Companions On The Journey

Introduction To Our Parish Lenten Retreat

Throughout the season of Lent and culminating in our Easter celebration we offer a Parish Retreat titled, Companions on the Journey. You are invited to join us as we experience the Lord and the love of each other more fully. The Retreat will unfold in the weekend homilies, liturgical music, bulletin reflections/stphilip.org, and workshop.

Our Lenten church banner pictured above displays symbols of the various themes of our parish Lenten retreat.

Our Journey begins with God who creates us, accompanies us through life, death and resurrection until we return to God in glory. Our journey is from, “glory to glory.”(2Cor.3:18) Along the way we are transformed into the image and likeness of Christ. God holds our hand on the journey and we are invited to hold the hands of our brothers and sisters on every step.

We are Companions on the Journey with God and with each other. The Two Figures shown form a Heart Shape as they companion one another in a bond of divine and human love. The word companion has its origins in two Latin roots; com-with and pan-bread. We “break bread” and share meals with the ones we love.

The Host and Chalice remind us of the precious Sacrament of the Eucharist where we share intimate communion with the Lord, our Bread of Life, and with each other.

The Cross in the center of the Host is the sign of our belief in the love of our God, Father, and Holy Spirit.

The Vertical line of the Cross calls to mind that everything, everyone and even we ourselves come From God as free gifts and grace.

The Horizontal line of the cross suggests the purpose for our lives which is to share our gifts For Others.

Our Prayer for Lent – Using Our Hands

Giving thanks before meals is a holy practice which keeps us mindful that all that we have is a gift From God.

Making a Sign of the Cross as a simple blessing or grace before a meal is a way to reflect our Mission to share our gifts For Others.

During this Lent, you are invited to give thanks with a prayer of grace before each meal.

Trace the sign of the cross, saying or thinking:

Grace means gift; we acknowledge all that comes From God and remember to share what we have and are For Others.

Week I

Readings

  • God places the rainbow in the sky as a sign of the covenant, a loving relationship between God and God’s people.
  • Christ opens the way to our eternal journey, through suffering, death and resurrection. Christ now sits at God’s right hand in glory.
  • Jesus undergoes trials in the desert but emerges eager to share the Good News. God is present “at hand.” All that is needed is for us to turn to God and live the Gospel as loving companions to one another.

Reflection

Seeing a rainbow is a wondrous experience. In the book of Genesis the rainbow is a sign of God’s goodness and a symbol of the truth of God’s everlasting covenant. We, however, only see a portion of a rainbow. When a rainbow is observed from a plane or a high mountain, a rainbow is seen in its completeness, as a circle. On the ground, a rainbow is not seen in its fullness due to our limited perspective. From another vantage the rainbow can be appreciated as whole, a continuous round of color and light.

The journey of our life is like a rainbow, complete and whole, a continuous circle from God’s glory to God’s glory.

In order to experience the fullness of our life journey we need the vantage of spirituality. Spirituality enables us to see from an eternal perspective. We tend to view life as divided into the holy and the profane or the secular versus the sacred. This is a limited horizon.

The wholeness of creation and every person are all graced gifts from God to be shared for others.

This fuller theological perspective enables us to experience the wonder of our God in all things and in all people.

Paths to seeing spiritually:

  • Giving thanks for all things as blessed gifts everyday
  • Seeking the truth, beauty and goodness already placed in our hearts by God in prayer
  • Walking hand-in-hand in service while doing Christ’s work which is our Mission.

We are colorful Companions on the Journey sharing life for we believe in the love of our God.

LENTEN HYMN REFRAIN

We are companions on the journey,
breaking bread and sharing life;
and in the love we bear is the hope we share
for we believe in the love of our God,
we believe in the love of our God.

Season of Lent Opportunities

Renew your faith and your spiritual life for service to one another.

Lenten Practices:

  • Grace before each meals with a sign of the Cross. See Companion Lenten Prayer above.
  • Participating in weekly or even daily celebration of the Eucharist is the most perfect prayer and Lenten observance.
  • Welcome Home to Healing: Sacrament of Reconciliation; Monday 7 to 8:30 PM
    Saturday 11 AM to 12 Noon in church
  • Stations of the Cross Fridays 7:00 PM.
    Feb. 27: Processional
  • Lenten penance includes acts of self-denial as a tool for mindfulness of God’s bountiful gifts and presence and/or an increase in charitable acts and works of kindness.
  • Days of Fast and Abstinence: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence when we refrain from eating meat and have one full meal and two lesser meals. All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.

