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32nd  SUNDAY in ORDINARY TIME

November 11, 2018

”In 1 Samuel, God advises the prophet Samuel not to observe as men see but as God sees. He tells him to “look to the heart.” This is the movement of this Sunday’s Gospel reading. “Beware the scribes,” Jesus advises. He points out their public greetings and “seats of honor,” which stands in sharp contrast to their private greed. For the Jewish people of Jesus’ day, honor resides at the top. Power and prestige created a high profile back then as it still does today. After His warning, Jesus turns His disciples’ attention elsewhere: a poor widow. “She, from her poverty, has contributed all she had.” While the scribes donated large sums to the temple, they did so “from their surplus wealth.” This woman — in her faith and devotion — offers “her whole livelihood.” Jesus invited His disciples to see with God’s eyes, to recognize a holy life in people the world overlooks. Here — in the poor, the vulnerable, the marginalized — God waits hidden. Today’s Gospel begs a few questions. What do we see? Whom do we value? Are we impressed by the pomp and circumstance of modern day Pharisees? Do we ignore their self-righteousness because it looks impressive, even seems somewhat helpful? The point isn’t to judge the scribes, of course. God can see their hearts as well, and those assessments are firmly His responsibility. The point is to turn our eyes from the typically honored to the rarely respected. Are we disinterested in the poverty of the modern day widows? Do we ignore their faith because we forget to look for it? This Sunday, consider the widows in your own life. Who can you see with God’s eyes?

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
The month of November is Vocation Awareness month in the Church. I ask that all of you pray for an increase in vocations. I also thought I would use this article to answer some questions I have been asked. People have approached me and said “Father wouldn’t it help with vocations if the church ordained women and allowed priests to marry?”. In a word – no! I will explain why at the end of the article but first let me explain why the church does not do either of the two suggestions. As to women being ordained: the priesthood is based on the Apostles who were the first priests of the church and all the Apostles were men. This was Jesus Christ‘schoosing. He could have had women but for reasons we honestly do not know He did not, He only had men. Women were disciples not Apostles thus not priests. Some say it was due to the times that Jesus lived and woman did not hold such roles back then. The problem with that is the fact that Jesus was a rule breaker. After all, that is why He was crucified, so I am sure if He wanted He would have named women as Apostles without giving it a second thought, but He did not thus the church will not unless Christ Himself tells the church otherwise. As to married priests. Jesus was not married is the simple answer. But there is also a practical answer and that is so the priest will always put the people of the church first in his life. For example, if I was married and had kids and I received a call telling me that my child broke a leg and was in the emergency room at Hackensack Hospital and at the same time I get a call telling me that a parishioner is near death and needs to be anointed at Holy Name Hospital. Who do I go to see? My child’s injury is not lifethreatening and the parishioner is near death, which means I should go to see the parishioner but odds are as a human I would go see my child first! By not having a wife or kids there is no chance of this happening or anything of this nature and I would see the parishioner every time. I am freer to serve the people of God. As to allowing both in regards to increasing vocations – statistics show that the Protestant churches that do allow both are having a harder time getting vocations than the Catholic Church! The Protestant church near my parents’ house was closed for nearly a year due to the lack of a minister being available! Thus, as stated above, No it would not solve the problem. Only prayer will for both the men and their families.
Thank you!!!!
God Bless you and have a wonderful week,
Fr. Michael

 


The gift of Altar Flowers for the first two weeks of November has been given in memory of Juana Maldonado & CharlesSylvestri 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.

 SCRIPTURAL REFLECTIONS ON STEWARDSHIP
“Jesus gets right to the point – we are all called to give money to support the mission of the Church, regardless of our circumstance. No gift is too small or insignificant! Giving money to support the mission of our local parish is a matter of our faith, just like praying and participating in parish ministries. When you make a financial offering, is it from your “first fruits” or from what is “left over”?

  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.

THANK YOU TO ALL THE PEOPLE AND CORPORATIONS THAT DONATED NEW ITEMS TO THIS EVENING EVENT. TO ALL THE PEOPLE WE HAVE MENTIONED BELOW A VERY BIG THANK YOU! WE COULD NEVER HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT YOU, AND TO ANYONE WE FORGOT TO MENTION, PLEASE ACCEPT OUR SINCERE APOLOGIES AND HEARTFELT THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO FOR OUR IMMACULATE CONCEPTION PARISH. 

