July 2, 2017

Welcome Fr. Matt

Our warmest welcome and heartfelt prayer greet Fr. Matt as he joins our Parish Community.  Fr. Matt engages in a variety of activities beyond his ministry.  Hiking, cycling, the adventure of travel, the call and wonder of his aquarium and enjoyment of Broadway shows are sports and activities that he enjoys.
We look forward to getting to know our new priest.
Please pray the prayer below as Fr. Matt joins us.

Prayer for Our new Priest

Lord, we ask for your blessing upon our new priest, Fr. Matt.
We thank you for the gifts and talents that you have bestowed upon him to fulfill his mission, OPUS CHRISTI, Christ’s work.
May we be generous in our welcome and ever grateful for his ministry.
May we and our new Companion on the Journey grow evermore deeply spiritually, socially and in service to one another to Christ our Lord.

Dear Parishioners of St. Philip Parish,
I’m truly honored and happy to be appointed by the bishop to be a part of this great parish. It brings back great memories when I laid on the floor of this church and received the sacrament of Holy Orders from the hands of our Bishop Serratelli.

My name is Fr. Mateusz Janiewicz, but please do not hesitate to call me Fr. Matt. I was born on September 6, 1988 and raised on the southwest part of Poland in a small home with my mother and a younger sister. I grew up in a strong Catholic family. My mom took me to church regularly and prayed the rosary with me. Since I was a child, I always served as an altar server or lector in the Church. I entered the metropolitan seminary in Warsaw where I finished my studies of philosophy and then I came to the United States in 2009. I’ve graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD, and was ordained a priest in this very church – St. Philip on May 23, 2015 for the Diocese of Paterson.

I was first assigned to St. Cecilia and Sacred Heart parish in Rockaway, where I served for two years. I’ve gained a lot of good experience at both of the schools and parishes. I can truly see the beauty of the Holy Spirit working in all, and I’m humbled to be assigned now to this parish as a priest of Jesus Christ.

I’m looking forward to begin my assignment at St. Philip Church under the guidance of our pastor Fr. Joe. I am excited to join this parish and I would like to be your priest who serves you with all my talents and abilities. May the Lord of Life continue to sustain us as He does. I truly hope, I will be able to bring all of my God given talents and abilities for the good of all.

Once again, I would like to express my fondness to be a part of St. Philip parish and ask for your prayers as I begin this new assignment.

Fr. Matt

Independence Day – A Time to Give Thanks

As we celebrate this Independence Day weekend we as Americans are mindful of the gift of freedom which God has given us. We are thankful for the gift of our nation who defends and values our God given freedoms. As Catholics we are particularly grateful for the religious liberty that we enjoy in the United States. As people of faith and proud Americans let us remember to take time this weekend to give thanks to God for the freedoms we enjoy and for those men and women who have sacrificed much, even their own lives, to uphold those freedoms. Included is a prayer that can be used to give thanks to God and to ask his continued blessing and strengthening of our country.


from your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
You have called us as your people and given us the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God, and your Son, Jesus Christ.
Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit, you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world, bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel to every corner of society.
We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.
Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered in your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome— for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us— this great land will always be “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


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