January 8, 2017

THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD

Blessed are You, Lord our God,
Who has filled creation
With Light and splendor.

Rise up in splendor, my people! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples; but upon you the Lord shines, and over you appears God’s glory.
You shall be radiant at what you see, your heart shall throb and overflow, for riches of the sea shall be emptied out before you.
Caravans of camels shall fill you, dromedaries from Midian and Ephah; all from Sheba shall come bearing gold and frankincense, and proclaiming the praises of the Lord of Light.
Isaiah 60:1-6/20

Radiant Lord,
We rejoice with hearts filled with gratitude that You are not a hidden God for You reveal Yourself daily through the mystery of light.
Your majesty and glory shine out from within all of creation, as well as from sun, moon and stars.
We walk by their light, and we also feed upon that light as it is transformed daily into our food.
Blessed are You, Illuminator of All Creation, for the gifts of sunrise, high noon and sunset.
In the splendor of the sun, the sky-wheel of energy and light, we see Your splendor, O Light of Lights.
Your Son, Jesus, called Himself the light of the world and invited us to be His luminous brothers and sisters and Your children of light.
We are grateful for the daily light of insight, that gift by which we see our way to You.
We are also grateful for shadows and nightfall which serve as background for this light.
In our lives, we often stand in the darkness of failings and suffering.
May Your Divine Light penetrate the murky overcast of these times, and radiate outward from the horizon of our hearts.
May Your Divine Presence be a shining star in the midst of gloom.
Like the plants of the earth, may we lean toward You, Eternal Source of All Light and Energy.
Help us, this day, To be light to all we meet.
Blessed are You, Lord our God, who has filled creation with light and splendor.
Amen.
Edward Hays


Bless Your Home on Epiphany
The blessing of homes on the Feast of the Epiphany brings the presence of Christ into our lives. The origin of this ritual comes from Europe when homeowners marked their doors with the sign 20+C+M+B=(year). CMB were the initials of the three Wise Men: Caspar, Melchoir and Balthasar.
Another interpretation given of this sign was: Christus Mansionem Bededicat (Christ Blesses this Mansion). We welcome you to bless your home for the New Year using the blessed chalk and rite given below:
One person makes the inscription with chalk above the door (20+C+M+B+17), while another proclaims the corresponding words: The three Wise Men, Caspar, Melchoir, and Balthasar followed the star of God’s son who became Man (20) two thousand years ago. (+) May Christ bless our dwelling (+) and remain with us throughout the New Year.

Prayer: Almighty Father, incline your ear. Bless us and all those who gather here. Send us your angel who will defend us and fill with Grace all who dwell in this place. Amen

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 session is Monday evening, January 9, 2017 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. 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 8, February 5, 26
Grade 2: January 8, 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 9th & 23rd at 6:30 PM
• The New & Recently Bereaved Group: Wednesday, January 11th & 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 PREPARATORY SCHOOL

SAINT PHILIP PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Open House
Catholic Schools Week
January 30th – February 3rd, 2017
Tours by Appointment
973-779-4700

The faculty, staff, and students wish everyone a Happy & Healthy New Year! The students just completed their first week of 2017 and are happy to be back with their teachers and classmates. The 8th graders are excited that their official graduation year has arrived as they anxiously await the arrival of their high school acceptance letters. Like the 8th grade January Bulletin Board states, we encourage everyone to “Throw Kindness like Confetti in 2017!” They brainstormed random acts of kindness and wrote them on pieces of paper to display on the bulletin board. It is our hope that the students of St. Philip Prep will read these suggestions and be able to perform these acts of kindness towards their family and friends. As Saint Teresa of Calcutta once said, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
The 7th grade students made a large mural of Our Lady of Guadalupe with each student completing one tile. The 5th grade is making their own rosary beads. St. Philip students are devoted to their faith and academics as well!

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