August 27, 2017

During the month of August we celebrate The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. God’s gifts and blessings given to our Blessed Mother were also intertwined with sufferings and sorrows.
We can learn how to grow closer to God and how to find the strength, healing, power, gifts and blessings in our life in the midst of our own suffering and pain or through accompanying the sorrowful.

Week II

(Week I: stphilip.org Bulletin Aug. 20)

MARY, MOTHER OF SORROWS

Joyce Rupp, OSM
Out of the Ordinary
2010

The FOURTH SORROW:
 Mary Meets Jesus Carrying His Cross Luke 23:27

READ
Mother and son, face to face, suffering in each one’s heart. We meet the pain in our life, embracing it with kindness. Pause to reflect on what stirred within Mary when she met Jesus on the way to his death.

PRAY
Enduring Love, when we are experiencing troubled times help us to be attentive to our own spirit. We need to believe that our heartaches are also worthy of a compassionate gaze. Teach us how to offer kindness
to the part of us that is in pain. With your grace we can overcome any obstacle that keeps us from tending to our own needs. Remembering your great love, we turn toward ourselves with compassion and reach out with tenderness as we lovingly embrace the hurting part of our self. We remember those who need to offer compassion to their own wounds …(pause for silent or vocal remembering). Mary, teach us how to be people of faith.

Sing:  Mater Dolorosa, Mother of Sorrows, you know our pain.

The FIFTH SORROW :
Mary stands beneath the Cross John 19:25-27

READ
A mother waits while her son dies, unable to hold, to touch, to comfort; standing, vigiling, entering his agony. How much can a mother endure?
Pause to reflect on the endurance of Mary as she stood beneath the cross.

PRAY
Crucified One, may all who hang upon the cross of suffering and sorrow, or stand beneath a cross today, find comfort and consolation in your abiding presence.
Ease their pain and suffering. Free them from discouragement. Gentle their harsh emotions. Cease their restlessness. Coax them away from despair. We especially remember those who hang upon a cross today …(pause for silent or vocal remembering).
Mary, teach us how to be people of faith.

Sing:  Mater Dolorosa, Mother of Sorrows, you know our pain.
THE SIXTH SORROW:
Mary receives the Dead Body of Jesus John 19:38

READ
A mother’s generous lap, holding what remains of a son, receiving him as lovingly in death as she first held him, wet from the womb. Pause to reflect on Mary’s receiving Jesus from the cross.

PRAY
God of the desolate, give your strength and courage to all suffering ones, especially those who feel the ache of a deep loss today. Gently open their hearts and increase their capacity to be with their great hurt.
Help them to be a living Pieta of kindness and tenderness. Draw them into your heart so that your deep and strong love will resound in their experience. We remember today those who are experiencing a significant loss …(pause for silent or vocal remembering).
Mary, teach us how to be people of faith.

Sing:  Mater Dolorosa, Mother of Sorrows, you know our pain.

THE SEVENTH SORROW:
Jesus is Laid in the Tomb John 19:39-42

READ
A kind-hearted child is laid to rest and a loving mother bids him farewell. She walks away with mystery in her heart and a thousand tears in her grieving soul. Pause to reflect on Mary’s grief as Jesus is laid in the tomb.

PRAY
Mary, you have been there before us. You have stood at the tomb of farewell. We, too, often face painful endings. Like you, we need to eventually let go, believing that the Holy One will console us.
You know how grief engulfs the heart and tries to strangle the hope it contains. You have felt the drain of a great loss and the emptiness it creates inside. Teach us how to have confidence in God
when we question what the future holds. Strengthen our faith as we try to let go of whatever keeps us from growing deeper. We remember those who are moving through painful farewells … (pause for silent or vocal remembering).
Mary, teach us how to be people of faith.

Sing:  Mater Dolorosa, Mother of Sorrows, you know our pain.

2018 MASS BOOK

The 2018 Mass Book will open on Wednesday, August 30th.  The donation for one mass, the Sanctuary Candle or Offertory Gifts is $20.00.
The Eucharist is the universal prayer of the Church remembering all of Gods people, past, present and future at every celebration. Theologically, liturgically and canonically the graces of the mass are infinite.  On a personal level, we know that God cannot be outdone in generosity.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Religious Education Registration is now open!
There’s still time left!
Registration for the Religious Education and Confirmation Programs continues. To register your child, please visit our parish website this week: http://stphilip.org/religious-education-registration/
Classes start for all grades on Sunday, September 17.
If you have any questions, contact:
Denise Pannullo  for Grades 1-8 at 973-779-1439 or Victoria Velasco for Confirmation at 973-798-8772

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