Lenten Bible Study

Bible Study sessions will resume on Monday February 23RD at 11 AM and 7 PM in the Molloy Center.

We will continue studying the Gospel of St. Luke and the human side of Jesus, his teachings, miracles and being a true disciple. Please bring your Bible and all are welcome.

To read complete bulletin click here

Companions on the Journey

Our Parish Lenten Retreat- week II

Throughout the season of Lent and culminating in our Easter celebration we offer a Parish Retreat titled, Companions on the Journey. You are invited to join us as we experience the Lord and the love of each other more fully. The Retreat will unfold in the weekend homilies, liturgical music, bulletin reflections/stphilip.org, and workshop.

Our Lenten church banner pictured above displays symbols of the various themes of our parish Lenten retreat.

Our Journey begins with God who creates us, accompanies us through life, death and resurrection until we return to God in glory. Our journey is from, “glory to glory.” (2Cor.3:18) Along the way we are transformed into the image and likeness of Christ. God holds our hand on the journey and we are invited to hold the hands of our brothers and sisters on every step.

We are Companions on the Journey with God and with each other. The Two Figures shown form a Heart Shape as they companion one another in a bond of divine and human love. The word companion has its origins in two Latin roots; com-with and panis-bread. We “break bread” and share meals with the ones we love.

The Host and Chalice remind us of the precious Sacrament of the Eucharist where we share intimate communion with the Lord, our Bread of Life, and with each other.

The Cross in the center of the Host is the sign of our belief in the love of our God, Father, and Holy Spirit.
The Vertical line of the Cross calls to mind that everything, everyone and even we ourselves come From God as free gifts and grace.
The Horizontal line of the cross suggests the purpose for our lives which is to share our gifts For Others.

Our Prayer of Grace for Lent – Using Our Hands

Giving thanks before meals is a holy practice which keeps us mindful that all that we have is a gift From God.
Making a Sign of the Cross as a simple blessing or grace before a meal is a way to reflect our Mission to share our gifts For Others.
During this Lent, you are invited to give thanks with a prayer of grace before each meal.

Trace the sign of the cross, saying or thinking:Grace means gift; we acknowledge all that comes From God and remember to share what we have and are For Others.

Week II

  • Abraham takes a risk in trusting God and finds God’s blessing and abundance.
  • St. Paul reminds us that if God is for us who can be against us? Christ’s open arms on the cross are the sign of God’s faithfulness which holds us up in every situation.
  • The Transfiguration of Christ is a glimpse of the glory that awaits us when we seek, knock and ask for God to transform our hearts and wills for love.

Reflection

Dorothy Day, journalist, social activist and convert to Catholicism was recently named ‘Servant of God’ on the journey to beatification. She writes in her autobiography, The Long Loneliness, (1952) about her longing for God that causes her to seek, knock and ask spiritual questions about the meaning and purpose of life. Day experiences God’s mercy for her past life and turns fully to God in gratitude at the time of the birth of her daughter. Recognizing that her daughter was a gift From God, Day dedicated her life to service For Others.

Dorothy Day shares her prayer that she will continue to be aware of and trust in God’s presence and, “Not brush away the hand that holds me up!”

She believed that the Eucharist was the most powerful influence in her union with God and others. The word Eucharist is the Greek word meaning “to give thanks.”

The Liturgy offers us opportunities for reflection and various ways to experience God holding us up.

The Penitential Rite

The Penitential Rite invites us, early in our celebration, to take a close look at the gifts we receive From God. We are asked to call to mind the ways that we are using wisely or falling short of our full potential to live our lives in love and service For Others. Our sins are the areas of our life that we bring to God with trust for healing and transformation. We pray, Lord Have Mercy or Kyrie eleison. Mercy is God’s compassion and deepest empathy. God laughs and weeps with us with love beyond all telling. We give God thanks in the Eucharist because we will always find, when we seek, God’s hand holding us up.

We are Companions on the Journey sharing life in the Eucharist of praise.

Questions

1. What part of Dorothy Day’s story speaks to you?
2. How do you brush away God’s hand/ Hold God’s Hand?
3. Who can you “hold up ” with love this day?
4. How does saying grace before a meal change your experience of God?

