January 15, 2017
STEWARDS OF CHRIST’S WORK
Increased Offertory Program
This week you will receive a brochure detailing the Increased Offertory Program, sponsored by our Diocese, for our parish. This program seeks to help us to increase our parish weekly collection to be used exclusively for our parish needs. Next Sunday, January 21 and 22, you will hear a talk by a fellow parishioner on the subject of being a faithful Christian Steward. You will have an opportunity to increase your offertory gift. We encourage all parishioners to spend time in prayer and discussion with your family reflecting on the parish’s needs and your current level of giving. We look forward to seeing you at Mass next weekend for this very important Commitment Sunday. Fr. Joe’s homily for this week is an insert in this week’s bulletin and is also found on our parish website under Stewards of Christ’s Work. Please review the theme below for a fuller understanding of what it means to be a Christian Steward.
Not Feeling OK? Pray!
Prayer is the key that sets us free to be OK. Prayer is the key that unlocks the treasure of the Good News.
What Good News?
1. God is giving to us and gifting us whether we feel OK or not.
2. God is always working in us, in others and in all ways. We call this God’s Providence. Prayer is the key to discovering the hidden treasure of God in all things.
How to Use the Prayer Key Question
OK God, what’s the Good News?
• Look. Be attentive. Be honest. Be aware.
• Identify in what way you are not OK.
• Pray: OK God, what’s the Good News?
• Reflect; look for God’s Providence. Name what’s good, gift (person, place or thing), blessing or hope in the situation.
• Thank God for those gifts.
• Decide how you will express gratitude to God through service for others. Act.
Christian Stewards Share the Keys to the Kingdom
The hand gesture for OK, pictured above, forms an O, a circle of mutual giving as the pointer finger meets the thumb.
The burst of light symbolizes the moment in prayer when we give our thanks to God. God gives all to us (Providence) and we are invited to respond in gratitude by reaching out in love and service to others.
The three fingers extending outward toward others represent the key gifts that we share:
Time, Talent and Treasure
God Gives; We Give
A Steward is one way that Jesus uses to describe our relationship with God (Mt25:14-30, Lk12:42-48).
An oikonomos or Steward is the one in whom the master places trust by sharing responsibility for the care of all people, resources and work.
The circle of mutually giving love is the key and at the heart of what it means to be a Christian Steward.
The USCCB in their Pastoral Letter on Stewardship: A Disciples Response, write:
“A Christian Steward receives God’s gifts gratefully, cultivates them responsibly, shares them lovingly in justice with others, and returns them with increase to the Lord.”
Finding the true treasure of God in all things takes some know-how and some real effort. God’s active Providence is Good News worth looking for. As Christian Stewards we search for, discover and uncover Good News with the key of prayer.
During the next weeks we will explore our relationship with God by using the Keys to the Kingdom to unlock the treasure of God in all things.
Pray with the Key Question and follow the suggestions in the column to the left and unlock your full spiritual treasure!
OK God, what’s the Good News?
Journey with Us – Discover the Keys to the Kingdom
Through the process of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA, we explore 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 sessions are Sunday, January 15th & 22nd at 11:00 AM and Monday, January 23rd at 7:00 PM in the Russo Room. Make-up sessions will be available.
We invite you to be our companion on the journey. If you would like more information about RCIA, please call Donna Scancarella at 973-779-6200.
Women’s Cornerstone at St. Philip
November 17-18, 2017
If you have already made your Cornerstone (somewhat recently) and would like to be on our Women’s Cornerstone Team, please contact Donna Scancarella at 973-779-6200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our first meeting is Wednesday, January 18th at 7:00 PM in the Russo Room.
A Special Thank you
Martin de Porres Village wishes to sincerely express their thanks and appreciation for the many beautifully wrapped gifts given to them at Christmas as a result of our Advent Giving Tree project. The parishioners of St. Philip directly participated in the Miracle of God’s love at Christmas! Brother Gabriel O’Brien, ISF
Trip to Ireland with Fr. Kevin: August 6 -August 16, 2017
Dublin, Kilronan Castle, Roscommon, Knock Shrine, Galway, Killarney, Bunratty Castle, etc.
For Brochure contact Long’s Travel: 973-538-1700
Religious Education Classes schedule
Grades 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6: February 5, 26
Grade 2: January 22, February 5, 12, 26
Grades 7, 8: January 22, February 12
Confirmation Grade 9, 10: January 22, February 12
MINISTRIES AND ORGANIZATIONS
• The Monday Night Group: January 23rd at 6:30 PM
• The New & Recently Bereaved Group: Wednesday, January 25th at 7:00 PM.
Columbiettes Invite You
The Columbiettes invite all women 17 years of age and older who are practicing Catholics to an informal gathering on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 7 PM in the Molloy Center. Come and meet us to learn about our ministry. Refreshments will be served. If you have any questions, call Sharon Festa at 973-464-6608. All are welcome!
St. Philip Knights of Columbus Fundraiser
St Philip the Apostle Knights of Columbus 11671 are hosting a fundraiser dinner for Tom Fudali, one of our parishioners who is very ill and in need of our support. The fundraiser for Tom will take place at the VFW Post #7165, 491 Valley Rd., Clifton on January 21, 2017. Tickets are $40 each. Please Contact Ray Lill at 201-618-3962 or Rich Donkersloot at 973-650-3327 for tickets or information. Donations are welcome.
ST. PHILIP PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Seventh and eighth grade, “Genius Hour” science classes move into production phase as students create, engineer, construct, and test their new inventions and ideas. We look forward to the spring when the students will present and display their achievements. Visit our Blog posts in the school’s main hallway near the office to learn more about what students are working on.
Quarterly Exams are in progress for students in grades 4-8 as the second quarter draws to an end. Grade 5 is currently working on a research project about their family history. The project culminates with a celebration during Catholic Schools Week when student invite a family member to join them in a reception to share their project results and learn about each other’s family history.
Middle School is excited to announce its spring musical production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. We are looking forward to auditioning talented Middle School students.
SAINT PHILIP PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Catholic Schools Week
January 30th – February 3rd, 2017
Tours by Appointment
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