20TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – August 14, 2016
“From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three.” What a sad image Jesus paints in today’s Gospel. Causing family strife–fathersagainst sons and mothers against daughters–is not the effect we like to imagine Jesushaving on people. But as He says today, “Do you think that I have come to establishpeace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.” The fact is, and always has been,that not everyone chooses to follow Christ. This causes conflict. Perhaps it is most tragic when this tensiontakes place within families. When certain members of the family desire to live a full Christian life, to followthe commandments and worship God as He asks, this can be irritating at best and infuriating at worst to other family members who want nothing to do with Jesus or His church. But faith must persist in spite of domestic turmoil. Following Jesus is the ultimate good; preserving peace is secondary. In a sense, today’s Gospel gives faithful Christians permission to move forward in their faith even if it doesn’t make everybody happy. However, all of this needs to be understood in the light of Jesus’ desire to bring peace. He often used the greeting, “Peace be with you,” and clearly promised peace to His disciples. Today’s Gospel should not be taken to mean that Jesus desires division. Rather, He is acknowledging the fact that division will inevitably result as people declare their differing allegiances. But thankfully, when we align ourselves with Christ, we are also uniting ourselves to the One who can restore peace even in the midst of conflict. So when we see turmoil arise, let’s call upon the power of the true Prince of Peace.
FROM THE RECTORY:
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I am writing this week to inform you of a change in the priests serving here at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception. Fr. Peter will be here until the end of August but as of September we will have a new priest here to help us on weekends. I ask that you all keep Fr. Peter in your prayers as he continues his ministry at another parish. Starting in September, Fr. Jerry Bracken will be here to assist on weekends along with Fr. Brian who will continue to assist us. Both are teachers at Seton Hall University. I know change is often not easy and I also know that often when change takes place, new rumors start that there are going to be lots of changes. I just want you all to know that is the only change taking place. I myself have no intention of leaving willingly. As far as I am concerned, I will be here as your priest for many years to come. I continue to pray and hope that my title will be changed from Administrator to Pastor sometime in the near future. However, keep in mind it is only a title and as I have stated in the past I am not a temporary administrator but rather a permanent administrator. I am very happy here and plan to continue to serve here as long as the Bishop will allow me to serve this wonderful parish.
God Bless you and have a wonderful week, Fr. Michael
We are Living Stones Capital Campaign
We would like to thank the 62 families who have pledged $61,027 towards our Living Stones Campaign goal of $171,058. It’s never too late to participate, please know that you can make a pledge anytime in the next four years. Pledge cards are in the back of church. Thank you for your support.
The gift of Bread & Wine for the first two weeks of August has been given in memory of John Dalessio by Betty Dalessio. The second two weeks have been given in memory of John Warch by Cheryl Prinjinski.
REMEMBER OUR MEMBERS IN YOUR PRAYERS
Please pray for: Frances Trause, Kelly Chinchar, Kellie & Kathy Salata, Lawrence John, Jessica, Juliana, Helen, Carol, Anthony, Samantha, Aedan, Eugene, Jennifer Meade, Tracy Schwamb, Francisca Gallardo, Carol Mangino, Jessica Calabrese, Rosalie, Lori, Justin Duffy, Raymond Wells, Jacqueline Carty, Gloria, Michael, Leslie, Daniel Breslin, Carol Ann Mabiog, Richard McShera, Susan Brooks, John Moloughney Jr., Stanley, Marie, Joseph Marrone, Rosemary Azzato, Bill Marshall.
RECYCLE OLD INK AND TONER INK CARTRIDGES
Recycle Old Ink and Toner Cartridges Have old ink and toner cartridges? You can dispose of them by dropping them in the Recycling Box located in the back of church by the religious book racks. We will recycle them and the proceeds will be used for our parish.
Adoration And Holy Hours
Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he is a creature before his Creator. It exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us and the almighty power of the Savior who sets us free from evil. Adoration is homage of the spirit to the “King of Glory,” respectful silence in the presence of the “ever greater” God. Adoration of the thrice-holy and sovereign God of love blends with humility and gives assurance to our supplications.
—Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2628
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