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There will be NO CONFESSIONS this coming Monday, February 18, 2019 (Presidents' Day)

Fr. Ron's Blog

4:30PM-6:00PM — PARISH CENTER
Thank you to all who responded to my suggestion about an open forum on the present crisis in the Church. While not overwhelming, there was enough positive response to go ahead with it. The forum will be held next Sunday, September 9, 2018, 4:30pm-6:00pm, in the Parish Center.

Dear Friends,
This last month and a half have been extraordinarily painful for Catholics in Northern New Jersey, beginning with the news about the former Archbishop of Newark and then, the horrific report out of Pennsylvania, detailing the sins and crimes against innocent children perpetrated by hundreds of priests whom they trusted to help them find God in their lives. Instead, they found betrayal, abuse and a lifetime of suffering. As with you, it has been a painful time for the priests of this parish and a constant topic of our conversations among each other, expressing the same feelings that you might have had, anger, bitterness, a crushing sorrow and, because of our brother priests, and the bishops who protected them, shame and embarrassment. Especially in light of the revelations from Pennsylvania, we decided it was necessary to speak a word at all the masses last weekend, with each priest expressing his feelings in his own words.

I print below the homily I gave at the 8:00 and 12:30 Masses that I celebrated.

Dear Friends,
Often people send me “stuff” that they think is inspirational. Below is an 8 year old’s explanation of God.

One of God’s main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn’t make grownups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way he doesn’t have to take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers.

Dear Friends,
We continue with the second part of the talk the Pope gave to the General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life on June 25, 2018.

Dear Friends,
I take a break from the reflections of Pope Francis at his General Audience to offer this two-part presentation of a talk he gave to the General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life. The talk was given on June 25 and will take this space today and next Sunday.

Dear Friends,
Before returning to the reflections of the Holy Father – an up-date on the question of the deck. I received 29 responses, 28 of which were positive and one was ambivalent. I do want to clarify something. The deck would not be built exactly over the garages. If it happens, it would be built in the area over the retaining wall where the rectory meets the church. It is a smaller area, but sufficient, with more privacy, less visibility. If you remember my column last week, there was a third consideration – usage. Would it really be used? That question is still open, but thanks to all who replied.

Dear friends,
I said a few weeks ago I might interrupt the presentations of Pope Francis’ reflections from his General Audiences once in a while. Today is a once in a while. There are three things I want to bring to your attention.

The first, and most important spiritually, is tomorrow’s Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Patroness of our parish. Mt. Carmel is a coastal mountain range in northern Israel stretching from the Mediterranean Sea towards the southeast for almost 24 miles. (No—it’s not in Italy). In Old Testament times, it was the place where the prophet Elijah would sometimes reside and it was the place where he challenged the 450 prophets of the pagan god, Baal, and the 400 prophets of Asherah, to a contest to see who was really more powerful, and, thus, which God should be worshipped and obeyed, the God of Israel or the pagan god, Baal. Guess who won? (For the full story, see 1 Kings 18.)

Continuing with Pope Francis in his teachings on the Commandments at his General Audience.

As promised, from the Pope’s words at the General Audience, June 13th, 2018

Dear Friends,
No, I haven’t changed my mind and I’m not breaking my word. Last week was the last regular column for the summer. As you can see, it’s much shorter, and so it’s not regular at all.

In the past weeks, the front of the bulletin has been spotlighting different groups of our children and youth, the second graders who made their First Communion, the ninth graders who made their Confirmation, the eighth graders who graduated from the Academy. Today, we spotlight the Senior members of our Youth Group who graduated last Wednesday, some of whom appear on this week’s cover at Senior Appreciation Night. We don’t honor them just for being in Youth Group, we honor them for all they have been to and done for Youth Group. They accepted the leadership role and they excelled at it.

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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