December 27, 2015

FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY

Fathering and Mothering God

“See what love God bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God.”
– John 3:1

Reflection

God our Father, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. We thank you for giving us the bread we need. Holy is your name.

You hold us in your strong arms like a mother with a newborn infant. You have raised your children from generation to generation, planting seeds, harvesting grain, baking fresh bread, preparing meals, feeding your people, holding us up when we are too weak to stand on our own, teaching us how to walk and enabling us to go forth in the world as your daughters and sons.

God our Mother, you are the womb of our power, our tenderness and our courage. We forget too often that you are God. Holy is your name.

We who are as varied as your names are numerous, as varied as the ways in which you reveal yourself to us, we delight to be your cooperative, imaginative workers in a world abundant with redemptive images.

God our Father, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. We thank you for giving us the bread we need. Holy is your name.

We see you in the sun and in the moon, the rain and the wind, coming power. We see you in the liberation of humanity from injustice and oppression. We see you coming with power. Holy is your name.

God our Mother, you are the womb of our power, our tenderness and our courage. We forget too often that you are God. Holy is your name.

We see you in our friends and lovers, our spouses and children. We know your passion, your commitment to right relations amongst us. We experience you, coming with power.

God our Father, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. We thank you for giving us the bread we need. Holy is your name.

We see you in the bodies of hungry people, broke people, tortured people, and in a tortured earth. We tremble, yet we believe that you are coming with power. Holy is your name.

God our Mother, you are the womb of our power, our tenderness and our courage. We forget too often that you are God. Holy is your name.

We believe in you, we love you, we expect you to be with us, as we remember the power you revealed to us in the life of Jesus, your Son and our brother. Amen.

(Eucharistic Prayer, Center of Concern)

Quiet Time
Concluding Prayer

Come, Lord, with power into our midst.
Come with power into our prayer.
Come with power into our lives.
Come with power into our work.
Come with power into our togetherness.
Transform our prayer, our lives, our work, our togetherness,
that we may more truly be the body of Christ,
your beloved and our Savior. Amen

– Prayers for Parish Groups
– Donal Harrington & Julie Kavangh

Journey with Us
Open Your Heart to God
Discover the Keys to the Kingdom

RCIA

Are you interested in exploring your spiritual life?

Do you want to discover the abundance of God’s love and peace?

Would you like to have greater motivation for service?

Do you want to know more about the Catholic Faith?

Did you ever think about becoming a Catholic?

Are you a Baptized Catholic and have never made your First Communion and/or Confirmation?

Are you baptized in another faith and have a desire to become Catholic?

Have you never been baptized in any faith but wonder?

Journey with Us!

Through the process of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA, we explore all these questions and discover the keys to the kingdom. RCIA is a restoration of the ancient practice of initiation into the Church. Through a process of discernment, spiritual development and ritualizing stages of conversion, you are guided to sacramental initiation. These Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist which are celebrated at the Easter Vigil open your hearts and empower you to lives of service, charity and justice as witnesses to our mission of OPUS CHRISTI, Christ’s work. RCIA is not a program but a sacramental process.  RCIA reflects a sacramental attitude that is at the heart of all Christian living: CONVERSION, turning your heart to God.
IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN US!
Our next session is Monday evening, January 4, 2016 from 7:00-8:30 PM in the Russo Room. Make-up sessions will be available.

We invite you to be our companion on the journey and discover the keys to the kingdom. If you would like more information about RCIA, please call Donna Scancarella at 973-779-6200.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Religious Education Classes schedule
Grades 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6: January 24, February 28
Grade 2:  January 10 & 24, February 7 & 28
Grades 7, 8:  January 10, February 7
Confirmation Grade 9, 10: January 10, February 7

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