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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:

Dear Friends,

In past years it would have been my practice to take a sabbatical from my weekly column. Circumstances have forced a change this year but I am sure you are tired from reading about COVID and social distancing and the like, even from your pastor. So, unless something new develops, this will be my last column for at least a few weeks. That being said, I want to go over a few things for the last time.

Dear Friends,

Before I go into another explanation of the logistics of weekend liturgies, I thought I would offer a reflection, specifically on last Sunday’s Gospel.

One of the most famous lines of Scripture appeared in last Sunday’s Gospel.  “Come to me, all you who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will refresh you.” (Matt. 11:28). And most often, it would be that line that would be the focus of preaching.  But last week, I preferred to preach on the opening line of the Gospel, “On one occasion Jesus spoke thus:   ‘Father, Lord of heaven and earth, to you  I offer praise; for what you have hidden from the learned and the clever you have revealed to the merest children.’” (Matt. 11:25).

Dear Friends,

Because of the 4th of July holiday, legally celebrated on July 3rd, the bulletin needs to be in today, Tuesday, June 30th. Yesterday, the Governor announced a “pause,” as he calls it, ( I would call it a postponement), without a new date, in the reopening of the state, which involved the call-back of the opening of indoor dining. I thought that original date would be a good sign that the numbers for worship would soon go up. I now don’t think that’s going to happen too soon and the 100 max number will be around for a while. Because of this, I am repeating most of my column from last week which explains the systems we will use for celebrating Mass on the weekends, with a few changes. I have always said this is a “work in progress,” as experience teaches us new lessons.


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