MOST HOLY TRINITY Sunday – June 9, 2019
If God is one, how can He be three? The most intelligent theologians have racked their brains over the problem, and the most prayerful ones have surrendered to the mystery. How it can be, we can’t explain. But what it means, we can join! Our God is an ever-unfolding relationship. Theologians speak of the immanent and economic Trinity. The Trinity is immanent in the sense that the Persons are close and entirely sufficient within Godself. In other words, God doesn’t require us for God to exist. Theword economic is rooted in the Greek word for management of a household or family. The Trinity is economic in the sense that God has invited us to be part of Him. He’s growing the family! We see the dynamic here in today’s Gospel. Jesus says the Spirit “will take from what is mine and declare it to you” and that “everything that the Father has is mine.” There is relationship here. Jesus speaks (and is) the word of the Father. The Holy Spirit speaks what He hears from the Son. The Father gives everything to the Son, and the Spirit speaks that inheritance over us. God invites us into the Trinitarian family! The doctrine of the Trinity isn’t something to brush off as overwhelming. After all, “the Spirit of truth… will guide you to all truth.” This occurs most perfectly in the Church, who protects all that has been revealed by God in Scripture and gradually unpacked in tradition. We can trust the declarations of Her theologians and learn from the lives of Her saints. The Trinity may be a mystery, but, by the grace of God, we can have real truth about who God is and how we can love like Him.
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Let me start this article by wishing all our fathers a very Happy and Blessed Father’s Day! May it be one filled with God’s Grace. I have been asked by a number of people over the years…is it proper to wish a priest a “Happy Father’s Day” which I find a bit of humor in the fact that they will start the question with “Father” is it proper to wish a priest a Happy “Father’s” Day. To which I point out that they started their question by calling me Father so of course it is proper to wish a priest a Happy Father’s Day for I and all priests are spiritual fathers, but fathers just the same. Speaking for myself, the greatest sacrifice I made in responding to God’s call in becoming a priest was the fact that I would never have children of my own, thus, knowing I am a spiritual father and being wished a “Happy Father’s Day” lifts my spirits. Fathers come in all shapes and forms for it is more about love than biology. I will always remember when I went away to college up in New Hampshire which put me over 6 hours away from family – from my father and alone for the first time in my life. College life for me was great and I loved being there but I did feel alone and at one point in time started to go down the wrong path. I will not go into all the details here, but there was one professor I had by the name of Professor James Moriarty (for those of you who are Sherlock Holmes fans, yes it is the same name as Holmes’ archenemy). He took me under his wing and steered me back in the right direction, back on the right path and helped me be the best person I could be and do the best I was able to do in college – he became my father away from home. He gave me all the guidance, protection and love a father could give and I will never forget him. Always remember that fathers come in all shapes and forms and that it is always proper to wish anyone who holds the title of father or serves as a father in any way, shape or form a Happy Father’s Day. This would include God, who Jesus taught us to call “FATHER”.
God Bless you and have a wonderful week, Fr. Michael
SCRIPTURAL REFLECTIONS ON STEWARDSHIP
But when He comes, the Spirit of truth, He will guide you to all truth…”
Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to help us know and live the truth. To prepare ourselves, we need to open our hearts to receive this gift before we can give it. Develop a daily prayer routine. Talk and listen to the Holy Spirit. This is best done in silence,when we can hear His response.
LIVE THE LITURGY
INSPIRATION FOR THE WEEK
We believe in one God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The reality that God is three distinct Persons yet One is something that is difficult for the mind to grasp. But, understanding God in this way is not impossible for the contemplative heart. We need only to look around us to see our triune God playing and interplaying with all of creation with each of His Persons manifesting itself. God our Father abounds in and through creation. God the Son beats in every human heart, in love, in tenderness of mercy, and in our neighbor. God the Holy Spirit breathes life into all things and guides the course of time and the seasons, bringing wisdom and guidance to all things. Breathe in the height and depth of God’s triune presence and may your heart contemplate His
presence and glory.”
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK
That God will relieve their suffering and restore them to health. Please pray for: Kellie Salata, Kelly Chinchar, Jessica, Carol Mangino, Gloria, Daniel Breslin, Stanley, Bonnie, Helen Traina, Joseph Marrone, Bill Marshall, Anthony, Michael, Joseph, Christine Morrison, Jessica Esopo, Jack McShera, Theresa McPeak, Walter Eckel, Steve, Pat, Audra, Dan Marshall, Frank Bennick, Audrey Stasion, Larry Purcell.
