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Dear Parents,

Holy Thursday Mass - TIME CHANGED TO 7:00PM TONIGHT

Due to the heavy winds and bad weather, the TV station has just reported outages and was unable to air St. Rose of Lima’s 3pm Holy Thursday Mass. It will now be televised at 7:00 PM Tonight instead. 

Viewing options at home at 7:00 PM on channels Comcast 36 or Verizon 33 or on-demand on this website (ONLY at 7pm). 

Press this link to be directed:  https://httvonline.org/live/

In addition, all Masses can be viewed anytime on YouTube.

Press this link to be directed: 


Sorry for the inconvenience.

Tina Underwood
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Dear Parents,

Please see the link below for Bedtime story & Rosary with kids.


Stay healthy,
Tina Underwood
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Dear Parents,

Please see below for Father Harahan Prays the Stations of the Cross with Children.

Stay healthy,
Tina Underwood   
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Father Harahan Prays the Stations of the Cross with Children

SRL Living Stations of the Cross 

Tomorrow Morning 

Holy Thursday Morning Prayer will be on HTTV at 9AM
Or can be found on You Tube

Holy Thursday Mass will be televised at 3PM
Or can be found on YOUTUBE



Archdiocese of Newark
Office of the Archbishop

From: Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R.
Archbishop of Newark

A Way of the Cross

Inspired by St. Alphonsus Liguori

By Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark

Good Afternoon Everyone,

Cardinal Tobin has composed a series of reflections on the traditional 14 Stations of the Cross. His reflections are inspired by the Way of the Cross composed by St. Alphonsus Liguori, who founded the Cardinal’s religious community, the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists). 

Cardinal Tobin offers these reflections as a way of praying the Stations of the Cross in response to the coronavirus pandemic that has caused so much suffering and death in our time and that has millions of people anxious and afraid. 

The Way of the Cross is a journey we make with Jesus as a pilgrim people. By sharing in Christ’s suffering and death, we affirm our closeness to him and to all our sisters and brothers worldwide in spite of the isolation and social distancing required by our efforts to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus. 

Please see the attached reflections . It also will be available on our website at www.rcan.org and on our social media channels @NwkArchdiocese. 

Thank you


St. Alphonsus Liguori, who founded my religious community, the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) in Italy in 1732, wrote a series of meditations on the Way of the Cross. The meditations and prayers of St. Alphonsus are a source of comfort and hope to all who read them, especially in troubled times like these. This popular version of the ancient Christian devotion to the Via Crucis is still used in many places throughout the world.

Dear Parents,

As part of our ongoing Physical Education, a big thanks to Mrs. Machen for the following lesson.

Thank you,
Principal Tina Underwood  

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Hi kids! 

Today we are in the Low Country of South Carolina where the Gullah women sit and weave sweet grass baskets and Great Blue Herons soar over the marshes. Today’s exercise you are going to stand tall like a heron, arms stretching out. Ten arm circles forward then ten backwards. Repeat 3x!

Happy Easter to everyone! Next state…Georgia.  

Ms. Machen

Dear Parents,

This week, with the passing of Bill Withers, I can only think of his song, “Lean on Me” and how appropriate this message and sentiment is for us right now.

We need our families, friends, loved ones and trusted individuals to help us get through this. Everyone I know is working together to succeed. Please accept my sincere Thank You to everyone in the SRLA family for pitching in, together we are stronger than alone. So please, “Lean on Me” if I can help in any way.

Online suggestion for this week includes one from the publisher of the NJ Catholic magazine has put together the attached School-at-Home Guide for Catholic Families.

The guide is also available as a flipbook at 


(You will need Adobe Flash)

Please feel free to share the link

The following poem reminds us that our journey is not new and this too shall pass…

A Family in lock down

40 days, 40 nights in the Ark, Noah's family was confined in a boat. There were no windows, no balconies, no terraces, no internet, no phone, no YouTube, no Facebook or Netflix. They only heard the rain. They spent their time praying, loving each other and caring for animals. God the Father took care of them as Noah was a man of faith and obeyed His word.

Remember even though there is out there an ocean of viruses and life seems like a stormy ride, our God is watching over us!

Don't be afraid!

Be faithful to Him and wait patiently. The rain will stop one day. A rainbow will shine and all will be well again.

In Jesus, we trust!



"Living in GOD's Love"

Religious Organization

Ways in which we can help:

School-wide event! This idea was suggested by Dawn Kepler (K) More details to follow but this is a preview:

“We obviously know that this time has been one of great disruption. The children, who are all students at St. Rose from Pre-k 3 to 8th grade, are all a part of this 'history' happening right now. The idea I have, is that each student find a small rock, paint it, put their name on it (optional), and we will create a St. Rose of Lima 2020 rock garden, to mark this time. 

