October 22, 2017

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TIME TO BE GOOD NEWS

Our spiritual practice of asking, “OK God, what’s the good news?” in prayer opens us to the wonder of God’s presence and gifts.

Our Theme, Time To Be Good News, is developed in bulletin articles, through song, and on our website www.stphilip.org each week.

KEY CONCEPT: Salvation Is Healing
Our mission, Opus Christi, is to do Christ’s Work in our lives each day. We are invited to be good news for each other. Prayer is the key that helps us to discover good news within us and in God’s gifts around us. Prayer enables us to become good news for others through our words and in our deeds. The Good News of Jesus Christ we call Salvation, comes from the Latin word Salvus, which means to heal. God saves us in this life by healing our minds, hearts and wills through prayer, Scripture and the Sacraments. God saves us in every moment of life. Even through death we are healed into a new life in Christ.

Our Banner in Words and In Symbol
The time is now to pay attention to God’s saving hands that heal our hearts to be free to love with the good news in word and in deed. All grace is given from God, for othersand let it begin with me.

Good News In Progress
Week I: Salvation Is Healing
Week II: The Time Is Now
Week III: Free to be Me
Week IV: In Giving, We Receive
Week V: Good, Better, Best Choice
Week VI: New News is Good News
Week VII: Blessing and Healing
Week VIII: Sacrament of Healing

Week VI New News is Good News
Kathleen Smith wakes up and prays before she opens her eyes. Reflecting on her blessings and the good news in her life, she is suddenly feeling grateful and is inspired to look over at her husband saying, “Honey, I love you.” Meeting her gaze, he is alarmed and blurts out “Why, what’s the matter?”

The story is funny but it illustrates how the good news of her love was NEW NEWS and took him by surprise

The news of our love for God and for others needs to be experienced and expressed for it to be good news. Love is a great feeling but for it to be good news, it needs to be represented and incarnated into action.

When Kathleen reached out her hand to God in prayer, God grasped her hand filling her with feelings of gratitude. She was motivated to turn her feeling into NEW NEWS in action by sharing her words of love for her husband. One way to visualize how it works: She held God’s hand and she reached out her other hand gratefully to her husband with the good news of her love. The symbol of two hands in our banner represents the double action of love.

Prayer is the key to holding God’s hand and reaching out our other hand with NEW NEWS in words and action with love.

Creatively seeking ways to pray and planning actions to be NEW NEWS of love is the good news of our spiritual lives. Spiritual experience does not come from thinking but by doing prayer and acts of love in service.

Scripture Reflection
Isaiah writes that the “Lord grasps” the hand of his steward. Paul reminds the Thessalonians that the way to experience God’s hand in our hand is by giving God thanks and praise. Becoming more aware that all is gift, we grow in gratitude for people, places and the things given to us in our daily lives. Gratitude builds faith, hope and love.

In our Gospel, Jesus teaches that whether we are paying tribute to Caesar or any other activity, God can be praised and given thanks in all things. The spiritual dimension is present in all aspects of our lives when we are awake to God’s presence through the key of prayer.

Activity – Be NEW NEWS of Love in Action
We can use our senses to reach out our hands to God in prayer.

1. Sight: Look at a color, landscape, picture or beautiful object. Really look. Thank God. Express your gratitude by bringing NEW NEWS of beauty to someone else. Send a photo, give a gift ….ask God how you can use your gift of sight to be NEW NEWS.
2. Hearing: Recall loving words spoken to you. Thank God. Be NEW NEWS. Share your words of encouragement and love for others.
3. Taste: Eat something slowly savoring the taste. Thank God. Be NEW NEWS. What food can you offer another?
4. Smell: What smells bring you pleasure? Thank God. Be NEW NEWS. Give the gift of scent in a candle or through a flower or cooked meal.
5. Touch: Be NEW NEWS by shaking a hand, giving a kiss or hug. Thank God. In giving, we receive.
6. Intuition: Who reached out to you in a past need? Thank God. Who may need your support? Be NEW NEWS of LOVE in action.

A SACRAMENT OF HEALING THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK NOVEMBER 4 & 5, 2017

“Is anyone sick among you? Let them send for the priests of the church, and let them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord; and the Lord will raise them up; and if they have committed any sins, their sins will be forgiven them.”
James 5:14-15

On the weekend of November 4 & 5 we will celebrate the Sacrament of The Anointing of the Sick at all Masses. The Sacrament of the Sick is one of the healing sacraments. It is a balm for physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual ills.

The Ritual
• The Sacrament may be administered individually or in a communal setting.
•  After an appropriate Scripture reading, the priest prays over the sick person by the laying on of hands on the head of the sick person.
• The forehead is anointed with the Oil of the Sick. The prayer:
“Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit.” R. Amen.
• The palms of the hands are anointed:
“May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.” R. Amen.
• The following prayer is said after the anointing:
“Father in heaven, through this at all Masses holy anointing grant your people comfort in suffering. When they are afraid give them courage, when afflicted give them patience, when dejected, afford them hope, and when alone, assure them of the support of your holy people. We ask this through Christ our Lord.” R. Amen.

Our Parish Plan for Prayer and Healing
• Prayer for the healing power of God to be manifest in each one of our lives accompanied by appropriate music for healing will shape our worship theme.
• Those who choose to receive the Sacrament of the Sick are asked to sit in the first or last row of any section of pews. Wheelchairs can be accommodated in the open space in front of the Ambo. This seating arrangement will allow us to have access to your head and hands for the anointing.
• The Sacrament will be administered directly following a brief homily at all of the Masses.

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.

Saint Philip Women’s Cornerstone Retreat
November 17 & 18, 2017
I Love You † You Are Mine
Cornerstone is a beautiful retreat experience, a time to revitalize your relationship with God, renew your own spirit and bond with other women of our parish through a combination of quiet reflection and prayer, and the sharing of one’s faith journey with others. Please consider joining us for this two-day retreat.

Retreat Times:
Friday, 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Saturday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Registration Donation: $50
Registration online at stphilip.org
Please email any questions to Cornerstone@StPhilip.org or call The Molloy Center (973)779-6200

2017 BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL: IN GIVING, WE RECEIVE
Did you know that this year our Diocese had the largest number of men ordained to the priesthood in the country? There are currently over 50 men now enrolled in seminaries to prepare for priestly life in the Paterson Diocese. That is a tremendous blessing, but one that comes with a significant cost for room, board, tuition and other related expenses. Your support of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal helps meet the annual expenses for seminarian education. It is a gift that will enhance the faith life of our Diocese for years to come. Please make a pledge today! For your convenience, you can make an online gift or pledge at www.2017appeal.org. Thank you!

ST. PHILIP PREPARATORY SCHOOL

The second graders at St. Philip Preparatory School love Science. We started the year with a unit on Plants. The students learned what things plants need to live, the parts of a plant, and how they grow. We all became scientists when we explored the life cycle of a bean and made daily observations on the changes that occur to a seed when placed in a moist paper towel. As a unit end activity students created leaf rubbings on tracing paper as we discuss what happens to a leaf when autumn arrives. Next week we will begin our unit of Animals and classify them into animals with backbones and animals without. It’s never a dull moment in Science at SPP!

Bible Study

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

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

The next class for grades 1 and 3 – 6 is October 22nd .
The next class for grades 2 and 7 – 10 is November 19th.
Denise Pannullo for Grades 1 – 8 at 973-779-1439
Victoria Velasco for Confirmation at 973-798-8772

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