right turn on to Hope Chapel RD. Take all the way to end and make left on County Line RD. Go through a few lights and after passing Jackson Skating Center on your right, make right at 1st light ( Bennetts Mills RD ). Less than 100 yards turn right into St. Aloysius driveway (right after the Post Office).