We would like to thank Rich DelVecchio for his very generous donation of all the new plantings you see around and behind the church and rectory. Rich does all our landscaping and snow removal so if you are in need of a landscaper, please give Rich a call. His ad is on the back of the bulletin.
We would like to thank the Women’s Circle for their generous donation towards our utility expenses.
eGiving through Parish Giving!
Thanks so much to those parishioners who have signed up for “Enhanced Stewardship through Electronic Funds Transfer” for their financial donations. You schedule your offerings – it can be weekly, monthly, quarterly – whatever is best for your financial situation. There are no more envelopes to remember or last-minute check writing! Electronic giving is safe and easy for you and gives our parish steady financial assistance. If you wish to enroll just visit www.icchackensack.com and click on the Parish Giving logo. There are brochures in the back of church or visit Parish Giving at www.parishgiving.org.
Sharing God’s Blessings Annual Appeal
Did you know there is still time to support the 2019 appeal? This year our parish goal is $12,179. Our pledges to date are $5,410. Thank you for any help you can provide. There are pledge envelopes in the back of church. If you choose to donate online, please visit www.rcan.org/sharing.
Opportunities for Parish Support
There are several ways you can help support our parish and honor loved ones at the same time. As you may have noticed on the first Sunday of every month in our bulletin, we thank the donors of our Altar Gifts. You can donate the Bread & Wine, Altar Flowers or the Sanctuary Lamp in a two week block for $50 in someone’s memory. We have blocks open for this year.
We also have to purchase a new Easter candle each year (the tall candle on the altar) at a cost of $300-$400 which can also be donated in someone’s memory. You do not have to fund the entire amount, anything you wish to donate towards the purchase of our Easter candle is appreciated. If you wish to honor someone in any of these ways, please call the rectory.
MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2019
8:30 Ralph Musto by Maryrose Higgins
TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 2019
8:30 Annv. Rosemarie Giotis by Maria Giotis
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2019
8:30 Annv. Robin Jordano by the Family
THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2019
8:30 Chuck Rocco by Linda J. Sylvestri
FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2019
8:30 Betty Perrelli by Val Varricchio
SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019
8:30 Policastro & Chaves Families by the Family
5:00 pm Carogana Family by Rosemarie Mucaro
PENTECOST SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2019
8:00 Jacqueline Pena by Darren Manelski
10:00 Thomas Leonardi by the Leonardi Family
12:00 Rose & Anthony Falato by Maryann Falato
MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019
8:30 Don Lindsay by Lori Lindsay
TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019
8:30 Mary Boni by Marie Blackwell
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019
8:30 Jean & John Dalessio & St. Anthony by the Policastro Family
THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019
8:30 In Honor of St. Anthony by Mr. & Mrs. Carmine Barricella
FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019
8:30 Michael Pizza Sr. & Michael Pizza Jr. by the Pizza Family
SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2019
8:30 Deceased Members of the Witkowski Family by Trudy Witkowski
5:00 pmMatilda & Alfred Varricchio by Mr. & Mrs. Michael Nasta
SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2019
8:00 In Thanksgiving by Benita & Severino Vasquez
10:00 Al & Marie Schinn by Mr. & Mrs. Tom Schinn
12:00 Charles Sylvestri by the Grandkids
MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019
8:30 For the People of the Parish
TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019
8:30 For the People of the Parish
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019
8:30 For the People of the Parish
THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019
8:30 For the People of the Parish
FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2019
8:30 Annv. Serafina LaGrasta by the Family
SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2019
8:30 Heidi & Rudolph Jurasits by MaryAnn & Vincent Teklits
5:00 pm Francis & Jim Musto by Dom & Frank Delia
SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2019
8:00 For the People of the Parish
10:00 Gertrude Wetzel by the Leonardi Family
12:00 Annv. Maria Totaro
by Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Caporrino
It is the best way to ensure our parish receives the support needed for our operating expenses and ministries? eGiving through Parish Giving! We are excited to introduce “Enhanced Stewardship through Electronic Funds Transfer” for your weekly offertory. No more envelopes or last-minute check writing! Electronic giving is safe and easy for you and good stewardship for the parish. Please enroll today by visiting www.icchackensack.com. and click on the logo that is on top of the website. Increased enrollment with Parish Giving will help stabilize our parish finances. There are brochures in the pews or visit Parish Giving at www.parishgiving.org
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