June 19, 2016

THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

As the sounds of children’s laughter and delight still echo in our ears from our Parish Carnival, we all desire freedom of spirit as God’s children.

Prayer keeps us young at heart and eager to share from the bounty of God’s goodness with generous heart in word and deed.

PSALM 63

Response: Refresh our spirits, O Lord.

O God, you are my God whom I seek;
for you my flesh pines and my soul thirsts like the earth, parched, lifeless and without water.

Refresh our spirits, O Lord.

Thus have I gazed toward you in the sanctuary to see your power and your glory, for your kindness is a greater good than life;
my lips shall glorify you.

Refresh our spirits, O Lord.

Thus will I bless you while I live;
lifting up my hands, I will call upon your name.
As with the riches of a banquet shall my soul be satisfied, and with exultant lips my mouth shall praise you.

Refresh our spirits, O Lord.

You are my help, and in the shadow of your wings I shout for joy.
My soul clings fast to you;
your right hand upholds me.

Refresh our spirits, O Lord.

Child of god

Reflection

A Youthful Heart
by Donal Harrington & Julie Kavanagh

Youth is not a time of life, it is a state of mind;
it is a temper of the will,
a quality of the imagination,
a vigour of the emotions,
a predominance of courage over timidity,
of the appetite for adventure over love of ease.

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years, people grow old only by deserting their ideals.
Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
Worry, doubt, self-distrust, fear and despair, these are the long, long years that bow the head and turn the growing spirit back to dust.
Whether seventy or sixteen, there is in every being’s heart the love of wonder, the sweet amazement of the stars and the star like things and thoughts, the undaunted challenge of events, the unfailing childlike appetite for what is next, and the joy and the game of life.
You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt;
as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear;
as young as your hope, as old as your despair.
So long as your heart receives messages of beauty, cheer, courage, grandeur and power from the earth, from the other, from the infinite, so long are you young…

Concluding Prayer

May the Spirit of the living God renew us.
May the Spirit of the risen Christ keep ever alive in our enthusiasm for the gospel.
May the Spirit who makes all things new protect us from losing heart.
In this Spirit may we go on rediscovering and recreating the joy of Christ in the world.
Amen

Second Collection – Seminary Fund

This Father’s Day a very special collection is being taken up to support those men who are being educated at seminaries in our country and around the world and who will one day serve our own parishes. Just as with your support of our Bishop’s Annual Appeal, this collection will be used to help fund the cost of their formation.

MINISTRIES AND ORGANIZATIONS

Colmbiettes

  • Next meeting is June 23rd at 7:00 PM in Cerullo Hall
  • Officer Elections.
  • School supplies for backpacks will be collected and then taken to The Columbiette State Convention.
  • Low sugar cereal, peanut butter, jelly & canned meats for School #12 also being collected

Widow/Widowers

  • The Monday Night Group: July 11th & 25th at 6:30
    • The New & Recently Bereaved Group: Wednesday, July 13th and 27th at 7:00 PM. Please note there will not be a meeting on June 22nd.

St. Philip’s Players
Come join us offstage. We welcome and will train parishioners for ALL technical positions, stage managers, and scenic designers. Call us at 973-607-1924 or stphilipsplayers@aol.com.

Nunsense! Coming in September

ST. PHILIP PREPARATORY SCHOOL

Last Wednesday, the Middle School Fine Arts classes performed in their End of the Year Extravaganza. Students showcased what they have learned throughout the year in the following classes: Elements of Dance, Newspaper, Music Appreciation, Economics, Visual Arts, Video/Film, and Culinary Arts. We are proud of all the middle school students for a wonderful performance and we thank them for sharing their talents with us. We congratulate our 8th graders who graduated this Saturday and wish them well in their high school endeavors. You will always be a member of the St. Philip family and we will continue to pray for you.

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