November 5, 2017



Our spiritual practice of asking, “OK God, what’s the good news?” in prayer opens us to the wonder of God’s presence and gifts.

Our Theme, Time To Be Good News, is developed in bulletin articles, through song, and on our website  each week.

KEY CONCEPT:  Salvation Is Healing
Our mission, Opus Christi, is to do Christ’s Work in our lives each day.  We are invited to be good news for each other. Prayer is the key that helps us to discover good news within us and in God’s gifts around us.  Prayer enables us to become good news for others through our words and in our deeds.  The Good News of Jesus Christ we call Salvation, comes from the Latin word Salvus, which means to heal.  God saves us in this life by healing our minds, hearts and wills through prayer, Scripture and the Sacraments.  God saves us in every moment of life.  Even through death we are healed into a new life in Christ.

Our Banner in Words and In Symbol
The time is now to pay attention to God’s saving hands that heal our hearts to be free to love with the good news in word and in deed.  All grace is given from God, for others and let it begin with me.

Good News In Progress
Week I:       Salvation Is Healing
Week II:      The Time Is Now
Week III:     Free to be Me
Week IV:     In Giving, We Receive
Week V:      Good, Better, Best Choice
Week VI:     New News is Good News
Week VII:    Blessing and Healing
Week VIII:   Sacrament of Healing

Is anyone sick among you? Let them send for the priests of the church, and let them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord; and the Lord will raise them up; and if they have committed any sins, their sins will be forgiven them.”
James 5:14-15

This weekend we celebrate the Sacrament of The Anointing of the Sick at all Masses.The Sacrament of the Sick is one of the healing sacraments. It is a balm for physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual ills.

The Ritual
• The Sacrament may be administered individually or in a communal setting.
• After an appropriate Scripture reading, the priest prays over the sick person by the laying on of hands on the head of the sick person.
• The forehead is anointed with the Oil of the Sick. The prayer:
“Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit.” R. Amen.
• The palms of the hands are anointed:
“May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.” R. Amen.
• The following prayer is said after the anointing:
Father in heaven, through this holy anointing grant your people comfort in suffering. When they are afraid give them courage, when afflicted give them patience, when dejected, afford them hope, and when alone, assure them of the support of your holy people. We ask this through Christ our Lord.”  R. Amen.

Our Parish Plan for Prayer and Healing
• Prayer for the healing power of God to be manifest in each one of our lives accompanied by appropriate music for healing will shape our worship theme.
• Those who choose to receive the Sacrament of the Sick are asked to sit in the first or last row of any section of pews. Wheelchairs can be accommodated in the open space in front of the Ambo. This seating arrangement will allow us to have access to your head and hands for the anointing.
• The Sacrament will be administered directly following a brief homily at all of the Masses.

Prayerful Preparation
1. Please keep the sick among your family, friends and fellow parishioners in your prayer this week.
2. The month of November is a time when we celebrate our loved ones who are now with God, so it is fitting to ask the Communion of Saints to intercede for us and for those that we are keeping in prayer.
3. Pray for those who have no one to pray for them.
4. Prayerfully remember Health Care workers and all those who tend to the sick.
5. This is also an appropriate time to pray for wisdom for those who are discerning the best way to ensure Health Care for all.

Suggested Activity
“When I was ill you came to visit me.” Matthew 25
Contact telephonically, through a card or personal visit, someone who is ill and can benefit from your prayer and support.

Through the process of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA we explore and discover the keys to the kingdom. For more information about RCIA please call Donna Scancarella at (973) 779-6200.

Saint Philip Women’s Cornerstone Retreat
November 17 & 18, 2017
I Love You † You Are Mine

Cornerstone is a beautiful retreat experience, a time to revitalize your relationship with God, renew your own spirit and bond with other women of our parish through a combination of quiet reflection and prayer, and the sharing of one’s faith journey with others. Please consider joining us for this two-day retreat.

Retreat Times:
Friday, 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Saturday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Registration Donation: $50
Registration online at 
Please email any questions to or call The Molloy Center (973)779-6200
Registration closes Monday, November 6th!

Prayer OPPORTUNITY: Meditation Hour

Realistic Water Drop Splash

"Be still and know that I Am God!" Psalm 46:10
Join us for prayer, guided meditation and reflection on Thursday, November 9th at 7:00 PM in Marian Hall.

Good News for Parents
Join us on Sunday, November 19th at 9:00 AM in the Russo Room as we offer another session for parents to hear about how we can help you as people both in your lives and in your roles as parents.  When was the last time you had a moment to take care of yourself?

Feeding the Hungry at Thanksgiving
Our parish has a long history of giving service through ministry especially in the area of feeding those in need at Thanksgiving. We will not be collecting food but rather taking free-will donations that will be converted into food gift certificate cards.
How the New Thanksgiving Food Donation Works
A free will donation envelope will be available in the vestibule in the back of the church. The Thanksgiving Food Donation envelope can be picked up next weekend, November 11/12 and then returned in the collection basket the following weekend, November 18/19. You may write your parish giving envelope number on the Thanksgiving Food Donation Envelope in order to have your gift added to your yearly contribution statement.
Your contribution will be converted into food certificate gift cards. An added benefit is that for every $100 donated, five dollars is given to us in return by the food store for our charitable works and therefore a gift of $100 becomes an actual gift of $105.


The third grade is completing a unit on immigration and is having a wonderful time discovering where our ancestors came from. We have discovered and defined a melting pot through a virtual field trip to Ellis Island.

We also examined what God has truly blessed us with and created a bulletin board without writing. Our students also learned about Pentecost and were grateful to learn the Holy Spirit is with us always.


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!


The next class for grades 1 – 6 is November 12th.
PLEASE NOTE:  GRADE 2 IS SCHEDULED for November 12th AND 19th
The next class for grades 2 and 7 – 10 is November 19th.
Denise Pannullo for Grades 1 – 8 at 973-779-1439
Victoria Velasco for Confirmation at 973-798-8772

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