June 4, 2017


We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe



Make the sign of the cross. As you do, know that this desire to pray is God’s gift. You are praying.

  • Touch your forehead…
    Remember God’s blessings in your life. Say, “Thank You” which is the perfect prayer.
  • Touch your heart…
    Celebrate God’s presence in you. Smile.
  • Touch your left and right shoulders…
    Believe that you were created to receive and give love.
  • The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

    The Risen Christ commissioned the disciples and therefore us, to go out into the world and proclaim the Good News! Part of the Good News of Jesus Christ is the power of the Holy Spirit at work within us and among us. We are given all that we need to live our mission to love and to work for justice and the flourishing of all people.
    As we journey through the Easter Season to Pentecost the same Holy Spirit that propelled the disciples to live their mission of Opus Christi, Christ’s Work animates us.
    Through Baptism and Confirmation we are empowered with spiritual gifts. During this Easter Season we will explore thematically the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and experience them at work in our lives in new ways.

    Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
    • Fear of the Lord (“WOW!” Awe, Wonder, Amazement) is awakening to God’s blessings freely given: in the beauty of creation, the truth of compassion deep within us, the goodness of loving relationships – recognizing that “All is Gift.”
    • Piety (Reverence) is living gratefully in a graced world with a profound respect for all life and a passion to be faithful stewards of God’s bountiful gifts.
    • Fortitude (Courage) enables us to dream of what is possible with Christ’s love. Fortitude emboldens us to take responsibility for that vision and to creatively make it a reality.
    • Right Counsel helps us to sift and sort in prayer what cannot be changed and needs to be accepted and what can be changed and needs to be accomplished.
    • Knowledge focuses our priorities and shifts our perspective to think, feel and act with faith, hope and love.
    • Understanding is seeing, feeling and listening with the “ear of our heart.” Understanding and compassion are God’s heart.
    • Wisdom enables us to discern and relish God’s presence in all things, to trust in Providence and to therefore live with compassion on the journey.

    Prayer Gifts Us with Wisdom

    A Prayer for Pentecost

    Spirit! Power and Passion of my being, press upon my heart your profound love. Move through the fragments of my days; enable me to sense your fiery Presence consecrating my most insignificant moments.

    Spirit! Source of Vision, Perceptive Guide, permeate the moments of my choices when falsehood and truth both call to me. Turn me toward the way of goodness, so that I will always lean toward your love.

    Spirit! Blessing for the heart grown weary, encircle me with your loving energy, empower me with your active gentleness. Deepen within me a faith in your dynamism which strengthens the weak and the tired.

    Spirit! Breath of Life, Touch of Mystery, you are the ribbon of inner connection, uniting me with the groaning of all creation. Because of you, my life gathers into a oneness. Keep me attentive to this interdependence. Fill my being with a constant compassion and a deep hope that knows no bounds.

    Spirit! Dwelling Place, Sanctuary of Silence, you are the home for which I deeply yearn. You are the resting place for which I long. I find both comfort and challenge in you. Grant that I may keep my whole self open to the transforming power of your indwelling, that I may ever know the blessing of your tremendous companionship.
    Joyce Rupp


    Bishop Serratelli has announced the reassignment of Rev. J. Miguel Jimenez, our Parochial Vicar of two years at St. Philip the Apostle Church, to St. Mary’s Assumption and St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Churches which are joined parishes in Passaic effective June 29, 2017.

    Rev. Mateusz Jasniewicz currently stationed at St. Cecelia, Rockaway is assigned to St. Philip the Apostle Church effective June 29, 2017.

    Our Walk Through the Last Year

    Pentecost is a celebration of God’s love and power at work within and among us.
    The Eucharist means “to give thanks”. Our celebration is the perfect time to recount all the ways that God has blessed our parish and the ways that we have blessed each other with Compassion on the Journey since last Pentecost.
    We share God’s gifts spiritually, socially and in service:

    Pentecost 2016 to Pentecost 2017
    Baptisms 52
    First Eucharist 69
    Confirmation 45
    Pre Cana Couples 13
    Marriages 12
    RCIA 6
    Funerals 100
    School Enrollment 455
    Rel. Ed. Enrollment 273
    Regular Home
    Communion Visitation 50

    • Living Spirituality themes
    • Keys to the Kingdom: OK God, What’s the Good News: Time – Talent – Treasure
    • Your Gift is Wrapped in Prayer
    • Stewards of Christ’s Work
    • Prayer Time: We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe
    • Monthly Meditation Hour

    Celebrating Socially

    • Parish Carnival
    • Parish Picnic
    • All parish group events
    • St. Joseph/St. Patrick Dinner

    Service For Facilities

    • Security Cameras – School Building & on Property
    • Carpet & Painting – Molloy Center
    • Parking Lot Drain & Manhole restructuring due to sink holes
    • Added Speed Bumps for safety
    • Replace 2 water heaters in Church
    • Automated thermostats for church efficiency


    The Saint Philip School seventh and eighth grade have been working on a yearlong Genius Hour Project. Students chose a project because they were passionate about the topic or idea. Students presented their reports to their classmates as well as the fourth through sixth grades and teachers. The conversations and explanations demonstrated the hard work and well researched projects and innovative ideas of the science classes. Visitors were treated to projects ranging from cookbooks to solar powered air planes to video tutorials. Congratulations to Mrs. Banyai and her students.


    “Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.”

    • The Monday Night Widow/Widowers Group:

    A social group for widows and widowers. Next meeting: June 19th in Cerullo Hall at 6:30 PM.

    • Spouse Bereavement Group:

    A support group for people grieving the death of their spouse. Next meeting: TUESDAY, June 13th & 27th at 7:00 PM in the RUSSO ROOM. For information contact Dr. Rachel Rengifo at 201-248-4335.

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