November 15, 2015

We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe

The Feast of All Saints begins the month of November and invites us to be mindful of Blessings.

We Remember our loved ones who share new life in Christ.
We celebrate the lives which continue to influence us.
We believe in the everlasting significance of all relationships which are signs and gifts of God’s Providence and eternal love.

How Many Loves Now
How many loves now
have moved across
my heart
leaving permanent marks?

How many loves now
are lost to me
by death
or fickleness
or distance?

How many loves now
glow inside of me
like a crackling fireplace
on a cold winters night?

How many loves now,
how many?

I gather them all,
the well-established
the long dead
the wish-I-could-come-in
the warming-my-heart ones,

Today all of them find their place
and seem to be content.
– Joyce Rupp

Reflection Questions

  • Recall the loved ones who now share new life in Christ. What qualities and gifts did they bring to your life? How are you following their good example?
  • For which relationships do you grieve? Jesus shares in today’s Gospel, “Heaven and earth will all pass away, but my words will never pass away.” How do these words of Christ bring comfort in sorrow and hope in despair?
  • Who are the people entrusted to your care that depend on you to bring light, love and hope? Who brings you light, love and hope?
  • How does prayer enable you to find a place of contentment for your ongoing thoughts, variety of feelings and needed discernment for action?
  • Pray – dona nobis pacem, Grant Us Peace about and for your relationships.

RCIA

Journey with Us!

The next session of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA will be Monday, November 16th 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! For more information please call Donna Scancarella at 973-779-6200.

Bible Study

Bible Study sessions take place on Mondays at 11 AM in the Molloy Center.
We will study the second half of St Luke’s Gospel. St Luke is often referred to as the “Divine Physician”, and describes the human side of Jesus. He is also the author of “The Acts of the Apostles” which describes the events and history of the early church.  All are welcome.

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 returned in the collection basket. 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: December 13
Grade 2: November 15, December 6, 13
Grades 7, 8: November 15, December 6
Confirmation Grade 9, 10: November 15, December 6

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