September 9, 2018

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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SING A NEW CHURCH: Week I
Singing Circles of Color
The Singing Circles of Color symbol above represents our Theme. Notice (color version at www.stphilip.org and Church Banner) the dynamic relationships that each individual circle and a variety of combinations of circles share. Through relationships there is a plethora of creation – new colors and diverse sounds. We SING A NEW CHURCH in the Key of Faith as Love in Action.

75th Jubilee Parish Theme: Sing A New Church
We sing the good news of God’s love. Our song begins as a single note of love whispered to us by God at the very moment of our creation. In every breath through the years we draw notes and melodies together in our relationship with our self, others and God. Our song crescendos in the joyous eternal choir which is the hymn of heaven, a song of never ending praise and thanksgiving.

God’s song of love is gently played in every heart and heard as we share our unique song as Love in Action. Every time a gift or talent is given for another, our church community sings a new song and a new church into being. Faith is our key which gives voice to our collective mission which is to do Christ’s Work, Opus Christi.

During the next weeks we will explore the living relationships represented in the symbols above:

Father Son Spirit, God Self Others, Creation Redemption Sanctification, Body Mind Spirit, Gift Gratitude Action, Awakening Interpreting Responding.

Reflection Story
Directly after the collection basket is passed around the church, an usher announces from the pulpit that someone had accidentally dropped his or her hearing aid in the basket. There is a period of profound silence, followed by the clever priest who suggests, “Maybe you should say that a little louder!” Our parish theme and the opportunity for personal reflection and prayer may help us to hear God’s song in our hearts, “a little louder.” In today’s readings, Isaiah promises that God will open our ears and our eyes so that as St. James says we might experience within ourselves and as a community, “the riches of faith.” Jesus works a miracle of opening ears to hear in today’s Gospel. May our prayer and reflection this week lead us to be open and “astounded” as we sing the song of God’s love in the key of faith through love in action, a church ever new.

Reflection Questions
1. What good news do I hear in these reflections?
2. Who sang songs of love to me in word and deed throughout my life? Sing your praise to God for those people.
3. How am I love in action? What does the song I sing to the world sound like?
4. Thinking in musical terms, what does, “faith our key” mean to me? Talk to God about the different keys to the kingdom that you use in your life. What keys are you being invited to try?
5. What action can I take to sing a new church through love in action?

Our Parish Jubilee Hymn

“Sing a New Church”
1. Summoned by the God who made us
Rich in our diversity,
Gathered in the name of Jesus,
Richer still in unity:
Refrain:
Let us praise the gifts that differ
With good news our ministry,
Sing a new church into being,
Love in action, faith our key.

2. Radiant vision, past companions,
Whose foundation paved the way
Through their service in Christ’s mission,
We advance their work today. (Refrain)

3. Trust the goodness of creation;
Trust the Spirit strong within.
Dare to dream the vision promised,
Colored rich from what has been. (Refrain)

4. Bring the hopes of every nation;
Bring the art of every race.
Weave a song of peace and justice;
Let it sound through time and space. (Refrain)

5. Draw together at one table
All the human family;
Shape a circle ever wider
And a people ever free. (Refrain)

Written by: D. Delores Dufner, OSB b. 1939, The Sisters of St. Benedict

Our Jubilee Prayer
Rejoicing in you, O Lord, with thankful hearts we pray as . . .
We Remember
gratefully our past companions on the Journey whose
sacrifice inspires us.
We Celebrate
the good news of love in action that empowers spiritual,
service and social ministry.
We Believe
in God’s providence as faithful stewards who continue
Christ’s work using the Keys to the Kingdom.
Amen

VIVERE CHRISTUS AWARD RECEPIENT – BARBARA SALZER
Bishop Serratelli continues the annual tradition of recognizing an individual in each parish who is a faithful steward and personifies love in action as described by St. Paul in his words, “Vivere Christus est, for me to live is Christ.” Next Sunday, September 9th, at 3:30 PM at St. John’s Cathedral in Paterson Barbara Salzer will be presented with The Annual VIVERE CHRISTUS AWARD.

Barbara began her ministry of welcome as a part time receptionist 34 years ago and gifted our parish with her people skills as our parish administrative assistant in 1993. Spiritual, service and social ministry are the keys she uses to live her mission. Whether as a volunteer in our Religious Formation Program, coordinating the Blood Drive, participating in our Welcome Committee, serving past and current Women’s Cornerstone Retreats and visiting the sick as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, Barbara brings warmth and compassion to each opportunity of service.

Barbara describes the greatest blessing of her work as, “getting to know St. Philip’s parishioners.” That blessing goes both ways! Please keep Barbara in your grateful prayer and all are welcome to join us at the award ceremony

RCIA

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS
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!

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 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.

Saint Philip Women’s Cornerstone Retreat

November 16 & 17, 2018
Peace be with you
Cornerstone is a beautiful retreat experience, a time to revitalize your relationship with God, renew your own spirit and bond with other women of our parish through a combination of quiet reflection and prayer, and the sharing of one’s faith journey with others. Please consider joining us for this two-day retreat experience.

Retreat Times:
Friday, 6:30PM to 10:30PM
Saturday, 8:30AM to 6:30PM

Registration Donation: $50

Registration opens online September 15, 2018 at stphilip.org

Please email any questions to Cornerstone@StPhilip.org or call The Molloy Center (973)779-6200.

Hear testimonials and have your questions answered after all masses the weekend of September 15 and 16.

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