May 6, 2018

PRAYER IS THE KEY TO SERENITY

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 (COURAGE) AND RIGHT COUNCIL (TEN + 2 = SERENITY)

Three-year old Nick is getting angry more frequently. His mom, Mary Lu Hudak, teaches the boy to count to ten when he begins to feel anger. On one occasion, she reminds him, “Count to ten, Nick. Count to ten.” So, he starts “One, two, three,” and on and on, until he ends with “… eleven, twelve.” The mom is quiet for a few minutes while they look at each other. Then, with nod of his head and a wise smile says, “Some people just need to count to twelve.” (Adapted Readers Digest 4/2018)

Counting to ten is a good start because it focuses the mind on the entire situation and not just on the feeling. The most winning equation adds another two steps. Add the two steps of prayer; tell God what is happening in your mind and heart and listen for God’s help.

Prayer gifts us with Courage and Fortitude to face any situation and affords us God’s grace of Right Council which helps us to see how we can most wisely change our reactions into loving responses.

PRAYER PRACTICE FOR ANGER MANAGEMENT
Count to twelve:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Count to ten, collect yourself. Add the two steps of prayer.
Plus 11,
Share honestly with God about your thoughts and feelings.
Plus 12,
Be attentive to how God is guiding you to respond.
Equals…….
Serenity.

CELEBRATING PENTECOST 2018: MAY 20

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.

RESTORATION UPDATE

Phase II
The Molloy Center is still in process because it sustained the greatest amount of smoke damage. At this writing, there is no
projected return date.
Phase III
The Kaleidoscope wing of the school, which was the epicenter of the fire, was deemed unsalvageable by the insurance company and was demolished. Marion Hall shared a wall and a roof with the Kaleidoscope wing and therefore, cannot be used until a new building is constructed on the site. We are currently in the planning stage to rebuild the Kaleidoscope wing and to restore Marion Hall for use.
Please Help
Your prayer and support through these months is deeply appreciated. Please help by continuing your prayer for:
• patience in dealing with the relocation of our spiritual, service and social ministries to off campus sites.
• all those involved in the restoration process, that God will continue to Bless them for their dedication and diligence.
• a speedy return for the use of our entire facility as we continue to do our mission which is Christ’s Work of love in action.

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the wisdom to know the difference.
Reinhold Niebuhr

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