March 8, 2015

Companions on the Journey

Our Parish Lenten Retreat- week III

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 III

  • Moses receives the 10 Commandments that teach us how to be good companions to God and to one another.
  • The crucifixion of Christ is the sacrifice bestows God’s power and strength to share our gifts with each other.
  • Jesus expresses anger that God’s message is being grossly distorted by the money changers in the Temple. The Word of God calls us to act with justice, love tenderly and to walk hand-in-hand humbly with our God.

Reflection

God Knows is the title of a lovely poem written by Minnie Louise Haskins in 1908.

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night. And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day….

God’s hand, always holding our hand, is at the heart of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Jesus continues to bless us with companionship and guidance on the way of life. In early Christianity the followers of Jesus were known as, “Followers of the Way.” Jesus is our way, our truth and our life. In today’s Gospel, Jesus becomes angry with the Temple practices that misdirected attention from the true focus of worship which is God’s freely given abundant blessings.

Our prayer for lent – using our hands to make a Sign of the Cross as grace before meals – has been a challenge. Forgetting to say grace has reportedly caused some frustration in many of us, however, our feelings can be directed in a new way and seen as a blessing.

Our disappointment is a sign that reveals our heart’s deep desire to be mindful and grateful for all that comes to us from God’s hand. The Lord leads us to new ways of humility as we give God praise for the times that we do remember. We rejoice in the Lord always because God is patiently and tenderly holding our hand- in our forgetting, in our remembering in our every step along the way.

The Liturgy of the Word

The Eucharist is our sacred meal in which we, “Give Thanks.”
The Liturgy of the Word nourishes us through Scripture and reflection. The Word of God teaches us to see, hear and experience God and one another in new ways.
We are Companions on the Journey who walk humbly with our God.

Questions

  • What do you find interesting, inspirational, troubling, and encouraging about the messages and images in the poem God Knows?
  • Where is God showing you new ways and leading you in life?
  • Who may need your assistance or encouragement in finding a way through life? How will you reach out to them?
  • How have you been doing in remembering our Lenten prayer of grace?
  • How is God with you in remembering? In forgetting?
  • What does it mean to walk humbly with God?

LENTEN HYMN VERSE 2

We have been gifted with each other,
and we are called by the Word of the Lord:
to act with justice, to love tenderly,
and to walk humbly with our God,
to walk humbly with our God.

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 13: School Children
  • Spirituality Workshop: Sun. March 8th; 11 AM-Russo Rm.

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, Music,
Gaming Tables: Black Jack, Roulette, Craps, Wheel of Chance,
Gift Baskets for Casino Winnings, Silent Auction, Super50/50

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.

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