LENTEN HYMN VERSE 1

We will seek and we shall find;
we will knock and the door shall be opened;
we will ask and it shall be given,
in this Eucharist of praise, in this Eucharist of praise.

Refrain

We are companions on the journey,
breaking bread and sharing life;
and in the love we bear is the hope we share
for we believe in the love of our God,
we believe in the love of our God.

Season of Lent Opportunities

    • Grace before each meals with a sign of the Cross. (See Companion Lenten Prayer above.)
    • Participating in weekly or even daily celebration of the Eucharist is the most perfect prayer and Lenten observance.
    • Welcome Home to Healing: Sacrament of Reconciliation; Monday 7 to 8:30 PM
      Saturday 11 AM to 12 Noon in church
    • Stations of the Cross Fridays 7:00 PM
      March 6: Processional

To read complete bulletin click here

Companions on the Journey

Our Parish Lenten Retreat- week III

Throughout the season of Lent and culminating in our Easter celebration we offer a Parish Retreat titled, Companions on the Journey. You are invited to join us as we experience the Lord and the love of each other more fully. The Retreat will unfold in the weekend homilies, liturgical music, bulletin reflections/stphilip.org, and workshop.

Our Lenten church banner pictured above displays symbols of the various themes of our parish Lenten retreat.

Our Journey begins with God who creates us, accompanies us through life, death and resurrection until we return to God in glory. Our journey is from, “glory to glory.” (2Cor.3:18) Along the way we are transformed into the image and likeness of Christ. God holds our hand on the journey and we are invited to hold the hands of our brothers and sisters on every step.

We are Companions on the Journey with God and with each other. The Two Figures shown form a Heart Shape as they companion one another in a bond of divine and human love. The word companion has its origins in two Latin roots; com-with and panis-bread. We “break bread” and share meals with the ones we love.

The Host and Chalice remind us of the precious Sacrament of the Eucharist where we share intimate communion with the Lord, our Bread of Life, and with each other.

The Cross in the center of the Host is the sign of our belief in the love of our God, Father, and Holy Spirit.
The Vertical line of the Cross calls to mind that everything, everyone and even we ourselves come From God as free gifts and grace.
The Horizontal line of the cross suggests the purpose for our lives which is to share our gifts For Others.

Our Prayer of Grace for Lent – Using Our Hands

Giving thanks before meals is a holy practice which keeps us mindful that all that we have is a gift From God.
Making a Sign of the Cross as a simple blessing or grace before a meal is a way to reflect our Mission to share our gifts For Others.
During this Lent, you are invited to give thanks with a prayer of grace before each meal.

Trace the sign of the cross, saying or thinking:

Grace means gift; we acknowledge all that comes From God and remember to share what we have and are For Others.

Week III

        • Moses receives the 10 Commandments that teach us how to be good companions to God and to one another.
        • The crucifixion of Christ is the sacrifice bestows God’s power and strength to share our gifts with each other.
        • Jesus expresses anger that God’s message is being grossly distorted by the money changers in the Temple. The Word of God calls us to act with justice, love tenderly and to walk hand-in-hand humbly with our God.

Reflection

God Knows is the title of a lovely poem written by Minnie Louise Haskins in 1908.

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night. And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day….

God’s hand, always holding our hand, is at the heart of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Jesus continues to bless us with companionship and guidance on the way of life. In early Christianity the followers of Jesus were known as, “Followers of the Way.” Jesus is our way, our truth and our life. In today’s Gospel, Jesus becomes angry with the Temple practices that misdirected attention from the true focus of worship which is God’s freely given abundant blessings.

Our prayer for lent – using our hands to make a Sign of the Cross as grace before meals – has been a challenge. Forgetting to say grace has reportedly caused some frustration in many of us, however, our feelings can be directed in a new way and seen as a blessing.

Our disappointment is a sign that reveals our heart’s deep desire to be mindful and grateful for all that comes to us from God’s hand. The Lord leads us to new ways of humility as we give God praise for the times that we do remember. We rejoice in the Lord always because God is patiently and tenderly holding our hand- in our forgetting, in our remembering in our every step along the way.

The Liturgy of the Word

The Eucharist is our sacred meal in which we, “Give Thanks.”
The Liturgy of the Word nourishes us through Scripture and reflection. The Word of God teaches us to see, hear and experience God and one another in new ways.
We are Companions on the Journey who walk humbly with our God.

