June 14, 2015

Jumping in Faith

St. Paul writes “Brothers and sisters: We are always courageous… for we walk by faith, not by sight.”

Jesus teaches us that God’s Kingdom is at work in unseen ways within and among us to bring about God’s kingdom of love and justice on our good earth. Our smallest acts of faith and hope and courage while participating in Christ’s work, our Opus Christi, may yield an abundant harvest when seen with the eyes of faith.

Consult not your fears,
But your hopes and dreams.
Think not about your frustrations,
But about your unfulfilled potential.
– Pope John XXIII

I remember as a child that three of us girls talked one another into standing on the outside ledge of our back porch (about 3-4 ft. high) and, after mastering that without getting hurt, we decided to risk more. We stood on the top of the railing around the porch and, with trepidation, excitement, and the encouragement of one another, we each had the courage to jump from that height. I don’t remember who did it first, but we all did it that day.

The quote from Pope John is not about foolhardy actions, but courageous ones which may seem foolhardy to others.

Although we must each take responsibility for our hopes, dreams, and actions and refuse to be paralyzed by fears, we need to support and encourage one another as we move together courageously into an unknown future.

We each have been and are still being called. We are fearfully and wonderfully made and we can move into a future we choose and we must do this together.
– Marilyn Gottemoeller, RSM Cincinnati, Ohio

Questions for Prayer

  1. How are you being challenged to walk by faith in situations that may be discouraging?
  2. When have you performed a small act of faith, hope or love and seen God at work through your effort? Thank God for that experience.
  3. Who needs your prayer of attention of encourage-ment this week?


Thank you to all who worked and supported our 36th annual Carnival. Good news: After listening to feedback last year and in order to take advantage of the peak weekend crowds five days of Carnival were reduced to three. There were record crowds on Friday and Saturday night, in fact, the kitchen made the same profit in three days as in the five days last year.

Challenges: The past carnival company could not be secured for the three days and a new vendor was chosen who also supplied the games. The inflatable Amusements -so popular today- were a hit with the great numbers of school children during the first two nights. Young people especially enjoyed the Mechanical Bull (although a day late), the Joust and the Rock Climbing/Bunge Wall. However, there were not enough rides and the Carnival looked diminished. The games were small, a real shock, and not what were expected at all! The plant sale was a communication oversight and will return. Not mailing the Super 50/50 was an experiment to save the great cost of postage but it was a mistake and will be mailed in the future. Life is a learning curve.

I apologize to those who were disappointed in this year’s Carnival; surely this was not my intention at all.

Below and at stphilip.org/carnival/ you will find a feedback survey whose contents will be used for future planning. Photos and a video of the Carnival are found at the same site which show the real joy of the Carnival and what we truly value—the time spent together as a community, working, playing and growing together on the journey.

– Fr. Joe
1. Overall did you enjoy the carnival? Yes / No

2. Do you prefer the 3-day format or the previous 5-day format? 3 Day / 5 Day

3. This year the carnival was moved up one week so as not to interfere with Father’s Day weekend? Did you like that change? Yes / No

Your comments:

Please return to the Carnival Feedback box in Church vestibule

Super 50/50 Winners
1st Prize: Sr. Eleanor Zampese – $1,660.25
2nd Prize: Mr. & Mrs. James Murtha – $996.15
3rd Prize: Guy Carrubba – $664.10

Diocesan Award Bestowed Upon Sr. Christine Liegey

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 this 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
Sunday, June 28, 2015
1:00 PM –  School Auditorium
Program with light refreshments

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.

We would like to have a pictorial display at the Farewell. If you have any pictures of Fr. Jared, please submit copies to the Molloy Center or to Barbara at bsalzer@stphilip.org.

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.

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