Alfred Sanzari Enterpr./Ryan Sanzari
Anthony & Trish Aquilina
Bobbie Pizza
Columbiattes
Debbie & Darren Allen
Diana McGuckin
Don & Anne Trainor
Eileen Urdaz
Ellen Blum
Fr. Michael Trainor
Gloria Palazzi
Grace & Bill Panagia
Gregg Traina
Joan Vicenzotti
Joseph Gentile
Josephine Marshall
Karla Venitelli
Kathy McCotter
Kelly Palazzi
Kim Carney
Linda Luongo
Linda Sylvestri
Lona Padovano
Lori Marini
Loretta D’Ambrosio
LoVecchio Family
Maria Marrella
Maria Regan
Marianne Galletta
Marie & Mike Nasta
Marie Blackwell
Marie Godlesky
Mary Turk
Mary Ann Eckel
Mary Ann & Vince Teklits
Patricia &Gene DeRiso
Patricia Hegewald
Pat Lemonie
Phyllis Civello
Rose D’Alessio
Rosina Romano
South Hackensack Strikers
St. Mary’s Of Dumont
Sue West
Susanne & Edward Lobst
Tara Stendardi & Robert Virella
Tatyana & Franco Pasulo
Terry Goodman
Velona Napotina
Women’s Circle
16 Handles
Act I Dance Studio
Amarone Restaurant – Teaneck
Bazzarelli – Moonachie
Bella Fig Restaurant – Hawthorne
Bergen Brick Oven Bar & Grill
Billiard’s Café – Lodi
Bischoff’s – Teaneck
Bistro – Moonachie
BJ’s Brewhouse
Bonefish Grill
Bowlero
Cedar Grove Family Chiropractic
Clean All Cleaners – South Hackensack
DePasquale Salon Systems
Derex Art & Photography
Dunkin Donuts
Family Martial Arts
Finest Cleaners
Ford All American Collision Center-Paramus
Frank’s Pizza-Saddle Brook
Hackensack Liquors
Heritage Restaurant-Hackensack
Home Depot
JTL Pharmacy-Little Ferry
La Bella Italia-South Hackensack
Liberty Mutual
Martina’s Restaurant-Hackensack
Miller’s Ale House
Nanni’s Rochelle Park
Napolimania-Hackensack
Nationwide Bowling Centers
New York Giants
ParisiI-Hackensack
Parkway Lanes-Elmwood Park
PGA Tour Superstore-Paramus
Pittsburgh Steelers
Retro Fitness from Hannah Kalyoussef
Retro Fitness Gym-Fair Lawn
Ruby’s Nails-Wallington
Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn Restaurant
Segovia Restaurant-Moonachie
Segovia Steakhouse-Little Ferry
Solari Restaurant-Hackensack
Teaneck Cinemas
The Wash-Leonia
Town Title Agency
Urban Air Trampoline Park
Way back Burgers-Little Ferry

Thank You! TRICKY TRAY COMMITTEE 
Bobbie Pizza
Debbie Allen
Earl Spence
George Furman
Gregg Traina
Holly Consiglio
Jim Carney
Joan Vicenzotti
Kim Carney
Linda Sylvestri
Lori Marini
Marie Nasta
MaryAnn Teklits
Pat Lemonie
Rosina Romano
Sue Chinchar
Tara Stendardi


MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2018
8:30For the People of the Parish
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2018
8:30Joseph Falci by the Family
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2018
8:30Bruce Schwartzberg by the Family
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2018
8:30Deceased Members of the Witkowski Family by Trudy Witkowski
5:00 pmAnnv. Vincenza & Vincenzo LoPiccolo by the Family
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2018
8:00For the People of the Parish
10:00Deceased Members of the Peccoralo Family by the Family
12:00Domenica Iadanza by the Asala Family
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2018
8:30Peter Wallace by Helen & Gregg Traina
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2018
8:30Gemma, Nicola, James & Michael Visci by the Family
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2018
8:30Annv. Steve Sherman by Joan Vicenzotti
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2018
8:30Gaetano Puccio by Velona Napotina
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2018
8:30Theresa Leonardi by the Leonardi Family
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2018
8:30Annv. John A. Dalessio by the Family
5:00 pmCroce Family by Mr. & Mrs. Mario Petruzzelli
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2018
8:00For the People of the Parish
10:00Vincent Michael Edward Traina by Mom
12:00Annv. Eugene Del Vecchio by Amy Kaminski

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