Questions

        • What do you find interesting, inspirational, troubling, and encouraging about the messages and images in the poem God Knows?
        • Where is God showing you new ways and leading you in life?
        • Who may need your assistance or encouragement in finding a way through life? How will you reach out to them?
        • How have you been doing in remembering our Lenten prayer of grace?
        • How is God with you in remembering? In forgetting?
        • What does it mean to walk humbly with God?

LENTEN HYMN VERSE 2

We have been gifted with each other,
and we are called by the Word of the Lord:
to act with justice, to love tenderly,
and to walk humbly with our God,
to walk humbly with our God.

Refrain

We are companions on the journey,
breaking bread and sharing life;
and in the love we bear is the hope we share
for we believe in the love of our God,
we believe in the love of our God.

Season of Lent Opportunities

        • Grace before each meals with a sign of the Cross. (See Companion Lenten Prayer above.)
        • Participating in weekly or even daily celebration of the Eucharist is the most perfect prayer and Lenten observance.
        • Welcome Home to Healing: Sacrament of Reconciliation; Monday 7 to 8:30 PM
          Saturday 11 AM to 12 Noon in church
        • Stations of the Cross Fridays 7:00 PM;
          March 13: School Children
        • Spirituality Workshop: Sun. March 8th; 11 AM-Russo Rm.

To read complete bulletin click here

Companions on the Journey

Our Parish Lenten Retreat- week IV

Throughout the season of Lent and culminating in our Easter celebration we offer a Parish Retreat titled, Companions on the Journey. You are invited to join us as we experience the Lord and the love of each other more fully. The Retreat will unfold in the weekend homilies, liturgical music, bulletin reflections/stphilip.org, and workshop.

Our Lenten church banner pictured above displays symbols of the various themes of our parish Lenten retreat.

Our Journey begins with God who creates us, accompanies us through life, death and resurrection until we return to God in glory. Our journey is from, “glory to glory.”(2Cor.3:18) Along the way we are transformed into the image and likeness of Christ. God holds our hand on the journey and we are invited to hold the hands of our brothers and sisters on every step.

We are Companions on the Journey with God and with each other. The Two Figures shown form a Heart Shape as they companion one another in a bond of divine and human love. The word companion has its origins in two Latin roots; com-with and panis-bread. We “break bread” and share meals with the ones we love.

The Host and Chalice remind us of the precious Sacrament of the Eucharist where we share intimate communion with the Lord, our Bread of Life, and with each other.

The Cross in the center of the Host is the sign of our belief in the love of our God, Father, and Holy Spirit.
The Vertical line of the Cross calls to mind that everything, everyone and even we ourselves come From God as free gifts and grace.
The Horizontal line of the cross suggests the purpose for our lives which is to share our gifts For Others.

 

Our Prayer of Grace for Lent – Using Our Hands

Giving thanks before meals is a holy practice which keeps us mindful that all that we have is a gift From God.
Making a Sign of the Cross as a simple blessing or grace before a meal is a way to reflect our Mission to share our gifts For Others.
During this Lent, you are invited to give thanks with a prayer of grace before each meal.

Trace the sign of the cross, saying or thinking:

Grace means gift; we acknowledge all that comes From God and remember to share what we have and are For Others.

Week IV

  • Motivated by compassion God continued to send messengers to the people in hope that they would respond and follow in God’s ways.
  • The letter to the Ephesians emphasizes that all is a gift of loving kindness from God for our salvation. God gifts not because of our efforts but because we are God’s children and God’s handiwork.
  • God gave his Son Jesus as a light so that the world might be saved through Him.

Reflection

Take a moment to look at your hand. Just think about all of the tasks that our hands can do and the many ways that we communicate with them. God’s creation of our human hand is unique in nature. The many intricate ways that our hands work are possible because of the shape and size of our thumbs. Human thumbs are called opposable thumbs. They are called opposable because the thumb can be moved around to touch the other fingers, which gives people the ability to grasp things, use tools etc. We who are made in the image and likeness of God are able to complete a circle with each digit on our hands. Think of the OK sign.

