Baptism Of the Lord – January 13, 2019
Think of what it’s like to wait a long time. Can you imagine what it would be like to wait for centuries? No one person lives that long, of course. But for the Israelites, they had heard the stories from generation to generation. They had been conquered time and time again, and now “the people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ.” They had been waiting for a Messiah, one who did miraculous deeds and said profound things; someone aglow with the glory of God. We all know what it’s like to hope and be disappointed. But what if your hopes were fulfilled? That day at the Jordan River, an audience had gathered. Among the crowd for baptism was an unknown man. Perhaps He was dirty from weeks in the desert. His hands had the calloused palms of a tradesman, a carpenter. He and John the Baptist may have embraced with the familiarity of the cousins they were. This man wades into the Jordan for a good, solid dunking. As He rises from the water, the One who breathed life into Adam gasps for air like any other man. But then “heaven was opened.” The clouds in the sky part miles above. “And the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove.” An apparition with substance sails through the sky. It exudes gentleness and power all at once. “And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.'” Can you imagine the sight? For the crowd, there is no doubting what they have seen, who they have seen. Can you imagine this encounter with our God who keeps His promises? What are you waiting for?
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
This weekend marks the last weekend of Christmas. Monday we start Ordinary Time. Now is the time to take down the Christmas decorations/trees (not the day after New Year’s Day). We also celebrate the Baptism of the Lord this weekend which marks the beginning of Christ‘s ministry here on earth. What about us? During the Christmas season we are filled with cheer and joy. We go about giving greetings to all we meet. We give with generous hearts, putting others first. We take the time to think long and hard about what the perfect gift would be for our loved ones – which means we spend a lot of time thinking about our loved ones and what will make them happy. Does all that end just because the Christmas season has come to an end? As we celebrate the start of Christ‘s ministry, we should not be ending ours but remember to carry the Christmas spirit in our hearts and reflect that spirit in our actions and words all year!
God Bless you and have a wonderful week,
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Unity. What does “unity” mean? For those of us who claim Christ as our model of living and savior of humanity, it means we are one. This year the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has as its theme the Scripture citation 2 Corinthians 5:14-20. The first line contains our mission statement… “For the love of Christ impels us, once we have come to the conviction that one died for all; therefore all have died.” If that is not a mandate for unity, then there is none. We are one in the death of Christ and therefore live in unity with all other Christians. God, who are unity in three holy persons–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–you have called us to live in peace with all people. You have also called us to work toward unity in purpose to spread the Gospel to all nations. Graciously give us the courage and strength to work toward unity, and act toward each other as brothers and sisters. We ask this in the unity of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
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 second two weeks of January has been given in memory of Shari Lindsay by Lori Lindsay.
We would like to thank the Women’s Circle for their generous Christmas gift to our parish.
SCRIPTURAL REFLECTIONS ON STEWARDSHIP
After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove. – Lk 3:21-22a
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, Marie, Bonnie, Helen Traina, Joseph Marrone, Bill Marshall, Anthony, Michael, Denise Gautier, Joseph, Christine Morrison, Jessica Esopo, Jack McShera, Theresa McPeak, Walter Eckel. Adelgunde Marshall.
MIRACULOUS MEDAL NOVENA
The Miraculous Medal Novena will be moving to Saturday morning after the 8:30 am mass starting in January. There are two reasons for the move – first, there are people who have expressed to me that they would like to attend but cannot during the week due to their work schedule. Second, Saturdays are dedicated to our Blessed Mother in the Church and it is the more appropriate day to have a Novena to her.
MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK
MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2019
8:30 Rosina Monaco by the Family
TUESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2019
8:30 Rocco Vacirca Jr. by the Family
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2019
8:30 Natividad De La Varga-Blanco by Eva, Fernando & Joe
THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2019
8:30 Nino Colonnelli by Rosanna & Gary Brugger & Family
FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2019
8:30 Lillian Warga by the Goodman Family
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2019
8:30 Deceased Members of the Witkowski Family by Trudy Witkowski
5:00 pm Annv. Jennie Nasta by the Family
SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 2019
8:00 Michael Manieri by Mr. & Mrs. Ron Reiprich
10:00 Agnes Sari by Mr. & Mrs. Antonio Sari
12:00 Annv. Joseph Vicenzotti by Joan Vicenzotti
MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2019
8:30 Veneranda Stefano by Mr. & Mrs. Antonio Brando
TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2019
8:30 Annv. Marian DeMeo by Maryann Eckel
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2019
8:30 Porfiero Pires by the Family
THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2019
8:30 Susanlynn C. Nemetz by Mr. & Mrs. Raymond DeRiso
FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2019
8:30 Belisario Escobar by Mr. & Mrs. William Panagia
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2019
8:30 Deceased Members of the Caramagna & Uzzalino Families by Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Roman
5:00 pm Paul Stendardi by the Family
SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2019
8:00 Petruzzelli Family by Mr. & Mrs. Mario Petruzzelli
10:00Francesco Fiorino by Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Aversa
12:00Annv. Eugene DiGenio by Ann DiGenio
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