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6th SUNDAY OF EASTER

Jesus tells His disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you.” The peace that Jesus gives is far different than the kind that comes from the absence of war, conflict, or affliction. The peace that God offers is found alongside suffering and hardship, not necessarily in their absence. St. Teresa of Avila offers us a bit of wisdom regarding peace: “May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise, and love. It is there for each and every one of us.” In order for us to experience the divine peace that Jesus offers, we have to allow God’s presence to settle into our bones! It is only when this happens that we can be truly taught by the Holy Spirit to discern the true path to peace and find ourselves with untroubled hearts. The world and our lives are so unpredictable and changeable. If we look for a source of lasting and real peace only there, our search will never be satisfied. Something will always unsettle and disturb us. The Jewish disciples could really relate to what Jesus was saying about peace (shalom). They already knew that it was more a matter of achieving wholeness and wellbeing than anything else. Wholeness and wellbeing are precisely what is uncovered when we begin to really see and know the height, depth, and breadth of God’s presence and promise. The elegance of God’s Divine life flows through our blood and the marrow in our bones. It is that close and deep. As we breathe in and exhale God’s life, peace becomes what we know within and what is exhaled out. This remains in the midst of intense conflict, persecution, suffering, rejection, and even death.

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Saturday evening six of our young people will be (or have been depending on when you read this article) receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. As you know they are being sealed with the Holy Spirit like the apostles on Pentecost. I was thinking back to my own Confirmation which honestly did not go according to plans. I attended St. Veronica’s grammar school and it was in the 7th grade that we received Confirmation. The date was set and plans were made. When the date arrived, the class was informed that the bishop accidently double booked that night and he was going to be at the other church not ours. The pastor was given the authority to confirm us in the absences of the bishop. My sponsor, who was in the military, also could not get leave for the weekend and I had a proxy standing in for him. In other words, I had a stand in for both the bishop and my sponsor which of course was very disappointing for I had been looking so much to my Confirmation especially since I had always had a great devotion to the Holy Spirit. However, that is when it dawned on me that it really didn’t matter who was conferring the sacrament or who was standing in as my sponsor but rather the only thing that mattered was the sacrament itself, the fact that I was receiving the Holy Spirit who does not have a stand in for He is always with us. My brothers and sisters always remember that things will not always go according to plan and we will have disappointments at times, but let us always remember to look at the bigger picture of life and be grateful for our blessings and always remember we face nothing alone in life for God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit are always with us for they never use stand ins!
God Bless you and have a wonderful week, Fr. Michael

ASCENSION THURSDAY NEWS
The Bishops of New Jersey have permanently transferred the observance of the Ascension of the Lord to the following Sunday. In 2022, the Ascension will be celebrated on Sunday, May 29th. This means Thursday, May 26th will NOT be a Holy Day of Obligation this year and there will just be the regular 8:30 am mass that day.

We would like to thank Sergio Leone and Richlene Joannides for their very generous donation of our new Paschal Candle.
 
The gift of Bread & Wine for the first two weeks of May has been given in memory of Cecelia & George Furman & Bertha Nemec by Mr. & Mrs. George Furman. The second two weeks have been given In Thanksgiving by Richard & Agnes Levis.
 
The gift of Altar Flowers for the second two weeks of May have been given in memory of Lenny Falato by his family.
 
The gift of the Sanctuary Lamp for the first two weeks of May has been given in memory of Maria & Michele Totaro by Maria & Nicola Totaro. The second two weeks have been given In Thanksgiving by Richard & Agnes Levis.
Thank you to all who decorate our altars with beautiful flowers.
 

2022 Archdiocese Annual Appeal
We have $13,445 pledged towards our parish goal of $12,050 which means not only did we achieve our goal; we have surpassed our Archdiocesan assigned “stretch” goal of $13,435 All monies donated above this will be returned to our parish 100%. Plus, if all pledges are paid in full by June 30, 2022, we will get approximately $4,000 off our Archdiocesan Assessment next fiscal year. Thank you so much to our parishioners who we can always count on to step up when we need. Please know we acknowledge and are truly grateful for your participation. Thank you for your prayers and support.

