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15TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME –  July 14, 2019
Loving isn’t too difficult, right? Many of us are surrounded by kind, lovely people trying to do the right thing. Indeed, to “love your neighbor as yourself” seems like it should be easy enough. Treat people like you would like to be treated. Bring the new neighbors some baked goods (normal and gluten-free, just in case). Chat with the bank teller about his holiday weekend. Write an occasional card to your sister “just because.” There were
probably varieties of these acts of kindness in Jesus’ day. Perhaps substituting figs for cookies. But “exchange pleasantries with the traveling cloth merchant” isn’t the example Jesus gives. “A man fell victim to robbers…they stripped him and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead.” The righteous pass by the scene of the dying man. The hero of the story is the one on the margins of Jewish society, who perhaps would not have been welcomed, in other circumstances, by the man now in the ditch. His neighborly love causes him to halt his journey, to tend wounds, and to pay for the man’s care out of his own savings. Are we interruptible? Are we attentive to the hurts of others? Are we generous with our money and possessions? In the past few weeks, who has crossed your mind as someone in need of help? Perhaps it’s an acquaintance suffering from cancer. Maybe you were invited to donate or volunteer to a local social cause, but it just won’t stick in your mind (or schedule) to make it happen. The needs of people are many and varied. We can’t help everyone, but God does place opportunities in our path for compassion and courageous love. This week, be “the one who treated him with mercy.”

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I remember as a young person in grammar school traveling with my school down to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life. It was a day that left a mark on my heart and broke it at the same time. I could never understand how anyone could or would terminate a pregnancy; end a baby’s life which is exactly what abortion is, the ending of a life. Very little has changed since that first march I went on in regards to abortion itself but a lot has changed in regards to science; for it is finally catching up with faith which always is way ahead of science! Now, they know that from the moment of conception the “baby” has its own unique D.N.A. thus it is NOT just part of the women’s body but LIFE! Life that needs to be protected. I am glad to see our new Bishop, Cardinal Tobin is taking a pro-active stance on the issue of life. He is taking it beyond just protecting the unborn but also protecting all life. For life is precious at all stages and should be viewed that way. He has renamed the office that deals with these issues from Pro-Life to Respect Life to reflect this fact. He is also requesting that each parish have a person to serve as the contact person between the diocese and the parish as the parish “Caring for Life” representative. If you are willing to take up this very important position in the parish, I ask that you please contact me so I can let the diocese know that you are willing to take on this very essential and loving position. Keep in mind, what you do with it would be entirely up to you in regards to how much you do or do not do. There would be no obligation to attend meetings or marches, it would be your decision, so please do not hesitate to step forward out of fear you would be taking on too much responsibility. Your main duty would really just be to serve as a contact person.
God Bless you and have a wonderful week, Fr. Michael

SCRIPTURAL REFLECTIONS ON STEWARDSHIP

Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
This was Jesus’ command at the end of the Good Samaritan story. Did you know that the Samaritans and Jews despised each other. The moral of the story is to love our neighbor. That means loving someone you may not know or someone that looks different than you or someone that you don’t like. All without expecting anything
in return.

LIVE THE LITURGY
INSPIRATION FOR THE WEEK
How can we ever succeed at truly loving God and our neighbor and fully embrace Gospel living? Achieving this goal without an intimate connection with Christ is impossible. The Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Christ, connects us with God in a unique and most intimate way. His very life and presence is wedded with ours. Being forgiven and nourished, we are given the strength and conviction to pick up our wounded and broken lives and be living heralds of Good News. Our world is broken and needs authentic, living witnesses to bring it back to truth. Nourished by the Body and Blood of Christ, are you ready to be sent?

