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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time – October 24, 2021


RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Due to the ongoing Covid situation, we have decided that Grades 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6 will continue with the At-Home program we used last year. It worked very well and almost every child completed the entire book and submitted the unit quizzes. We thank you, the parents, for your help in accomplishing this However the Sacramental classes will meet in person in our church basement. Grade 2 – First Communion/First Reconciliation will be on Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30. Grades 7 & 8 – the Confirmation class will be on Sundays from 10:45 to 12 Noon. We have enough room to social distance and are asking everyone to wear masks. We have made this decision as these are two very important sacraments that really need in person instruction. We have sent home registration information to all families that were in our program last year. There are also registration forms in the back of church. If you are new, have a child entering 1st Grade in September or have any questions, please call the rectory.

Confession with Father Michael is available through appointment only. Please contact the Rectory at (201) 440-2798

When we see God with true sincerity of heart and God passes us along our way, it is only then that we will be able to cry out, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me!” We have to truly want to be healed by, and in union with, God in order for us to reach out to Him. If God is only an abstract idea, theory, or someone found in the pages of a book, there is no motivation for a relationship and no desire to seek Him. God needs to be real in order for faith to be real. It’s all about the journey. St. Augustine reminds us that “to fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek Him the greatest adventure; to find Him the greatest human achievement.” We strive after many things and mercy is not always one of them. We think that we can find fulfillment and healing in other things only to discover that we are still short and empty. From the moment human beings were created, God has been calling us and seeking us. He has been walking right beside the human story from the minute He first breathed life into the first human soul. Are we able to recognize God as He walks with us? At some point we have to realize that there is only one way to satisfy the deepest longings of the human heart and that is in relationship with our Creator. We are called to this. However, we make the huge error of thinking that what we are hearing is coming from somewhere else. We become confused. Every human being would certainly profit with wisdom if they realized Who calls them and to Whom they belong. Then and only then will we realize that it is only our Divine Master who can give us true vision and heal us. Once we recognize and reach out for the merciful presence of our loving Maker, we will be able to see with our soul, understanding the true nature and depth of all things. God’s mercy is always available. It doesn’t matter how far we have strayed or how blind we become, God patiently waits to console us, guide us and heal us. All we need to do is desire Him. Once we reach out, we also realize that there is no greater love to be found than God’s, no human adventure that comes even close to the thrill of a spiritual search, and no human achievement even remotely as satisfying as union with Him. This is where we belong. This is salvation.

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
In preparation for Election Day, I share an article not written by me but rather by a friend of mine who is a priest in Maryland.
Catholics are Torn on How to Vote
The headlines are lies. They are lies because, “faithful”, Catholics do know how to vote. “Faithful’, is the key word here. I gave a homily about this but it bears repeating. It actually bears constant repetition because so many people who call themselves faithful Catholics are far from faithful to the Catholic Church. It is time to go over the development of our being faithful Catholics. As Catholics we believe that our Church was established by God, Jesus Christ being the second person of the Trinity. All other denominations have human founders. It is imperative that someone who is a faithful Catholic to believe that God founded HIS one Church and we are a part of it. Now it has been established that the second person of the Trinity established his one Church on earth. Then what? Unlike that popular and catchy song, “From a Distance”, God is watching us, but God is watching us from up-close. Someone should pen a song that embraces the Catholic reality, ‘From up Close’. Before Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, ascended into heaven to be seated at the right hand of God, (more popularly known as the Father, the first person of the Trinity), he promised to send the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity a.k.a the Paraclete, (mediator or advocate), to continue to be with his one Church, the Catholic Church. What does that mean in practical terms for those of us who claim to be faithful Catholics? Looking at the biblical data we see a mandate that God is still Up-Close, not from a distance, and still in charge of the one true Church he founded. To be a faithful Catholic you have to believe that we were founded by Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, and we are being guided by the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity. Ergo to be a faithful Catholic we need to know and accept the teachings of the Catholic Church…of God. What are some of the issues that the Catholic Church via the Holy Spirit has propagated: abortion is wrong, (destroys life), euthanasia is wrong, (destroys life), homosexual sexual relations are wrong, (closed off to life), same sex marriage is wrong, (closed off to life), and gender ideology is wrong, (contradicts God’s perfect creation). All of these things, and much more, the Church, inspired by the Holy Spirit, (God), states are always wrong, always sin, always evil. God wants all of us to go to heaven so he has and does guide us Up-Close in all of the ways to get there. Going against God is not the smartest thing we can do. Formally cooperating with evil IS going against God. Picking and choosing what to believe is not Catholic so we must ask ourselves; Am I a faithful Catholic or am I a great pretender? Since God is watching us from up-close he knows and we know how to vote and that is to vote for the candidates that are pro-life to do anything else would make us unfaithful Catholics.
God Bless you and have a wonderful week, Fr. Michael

 Prayer for our Nation
God our Father, giver of life, we entrust the United States of America to your loving care. You are the rock on which this nation was founded. You alone are the true source of our cherished rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Reclaim this land for your glory and dwell among your people. Send your Spirit to touch the hearts of our nation’s leaders. Open their minds to the great worth of human life and the responsibilities that accompany human freedom. Remind your people that true happiness is rooted in seeking and doing your will. Through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, patroness of our land, grant us the courage to reject the “culture of death.” Lead us into a new millennium of life. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

SCRIPTURAL REFLECTIONS ON STEWARDSHIP

 
We are looking for people to volunteer to be Lectors for Sunday masses. We are very, very short staffed in this important ministry. If you would be willing to read at Sunday mass, please see Fr. Michael or call the rectory.

 
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.

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, Nancy McShera, Theresa McPeak, Walter Eckel, William, Steve, Audra, Philip, Doria, Frank Bennick, Bernadette, Francis Reilly, James Weiss, Chrissy Martin, Anne Trainor, Don Trainor, Rosemary Malangone, Elizabeth Malangone, Billy, Baby Ford, Carly West, Marie Goodman, Patrice Duffy, Fred Whiting.

The gift of Bread & Wine for the first two weeks of October has been given by in memory of Joseph DePierro by Judy. The second two weeks have been given in memory of the Deceased Members of the Zwilling Family by Judy.
The gift of the Sanctuary Lamp for month of October 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.
We would like to thank all the people who donated flowers and gave their time to decorate our altar. 

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.

“Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved, and forgiven.” (Pope Francis)


The Church can also be a place to heal. We are called to “be merciful like the Father.” So many are suffering from the effects of abortion. Where can they heal? Where can they feel safe and loved? The Archdiocese of Newark Respect Life Office will be hosting two upcoming Rachel’s Vineyard retreats to heal the wounds from abortion. Retreat dates are September 10-12, 2021 (English) and October 22-24, 2021 (Spanish). Contact the Respect Life Office for more details by calling 973-497-4350 (Spanish option 2) or e-mail Cheryl.riley@rcan.org (English) elvinedoderaquelinfo@rcan.org (Spanish)
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
(Psalm 147:3)

St. Peter’s Prep will be holding its Fall Open House on Sunday, October 17th from 1-4 pm at the school’s campus in historic downtown Jersey City. For more information, please call 201-547-6389 or visit www.spprep.org.

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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