This weekend we take up the Catholic Home Missions Appeal. Today, nearly 40% of dioceses in the United States and its territories are unable to fund the essential pastoral work their communities need. Your support of this appeal helps them meet these faith formation and sacramental needs. Please prayerfully consider how you can support this appeal. More information can be found at www.usccb.org/home-missions.

 Prayer for our Nation
God our Father, giver of life, we entrust the United States of America to your loving care. You are the rock on which this nation was founded. You alone are the true source of our cherished rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Reclaim this land for your glory and dwell among your people. Send your Spirit to touch the hearts of our nation’s leaders. Open their minds to the great worth of human life and the responsibilities that accompany human freedom. Remind your people that true happiness is rooted in seeking and doing your will. Through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, patroness of our land, grant us the courage to reject the “culture of death.” Lead us into a new millennium of life. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

SCRIPTURAL REFLECTIONS ON STEWARDSHIP
“…Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”
Our limited human understanding cannot begin to understand the immense power of God. Instead of trusting in God, we often think we can control every outcome. Do you want to make God laugh? Tell Him your plans. The next time worry, anxiety or fear creeps in, thank God for all He has given you and trust that He has a better plan for you. Make God your first choice and not your last resort.

 
We need Ushers for Sunday masses. Please see Fr. Michael or call the rectory if you can serve in this very important ministry.

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. We also have masses available for your intention. If you wish to honor someone in any of these ways, please call the rectory.

PRAYER REQUESTS
That God will relieve their suffering and restore them to health. Please pray for:
Please pray for: Kellie Salata, Kelly Chinchar, Jessica, Carol Mangino, Gloria, Daniel Breslin, Stanley, Helen Traina, Joseph Marrone, Bill Marshall, Anthony, Michael, Joseph, Jessica Esopo, Nancy McShera, Theresa McPeak, Walter Eckel, William, Steve, Audra, Frank Bennick, Bernadette, Francis Reilly, James Weiss, Chrissy Martin, Anne Trainor, Don Trainor, Rosemary Malangone, Elizabeth Malangone, Billy, Baby Ford, Carly West, Marie Goodman, Fred, Danny, Colleen Emery.

We were recently made aware of a local
nun looking for a room to rent. If you
can help, please call the rectory. 

Praying the ROSARY
The Rosary is a meditation, a time to recall and think about the life of Jesus as seen and experienced by Mary. As the model of faith, Mary’s life sets a pattern that we strive to follow: saying ‘yes’ to God’s will in our lives and sharing His love and message with others. The Mysteries of the Rosary form a mini lesson of faith, using the highlights and significant moments of the life of Jesus. Like paging through a family scrapbook, we see in brief the events of salvation history that are the core of our belief and the hope of our eternal life.

Recycle Old Ink and Toner Cartridges
There is a receptacle on the table in the back of church for the small cartridges. Large ones can be left under the table. If you have a bunch, please call the rectory and we can arrange to meet you at the garage doors and we can put them in the garage instead of you lugging them into the church. We return them to Staples who gives us $2 per cartridge.

Prayer for A Pandemic

It is the best way to ensure our parish receives the support needed for our operating expenses and ministries by 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

WE NEED BULLETIN ADVERTISERS!!
We would like to thank all the advertisers who have supported us throughout the past year. Our parish benefits greatly from the ads you see in the bulletin. The revenue pays for the printing which is an important means of communication for the parish. If we do not have enough advertisers, the cost of our bulletin goes up. We thank the local businesses that advertise with us especially in these tough economic times. We have some spaces on the back of our bulletin that need filling so if you would like to advertise your business as well as benefit your church, please contact John Patrick Publishing at 1-800-333-3166.

Please support our advertisers at the back cover of bulletin.


 
ARCHDIOCESAN CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGE

We are again preparing the annual tradition of honoring those couples who will be celebrating 50 years of Christian marriage in 2022. These liturgies will be celebrated by Cardinal Joseph Tobin in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark as follows:

May 15, 2022 at 3:00 pm –– 50 years

You must pre-register for these Masses, please call the rectory at 201-440-2798.

 

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