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5th Sunday of Easter –  May 19, 2019
“I give you a new commandment: love one another.” With these words, Jesus sums up the law and the prophets in one concise phrase. Love one another. After 2,000 years, you’d think we’d have it figured out by now! But all too often we fail in this commandment. Perhaps we mistake “love” for mere “common decency.” Perhaps we’ve been betrayed, or our own visions of love have been tarnished or misrepresented in our lives. Blessedly, Jesus doesn’t leave us without a guide. “As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” Jesus himself modeled what this love should look like. So what are some of the characteristics of the love of Christ? Humility, for one. St. Paul writes that Jesus “emptied Himself.” In becoming man, Jesus puts aside the full splendor of the Godhead. Not only does He become human, but He takes on many of the mundane privations of human life. He spent most of His life in relative poverty – especially by our standards – as a common laborer. When He began gaining popularity as a preacher, He still traveled on foot and spent nights in other people’s homes or outdoors.Jesus’ love is generous. He was always available to the crowds and to being interrupted by people in need. He invested time in His disciples and patiently taught them about the kingdom of God. The love of Jesus is also courageous. He encountered many people deemed less worthy of human respect, due to being public sinners or having a physical or mental disability. Jesus was brave in breaking these social boundaries to show care and concern to the outcast. These traits are possible for us to imitate! Indeed, we are hardly identifiable as Christians without them. “This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Every three years the Archdiocese participates on a pilgrimage to the National Shrine in Washington D.C.  This year the trip will take place on Saturday, October 26th and Cardinal Tobin will be leading the pilgrimage for the first time and has asked that every parish in the diocese send a bus full of people down to D.C. to be with him. This would be an opportunity to both go on the pilgrimage and to meet the Cardinal. We, as a parish, did participate on the pilgrimage last time it was made and I am sure those that went on the trip will tell you that it was indeed a long trip/day but well worth it. My parents went on it and they were moved by the experience. This time the Cardinal is looking for the people of the parish to take the leadership role in place of the priest – (Please see his letter enclosed) so I am asking if one or two people who would be willing to fill this role to please let me know as soon as possible. I also ask that any of you that might be interested in going, please let me know, so I will be able to determine if there are enough people interested to fill a bus as requested by the Cardinal.
God Bless you and have a wonderful week, Fr. Michael

SCRIPTURAL REFLECTIONS ON STEWARDSHIP

“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.”
It is easy to love someone when they love you back. But it takes strength and courage to love someone when we feel unappreciated, used or feel our opinion doesn’t matter. It takes courage to “love my neighbor” when he may be someone I don’t like, someone I don’t know or someone that doesn’t look like me.

  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.

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 memory of Andrew Napotina by Velona Napotina.
The gift of Altar Flowers for the first two weeks of May has been given in memory of Catherine Napotina by Velona Napotina. The second two weeks 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 the Macanka Family by Dorothy Rogan & Family. The second two weeks have been given in memory of the Rogan Family by Dorothy Rogan & 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 $5,410. 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, MAY 20, 2019
8:30​  Luke Duffy by Marie Goodman

TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2019
8:30​  Angelo Abastino by Roby Kuttappassery

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2019
8:30​  Clara Maldonado by Maria Kuttappassery

THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2019
8:30​  Annv. Vinnie Traina by the Traina Family

FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019
8:30​  Raffaela Asalaby the Asala Family

SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2019
8:30​  Nino Colonnelli by Mom & Dad
5:00 pm​  Americo Varricchio by Mr. & Mrs. Michael Nasta

SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2019
8:00​  Norma DiMaria by Mr. & Mrs. Phil Iacono
10:00​  Venere Stefano by Michael Marrella
12:00​  Leonard Falato by the 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