January 22, 2017

STEWARDS OF CHRIST’S WORK

Increased Offertory Program

This week you will have received 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. This weekend, you will hear a talk by a fellow parishioner on the subject of being a faithful Christian Steward. A copy of his talk is inserted in this bulletin and is on the website under “Parishioner Witness Talk”. 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. Fr. Joe’s homily from last week on this subject is 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.

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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.

We are exploring 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 to unlock your full spiritual treasure!

OK God, what’s the Good News ?

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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.

RCIA

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 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 cornerstone@stphilip.org.

MEDITATION HOUR: Love Letter From Jesus

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Join us on Thursday, February 2nd at 7:00 PM in the Russo Room for prayer, guided meditation and reflection.
Trip to Ireland with Fr. Kevin: August 6-16, 2017
For brochure contact Long’s Travel: 973-538-1700.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

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

Widow/Widowers
• 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
Now is the time to join the Columbiettes!!!!! We are having our first meeting of the New Year which will take place at 7:00 PM in Marian Hall on Thursday, January 26, 2017. This month’s collection for School 12 will be cereal and meals in a can i.e. ravioli and stew. At this meeting we are having a First Degree Ceremony which all new members need to attend. Hope to see you there.
Please call Sharon at 973-742-0926 if you have any questions.

ST. PHILIP PREPARATORY SCHOOL

Middle School students have begun the countdown of the second marking period of the school year. An assessment in the curriculum areas of study has initiated the process that will cover a two week period. Students have been diligently preparing to summarize their learning experience and demonstrate a successful completion of the marking period. The school leadership and teaching staff remain committed to making St. Philip Prep School motto a reality for each student:

Good Better Best,
Never Let It Rest.
Till Your Good Is Better,
And Your Better Is Best.
SAINT PHILIP PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Open House
Catholic Schools Week
January 30th – February 3rd, 2017
Tours by Appointment
973-779-4700

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