May 28, 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.

    Knowledge and Understanding

    Vision Therapy

    Perhaps your eyesight is not accustomed to recognizing miracles – mighty deeds – in your everyday life. Perhaps the notion of Jesus restoring your sight, healing you from paralysis or uncleanness, calming the storms of your life, or bringing you back from the dead is foreign to you. If so, you may wonder whether some sort of “vision therapy” is possible, some strategy for developing the ability to recognize God’s constant activity in your life. The answer is a resounding yes!
    One very good way to begin vision therapy is to focus your “eyesight” on the following four areas of life and to ask yourself how God has revealed his presence to you in each of them.

    • Significant people.

    Just as God spoke to his people through Moses and the prophets, God often speaks to us through other people.
    Who are the people in your life who have shaped and influenced you? Who are the people to whom you owe much?

    • Moments of joy (big or small).

    Throughout Scripture, people who recognize encounters with God respond to them in terms of great joy. By reversing that process, we can come to recognize encounters with God, too. In other words, by reflecting on moments of joy, whether big or small, we can recognize God’s movement in our lives as the cause of those joy-filled moments.
    In what ways does God move you?

    • Peak moments of grace.

    In addition to all the little ways that God has manifested his presence to us,each of us can think of a handful of extraordinary moments in our lives when we felt we had come face-to-face with the infinite – moments when God’s presence was almost palpable. Perhaps it was a brush with death, a moment of incredible luck or fortune, a dramatic recovery from an unfortunate situation, or an extraordinary experience of beauty. Moments like these make us aware of a power greater than our own.
    What are your peak moments? Speak to God about them.

    • Milestones in life.

    Each of us can name moments in our lives when we reached a major milestone—a graduation, a new job, a promotion, a birthday or anniversary, or a wedding day, for example. These events cause us to pause and express gratitude, and when we express gratitude, we are touching the Holy, the Giver of all good gifts.
    Once you have engaged in this type of reflection and reminiscence and identified the myriad ways God has been active in your life, you can go back and identify which of these events have been experiences of the Lord healing you, providing sustenance for you, revealing his great power to you, and restoring you to life. Then you will be able to proclaim to others, as did the author of “Amazing Grace,” that “I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see.”

    (Adapted) Excerpt from Under the Influence of Jesus by Joe Paprocki
    Joe Paprocki, D.Min., has been a catechetical leader and religious educator in the Chicago area for more than thirty years

    Parochial Vicar Assignment Changes, June 2017

    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.


    Multi-language Liturgy

    Acts of the Apostles (2:4) reports that on the feast of Pentecost all were “filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.” The multiple languages at Pentecost demonstrate God’s desire to be in relation with all people. God speaks to each heart in a unique way. Our celebration of Pentecost will be a multi-language liturgy serving as a symbol of God’s ongoing action to renew the face of the earth.
    Volunteers are being sought to proclaim the Scripture readings and general intercessions in their native language. Please contact Donna Scancarella at 973-779-6200 or for more information and to volunteer.

    Festive Clothing

    On the first Pentecost the Spirit hovered over the disciples like tongues of fire. The manifestation of God’s power symbolizes the fire of love that compels the followers of Jesus through spirituality, service and social ministry. Therefore, parishioners are invited to wear flame colors of red, yellow or orange. Our multi-colored glow will be a communal affirmation of our commitment to rekindle the fire of God’s love and to live our mission working for peace and justice with zeal.

    Flag Bearers Needed

    Our Pentecost Eucharist procession is led by our flag bearers. We are in need of six volunteers for each Mass on Pentecost weekend as carriers. The flags are more cumbersome than heavy; however moderate upper body strength is a requirement. A sign-up sheet for each Mass time can be found in the Sacristy.


    Tis the season for field days and field trips. The summer is approaching quickly. The sixth grade went to the Museum of Natural History on the 18th to see a special exhibit on mummies. It was amazing; it compared mummies from Egypt with the ones from Peru. The fifth grade went to Sterling Hill Mine in Ogdensburg, NJ the home of florescent rocks. The eighth grade will be going to see STOMP in NYC this Thursday. Field Day will be on June 5th, say a prayer for us to have a beautiful day.


    Bereavement Support & Ministry
    “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 5th & 19th in the Left Conference Room 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.

    Knights of Columbus

    The following awards were presented on Wednesday, May 17th:
    Catechist of the Year: Curtis Russell              
    Parishioner of the Year: The Davey Family
    Senior Citizen of the Year: Bill Kelleher
    Youth of the Year: Jackie Cherry
    Altar Server of the Year: Antonio Escobinas
    Family of the Year: The Jones Family
    Knight of the Year: Bob Martin
    Firefighter of the Year: Kenneth Scangarello
    Police Officer of the Year: Glen Arthur  (2016)
    Timothy Taffin  (2017) 
    EMT of the Year: Eric Babula
    Monsignor Peter J. Doody Scholarship winners
     of $1000 each:
    Isabel Lagunes         Penelope Javate
    Antonio Escobinas         Daniella Tejeda


    Columbiettes Food Drive at Stop & Shop: Thank you to all who dropped off their items on Saturday.  We collected enough to fill 8 shopping baskets! The Fr. English Center was very appreciative for your support and to feed 125 families. God bless you!

    To read complete bulletin click here