December 31, 2017

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

SOLEMNITY OF MARY, THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD
“And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.”
Luke 2:16-21

PRAYER TO THE MOTHER OF GOD
IN GRATITUDE FOR GIFTS RECEIVED

Honor be yours,
O Mother of God.
We rejoice in thanksgiving
for signs of God’s love.
We take great joy in the fruitfulness of the earth,
in good harvests, in full barns
and in the special signs given to us this day.

We are grateful for the harvest-fullness
of life itself,
for the blessings of health
and the fruits of the Spirit which have come to us.

Together with all those who love your Son, Jesus,
we rejoice in Him
who was the fruit of your womb,
the harvest gift of history
and an eternal blessing to each us.

Mary, Blessed Mother and gateway to mystic love,
help us to be united with all those
who love God and seek truth.

May our gratitude this day
for the special gifts that have come to us,
be praise and honor
for our God, the Lord of All Gifts.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,
we thank you for your intercession
and ask that you carry our prayer of gratitude
straightaway to the heart of God.   
Amen
Edward Hays

NEW YEAR’S BLESSING PRAYER
All Time Display Devices, Watches and Calendars
 may be placed on the table.

Lord, You who live outside of time,
and reside in the imperishable moment,
we ask Your blessing this New Year’s Day (Eve)
upon Your gift to us of time.

Bless our clocks, watches and time display devices,
You who kindly direct us
to observe the passing of minutes and hours.
May they make us aware of the miracle
of each second of life we experience.
May these our ticking or digital servants
help us not to miss that which is important,
while You keep us from machine-like routine.
May we ever be free from being clock watchers
and instead become time lovers.

Bless our calendars,
these ordered lists of days, weeks and months,
of holidays, holydays, fasts and feasts –
all our special days of remembering.
May theses servants, our calendars,
once reserved for the royal few,
for magi and pyramid priests,
now grace our homes and our lives.
May they remind us of birthdays and other gift-days,
as they teach us the secret
that all life
is meant for celebration
and contemplation.

Bless, Lord, this New Year,
each of its 365 days and nights.
Bless us with new moons and full moons.
Bless us with happy seasons and a long life.
Grant to us, Lord,
the new year’s gift
of a year of love.             
Amen
Edward Hays

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JUBILEE YEAR 2018
The Year of our Lord 2018 is our parish Jubilee commemorating 75 years of fulfilling our mission of Opus Christi –which is Latin for Christ’s Work. During the decades our parish has been love in action, bringing good news through spiritual, service and social ministry

Jesus said to our parish patron St. Philip, “Whoever believes in me will do the works I do and even great works.” John 14:22

Our Jubilee Prayer
Rejoicing in you, O Lord, with thankful hearts we pray as . . .
We Remember
gratefully our past companions on the Journey who sacrifice inspires us.
We Celebrate
the good news of love in action that empowers spiritual, service and social ministry.
We Believe
in God’s providence as faithful stewards who continue Christ’s work using the Keys to the Kingdom.
Amen

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

The next class for grades 1 – 6 is January 7
The next class for grades 2 and 7 – 10 is January 21

Denise Pannullo for Grades 1 – 8 at 973-779-1439
Victoria Velasco for Confirmation at 973-798-8772

N ST. PHILIP PREPARATORY SCHOOL

The faculty, staff, and students wish everyone a Happy & Healthy New Year, from our family to yours! The 8th graders are excited that their official graduation year has arrived and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their high school acceptance letters.  Good Luck to the Class of 2018 during this time. 
School reopens on Tuesday, January 2nd.  Friday, January 5th is a full day of school.  We will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week at the end of the month. More information to follow in the coming weeks.

YOUTH GROUP

Beginning in January, the Youth Group meetings will be moved to Sundays at 11 AM: January 7th and 28th.

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