January 29, 2017

BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO BLESS

Lord, today brings paths to discover, possibilities to choose,people to encounter, peace to possess, promises to fulfil, perplexities to ponder, power to strengthen, pointers to guide, pardon to accept, praises to sing and a Presence to proclaim.
David Adam

Blessings

Blessed are those who realize that they cannot live on bread alone, but need the word of God too – they will be fully nourished.
Blessed are those who remember that the things which corrupt us are not those which enter us but those which come out of us, and who strive for purity of heart – they will be clean all over.
Blessed are those who, when they have sinned, follow the example of the prodigal, and come back home to seek reconciliation – they will cause heaven to ring with joy.
Blessed are those who stop to bind up the wounds of today’s roadside wounded, pouring in the oil of compassion and the wine of hope – they are the Good Samaritans of today.
Blessed are those generous doers who, in the midst of their work, maintain a lonely place in their lives for prayer, reflection and relaxation – they will not suffer burn-out.
Blessed are those who remove the plank from their own eyes before telling others to remove the splinter from theirs- their efforts at reforming others will bear fruit.
Blessed are those who, having put their hand to the plough, refuse to look back – they will be found worthy of the kingdom.
Blessed are those disciples who remember that they are the branches without which the vine cannot bear fruit – through their good works the Vine will bear the grapes of love.
Flor McCarthy
Reflection Questions

How are you blessed by these prayers?
How are you a blessing to others?
What action will you take to share your gifts as a steward of God’s blessings?
Concluding Prayer
Creator God, for the many wonders of our lives we bless your name and find, in turn, that we are blessed.
Guide and strengthen us on life’s journey, so that we may be the voice and face of Christ in the world, through our actions, attitudes and presence.
Give us the desire to be instruments of your blessings in the places of our hearts and homes, both now and tomorrow.      
Amen
Donal Harrington and Julie Kavanagh

WHO ARE WE AS STEWARDS ?

Last weekend, Fr. Joe used a portion of the 1994 Inaugural Address of President Nelson Mandella in his homily as a vision for a Christian Steward.  It is printed below for your reflection:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate; our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
‘Whom am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?’
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that people don’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some of us;
it’s in everyone.
And, as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
Increased Offertory Program

Thank you to all parishioners who have completed and submitted their Commitment Card to the church.  For those parishioners who have not yet had the opportunity to submit their card, a letter will be mailed to you with a personalized Commitment Card.  It is important that all parishioners complete a Commitment Card as we will be mailing out a Summary Report of the program and need all commitments accounted for in this report. If you have any questions, please contact the parish office.  We also encourage parishioners to consider our electronic giving method and to setup your reoccurring offertory gifts electronically.

“SOUPER” BOWL OF GIVING

On Sunday, February 5th, over 100 million Americans will tune in to the Super Bowl game.  There will be parties with abundant food, friendship and fellowship. At the same time, others in our local community will worry about staying warm, finding shelter and a warm meal.
Next Sunday, as you head out of Mass, you will see students from our Confirmation Program holding pots and pans. Please consider dropping in $1 (or more!). All donations will benefit our local diocesan soup kitchen/food pantry. Help change the game by tackling hunger!

RCIA

Journey with Us – Discover the Keys to the Kingdom
IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN US!
Our last session has been rescheduled to this Sunday, January 29th at 11:00 AM.  Fr. Joe will present the “Oil of Gladness”. Our next session is Monday, February 6th at 7:00 PM in the Russo Room. Note: there is no session on Monday, January 30th.

We invite you to be our companion on the journey. Make-up sessions will be available. If you would like more information about RCIA, please call Donna Scancarella at 973-779-6200.

Bible Study

A seven week Lenten Bible Study series begins on Monday, February 27th at 11:00 AM in the Molloy Center.  We will discuss the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus from St. John’s Gospel.

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 .

Prayer Opportunities

Meditation hour:   Love Letter From Jesus
Join us on Thursday, February 2nd at 7:00 PM in the Russo Room for prayer, guided meditation and reflection.
Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and Benediction
Will take place in Church on
BENEDICTION
Saturday, February 25th from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Reconciliation from 11:00 AM – 12:00 N  
Benediction at 12:45 PM
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, March 26
Grade 2: February 5, 12, 26, March 19, 26
Grades 7, 8: February 12, March 19
Confirmation Grade 9, 10: February 12, March 19

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