Our hands have been given to us to give God glory by acknowledging God’s gifts to us and in order to continue Christ’s Mission which is our work. We are empowered by God to give service to one another with our hands: From God/For Others. This is the meaning of being Companions with God and with one another. Receiving from God and giving to others completes the circle of giving and receiving. The circle of reciprocity mirrors our ultimate story that we come from God and return to God in glory.

Our Scripture this weekend shares the stories of God’s self- giving, culminating in the free gift of Christ’s life for us. God shows us the way to live which is a process of receiving from God and a free giving of ourselves to one another.

Many times when we are distressed, anxious, frustrated or distraught in some way we can trace our disturbance to a broken circle of giving and receiving. We are invited at these times to trust more deeply in God’s providence to give us what we need. Often God calls us to examine our relationships that may require God’s healing touch. Like our hands, God gives us the tools we need to do our work for God with others. We complete the cycle and renew our strength through prayer. God desires with compassion and kindness to complete the circles in our lives with God’s strength. We believe that God truly cares.

THE EUCHARIST AS OFFERTORY GIFT

Bringing our gifts forth in the offertory procession reflects our self -giving through the liturgical form. The Eucharist is a gift from God, a sacrifice, a self- giving, an offering of God sacramentally broken and shared for us. Completing the circle we are nourished through the Eucharist in order to give service for others.

We are Companions on the Journey who offer all we have and who we are by the strength of God cares.

Reflection Questions

  1. Who has been a messenger of God’s compassion for you? Thank that person or pray for them.
  2. In what ways are your hands used for service?
  3. How are you being called to more deeply trust in God’s providence?
  4. Who needs your thoughtfulness, a word of encouragement or a good deed done by you for others?
  5. Does your contribution in the collection and offertory mirror your gratitude to God?

LENTEN HYMN VERSE 3
We offer to our Father,
all we have and who we are;
we feed as we are nourished
by the strength of God who cares,
by the strength of God who cares.

Refrain
We are companions on the journey,
breaking bread and sharing life;
and in the love we bear is the hope we share
for we believe in the love of our God,
we believe in the love of our God.

Season of Lent Opportunities

  • Grace before each meals with a sign of the Cross. (See Companion Lenten Prayer above.)
  • Participating in weekly or even daily celebration of the Eucharist is the most perfect prayer and Lenten observance.
  • Welcome Home to Healing: Sacrament of Reconciliation;
    Monday 7:00 to 8:30 PM
    Saturday 11:00 AM to 12 Noon in church
  • Stations of the Cross Fridays 7:00 PM;
    March 20: Living Stations – Youth Group

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY

Bible Study sessions on the Gospel of Luke.
Mondays: 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM in the Molloy Center.

HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE SLIDE PRESENTATION II

A slide presentation ”The Life of Jesus from the Immaculate Conception to the Crucifixion from the Eyes of a Scientist” will be presented by Albert Lossinsky, Ph.D. on Sunday, March 15th in the Molloy Center at 2:00 PM.  Sights & experiences from Bishop Serratelli’s April 2013 pilgrimage to Israel will be included.

SPRING ROYALE

The Spring RoyaleSaint Philip the Apostle Parish and Preparatory School Presents

Sunday, March 22nd 2015
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Valley Regency

SOLD OUT

AD JOURNAL

HONORING

Monsignor Kevin Flanagan, our distinguished honoree, generously shares God’s gifts through faithful ministry. You are invited to express your gratitude and thankfulness for all that Father Kevin has done and continues to do for our Church and School community. Share a special message, prayer or goodhearted wish for Fr. Kevin in our Spring Royale Ad Journal.

REMEMBERING

Sister Rene Donohue, FSP served as our dynamic School principal from 1979 to 2001. Sister’s commitment to social gatherings, music, theater and the arts is a rich part of our heritage. We honor her memory with the creation of The Sister Rene Donohue Cultural Arts Legacy which will be funded by the proceeds of our Spring Royale. This year her legacy is continued by providing new lighting and a refurbished sound system for our auditorium. Remember Sister Rene, and contribute to her legacy, by taking an Ad in our Journal in loving memory of Sister or in support of God’s gifts of fellowship and the Arts.

SPONSORSHIP SUPPORTER

Recognition of Your Gift 3-for-1

  • Glossy ad in the printed journal
  • Display on the "Big Screen" at the event
  • 31 day website PDF

Full-Color Ad Journal
$100 – Benefactor (Full Page)
$65 – Patron (Half Page)
$35 – Sponsor (Qtr. Page/Business Card)
$25 – Contributor (Name only)

Table Sponsor
$500 – Leadership Sponsor (Table Sponsorship)
Directions: At stphilip.org, click on the Spring Royale Event, or telephone the Molloy Center (973-779-6200), with your order request.

