October 18, 2015
SERVING CHRIST AMONG US
“Whoever wishes to be great among you will be the servant of all.”
Jesus came not to be served but to serve. Our mission is to share. Our time, talent and all that we are, have or ever will have are God’s gift. God gives to us, we give to each other. In sharing with others, we thank God and live our Mission of Opus-Christi, Christ’s work.
This weekend, we listen to our Bishop share a homily and appeal to us for donations to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.
Each moment of our lives is a gift. In every moment we are asked to do what God does – to share freely of our bounty with others.
What will we give of ourselves in the moment?
As the Irish author Maria Edgeworth writes,
“If we take care of the moments the years
will take care of themselves.”
Please prayerfully consider what gift you will share in this moment.
BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL
If you have already made a pledge, thank you. If not, consider making a commitment this weekend during our in-pew process.
The Difference Between Partners in Faith and Bishop’s Annual Appeal
Money raised in Partners in Faith supported needs outside the annual Diocesan operating budget including the establishment of specific endowments to help with future needs.
On the other hand, the Bishop’s Appeal is an annual drive designed to help meet the annual operating expenses of four specific ministries of the Diocese. Funds given to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal stay in the Paterson Diocese. They are not given to any other diocese, Archdiocese or any causes outside our own diocese.
Your generosity to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal supports:
- Catholic Charities
- Seminarian Education
- Inner-city Catholic schools
- Nazareth Village, our retirement residence for our diocesan priests.
50% of all funds received over a parish’s Appeal goal is returned for its own needs.
Benefits for Passaic County
Group homes for disabled adults • Child care for working poor families • Residential/outpatient drug/alcohol counseling • Emergency services • Assisted transportation • Veterans services • Food pantry and clothing needs • Special child health services • Paterson adult day center • Disaster response • Early intervention services • Residential care for boys • Pre-school education • Developmentally-disabled adult day program • Veterans clothing boutique
Caring for our Homeless Veterans
In Morris, Passaic and Sussex Counties, Catholic Charities is able to help homeless veterans receive housing and utility services. In the past year, Catholic Charities opened veteran-specific clothing boutiques in Passaic and Sussex County where veterans can receive clothing for free whether for a job interview or everyday use. In June, the Sussex County site was able to renovate its food pantry and thrift store to better suit the needs of those seeking these services.
How You Can Help
There are several ways to provide financial support to the 2015 Bishop’s Annual Appeal:
- One-time gifts or pledges paid over several months with reminders sent for your convenience.
- Credit card contributions- see information on your pledge card or call 973-777-8818 ext. 218 for details
- On-Line gifts – go to www.2015appeal.org and follow instructions for making a pledge
BLESSED ARE YOU, LORD OUR GOD,
WHO IN THE RICHNESS OF YOUR DIVINE LOVE
BLESSES US WITH GOOD THINGS.
Lord God, we bless You
and are filled with gratitude for the numerous gifts,
the countless blessings,
that come to us from You.
Your blessings come in times of joy,
in times of victory, in success and honor,
and they come as well in times of pain and sorrow,
in sickness and defeat.
Your blessings, however, come always as life.
We take pleasure in the fruit of Your creation,
in the earthen blessings
of fish and bird, tree and flower,
each the harvest of Your divine heart.
We take delight in our eyes,
in our ears, arms and legs.
We find joy in holidays and vacations,
and in our work as well.
We thank You, Lord of Gifts,
for friendships, family and fun.
In winning and in losing –
in being last as well as first –
we take relish in the challenge and adventure
of Your great gift of life.
Lord, we thank You for all the gifts
that flow fully, day and night,
and into our lives.
Today, with full hearts,
in the company of Jesus, Mary
and of all Your saints,
we bless You for all the good that has come to us.
Blessed are You, Lord our God,
who in the richness of Your divine love,
blesses us with good things. Amen.
Journey with Us!
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA will begin Monday, October 19th 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.
Bible Study Sessions will resume on Monday, October 19th at 11:00 AM in the Molloy Center. We will study the second half of St. Luke’s Gospel. All are welcome.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES SCHEDULE
Grades 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6: November 8, December 13
Grade 2: October 25, November 8, 15, December 6, 13
Grades 7, 8: October 25, November 15, December 6 Confirmation
Grade 9, 10: October 25, November 15, Dec. 6
Catechist is still needed for Grade 2, and Catechist substitutes for Grades 1-8.
You can still register in person, by appointment only, by calling 973-779-1439 after 4:30 PM Monday-Thursday and pay in cash or check.
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