September 04, 2016

+ Giving Thanks for Time and Work +

LABOR DAY WEEKEND REFLECTIONS

The Labor Day Holiday Weekend is an appropriate time to give God thanks for the gift of the purpose and meaning of our time and work. Uniquely created, we are called to share of ourselves in many ways with each other. This is our work in the simplest form: OPUS CHRISTI – doing Christ’s work is our mission and purpose. In a word, our work is to LOVE!

BLESSED ARE YOU, LORD OUR GOD, WHO ENHANCES OUR LIVES WITH WORK

For the gift of work, we are grateful in this prayer.
As sons and daughters of Adam and Eve, we follow in the steps of our first parents who, before their fall, worked joyfully with their hands in Your Garden of Eden, Lord and Creator.
We are thankful for the dignity and creative challenge of our unique tasks.
For the work that ennobles us, that lifts our spirits, we are grateful.
By the means of these labors, we are able to give flesh to our spiritual dreams and to work out the salvation of the earth.
We take time to thank You for those common tasks that we must perform each day, those necessary labors of life by which, according to Your divine plan, we are also able to create the Kingdom here in our midst.
We daily follow in the footsteps of Jesus, the carpenter of Nazareth, and in the way of Mary, his mother, who gracefully worked at the tasks of her home, as we rejoice in the opportunities for work that form us in Your love.
With St. Paul, the tent maker, with St. Peter, the fisherman, we too labor in love as we proclaim the mysteries of Your Gospel of good news.
Help us Lord our God to use the work of this day-to perform it with mindfulness and attention, with care and devotion-that it will be holy and healing for us and for all the earth.
Blessed are You, Lord our God, who enhances our lives with work.
Amen +
Edward Hays

THE DAILY 7:00 AM MASS WILL RESUME ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH

St. Philip's Picnic Church & School

On Sunday September 4, 2016, Pope Francis will declare Mother Teresa a saint. She will officially be called Saint Teresa of Calcutta.

People are often unreasonable and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway!
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway!
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies.
Succeed anyway!
What you spend years building, someone can destroy overnight.
Build anyway!
If you are honest, people may cheat you.
Be honest anyway!
If you find happiness, people may be jealous.
Be happy anyway!
The good you do today, may be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway!
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough.
Give your best anyway!
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway!
Mother Teresa

Saint Teresa we seek to live our lives in serving the needy! May your life be an example. Saint Teresa of Calcutta pray for us!

CORNERSTONE RETREAT EXPERIENCE OPPORTUNITY

Inquiry & Gathering – Sunday, September 18 th
11:00 AM in Russo Room

St. Philip’s is excited to announce a new journey initiative that we will be bringing to our parish. MEN’S & WOMEN’S CORNERSTONE! Cornerstone is a weekend retreat led by lay leadership. Cornerstone offers weekends for men and weekends for women. If you have ever made a Cornerstone retreat or if you are curious about one, please join us to share your experience. There’s no obligation to sign up. And if you can’t make it on Sunday and would like some information, call or email Donna at 973-779-6200 or dscancarella@stphilip.org.
Cornerstone led me to know Jesus as the foundation for my life and I formed new friendships.” Donna S.

St. Philip's Picnic Church & School

SEPTEMBER 25, 2016 1:00-4:00 PM
  • OUTDOOR BIG TOP TENT & INDOOR AC SEATING CASH KITCHEN, BEER, WINE, SODA & WATER COMPLIMENTARY:
    • COFFEE, TEA & COOKIES
    • DJ AND DANCING
    • YOUTH MINISTRY ACTIVITIES

SPECIAL SHOW: UNIQUE CREATURES
(3:15 PM GYM)
DONATION ACCEPTED:

  • BOUNCY HOUSE SLIDE & CASTLE
  • FACE PAINTING
  • PUMPKIN DECORATING

THE MAIN PARKING LOT WILL CLOSE AFTER THE 8:00 AM MASS. SHUTTLE BUSES WILL BE AVAILABLE AT PAUL VI PARKING LOT FROM 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM.

RCIA

Are you interested in exploring your spiritual life?
Do you want to discover the abundance of God’s love and peace?
Would you like to have greater motivation for service?
Do you want to know more about the Catholic Faith?
Did you ever think about becoming a Catholic?
Are you a Baptized Catholic and have never made your First Communion and/or Confirmation?
Are you baptized in another faith and have a desire to become Catholic?
Have you never been baptized in any faith but wonder?

JOURNEY WITH US!

We invite you to be our companion on the journey of faith. We gather on Monday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 pm in the Russo Room. For more information about RCIA please call Donna Scancarella at(973) 779-6200

ST. PHILIP’S PLAYERS – NUNSENSE
Tickets are on sale!
NUNSENSE is a hilarious spoof about the misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a talent show fundraiser after the rest of the sister hood has died after eating tainted soup
Shows on:
Friday, September 16 at 8PM with dessert: $25.00
Saturday, September 17 with dinner & dessert following the 5:30 Mass: $35.00. Dessert Theater at 8 PM: $25.00

Oktoberfest! Save the date: October 1 st
Get ready for Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 1st following the 5:30 PM Mass.
St. Philip’s Players will hold its first fundraiser for the theater group. There will be German food, domestic and imported beer available, music and dancing! Tickets which are $40 are now on sale.
For tickets or reservations, please call 973-779-1439 or 973-607-1924. Please leave a message, your call will be returned. you may also email us at stphilipsplayers@aol.com

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