This activity can be done by all aides, teachers and students, to remember this time in our lives. 

There is a book that I am happy to read to the entire school if you would like to do this called Only One You by Linda Kranz. I am happy to read this book to the entire school when we get back, and they deliver their rock to me.”

I’m in!!

Something that our families can do on their own (I have already donated for one sign to be placed in front of SRLA to show our love):

Appreciation Lawn Sign Fundraiser


Be a part of the movement to spread hope and gratitude, while supporting Overlook Medical Center in purchasing an urgently needed XENEX sterilization machine that can sanitize a room in 20 minutes! This device has a $90,000 price tag.Congratulations to Zoe Berlinger, Age 9 from Summit, and Ashleigh Andrews, Age 11 of Millburn, on their winning artwork submissions! 

The Overlook Auxiliary would like to thank Scott Hale of STH Printing in New Providence for his designs and sign printing by The UPS Store in downtown Summit for their generous contributions to this project. Both are great local small businesses to support. 

The Overlook Auxiliary is also pleased to partner with community residents Deb Meslar of Summit, Maria DeLuca & Amy Lepre of New Providence who presented this idea to us. We are truly grateful for the outpouring of love and support during this time.

Every contribution makes a difference!

Warmest thoughts to you and your family on this holiday.

Happy Easter!
Principal Underwood

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Proper Protocol During Zoom Sessions with Teachers


This document explains what is expected of you when you are using Zoom for your remote learning sessions. If a teacher sees a problem, they will give you a warning and give you a chance to correct the behavior.  Students will lose points for the class if these rules are not followed after a warning.

General Information – Attendance will be taken during Zoom sessions. If you are sick, please have a parent let your homeroom teacher know. Please do not have pets in the room with you. Please be respectful of each other. Conduct yourself as if you were in the classroom at school. Use your correct name when joining the session. Do not use nicknames or you will be counted absent for that session.

VIdeo – Video should be turned on. This is necessary so the teachers can see if you are there and engaged in the session. Also, you should not cause any distractions to disrupt the session such as making faces, holding up signs or pictures or constantly moving in and out of the screen. Students should also not be eating or drinking during the sessions. No other screens such as a TV or other computers should be visible.

Audio – Students should make sure there are no other noises in the background such as a TV, radio, music, etc. This is distracting to others on the call. Students should make their best effort to find a quiet area where there won’t be any distractions during your class.

Chatting – Students should not chat with anyone but the teacher on the call. This is also distracting and keeps your fellow students from focusing on the lesson. 

This is a new way of learning for all of us, teachers and students. We want to make the remote learning experience as enjoyable and meaningful as possible. 

Please remember that you can always reach out to teachers via email if you have questions on assignments or other class related questions. If you are having computer or technical issues, you can reach out to Mr. Miller via email as well.

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Stay Safe,
Mrs. Underwood
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As part of our Gospel weeklies, Pflaum publishing sent me this week-long packet of activities for our students and I wanted to share them with you.

Please open and use them before Easter or beyond !!!

Mrs. Underwood
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Free Holy Week and Easter Activities from Pflaum

The Pflaum Gospel Weeklies are pleased to provide these free activities for Holy Week and Easter for children of various ages.

We hope you enjoy these free activities from Pflaum Gospel Weeklies.

Four times during the school year, we provide ready-to-print activities for every level of the Gospel Weeklies. Use them to enrich and extend your lessons or to send home to encourage family involvement with their children's faith formation so families can support and discuss what the children have learned.

This is just one many resources offered with the

Pflaum Gospel Weeklies Faith Formation Program.

Choose your level below for your free activities:

PreschoolSeeds (English)

PreschoolSeeds (Spanish)

KGrade 1Promise (English)

KGrade 1Promise (Spanish)

Grades 23Good News (English)

Grades 23Good News (Spanish)

Grades 46Venture (English)

Grades 46Venture (Spanish)

Grades 7 - 9Visions (English Only)

All these seasonal activities and more can be found at the Gospel Weeklies website using your customer login information.

Visit the Seasonal Resources page now!

Dear Parents,

Please see below for Blessing of the Palms by Fr. Harahan - April 4, 2020

Please reach out to Regina and assist in the reach program to parishioners we are unable to contact by email.

Our school community is strong and committed to helping others in so many ways.

In my letter to parents tomorrow I will suggest causes that we can do together as a SRLA family as well as several that you may wish to complete as a family.

