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Dear Friends,
Varia - a number of unrelated items.

  • A week late, I want to acknowledge all Ridgewood Firefighters. Last Sunday the 8:00AM Mass was offered for the Deceased Firefighters of Ridgewood. I always like to recognize this dedicated group who serve on the Fire Department and as EMTs, especially in these days of Covid. From my experience they serve this community in an extraordinary way, not only in their dedication to their "job," but also in their commitment to strengthening the ties that bind us together as a community. I congratulate them and thank them for the good they do and pray God keep them all safe.

Dear Friends,
A couple of fall items.

For Catholics, October has always traditionally been the month of the Rosary. As I write this on Wednesday, Oct. 7th, the Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. The feast celebrates the Christian naval victory over the forces of the Ottoman Empire of October 7, 1571 at Lepanto, ascribed to the intercession of the Blessed Mother through the praying of the Rosary. Pope Pius V decreed that the day be observed on her honor. It was originally called the Feast of Our Lady of Victory but later changed to Our Lady of the Rosary to commemorate the Rosary itself as the instrument of that intercession. For many generations of Catholics, the Rosary has been the supreme act of devotion to Mary, the Mother of the Lord, whose yes to God's invitation and will has become the Model of the Church.

Dear Friends,
In these unusual, complicated and difficult times, I try to keep my eyes open for encouraging reflections and meditations. Here is one I read a few weeks ago. It was authored by Benedict XVI when he was Pope, I think, perhaps, as an Easter homily.

In an ancient Easter Vigil homily...we hear what we may imagine to be the words of Jesus Christ. He says to Adam, "I am your God, yet I have become your son. I am in you, and you are in me. We together are a single, indivisible person." Thus it is clear that this Adam does not signify an individual in a dim and distant past: the Adam addressed by the victorious Christ is we ourselves - "I am in you and you are in me." Having taken a human nature, he is now present in human flesh, and we are present in him, the Son. From the Letter to the Ephesians we read: 'Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light. I have not created you to be in prison forever. I did not make you for the dungeon.' This pronouncement contains the whole Christian message.

Dear Friends,

It's been a long haul, but we're finally in the homestretch. This weekend will mark the last three of our 1 Communion Masses, two on Saturdayand the final one at the 11:OOAM Mass on Sunday. When completed we will have celebrated this special moment in the lives of 11O now third graders. 37 families have chosen to wait until next spring. I congratulate all 11O children and their families and say a big thank you for waiting so long for this moment, and for keeping your children anxiously awaiting reception of this great gift of Jesus in the Sacrament of His Body and Blood.

Dear Friends,

Two things: (1) some Covid up-dates and (2) a spiritual reflection.

On the Covid up-dates. We are opening up the St. Jude transept (Passaic Street side) at all the masses. Hopefully, with vacations over, the numbers of those who would like to return to "coming to mass" will increase and the opened transept will allow for this. It will also allow for the handicapped row to be readily available at every mass. Please keep some things in mind. Even in the transepts, please follow the directionality of the arrows on the floor. Please do not cut across the back aisle (closest to the statue, except where the arrows indicate The only exception to this are those who are headed to the handicapped row since, obviously, they have mobility issues. Also, please observe the social distancing guidelines as indicated on the boards as you enter the church and also the wearing of masks at all times in the church. While it may be uncomfortable to wear them, masks are a proven way to prevent the spread of Covid. Thank you for your cooperation in this.

Dear Friends,

Normally I would begin this column with a Welcome Back or a Happy New Year ( as in - program year). But nothing really fits this year. I hope many are getting the chance to be away for these days and, hopefully, enjoy this last, unofficial weekend of summer. I've been trying to keep up with the latest on the school openings but it gets very confusing which district is doing what. Needless to say, Covid 19 continues to change our lives, almost on a daily basis. At least we can be thankful that it seems to be on a downward trend and we all pray it continues that way when activity returns.

Dear Friends,

As promised, I took a couple of weekends off from a column in the bulletin. But it is weird for me to be writing now. I took off six days last week to go to PA. When I normally do that at the end of the summer, I return after Labor Day and it's full speed ahead into the new program year. So it's strange coming back and realizing there were still almost two full weeks until Labor Day. Nothing is normal.

Dear Friends,

A very brief note this week.

Last Sunday, at the 12:30 Mass we celebrated the rites of the RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, the process or journey by which adults either enter the Church or complete their Sacraments of Initiation. Both Deacon Bob Liwanag and I wrote about it in last week's bulletin.

Dear Friends,

You're probably saying to yourself, 'here he goes again. He said he wasn't going to do another column but he is.'

Sorry, but I will try to make this the last until September. This column is basically a written version of my homily for last Sunday. You will remember that the gospel was the narration of the multiplication of the loaves. I have expanded it a little from the "preached" version.

Dear Friends,

I know I told you only two weeks ago that it would be my last column for the rest of the summer. Well, I guess I lied, but not deliberately. Maybe better that I say I misjudged, misjudged that I should share more with you about several things. So

Varia - a number of unrelated actions/events:

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