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Dear Friends,
On a happy note, I share with you the great joy of the parish in welcoming to the Table of the Lord for the first time, the 165 children whose names are listed on the front of this bulletin. The last two celebrations were held yesterday. To be with them at all of these celebrations is a great privilege of being the pastor of this local Catholic community. They not only represent the future of the Church but also it’s present. They come from families who believe that faith is an important part of family living and that these children, themselves, contribute to the deepening of the faith life of our parish community. I congratulate all of them, their families, relatives and friends and pray that, together, we all will continue on the road of building the Kingdom of God’s love among us.

On two sensitive issues:

I think I have mentioned to you before that there are homeless people in Ridgewood. How do I know this? Because I am regularly in the Adoration Chapel in the middle of the night and I see them come into the church, sometimes to use the bathroom, sometimes to catch some winks in the Cry Room. And the parish has helped two of them get settled into housing and off the streets. But sometimes, there seems to be nothing we can do to help, because of an addiction, mostly to alcohol. We continue to try, but often it seems hopeless. I would ask that you refrain from giving money to those you may see around the church at these moments. Usually, it only goes to the purchase of more alcohol. I know it is a painful thing to see, but the reality is that unless the person themselves recognizes the need to change, no amount of help will work. When those moments come, the parish will be there to help.

I was hoping I would not have to do this but because of a recent scurrilous mailer, which identified the parish (by name, if you went to the website) as the source of a “$25,000 prize — that’s right, $25,000! - from an organization at the center of the parking garage debate and a seemingly illegal meeting held — without any public notice or follow up minutes — to discuss the parking garage issue,” (factually incorrect). I am constrained to re-iterate the parish position, on the garage only, and I quote directly from my column in the bulletin of June 12, 2016: “For clarity again, and simply stated, relative to the parking deck, the parish opposes any plan that eliminates on-street parking on the church side of Hudson Street. The parish opposes the re-direction of Hudson and Passaic Streets. The parish is neutral on the aesthetics of the deck, its size, its proportionality to surrounding buildings and the streetscape it creates. This is a decision that should be made by the individual resident of Ridgewood.” I think that statement should be clear enough.

On a happier note, at least for the children of the parish.

This week marks the closing of our Religious Education programs, as usual, with the celebration of the Eucharist for each of our models.. I know the children are happy to have a little more free time, and it reminds them that school closing and summer can’t be far behind. I want to say thank you to all those who make the four models possible, our full time staff, Cathy Hunt, our Parish Catechetical Leader, Michael Cesario, the Assistant Parish Catechetical Leader, Pat McGarvie, the Administrative Assistant, Liz Tullo, the Safe Environment Coordinator and all the volunteers who give so generously of themselves to provide for the religious education and formation of over 900 in our first to sixth grade programs. God bless all of you for your dedication and goodness.

God Bless,
Fr. Ron

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Mass Schedule

Weekend Liturgies
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m.,
11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m.,
3 p.m. (Spanish), 6:30 p.m.
Weekday Liturgies
Monday thru Friday,
6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m.,
and 12 noon
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. only
Holy Days
Eve: 7:30pm (anticipated)
6:30am, 8:30am, and 12noon 

 

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