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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time- Feb. 17, 2019

What an audience Jesus has in today’s Gospel! “A great crowd of His disciples and a large number of people from all over Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon.” Disciples, pagans, and devout Jews gathered together to hear Jesus speak in the Sermon on the Mount. All of these people had something in common. God was someone to be bargained with, and if God liked you, you were rewarded with good fortune. This Sunday, Jesus tells us a different story. “Woe to you who are rich…who are filled now…who laugh…when all speak well of you. Blessed are you who are poor…you who are now hungry…when people hate you and when they exclude you and insult you.” Jesus completely flips the script on what it means to be blessed by God. What He proclaims as “woe” are states of life we often strive for, and “blessed” are the states we work hard to avoid! Jesus is concerned with the kingdom of God and the world to come, not the typical structures of power and privilege. The word “now” appears often in these statements. Why? If you are well “now,” that’s beside the point. To be rich in this life has no direct bearing on your immortal soul. If you’re struggling “now,” that’s not an indication that God has forgotten you or that – in light of eternity – you’re worse off than someone else. In fact, it could be an indicator that you’re enduring something that will bring you to a place of greater, eternal joy in the future. This Sunday, consider your priorities. Who do we reject as not blessed, and thereby inflict woe upon ourselves? When we encounter difficult situations in our own lives, do we see them as opportunities to remember God and lean on His mercy and grace?

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
While I am writing this article, the temperature outside is 9 degrees with a real feel of 4 degrees. It is brutal, it is freezing and it is deadly. I found myself thinking about the homeless who are out in this cold and my heart goes out to them and I am praying they can find shelter to get out of the cold. It also made me think about the fact that many people think of the less fortunate on cold days or during the holidays such as Christmas and we give to charity to try and help. This is a great and important thing to do. But what about the rest of the year? Just because it is a beautiful spring or summer day, I would not want to be homeless or go without food, would you? This is why I give to Covenant House on a monthly basis for they shelter and feed homeless kids all year round not just during the holidays or when the weather is bad. Let us do our best to remember those in need at all times, good and bad weather, during the holidays and during ordinary time. Let us keep them in our prayers daily and help as much as we can afford to help as often as we can help. Let’s keep in mind that even if we do not know them personally, they are still God’s children thus they are our brothers and sisters. And as suchthey are in need not just for shelter and food but to know someone cares about them; that they are loved by people they do not even know for after all that is what it means to be a follower of Christ.
God Bless you and have a wonderful week,
Fr. Michael

The gift of Bread & Wine for the first two weeks of February has been given in memory of Leonard Falato by his family.  The second two weeks have been given in memory of Carmela & John Uzzalino by Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Roman.
The Sanctuary Lamp for the month of February has been given in memory of John Jashembowski by Linda J. Sylvestri.

SCRIPTURAL REFLECTIONS ON STEWARDSHIP
All of us have been in situations when someone has made a negative comment or joke about God or our Catholic faith. How did you respond? Did you stay silent or pretend to go along with the crowd because you didn’t ant to cause waves and then, later, you felt bad? Know that God is with you all the time, the Holy Spirit will put the right words in your mouth. Pray for the strength and courage to proclaim our faith to others, especially during uncomfortable situations.
  PLEASE  PRAY FOR THE SICK
I 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, Helen Traina, Joseph Marrone, Bill Marshall, Anthony, Michael, Denise Gautier, Joseph, Christine Morrison, Jessica Esopo, Jack McShera, Theresa McPeak, Walter Eckel.

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.

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. 

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MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2019
8:30​ Giovanni Romano by Mr. & Mrs. Pasquale Stefano
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2019
8:30​ Annv. Mary Sepp by Mr. & Mrs. Carl Dettloff
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2019
8:30​ Saverio Romano by Mrs. Nancy Romano
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2019
8:30​ Annv. Angelina Falato by the Family
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2019
8:30​ Gennaro Leonardi by the Family
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2019
8:30​ James Turk by Mary Turk & Jennifer O’Connor
  5:00 pm​ Annv. John Jashembowski by Linda Sylvestri
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2019
8:00​ Maria Caporrino by Mr. & Mrs. Antonio Sari
 10:00​ George Lattanzio by Rosemarie Vacirca 
12:00​ Julian Silvino Abian by Gerry & Myla Gregorio & Myrna Abian
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2019
8:30​ Nino Colonnelli ​​by John & Kelly Battaglia & Family
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2019
8:30​ Annv. Josephine DeGrosa by the Family
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2019
8:30​ Annv. Robert Goodman by Marie Goodman
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2019
8:30​ Annv. Vincenzo Pilla by the Asala Family
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2019
8:30​ Luke Duffy by Marie Goodman
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2019
8:30​ Annv. Florence &  Nicholas Perone by the Family
5:00 pm​ Margaret & Joseph Voorhis by the Vasak & Turk Families
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2019
8:00​ Annv. Mary & Nicholas Allegretto & Family by the Petruzzelli Family
10:00John Dalessio by the Family
12:00Marie Godlesky by Mr. & Mrs. Robert Chinchar

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