March 1, 2015

Companions on the Journey

Our Parish Lenten Retreat- week II

Throughout the season of Lent and culminating in our Easter celebration we offer a Parish Retreat titled, Companions on the Journey. You are invited to join us as we experience the Lord and the love of each other more fully. The Retreat will unfold in the weekend homilies, liturgical music, bulletin reflections/stphilip.org, and workshop.

Our Lenten church banner pictured above displays symbols of the various themes of our parish Lenten retreat.

Our Journey begins with God who creates us, accompanies us through life, death and resurrection until we return to God in glory. Our journey is from, “glory to glory.” (2Cor.3:18) Along the way we are transformed into the image and likeness of Christ. God holds our hand on the journey and we are invited to hold the hands of our brothers and sisters on every step.

We are Companions on the Journey with God and with each other. The Two Figures shown form a Heart Shape as they companion one another in a bond of divine and human love. The word companion has its origins in two Latin roots; com-with and panis-bread. We “break bread” and share meals with the ones we love.

The Host and Chalice remind us of the precious Sacrament of the Eucharist where we share intimate communion with the Lord, our Bread of Life, and with each other.

The Cross in the center of the Host is the sign of our belief in the love of our God, Father, and Holy Spirit.
The Vertical line of the Cross calls to mind that everything, everyone and even we ourselves come From God as free gifts and grace.
The Horizontal line of the cross suggests the purpose for our lives which is to share our gifts For Others.

Our Prayer of Grace for Lent – Using Our Hands

Giving thanks before meals is a holy practice which keeps us mindful that all that we have is a gift From God.
Making a Sign of the Cross as a simple blessing or grace before a meal is a way to reflect our Mission to share our gifts For Others.
During this Lent, you are invited to give thanks with a prayer of grace before each meal.

Trace the sign of the cross, saying or thinking:Grace means gift; we acknowledge all that comes From God and remember to share what we have and are For Others.

Week II

  • Abraham takes a risk in trusting God and finds God’s blessing and abundance.
  • St. Paul reminds us that if God is for us who can be against us? Christ’s open arms on the cross are the sign of God’s faithfulness which holds us up in every situation.
  • The Transfiguration of Christ is a glimpse of the glory that awaits us when we seek, knock and ask for God to transform our hearts and wills for love.

Reflection

Dorothy Day, journalist, social activist and convert to Catholicism was recently named ‘Servant of God’ on the journey to beatification. She writes in her autobiography, The Long Loneliness, (1952) about her longing for God that causes her to seek, knock and ask spiritual questions about the meaning and purpose of life. Day experiences God’s mercy for her past life and turns fully to God in gratitude at the time of the birth of her daughter. Recognizing that her daughter was a gift From God, Day dedicated her life to service For Others.

Dorothy Day shares her prayer that she will continue to be aware of and trust in God’s presence and, “Not brush away the hand that holds me up!”

She believed that the Eucharist was the most powerful influence in her union with God and others. The word Eucharist is the Greek word meaning “to give thanks.”

The Liturgy offers us opportunities for reflection and various ways to experience God holding us up.

The Penitential Rite

The Penitential Rite invites us, early in our celebration, to take a close look at the gifts we receive From God. We are asked to call to mind the ways that we are using wisely or falling short of our full potential to live our lives in love and service For Others. Our sins are the areas of our life that we bring to God with trust for healing and transformation. We pray, Lord Have Mercy or Kyrie eleison. Mercy is God’s compassion and deepest empathy. God laughs and weeps with us with love beyond all telling. We give God thanks in the Eucharist because we will always find, when we seek, God’s hand holding us up.

We are Companions on the Journey sharing life in the Eucharist of praise.

Questions

1. What part of Dorothy Day’s story speaks to you?
2. How do you brush away God’s hand/ Hold God’s Hand?
3. Who can you “hold up ” with love this day?
4. How does saying grace before a meal change your experience of God?

LENTEN HYMN VERSE 1

We will seek and we shall find;
we will knock and the door shall be opened;
we will ask and it shall be given,
in this Eucharist of praise, in this Eucharist of praise.

Refrain

We are companions on the journey,
breaking bread and sharing life;
and in the love we bear is the hope we share
for we believe in the love of our God,
we believe in the love of our God.

Season of Lent Opportunities

    • Grace before each meals with a sign of the Cross. (See Companion Lenten Prayer above.)
    • Participating in weekly or even daily celebration of the Eucharist is the most perfect prayer and Lenten observance.
    • Welcome Home to Healing: Sacrament of Reconciliation; Monday 7 to 8:30 PM
      Saturday 11 AM to 12 Noon in church
    • Stations of the Cross Fridays 7:00 PM
      March 6: Processional

Lenten Bible Study

Bible Study sessions on the Gospel of Luke.
Mondays:11 AM and 7 PM in the Molloy Center.

Holy Land Pilgrimage Slide Presentation II

A slide presentation “The Life of Jesus from the Immaculate Conception to the Crucifixion from the Eyes of a Scientist” will be presented by Albert Lossinsky, Ph.D. on Sunday, March 15th in the Molloy Center at 2 PM. Sights & experiences from Bishop Serratelli’s April 2013 pilgrimage to Israel will be included.

Spring Royale

Saint Philip the Apostle Parish and Preparatory School Presents

The Spring RoyaleSunday, March 22nd 2015
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Valley Regency
Tickets: $50 per person

Tickets are sold after mass this weekend and through the School OR Parish Office:

      • Includes $25 Gift of Chips for Gaming Tables
      • Butler served hors d’oeuvres, Carving Station
      • Complimentary: Beer, Wine, Soda, Coffee, Tea
      • Gourmet Desserts, Cash Bar, Piano Music
      • Gaming Tables: Black Jack, Roulette, Craps, Wheel of Chance
      • Gift Baskets for Casino Winnings, Silent Auction, Super 50/50

AD JOURNAL

HONORING

Monsignor Kevin Flanagan, our distinguished honoree, generously shares God’s gifts through faithful ministry. You are invited to express your gratitude and thankfulness for all that Father Kevin has done and continues to do for our Church and School community. Share a special message, prayer or goodhearted wish for Fr. Kevin in our Spring Royale Ad Journal.

REMEMBERING

Sister Rene Donohue, FSP served as our dynamic School principal from 1979 to 2001. Sister’s commitment to social gatherings, music, theater and the arts is a rich part of our heritage. We honor her memory with the creation of The Sister Rene Donohue Cultural Arts Legacy which will be funded by the proceeds of our Spring Royale. This year her legacy is continued by providing new lighting and a refurbished sound system for our auditorium. Remember Sister Rene, and contribute to her legacy, by taking an Ad in our Journal in loving memory of Sister or in support of God’s gifts of fellowship and the Arts.

SPONSORSHIP SUPPORTER

Recognition of Your Gift 3-for-1

      • Glossy ad in the printed journal
      • Display on the “Big Screen” at the event
      • 31 day website PDF

Full-Color Ad Journal
$100 – Benefactor (Full Page)
$65 – Patron (Half Page)
$35 – Sponsor (Qtr. Page/Business Card)
$25 – Contributor (Name only)

Table Sponsor
$500 – Leadership Sponsor (Table Sponsorship)
Directions: At stphilip.org, click on the Spring Royale Event, or telephone the Molloy Center (973-779-6200), with your order request.

Seeking donations for Silent Auction: (See Fr. Joe)
Vacation package: home/condo in a vacation destination
Airline Miles
Jewelry
Flat Screen TV
Theatre Tickets
Sporting Event Tickets
iPad
Restaurant Gift Certificates Laptop

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