Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – January 14, 2018
“He first found his own brother Simon and told him, ‘We have found the Messiah.’” After spending the day in the company of Christ, Andrew took action. He shared the good news! Instead of keeping his newfound friendship with Jesus all to himself, Andrew invited his brother into the fold. Andrew found Simon and “brought him to Jesus.” This was no small matter because Simon would become Peter, the first pope! How important it is to bring others along with us to meet Christ! Yet, how often do we reach out with the kind of confidence that Andrew had? Are we ready and willing to share our faith with our family and friends? Do we consider our relationship with Jesus a gift to be shared, or a fact to be safely hidden away in our personal prayer corner? Part of our call as Christians is to evangelize others, to share with them the good news of salvation. Loving Jesus and following His moral commands is essential, of course, but it is not the end of the story. The Gospel message is meant for all people, and we are meant to be its messengers. Sometimes this requires us to step out of our comfort zone. It may mean speaking up when we’d rather be silent. It may mean inviting someone to Mass when they might say no. But it might also mean a conversion for someone we care about. It might mean a new minister for the Church. Ultimately, it might mean another saint in heaven. None of that is up to us, however. What we can control is only whether we share our faith joyfully and extend the invitation to others to experience the peace that comes from knowing Christ.
FROM THE RECTORY:
This weekend I am going to use this article to answer some questions that were presented to me sort of like “Dear Abby”:
Is it a mortal sin to miss mass on Sundays for I heard that changed? It is a mortal sin to miss mass on Sunday and this has never changed. It is also a mortal sin to miss mass on Holy Days of Obligation.
If I attend a funeral or wedding on the weekend does that fulfill my Sunday mass obligation? No, it does not, you must still attend a Sunday mass. The only way it would count is if the readings were from that Sunday which never happens at a funeral and I have never known a bride and groom that would choose to have the Sunday readings for their wedding.
If I attend a service at a protestant church does that fulfill my Sunday obligation? No, it does not. We pray that some day we will be one church again but right now we are not in “communion” with the protestant churches and thus we do not recognize their services as being valid “masses”. This also applies to communion. If you attend a service at a protestant church such as a wedding, funeral etc., you should not receive communion for it is viewed as not valid. It is only bread and wine and we send the wrong message when we receive in such cases for we are indicating that we see it as valid.
If I miss mass can I receive communion? You should not receive communion until you have gone to confession.
If I attend a penance service are my sins forgiven without going to individual confession with a priest? No, they are not forgiven without individual confession. A priest is only authorized to give general absolution in case of emergency for example on a plane that is about to crash or a ship that is sinking etc.
It is alright to eat meat on Fridays outside of Lent correct? Yes and no. It is allowed outside of Lent but you must make some other sacrifice that week.
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God Bless you and have a wonderful week, Fr. Michael
SCRIPTURAL REFLECTIONS ON STEWARDSHIP
“Jesus turned and saw them following Him and said to them, ‘What are you looking for?'”
What are you looking for? Are you wasting your time looking for the material comforts of the world? Or, is your heart longing for something deeper that can only be found by spending time with God? Take time, each day, in silence and ask the Lord what it is that He wants you to do.
LIVE THE LITURGY INSPIRATION FOR THE WEEK
Jesus came for everyone. No one has an exclusive claim on Christ and His birth not only transcends time and space but earthly boundaries as well. Every human being is a child of God. Jews and Gentiles alike are all coheirs, partners and members of the same body. This insight or epiphany is what we celebrate today. It also expresses our hope that one day every nation on earth will recognize and adore Jesus Christ. Jesus’ message of peace, justice, reconciliation and love are meant for everyone to hear and understand.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK
Kellie Salata, Kelly Chinchar, Jessica, Carol Mangino, Gloria, Daniel Breslin, Stanley, Marie, Bonnie, Helen Traina, Joseph Marrone, Bill Marshall, Anthony, Michael, Denise Gautier, Joseph, Jessica Esopo, Christine.
MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK
FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 2018
8:30 Agnes Sari by Mr. & Mrs. Antonio Sari
SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2018
8:30 Deceased Members of the Witkowski Family by Trudy Witkowski
5:00PM Annv. Jennie Nasta by the Family
SUNDAY, JANUARY 14, 2018
8:00 For the People of the Parish
10:00 Deceased Members of the Peccoralo Family
by the Family
12:00 Annv. Joseph Vicenzotti
by Joan Vicenzotti
MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2018
8:30Annv. Marian DeMeo
by Maryann Eckel
TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2018
by the Family
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2018
by Antonio & Francesca Sari
THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 2018
by Mike & Marie Nasta
FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2018
8:30John C. Rattacasa
by Linda J. Sylvestri
SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2018
by Patricia & Michael Nasta
5:00PMAnnv. Cecelia & George Furman
by the Family
SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, 2018
by Mr. & Mrs. Mario Petruzzelli
10:00For the People of the Parish
12:00Annv. Eugene DiGenio
by Ann DiGenio
The gift of Bread & Wine for the month of January has been given in memory of Catherine Napotina by her daughter Velona Napotina.
The gift of Altar Flowers for the month of January has been given in memory of Catherine Napotina by her daughter Velona Napotina.
The gift of the Sanctuary Lamp for the first two weeks of January has been given in memory of Rocco Vacirca Jr. by Rosemarie Vacirca.
We would like to thank the Women’s Circle for their very generous donation towards our Utility costs.