November 12, 2017

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WAITING IS WISDOM

There is an old saying that “Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity”. (Henry Van Dyke)
It seems as though there is too much to be done and too little time to get it all accomplished. We wait at the doctor’s office and it seems forever. We wait for a son or daughter to come home and we lose a night’s sleep. We are told over and over again that all good things come to those who wait but we are impatient. As we grow older there does not seem to be enough time for all this waiting. And yet when we take a long look at creation, we realize that we must wait. The seasons wait to change. Night waits for day. We wait to be born, to grow up. We even wait to die. Love waits for a lover and God waits for a change of heart.

In the parable we hear this weekend, Jesus is trying to point out how important it is to wait. He is saying that we should wait in holy expectation that the Lord of Life comes not only at our hour of death but also at each and every moment of our day. Life is an adventure, a fascinating journey. Our God is a God of many surprises. We are to expect the unexpected. That unexpected may be a happy experience or it may be one filled with tears and sorrow. Our God is there in all those moments, whether bad or good. We need to be ready to greet Him as He reveals Himself from moment to moment. You and I are called to be people of faith, knowing the Lord is in our midst, waiting to respond to His call. As we wait for His coming we need to be sensible to the changes God is asking us to make and not foolish trying to keep things as they are. Our God is calling us to be more than people who stand around and wait, waiting for someone else to get things done. It is truly time to be GOOD NEWS. So often we think God expects great and wonderful things and we don’t feel that we are able to accomplish such great tasks. But it is the little things in life that really matter for God’s kingdom. It is waiting in patience, a word of praise, a smile of friendship, a merciful forgiveness, a compassionate touch or pat on the back, an attitude of trust and confidence no matter how difficult life becomes. You and I are to be signs of God’s presence to all who are in any need whatsoever. That demands the very best in us, a trustful vigilance, and a patient waiting.

All of our readings this weekend suggest several words: wisdom, waiting, listening, vigilance and a greater awareness. They are also words that have meaning in terms of our prayer life. Prayer really is the gentle, daily practicing of the awareness and presence of our God. We are to be quiet and attentive to God’s loving care and concern for all that God has created. We are to be people of hope who realize that the dark storms of life give way to a new light on a new day. In our busy and hurried world, you and I are to be waiters, people who wait for the Lord, people who wait on each other.
Fr. Matt

ACTIVITY
1. God is there in all the moments, whether good or challenging. Think about the time it was difficult to trust in God’s providence. Thank God for all blessings you have received.
2. Little things matter for building God’s kingdom: Think how you can be during this week, a word of praise for someone or a compassionate touch or pat on the back.

2017 BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL: IN GIVING, WE RECEIVE
After decades of service to our parishes, our diocesan priests have the opportunity to live at Nazareth Village in Chester.  A number of our priests reside there while also serving parishes by celebrating Mass.  Your gift to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal helps support Nazareth Village.  Your pledge is a great way to recognize the generous gift of their priestly vocation.  Please make a gift to the Annual Appeal today as a way of showing thanks. 

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 THANKSGIVING FOOD DONATION WORKS
A free will donation envelope will be available in the back of the church. The Thanksgiving Food Donation envelope can be picked up this weekend and returned in the collection basket next weekend, November 18/19. 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.

RCIA
Through the process of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA we explore and discover the keys to the kingdom. For more information about RCIA please call Donna Scancarella at (973) 779-6200.

ST. PHILIP HAND BELL CHOIR
Hand bell Ringers are needed for the Christmas Season – new and returning members welcome!
Rehearsals are Monday evenings 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM in church. The first meeting is this Monday, Nov. 13.
Please join us for more information or speak to Frank Hydash, Director of Music, after mass. No previous music training necessary. Time to be good news through music ministry!

GOOD NEWS FOR PARENTS
Join us on Sunday, November 19th at 9:00 AM in the Russo Room for parents to hear about how we can help you as people both in your lives and in your roles as parents.  Julia Gabriele, Family & Executive Coach, will facilitate along with members of our Pastoral Staff. Future session dates:
December 10, January 21, February 11, March 18, April 22, May 6
When was the last time you had a moment to take care of yourself? All are welcome!

BIBLE STUDY

An eight week Bible Study group will meet every Monday at 11 AM in the Molloy Center. St. Paul’s letter to the Romans will be discussed. All are welcome!

YOUTH GROUP

The upcoming Youth Group meeting is Wednesday, November 15th – an open gym! All teens in grades 9-12 are welcome to come join us for fun, prayer and a chance to build community. For more information about the Youth Group, contact Brian Caldwell at 973-798-8595.

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