November 22, 2015

WE REMEMBER, WE CELEBRATE, WE BELIEVE CHRIST OUR KING

“I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” John 18

We remember the truth of Jesus humbling himself to share in our humanity so that we might share in His divinity.

We celebrate the truth that God continuously bestows grace, giving us life and challenging us to follow in Christ’s sacrificial example.

We believe the truth that all is gift and that we are created and commissioned as stewards of God’s bounty to serve one another with our time, talent and treasure.

Reflection Story

Sister Joyce Rupp O.S.M. shares the following story:
“A thought-provoking poem by Rabindranath Tagore tells of a beggar at the side of the road who was visited by a King who was on the journey. The King asks the beggar to give him a gift from his tattered back. The beggar is startled, for he has been thinking that the King will be giving him something rather than asking him for a gift. After all, the beggar has so little. The king has so much. The beggar reluctantly reaches into his bag and pulls out just one kernel of corn and gives it to the King. At the end of the day, when the beggar opens and empties his bag to see what he has gleaned from the day’s contributions, he discovers one tiny kernel of gold.

I try to remember this powerful message when I am reluctant to give of my presence and talents, when I hold back out of fear or selfishness. Love poured out in full measure will be returned in full measure, maybe not in the manner expected, but it will return in some form of abundance.” (Adapted)

Reflection Questions

Christ our King speaks to us and invites us to listen to the truth of God’s voice who invites us to share what we have been so lovingly given.

  • How is God inviting you to personal prayer, the celebration of the Eucharist, another form of devotion?
  • How is the Lord inviting you to appreciate your own gifts? What are they? What are your talents? How are you sharing them with others?
  • What are your giving habits, in the church collection, in the gift of your time and talent for the good of others, in your own self-care?
Prayer

Each day you ask me to share from the wealth of my life. God, help me to give generously, without resistance or resentment, and to trust that all shall be well.

Please join us for the Thanksgiving Mass at 9:00 AM. The word Eucharist means, “to give thanks.” What a perfect way to say thank you to our provident God from whom all blessings flow.

Lessons and Carols

The Youth Choir, Adult Choir and Handbell Choir of St. Philip the Apostle will present the Annual Service of Lessons and Carols at 3:00 PM on Sunday, December 6, 2015 in the Church. Admission is free, however, a free will offering is appreciated to help support the efforts of the Music Ministry Program.
Please join us for an afternoon of readings from scripture and singing of hymns and carols in celebration of this most joyous season.

RCIA

Journey with Us!

The next session of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA will be Monday, November 30th at 7:00 PM in the Russo Room. Please note there will not be a session on Monday, November 23rd. 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.
Twenty-seven people were present last week. You are most welcome to join them!

Prayer & Service – The Giving Tree

Our annual Giving Tree is the perfect way to Wrap Your Gifts in Prayer and to live our Mission of Opus Christi, Christ’s Work.

The Giving Tree, located in the vestibule of the church beginning the weekend of December 5/6, holds gift tags that specify needed gifts for the people served by Catholic Family & Community Services, Martin de Porres Village, St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly and Mt. St. Joseph Children’s Center. 
Giving is easy…

  • Take a tag from the tree with the specified gift to be purchased
  • Purchase the specified gift
  • Wrap the gift in prayer
  • Pray for the recipient of the gift
  • Attach the same gift tag to the wrapped gift
  • Place your wrapped gift with the specified gift tag back under the tree

All gifts need to be returned by the 12 Noon Mass on December 20th.

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.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Religious Education Classes schedule

Grades 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6: December 13
Grade 2: December 6, 13
Grades 7, 8: December 6
Confirmation Grade 9, 10: December 6

To read complete bulletin click here