To read complete bulletin click here

Companions on the Journey

Our Parish Lenten Retreat- week V

Throughout the season of Lent and culminating in our Easter celebration we offer a Parish Retreat titled, Companions on the Journey. You are invited to join us as we experience the Lord and the love of each other more fully. The Retreat will unfold in the weekend homilies, liturgical music, bulletin reflections/stphilip.org, and workshop.

Our Lenten church banner pictured above displays symbols of the various themes of our parish Lenten retreat.

Our Journey begins with God who creates us, accompanies us through life, death and resurrection until we return to God in glory. Our journey is from, “glory to glory.”(2Cor.3:18) Along the way we are transformed into the image and likeness of Christ. God holds our hand on the journey and we are invited to hold the hands of our brothers and sisters on every step.

We are Companions on the Journey with God and with each other. The Two Figures shown form a Heart Shape as they companion one another in a bond of divine and human love. The word companion has its origins in two Latin roots; com-with and panis-bread. We “break bread” and share meals with the ones we love.

The Host and Chalice remind us of the precious Sacrament of the Eucharist where we share intimate communion with the Lord, our Bread of Life, and with each other.

The Cross in the center of the Host is the sign of our belief in the love of our God, Father, and Holy Spirit.
The Vertical line of the Cross calls to mind that everything, everyone and even we ourselves come From God as free gifts and grace.
The Horizontal line of the cross suggests the purpose for our lives which is to share our gifts For Others.

Our Prayer of Grace for Lent – Using Our Hands

Giving thanks before meals is a holy practice which keeps us mindful that all that we have is a gift From God.
Making a Sign of the Cross as a simple blessing or grace before a meal is a way to reflect our Mission to share our gifts For Others.
During this Lent, you are invited to give thanks with a prayer of grace before each meal.

Trace the sign of the cross, saying or thinking:

Grace means gift; we acknowledge all that comes From God and remember to share what we have and are For Others.

Week V

  • The prophet Jeremiah promises that God will take all people by the hand and lead them forth with a new covenant written upon each heart.
  • The letter to the Hebrews reminds us that Jesus prayed throughout his life. The prayer of Jesus enabled him to remain open and obedient to all that his Father asked of him.
  • As Jesus approaches Jerusalem and death he is honest in prayer about being deeply disturbed about the suffering to come. In prayer Jesus receives the Father’s reassurance that he will be glorified through giving freely of himself even to the giving up of his life.

Reflection

One day, a little girl and her father were in the grocery store. The proprietor smiled at the little girl and said, “Since you have been so patient, please help yourself to a handful of candy. The girl looked up, smiled sweetly and said, “Thank you, but I am too shy to take some candy for myself. If you wish, I will open my hands and you can give me what you will.”

The store owner said to her father, “What a sweet and shy girl you have.” As her hands were filled with candy, the girl’s father remarked, “She may be sweet and shy but she is also very clever. An open hand holds more candy!”

A hand, open to receive, holds more. A hand, willing to give, gives more. Jesus lived his life with an open hand of service, freely giving of his time, wisdom and healing presence to all.
We are invited to open one hand to God in prayer. God’s indwelling presence gifts us with the fruit of the Holy Spirit, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23) In gratitude we open our other hand, as Companions on the Journey sharing all we receive From God – For others.

We give God glory when we offer our lives in service for others. We are glorified by God when we share our love and good works for others. In today’s gospel a voice proclaims that Jesus will be glorified through his offering of himself on the cross.

The word “glorify” has many meanings, praise, honor, to cause, to appear, to know fully, to manifest. When we reach out in service for others we make God’s presence more fully known and more manifest. Loving service glorifies us as we give honor, praise and continue our mission to do Christ’s work in imitation of the self- giving of Jesus For Others.

THE EUCHARIST AS SENDING FORTH IN SERVICE

We are encouraged, empowered and nourished with God’s presence in the Eucharist to give God glory through our words and deeds. As we are blessed at the dismissal rite we are commissioned to, “Go forth to love and serve the Lord.” God glorifies us through God’s trust in us to love and serve. We give God glory as we share all that we have received From God – For Others.

