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19TH  SUNDAY in ORDINARY TIME

August 12,  2018

Have you ever approached a hushed group and were certain they were talking about you? It’s an uncomfortable feeling to catch people murmuring about what you did, said, or didn’t do. It breeds division and exclusion. In today’s Gospel, Jesus invites us to just the opposite. The reading opens with the crowds “murmuring” their doubts about Jesus after He has proclaimed Himself the Bread of Life. “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph … how can He say ‘I have come down from heaven’?” In His response, Jesus brings up the Israelites and the   manna God brought them in the desert. If you turn back to the story in Exodus, you’ll see another similar word: murmuring. As the going got tough, the Israelites doubted Moses and God’s plan to protect and care for them as a chosen people. Here, Jesus proposes a difficult theological concept. Jesus Himself is “the living bread” and “flesh for the life of the world.” This is not an exclusive concept. “Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from Him comes to me.” Why? Because “the Father who sent me draw[s] him.” The next time you’re at Mass, take a few moments to watch the communion line. Young and old, families and singles, diverse races and cultures and stories … we are all drawn to the Eucharistic table. Catholic doctrine may require faith, but it is a faith possible for anyone who seeks truth. Christianity does not hide behind locked doors in an exclusive clubhouse, whispering behind the backs of nonbelievers. Jesus compels us to share the love of God the Father for His children, that we one day be joined with Him and “live forever.”

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I write this article on the feast day of St. Peter and St. Paul. I found myself thinking about both of them and my devotion and love for them and thought I would share my thoughts with you. St. Peter, the greatest Apostle and the first pope, was rather flawed at times which is one reason I love him so much. In reading scripture, you read how he denied Christ three times, he lost his faith and started to sink into the sea and on occasion he got angry even with Christ himself. So how is he the greatest of Apostles and someone to admire? Someone’s example to follow? Because there is the flip side for yes, he denied Christ three times but also wept bitterly in repentance to the point that it left divots in his cheeks and he went on to proclaim
his love for the Lord three times. He did waver in his faith and start to sink into the sea but that was while he was walking on water due to faith and he also was the first to say to our Lord that our Lord was the Son of God who had the words of life. He may have gotten angry but if you look at the times it was out of love and he always backed down when corrected by Christ. I find comfort in the flaws of St. Peter for they are examples to us that we can make mistakes but make amends for those mistakes. When our faith slips like St. Peter while walking on the water we only need to reach out to Christ and He will take us by the hand and pull us back to Him. When we commit sins (which is a denial of Christ) we can go to confession and do penance to make up for those sins. If we get angry, and yes even at God, we can listen to what God is telling us in our hearts, admit we were wrong and be forgiven. In the end St. Peter proves his faith and love for the Lord by turning back to Rome as directed by Christ to give his life as a final witness for
Christ. We only need to have faith and love for the Lord and do as He directs us to do and we can and will be forgiven for our errors in life and be welcomed into eternal life in paradise. Next week – St. Paul.
God Bless you and have a wonderful week, Fr. Michael

 SCRIPTURAL REFLECTIONS ON STEWARDSHIP
“Get up and eat, else the journey will be too long for you!” Jesus knows that our stewardship journey will be difficult; we are not designed to do it on our own.  Fortunately, Jesus gave us the greatest gift of all – the gift of the Eucharist; His own body and blood. When we join our sacrifices with the sacrifice of the Mass, we find the strength and courage to be His joyful disciples.

  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, Marie, Bonnie, Helen raina, Joseph Marrone, Bill Marshall, Anthony, Michael, Denise Gautier, Joseph, Christine Morrison, Jessica Esopo, Jack McShera, Theresa McPeak.

The gift of Bread & Wine for the first two weeks of August has been given in memory of John Dalessio by Betty Dalessio.
The Sanctuary Lamp for the first two weeks of August has been given in memory of Eugene Godlesky by the family.

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4, 2018
8:30 Francis Fiorino by Giuseppe Caporrino & Family
5:00 pm William & Matilda Vasakby the Family
SUNDAY, AUGUST 5, 2018
8:00 For the People of the Parish
10:00 Rosary Society
12:00 Roxanne Claytonby the Family
MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2018
8:30 Annv. Lawrence Mazzoni by Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Falato
TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2018
8:30 George & Ethel Trainor by Fr. Michael
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018
8:30 Mark West by Fr. Michael
THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2018
8:30 Angelina Mellone Montana by Helen & Gregg Traina
FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2018
8:30 Annv. Lawrence Marshall by Mom & Dad
SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 2018
8:30 Rose Giordano by the Traina Family
5:00 pm Giuseppe Manieri & Lucia DiNardo by Nicola & Maria Totaro
SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2018
8:00 For the People of the Parish
10:00 Jerald Diaz by the Family
12:00 Anthony George Santucci by Helen Santucci
MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2018
8:30 For the People of the Parish
TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2018
8:30 Mike Spaz by Fr. Michael
ASSUMPTION OF MARY
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2018
8:30 Annv. John J. Falato by Josephine Falato
12 Noon Arthur Holmes by Mr. & Mrs. James Anzevino
7:00PM Dominic & Teresa Colonnelli and Anna & Raniero D’Arpino by the Family
THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2018
8:30 Maria Totaro by Nicola & Maria Totaro
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018
8:30 For the People of the Parish
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2018
8:30 For the People of the Parish & Margaret Voorhis by Joseph Voorhis
SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 2018
8:00 For the People of the Parish
10:00 Annv. Mario Romano by Nancy Romano & Family
12:00 Annv. Anthony Falato by the Family

2018 Sharing God’s Blessings Annual Appeal
We have received $4,660 in pledges towards our goal of $11,333. There are pledge forms in the back of church. Thank you for your prayers and support.

 

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

OUR ADVERTISER OF THE WEEK

 Our parish benefits greatly from the ads you see on the back of our bulletin. The revenue pays for its printing, which is an important means of communication for the parish. We thank the local businesses that have renewed their ads, as well as the new advertisers who have recently signed on. Please look on the last page of our bulletin each week during the coming months where we highlight a different advertiser with a special ad space as a ‘thank you’ for their support all year long. When you visit a business that advertises in our Faith Formation Program Registration Form[397] bulletin, please let them know that this is where you saw their ad.