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28th  SUNDAY in ORDINARY TIME

October 14, 2018

Christian author C.S. Lewis once wrote that Christianity is not so much about being nice people but in being “new men.” We see this contrast in today’s Gospel. “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus first answers in the predictable way. Follow the commandments! “Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.” Perhaps for some of us it’s easy to answer this way. “I’m a good person!” he seems to reply. Does he truly follow all the commandments he professes to follow? Does he — in word and deed — check off all the boxes of the moral law? Perhaps. Whether he’s being honest or fudging the truth, Jesus accepts his answer at face value with compassion. “Jesus, looking at him, loved him.” But he’s not done yet! Jesus wants to remind us that this attitude alone is not enough. “Go, sell what you have … then come, follow me.” Jesus’ invitation to the young man is radical. Abandon everything that gives you any sense of security. Give it all up for an unknown future with a wandering preacher. The Christian life is not easy. “How hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!” It’s easier, Jesus says, for a gigantic camel to squeeze itself through a tiny needle’s eye. But the God of the universe creates out of nothing, breaks the bars of hell, and raises the dead to life. Is a needle’s eye really such an obstacle? Jesus’ invitation is always bigger than our own limitations. This week, what do we need to offer up? How is Jesus inviting us to follow Him?

 


My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I have a priest friend of mine who to quote him says, “you (as in me) must be crazy to want to be a pastor” – he has no desire to ever be named a pastor of a parish for he does not want to deal with the stress, headaches, worries, etc. that come with the job. I understand where he is coming from but to be honest, I obviously do not agree with him for I love being a pastor – your pastor. This is a great parish and I thank God that I have been assigned here and can serve here as pastor even if there is some stress with the position. The only time I do not enjoy being a pastor is when I find I need to ask for money; when I need to ask all of you to dig a little deeper so we can pay all our bills and make needed renovations to the church. For example, a bathroom will be installed in the church in the near future so you will no longer have to go outside in all kinds of weather conditions to reach a bathroom. However with that said, this article is not about asking anyone to give more money on a weekly basis (though it would be helpful and greatly appreciated if you could and would) but rather I am asking that you attend our big fundraiser for the year – the Tricky Tray which will be taking place on Thursday October 25th. The more money we raise at the event, the less likely I will have to ask for more contributions in the collection basket. If you attend, you are not only helping out the parish and me, but I also am very sure you will have a great time. The food will be very good, the prizes you could win are awesome and I say this knowing there are many I hope to win myself. We will also be having a Fair Share raffle so you could win some money which I know we all could use especially since Christmas is not that far away. I ask any of you who have not already bought your tickets to the event to do so quickly for we will have to give a head count to the Graycliff by THIS COMING THURSDAY, October 18th and no tickets will be sold after that date. Hope to see you all there for what will be a fantastic and fun evening.
God Bless you and have a wonderful week, Fr. Michael

 SCRIPTURAL REFLECTIONS ON STEWARDSHIP
“It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.Jesus uses tough language that we may not want to hear. But, we are all called to be generous with all our gifts. Not just the ones we pick and choose, but all our gifts: our time in prayer to God, our talent in participating in parish ministries and our treasure supporting our local parish and other charities.

  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 raina, Joseph Marrone, Bill Marshall, Anthony, Michael, Denise Gautier, Joseph, Christine Morrison, Jessica Esopo, Jack McShera, Theresa McPeak.

The gift of Altar Flowers for the month of September has been given in memory of Andrew Napotina, Jr. by Velona Napotina.
The Sanctuary Lamp for the month of September has been given in memory of Cecelia Jashembowski by Linda J. Sylvestri.
We would like to thank the Knights of Columbus Council #747 for two very generous donations. One is for our CCD program and the second is to be used for Church Maintenance. We sincerely appreciate their commitment to helping our parish

CHOIR MEMBERS WANTED

Please see Marivic if you are interested in being a member of our choir. Several people have mentioned they would like to see our choir active again. Well here is your chance to make that happen!!

TRICKY TRAY FUNDRAISER

Our Tricky Tray is fast approaching on Thursday October 25th at The Graycliff Restaurant in Moonachie. Doors open at 6pm and numbers will be called promptly at 8pm. We are still collecting donations for prizes, selling tickets for the event and selling Fair Share raffle tickets in which the prizes are CASH. You do not need to be present to win the Fair Share raffle.
Tickets are available at the rectory or see Marivic after mass.
Deadline to purchase tickets is Thursday, October 18th. No tickets will be sold at the door!
$45 includes a four-course sit-down dinner and a sheet of small tickets

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK
MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2018
8:30 Annv. Ronald Graziano by Fr. Graz
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2018
8:30 Lawrence J. Marshall by Mom & Dad
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2018
8:30 Raymond Bailey by the Family
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2018
8:30 For the People of the Parish
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2018
8:30 Agnes Holmes by Mr. & Mrs. Walter Eckel
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2018
8:30 Virginia Pires by Alley Policastro
5:00 pm Annv. Mary & Frank Delia by the Family
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2018
8:00 Deceased Members of the So. Hackensack Fire Dept. by the So. Hackensack Fire Department
10:00 Rosary Society
12:00 For the People of the Parish
MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2018
8:30 For the People of the Parish
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2018
8:30 Anthony Sanzari by Velona Napotina
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2018
8:30 For the People of the Parish
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2018
8:30 Vinnie Traina by the Traina Family
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2018
8:30 John Warga by the Goodman Family
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2018
8:30 Ollen Ray Bourgeois by Fran Bourgeois
5:00 pm Annv. Ruth & William Turk by the Turk Family
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2018
8:00 For the People of the Parish
10:00 Annv. Dorothy McNerney by Maryann Eckel
12:00 Carmela Mea by the Traina Family
MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2018
8:30 Debra Ricadela & those who have no one by JJ Hammel
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2018
8:30 Catherine Newell Leichtnam by the Traina Family
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2018
8:30 John Ronald & Mary Trivigno by Mr. & Mrs. Rudi Trivigno
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2018
8:30 Dannielle Galimi by Christine & Richard Carucci
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2018
8:30 For the People of the Parish
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2018
8:30 Richard Westerfield by Trudy Witkowski & Family
5:00 pm Paul Stendardi by the Family
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2018
8:00 For the People of the Parish
10:00 Sam LaDuca by Mr. & Mrs. Phil Iacono
12:00 Mr. & Mrs. James Beasley by the Grandchildren

It is the best way to ensure our parish receives the support needed for our operating expenses and ministries? 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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 Our parish benefits greatly from the ads you see on the back of our bulletin. The revenue pays for its printing, which is an important means of communication for the parish. We thank the local businesses that have renewed their ads, as well as the new advertisers who have recently signed on. Please look on the last page of our bulletin each week during the coming months where we highlight a different advertiser with a special ad space as a ‘thank you’ for their support all year long. When you visit a business that advertises in our Faith Formation Program Registration Form[397] bulletin, please let them know that this is where you saw their ad.

REBUILDING TOGETHER

[Re]pairing homes

[Re]vitalizing communities

[Re]building lives.

Do you need home repairs? Are you on a fixed or low income? Rebuilding Together North Jersey (a 501 c3 nonprofit) can help for FREE! Residents of Bergen or Passaic County can apply for help in any of these ways: Visit rtnorthjersey.org.rtnjapps, call 201-447-8886, or email info@rtnorthjersey.org.