“Render a just decision for me against my adversary.” Today’s Gospel features a persistent widow who ekes out justice from a notoriously cold-hearted judge. Why does she win the day? “Because the widow keeps bothering me.” Jesus’ recommendation to the disciples is to be persistent in prayer, because surely God the Father is far more attuned to their needs than this judge. If only it were that easy, right? We’ve all experienced the unanswered prayer, the silence after our cries. When this continues, sometimes it can be difficult to have faith in God or believe He answers prayers. It can be easy to lapse into a sense of His distance. We want Him to do something “fair,” which — in our limited view — typically means that something works out in our favor. There are, of course, many legitimate cries for justice. We live in a fallen world filled with flawed human beings. We hurt each other, sometimes grievously, and our efforts to remake the world in our image can result in unjust, inhumane systems. Faced with the problem of evil, we may wonder how God will “secure the rights of His chosen ones.” Sometimes, He may well seem “slow to answer them.” In the face of these very real questions, it’s important to recall the words of the prophet Isaiah, that God’s thoughts “are not [our] thoughts.” His ways are not our ways. God respects the freedom He has given us. When we see what free will has wrought, perhaps we question God’s better judgment! Yet somehow, we hear that He mysteriously works all things for our good. No matter what situation we find ourselves in, we are always free to love. We are invited to be persistent in our prayer, to continue bringing our concerns before God in trusting surrender. We are invited to love well in the circumstances we find ourselves in, to be a light in the darkness. No matter when — or if — our prayers are answered the way we would like, we are nonetheless invited to witness to “faith on earth.”
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Woke up this morning and opened the curtains to my bedroom and looked out and saw what a beautiful day it was outside. The sun was shining, the sky was blue and there were birds in the trees. My mind instantly turned to God and I gave Him thanks and praise for such a wonderful day and then I proceeded to thank Him for the start of another day, for my life in general and all that I had received from Him including His Love. It made me pause and ask myself, how often do I start my day by thanking God for that day? For all my days? As compared to the number of times I start the day by asking God for something? Ask yourself the same questions? Do you start your day by thanking God? Do you thank God at all? Do you thank God without asking for anything from Him? This a challenge I have put on myself and suggest you do the same. One morning when you wake up thank God for the day, thank Him for all you received from Him including your very existence. Then try to go the rest of the day without asking God for anything and at the end of the day say thanks again to Him right before you go to sleep.
God Bless you and have a wonderful week, Fr. Michael
SCRIPTURAL REFLECTIONS ON STEWARDSHIP
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” (Luke 17:18)
Most of us live “easy” lives. We have food, shelter and clothing. We go on vacation every year and own a car or two. Most of us take this all for granted. Did you ever notice that people with the least of possessions are usually the most grateful? Shouldn’t this be the other way around? Take time every day and thank God for all He has given you.
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, Larry Purcell.
The gift of the Sanctuary Lamp for the second two weeks of October 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.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2019
8:00 For the People of the Parish 10:00 Sam LaDuca by Mr. & Mrs. Phil Iacono 12:00 Gelsomina & Prospero Petrizzo by Nancy Romano & Family
MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2019 8:30 Annv. Dorothy McNerney by Maryann Eckel
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2019 8:30 Ollen Ray Bourgeois by Fran Bourgeois
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2019 8:30 Charles Zwilling by Judy Zwilling
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2019 8:30 Theresa White by Maryann & Walter Eckel
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2019 8:30 Pat Spadavecchia by Lenny & Anita Falato
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2019 8:30 Pasquale Spadavecchia by Joan Vicenzotti 5:00 pm Angelo Totaro by Francesca & Antonio Sari
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2019 8:00 Pat Spadavecchia by Mr. & Mrs. John Kopec 10:00 Elizabeth Dalessio by Maryann Falato 12:00 Mr. & Mrs. James Beasley by the Grandchildren
MONDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2019 8:30 Sharon Harlan by Maryann Falato
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2019 8:30 Peter Bange by Ann Bange
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2019 8:30 Antonio Giacometti & Maria Bursich & Family by Maria Belci
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2019 8:30 Audrey Gambo by Rosemary Azzato & Geraldine Toriello
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2019 8:30 Pat Spadavecchia by Carole Ostrowski
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2019 8:30 Annv. Antoinette Mistretta-Pascal by Ann Bange 5:00 pm Deceased Members of the Vito Cantelmo Family by the Nasta Family
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2019 8:00 Pat Spadavecchia by Mr. & Mrs. Raymond DeRiso 10:00 Maria Caporrino by Vincenzo Caporrino & Family 12:00 Annv. Anthony LoPresti by Irma LoPresti
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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