November 1, 2015

November: In Communion with the Saints

Focusing

God calls each one by name.
Everyone’s name is sacred…
It demands respect as a sign of the
Dignity of the one who bears it.
(Catechism, 2158)

Scripture

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by name, you are mine. (Isaiah 43:1)

Can a mother forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will never forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands. (Isaiah 49: 15-16)

I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off. (Isaiah 56:5)

You shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord…You shall no more be termed ‘Forsaken…but you shall be called ‘My delight Is in Her.’ (Isaiah 62:2-4)

Rejoice that your names are written in heaven.
(Luke 10:20)

Quiet Time

Bring to mind the names of those you have
 known who have died…
so many names…
unlock your memory and acknowledge them
all as they pass before you…
Donal Harrington & Julie Kavanagh

Prayer

We thank you Lord for those dead who were so dear to us,
from whom such goodness flowed.
We pray that all they held sacred
and everything in which they were wonderful
will continue to mean much to us
and go on living in our hearts and lives.

We reach out and pray for all who mourn the death of a child or a parent, a brother or sister, a friend or relative.
We pray for all who have suffered an unspeakable loss,
and for those who go on blindly, unable to overcome their sorrow.
We pray for all who are discouraged
that they may not hate the light of life
but that they may keep an open heart.

We pray for all who die and are not mourned
but are ignored in death like a stone by the roadside.
We pray for all who are lost in war and prison,
for those who have committed suicide
and for those who are lonely in life or death,
that God may hear them, and keep them
in his heart.

In our prayer we give thanks to Jesus Chris our brother who died our death so that we might
live his life.

Huub Oosterhuis, Your Word is Near, 86-89

RCIA

Journey with Us!

The next session of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA will be Monday, November 2nd at 7:00 PM in the Russo Room. We invite you to be our companion on the journey and discover the keys to the kingdom. All are welcome! If you would like more information about RCIA, please call Donna Scancarella at 973-779-6200.

Memorializing Our Hymnals

Each time we pick up our Journeysong Hymnal to sing we have an opportunity to remember, celebrate and deepen our belief through the memorialization of our hymnals. You are invited to participate by:

  • Remembering a loved one,
  • Celebrating in thanksgiving a special person, anniversary or significant event and
  • Believing more deeply through prayer for the person or persons memorialized.

Memorial Intention Book Plate

A Memorial intention will be inscribed on the inside of the front cover of each memorialized hymnal for a donation of Twenty Dollars. You may pick up a Memorial intention envelope marked – Hymnal Return Envelope and Enclosed Form on the shelf of the bulletin board in the church vestibule. After completing your intention please return it along with the donation in the collection basket.

Prayer Opportunity

Whenever we pick up a hymnal, we have an opportunity to open to the front cover and pray for the memorialized; remembering those already with the Lord, giving thanks for those who are God’s gift to us. We grow in belief through prayer as we live our lives like a hymn of praise to the Lord.

Feeding the Hungry at Thanksgiving

Our parish has a long history of giving service through ministry especially in the area of feeding those in need at Thanksgiving. We will not be collecting food but rather taking free-will donations that will be converted into food gift certificate cards.

How the New Thanksgiving Food Donation Works
A free will donation envelope will be available in the vestibule in the back of the church. The Thanksgiving Food Donation envelope can be picked up next weekend, November 7/8 and then returned in the collection basket the following weekend, November 14/15. You may write your parish giving envelope number on the Thanksgiving Food Donation Envelope in order to have your gift added to your yearly contribution statement.

Your contribution will be converted into food certificate gift cards. An added benefit is that for every $100 donated, five dollars is given to us in return by the food store for our charitable works and therefore a gift of $100 becomes an actual gift of $105.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Religious Education Classes schedule

Grades 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6: November 8, December 13
Grade 2:  November 8, 15, December 6, 13
Grades 7, 8: November 15, December 6
Confirmation Grade 9, 10: November 15, Dec. 6
Monday, November 2nd: First Reconciliation Parent Meeting
at 7:00 PM in Marian Hall.

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