Stay well and a special thank you for all of the incredible hard work you have done in the last few weeks...our parents!!!

Stay well,

Tina Underwood  
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Blessing of the Palms by Fr. Harahan - April 4, 2020

Please take a moment and watch this short video of Fr. Harahan’s blessing of the palm: https://youtu.be/rTHaP6XToLg

St Rose of Lima Holy Week and Easter Schedule:

See attached schedule of all activities during Holy Week and Easter including Mass times, special video messages from our Pastor, Fr. Harahan, and other family activities to commemorate this holiest of weeks. Be sure to be on the lookout for regular email updates and check our parish website for even more information and resources: www.stroseshorthills.org.

Service Opportunity:

We are reaching out to try and put together a group of people willing to make phone calls to those parishioners who cannot be reached by email. We have compiled a list of approximately 600 families who are in that category. We plan to have a Zoom meeting early next week to briefly orient phone callers and split up the list of names. If you want to help but do not have video conferencing capability, please let us know that and we will find another way to get the information to you.  

If you are interested please email Regina Furlan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will be in touch.  

Thank you and God bless us all!

Holy Week and Easter at St. Rose of Lima

Be sure to visit our website daily for more information, activities and prayer resources: www.stroseshorthills.org

Like us on Facebook and watch for postings there too! https://www.facebook.com/SRLShortHills/

PARISH FOOD DRIVE: Our parish van will be open to collect food provide for our brothers and sisters in under-served areas. The need is greater than ever as many people are out of work.

MASS: Masses at St. Rose are available to view on the following (see individual days for exact times): Comcast 36, Verizon 33, and on-demand at: https://httvonline.org/live/ (only at times noted above), and at any time on www.youtube.com/user/stroseshorthills.

MESSAGES FROM OUR PASTOR: Fr. Harahan’s personal messages will be sent via email and will also be available on our website at www.stroseshorthills.org.

Palm Sunday

Watch Mass at 7:00 or 9:00

See video of Fr. Harahan blessings our palms, which will adorn the church throughout the Easter season.

Find a pine branch in your yard, cut it down and place it prominently inside or outside of your home (front door, mantel, dining room, etc.). Take a photo of your family creation and post it on our FB page!

Before dinner as a family, read the Passion from Matthew’s Gospel MT 26:14—27:66. Give out parts to members of the family.


Fr. Harahan will lead us in a family rosary.


Story time with Fr. Harahan. Children of the parish are invited to tune in to join Fr. Harahan


Watch Fr. Harahan’s emailed message on the Stations of the Cross.

Watch the Living Stations of the Cross from 2014, presented by our own St. Rose of Lima teenagers, on YouTube: https://youtu.be/b-mdbRW9f8c

The Sacred Triduum

Holy Thursday

Join us for Morning Prayer on our YouTube site.

Watch Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 3:00pm.

View two scenes from the movie “Son of God”: https://youtu.be/zBFUnc3qXZU (Last Supper) and https://youtu.be/mMU9YVEIKZU (The Agony in the Garden)

Have a family “Last Supper” Meal. A prayer resource is available on the website.

Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion

Join us for Morning Prayer on our YouTube site.

Place a crucifix in a prominent place in your home.

As a family, in solidarity with our Lord’s suffering and death, have a technology-free period of time during which you pray together and perform acts of charity (do some spring cleaning in your home, call on an elderly neighbor, etc.).

View a scene from “Son of God” https://youtu.be/h9UN7IpxrNM (Jesus nailed to the Cross)

Watch Mass at 3:30pm.

Holy Saturday

Watch your email for video of Fr. Harahan blessing the Easter candle.

Before dinner, light a family Easter candle that you keep burning during all waking hours through Easter.

At 8:00pm go out on your steps with your candle and say an “Our Father” together. Look for candles at other houses on your street! Take a photo and post it on FB!

Easter Sunday

Join us for Mass at 7:00 or 9:00.

Listen for the ringing of the bells at St. Rose 8am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm.

Stand on your steps as a family and ring some bells at one of the times above to remind us all that CHRIST HAS RISEN! Take a photo and post it on FB!

Watch scene from “Son of God” https://youtu.be/HaS-9AP96gE (The Resurrection)

Dear Parents,

Please see below for Fr. Harahan's Reflection , The Holy Week Televised and Online Mass Schedule and this weekend’s bulletin April 3, 2020.

Stay healthy,
Tina Underwood
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Dear Parishioners,

We hope you are doing well. Please click on the following links:

We’ll continue to stay in touch and keep you informed daily.

Stay healthy everyone!

