October 25, 2015

A SACRAMENT OF HEALING
THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK

“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.

Next weekend at all of the Masses we will celebrate the Sacrament of The Anointing of the Sick. 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 priest anoints the sick person with the Oil of the Sick, which is blessed by the Bishop each year during the Chrism Mass. The Blessed Oils for our Diocese are kept in our church because we are now serving as the Cathedral Parish. The Silver Oil Urns in the Marion Shrine Area contain the three oils: The Sacred Chrism (Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders), Oil of Catechumens (Initiation, Baptism), The Oil of the Sick.
    • The forehead is anointed with 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 can be said after the anointing:
      “Father in heaven, through this 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 Next Weekend

      • 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.
Prayerful Preparation
      • Please keep the sick among your family, friends and fellow parishioners in your prayer this week.
      • The month of November is a time when we celebrate our loved ones who are now with God, so it is fitting to ask the Communion of Saints to intercede for us and for those that we are keeping in prayer.
      • Pray for those who have no one to pray for them.
      • Prayerfully remember Health Care workers and all those who tend to the sick.
      • This is also an appropriate time to pray for wisdom for those who are discerning the best way to ensure Health Care for all.
Suggested Activity

“When I was ill you came to visit me.” Matthew 25

Contact telephonically, through a card or personal
visit, someone who is ill and can benefit from your
prayer and support.

MUSIC AND SONG

We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe
Music and song awaken treasured memories from our past, help us to celebrate our present and develop within us the joy that gives us hope to believe. Beloved hymns and melodies draw us into a greater awareness of God’s presence in us and in community as we worship and sing together.

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.

ALL SAINTS WEEKEND

Next Sunday, November 1st, is All Saints Day. On All Saints Day we remember our loved ones who are with the Lord, we celebrate the gift of eternal life, we believe in God’s gift of peace in the kingdom. In a particular way we invite those families who have lost a loved one this past year to attend either the 8 AM or 10 AM Mass on Sunday.After each of those Masses there will be a social in the auditorium. Please come to celebrate this special day.

RCIA

Journey with Us!

The next session of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA will be Monday, October 26th 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.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

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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