We are Companions on the Journey who are made for the glory of God and for service in the name of Jesus.

Reflection Questions

  1. In what ways has God lead you by the hand?
  2. How does God write upon your heart?
  3. What does knowing that Jesus prayed when he was disturbed tell you about Jesus and about yourself in relationship with God?
  4. What fruit of the Holy Spirit needs to be more active in your life love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control?
  5. How are you being invited to walk side by side with God and in service for others?
  6. What one action can you take this week to do Christ’s work on Earth?

LENTEN HYMN VERSE 4

We are made for the glory of God,
for service in the name of Jesus;
to walk side by side with hope in our hearts,
to do Christ’s work on earth,
to do Christ’s work on earth.

Refrain

We are companions on the journey,
breaking bread and sharing life;
and in the love we bear is the hope we share
for we believe in the love of our God,
we believe in the love of our God.

Season of Lent Opportunities

  • Grace before each meals with a sign of the Cross. (See Companion Lenten Prayer above.)
  • Participating in weekly or even daily celebration of the Eucharist is the most perfect prayer and Lenten observance.
  • Welcome Home to Healing: Sacrament of Reconciliation;
    Monday 7:00 to 8:30 PM
    Saturday 11:00 AM to 12 Noon in church
  • Stations of the Cross Fridays 7:00 PM
    March 27: Religious Education

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY

Bible Study sessions on the Gospel of Luke.
Mondays: 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM in the Molloy Center.

SAVE THE DATE! ST. PHILIP ANNUAL GOOD FRIDAY BLOOD DRIVE

When: Good Friday, April 3, 2015
Where: School Auditorium
Time: 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM
If you have any questions, please call Doreen Germain at 973-819-4610.

HOLY WEEK EASTER SCHEDULE

PALM SUNDAY MARCH 29: Passion of the Lord
Saturday 5:30 PM; Sunday 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12 NOON

HOLY THURSDAY, APRIL 2
Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:30 PM
Eucharistic Adoration (Marian Hall) 9:00 PM – Midnight

GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 3
Blood Drive (Auditorium) 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
(Holy Communion/Veneration of the Cross) 3:00 PM

HOLY SATURDAY, April 4
Blessing of the Easter Food: 1:00 PM
Easter Vigil 8:00 PM

EASTER SUNDAY, April 5
Celebration of Eucharist 8:00 AM 10:00 AM 12:00 PM

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Companions on the Journey

OUR PARISH LENTEN RETREAT- HOLY WEEK

Throughout the season of Lent and culminating in our Easter celebration we offer a Parish Retreat titled, Companions on the Journey. You are invited to join us as we experience the Lord and the love of each other more fully. The Retreat will unfold in the weekend homilies, liturgical music, bulletin reflections/stphilip.org, and workshop.

Our Lenten church banner pictured above displays symbols of the various themes of our parish Lenten retreat.

Our Journey begins with God who creates us, accompanies us through life, death and resurrection until we return to God in glory. Our journey is from, “glory to glory.”(2Cor.3:18) Along the way we are transformed into the image and likeness of Christ. God holds our hand on the journey and we are invited to hold the hands of our brothers and sisters on every step.

We are Companions on the Journey with God and with each other. The Two Figures shown form a Heart Shape as they companion one another in a bond of divine and human love. The word companion has its origins in two Latin roots; com-with and panis-bread. We “break bread” and share meals with the ones we love.

The Host and Chalice remind us of the precious Sacrament of the Eucharist where we share intimate communion with the Lord, our Bread of Life, and with each other.

The Cross in the center of the Host is the sign of our belief in the love of our God, Father, and Holy Spirit.
The Vertical line of the Cross calls to mind that everything, everyone and even we ourselves come From God as free gifts and grace.
The Horizontal line of the cross suggests the purpose for our lives which is to share our gifts For Others.

Our Prayer of Grace for Lent – Using Our Hands

Giving thanks before meals is a holy practice which keeps us mindful that all that we have is a gift From God.
Making a Sign of the Cross as a simple blessing or grace before a meal is a way to reflect our Mission to share our gifts For Others.
During this Lent, you are invited to give thanks with a prayer of grace before each meal.

Trace the sign of the cross, saying or thinking:

Grace means gift; we acknowledge all that comes From God and remember to share what we have and are For Others.

