Father Paul's Weekly Reflections
Thoughts from the Heart - Nov. 10, 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today we hear readings that focus our attention on the Second Coming of Christ. As we wind down Ordinary Time and prepare for a new church liturgical year with Advent the first Sunday of December, the church invites us in the month of November to focus not only on praying for our beloved brothers and sisters who have died, but also on the four last things
as they are called: judgement, heaven, purgatory, and hell. These are, of course, spiritual states that one chooses. The spiritual state of hell is chosen by those who choose to live their lives in the world with the absence of God from their lives, they have intentionally shut God out of their lives by their own choices, and choose to live without God, and refuse his love.
Heaven is the spiritual state of the presence of God. We who are seeking to be one with God in our daily lives get glimpses of heaven from time to time, that deepen awareness of God’s presence.
Purgatory, is the spiritual state where we are purged of that which is not of God in our lives. We experience this state right here and now, and whatever is not purged at the time of death, is purged afterwards so we can be fully ready to be in Gods presence.
Jesus speaks of the end times to his apostles, to prepare them for what would happen, also speaking to the need for proper discernment of the signs of the times. May we use the gift of discernment each day as we seek to be one with God.
Have a blessed week,
Love, Fr. Paul
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From the Pastor's Desk
November 17, 2019
Today we take up a second collection to give those who have not had an opportunity to give to the 2019 Annual Appeal, Sharing God’s Blessings, to do so. To date 114 of our families have given to the Appeal. I invite you to join me, Fr. Chris and Fr. Eugene in giving to the Annual Appeal this year if you have not had the chance . If you would like to give, please use the envelopes in the pews and put them in the second collection. This collection benefits those needing to be clothed and fed, some 76,000 needy brothers and sisters in our Archdiocese. It helps educate over 65,000 children in our religious education and youth programs, helped 50 seminarians to prepare for priesthood and supported over 200 retired priests. Thank you in advance for your contribution to the Annual Appeal, Sharing God’s Blessings.
November 10, 2019
Next weekend, we will take up a second collection for Sharing God’s Blessings Annual Appeal. Our goal is $38,980. and so far we have pledged $36,065. from 113 donors, so we are at 92% of our goal. Please consider giving to the Appeal which goes to support the corporal and spiritual works of our Archdiocese and makes them possible. Join me in giving, if you have not already done so, and thanks in advance, for your support, to help our parish reach its goal this year. We are very close to making it!
September 8, 2019
E-mail Scam Alert
As we mentioned last week about the rash of recent e-mail scams, we have received the following notice from the Archdiocese of Newark. Our parish priests will never, under any circumstances, ask you via e-mail to purchase gift cards or wire money. Any such request is fraudulent and should be deleted immediately. Phishing scams targeting churches in this way have become increasingly common in recent months. Most of these e-mails will say something like, “I have a favor to ask,” and proceed to ask you to purchase gift cards or wire money. We recommend you report such emails as phishing scams to your e-mail provider and the State of New Jersey Cyber Crimes Unit. Please contact this Unit at:
Also, ALWAYS contact the Rectory Offices or speak with one of the priests to validate the authenticity of any suspicious e-mails claiming to be from our priests or staff!
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