November 26, 2017




1943 – 2018


The word Jubilee meaning a special anniversary of an event has deep Biblical roots. In the Hebrew Scripture a ram’s horn yuhel or yuvel was sounded like a trumpet heralding a special year of restoration, equitable distribution of lands and release for captives and slaves (Leviticus 25). Jubilee is a Latin translation of the Hebrew word for ram’s horn which is shofar in English.  The prophet Isaiah (61) proclaims a beautiful vision for a year of favor from the Lord.

In Luke’s Gospel 4 we learn that in Nazareth, Jesus was handed a scroll of Scripture to read in the synagogue. He chose Isaiah 61 which announces a Year of Favor from the Lord.

Throughout the ages the Roman Catholic Church has a joyous history of celebrating various Jubilee Years, most recently the Year of Mercy 2015 – 2016.

The Year of our Lord 2018 is our parish Jubilee commemorating 75 years of fulfilling our mission of Opus Christi – Christ’s Work. During the decades our parish has been love in action, bringing good news through spiritual, service and social ministry.

You are invited
Next weekend, we will open our 75th Jubilee Year with special celebrations at each Mass followed by refreshments in the Auditorium. Refreshments will follow in the GYM after the 5:30 PM Mass. Please plan to join us and enjoy this time to share the joy of our love in action years.

Opening Ceremony – The Jubilee Year Commences
Our Jubilee year begins on the first Sunday of Advent. Advent means a new beginning and is an invitation to pay attention to the presence of the Lord within and among us. One title for our Lord is Emmanuel which means God is with us. Please prayerfully prepare for the coming Jubilee ceremony which will be celebrated at the start of each Eucharist by reflecting on the significance and meaning of the following liturgy.

The Sounding of the Shofar
A trumpet sound catches our attention and focuses us on the present moment. Which gifts in God’s creation shout out to you to recognize the beauty of the world, the gifts and talents within yourself, the love for others and God’s providence and presence in all things? Make the time in prayer to thank God who heralds favor and grace in our every breath.

The Singing of the Shema
Our Hebrew ancestors and faith proclaim God as Lord and God as one. It is the most ancient of all creedal proclamations. A cantor will sing this prayer which unites us with all those who have gone before us passing down the faith throughout the ages of love in action. Jesus’s own ears heard this foundational prayer in the same language as we will. The English translation of the Shema and the verses known as the Veahvta follow.

Sh’ma Yisra’eil Adonai Eloheinu Adonai echad.
Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.

Barukh sheim k’vod malkhuto l’olam va’ed.
Blessed be the Name of His glorious kingdom for ever and ever.

V’ahav’ta eit Adonai Elohekha b’khol l’vav’kha uv’khol naf’sh’kha uv’khol m’odekha.
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

V’hayu had’varim ha’eileh asher anokhi m’tzav’kha hayom al l’vavekha.
And these words that I command you today shall be in your heart.

V’shinan’tam l’vanekha v’dibar’ta bam
And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and you shall speak of them

b’shiv’t’kha b’veitekha uv’lekh’t’kha vaderekh
uv’shakh’b’kha uv’kumekha

When you sit at home, and when you walk along the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up.

Read the prayer. Reflect on your history of faith remember those who pass the faith on to you in word and deed. Thank God for those people and asked for their intercession for all of us as we celebrate our Jubilee year.


Proclamation of a Year of Favor
Jesus proclaims a year of favor from the Lord. As we embrace this year of celebration reflect on the good news in your life. Thank God. How can you be a living proclamation of good news in word and in deed this day? Time to be good news!

Jubilee Hymn
Our Jubilee Year hymn is Sing a New Church. Our church as a living community continues to live and grow and sustain its being through the presence of the living Christ in our midst. A new church is born through our fulfilling of our mission to do Opus Christi – Christ’s work. Use the hymn refrain for your prayer.
The hymn refrain is:
Let us bring the gifts that differ and, in splendid, varied ways, sing a new church into being, one in faith and love and praise.

We are called to be faithful stewards by using our gifts. How can you be a new song of good news in someone’s life today? Take action.

Jubilee Prayer
We believe that individual and communal prayer strengthens us to live our mission to be love in action. Pray the Jubilee prayer each day and remember, celebrate and believe that we are living in a year of favor from our Lord.

Whoever believes in me will do the works I do and even greater works.” John14:12

We Remember our past companions whose sacrifice inspires us on the journey in grateful prayer.

We Celebrate the good news of the gifts and talents among us now that empower spiritual, service and social ministry.

We Believe in God’s providence as we continue Christ’s Work using the Key’s to the Kingdom as faithful stewards. Amen.

"I Love You & You Are Mine"

Prayer and Blessings to the women who made their Cornerstone Retreat last weekend. And a very special thank you to the Cornerstone Team. You are truly filled with the Holy Spirit.


An eight week Bible Study group will meet every Monday at 11 AM in the Molloy Center. St. Paul’s letter to the Romans will be discussed. All are welcome!

As we start the Advent season, and prepare for our own Christmas celebrations, let us not forget those in our community who are not as fortunate. Our annual Giving Tree is the perfect way to live out our mission to do the work of Christ. As we are told in Acts 20:35, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Next weekend, December 2 & 3, the Giving Tree will be decked with Christmas gift tags, labeled with specific gifts needed by people in our community having difficulties making ends meet. Please consider being a part of providing a merry Christmas season:
• Pick a tag from the tree.
• Purchase the specified gift.
• Wrap the gift in prayer.
• Pray for the recipient of the gift.
• Attach the same gift tag to the wrapped gift.
• Place your wrapped gift with the specified gift tag back under the tree.
All gifts need to be returned by the 12:00 PM Mass on December 17.


The 10th grade retreat is coming up! Please pray for the confirmation candidates as they prepare for their retreat on December 8th and 9th. For more information about the Youth Group, contact Brian Caldwell at 973-798-8595.


St. Philip Preparatory School honored Veterans of our country with an assembly Monday morning. They were honored with letters, poems and song. We thank them for their service to God and country!

Parent/teacher conferences were held November 16th and 17th. At this time, 1st marking period report cards were distributed to grades 4 through 8, while students in grades K through 3 received Proficiency Development Checklists.

The school is underway with rehearsals for our annual Christmas Show.  Songs are being sung, and routines are being practiced on stage. We are looking forward to presenting another spectacular show!

Stop by the St. Philip the Apostle Prep Home & School Association Annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale in the Auditorium on Saturday, December 2nd from 9 AM – 4 PM. Over 40 Vendors! There is something for everyone. Nothing says you are special like a hand crafted gift.

Boy Scout Troop 21 is having their Annual Wreath Sale after all masses on Saturday, November 25th and Sunday, November 26th as well as Saturday, December 2nd and Sunday, December 3rd.  They will be selling fresh wreaths as well as grave blankets and grave pillows.  Please support Boy Scout Troop 21!


The next class for grades 1 – 6 is December 3rd.
The next class for grades 2 and 7 – 10 is December 10th
Denise Pannullo for Grades 1 – 8 at 973-779-1439
Victoria Velasco for Confirmation at 973-798-8772

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