December 24, 2017



Holding Hands at Christmas
A delightful custom of the Swedish Christmas season is the touring of carved ice castles.

As a father and his young daughter walk through the sculptured corridor the power fails. Standing in the dark, the father reaches for his cell phone, lighting the way as he feels along the frozen wall. Speaking reassuringly to his daughter he hears her whisper, “Daddy, I’m afraid.” “I am right here,” he responds, “you can hear my voice and you can see me.” “I know,” answers the little girl, “but I’d feel better if you would hold my hand.” As soon as their hands meet the little girl is at peace and filled with joy. She cries out, “This is the best Christmas ever!”

Holding hands at Christmas makes it the best ever!
For centuries God spoke through the prophets and the Scripture so that we could hear the good news of God’s love. People have always been blessed to see God’s providence at work in the beauty of our world and even better in the wonder of the creation of their own lives. At Christmas, we celebrate the best truth in the birth of Christ, who shares our humanity so that we might hold God’s hand and share in Christ’s divinity.
God is here with us as Emmanuel, providing good news, providing life and love and holding our hands while leading us by God’s holy light through this world and one day into the next.

For 75 years our faith community of Saint Philip the Apostle has continued Christ’s work of handholding with God and with each other through spiritual, service and social ministry.
17110610 Xmas Ornament COLOR - Jubilee
This Christmas you will receive a commemorative brass Christmas ornament celebrating our parish’s 75th Jubilee Year.

On the reverse side of the ornament it reads – Your Gift Is Wrapped In Prayer.

Know that your priests and staff have wrapped the ornaments, you and your loved ones in prayer this Christmas season.

When you return home to place your Jubilee ornament on your tree read the inscription on the back of the gift box and pray Our Jubilee Prayer.

As a Christmas gift to you and as a way to thank God for the double gift of holding our hands and enabling us to hold the hands of one another, pray Our Jubilee Prayer.

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.               


This Christmas, may we hold both God and each other’s hand:
Remembering….. that Christ is by our side.
Celebrating…. that Christ holds our hand through every moment of our lives.
Believing…. that Christ is the light that leads us to our eternal home.
Please know that you as God’s gift ….are wrapped in prayer.

1943 – 2018

The word Jubilee meaning a special anniversary of an event has deep Biblical roots. In the Hebrew Scripture a ram’s horn yuhel or yuvel was sounded like a trumpet heralding a special year of restoration, equitable distribution of lands and release for captives and slaves (Leviticus 25). Jubilee is a Latin translation of the Hebrew word for ram’s horn which is shofar in English.  The prophet Isaiah (61) proclaims a beautiful vision for a year of favor from the Lord.

In Luke’s Gospel 4 we learn that in Nazareth, Jesus was handed a scroll of Scripture to read in the synagogue. He chose Isaiah 61 which announces a Year of Favor from the Lord. 

Throughout the ages the Roman Catholic Church has a joyous history of celebrating various Jubilee Years, most recently the Year of Mercy 2015 – 2016.

The Year of our Lord 2018 is our parish Jubilee commemorating 75 years of fulfilling our mission of Opus Christi – Christ’s Work. During the decades our parish has been love in action, bringing good news through spiritual, service and social ministry.

Jesus said to our parish patron St. Philip,
Whoever believes in me will do the works I do and even greater works.


The next class for grades 1 – 6 is January 7
The next class for grades 2 and 7 – 10 is January 21

Denise Pannullo for Grades 1 – 8 at 973-779-1439
Victoria Velasco for Confirmation at 973-798-8772


Beginning in January, the Youth Group meetings will be moved to Sundays at 11 AM: January 7th and 28th.

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