May 21, 2017

EASTER TIME

We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe

EASTER TIME

EASTER PRAYER
THE SIGN OF THE EASTER 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.
  • 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.
    REFLECTION ON FORTITUDE AND RIGHT COUNSEL
    FINDING GOD IN YOURSELF AND YOUR GIFTS

    Send your Holy Spirit upon them to be their helper and guide. Give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, right judgment and courage, knowledge and reverence, and wonder and awe in your presence.     (From Rite of Confirmation)

    There was a bit of a debate in Molly’s prayer group. “Where is this outpouring of the Spirit that we just read about in this Scripture passage? Was it a one-shot thing and now we are on our own?” Nancy wanted to know.
    “No,” said Theresa. “Jesus said he would be with us always, until the end of time. He promised to send us his Spirit, the Holy Spirit, to guide us.”

    ACKNOWLEDGING OUR GIFTS

    “Well, maybe the Spirit is more active than we realize,” said Sue. “For instance, four of us have kids who are being confirmed this spring—each of us has been confirmed. Right there in the Rite of Confirmation, we are promised the Holy Spirit will be our helper and guide. We’re also promised gifts such as courage, wisdom, understanding, knowledge, awe, right judgment, and reverence. I remember when I was confirmed, how I waited for this burst of energy, so I could go out and boldly proclaim my faith—kind of like the first disciples at Pentecost.” She sounded a little disappointed.

    “Do you think you never got those promised gifts?” Sheila asked the whole group “What about courage, Sue? Don’t you think it took courage to go against the school board when it threatened to cut the library funding?”

    Nancy lit up “I can’t think of many activities more reverent than Molly’s hosting this prayer group week after week.”

    The others, in rapid fire, named manifestations of other gifts. “Sheila comes every week with knowledge from books or articles on Scripture.” “Annette unfailingly has a kind word of understanding and wisdom about daily concerns we bring up.” “I never knew anyone who could cut through the baloney on issue faster than Theresa. Sounds like ‘right judgment’ to me.”

    “What about awe?” They were silent for a minute, until Grace patted her growing belly because her baby had just kicked. They looked at each other and laughed. Molly said, “All you have to do is open your eyes once in a while—and how can you help but be awed?”

    “Do you think this kind of discussion may be how the Holy Spirit acts as our helper and guide?” Theresa asked as she put out a plate of blueberry muffins. “We’re not standing on a rooftop and proclaiming, but the Holy Spirit seems to be at work in what we have to do.” The gathering was filled with energy and laughter, evidence that the Holy Spirit is still pretty busy enkindling hearts.

    Julianne B. McCullagh is Director of Family Life Ministry at St. Philip the Apostle Church in Lewisville, Texas.

    Reflection Questions and Activity
    • All is gift. In what areas of your life are you grateful? What areas challenge your gratitude? Speak to God about these challenges. How is God reaching out to you in your prayer, through others, in circumstances?
    • Make a gift list of your talents and how you share them. This is not prideful but an exercise in truth which is humility. God gives, we receive and share. Living as a faithful steward helps us to find God in all things with the simple words—Thank you.
    • What one action will you take this day to share what God has so bountifully given to you?

    CELEBRATING PENTECOST 2017: June 4th

    Multi-language Liturgy

    Acts of the Apostles (2:4) reports that on the feast of Pentecost all were “filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.” The multiple languages at Pentecost demonstrate God’s desire to be in relation with all people. God speaks to each heart in a unique way. Our celebration of Pentecost will be a multi-language liturgy serving as a symbol of God’s ongoing action to renew the face of the earth.
    Volunteers are being sought to proclaim the Scripture readings and general intercessions in their native language. Please contact Donna Scancarella at 973-779-6200 or dscancarella@stphilip.org for more information and to volunteer.

    Festive Clothing

    On the first Pentecost the Spirit hovered over the disciples like tongues of fire. The manifestation of God’s power symbolizes the fire of love that compels the followers of Jesus through spirituality, service and social ministry. Therefore, parishioners are invited to wear flame colors of red, yellow or orange. Our multi-colored glow will be a communal affirmation of our commitment to rekindle the fire of God’s love and to live our mission working for peace and justice with zeal.

    Flag Bearers Needed

    Our Pentecost Eucharist procession is led by our flag bearers. We are in need of six volunteers for each Mass on Pentecost weekend as carriers. The flags are more cumbersome than heavy; however moderate upper body strength is a requirement. A sign-up sheet for each Mass time can be found in the Sacristy.

    ST. PHILIP PREPARATORY SCHOOL

    The students and staff at SPPS have once again completed a successful two day Multicultural Day event. In their travels from class to class, they were taught about the history and culture of ten countries from around the world.  They were able to see many aspects, animals and landmarks of the countries on the walls of the hallway and in classrooms. On the second day the students performed a dance that is native of their class’s particular country. The students and staff also took part in an international luncheon which parent volunteers organized and executed. The luncheon consisted of appetizers, main course, and dessert items from the ten countries. The students completed their educational experience by composing essays describing what they learned and why Multicultural Day is an important addition to their school year. The students truly enjoy this educational experience which is made possible with the combined effort of both teachers and parent volunteers.

    MINISTRIES AND ORGANIZATIONS

    Bereavement Support & Ministry

    “Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.”

    • The Monday Night Widow/Widowers Group:

    A social group for widows and widowers. Next meeting: May 22nd in the Left Conference Room  at 6:30 PM.

    • Spouse Bereavement Group:

    A support group for people grieving the death of their spouse. Next meeting: TUESDAY, May 23rd at 7:00 PM in the RUSSO ROOM. For information contact Dr. Rachel Rengifo at 201-248-4335.

    Prime Timers

    Luncheon  June 2, 2017  Anyone (members and non-members) wishing to attend the luncheon should send their reservation and payment of $15.00 to the Molloy Center Attn: Prime Timers by Friday, May 26th.

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