Parish News




 A Biblical Walk Through The Mass

This year our Lenten Soup and Scripture will be extra special. We will present the five session bible study “A Biblical Walk Through The Mass” during our Wednesday Soup and Scripture dinners starting on Wednesday March 1st from 7 PM to 8:45 PM for five consecutive Wednesday sessions. The words and rituals of the Mass are rich in meaning. We will explore the biblical roots of the Mass and deepen our love for the Holy Eucharist.

Mark your calendars now! More info will follow in January.


Thank you to all who have shared their interest in becoming an Altar Server and who are currently serving as Altar Servers and serving at the altar of the Lord.  All those who have made their 1st Holy Communion and are in 4th grade or above, including the high school students, are eligible to join the ministry of Altar Servers.   If you would like to join us for the training or have any questions, please contact Kathy Gregorio at or 856-262-4908 or please call the parish office 856-629-6142.  Please send your child’s name, age, grade and your email address and phone number.  We look forward to meeting you!!


Join us in Welcoming our NEW Director of Music & Worship  Joachim Cendana 

 Dear Parishioners,  

My name is Joachim Cendana, and I have been a member of Our Lady of Peace Parish since 2006. Many of you may already know me as I have been a member  of the music ministry since 2011. I currently play and sing for the 4pm Saturday Mass, and I have played for the 7:30am Sunday Mass for a number of years.  I also lead the Filipino Ministry choir during our monthly Masses, and I sang in the adult choir for a few years as well. In addition to the music ministry, I served  as a teacher’s aide and catechist in our parish’s CCD program from 2009-2017,  and most recently, I served as a 6th grade teacher at St. Mary School from September 2017-January 2023. 

I feel very blessed and honored to be taking on the role of Director of music and worship, following in the  footsteps of Jon Agresta, who has served our parish for many decades and who continues to offer his  incredible talent and skill to our faith community. Jon will continue to be active in the music ministry and to  direct the adult choir, and I will be assisting and collaborating with him in these capacities. In addition, I will be  assuming the various responsibilities of music director, including planning for the weekend Masses, special  liturgies, and other events that take place in our parish throughout the year. I look forward to serving you  and our parish in this new role. 

I want to extend my gratitude to Jon Agresta and Fr. Sanjai for their encouragement, support, and assistance as  I step into this position, and to my family, friends, and my many colleagues both at the parish and the school for  all their help and for always believing in me. Most importantly, I give praise and thanks to God and honor to the  Blessed Mother for providing me this incredible opportunity, one that I have aspired to for many years. 

Thank you, and may God bless you always!   Joachim






*Heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases cause 1 in 3 deaths in the United States.  Every part of your body, including your heart and your brain, needs oxygen to work. Oxygen is carried in the blood. Blood vessels called arteries carry oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. Both heart attack and stroke are due to problems in the arteries. Both heart attack and stroke are medical emergencies that can lead to serious health problems. They can even be fatal.

Making lifestyle changes that make your arteries healthier will help lower your risk for both heart attack and stroke.  Here are some risk factors:

  • Living a sedentary lifestyle with little or no exercise
  • Smoking or use of tobacco of any kind
  • Unhealthy diet that is high in saturated fats
  • Obesity can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. All these chronic conditions can lead to heart disease.
  • Lack of quality sleep. Most recommend 8 hours per day of uninterrupted sleep.
  • Stress can cause heart disease.
  • Alcohol can cause immediate risk of atrial fibrillation which can cause a stroke.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identifies the following Protective Factors:

  • Choose healthy foods and drinks. Be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and fewer processed foods. Drink 8 glasses of water per day.
  • Keep a healthy weight. Carrying extra weight can put extra stress on the heart and blood vessels.
  • Get regular physical activity. For adults, the Surgeon General recommends 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, like brisk walking or bicycling, every week. 
  • Don’t smoke. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, quitting will lower your risk for heart disease. 

*This information is provided by the Practice Committee of the Faith Community Nurses International organization


The Diocese of Camden – Understanding the Mass 

“We do have this printed out for you to pick up a complete set if you missed a part or are unable to print it.

Please stop in the Parish Office for a copy.”

Part 1 “The Introductory Rites”

Part 2 ” The Liturgy of the Word”

Part 3 ” Preparing the Altar & Gifts”

Part 4 “The Eucharistic Prayer”

Part 5 “The Rite of Communion”

Part 6 “The Concluding Rites” 

Click on the link below for the 6 Parts of Understanding the Mass.

understanding the mass


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     Our Lady of Peace Parish Boy Scout Troop #161 is looking for more members to join. 

Please see the attached flyer for their upcoming events and meetings.

Boy Scouts recruitment flyer 


We would like to thank all who are currently using Parish Giving and would like to invite those who aren’t.  Join the many who have already signed up to On-Line Parish Giving.  You can visit our parish website: and click on the Parish Giving logo – it will direct you to the secured page to sign up – it’s free!  Save the hassle from writing those weekly donation checks.  Directions are easy to follow or you can call (866) 307-7140.  When you sign up, you can use a credit or debit card or automatic checking account withdrawals.  It’s that easy!  For those who like to get points using their credit cares – this is another way to get those points!  Thank You to those who are using Parish Giving and for those of you who might consider using irrelevant 

Hearing Assistance Available
We are equipped with a hearing assistance system.  They are located at the elevators  you may use your own earplugs or if your hearing aids have a “T” setting you may use the lanyard.  You may sit anywhere in the church including the cry room.  For assistance just ask one of the ushers.

House of Charity – Bishop’s Annual Appeal

Our goal here at OLOPP is $188,900; we have reached our goal!  Thank you to all those who have given and please remember all pledges must be paid in order for the Parish to receive back 10%.  Please make your sacrificial gift to help continue the mission of the church here in the Diocese of Camden.  With a parish of more than 4,400 families, we still need a lot of gifts to make our parish goal!  If you have not made a donation, Pledge Cards are at the side doors of the Church and in the Parish Center. Thank you all for your Generosity.  May God Bless YOU!!!