June 07, 2015

Corpus Christi
Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

We are nourished for our mission to do the work of Christ.
’Far from diminishing our concern to develop this earth,
the expectation of a new earth should spur us on,
for it is here that the body of a new human family grows, foreshadowing in some way the age which is to come.
That is why earthly progress
is of vital concern to the kingdom of God.
When we have nurtured on earth the values
of human dignity, communion and freedom,
we will find them once again,
freed from stain, illuminated and transfigured.
Here on earth the kingdom is mysteriously present;
when the Lord comes, it will enter into its perfection.’

Vatican II, The Church I the Modern World, 39

The Song of the Bread
Bread from seed sown in earth
bread made by human hands
bread tasting of sorrow
and of people of many lands

Bread of war and of peace
unchanging daily bread
strange bread of affection
and the stone bread of the dead
bread, our body our all
earned with such biter sweat
bread, life with our fellows
whom we easily forget

bread without which we die
matter of such great worth
bread shared with each other
through all our life on earth.

Bread of life shared with us –
you give yourself food
you, man among others
and a God of flesh and blood.


Lord our God, you have sown in us your word,
given us your son – he, who was broken and died for us,
is bread and life for the world.
We ask you to let us find strength to tread his path,
to let us be for each other as fertile as seed and as nourishing as bread.

Huub Oosterhuis, Your Word is Near


The Diocese of Paterson recognizes the service of the laity and religious as it awards the Sixth Annual VIVERE CHRISTUS AWARD. The title of the award is taken from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians1:21, “for me to live is Christ.” The Bishop bestows this honor on behalf of the community of faith in gratitude for faithful stewardship given in the name of our Lord Jesus. Our parish recipient this year is Sister Christine Liegey.

The award will be given on Sunday, June 14th at a 3:30 PM Vesper Service at St. Philip with a light reception to follow in the auditorium. All are welcome.

The award is a double blessing for Sr. Christine as it is bestowed during The Year of Consecrated Life dedicated by Pope Francis as 2015. The Holy Father wrote, “A radical approach is required of all Christians, but religious persons are called upon to follow the Lord in a special way: They are men and women who can awaken the world.”

St. John Paul writes in the opening sentence of Vita Consecrata: “The consecrated life, deeply rooted in the example and teaching of Christ the Lord, is a gift of God the Father to his church through the Holy Spirit.” (VC#1)

Pope Francis has reminded us: “Consecrated life is a prophecy. God asks us to fly the nest and to be sent to the frontiers of the world, avoiding the temptation to ‘domesticate’ them. This is the most concrete way of imitating the Lord.” Father James M. Sullivan, O.P.

We are grateful and blessed by Sister Christine who has faithfully served our parish for 36 years. Her current ministry is as a spiritual minister with a focus on the sick, bereaved, Prime Timers Social group and as the Baptism preparation coordinator.

Please keep Sister in your grateful prayer and pray for vocations to the Religious Life.

Farewell to Fr. Jared

Save the Date!
Sunday, June 28, 2015
1:00 PM –  School Auditorium
Program with light refreshments

As was announced last weekend, Bishop Serratelli has named me the Administrator of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Mountain Lakes as of June 29th. This news brings about many different emotions for me. I will leave St. Philip saddened but also full of joy and hope at the same time. I have been blessed by each of you. I am impressed by your faithfulness, holiness, and sincerity. I take this with me as I continue to serve the people of God in Mountain Lakes and wherever God takes me in the future. Throughout my life I have trusted in God. He has always provided for me. Even in difficult moments God was present to me, to sustain me, and bring me to where I needed to be. Please pray for me in these coming weeks as I prepare to make this transition. Continue to be open to the working of the Holy Spirit in your life as I will in mine. Trust in the providence of God. May God continue to bless you and let us pray for one another.

Newly Ordained Assigned to Our Parish

Last Saturday, Bishop Serratelli ordained 14 men to the Priesthood at St. Philip. This past Tuesday he assigned Rev. Jose Miguel Jimenez to be our Parochial Vicar effective June 29. Fr. Miguel was born on June 12, 1987 in Colombia to Jose and Ana Jimenez. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from the Seminary of Jesus Christ the High Priest in Antioquia, Colombia. After arriving to the United States and the Diocese of Paterson he studied and received a Master’s Degree in Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Throughout his time in the seminary, Fr. Miguel spent three years at Holy Family, Florham Park and one year as a Deacon at Sacred Heart and Holy Rosary in Dover. Fr. Miguel enjoys playing soccer and reading.


Saturday, June 6: 06:30 – 11.00 PM
Sunday, June 7:   01:00 – 7:00 PM

  • Delicious food, drink and pizzelles!
  • Cotton candy, popcorn, and ice cream!
  • Beer, wine, and soda
  • Amusements for all ages: Adventure Galley, Joust, Whirl Wind, Bungee, Rock Climbing, Mechanical Bull
  • Carnival booths with games!

Super 50/50
Ticket: $2.00 Donation

1st Prize: 50% winners share
2nd Prize: 30% winners share
3rd Prize: 20% winners share

Ride Tickets
Twenty (20) tickets for $20
Unlimited ride bracelet $25

Coffee and Cake Table

We are asking our parishioners to please donate cookies, brownies (no nuts) and cupcakes with sprinkles, if possible, for the cake and coffee table.
Cakes may be dropped off in the auditorium at any time during the Carnival hours. Thanks for your donations!

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