2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 19, 2020
On the cusp of fame, power, or influence, would you turn it down? Today’s Gospel again features John the Baptist. Controversial but popular, John has gathered quite a group of followers. He has disciples. People come from near and far to be baptized by him. Pharisees and government leaders are drawn to his preaching. If John was another man, a lesser man, he would have claimed his own greatness. Instead, John the Baptist is a witness to humility. “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Behold the Lamb of God … He is
the one of whom I said, “A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me.”… the reason why I came baptizing with water was that He might be made known.’” Rather than point to himself, John points to Christ. John could have grasped at what he had accumulated. He could have seen Jesus as a Messianic competitor. Instead, John knows who He is. He knows His place as forerunner. Because John knows who Jesus is. “I have seen and testified that He is the Son of God.” A life of humility, a life for others, can be challenging to live. So much of our culture is built around achievement and individualism. We can justify it, too, in pursuit of “greater goods” and higher ideals. In the process, however, we might miss our own participation in the kingdom of God. John, for all of his humility, was not an afterthought. In another Gospel passage, Jesus calls him “the greatest prophet,” even the greatest of men. Why? Because he fulfills the mission given to him by God: to announce the coming of the Messiah. We too are prophets and forerunners. Our witness to the Gospel is meant to point people to Jesus. Consider your own mission this week. To whom are you called to announce the good news of the Son of God?
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! For 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. There are two quotes from President Ronald Reagan that to me speak volumes:
“I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.”
“Isn’t it interesting that all of those people who support the choice of abortion have already been born?” Ronald Reagan
It is up to us who are alive and living outside the womb to protect those that are unborn and have the right to life as much as we have the right to life. This Wednesday marks the anniversary of when the unconstitutional evil law of Roe vs. Wade was passed, let us pray for the end of abortion and pray for healing for all those that have been impacted by abortion, for it is not just the unborn babies that suffer.
God Bless you and have a wonderful week, Fr. Michael
SCRIPTURAL REFLECTIONS ON STEWARDSHIP
“Now the Lord has spoken who formed me as his servant from the womb…”
God has given each of us different gifts. In order for God’s plan to work, you have to do what God is calling you to do and I have to do what God is calling me to do. And guess what? God has given each of us a different plan! So, stop comparing yourself to others. Don’t let envy and jealousy enter your life. Be thankful for the gifts God has given you and generously share them
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK
Please pray for: Kellie Salata, Kelly Chinchar, Jessica, Carol Mangino, Gloria, Daniel Breslin, Stanley, Helen Traina, Joseph Marrone, Bill Marshall, Anthony, Michael, Joseph, Christine Morrison, Jessica Esopo, David McShera, Theresa McPeak, Walter Eckel, Steve, Pat, Audra, Dan Marshall, Frank Bennick, Larry Purcell, Bernadette, Francis Reilly.
The gift of Bread & Wine for the second two weeks of December has been given in memory of Juana Maldonado & Charles Sylvestri by Jesse & Joanna Sylvestri.
The Sanctuary Lamp for the first two weeks of December has been given in memory of Carmela & Augie Sylvestri by Jesse & Joanna Sylvestri. The second two weeks of December have been given in memory of Stanley Czlapinski, the Eckel Family and the DeMeo Family by Maryann & Walter Eckel.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU to the Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors and Ministers of Hospitality for all that you did to make our Christmas Celebration special.
MANY THANKS to all the members of our Environmental Committee and those who helped them in decorating our Church so beautifully!
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.
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.
MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2020
8:30 For the People of the Parish
TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2020
8:30 For the People of the Parish
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020
8:30 Alfred Policastro by the Family
THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2020
8:30 Filomena Romano by Mrs. Nancy Romano
FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2020
8:30 Annv. Anna Jordano by the Family
SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020
8:30 Annv. Arthur Montenegro by Ann Montenegro
5:00 pm Annv. Cecelia & George Furman by the Family
SUNDAY, JANUARY 26, 2020
8:00 Philip Puccio by Velona Napotina
10:00 Edward & Eileen Jost by Maryann & Vince Teklits
12:00 Jack McShera by Mr. & Mrs. Robert Chinchar & 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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