September 11, 2016

A STEWARD’S KEYS: Week I

OK God, what's the Good News?

OK is a spoken expression used and understood by most everyone in our world. The hand gesture for OK, (forefinger and thumb forming a circle and the three remaining fingers upright), is globally recognized. OK means: it is so, I get it, true, yes, alright. OK signifies understanding, basic well-being, an ease or peace. It is far from happiness and not a superlative but being OK is OK.

Although we say OK much more in our everyday conversation than we realize, we often do not feel OK. Sometimes our thoughts, feelings and circumstances direct us to believe that we are not really OK.

Not feeling OK? Pray!

Prayer is the key that sets us free to be OK. Prayer is the key that unlocks the treasure of the Good News. What Good News? God is always present to us whether we feel OK or not. So, we are really always OK, in fact AOK in God. God is with us regardless of our thoughts, feelings or circumstances. God is always working in us, in others and in all ways. Awakening to God who is nearer to us than we are to ourselves, helps us to feel OK. No matter how miserable our circumstance, we can be OK deep within by awareness of our connection to God.

In every situation God is sustaining, providing, blessing and loving us, desiring to empower us to be more than OK. This is Good News, indeed.

OK God, what’s the Good News?

This simple prayer and reflection can be a powerful way to discern the Good News of God’s presence and gifts in our lives. There is always some good present because God is always present.

A Simple Example of Praying with the Question:
  1. I am not feeling OK because I have to write a bulletin article.
  2. I pray, think, reflect – OK God, what’s the Good News?
  3. The answer – I can discuss the ideas with my team, I’m being supported by their prayer, God is gifting me with what I need to complete the task.
  4. I thank God for the many gifts.
  5. I decide how to express my gratitude to God through service for others. I thank my co-workers.

What has changed? Nothing. I still have to write the article. Yet everything in me has changed as I am now OK – OK with God, more peaceful in myself, more loving to others.
During the week when you’re not OK, pray.

Prayerful Action:

Use the prayer and steps below.
Prayer is the key that unlocks the treasure of the good news of God’s presence which are the Keys to the Kingdom.

Steps

  1. Be attentive. Be honest. Be aware.
  2. Identify in what way you are not OK.
  3. Pray: OK God, what’s the Good News?
  4. Reflect; think along with God…name the good, gift, blessing, hope in the situation.
  5. Thank God for those gifts.
  6. Decide how you will express gratitude to God through service for others. Act.

CORNERSTONE RETREAT EXPERIENCE OPPORTUNITY

Inquiry & Gathering – Sunday, September 18th
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 cornerstone@stphilip.org

Cornerstone led me to know Jesus as the foundation for my life and I formed new friendships.” Donna S.

2016 Bishop’s Annual Appeal: Be Rich in Good Works

As you consider your pledge to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, it is important to know that the Partners in Faith Campaign conducted in 2013 and the Bishop’s Annual Appeal are different drives serving different needs. The Partners in Faith campaign raised funds for ministries outside the Diocese’s general operating funds and included some endowments with an eye toward future needs. The Bishop’s Annual Appeal helps fund immediate, day-to-day operations of four important ministries and programs: Catholic Charities, seminarian education, our diocesan priests’ retirement residence and our inner-city schools.
If you have received the Bishop’s letter, please prayerfully respond today.

St. Philip's Picnic Church & School

ST. PHILIP’S PARISH PICNIC
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016
1:00 – 4:00 PM

JOIN US FOR FOOD, FUN, MUSIC & ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES!

OUTDOOR BIG TOP TENT & INDOOR AC SEATING
CASH KITCHEN, BEER, WINE, SODA & WATER

COMPLIMENTARY:

  • COFFEE, TEA & COOKIES
  • DJ & DANCING
  • YOUTH MINISTRY ACTIVITIES, GAMES, RELAYS, ETC.
  • 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 FROM THE JOHN PAUL II SCHOOL PARKING LOT, BEGINNING AT 9:30 AM & ENDING AT 4:00 PM.

RCIA

JOURNEY WITH US!

Through the process of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA we explore all these questions and discover the keys to the kingdom. RCIA is a restoration of the ancient practice of initiation into the Church. Through a process of discernment, spiritual development and ritualizing stages of conversion, you are guided to sacramental initiation. These Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist which are celebrated at the Easter Vigil open your hearts and empower you to lives of services, charity and justice as witnesses to our mission of OPUS CHRISTI, Christ’s work. RCIA is not a program but a sacramental process. RCIA reflects a sacramental attitude that is at the heart of all Christian living: CONVERSION, turning your heart to God.

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 8 PM with dessert: $25.00
Saturday, September 17 with dinner & dessert following the 5:30 Mass: $35.00. Dessert Theater at 8 PM: $25.00
For tickets 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.

Oktoberfest! Save the date: October 1st
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

BIBLE STUDY

Bible Study will resume on Monday, October 3rd in Cerullo Hall at 11 AM. More information will follow.

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