Easter Letter 2020

Prayer is the Key to Serenity

Our Lenten journey has been a time of global suffering on an unprecedented scale. We identify with the Cross of Christ as we carry our burdens during this health crisis. The Paschal mystery of our Lord, through pain and death promises new hope and new life through the resurrection that we share in Christ. Our Easter faith turns each face with grace from fear to faith, from despair to hope, from physical distancing to the spiritual union that embraces every brother and sister in God’s eternal arms yesterday, today and forever.


The Serenity Prayer was the center of our Lenten theme during the year of our school fire. The spiritual opportunities for seeing what is good, beautiful and true in every situation is found in the wisdom of this prayer so it is shared with you again. The Serenity Prayer was born from the anguish that American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr experienced, as he watched the oppression of the Nazis grow in Germany during the 1930s. Accepting what he could not change and learning in prayer what was within his power to accomplish, was Niebuhr’s struggle and something we understand in our own lives very well.


Acceptance of what cannot be changed does not mean that we like or approve of certain behaviors or situations. Acceptance means that we let go of the frustrating mental activity, emotional exhaustion and spiritual depletion that is wasted on what is beyond our power to change. We let go of playing God.

Courage means ‘with heart.’ With hearts desiring to live our mission to do Christ’s Work of love and service, we seek to be agents of positive change.

Wisdom is a gift of the Holy Spirit that resides in the deep stillness of our being. Prayer is the key to unlocking the generous bounty of wisdom. God empowers us with wisdom through new ideas, possibilities, changes of direction and the ability to let go of one agenda to accept another with a discerning heart and an open mind.

The Serenity Prayer is a rich source for spiritual growth and empowers us to change ourselves and our world with God’s grace.

During this health crisis our parish has continued its mission to offer spiritual and pastoral care through our website StPhilip.org, YouTube.com/StPhilipClifton, email and Facebook.com/StPhilipClifton. Please continue to connect with us through our media. On the main webpage you can press the Key to Communication banner and give us your email if you have not done so already. This enables us to contact you directly and offer immediate links to our televised Masses, liturgies and devotions.

New economic challenges affect us all. I ask that you continue to support our work, our Opus Christi – Christ’s Work. The easiest way to respond as a faithful steward is to press the Donate button on our webpage, or on the YouTube videos, if you wish to use the envelope enclosed feel free to mail it to us because physical distancing prevents us from being together in person.

Be assured of our continued prayer for you and your loved ones, all those who serve others selflessly and put themselves in harm’s way for the greatest good, for the sick and grieving and for a speedy remedy for our health crisis.

Dona nobis pacem, Grant us Peace.

Rev. Joseph J. Garbarino
Rev. Mateusz Jasniewicz
Parochial Vicar
Msgr. Kevin Flanagan
Parish Priest

& Pastoral Staff

Broadcast Schedule

Holy Week 🕇 Easter


Palm Sunday – April 5
Passion of the Lord ………………………… Broadcast, 10:00 am

Holy Thursday – April 9
Mass of the Lord’s Supper ………………… Broadcast, Noon
Eucharistic Adoration ………………………. Broadcast, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Good Friday – April 10
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion ………… Broadcast, Noon

Holy Saturday – April 11
Blessing of Easter Food …………………… Broadcast, 1:00 pm
Easter Vigil ………………………………….. Broadcast, 8:00 pm

Easter Sunday – April 12
Celebration of the Eucharist ………………. Broadcast, 10:00 am

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