May 31, 2015

Reflection on the Mystery of the Trinity

If God as primordial origin is pictured as the sun,
and God incarnate as the beam of that same light streaming to the earth (Christ the sunbeam),
then Spirit is the point of light that actually arrives
and affects the earth with warmth and energy.
And it is all the one shining light.

Again, triune holy mystery may be pictured
as an upwelling spring of water,
the river that flows outward from this source,
and the irrigation channel where the water meets and moistens the earth
-again, Spirit. And it is all the one flowing water.

Yet again, the triune God can be compared to a flowering plant
with its deep, invisible root,
its green stem reaching into the world from that root,
and its flower (Spirit) which opens to spread beauty and fragrance
and to fructify the earth with fruit and seed.
And it is all the one living plant.

The point for our pondering is that call the mystery of God Spirit
signifies the active presence of God in this ambiguous world.
Whether the Spirit be pictured as the warmth and light given by the sun,
the life-giving water from the spring,
or the flower filled with seeds from the root,
what we are actually signifying is God drawing near and passing by
in vivifying, sustaining, renewing and liberating power
in the midst of historical struggle.
Elizabeth Johnson, Reflection on the Trinity based on the images of Tertullian, a 2nd century theologian.

Diocesan Award Bestowed Upon Sr. Christine Liegey

The Diocese of Paterson recognizes the service of the laity and religious as it awards the Sixth Annual VIVERE CHRISTUS AWARD. The title of the award is taken from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians1:21, “for me to live is Christ.” The Bishop bestows this honor on behalf of the community of faith in gratitude for faithful stewardship given in the name of our Lord Jesus. Our parish recipient this year is Sister Christine Liegey.

The award will be given on Sunday, June 14th at a 3:30 PM Vesper Service at St. Philip with a light reception to follow in the auditorium. All are welcome.

The award is a double blessing for Sr. Christine as it is bestowed during The Year of Consecrated Life dedicated by Pope Francis as 2015. The Holy Father wrote, “A radical approach is required of all Christians, but religious persons are called upon to follow the Lord in a special way: They are men and women who can awaken the world.”

St. John Paul writes in the opening sentence of Vita Consecrata: “The consecrated life, deeply rooted in the example and teaching of Christ the Lord, is a gift of God the Father to his church through the Holy Spirit.” (VC#1)

Pope Francis has reminded us: “Consecrated life is a prophecy. God asks us to fly the nest and to be sent to the frontiers of the world, avoiding the temptation to ‘domesticate’ them. This is the most concrete way of imitating the Lord.” Father James M. Sullivan, O.P.

We are grateful and blessed by Sister Christine who has faithfully served our parish for 36 years. Her current ministry is as a spiritual minister with a focus on the sick, bereaved, Prime Timers Social group and as the Baptism preparation coordinator.

Please keep Sister in your grateful prayer and pray for vocations to the Religious Life.

Farewell to Fr. Jared

Save the Date!
Sunday, June 28, 2015
1:00 PM – School Auditorium
Program with light refreshments

As was announced last weekend, Bishop Serratelli has named me the Administrator of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Mountain Lakes as of June 29th. This news brings about many different emotions for me. I will leave St. Philip saddened but also full of joy and hope at the same time. I have been blessed by each of you. I am impressed by your faithfulness, holiness, and sincerity. I take this with me as I continue to serve the people of God in Mountain Lakes and wherever God takes me in the future. Throughout my life I have trusted in God. He has always provided for me. Even in difficult moments God was present to me, to sustain me, and bring me to where I needed to be. Please pray for me in these coming weeks as I prepare to make this transition. Continue to be open to the working of the Holy Spirit in your life as I will in mine. Trust in the providence of God. May God continue to bless you and let us pray for one another.

Newly Ordained Assigned to Our Parish

Last Saturday, Bishop Serratelli ordained 14 men to the Priesthood at St. Philip. This past Tuesday he assigned Rev. Jose Miguel Jimenez to be our Parochial Vicar effective June 29. Fr. Miguel was born on June 12, 1987 in Colombia to Jose and Ana Jimenez. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from the Seminary of Jesus Christ the High Priest in Antioquia, Colombia. After arriving to the United States and the Diocese of Paterson he studied and received a Masters Degree in Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Throughout his time in the seminary, Fr. Miguel spent three years at Holy Family, Florham Park and one year as a Deacon at Sacred Heart and Holy Rosary in Dover. Fr. Miguel enjoys playing soccer and reading.

ST. PHILIP’S PARISH CARNIVAL

Friday, June 5:      6:00 – 10 PM
Saturday, June 6: 6:30  – 11 PM
Sunday, June 7:    1:00 – 7:00 PM

  • Delicious food, drink and pizzelles!
  • Cotton candy, popcorn, and ice cream!
  • Beer, wine, and soda
  • Amusements for all ages: Adventure Galley, Joust, Whirl Wind, Bungee, Rock Climbing, Mechanical Bull
  • Carnival booths with games!

Super 50/50 tickets will be sold at all masses the weekend of May 30th and at all days of the Carnival.

Pre-Sale Ride Tickets

Save on Carnival ride tickets with pre-sale prices! (Discount prices are valid until June 3rd)
Fifteen (15) tickets for $12. The day of the event tickets will be twenty (20) tickets for $20.
Unlimited ride bracelet $20. The day of the event bracelets will be $25.

Tickets are available in the school lobby, the Molly Center (9:00 AM until 4:00 PM), after masses May 30th and 31st, and online at the St. Philip website, stphilip.org/carnival. Tickets and/or bracelets will be picked up at ticket booth at Carnival. Take advantage of these discount prices and reserve your tickets or bracelets now!

Carnival Sponsors

Sponsor support is one of the reasons our carnival has been a huge success each year. Sponsors are greatly appreciated. We are offering Business Sponsorship for $50.00 and Family Sponsorship for $30.00. We are again offering the sponsor of a booth or ride at a cost of $100.00.

Sponsor flyers are available this week in the vestibule of the church.

Workers Needed

We want to thank all workers in the past and hope they can work again this year. New faces are always welcome. The carnival is a great place to meet old friends and make new ones.

Worker signup sheets are available this week in the vestibule of the church.

Carnival Soda/Water Donations

Name brand soda and bottled water for Carnival’s “Soda & Lemon Ice” booth can be left in the Molloy Parish Center. Hours are 9 AM – 7 PM Monday through Thursday and 9 AM – 4:30 PM on Friday.

Coffee and Cake Table

We are asking our parishioners to please donate cookies, brownies (no nuts) and cupcakes with sprinkles, if possible, for the cake and coffee table.

Cakes may be dropped off in the auditorium at any time during the Carnival hours. Thanks for your donations!

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