 


WHY DO WE DO THAT? CATHOLIC LIFE EXPLAINED
Question: This time of year, I attend a lot of weddings.
Why do Catholic weddings need to take place in a church?
Answer: Technically, there is a clause in Church law that could allow for weddings to take place outside of a church, in a suitable space under special circumstances, but it requires the very rare permission of the bishop. But the meaning of marriage goes very, very deep, and the Church has a vested interest in protecting that meaning. As Catholics, we don’t see a wedding as an event that needs a pleasing backdrop. Marriage is a sacrament, both an occasion of joyful promise and symbolic solemnity. It is a spiritual event. The loving bond of marriage symbolizes the mystical union between Christ and His Church. The man and woman profess lifelong vows of fidelity, and they receive supernatural grace from God to keep their promises. Receiving the sacrament of Marriage in a church has broader symbolic meaning for the couple as well. Marriage isn’t simply two people in isolation from the world around them. Marriage is the joining of families and the beginning of a new, holy mission in the life of the couple. Weddings are sacred occasions, and it’s fitting that they occur in sacred spaces.

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, Bonnie, Helen Traina, Joseph Marrone, Bill Marshall, Anthony, Michael, Joseph, Christine Morrison, Jessica Esopo, Jack McShera, Theresa McPeak, Walter Eckel, Steve, Pat, Audra, Dan Marshall, Frank Bennick, Audrey Stasion, Larry Purcell.

The gift of Bread & Wine for the first two weeks of July has been given in memory of Paul Stendardi by his Family.

 


eGiving through Parish Giving!
Thanks so much to those parishioners who have signed up for “Enhanced Stewardship through Electronic Funds Transfer” for their financial donations. You schedule your offerings it can be weekly, monthly, quarterly – whatever is best for your financial situation. There are no more envelopes to remember or last-minute check writing! Electronic giving is safe and easy for you and gives our parish steady financial assistance. If you wish to enroll just visit www.icchackensack.com and click on the Parish Giving logo. There are brochures in the back of church or visit Parish Giving at www.parishgiving.org.

Sharing God’s Blessings Annual Appeal
Did you know there is still time to support the 2019 appeal? This year our parish goal is $12,179. Our pledges to date are $5,460. Thank you for any help you can provide. There are pledge envelopes in the back of church. If you choose to donate online, please visit www.rcan.org/sharing.

Opportunities for Parish Support
There are several ways you can help support our parish and honor loved ones at the same time.  As you may have noticed on the first Sunday of every month in our bulletin, we thank the donors of our Altar Gifts. You can donate the Bread & Wine, Altar Flowers or the Sanctuary Lamp in a two week block for $50 in someone’s memory.  We have blocks open for this year.
We also have to purchase a new Easter candle each year (the tall candle on the altar) at a cost of $300-$400 which can also be donated in someone’s memory.  You do not have to fund the entire amount, anything you wish to donate towards the purchase of our Easter candle is appreciated.  If you wish to honor someone in any of these ways, please call the rectory.

MASS INTENTIONS 

MONDAY, JULY 8, 2019
8:30 Annv. Constantino Arias Fortus by the Family
TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2019
8:30 Rosa & Philip Puccio by Velona Napotina
WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2019
8:30 Juana Maldonado by Joanna Sylvestri
THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2019
8:30 Annv. Maria Romano by Mr. & Mrs. Antonio Sari
FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2019
8:30 Theresa White by Marie & Mike Nasta
SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2019
8:30 Deceased Members of the Witkowski Family by Trudy Witkowski
5:00 pm Georgette & Bob Pfund by her friends THE DEBS
SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2019
8:00 Annv. John Krupa by the Family
10:00 Rose & John Nemeth by Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Teklits
12:00 Annv. Ralph, Jane
& Joseph Terraccino Sr. by the Terraccino Family
MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019
8:30 Betty Dalessio by Marie & Mike Nasta
TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2019
8:30 Annv. Ferruccio Belci by Maria Belci
WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2019
8:30 Annv. Lena Rossi by Joseph Rossi
THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2019
8:30 Elizabeth Dalessio by Toni & Tony Falato
FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2019
8:30 Rita, Frank & Frank Jr. LeBenz by Helen Traina & Family
SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2019
8:30 Peter Bange by Ann Bange
5:00 pm Edward & Rose Azzato & Fred Pulzello by the Family
SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2019
8:00 Elizabeth Dalessio by the Traina Family
10:00 Annv. David John Vacirca by RoseMarie Vacirca
12:00 Francesca & Gelardo Lepre by Nancy Romano & Family

 

 


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

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