September 24, 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:     Good, Better, Best Choice
Week V:      New News is Good News
Week VI:     In Giving, We Receive
Week VII:    Blessing and Healing
Week VIII:   Sacrament of Healing

Week II The Time Is Now
The sausage factory in Garfield is ablaze. Half the town works there. The owner realizes that the secret sausage formula is in the safe and offers a $100,000 reward for the fire company that puts out the flames. Firemen are watching, assessing the risk, but are unwilling to enter the building. Around the corner and down the steep hill comes the Lodi volunteer fire company in their ancient truck. Down the hill and breaking through the wall of the factory, they fight the flames as though fighting for their very lives. The fire is put out. “How did you find the courage to do all of that?” asks the owner. “We did not find any courage, the truck’s brakes failed!”
The Garfield firemen were stuck in the future with thoughts of what if this or what if that. The Lodi men were thrust into the present moment of Now. They had to fight for their lives minute by minute. Not one firemen wasted any time thinking what might have been had the brakes not failed. In the present moment, working to full capacity, the work was done and done well.
Our minds often focus on the past, “coulda, woulda, shoulda.” We can be paralyzed by wishful thinking of what might have been. On the other hand, we can become frozen into inaction by imagining the future fearfully. Prayer is the key to free us from our past. Prayer is the key to believe in the future with hope. The only time we really have is Now. The present is the gift of God in this moment.

Scripture Reflection
In today’s Gospel the workers in the field, whether working for one hour or 10 hours, receive the same wage. The good news is that each one and their families will eat that day. The bad news is that the resentment bursts into flame as they look into the past for what is fair. The bad news is that the resentment also causes fear for the future concerning whether the land owner will provide generously tomorrow. If the workers had focused on the only reality that they could control, the present moment, they would rejoice in the gift of their work, in the gift of their wages and would feel generous compassion for their fellow workers.
The good news is that by living in the present moment, the fire that burns in our mind concerning our past and our future can be put out by the healing waters of God’s compassion.

Healing the Past: The Time is Now
When troubled by memories we remember that God was with us in every moment of our lives. We can pray to find good news in the past, or know that God understands our pain with true compassion and desires to heal our memories. Pray for that gift. How are you motivated to be good news for others so that they will not have to share the type of pain you remember?

Healing Hope for the Future – The Time is Now
A T I P for having hope for the future is the T I P acronym – Trust In Providence. Affirm in prayer, “I may not feel trusting but my feelings are not the true fact that I can trust God to provide. God cares more about me and my loved ones than I do.” T I P Trust In Providence.
The Time is Now to put out the fire of regretting the past and fearing the future. The T I P is the Time is Now to Trust In Providence.

To the tune of “Let There be Peace on Earth”
Time to be good news on earth and let it begin with me. Time to be good news on earth the truth that was meant to be. With Keys to the Kingdom, prayer will set us free; Let us walk with each other Christ’s love our destiny. Our world is filled with strife our mission is clear to see. The golden rule is ours, we stand for equality. With Christ as our teacher, we are family; As stewards we serve one another with justice through ministry. Time to be good news on earth, let this be the moment now. Let love begin with me, let this be my solemn vow: To take each moment and live each moment as good news for others to see.
Let there be good news on earth and let it begin with me/let it begin with me.

2017 Bishop’s Annual Appeal:  In Giving, We Receive
The vital work of our Church supported by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal is only as successful as the number of faithful parishioners who participate by making a gift. Your support helps bring hope to those who come to our Catholic Charities agencies.  Every gift counts!  Saint Teresa once wrote that “we feel what we are doing is a drop in the ocean, but that ocean would be less without that drop.”  Our Bishop’s Annual Appeal is able to do that much more with whatever you are able to give.  Please help make 2017 the year that our Bishop’s Annual Appeal does even more for people in profound need.

Hurricane Relief Collection
Next weekend, September 30th & October 1st, the second collection will be taken for those devastated by the effects of the recent hurricanes. The diocese will then send these funds to Catholic Charities USA which will get resources directly to the needy.

On Saturday, October 7th we would like to invite you for Eucharistic Adoration from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Join us for this spiritual time before the Blessed Sacrament in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of apparitions of Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima.

• 11:00          Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
• 11:00-12N    Reconciliation
• 12:30          Spiritual Talk – “To Jesus through Mary
• 12:40          Benediction
• 1:00           Dismissal

Why not stop by for a few minutes and say “thank you” for the Good News in our life.

SEPTEMBER 24, 2017
1:00-4:00 PM

Through the process of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA we explore and discover the keys to the kingdom. RCIA is a restoration of the ancient practice of initiation into the Church. Through a process of discernment, spiritual development and ritualizing stages of conversion, you are guided to sacramental initiation. These Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist which are celebrated at the Easter Vigil open your hearts and empower you to lives of services, charity and justice as witnesses to our mission of OPUS CHRISTI, Christ’s work. RCIA is not a program but a sacramental process.  RCIA reflects a sacramental attitude that is at the heart of all Christian living: CONVERSION, turning your heart to God. 
We invite you to be our companion on the journey of faith.  We gather on Monday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Russo Room. 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

Bible Study

Bible Study with Fr. Kevin will resume on Monday, October 9th at 11:00 AM in the Molloy Center. The group will be discussing St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans.  The theme is the relationship between Judaism and Christianity as well as a plea to the new Christians to hold fast to their faith.


Denise Pannullo  for Grades 1-8 at 973-779-1439 or Victoria Velasco for Confirmation at 973-798-8772

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