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 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Nov. 19, 2017

“But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and buried his master’s money.” This servant was scared. He didn’t want to take any risks and just
wanted to play everything safe. As he confesses to his master, “Out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground.” And the master was not pleased. The other servants who invested the money he gave them were richly rewarded for their efforts to produce more. But this servant was punished for letting his fear rule the day. What factors are keeping us from making a return on God’s investment in us? He has given us all life, and each of us also has a special collection of “talents” to make use of. We have certain gifts, skills, experiences, resources, and abilities that (though we may not often think about it) come from God. He calls us to make the most of these things, not just to take them for granted or bury them in the ground, so to speak. Our gifts are meant not just for our own enjoyment, but to help others, to spread truth and goodness and beauty to the world around us. Sometimes, however, we fail to really capitalize on our potential. Laziness, distraction, or self-pity can get in the way if we are unwilling to put in the hard work to improve our natural gifts, if we allow ourselves to zone out with entertainment or frivolous pastimes instead of making good use of the time entrusted to us, or if we wallow in negativity by focusing on what we don’t have instead of embracing what we do. Each moment is a gift from God. May we seize every opportunity to multiply the investment God has made in us so that we may be worthy to hear God tell us, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
FROM THE RECTORY:
This coming Thursday is Thanksgiving and as we gather with loved ones let us remember to give thanks to God for our loved ones and all that God has given us starting with our very lives. Let us remember to thank Him for all the good things we have in our lives, the joyful times, peaceful times and healthy times. Let us also give Him thanks for the strength and courage to face the bad times in our lives. I am adding below a prayer that you can use to give thanks at the dinner table:
God most provident, we join all creation
in raising to you a hymn of thanksgiving through Jesus Christ, your Son.
For generation upon generation peoples of this land have sung of your bounty;
we too offer you praise for the rich harvest we have received at your hands.
Bless us and this food which we share with grateful hearts.
Continue to make our land fruitful and let our love for you be seen
in our pursuit of peace and justice and in our generous response to those in need.
Praise and glory to you, Lord God, now and forever. Amen.
God Bless you and have a wonderful week, Fr. Michael

 SCRIPTURAL REFLECTIONS ON STEWARDSHIP
“Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you have been faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities.” – MATTHEW 25:21
God expects us to nurture and develop the gifts He has given us and then generously return a portion with increase. He doesn’t want us to waste or hoard the gifts He has given us; He expects us to grow our gifts, use them wisely and be generous with them. Unfortunately, many of us are not generous in proportion to all that God has given us.

LIVE THE LITURGY INSPIRATION FOR THE WEEK
Every one of God’s children is a unique creation with talents and gifts that are found in no one else. Each of us is asked to bring our special “twist” to life and to living the Gospel, leaving our impact on the world in a way that no one else can. Are we ever afraid to use our gifts or to be who we are? Fear can cripple us and prevent us from discovering the profound and creative ways in which we can become the person God meant us to be. We like our comfort zones and do not like to be stretched and challenged. Yet this is necessary if we are going to produce the fruit we are capable of producing and live the radical message of the Gospel. For serious Christians, the status quo has got to go!

  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.

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2017
8:30 am.  Gemma, Nicola, James & Michael Visci by the Family
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER  14,2017
8:30 am  Mary Theresa Mellone by Helen & Gregg Train
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2017
8:30 am.  Gaetano Puccio by Velona Napotina
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017
8:30 am.  Theresa Leonardi by the Leonardi Family
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2017
8:30 am.  Croce Family
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2017
8:30 am   Giovanni Romano by the Sari Family
5:00 pm   Annv. Domenica & Joseph Marrella by the Family
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2017
8:00 am   For the People of the Parish
10:00 am  Vincent Michael Edward Traina by Mom
12:00 pm  Lillian Marone by Mr. & Mrs. Philip Iacono
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2017
8:30 am.   Annv. John A. Dalessio by the Family
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER  21, 2017
8:30 am  Louise, John & Michael Hansen by Mr. & Mrs. Raymond DeRiso
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2017
8:30 am.  Frank Pizza by the Family
HAPPY THANKSGIVING
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2017
8:30 am.  Paula Leonardi by the Family
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2017
8:30 am. Richard F. McShera by the Guilianti Family
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2017
8:30 am  Rocco Riotto by the So. Hackensack Seniors
5:00 pm  Paul Stendardi by the Family
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2017
8:00 am   For the People of the Parish
10:00 am  Pete LaBarbiera by Rev. Michael Trainor
12:00 pm  Rose & Anthony Falato


The gift of Altar Flowers for the first two weeks of November has been given in memory of Juana Maldonado & Charles Sylvestri byJesse & Joanna Sylvestri.
The Sanctuary Lamp for the first two weeks of November has been donated in memory of Frank Pizza by the Pizza 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

OUR ADVERTISERS OF THE WEEK

 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.

RAINBOWS FOR ALL GOD’S CHILDREN
Our Lady of the Visitation Parish in Paramus will once again offer the Rainbows program. This program is a weekly support group for children, 1st-8th grades, who are living in single-parent homes or have families that are going through painful transitions. When something significant happens in a family, the entire family is affected. If a parent dies or a divorce occurs, not only do the parents grieve, but the children do also. Because of their age and short life experience, children find it extremely difficult to verbalize those feelings. This program has some very beautiful, sensitive, caring, trained adults who have said “yes” to helping these children put these feelings into words, work through their grief, build a stronger sense of self-esteem, and begin to accept what has taken place in the family. The program is free to any child who needs it. Sessions begin in October. To facilitate the book order, you need to register as soon as possible. Contact Patricia Pattermann at 201-265-3812.

WANTED

Singers for children’s choir and adult choir.