September 27, 2015

KEYS TO THE KINGDOM – WEEK III

Our In – Parish Fall Retreat continues as we learn about and experience the Keys to the Kingdom in homilies, song, bulletins and website reflections. The keys joined to the heart in the illustration above represent the Keys to the Kingdom which are promised to St. Peter and to the community of the church when Jesus says, “I will give you the keys to the kingdom.” Matthew 16:19.

PRAYER IS THE KEY

Prayer is the Key that turns in Faith, with Hope and for Love to set us free.
Prayer in Faith turns us away from anxiety and distress toward the freedom of trust in God’s Providence in all things.
Prayer with Hope turns us away from fear and frees us to experience courage and God’s enduring power at work in our lives.
Prayer for Love turns us toward peaceful relationships with God, self and others by freeing us from the need to judge and control others. Prayer for Love transforms us to live our Mission of Charity, which is Opus Christi, Christ’s Work.

Weekend Scripture Reflection

  • Moses witnesses the power of God’s spirit working among the people. He prays in faith, “Would that the Lord might bestow the Spirit on all.” The prayer of Moses is now fulfilled in our baptismal gift of the Holy Spirit.
  • James reminds us that earthly treasure is fleeting. We are encouraged to place our faith and our efforts in spiritual pursuits that have an eternal effect.
  • Jesus promises that even a cup of water given in his name will be remembered by God forever. We can trust God to delight in our smallest efforts and to bless us with deeper faith whenever we reach out in service to others.

Reflection: “I’ve Got You.”

While exploring a cave in India the crew discovers a narrow chasm that seems to open to another cave below. All of the men are too large to be lowered by rope through the slender crevice.
Spotting a young Porter boy, the foreman asks him if he would be willing to be let down by rope into the dark space. The boy shakes his head slowly from left to right. Undaunted, the foreman points to the 12 large men who will be holding the rope securely.
Again, he answers, “No.”
The boy’s eyes, however, suddenly light up and pointing to a rather frail looking old man he says,
“I will only go if he holds the rope.” Shocked the foreman says, “Him?” “Yes,” the boy replies,
“He is my father.”
As the boy is lowered, his father says the words that inspire faith and trust when spoken by someone who loves you, “I’ve got you.”
God is always whispering to us, “I’ve got you.”
God is like a parent whom we can trust.
Prayer is the Key that turns our eyes toward our God in faith and enables us to freely rely on God’s provident care regardless of our thoughts, feelings or circumstances. Even when all seems lost, at the moment of death, our faith promises that God holds us securely, looks into our eyes, gathers us into Divine arms and speaks the words of love that we can trust for ever and ever, “I’ve got you.”

Reflection Questions
  1. In the dark cave moments of your life, who held the rope of faith, trust and prayer for you? How did God provide for you, even if it was in simple ways such as the offering of a cup of water?
  2. Who are you holding and supporting by your prayer? Trusting in God’s Providence remember that God loves those whom you love even more than you do. Reflect on that statement while turning the key of prayer that sets you free.
  3. How is God saying, “I’ve got you,” to you?

Prayer Key

If you do not already have a colorful Blessed Prayer Key, you may take one as you leave Church along with a Blue Prayer Booklet. Attach the key to your own set of keys as a reminder that
“Prayer is the key that sets us free.”

Activity

Pray the Blue Prayer Booklet or read the prayer below while turning your Blessed Prayer Key.
Lord, I turn the key of prayer in Faith.
I am set free to trust in your Providence.
Lord, I turn the key of prayer with Hope.
I am set free from fear;
knowing that you desire to do for me
what I cannot do for myself.
Lord, I turn the key of prayer for Love.
I pray that you may bless others (name) and
transform me to set me free.

Journey with Us
Open Your Heart to God
Discover the Keys to the Kingdom

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 service, 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 and discover the keys to the kingdom. We gather on Monday evenings from 7:00-8:30 PM in the Russo Room. If you would like more information about RCIA, please call Donna Scancarella at 973-779-6200.

Bishop’s Annual Appeal-Serving Christ Among Us

It is important that when you give to any charitable organization, you are confident that the funds are used wisely. Be assured that your gift to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal supports our Catholic Charities agencies, seminarian education, our inner-city area elementary schools and our priests’ retirement residence. Funds are used for no other purpose. All funds raised for the Paterson Diocese stay in the Paterson Diocese.

ST. PHILIP’S PARISH PICNIC
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2015
1:00-4:00 PM

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 4:30 PM.

Blessing of Animals

The blessing of Animals will take place on Saturday, October 4h immediately following the 9:00 AM mass at the St. Anthony Shrine, next to the parking lot.

ST. PHILIP’S PREPARATORY SCHOOL

The students at The PREP have been learning a lot about this new season; Fall. The early childhood wing has been reading a lot about the beautiful changes that will be happening and some of the activities they will enjoy.

One fall favorite is apple picking! Students shared stories of their own trips to the orchards and read about it too. They even had apple tastings for students to enjoy. The Pre-K and Kindergarten classes also made applesauce. They had a lot of fun following the recipe to make it, and loved getting to eat it too!

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