Dear Parents,

As part of our ongoing Art education, a big thanks to Mrs. Erin Pickering for the following lesson for April 6th, 7th and 8th.

Thank you,
Principal Tina Underwood
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Hello Middle School,

I hope this finds everyone well and getting into a rhythm of learning from home. And I hope you are finding some time to make art. Starting with March the monthly sketchbook assignments are now Optional. You do not need to do the monthly sketchbook assignments. For those that enjoy doing them, feel free to send me a screen shot - I would LOVE to see them. You can also send me any drawings or art you are working on. I will be sending a weekly drawing idea that is also optional. This week's theme is Sharks and you can find a fun video tutorial here on How to Draw a Shark coming out of the water


Below I have included a Shark step-by-step sheet, that breaks it down into basic shapes, if anyone wants to try that one.

Stay well, stay healthy, stay creative,

Mrs Pickering

Dear Parents,

As part of our ongoing Physical Education, a big thanks to Mrs. Machen for the following lesson.

Hi kids! 

Before we continue with our trek , I want you all to know that I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers; your parents too. I am in this with you and doing my best to keep positive. 

Here we are kids along the Outer Banks of North Carolina! These are barrier islands just like Assateague and LBI! They protect the mainland from storms. So, since we are by a lot of water, let’s go swimming. Lay on your back, hands (palms down) under your backside to help support your lower back. Lift your legs about six inches off the floor. Now flutter your legs like you are swimming! If you want a little more of a challenge, lift your shoulders off the ground keeping your gaze towards your legs. Do for 15 seconds, 3x! 

Next state, South Carolina. See you there!

Ms. Machen

Thank you,

Principal Tina Underwood   

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Dear Parents,

We are in uncharted waters. I like to think that we are the “Bridge over Troubled Waters” for our students, that connection with their classmates, looking in on their classes brings pure joy to my heart! Never before have we been faced with the task of providing Zoom instruction to our students because of a public health emergency. I want to take a moment to say just how proud I am that our teachers and all members of our school communities are rising above all expectations, and providing students with learning opportunities each and every week.

The schools is physically open on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 am-1:00 pm only but, please feel free to pick up anything you may need from our lobby which will remain open Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-3:00 pm until further notice.

Unfortunately that phrase…until further notice…, is about the only thing I have been told about school closures but as soon as I hear anything else, you will be the first to know!

Please look for a separate notice from Mrs. Katz and Mrs. Espiritu with regard to our next publication of The Blurb.

Below you will find several websites that you may find useful moving forward to either fill in over Easter break or just to supplement your child’s learning experience.

Resources from “It Takes a Village”

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is providing their comprehensive online curriculum tool that covers math, science, reading, social studies and SAT prep from PreK through college in 40 languages for free during school closures. You can also tune in to their daily livestream at 9 am PST on Facebook, Youtube and Twitter.


Education.com is making their library of activities, learning games and homeschooling lessons available for free to those who sign up during this time of school closure.

Common Sense Media

We’re all scrambling to find ways to keep our kids engaged with good media. Check out the great list our friends at Common Sense Media compiled. It’s filled with free online activities and live events to keep the family learning and entertained.

In the words of Andrew Cuomo, please practice “social solidarity” responsibly.

We are all in this together!

Stay healthy,
Tina Underwood
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The staff of The Blurb, our school newspaper, has decided to publish the edition that was almost ready to go just before we left school. To make it more topical we’d like your input about how you’ve been spending your free time at home. 

Please send a brief description of your activities (in prose or poetry), photos or drawings to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’ll publish as many responses as space allows. We may even do another edition during our COVID 19 captivity.

Thanks, fellow journalists.

The Blurb Staff
msgrharahan letter

Dear Parents and Faculty,

Fr. Harahan reminds us to celebrate mass with him and reminds us all that life will get back to our new normal. 

Keep the faith and we cannot wait to hear all of your beautiful voices and look forward to seeing everyone again. 

Please take a moment to listen to Fr. Harahan’s video message -

St. Rose of Lima Mass will be available for viewing options at home tomorrow, Sunday, March 29th at 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, and 1:30 PM on these channels: Comcast 36, Verizon 33.

Mass will also be available on-demand on this website: https://httvonline.org/live/

ONLY during the Sunday Mass times noted above.

Stay well everyone!

Bless you all,
Mrs. Underwood
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Dear Parents,

As part of our ongoing Physical Education, a big thanks to Mrs. Machen for the following lesson.

Hi kids! 

Here we are now in Virginia. If we were really walking the perimeter, we’d be out on Chincoteague/Assateague Islands but for today’s exercise we’ll go inland all the way over to the Shenandoah Mountains! 

