Sunday December 1, 2019 through Tuesday December 24, 2019
Advent marks the beginning of the new liturgical year. We prepare for the annual celebrations of Christ’s incarnation at Christmas, his manifestation at Epiphany, and the beginning of his mission at the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Advent means “coming.” We are to prepare for the coming of God among us as a child who is a King, as an infant who is a Savior, as one born at a given time and place yet who is a Messiah for all ages and people.
Advent has a two-fold character: as a season to prepare us for Christmas when Christ’s first coming to us is remembered; as a season when that remembrance directs the mind and heart to await Christ’s Second Coming at the end of time. Advent is thus a period for devout and joyful expectation.
Advent Wreath Sale by the Boy Scouts after masses on Dec. 1st, 7th, 8th 14th and 15th.
This year the Feast of Christ the King is November 24, 2019
We celebrate the feast of Christ the King the last Sunday in Ordinary Time. Its official name is the solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King. This solemnity was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925, an observance celebrating an aspect of Jesus’ identity rather than of his life. Conventional understandings of kingship and power are transformed. Rather than calling up images of Jesus Christ dressed in kingly robes, the Gospel proclaims him as king by the sign over his head on the throne of a wooden cross (I.N.R.I.: –IESUS NAZARENVS REX IVDAEORVM– Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews). Paradoxically, it is the thief who recognized in Christ the Lord and Messiah.
Through our baptism we share in Christ’s kingly office, exercising good stewardship for people and things we are put in charge of. (Lumen Genitum 31).
The Stained Glass Window is from the Christ the King Window in north transept of the Church.
Book of Remembrance by
the Paschal Candle and Baptismal Font.
Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed
As we remember our faithful departed during the month of November, we must remember that our prayers for the dead bind us to them in the communion of faith and life promised by Jesus to all who believe in Him. All Souls day is a commemoration of all those who have fallen asleep in Christ marked with the sign of faith and who, we pray, may one day join the saints around the great banquet table of the Lamb. We pray for the dead; we pray for the forgiveness of all their sins; and we pray that God, in his great mercy, will take them to himself.
Please pray for those deceased members of our parish family.
The following links are to the bulletins with the names of deceased parishioners from the previous year.
Saturdays at 11AM in the Church in the reconciliation room is below the stained glass window of Mary Queen of the Universe in the Right Transept (closest to the door for the handicapped entrance). Reconciliation can also administered by request. For first Reconciliation: Enroll and attend classes in the parish religious education program.
During the Easter season Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, Archbishop of Newark, announced his new pastoral
vision called Forward in Faith Together: Our Road Ahead.
This vision maps out the future of the Archdiocese with six key pillars to create a positive path forward for all the faithful, clergy, and religious in the Archdiocese, while simultaneously addressing the key challenges of the past. Forward in Faith Together seeks to engage more fully laity of all ages in the life of the Church. It also seeks to strengthen unity among the clergy and the people they serve, and to empower deacons and consecrated women and men. Additionally, it emphasizes lifelong faith formation and education, and the ongoing formation of clergy.
Forward in Faith Together will ensure that, together, we thrive as a community of disciples, companions of our Lord, Jesus Christ. All are encouraged to engage in this process. Please speak with your pastor or parish administrator about how to get involved.
For more information about Forward in Faith
Together, visit https://forward.rcan.org. Here you will
find the complete pastoral vision document along
with a letter and video message from Cardinal
Tobin and other materials. Cardinal Tobin will present Forward in Faith
Together: Our Road Ahead at four county parishes:
All presentations are from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. All parishioners are invited to a session in their county.
We can do all things in Christ who strengthens us. Philippians 4:13