May 15, 2016

COMPASSION ON THE JOURNEY

Compassion on the Journey is our participation in Our Holy Father’s invitation for the Church to celebrate a Jubilee Year of Mercy.
Compassion is the heart of Mercy.
You are invited to join us as we experience God’s compassion and learn to be more compassionate and of fuller service to one another.

Companions-On-The-Journey

The church banner pictured above displays our Easter Theme symbols. 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 the Risen Christ. God is our compassionate companion on the journey and invites us to offer compassionate service to one another.

The Two Figures shown form a Heart Shape as they symbolize human and divine love. The word compassion has its origins in two Latin roots; com-with and passion-to suffer/intense force. The meaning of compassion is a union of love that motivates beyond sympathy and empathy, ‘to be one with’ and, therefore, compels with a commitment to action physically, emotionally or spiritually as needed.

Companions-On-The-Journey

The image above is of Rembrandt’s Portrait of Christ’s Head 1650, oil on wood, State Museum Berlin – Dahlem.

Our focus is on ways to reflect and pray with the masterpiece. Appreciate the expression of Christ captured by the artist. Notice the exposed ear which suggests that Jesus listens with compassion.

St. Benedict of Nursea encouraged compassionate listening with the challenge,

“Listen with the ear of your heart.”
Compassion is listening with the ear of your heart and acting on what you hear.

Easter Prayer :

Resurrected Glory – guide our hearts to serve
Dona nobis pacem, Grant us Peace.

EASTER SEASON

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Risen Christ commissioned the disciples and therefore us, to go out into the world and proclaim the Good News! Part of the Good News of Jesus Christ is the power of the Holy Spirit at work within us and among us. We are given all that we need to live our mission to love and to work for justice and the flourishing of all people.

As we journey through the Easter Season to Pentecost the same Holy Spirit that propelled the disciples to live their mission of Opus Christi, Christ’s Work animates us.

Through Baptism and Confirmation we are empowered with spiritual gifts. During this Easter Season we will explore thematically the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and experience them at work in our lives in new ways.

Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • Fear of the Lord (“WOW!” Awe, Wonder, Amazement) is awakening to God’s blessings freely given: in the beauty of creation, the truth of compassion deep within us, the goodness of loving relationships – recognizing that “All is Gift.”
  • Piety (Reverence) is living gratefully in a graced world with a profound respect for all life and a passion to be faithful stewards of God’s bountiful gifts.
  • Fortitude (Courage) enables us to dream of what is possible with Christ’s love. Fortitude emboldens us to take responsibility for that vision and to creatively make it a reality.
  • Right Counsel helps us to sift and sort in prayer what cannot be changed and needs to be accepted and what can be changed and needs to be accomplished.
  • Knowledge focuses our priorities and shifts our perspective to think, feel and act with faith, hope and love.
  • Understanding is seeing, feeling and listening with the “ear of our heart.” Understanding and compassion are God’s heart.
  • Wisdom enables us to discern and relish God’s presence in all things, to trust in Providence and to therefore live with compassion on the journey.

PENTECOST

The Lobster…

A struggling young American painter is trying to get started as an artist in France. One day, he meets a group of wealthy socialites in a museum. They invite him to a costume party in a castle in the country. The artist is delighted and works hard all week on his costume. He believes that making a good impression on these influential people will most surely help his career.

Fully in costume, the artist enters the ballroom and prepares to descend the long staircase onto the dancefloor. Shocked, he realizes that his friends had indeed invited him to a themed costume party, however, the theme was “a medieval court.” The artist is dressed as a lobster.

All around are bejeweled Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses, Dukes, Earls, Barons and Baronesses. Our artist is wearing a red leotard, red tights, red ballet slippers, giant red foam claws and two wiggling antennae on his head.

Running away is his first thought. But he doesn’t run. He worked very hard on his costume using his gifts and talents. His mission remains the same, to get to know these people, whether he is dressed as a lobster or not.

Stepping into the crowd, a great silence falls and all eyes turn toward him. Someone asks, “What on earth are you?”

