The Parish of Saint Monica is the community of Roman Catholics in Atlantic City. While we profess the faith and celebrate the liturgy of the Catholic Catholic under its pastors, Catholics know that every parish is also distinctive in some ways.
Petition for Atlantic City. Pope Paul VI taught, "The progressive development of peoples is an object of deep interest and concern to the Church" (Popolorum progressio no. 1). Therefore, the parish is committed to prayer and action for the development of Atlantic City. At every Sunday Mass, a petition for Atlantic City is included in the Universal Prayer (the Prayer of the Faithful). The petition was written by Councilman Jesse Kurtz and City Clerk Paula Geletei, both parishioners.
For the City of Atlantic City, may God grant wisdom and discernment to our city leaders, through the intercession of Saint Ambrose, and may God direct the actions of all toward accomplishing peace, the tranquility of order, let us pray to the Lord.
Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel. The citywide parish adopted the practice of St. Michael's Church of praying this prayer at the end of Mass. In all three parish churches, we pray it at the end of Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligations.
Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Word of Life. The last page of the Sunday bulletin has questions that help parishioners apply the Sunday Scriptures to their lives. Word of Life offers parishioners an opportunity to pray and reflect about the biblical message even after they leave the church. The questions can be answered individually or in households or parish meetings over the course of the week.
Generosity Guides. Once a year, parishioners are challenged to recommit themselves to the parish by joining a parish ministry or prayer group. Generosity Guides list these groups and other opportunities for service. Parishioners mark their interest on the papers and return them at Sunday Mass. Parish leaders personally invite the parishioners interested in joining their groups.
Christian Formation. After the preparation of children for the sacraments, Church law requires the pastor to take care that "the faith of youth and adults is strengthened, enlightened, and developed through various means and endeavors" (canon 777, 5º). The parish is in the midst of a four-year program of ongoing formation. Each year, the parish will study and experience an essential of Catholic life through spiritual reading, special liturgies, Bible studies, and more.