January 10, 2016

The Baptism of the Lord

“You are my beloved child;
with you I am well pleased”

– Luke 3:22

In today’s Gospel God celebrates with delight in Jesus who begins his public mission. God delights in us as sons and daughters, a privilege that we receive through our Baptism.

St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) reflects on God’s love for us.

CREATED FOR LOVE

“If we know ourselves, we find God’s love. Why, because we see our own nothingness (seeing ourselves as beloved creations of God) that our very existence is ours by grace and not because we have a right to it, and every grace beyond our existence as well – it is all given to us with boundless love. Then we discover so much of God’s goodness poured out on us that words cannot describe it. And once we see ourselves so loved by God, we cannot help loving him. And within ourselves we love God and our own rationality, and hate the distractions that would take inordinate attention in the world.

Some people delight in wealth or status, or would rather please creatures than the Creator. These build their foundation in only worldly appearance, pleasure and enjoyment.

I want you to love God’s goodness within yourself, and his immeasurable charity, which you will find in the heart of self-knowledge. In this heart you will find God. For just as God holds within himself everything that shares in being, so you will find within yourself memory, which holds and is well-suited to hold the treasure of God’s blessing. There too you will find understanding, which makes us sharers in the wisdom of God’s Son by understanding and knowing his will, a will that wants nothing but that we be made holy. When we see this, we cannot despair, no matter what happens, for we know that everything is done with God’s providence and tremendous love.”
Excerpt from: The Letters of Catherine of Siena

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!

We will meet this Sunday, January 10 at 11:00 AM and Monday evening, January 11, 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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