”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 life–threatening 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.
God Bless you and have a wonderful week,
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
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