Holy Week

Companions from Garden to Garden

Fr. Jared recently shared his insight that the heart of the Easter story is a journey from garden to garden with Jesus. We are companions along with Christ as he prays in the Garden of Gethsemane, offers his suffering passion and death for our ultimate glory and is glorified in the Garden of Resurrection.

During holy week we remember that God is our companion. The Risen Christ walks with us, holding our hand along each step, as we follow the pattern of his own life, suffering, death and with hope in the gift of eternal life. We celebrate our journey from God’s glory to God’s glory. We believe in the love of our God that strengthens us to do Christ’s work on earth. At each Eucharist we break bread and share Christ’s life as companions on the journey.

As we listened to the story of Jesus during the Holy Week liturgies we hear of the companions who accompanied him. We are called to reflect on the way that we can companion Christ today in our love and service to one another. Jesus said, “Whatever you do for the least of my brothers or sisters you do it for me.”

We can identify with and learn from the companions of Christ in the Paschal story. You are invited to reflect on your walk with Christ today as a companion on the journey with others.

Reflection

Pontius Pilate: Like him we are fearful of other people’s opinions and blinded by self- concern.
In what areas am I being challenged to rely on God’s courage to do the right thing?

Jesus Accepts his Cross: We deny and avoid suffering, refusing to accept our crosses.
What responsibility am I being called to bear for the good of others?

Jesus Falls: We fall willingly into sin, missing our full potential to become all that God desires for us.
How am I being invited to reach for God’s hands and walk in the light of forgiveness, reconciliation and healing?

Jesus Meets his Mother:  Seeing a loved one suffer is painful. We are not helpless; we can always be a prayer companion.
Who is in need of my prayer? What action can I take?

Simon and Veronica Help Jesus: Simon uses his strength and Veronica uses a tender gesture to be loving companions.
What gifts and talents can I give as I walk with others?

Mary and John Stand at the Foot of the Cross: Faithful family and friends sustain us in life.
I remember in thankful prayer those who stood and stand with me in joy and in sorrow.

Mary Magdalene in the Garden of Wonder and Glory: Our Risen Lord appeared to his loving friend Mary, calling her by name. Christ stands by us now, holding our hands and calling our names. God is a God of wonder and surprise.
How is God with me in this moment? Where do I find God’s wonder and glory? What might I do to experience God more fully as my loving companion in hope during this Holy Week?

Be a companion to Christ and One Another
Join Us for our Holy Week Liturgies

RETREAT HYMN REFRAIN
We are companions on the journey,
breaking bread and sharing life;
and in the love we bear is the hope we share
for we believe in the love of our God,
we believe in the love of our God.

Holy Week Prayer

  • Grace before each meal with a sign of the Cross. (See Companion Prayer above.)

HOLY WEEK – EASTER SCHEDULE

  • PALM SUNDAY MARCH 29: Passion of the Lord
    Saturday 5:30 PM
    Sunday 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12 NOON
  • HOLY THURSDAY, APRIL 2
    Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:30 PM
    Eucharistic Adoration (Marian Hall) 9:00 PM – Midnight
  • GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 3
    Blood Drive (Gym) 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM
    Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
    (Holy Communion/Veneration of the Cross) 3:00 PM
  • HOLY SATURDAY, April 4
    Blessing of the Easter Food: 1:00 PM
    Easter Vigil 8:00 PM
  • EASTER SUNDAY, April 5
    Celebration of Eucharist
    8:00 AM 10:00 AM 12:00 PM

ST. PHILIP ANNUAL GOOD FRIDAY BLOOD DRIVE

When: Good Friday, April 3, 2015
Where: School Gym
Time: 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM
If you have any questions, please call Doreen Germain at 973-819-4610.

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY

The Lenten Bible Study series will end on Monday, March 30th with a session at 11 AM only!

SPRING ROYALE

THANK YOU TO DONORS, SUPPORTERS AND PARTICIPANTS OF THE SPRING ROYALE. A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL. INITIAL REPORTS INDICATE THAT IT WAS A SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISER. CHECK OUT OUR WEB-SITE FOR PHOTOS OF THE EVENT.

MESSAGE FROM FR. KEVIN

Fr Kevin is most grateful for your very kind wishes and sentiments on the occasion of the most successful Spring Royale.

It is much appreciated and you will be remembered in his prayers.

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