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12th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
There are many things of which we can be afraid: being rebuked, rejection, anger, being challenged, having to defend ourselves, standing alone, insecurity, failure, and even death. For some, identifying and overcoming their fears is a daunting task. Regardless of how much they may want to break the cycle of fear, they find that they remain close friends with old and dysfunctional behavioral habits and norms. Maybe what they really fear is change. There are many who gravitate to the familiar and comfortable, and find safety and security in doing so, even if they remain mired in mediocrity. Human beings have to learn that there is life beyond the “what has always been” and that happiness and depth are possible when old structures and systems have to be left behind. Can you leave the near and dear, the comfortable and familiar, the safe and secure, and discover new opportunities? The shear thought of doing so can bring on feelings of apprehension, intense anger, resentment, defensiveness, reluctance, resistance, and even apathy. If we have to be responsible for making the change, cowardice can creep in. If someone else is to blame for making the change, any number of possible negative reactions are possible. In the end, only one thing is required and that is God. If I can rely on and deepen my relationship with God, especially in the Eucharist along with a community of believers, then little else is of great concern. We have to figure out what is really important. It is not always what we think. The Gospel calls us to stretch ourselves and try new things, not to remain stuck and stagnant in familiar ways. We are asked to live life more deliberately, radically, and intentionally. We are asked to leave the familiar behind and learn to live with changing, and often limiting, human structures. We cannot get too caught up in the physical, ideological, or structural systems we are used to. The Holy Spirit always leads and guides us. If we trust this, we will find ourselves doing things we never thought we could do. Always seek the path to joy and love. They keep us from falling victim to our fears and from seeking the nostalgic crutches we think we need to achieve a sense of well-being and happiness.

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” since he is not a biological father. Let me answer it this way, one of the greatest fathers I know died a virgin, he never had biological kids. That person is St. Joseph, he served as Jesus’ father here on earth. He taught Jesus carpentry, he protected him from harm by fleeing in Egypt and back to Nazareth, he provided for him and taught him religion. You see, being a father is not about biology, it is about what you do and above all it is about Love. St. Joseph Loved Christ thus he really was Jesus’ father and it would have been proper for Jesus to wish him a Happy Father’s Day and I as a priest love all of you so yes, it is proper to wish a priest Happy Father’s Day. Always remember that is it 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
“Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.”
Would others know that you are Catholic by the way you act and speak? Do you share your Catholic faith with others? Do you defend your Catholic faith when the situation arises or do you remain silent? Do you pray in public before meals? Pray for the strength and courage to be a joyful witness of our Catholic faith when the opportunity presents itself. Let us become the radiant light and bold witness that we are called to be!

LIVE THE LITURGY INSPIRATION FOR THE WEEK
Jesus knows that the challenges a disciple of the Gospel will face in the world are real. He tells all of us point blank, “Do not be afraid.” There are many things we can fear as we attempt to live the Gospel: unpopularity, being rebuked, rejection, anger, being challenged, having to defend ourselves, standing alone, insecurity, failure, and even death. Many folks know that their faith calls them to live life more deliberately and radically but are cowards when it comes to putting it into practice. We easily justify sticking with the “acceptable” norms with which we are accustomed. These only serve to keep us stuck and mired in mediocrity. The Gospel — given flesh by the very presence of Christ — seeks to stretch, challenge, and change us. We do not have to fear anything, even death. Sometimes, living with our fears brings us a sadly disordered sense of comfort. Maybe what we really fear above all else is change.

NEW MASS DIRECTIVES REGARDING COVID-19

Effective May 28, masks will no longer be required for fully vaccinated persons. If not fully vaccinated, persons are strongly encouraged to follow CDC guidance and wear a face mask in public settings. People will no longer be required to socially distance indoors or outdoors, {May 28), although unvaccinated persons should continue to maintain a safe distance from others.
Effective June 4, all indoor gathering limits will be removed.
Although these directives represent  a reduction  of  pandemic  restrictions, the local pastors/administrators/chaplains can impose stricter regulations as needed. These may include wearing masks, social distancing, and signing in for Mass or activities.
The above is the directives from the Archdiocese. Please not how it states the Pastor has the can impost stricter regulations.
How we will handle things at least temporarily is as follows:
The St. Joseph side of the church is for those fully vaccinated who do not want to wear a mask. All pews will be open. Communion will be distributed by some one who may or may not be wearing a mask.
The Blessed mother side of the church is for those who are not fully vaccinated and should still wear a mask. Only every other pew will be open – those marked with a bow. Communion will be distributed by someone wear a mask.
Those who are fully vaccinated but prefer to still wear a mask may sit on either side of the church keeping in mind the guidelines above.
I ask everyone to please respect the decision each person makes in regards to wear a mask or not .
 
Thank you and God Bless you , Fr. Michael

2021 Archdiocese Annual Appeal
We would like to thank all of you who responded to our appeal for pledges to the 2021 Archdiocese’s Annual Appeal. We are very happy to report that our parish has exceeded our goal! All money collected over our goal is returned 100% to our parish and we now qualify for a 2% reduction in our Annual Assessment by the Archdiocese which saves us money. Thank you for your prayers and generous support!

PRAYER REQUESTS
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, Helen Traina, Joseph Marrone, Bill Marshall, Anthony, Michael, Joseph, Jessica Esopo, Bill McShera, Theresa McPeak, Walter Eckel, William, Steve, Pat, Audra, Philip, Dan Marshall, Frank Bennick, Larry Purcell, Bernadette, Francis Reilly, James Weiss, Chrissy Martin, Anne Trainor, Don Trainor, William, Rosemary Malangone, Elizabeth Malangone, Maricel Dino

 

The gift of Bread & Wine for the month of April has been given in memory of Kyle P. Jashembowski by Linda J. Sylvestri.
The gift of Bread & Wine for the first two weeks of May has been given in memory of Cecelia & George Furman & Bertha Nemec by Mr. & Mrs. George Furman. The second two weeks have been given in memory of Andrew Napotina by Velona Napotina.
The gift of Bread & Wine for the month of June has been given by Mr. & Mrs. Phil Iacono. The first two weeks are in memory of Angelina & Sebastian Falato and the second two weeks are in memory of Carmela & Salvatore Iacono.
The gift of Altar Flowers for the first two weeks of May has been given in memory of Catherine Napotina by Velona Napotina. The second two weeks have been given in memory of Lenny Falato by his family.
The gift of Altar Flowers for the month of June has been given in memory of Charles Sylvestri by Linda J. Sylvestri.
Special thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Sunga for beautiful orchids and other members who decorate and maintain our altars. 
The Sanctuary Lamp for the first two weeks of April has been given in memory of Giuseppe Manieri, Lucia DiNardo & Michael Manieri by Maria & Nicola Totaro.
The gift of the Sanctuary Lamp for month of June has been given by Millie & Larry Fleming. The first two weeks are in memory of Lena & Richard Averso and the second two weeks are in memory of Irene & Pat Fleming.
Altar gifts are a beautiful way to honor your loved ones while also helping our parish. There are some two week blocks still available in 2021. Please contact the rectory if you are interested.

We would like to thank Dorothy Rogan for her generous donation back during Lent of our Easter Candle in memory of the Macanka & Rogan Families.

Recycle Old Ink and Toner Cartridges
There is a receptacle on the table in the back of church for the small cartridges. Large ones can be left under the table. If you have a bunch, please call the rectory and we can arrange to meet you at the garage doors and we can put them in the garage instead of you lugging them into the church.

Prayer for A Pandemic

It is the best way to ensure our parish receives the support needed for our operating expenses and ministries by 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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