March 19, 2017

OUR PARISH LENTEN RETREAT

PRAYER TIME

We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe

What Time is it for You?

Feeling frazzled by no time?
Bored with too much time on your hands?
It is time to wake up!
God can help you every time. God is always with you in the nick of time, whenever you make time to pray. God’s presence, wisdom and peace are with you, here in this moment. The time is now.

PRAYER TIME

The clock reminds us that Time is God’s gift. When you see a clock or watch, remember that it is always Prayer Time. Prayer closes the circle of our past, present and future with our God who is here for us. Prayer makes us aware of God right now! We Remember our past blessings, lifting our hands in faith. We Celebrate God’s presence now, opening our hands, in hope, with trust. We Believe that our future is our mission to do Christ’s Work, empowering us to reach out our hands in love and service.

Always Prayer Time
Time Out!

Waiting is an opportunity to pray. Wait with God. While at a red light, on line, on hold or while watching the computer download, be mindful of God.

Got Five Minutes?

Time is God’s gift to us; we return the gift by giving God our time in prayer. There are 720 minutes in only 12 waking hours; giving God five minutes is less than 1%. How to use the time? Find a quiet place alone. Take some deep breaths in and out using the Latin word for peace, pacem– pa- –cem. Follow the guide below.

Turn the Hands of Time in Prayer

Turning the hands of time in prayer involves three sweeping moves into your past, present and future.
We Remember: call to mind your past blessings and thank God. God did provide. Gratitude grows Faith.
We Celebrate: affirm God’s presence with you in this very moment. Pray, “Lord, I trust that you are with me now in mind, body and spirit. My hope lies is in you.” God is providing. Trust gives hope.
We Believe: you were created to receive and to give love. Imagine your future. How is God inviting you to live your mission in doing Christ’s work? God will provide all that you need. Second by second, you are being endlessly supplied and empowered to love and to offer service to others.

LENTEN HYMN and PRAYER

We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe
Marty Haugen Adapted

We remember in our prayer time we’ve been blessed, And so we celebrate for you are with us here.
And we believe that you entrust us With your work, of love and service, Lord.
We remember, we celebrate, we believe.

No Time at All? You have Time for this Prayer!

THE SIGN OF THE CROSS

Make the sign of the cross. As you do, know that this desire to pray is God’s gift. You are praying.
• Touch your forehead…
Remember God’s blessings in your life. Say, “Thank You” which is the perfect prayer.

• Touch your heart…
Celebrate God’s presence in you. Smile.

• Touch your left and right shoulders…
Believe that you were created to receive and give love.
What love and service are you giving next?

Lent Reflection Week III
We Celebrate God While Waiting

One morning while waiting almost 20 minutes for his guests to arrive for a breakfast meeting, Thomas Friedman received a gift of time. As his companions rushed into the diner explaining reasons for their tardiness, Thomas blurted out, “Thank you for being late.” He was grateful because he realized that, during his waiting time he had a rare opportunity to pause and reflect. In his book, Thank You for Being Late, Thomas explained that the gift of waiting time was a chance for him to rethink, restart and recharge his inner battery. The clock of his external time stopped in waiting; his internal clock of reflection and inner-life started. Thoughts connected, feelings surfaced, ideas were born.
Prayer is our waiting time. When we stop our hectic routines and pray, we can experience God who is always present to us. In prayer, our thoughts become connected, our feelings surface, we can become open to God’s wisdom with new ideas and perspectives about ourselves, others and our activities. Prayer is a time to celebrate the God who is with us here.
Make the next time you are waiting an opportunity for prayer. Celebrate God while waiting and say, “Thank you for being late.”

Ways to Pray and to Celebrate
Our God Who is With Us Here

God is the giver and sustainer of our lives. We can celebrate God’s nearness to us through our physical sensations. Prayer techniques can help us to remember that God is present to us at all times and always with us here. Below are three practices to try while at prayer. They can help us to celebrate God with us. God is closer to us than we are to ourselves.
Breathing: Pay attention to your breathing. Breathe in deeply and slowly. As you exhale pray that your anxiety, tension and negativity be released. Breathe in God’s peace. Ask for the desire to share God’s peace.
Hands Folded in Prayer: Hold one hand folded in the other while you pray. God is always embracing us. We can celebrate this truth of our faith by the sensation of warmth and strength while feeling one of our hands being held by the other.
Hearing and Feeling Our Hearts Beat: Place your hand on your heart or feel your pulse. Our heart beat is a sign of God continuously providing us with the gift of life. Experience your heart beat as a symbol and sensation of God’s constant care and flow of unconditional love.
Activities of Service
• What word or action will you take to be a source of love or peace?
• What support can you offer to strengthen someone?
• What love can you express as a sign of your gratitude to God for the gift of your life?

SEASON OF LENT OPPORTUNITIES

Renew your faith and your spiritual life for service and love for one another.

Lenten Practices:

• Participating in weekly or even daily celebration of the Eucharist is the most perfect prayer and Lenten observance
• Engage in the variety of opportunities for community and private prayer and reflection in our Parish Retreat, Prayer Time: We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe
Meditation Hour: Thursday, April 6th at 7 PM in Marian Hall
Adoration/Benediction Hour: Tuesday, March 28th 7:00 PM in Church
Welcome Home: Sacrament of Reconciliation; Mondays 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Saturdays 11:00 AM to 12 Noon
Saturday, April 8th 10:00 AM to 12 Noon in church
Stations of the Cross: Fridays 7:00 PM in Church
Living Stations of the Cross: Friday, April 7th
Lenten penance includes acts of self-denial as a tool for mindfulness of God’s bountiful gifts and presence and/or an increase in charitable acts and works of kindness.
• Days of Fast and Abstinence: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence when we refrain from eating meat and have one full meal and two lesser meals. All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.
Lenten Bible Study: St. John’s Gospel Seven week series Mondays at 11 AM in the Molloy Center
CRS Rice Bowls which support Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities Emergency Assistance Service Programs are available in the vestibule of the Church.

Bible Study

The theme, We remember, We celebrate, We Believe is part of our Lenten Bible journey as we remember the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus, while studying the latter chapters of St John’s Gospel. We meet every Monday of Lent beginning at 11 AM in the Molloy Center with 30 participants. Everyone is welcome.

RCIA

Join us on Monday, March 20th at 7:00 PM
in the Russo Room
as we journey with Fr. Joe as we discuss
the Sacrament of Eucharist

Little Sisters of the Poor Door Collection

The Little Sisters of the Poor from St. Joseph’s Home for the elderly in Totowa will be visiting our parish on Saturday & Sunday, March 18th & 19th, 2017. The Little sisters of the Poor operate 188 homes throughout the world providing loving care to the elderly poor and have served the aged in New Jersey since 1879.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Religious Education Classes schedule
Grades 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6: March 26, April 2
Grade 2: March 19, 26, April 2
Grades 7, 8: March 19, April 2, May 7
Confirmation Grade 9, 10: March 19, April 2, May 7

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