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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“You cannot see the forest for the trees” is a widely known saying that can bring wisdom to our understanding of our journey. Often, our sight becomes limited to what is immediately before us. We lose touch with lessons and experiences from the past and promises and hope for the future. As human beings, we have the privilege of being able to choose things. What I like and don’t like, want, and don’t want can be major preoccupations of our minds and hearts. Our preferences and desires begin to define us more than the simple fact of our being. Who we are matters more than what we are or what we have. If we don’t move beyond the external and superficial stuff to what really is of essence, we risk becoming very unsettled, disorientated, angry, and unhappy. We fail to see the bigger picture of hope and promise that lies ahead and the Divine Presence that has sustained and carried us before. We like it when the “now” time of our lives satisfy us. Even the people who witnessed Jesus feed the five thousand got confused and distracted. It felt good when thousands of people were able to eat. They wanted to know what they could do to get this to happen again! But Jesus quickly reminds them that this is not the point of this sign. As much as the now time of our lives is of concern, it is not what is ultimately important. We need to learn the difference between being and doing, drawing more strength from who we are and who God is rather than what is happening around us and the choices we can make. Jesus is the true bread that came down from heaven. Jesus is the very incarnate presence of God who sustains life and assures us that we will not perish. This is not easy to understand and feel. We have to practice being in the presence of ourselves, others, creation, and God. We are brought to a holy place when we encounter the sacredness of being. This is real prayer. Then, we learn to trust. It is when we cease trusting that we start to become afraid, uncertain, apprehensive, and doubtful, and overly self-concerned. We even start to grumble. God has our back. That is the essential powerful message of the living bread come down from heaven. God, who is alpha is also omega, the beginning and the end, and has everything in between in His care as well. A woman once remarked that her most powerful God moment happened when she and her husband cuddled with their new baby for a time. Without exchanging words and using only the affection communicated through sight and touch, they rested in being with each other. This brought them to the sacred, where they realized that a greater Being was with them. It was real. They knew that they were part of something bigger, intimate, and profound. When we rest in the Living Source of life, we will find that our souls are no longer hungry or thirsty.

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
A group of students were asked to list what they thought were the present “Seven Wonders of the World”. Though there were some disagreements the following received the most votes:
1 – Egypt’s Great Pyramids
2 – Grand Canyon
3 – Panama Canal
4 – Empire State Building
5 – Taj Mahal
6 – St. Peter’s Basilica
7 – China’s Great Wall
While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student had not finished his paper yet. So she asked the boy if he was having trouble with his list. The boy replied, “Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there were so many.” The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have and maybe we can help.” The boy said, “I think the Seven Wonders of the World are:
1 – To see
2 – To hear
3 – To touch
4 – To taste
5 – To feel
6 – To Laugh
7 – and to Love.”
The room was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. The things we overlook as simple and ordinary and that we take for granted are truly wondrous! Remember my brothers and sisters that the most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought with money – they are gifts of Love from God.
God Bless you and have a wonderful week, Fr. Michael

SCRIPTURAL REFLECTIONS ON STEWARDSHIP
“Each day the people are to go out and gather their daily portion; thus will I test them, to see whether they follow my instructions or not.”
When the Israelites gathered more than their daily portion of manna, the surplus became wormy and rotten. In the same way today, self-reliance, pride and ego lead to hoarding and excessive surplus of goods and money. Living a stewardship lifestyle helps us discern our “wants” from our “needs”. Living a grateful and generous lifestyle reminds us that God will provide all that we need and that we have plenty to share.

MASSES AVAILABLE
We have quite a few weekday 8:30 am masses and some 8 am Sunday masses available for the rest of 2021 if anyone would like to have masses said for loved ones. The 2022 mass book will not be opened until all the masses for 2021 are filled.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE – CAN YOU HELP?
We are now collecting NEW school supplies for under-privileged children through August 15th. Your donations of backpacks, loose leaf binders and paper, pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, book covers, crayons, glue sticks, etc. will be greatly appreciated. Please place the items in bags and leave under the tables in the back of church.

We are looking for people to volunteer to be Lectors for Sunday masses. We are very, very short staffed in this important ministry. If you would be willing to read at Sunday mass, please see Fr. Michael or call the rectory.

NEW MASS DIRECTIVES REGARDING COVID-19

Effective May 28, masks will no longer be required for fully vaccinated persons. If not fully vaccinated, persons are strongly encouraged to follow CDC guidance and wear a face mask in public settings. People will no longer be required to socially distance indoors or outdoors, {May 28), although unvaccinated persons should continue to maintain a safe distance from others.
Effective June 4, all indoor gathering limits will be removed.
Although these directives represent  a reduction of  pandemic  restrictions, the local pastors/administrators/chaplains can impose stricter regulations as needed. These may include wearing masks, social distancing, and signing in for Mass or activities.
The above is the directives from the Archdiocese. Please not how it states the Pastor has the can impost stricter regulations.
How we will handle things at least temporarily is as follows:
The St. Joseph side of the church is for those fully vaccinated who do not want to wear a mask. All pews will be open. Communion will be distributed by someone who may or may not be wearing a mask.
The Blessed mother side of the church is for those who are not fully vaccinated and should still wear a mask. Only every other pew will be open – those marked with a bow. Communion will be distributed by someone wear a mask.
Those who are fully vaccinated but prefer to still wear a mask may sit on either side of the church keeping in mind the guidelines above.
I ask everyone to please respect the decision each person makes in regards to wear a mask or not .
 
Thank you and God Bless you , Fr. Michael

 
PRAYER REQUESTS
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, Joseph, Jessica Esopo, Nancy McShera, Theresa McPeak, Walter Eckel, William, Steve, Audra, Philip, Frank Bennick, Bernadette, Francis Reilly, James Weiss, Chrissy Martin, Anne Trainor, Don Trainor, Rosemary Malangone, Elizabeth Malangone, Maricel Dino, Baby Ford, Carly West, Marie Goodman, Patrice Duffy, Judith Bourgeois, Fred Whiting.

 

Special thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Sunga for beautiful orchids and other members who decorate and maintain our altars. 
The gift of the Sanctuary Lamp for month of August has been given by Millie & Larry Fleming. The first two weeks are in memory of Lena & Richard Averso and the second two weeks are in memory of Irene & Pat Fleming.
 
Altar gifts are a beautiful way to honor your loved ones while also helping our parish. There are some two week blocks still available in 2021. Please contact the rectory if you are interested.

“Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved, and forgiven.” (Pope Francis)


The Church can also be a place to heal. We are called to “be merciful like the Father.” So many are suffering from the effects of abortion. Where can they heal? Where can they feel safe and loved? The Archdiocese of Newark Respect Life Office will be hosting two upcoming Rachel’s Vineyard retreats to heal the wounds from abortion. Retreat dates are September 10-12, 2021 (English) and October 22-24, 2021 (Spanish). Contact the Respect Life Office for more details by calling 973-497-4350 (Spanish option 2) or e-mail Cheryl.riley@rcan.org (English) elvinedoderaquelinfo@rcan.org (Spanish)
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
(Psalm 147:3)

Recycle Old Ink and Toner Cartridges
There is a receptacle on the table in the back of church for the small cartridges. Large ones can be left under the table. If you have a bunch, please call the rectory and we can arrange to meet you at the garage doors and we can put them in the garage instead of you lugging them into the church.

Prayer for A Pandemic

It is the best way to ensure our parish receives the support needed for our operating expenses and ministries by 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

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