26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.” Regardless of how the message of faith is received, a total conversion of mind and heart is needed for it to take root and have meaning. It is easy to become complacent and comfortable with all that life can afford us. Life can become “all about me,” preserving my livelihood and protecting my securities. Often, this drive can become so strong that we eagerly strive to protect our self-interests at the expense of others. Other people are necessary only to the extent that they are “useful” to us and profitable. Merriam-Webster defines entitlement as “the belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges.” In a world that pretends to offer us so many necessities, this is perhaps the greatest contemporary sin. When we feel “entitled” to something, even if it is perceived necessary, our relationships can get skewed. Unless we adopt a global vision of entitlement wherein everyone is entitled to the same things, we risk becoming extremely self-focused and selfish. All we care about is defending our rights and protecting our turf. This impulse can be so strong that we pursue it even at the expense of another. Is this what God intends for His children? Holding on to this myopic vision, the plight and station of others are off our radar and of no real concern to us. Relying on our own merits and becoming resilient to life’s challenges, we replace the true and real God with the one we created ourselves. Jesus and the prophets before Him have consistently reminded us of the dangers of wealth, ignoring the poor and the needy, and becoming too fiercely independent and arrogant. Yet, we conduct our lives as if that message has never been preached. We give our faith a nod and never consider for a moment that we may be wrong in terms of what we see as important. “The things that we love tell us what we are (attributed to St. Thomas Aquinas).” Ponder those words a bit and remember that when we leave this world and go to the next one, what we loved here is what we will look for there. What we sought here may not be there.
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
This Thursday is the feast of the Archangel Michael, angel Gabriel and angel Raphael. I feel they are so important and wanted to share information on them:
First, St. Michael – Saint Michael the Archangel is the leader of all angels and of the army of God. This is what the title “Archangel” means, that he is above all the others in rank. St. Michael has four main responsibilities or offices, as we know from scripture and Christian tradition.
The first is to combat Satan.
The second is to escort the faithful to heaven at their hour of death.
The third is to be a champion of all Christians, and the Church itself.
And the fourth is to call men from life on Earth to their heavenly judgment.
Second, St. Gabriel – St. Gabriel is an angel who serves as a messenger for God. He appeared to the prophet Daniel in the Old Testament, to our Blessed Mother Mary and Zacharias in the New Testament.
Third, St. Raphael – Raphael’s name means “God heals.” He cured Tobit of his blindness and it is believed he is the angel that St. John spoke about, when he speaks of the pool at Bethesda, where many ill people rested, awaiting the moving of the water. “An angel of the Lord descended at certain times into the pond; and the water was moved. And he that went down first into the pond after the motion of the water was made whole of whatsoever infirmity he lay under” John 5:1-4
I felt it was important to write about the three for they still play the above-mentioned roles in our lives even if we are unaware that they are with us.
St. Michael – protecting us from Satan and evil.
St. Gabriel – giving us guidance in how to live according to God’s will.
St. Raphael – healing us when we are wounded on a spiritual level and sometimes on a physical level. We do not travel through life’s journey alone!
God Bless you and have a wonderful week,
SCRIPTURAL REFLECTIONS ON STEWARDSHIP
“My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented. Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established.”
When God created the world, He declared that it was good and He gave it to all mankind for us to enjoy. However, over the years we have created a chasm between those who have great gifts and those who do not. In today’s Gospel we see that with our own generosity we must bridge that gap between those who have much and those who have little or we may find ourselves on the wrong side of the chasm in the next life.
ANNUAL ANIMAL BLESSING
NEXT Saturday, October 1st at 11 am BRING YOUR PET OR PETS. The blessing will be held in the driveway behind our church. All are welcome to attend.
The gift of Bread & Wine for the first two weeks of September has been given in memory of Louise & John Hansen by Mr. & Mrs. Raymond DeRiso.
The Sanctuary Lamp for the month of September has been given in memory of Cecelia Jashembowski by Linda J. Sylvestri.
We are thankful to Rose and Lenny Sunga for the orchids and to all who decorate our altars with beautiful flowers.
Thank you, Sanzari Family, for the weekly altar flowers in memory of Mary and Alfred Sanzari.
