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Dear Friends,

This weekend was to have been Pledge Sunday for the Annual Appeal of the Archdiocese of Newark, postponed from last weekend because of our celebration of The Sunday of the Word of God. But I have been listening to the weather forecasts (on as many channels as possible) for this weekend and even though they all predict the storm will be further east than originally forecast, I know that even 2 to six inches would pose a problem for attendance. So I am postponing the In Pew weekend until next weekend, the first weekend in February which had been the pledge weekend for many years.

That being the case, beginning today, we celebrate CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK. Because of Covid, many of the usual activities of Catholic Schools Week will not be open to visitors. This is in line with the school's commitment to the safety of the students and staff. This commitment has been so successful that the school has offered full-time, in person learning since September 2020. In the past, I have shared with you the events surrounding my own celebration of the 50th Anniversary reunion of the graduating class of 1959 from Corpus Christi School, Hasbrouck Heights. We relived so many memories. The Committee created a special calendar for 2009, filled with pictures from our class history and even now I occasionally take it out and look at it again, especially when I get notification that yet another of my classmates has passed. But at the time of the reunion, what struck me most was how many of my classmates were still people of faith. Whatever else may be said of our experience, it stood us in good stead in our lives of faith. That's what Catholic education is all about-faith formation that lasts a lifetime. There really is no other purpose for a Catholic School or for the sacrifices we make, personally for those who pay the tuition and collectively for the parish, which helps support the school in so many ways. But it is well worth it. I am convinced that the education/formation offered at the Academy of Our Lady will do the same for the young people who attend. AND it offers an academic education that is every bit as good as the public education system; just take a look at the high school and colleges our graduates attend. I am proud of OUR SCHOOL, and what it offers to the children of our parishioners. I encourage all our families with young children to look into the possibility of being part of this wonderful loving and caring faith environment. Before the announcements, at each Mass this weekend, (if the snowstorm doesn't disrupt everything) a student from our parish who attends the Academy will share their experience of the school. I hope everyone will give special attention to their words. As my Class of 1959 learned and experienced- DIVIDENDS FOR LIFE.

God Bless,
Fr. Ron

PS. Two reminders:
-This Tuesday and Wednesday, Bishop Saporito, the Episcopal Vicar of Bergen County will be visiting the parish, meeting with some staff and some members of the two principle advisory Councils, the parish Finance Council and the Pastoral Council. But on Wednesday evening, in the Parish Center, the Bishop will meet parishioners so l invite everyone to this "meet and greet." lf you were at any of the two masses he has celebrated here in the past, you know he is a dynamic person of faith and this is an opportunity to speak with him directly. We'll probably have some wine and cheese as well. That's Wednesday, February 2, from 7:30PM to 8:30PM in the Parish Center.

-For the last several weeks, the bulletin has contained information on the Synod Listening Sessions which the parish is holding in response to the call from Pope Francis to engage the whole Church as it looks to the future. The first of the listening sessions will be next Sunday, 2/6, the same as Pledge Sunday, in the Parish Center from 1:30PM to 3:00PM. Join with fellow parishioners as we all share our concerns/vision for the future of the Church.


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