Ready for some mountain climbers!? Put yourself in a push-up position aka a straight arm plank. From here, bring right leg up towards your chest, put back, now left leg, and back. Pretend you are running with high knees. 

Do this for a minute! 

Next week, North Carolina!  

Ms. Machen

Thank you,

Principal Tina Underwood   
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Optum Public Crisis Line: Our toll-free emotional support help line at (866) 342-6892 is free of charge and available to anyone, so you can share it with family and friends. Caring professionals will connect people to resources. It will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Learn how to calm your fears and protect your health

  • Watch a video to learn about COVID-19, how to protect yourself, and where to get ongoing updates.

Traumatic events can range from acts of terrorism, war, natural disasters and infectious disease outbreaks such as COVID-19. Whatever form they take, when trauma hits close to home, it can be hard to process. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. This program helps identify and normalize reactions to traumatic events. Participants will explore the broad emotional impact and look at healthy ways to cope.

Participants will:

  • Define what a “critical incident” is
  • Discuss expected expressions of grief and emotional toll
  • Identify appropriate means of support and how to avoid stressors
  • Learn effective stress-reduction techniques
  • Examine strategies for helping children cope
  • Determine when to seek professional support
  • Explore the range of normal responses to critical incidents, such as the outbreak of Coronavirus

In this training, participants will get an overview of stress basics as well as practical suggestions for coping with stressful situations, like the Coronavirus outbreak. The concept of stress hardiness is also introduced as a focus for healthy stress management. In addition, attendees will get tools to help them dial down stress and better understand personal and organizational aspects of stress.

Participants will:

  • Learn ways to respond to stress differently
  • Apply several stress management techniques
  • Identify common sources of stress, such as seeing repeated images or hearing reports about the COVID-19 outbreak in the media, and learn our reactions to it •

Visit the CDC for more information and up-to-date resources.

Stay healthy,
Tina Underwood  

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From: Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R.
Archbishop of Newark

Date:  March 25, 2020

In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, our Holy Father will give an extraordinary blessing "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) this FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (6:00 p.m. Rome time). All the faithful and other Christians in our local Church and beyond are invited to participate in the special prayer with Pope Francis, which will be broadcast by Mondovision and live-streamed on the Vatican News website at www.vaticannews.va. The Holy Father will grant to all participants in the livestream a Plenary Indulgence before imparting the Urbi et Orbi Blessing.

The Apostolic Nunciature has requested the assistance of our local Church to promote this event through all means, especially social communications. I urge you and your communities to amplify this announcement and to translate the content wherever possible into other languages for our Archdiocese and promote and advance this invitation to all the faithful via your website and social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram). 

As an Archdiocese, we are committed to helping our people in whatever ways we can including by live-streaming Masses and other prayers and devotions. To the extent that we can, we want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to grow in faith and receive the consolation of the Word of God and the Church’s prayer.

As Pope Francis has said, "To the pandemic of the virus we want to respond with the universality of prayer, compassion and tenderness. Let us stay united. Let us make those who are alone and tested feel our closeness."  

I pray it will be so.

Stay healthy,
Tina Underwood   

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Dear Families, Friends, and Supporters:

The big “Phase 3” coronavirus relief bill (called the CARES Act) being considered in the US Senate is at a critical stage. Currently there is a paragraph in the CARES Act allowing for non-public schools to receive relief under the Education Stabilization Fund. However, it appears that leadership in the Senate is trying to remove this language. The bill is being considered RIGHT NOW and we need outreach to our NJ Senators asking them to support the work of Catholic and other nonpublic schools as all students need to benefit from the CARES Act. The contact information for Senators Menendez and Booker is below. As time is of the essence on the vote, please TWEET, EMAIL,or CALL them right away. This is time sensitive.

THE ASK: Insist that the funding and “equitable services/proportional share” language for non-public schools that was included in the Sunday version of the CARES Act is retained in the version reportedly to be released today.

Senator Menendez: @SenatorMenendez



Senator Booker: @SenBooker @CoryBooker



Thank you for answering the call to support our students by advocating for them!

St. Rose of Lima Academy

Principal: Tina Underwood, Ed.S.
52 Short Hills Avenue
Short Hills, New Jersey 07078
Phone: (973) 379-3973
Fax: (973) 379-3722



National Blue Ribbon School



St. Rose of Lima Parish

Pastor: Father Robert Harahan

50 Short Hills Ave
Short Hills, NJ 07078

Phone: 973-379-3912 
Fax: 973-379-6157 

Website: http://www.stroseshorthills.org