In light of how well our hybrid program has worked the past two years, we have decided that Grades 1, 3, 4 & 5 will continue with the At-Home program we have been using the last two years. It worked very well and almost every child completed the entire book and submitted the unit quizzes. We thank you, the parents, for your help in accomplishing this. As we did last year, the Sacramental prep classes will continue to meet in person in our church basement. Grade 2 – First Communion/First Reconciliation will be on Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30. Grades 6 & 7 will begin the first year of their two-year Confirmation prep program on Sundays from 10:45 to 12 Noon. We have made this decision as these are two very important sacraments that really need in person instruction. We will soon send home registration information to all families that were in our program last year. Registration will open right after Labor Day and the deadline for registering will be Friday, September 30th. If you are new or have a child entering 1st Grade in September, please call the rectory after Labor Day and we will arrange for them to be registered.
Prayer for our Nation
God our Father, giver of life, we entrust the United States of America to your loving care. You are the rock on which this nation was founded. You alone are the true source of our cherished rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Reclaim this land for your glory and dwell among your people. Send your Spirit to touch the hearts of our nation’s leaders. Open their minds to the great worth of human life and the responsibilities that accompany human freedom. Remind your people that true happiness is rooted in seeking and doing your will. Through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, patroness of our land, grant us the courage to reject the “culture of death.” Lead us into a new millennium of life. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
We need Ushers for Sunday masses. Please see Fr. Michael or call the rectory if you can serve in this very important ministry.
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. We also have masses available for your intention. If you wish to honor someone in any of these ways, please call the rectory.
That God will relieve their suffering and restore them to health. Please pray for:
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, Frank Bennick, Bernadette, James Weiss, Chrissy Martin, Anne Trainor, Don Trainor, Rosemary Malangone, Elizabeth Malangone, Billy, Baby Ford, Carly West, Fred, Danny, Colleen Emery.
Praying the ROSARY
The Rosary is a meditation, a time to recall and think about the life of Jesus as seen and experienced by Mary. As the model of faith, Mary’s life sets a pattern that we strive to follow: saying ‘yes’ to God’s will in our lives and sharing His love and message with others. The Mysteries of the Rosary form a mini lesson of faith, using the highlights and significant moments of the life of Jesus. Like paging through a family scrapbook, we see in brief the events of salvation history that are the core of our belief and the hope of our eternal life.
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. We return them to Staples who gives us $2 per cartridge.
WE NEED BULLETIN ADVERTISERS!!
We would like to thank all the advertisers who have supported us throughout the past year. Our parish benefits greatly from the ads you see in the bulletin. The revenue pays for the printing which is an important means of communication for the parish. If we do not have enough advertisers, the cost of our bulletin goes up. We thank the local businesses that advertise with us especially in these tough economic times. We have some spaces on the back of our bulletin that need filling so if you would like to advertise your business as well as benefit your church, please contact John Patrick Publishing at 1-800-333-3166.
Please support our advertisers at the back cover of bulletin.
+ MAUSOLEUM NEWS +
Dear Friend in Christ, MADONNA CEMETERY has an addition to our existing Mausoleum, the first community mausoleum built in the Archdiocese of Newark, has served the needs of our local community for over forty years. The construction of an addition was necessary if we hoped to continue this mission. The new expansion is called the “All Saints” section and there are several liturgical features of saints that represent the ethnic diversity of our community. There are also private and semi-private areas in the mausoleum addition and there are options for both single and double interment. Because we believe that pre-planning is an important family responsibility, we are offering cemetery counseling and information about the mausoleum. If you wish to have more information, please fill out the form in our brochure that is in the rear of the Church. You may also contact Madonna Cemetery at 1-866-392-1951. Of course, there is no obligation.
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
The Archdiocese is required under the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People to provide parishioners and the general public regularly with information about how to report allegations of abuse. They have asked each parish to include the following announcement in their bulletin annually.
THE ARCHDIOCESE REPORTS ALL ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE
The Archdiocese of Newark takes very seriously any and all complaints of sexual misconduct by members of the clergy, religious and lay staff of the Archdiocese. We encourage anyone with knowledge of an act of sexual misconduct to inform the Archdiocese immediately so that we may take appropriate action and provide support to the victim. Although the Archdiocese immediately reports all abuse allegations to the appropriate County Prosecutor, it also encourages victims to independently report such matters to the Prosecutor. Individuals who want to report an allegation of sexual misconduct to the Archdiocese may do so by calling the Victim’s Assistance Coordinator of the Archdiocese at 201-407-3256. The phone numbers for the Prosecutors within the Archdiocese are: Bergen 201-226-5689, Essex 973-753-1121, Hudson 201-795-6400, Union 908-965-3879.