May 27, 2018

NOVENA HONORING THE MOST HOLY TRINITY

As we celebrate the Most Holy Trinity, we acknowledge that the mystery is never fully understood, but can be experienced, felt, and known.

The prayer written by Joyce Rupp, O.S.M., in “Out of the Ordinary”, may open us to a grateful and heartfelt experience of our God who is Eternal Love.

A novena (from Latin: novem, “mine”) is an ancient tradition of devotional praying over a period of nine successive days.
Using the prayer, “The Heart of Eternal Love”, the following novena may be prayed in honor of The Blessed Trinity.

One stanza of the poem prayed three times a day accompanied by the action suggested in the reflection constitutes the novena completion.

May the Heart of the Eternal Love of God burn more brightly through the practice of this devotion.

NOVENA: PRAYER AND ACTION THE HEART OF ETERNAL LOVE Joyce Rupp
Day 1
Heart of Love,
Source of all kindness,
Teacher of the ways of goodness,
you are hidden in the pockets of daily life,
waiting to be discovered.
How was God hidden in your day in an act of kindness
given or received?

Day 2
Heart of Gladness,
Joy that sings in our souls,
the Dancer and the Dance,
you are Music radiating in our
cherished caches of consolation.
Move your body in a dance as you pray.

Day 3
Heart of Compassion
the Healing One weeping
for a world burden and bent,
you are the heart we bring
to the wounded, worn, and weary.
Pray for someone who is hurting.

Day 4
Heart of Comfort,
Sheltering Wings of Love,
Refuge for sad and lonely ones,
you embrace all who bear loss,
gathering their tears with care.
Contact someone who grieves in love and support.

Day 5
Heart of all Hearts,
the First and Best of all Companions,
you are the Gift secreted in our depths,
connecting us with others.
Make a list of people who have been or are companions
on your journey of faith. Give thanks to God for them.

Day 6
Heart of Understanding,
One who gazes upon the imperfect,
the incomplete, the flawed, the weak,
you never stop extending mercy.
Ask God to reveal areas in your life that are in need of
forgiveness and healing. They are opportunities to do God’s work.

Day 7
Heart of Freedom,
the Uncontained Spirit bearing truth,
Great Liberator, forever calling to us,
you urge us toward unrestrained trust.
Who are the people that you need to forgive? Ask the
Lord to bless them every time they come to mind. It is ok
to be angry and hurt. Tell God. Leave the rest in God’s hands.

Day 8
Heart of Generosity,
Abundance of insight and hope,
daily you offer us gifts of growth,
leading to continual transformation.
What time, talents or treasures are you being asked to
share as a faithful steward of God’s bountiful gifts?

Day 9
Heart of Deepest Peace,
Center of Tranquility,
Resting Place at the core of our being,
you are waiting always for our return
to this sacred home.
Reflect and list the graces of the novena as you look
back on the nine days of prayer. Thank God. What one
action will you take as a sign of your thankfulness?

CONCLUDING PRAYER FOR EACH DAY:
1. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

2. Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Who was, and is, and evermore shall be.

3. Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in pow’r, in love, and purity.

4. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and sky, and
sea;
Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

FATHER JULIO PROMOTED TO CHAPLAIN
Bishop Serratelli will name Fr. Julio Barrios Chaplain of De Paul High School in Wayne for the 2018 – 2019 academic year. Fr.Julio will take residence in the Church of the Annunciation in Wayne.

Fr. Julio’s gifts of enthusiasm, concern for pastoral care and interest in a holistic approach to spirituality will serve the students, faculty and families of De Paul Catholic as he fosters the school’s mission through his leadership.

Please keep Fr. Julio in your prayer during this time of transition as he prepares to assume the responsibility for the
spiritual welfare of the premier Catholic High School in Passaic County.

In gratitude for Fr. Julio’s two and one-half years of faithful service to Saint Philip the Apostle we will hold a congratulatory reception on Sunday, June 24 following the twelve noon Mass in the auditorium. Details to follow.

CELEBRATION OF RECONCILIATION
The new time for the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be at 4:00 PM on Saturdays instead of 11:00 AM. This will become effective on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

JUBILEE YEAR 2018
The Year of our Lord 2018 is our parish Jubilee commemorating 75 years of fulfilling our mission of Opus Christi –which is Latin for Christ’s Work. During the decades our parish has been love in action, bringing good news through spiritual, service and social ministry.
Jesus said to our parish patron St. Philip, “Whoever believes in me will do the works I do and even great works.” John 14:22

Our Jubilee Prayer
Rejoicing in you, O Lord, with thankful hearts we pray as . . .
We Remember
gratefully our past companions on the Journey whose
sacrifice inspires us.
We Celebrate
the good news of love in action that empowers spiritual,
service and social ministry.
We Believe
In God’s providence as faithful stewards who continue Christ’s
work using the Keys to the Kingdom.
Amen

ST. PHILIP PREPARATORY SCHOOL

Well, spring is finally here and we are working hard preparing for the end of the year. There are many trips coming up and the eighth grade is preparing to leave us. PreK 3 had a great time at Jack’s Petting Zoo and next week the fifth grade will be going on their field trip to the Sea Grant Consortium. The St. Philip Prep girls’ varsity volleyball team, who was undefeated all season, won the championship against Our Lady of Mercy. This is the third year in a row the team has won the championship. Way to go girls!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION REGISTRATION
Registration for the 2018-2019 year is now open. An early incentive discount will be given if registration is completed by June 30. New families are welcome!

There are two ways to register:
• Online: Please visit www.stphilip.org. The registration forms and fees can be submitted electronically.
• In Person or by Mail: Download and Print the registration form, and return with fees to the Parish Rectory.

Please be sure that you are registered with the parish prior to registering your child/children for class. Contact Barbara Salzer, parish secretary at 973 779-6200.

Please contact dleach@stphilip.org with any questions about our Religious Education program.

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