September 17, 2017

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TIME TO BE GOOD NEWS
Last fall we embraced the spiritual practice of asking, “OK God, what’s the good news?”
This week we introduce a new Theme, Time To Be Good News, which will be developed in bulletin articles, through song, and on our website www.stphilip.org

Week 1: 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 others  …  and 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:  Good, Better, Best Choice
Week V:  New News is Good News
Week VI:  In Giving, We Receive
Week VII: Blessing and Healing
Week VIII: Sacrament of Healing

Week I Scripture Reflection
In today’s Gospel the servant receives some bad news that the King is ready to settle his account. The servant tells the king that he is unable to pay and receives not only the good news but the great news that his debt is forgiven. The servant, however, refuses to extend the same mercy shown to him and demands full payment from a fellow debtor who owes him. The king is astonished that his servant refuses to be a bearer of the same good news that he received!
God abundantly blesses us and has made us to be grateful bearers of Good News. We are stewards of all creation which is  a great responsibility. An example of our parish recognizing that it is always time to be good news follows.

NATURE FRIENDLY GARDEN
A few weeks ago, work began to clear a wooded area across from the Church on Valley Road. This bold clearing was bad news for the creatures who lived there. With a steward’s care a decision to be good news was our response and so a 35 x 16 foot portion of our lawn has been refashioned into a “Nature Friendly Garden”.
Our Holy Father Pope Francis in his Encyclical Letter, Laudato Si, quotes the beautiful canticle written by St. Francis about our common home, the Earth, with whom we share our life. The canticle likens our planet to a mother who opens her arms and embraces us.
“Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruits with colored flowers and herbs.”
Our Holy Father, echoing Church teaching through the ages, urges all of humanity to be good news for our earth, environment, and all of God’s creatures.
After study with Pannella Landscaper for design, a botanist and an apiarist (beekeeper), we have built a haven for pollination which encourages bees, butterflies, birds and other creatures in their right to life and a flourishing environment. This area has a circulating water cascade and features Black-eyed Susan, Coral Bells, Crepe Myrtle, Abella, Buddleia, Monarda, Ajuga, Purple Coneflower, Fox Glove, Lavender, Catmint and Liatris among other plants.
An added benefit to this improvement to our grounds is the education opportunity it provides for our school children to become faithful stewards of our earth.
If you wish to learn more about how you may participate in the good stewardship of our earth and her creatures, google Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’, read the Letter and accompanying articles.

TIME TO BE GOOD NEWS ON EARTH
To the tune of “Let There be Peace on Earth”
Time to be good news on earth and let it begin with me. Time to be good news on earth the truth that was meant to be. With Keys to the Kingdom, prayer will set us free;
Let us walk with each other Christ’s love our destiny. Our world is filled with strife our mission is clear to see. The golden rule is ours, we stand for equality. With Christ as our teacher, we are family;
As stewards we serve one another with justice through ministry. Time to be good news on earth, let this be the moment now. Let love begin with me, let this be my solemn vow:
To take each moment and live each moment as good news for others to see. Let there be good news on earth and let it begin with me/let it begin with me.

picnic

SEPTEMBER 24, 2017
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 THE JOHN PAUL II PARKING LOT FROM 9:30 AM TO 4:00 PM.

2017 Bishop’s Annual Appeal:  In Giving, We Receive

For your convenience, you are able to make an on-line gift to the 2017 Bishop’s Annual Appeal by going to  www.2017appeal.org and following the instructions.  You can either make a one-time gift or a pledge with monthly payments made automatically for your convenience.  More and more parishioners are taking advantage of this option, so please consider using this method today.
Whether it is a pledge, a one-time gift, or an on-line donation, your support is greatly needed. Every gift counts! Please participate in the 2017 Appeal!

RCIA
JOURNEY WITH US!
Through the process of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA we explore 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

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