November 8, 2015

Remember, Celebrate, Believe

The Feast of All Saints begins the month of November with remembering our loved ones who share new life in Christ. We celebrate their lives which continue to influence us, not only in the gift of love which they shared with us, but in our belief in their ongoing support and prayer as the Communion of Saints. Recognizing the value of their lives with a long view, we grow in our appreciation of the significance of our own lives. The Saints challenge us to recognize that God is trusting us to live with a spirit of purpose and action in our Mission of Opus Christi, Christ’s Work each day.

Diamonds are Forever

The young bride sits in the beauty salon chair and her hair stylist says to her, “New diamond earrings?” “Yes,” blushes the bride, “a gift from my husband.” “They are real,” observes the hairdresser. “How do you know?” asks the bride. “Easy,” remarks the wise beautician, “nobody buys fake diamonds that small.”

Small gifts are often the most valuable and the most precious of gifts.

Our readings speak about small gifts given with great sacrifice that are precious to God.

Scripture Reflection

  • In the book of the prophet Elijah a poor widow and her son share their last bit of food with the prophet. The Lord blesses their small offering with a never ending abundance.
  • The letter to the Hebrews proclaims that the sacrifice of Christ not only takes away sin but goes beyond expectations and brings salvation.
  • St. Mark’s Gospel relates the story of the widow who gives two small coins from her poverty. This active selfless giving earns the praise of Jesus.

Like diamonds formed long ago, these stories of sacrifice shine brightly even today. Our actions of giving and sacrificing however small are real, precious and are everlasting jewels in God’s eyes.

We remember: Our own lives on earth, our words and deeds, have an eternal significance.
We celebrate: Our purpose in life is to share the gifts and talents that God has given to us with open minds, willing hearts and hands eager to serve.
We believe: God enables us to bring forth from within us the wellspring of God’s love and the strength to sacrifice, in small ways, with and for love.

Reflection

A holy Christian life is made up of a number of small things:
Little words, not eloquent sermons;
Little deeds, not miracles of battle
Or one great, her heroic
deed of martyrdom;
The little constant sunbeam,
 not the lightning. Andrew Bonar

Activity

Do one small loving thing that will shine with the brilliance of a diamond and be precious to God for all eternity.

RCIA

Journey with Us!

The next session of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA will be Monday, November 9th 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.

A Word of Thanks
Thank you to Father Joe and all our good parishioners for your prayers and support for my brother, Frank, in his illness. It is very much appreciated.  ~ Father Kevin

Bible Study
Bible Study sessions will resume on Monday, November 9th 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 picked up returned in the collection basket the next 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, December 6

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