October 21, 2018

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Singing Circles of Color
The Singing Circles of Color symbol above represents our Theme. Notice (color version at www.stphilip.org and Church Banner) the dynamic relationships that each individual circle and a variety of combinations of circles share. Through relationships there is a plethora of creation – new colors and diverse sounds. We SING A NEW CHURCH in the Key of Faith as Love in Action.

75th Jubilee Parish Theme: Sing A New Church
We sing the good news of God’s love. Our song begins as a single note of love whispered to us by God at the very moment of our creation. In every breath through the years we draw notes and melodies together in our relationship with our self, others and God. Our song crescendos in the joyous eternal choir which is the hymn of heaven, a song of never ending praise and thanksgiving.

God’s song of love is gently played in every heart and heard as we share our unique song as Love in Action. Every time a gift or talent is given for another, our church community sings a new song and a new church into being. Faith is our key which gives voice to our collective mission which is to do Christ’s Work, Opus Christi.

During the next weeks we will explore the living relationships represented in the symbols above:

Father Son Spirit, God Self Others, Creation Redemption Sanctification, Body Mind Spirit, Gift Gratitude Action, Awakening Interpreting Responding.


Sharing our singing circles of color involves our time, talent and treasure. Two weeks ago, we were invited to increase our weekly contribution to Saint Philip the Apostle Parish, this week our Bishop invites us to give to the Annual Appeal. The coinciding of these two appeals is not the ideal situation but they are opportunities for us to share what we have been so generously given by God. Please note that our parish financial statement for 2017 – 2018 and our fire restoration and Jubilee Year project reports are included in this bulletin as an insert. This month of October is an opportunity for us to prayerfully consider what we give to our mission which is Christ’s work.

Bishop Serratelli’s Homily for the Bishop’s Annual Appeal Autumn 2018
One night, Peter Ustinov was performing a one man show in New Zealand. Just as he began, suddenly and without warning, all the lights in the theater went out. Fearing that the audience would panic, he announced “the performance will continue, from now on I’m not onstage but I’m on radio. You can hear me but not see me.” He did the show in total darkness exaggerating the sounds to compensate for the fact that no one could see him. No one left that theater. They remained riveted to their seats. Later he used to remark, “I regretted it when the lights went back on. In fact, I got more laughs in the dark than when they could see me. Once the audience was able to let go of their usual way of enjoying theater, even in the dark they saw theater in a whole new light.”

The challenge of today’s Gospel for the rich young man and for us is to let go of our usual way of seeing things, to see our life in a whole new light. The young man is good. He keeps the commandments, but Jesus tells him, “Go sell what you have and give to the poor then come follow me.” Jesus wants to open our eyes to the truth, that being spiritually good means being materially generous. They go together, there’s no separation between how we believe and how we behave with the gifts that God is giving us. Jesus spoke more about money than anything else, except the kingdom of God. How we use our gifts, our money expresses our trust in God’s goodness. Everything we have is given for helping those in need which is at the heart of the church’s mission in our life of faith.

So, today I’m asking each of you to join with me and our priests in giving to our annual appeal according to your means. By our generosity to those materially less fortunate than ourselves we are actually saying “Here I am Lord! I worship you with all that I have, with the prayers of my heart and the work of my hands.”

Please know that every donation to this campaign goes to the good works of the church. No funds are used for any other purpose. I now ask your pastor to guide you through the process of making your donation. May God bless each of you for your generous response.

Reflection Question
1. What action will I take to share the gifts I have been given?

Saint Philip Women’s Cornerstone Retreat
November 16 & 17, 2018
“Peace be with you”
Retreat Times:
Friday, 6:30PM to 10:30PM
Saturday, 8:30AM to 6:30PM

Registration Donation: $50
Registration is open online at stphilip.org/cornerstone
Please email any questions to Cornerstone@StPhilip.org or call
The Molloy Center (973)779-6200.


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