January 17, 2016

Wedding at Cana – The Time is Now

The wedding at Cana was the first public miracle of Jesus and was initiated by his mother, Mary.  Mary’s direct trust in Jesus and Jesus’ sensitivity to the needs of others was a miraculous combination.

The following is a reflection by Rosemary Haughton, (The Passionate God) of the dynamics between Jesus and Mary which may give us insight into our prayer and interaction with our Blessed Mother and with our Lord.

She Left It With Jesus

Woman, my hour has not yet come.
– John 2:1

Mary had, in her impulsive demand, given to her Son the clarification he needed in trying to understand his own direction.  And he, in rejecting that kind of authority in her, gave her tremendous insight into who, and what, he truly was. We can see that in what followed.  She did not renew her request, rather something happened to the character of the request itself. It became something which she had given him, and she left it with him; she took her hands off it, as it were.  She simply bade the servants do whatever he told them.

It was an act of trust, of homage even, but with no hint of servility.  And it set him free.  It set him free in relation to this particular situation in which there was a real, human need for precisely that action which she had demanded.  There was a need for it, and therefore it was appropriate that he should fulfil that need, and her action made him able to do so, because it broke a barrier for him …

To respond was to respond in love, to liberate into this particular bit of the world of sin (“sin” being, here, the lack of wine, and the social humiliation and personal hurt for the family that such lack involved) the power of exchanged life which it was his whole mission to pour out on earth.  The time was “not yet” but love and need could bypass time.  To meet this simple, real, human need the love of the risen Lord – Messiah, the saving God who feeds his people, who “fills the hungry with good things” – could go ahead of itself. Divine Wisdom could indeed say, as she had come to do, “Come and eat of my bread and drink of the wine which I have mixed.”

Reflection Questions
  1. How am I being called to be as sensitive as Mary was to the feelings and needs of those around me?
  2. What people, situations, and personal issues do I need to bring to Jesus in prayer?
  3. Ask our Blessed Mother to help you to make “an act of trust” leaving your prayer to God’s providence, with faith, in hope and for love.
  4. Jesus responds to the needs of others.  Where and how am I being called to act?



Journey with Us

Our next RCIA session is Monday, January 25 at 7:00 PM in the Russo Room.  Also, there will be a make-up session on the “Gospel of John” on Thursday, January 28th at 7:00 PM.  All are welcome. Note: There will not be a session on Monday, January 18th.

We invite you to be our companion on the journey and discover the keys to the kingdom. If you would like more information about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, (RCIA), please call Donna Scancarella at 973-779-6200.

6th Annual St. Patrick Dinner Dance


St. Joseph Dessert Table

St. Philip’s will host its 6th Annual St. Patrick Dinner Dance on Saturday, March 5, at 7 PM (doors open 6:30 PM) in the school auditorium.

Tickets are $40 pp and include a traditional Irish dinner with beer, wine, soda, coffee and tea, plus a St. Joseph dessert table. Specialty drinks available for purchase.

Entertainment will be provided by The Peter McKiernan Band.

To purchase tickets, please send the following to:
St. Philip the Apostle Church
797 Valley Rd., Clifton, NJ 07013
Attn: St. Patrick Tickets

1. Your name
2. Phone number
3. Number of tickets requested
4. Payment (check payable to St. Philip the Apostle)

Tickets will also be sold after all masses on February 13/14

This event sells out quickly so order your tickets early!

For more information call Donna @ 973-779-6200

Tickets will not be available at the door.
You must be 21 years or older to attend this event.

Save the Date

April 17, 2016

Saint Philip the Apostle Parish and Preparatory School
The Spring Royale

Sunday, April 17, 2016
2:00 to 6:00 PM
The Valley Regency
Tickets: $65 per person
  • Includes $25 Gift of Chips for Gaming Tables
  • Butler served hors d’oeuvres, Carving Station
  • Complimentary: Beer, Wine, Soda, Coffee, Tea
  • Gourmet Desserts, Cash Bar, Piano Music
  • Gaming Tables: Black Jack, Roulette, Craps, Wheel of Chance
  • Gift Baskets for Casino Winnings, Silent Auction, Super 50/50

Click here to book your tickets.

Bible Study

Seven week Lenten Bible Study Series begins on Monday, February 8th in the Molloy Center at 11 AM. All are welcome!


Religious Education Classes schedule
Grades 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6: January 24, February 28
Grade 2:  January 24, February 7 & 28
Grades 7, 8:  February 7
Confirmation Grade 9, 10: February 7

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