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24th  SUNDAY in ORDINARY TIME

Sept. 16, 2018

We know the signs of defeat: slumped shoulders, downcast eyes, a chastened demeanor. For those of us sincerely trying to follow Jesus, defeat is inevitable. We commit to spending more time with our kids, but that one project still looms. We resolve to be a good person, but our selfishness strikes again. It can be easy to get discouraged over our moral failures. Today’s Gospel is a small, intriguing look at this process in the life of St. Peter. First, Jesus’ questions get the Apostles thinking about His true identity. This results in a confession of faith from Peter: “You are the Christ.” Eager faith characterizes Peter’s relationship with Jesus. First to follow, first to leap out of the boat, and, we know, first to deny. It’s the latter tendency that manifests itself later in the Gospel. When Jesus predicts the Passion, “Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.” Jesus’ rebuke in turn is stinging. While Peter’s caution to Jesus is in private, Jesus intentionally turns back to the others as He declares, “Get behind me, Satan. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” Like Peter, we rarely get it right all the time. Peter understood that Jesus was the Messiah, but he had a false concept of what that Messiah would accomplish. Jesus wants to make sure the rest of the disciples don’t follow down the wrong road. The Christian life is a difficult one, as Jesus later tells the crowds. “‘Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself.’” Yet the mercy of God is abundant. If we renew our trust and our efforts after a fall, every defeat is transformed into redemptive grace. “Whoever loses his life for my sake … will save it.

 


My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Not long ago we had the Gospel reading regarding the Bread of Life. Jesus tells the people they must eat His flesh and drink His blood in order to be saved. For many at the time this was a very hard teaching and one that they could not accept and they left Him. Well, today in the Church we often see the same thing, not so much in regards to receiving the body and blood of Christ but rather the “rules” of the church. People decide the Church rules are too difficult to follow and they seek and find another “church” that has easier rules, no rules at all or even teach that you can live any way you want and still be saved! This may seem appealing and certainly easier; however, you must remember that these other churches were established by human beings – flawed human beings since we all are flawed. Whereas the Catholic Church was established by Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God and is God. God himself established the Catholic Church and its rules. Yes, there are rules that do not come from scripture but they come from the church fathers and tradition which is inspired by the Holy Spirit who is God so once again the rules come from God himself. In society we also have rules/laws. For example it is the law to wear a seatbelt; wear a helmet while driving a motorcycle or riding a bike. These rules/laws are for our own well being, they have been established to save our lives in this world. Well the rules of the church were established to save our lives in the next life, which is a lot more important than this life since it lasts for all eternity! Yes, the rules may be hard to follow at times but they are there for our own good. Some will argue the rules could be wrong so why should we follow them? Look at it this way, if the rules are somehow wrong (doubtful since faith teaches us they come from the Holy Spirit) and we follow them anyway we have nothing to lose. However, if the rules are correct and we choose not to follow them, we have everything to lose including our immortal souls! Do you really want to gamble on losing heaven and gaining hell? I don’t, so I will follow the rules. How about you?
God Bless you and have a wonderful week, Fr. Michael

 SCRIPTURAL REFLECTIONS ON STEWARDSHIP
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” When we truly believe that all we have is a gift of God, then we must be willing to give up some things so that we can share our blessings as God intended. Living a stewardship lifestyle means not only being responsible for our own life, but the lives of others as well.

  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 Altar Flowers for the month of September has been given in memory of Andrew Napotina, Jr. by Velona Napotina.
The Sanctuary Lamp for the month of September has been given in memory of Cecelia Jashembowski by Linda J. Sylvestri.
We would like to thank the Knights of Columbus Council #747 for two very generous donations. One is for our CCD program and the second is to be used for Church Maintenance. We sincerely appreciate their commitment to helping our parish

TRICKY TRAY FUNDRAISER

Please help support our parish in making our event a success! We need PRIZES!

Our Tricky Tray is on Thursday October 25, 2018 at The Graycliff Restaurant in Moonachie. Tickets are $45 per person and include a four-course sit-down dinner and a sheet of small tickets. We are still looking for prizes and any donation is greatly appreciated. If you know any businesses that you shop at that might give us a donation, please ask them! We are also having a Fair Share raffle where the prizes are CASH! We are asking each parish family to sell at least 1 book of raffle tickets at $10 per book. (If you can sell more, even better!) There are envelopes in the back of church with a book of tickets for each registered parishioner. Last year the prize money totaled over $1,500! Please pick up yours and help us make this year’s prize even bigger.
You do not need to be present to win this raffle!!
TICKETS FOR THE EVENT ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE RECTORY OR SEE MARIVIC AFTER MASS

FOOD FOR THE POOR
Please join us next weekend to welcome Rev. Joseph M. Monahan, who will speak at all masses about a ministry providing direct relief to the poor throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Fr. Monahan will share personal witness about Food For The Poor’s mission to care for the destitute as a means of living out the Gospel mandate to love one another. Fr. Monahan was ordained in 1990 as a Third Order Regular Franciscan. He has served for over 25 years in Catholic Health Care Ministry as board-certified Director of Pastoral Care and Vice President of Mission & Ministry.

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2018
8:30 Tom Bollerman by the Traina Family
5:00 pm Annv. Alfred Policastro by the Family
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2018
8:00 For the People of the Parish
10:00 Deceased Members of the Teklits & Jost Families by Mr. & Mrs. Vince Teklits
12:00 Rose & Anthony Falato by Maryann Falato
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2018
8:30 James DeMeo
by Maryann Eckel
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2018
8:30 Andrew Napotina
by Velona Napotina
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2018
8:30 Michael Policastro
by the Family
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2018
8:30 Chuck Luciano
by the Traina Family
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2018
8:30 Helen & John Chinchar
by Mr. & Mrs. Robert Chinchar
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2018
8:30 Pat Maffetone
by the Family
5:00 pm William & Matilda Vasak
by the Family
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2018
8:00 Annv. Cecelia Jashembowski
by Linda Sylvestri
10:00 Catherine, Michael & Vincent Traina
by Helen & Gregg Traina & Family
12:00 For the People of the Parish

 
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

MBC MARINI BROTHERS Construction Company Inc.

PAVING – CONCRETE WORK
Mike Daniele, President
Phone: 201-488-4127   Fax: 201-488-4107   Email: marinibros@gmail.com
9 Lafayette St., Hackensack, NJ 07601
Serving Immaculate Conception community for over 45 years!
www.marinibros.com

 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.