September 3, 2017

+ 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 5TH

2018 MASS BOOK

The 2018 Mass Book is now open. The donation for one mass, the Sanctuary Candle or Offertory Gifts is $20.00.
The Eucharist is the universal prayer of the Church remembering all of Gods people, past, present and future at every celebration.
Theologically, liturgically and canonically the graces of the mass are infinite. On a personal level, we know that God cannot be outdone in generosity.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Religious Education Registration is now open!
There’s still time left!
Registration for the Religious Education and Confirmation Programs continues. To register your child, please visit our parish website this week: http://stphilip.org/religious-education-registration/
Classes start for all grades on Sunday, September 17.
If you have any questions, contact:
Denise Pannullo for Grades 1-8 at 973-779-1439 or Victoria Velasco for Confirmation at 973-798-8772

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.

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