Father, we could never thank our military men and women enough for their courageous service and sacrifice to our country and its people. Yet today we lift up our voices to express gratefulness and honor to these military troops both from the past and present. Show us ways in our communities, churches, and families to thank and love them better. Keep and protect these heroes and their families, in the powerful name of Jesus.
32nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – Nov. 10, 2019
“Some Saducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, came forward and put this question to Jesus …” In this Sunday’s Gospel, the Saducees avoid their real question. Is there a resurrection from the dead or not? Rather than ask this question point blank, the Saducees try to prove their point through a roundabout, unrealistic scenario. Jesus cuts straight to the question behind the question, citing Scripture passages relating to the resurrection. The Saducees are trying to trick Jesus. While we may not intend to stump God, our doubts and questions may have more in common with the Saducees than we care to admit. Doubts are part and parcel of life in a fallen world. Still, there are different ways we can word our doubts to ourselves, God, and others. When we’re struggling, truly struggling, about some article of faith, do we admit it? Or do we cloak it with other, obtuse questions to hide the nature of our concern? Have you considered leaving the Church over the hypocrisy of some of her members and leaders? Perhaps the real question is: “How can a place blessed by God and instituted by Christ have this evil in it? Can I reconcile with the concept that an institution has a mixture of good and bad? What do I expect from others, from myself? What responsibility do I have to try and remedy evil in an institution I’m part of?” Perhaps you’ve wondered about the nature of romantic love, and if God is love, does He really care so much about the details of this particular scenario? Perhaps the real question is: “Can my mind wrap around the concept of a God whose law seems — on the surface, in this situation — to make people unhappy? What is the relationship between the moral law and human flourishing?” These aren’t easy questions, but they are more honest ones. This week, don’t be afraid of your deeper questions! Bring them to God, to someone you trust, and to yourself.
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I am writing this article the day after All Saints which is a Holy Day of Obligation and it saddened me how few people attended mass for this Holy Day. It saddens me for a couple of reasons. First, it is a Holy Day of Obligation which means anyone who did not attend mass has committed a mortal sin which means they are risking the loss of life eternal in heaven. They should not receive communion until they go to confession thus they have cut themselves off from receiving our Lord. Now, I know some will say they do not believe it is a mortal sin to miss mass on a Holy Day (some will even say Sunday as well but it is also a mortal sin to miss mass on Sundays). But as I noted in the past, if somehow I am wrong (which would mean the Church is wrong,which is not likely) and it is not a mortal sin to miss mass, there is no harm in attending mass anyway. But if I am correct that it is a mortal sin then those that miss better like it hot! In other words, why risk it?!The second reason is one that I would like those that missed mass to think about. Do you ever pray to the saints for their help? Intercession? Do you turn to them when you are sick, in trouble, lost something, under stress, etc.? But on the day that is set aside by the church to celebrate them and thank them, you could not find the time to attend mass? There were other things more important? Just imagine the next time you turn to the saints for help and they responded, I don’t have time or I have more important things to do than help you. How would you feel about that?
God Bless you and have a wonderful week, Fr. Michael
SCRIPTURAL REFLECTIONS ON STEWARDSHIP
“May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting encouragement and good hope through His grace, encourage your hearts and strengthen them in every good deed and word.“
There are two important lessons here. First, we are called to be generous with our encouragement and hope. As God shows us mercy, we must be merciful to others. Second, joy is contagious! The joy we receive from doing good works not only strengthens us, it encourages others as well. Share the joy of living your faith whenever you can.
MONTH OF REMEMBRANCE
Beginning on November 2nd, All Souls Day, we will pray for all the departed during the month of November. Please write the names of your loved ones on your All Soul’s Day envelope and place it in the basket. All the envelopes will be placed on the altar for the entire month of November.
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, Larry Purcell.
The gift of Bread & Wine for the month of November has been given in memory of George Ryerson by the Chinchar Family.
The gift of Altar Flowers for the first two weeks of November has been given in memory of Juana Maldonado & Charles Sylvestri by Jesse & Joanna Sylvestri.
The Sanctuary Lamp for the first two weeks of November has been donated in memory of Frank Pizza by the Pizza Family.
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 $5,460.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.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9,2019 8:30 Deceased Members of the Peccoralo Family by the Family 5:00 pm Annv. Vincenza & Vincenzo LoPiccolo by the Family
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2019 8:00 John Czarnecki by Rosina Romano & Anthony Giaquinto 10:00 Deceased Members of the VFW Post 8005 by the VFW Post 8005 12:00 Giovanni Romano by the Family
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2019 8:30 Domenica Iadanza by the Asala Family
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2019 8:30 Deceased Members of the Witkowski Family by Trudy Witkowski
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2019 8:30 Gemma, Nicola, James & Michael Visci by the Family
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2019 8:30 Annv. Steve Sherman by Joan Vicenzotti
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2019 8:30 Annv. Nino Colonnelli & Valentino D’Arpino by Mom & Dad
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2019 8:30 Gaetano Puccio by Velona Napotina 5:00 pm Theresa Leonardi by the Leonardi Family
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2019 8:00 The Croce Family by Mr. & Mrs. Mario Petruzzelli 10:00 George Ryerson by Mr. & Mrs. Robert Chinchar & Family 12:00 Annv. John A. Dalessio by the Family
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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