January 1, 2017

New Year’s Blessing Prayer

All Time Display Devices, Watches and Calendars

may be placed on the table.

Lord, You who live outside of time, and reside in the imperishable moment, we ask Your blessing this New Year’s Day (Eve) upon Your gift to us of time.

Bless our clocks, watches and time display devices, You who kindly direct us to observe the passing of minutes and hours.
May they make us aware of the miracle of each second of life we experience.
May these our ticking or digital servants help us not to miss that which is important, while You keep us from machine-like routine.
May we ever be free from being clock watchers and instead become time lovers.

Bless our calendars, these ordered lists of days, weeks and months, of holidays, holydays, fasts and feasts – all our special days of remembering.
May theses servants, our calendars, once reserved for the royal few, for magi and pyramid priests, now grace our homes and our lives.
May they remind us of birthdays and other gift-days, as they teach us the secret that all life is meant for celebration and contemplation.

Bless, Lord, this new year, each of its 365 days and nights.
Bless us with new moons and full moons.
Bless us with happy seasons and a long life.
Grant to us, Lord, the new year’s gift of a year of love.
Edward Hays

Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God

“And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.”
Luke 2:16-21

Prayer to the mother of god
In gratitude for gifts received

Honor be yours, O Mother of God.
We rejoice in thanksgiving for signs of God’s love.
We take great joy in the fruitfulness of the earth, in good harvests, in full barns and in the special signs given to us this day.

We are grateful for the harvest-fullness of life itself, for the blessings of health and the fruits of the Spirit which have come to us.

Together with all those who love your Son, Jesus, we rejoice in Him who was the fruit of your womb, the harvest gift of history and an eternal blessing to each us.

Mary, Blessed Mother and gateway to mystic love, help us to be united with all those who love God and seek truth.

May our gratitude this day for the special gifts that have come to us, be praise and honor for our God, the Lord of All Gifts.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, we thank you for your intercession and ask that you carry our prayer of gratitude straightaway to the heart of God.
Edward Hays

Pastoral Care Survey

Our parish mission of Opus Christi, to do Christ’s work, includes promoting and enabling the physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being of our community. In order to better serve you we hope to expand our Pastoral Care services in the areas of relationship and parenting workshops, caregiver and bereavement support, and spirituality programs. At the start of a New Year, we hope to address your pastoral care concerns with appropriate forums and programs. To incorporate your needs in our program development we ask that you kindly fill out the bulletin survey insert, or visit the StPhilip.org website and complete the survey online. Completed paper surveys can be placed in the Pastoral Care Survey drop box in the church vestibule until January 3.


Journey with Us
Discover the Keys to the Kingdom

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.


Our next session is Monday evening, January 9, 2017 from 7:00-8:30 PM in the Russo Room. Make-up sessions will be available.
We invite you to be our companion on the journey. If you would like more information about RCIA, please call Donna Scancarella at 973-779-6200.


“Lead me, Lord!”
Begin your year on a path of prayer. Join us on Thursday, January 5 at 7:00 PM in the Russo Room for prayer, guided meditation and reflection.


Religious Education Classes schedule
Grades 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6: January 8, February 5, 26
Grade 2: January 8, 22, February 5, 12, 26
Grades 7, 8: January 22, February 12
Confirmation Grade 9, 10: January 22, February 12


• The Monday Night Group: January 9th & 23rd at 6:30 PM in the Left Conference of the Molloy Center.
• The New & Recently Bereaved Group: Wednesday, January 11th & 25th at 7:00 PM.

Columbiette Blanket Ministry
The next meeting will be on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 9:45 AM in the Molloy Center. All crafters are welcome. Blankets are donated to hospitalized children, chemotherapy patients, needy children, and the homebound of the community. For donations or further information, call Cathie Murtha at 973-471-1265.

Prime Timers
St. Philip the Apostle Prime Timers will hold their next monthly meeting on Friday, January 6th 2017 at 1:00 PM in the St. Philip’s Molloy Center on St. Philip’s Drive. This meeting will feature Clifton City Historian, Don Lotz who will discuss the history of Clifton in this centennial year.

St. Philip’s Prime Timers is open to any parishioner of St. Philip’s and their friends age 50 and over. Guests may attend a maximum of two meetings before joining.


Open House
Catholic Schools Week
January 30th – February 3rd, 2017
Tours by Appointment
The students and faculty of St Philip Preparatory school are refreshed and ready to return to school on January 3. The Christmas vacation allowed students and their families the time to visit with friends and relatives and return to school with renewed optimism and faith. Students will spend the first week of January reviewing their knowledge as they prepare for their quarterly exams scheduled to begin on January 16. The students were sad to say goodbye to their beloved fifth grade teacher Mrs. Bordieri who has relocated to Arizona but extend a warm welcome to their new fifth grade teacher Mrs. Ataide. God bless us all in the New Year!

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