A quick prayer crosses his mind and then with a great bow and a flourish he announces “I am the court lobster!” Laughter, not mocking but joyful, signals that they love their new court jester! (Adapted from a story by Elizabeth Gilbert)

That moment when the lobster chose to pray and then courageously go forth into the crowd is a Pentecost moment. The Holy Spirit gifts us to go forth beyond our fears to accomplish our daily mission of Opus Christi, Christ’s Work. We are called to walk into the crowd with service and compassion on the journey.

May we experience our lives as empowered by the Holy Spirit so that in our every thought, prayer, word and deed we manifest God’s compassion.
May we be the lobster who walks into the party…

Our Walk Through the Last Year

Pentecost is a celebration of God’s love and power at work within and among us.

The Eucharist means “to give thanks”. Our celebration is the perfect time to recount all the ways that God has blessed our parish and the ways that we have blessed each other with Compassion on the Journey since last Pentecost.

We share God’s gifts spiritually, socially and in service:

Pentecost 2015 to Pentecost 2016

Baptisms 46 RCIA 10
First Eucharist 85 Funerals 87
Confirmation 71 School Enrollment 458
Pre Cana Couples 15 Rel. Ed. Enrollment 370
Marriages 15 Regular Home Communion Visitation 50

Living Spirituality themes

  • Keys to the Kingdom: keys of Faith, Hope, and Love
  • Parish Crest-Opus Christi = Christ’s work
  • Your Gift is Wrapped in Prayer
  • Compassion on the Journey

Celebrating Socially Service For Facilities

  • Parish Carnival
  • Church Sound System
  • Parish Picnic
  • Valley Road Street Sign
  • Spring Royale
  • Molloy Center Boiler
  • All parish group events
  • Bell Tower Repointing
  • St. Joseph/St. Patrick Dinner
  • Brick Work Molloy Ctr
  • School Roof Work
  • Renovation of Molloy
  • Center Rest Rooms
UPCOMING PARISH EVENTS
VIVERE CHRISTUS AWARDS Sunday, May 15 at 3:30 PM
K OF C AWARDS NIGHT Wednesday, May 18 at 8 PM
CHOIR CONCERT Sunday, May 22 at 4 PM
ST PHILIP PLAYERS CABARET Thursday, June 2 at 7 PM
Fri. & Sat., June 3 & 4 at 8 PM
ROSARY TEA Sunday, June 5 at 2 PM
SR. CHRISTINE’S EVENT Saturday, June 11 at 5:30 PM
CARNIVAL Thursday – Friday – Saturday
June 16 – 17 – 18

Diocesan Award Bestowed Upon Ray Lill
Congratulations to Ray Lill as he is presented with The Annual VIVERE CHRISTUS AWARD by Bishop Serratelli this Sunday at 3:30 PM.

Knights of Columbus
The following are being presented Awards on Wednesday, May 18th:

Catechist of the Year : Pat Schell
Parishioner of the Year : Beth Crocker
Senior Citizen of the Year : Fred Van Duyne
Youth of the Year : R.J. Paleski
Altar Server of the Year : Charlotte Ortzian
Family of the Year : Dennis & Michelle Fitzpatrick
Knight of the Year : Robert Donkersloot
Firefighter of the Year : Mark Drew
EMT of the Year : Derak Cotton
Special Recognition Award : Chief John Link

Monsignor Peter J. Doody Scholarship winners of $1000 each:
Kaylee Reyes, Krystina M. Gabin,
Andrew McDermott, Mariah Vargas

Concert Choir
The Adult, Youth and Handbell Choirs of St. Philip the Apostle will present their annual Spring Concert on Sunday, May 22nd at 4:00 PM in church. The concert, which will feature sacred music, is free; however a free-will offering is appreciated. Please join us.

Sr. Christine to Retire from Staff Parish Ministry
After 36 years of faithful service Sr. Chris is retiring from Staff Parish Ministry. The good news is that Sister will continue to live in our community and will share her abundant gifts as a fellow parishioner. Wewill honor and celebrate Sr. Chris’ legacy of service: Saturday, June 11th at 5:30 PM Mass followed by a light meal and program in the auditorium. (See tear-off)

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