Father Paul's Weekly Reflections

Thoughts from the Heart 

October 18, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Jesus teaches us in the Gospel today that we are to give to God what belongs to Him and to give to the civil authorities what belongs to them, when He was asked about taxes.

Here in the United States, we have the lawful separation of church and state, and so in a sense, we are able to give to the church, and pay our taxes, thereby fulfilling the biblical direction Jesus gives.

 

The religious leaders of his time were trying to entrap Jesus in his speech, they had malicious intent, but Jesus is clear about the separation of faith and civil responsibilities.

 

In our own lives each day there may be those who will try to entrap us in our speech, as they tried to do to Jesus.

 

May we have clarity of thought, so that we can speak as clearly as Jesus did to the people of his day. 

Have a blessed week.

Love,

Father Paul

 

From the Pastor's Desk

October 17/18

World Mission Sunday - This weekend, we celebrate World Mission Sunday. Pope Francis invites the entire Church to support mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe, where priests, religious, and lay leaders serve the world’s most vulnerable communities.

Please keep the Pope’s missions in your prayers and be generous in this week’s collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

There will be envelopes by the door to the Main Church.

July 5th 2020

CHURCH OPENED - PHASE 3 - The Church began Phase 3 with this past Sunday’s Masses. Starting with this Sunday’s Vigil Mass, we will be allowed to have 100 people at each Mass. Reconciliation takes place every Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the stations outside the confessional booths. Practice Social Distancing, 6 >. apart, use the Hand Sanitizers, and please wear a mask if you have one, or a scarf if you do not own a mask. Cover your face when coughing or sneezing and please STAY HOME if you are sick, or running a fever. Thank you for following the basic rules, it will help us to eventually open the Church properly.

June 28, 2020

Starting with this Sunday’s Vigil Mass, we will be allowed to have 100 people at each Mass.. Reconciliation takes place every Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the stations outside the confessional booths. Practice Social Distancing, 6 ft. apart, use the Hand Sanitizers, and please wear a mask if you have one, or a scarf if you do not own a mask. Cover your face when coughing or sneezing and please STAY HOME if you are sick, or running a fever.

 

Thank you for following the basic rules, it will help us to eventually open the Church properly.

 

Payment Methods for weekly offertories can be made via: Sunday Mass - Since Church has resumed and if you are able to attend Mass, you may bring your donation to Mass. Vanco - online donations, just scan the QR code on the front of the bulletin and follow the directions. Mail - you can mail in your payments to the address of the Parish, 29 Jefferson Avenue, Emerson, NJ 07630 GoFundMe page: Sign up at https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/church-of-the-assumption1 Black Mailbox: Drop your payment oB in the black mailbox in front of the Rectory Office anytime

June 21, 2020

We are so happy to welcome all of you back to Sunday Mass this weekend. While we can only have a limited number of people here this weekend, we hope the numbers will increase as we go along. Thank you for cooperating with wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. A Happy Father’s Day to all the men of our parish who are fathers, godfathers, grandfathers, fathers-to-be and men who are like fathers to others. May St.Joseph intercede for you, and be assured of our prayers for you.

 

CHURCH OPENED - PHASE 3 The Church began its Phase 2 this past Monday, June 15th. We are beginning Phase 3 with this Sunday’s Masses. In Phase 2 the Church opened for Weekday Masses at 6:30 am, 8:00 am and 12:05 pm., and we are now opening for Sunday Masses, starting with the Sunday Vigil Mass. Reconciliation takes place every Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the stations outside the confessional booths. Practice Social Distancing, 6 ft. apart, use the Hand Sanitizers, and please wear a mask if you have one, or a scarf if you do not own a mask. Cover your face when coughing or sneezing and please STAY HOME if you are sick, or running a fever. Thank you for following the basic rules, it will help us to eventually open the Church properly.

June 7, 2020

Thank you to all our parish family for all your love and support in every way during this time. We look forward to the day when we will be able to gather again for Mass and the other sacraments in our church. Blessings to all.

May 3, 2020

Thank you to all who have generously and faithfully made contributions to our parish to help pay the bills and salaries that continue to need to be paid during these days. Hopefully we will all be together again soon, once we are allowed to re-open and resume a regular schedule of Masses.

We miss you all and love you.

April 19, 2020

We continue to stream Daily and Sunday Masses on our Facebook page. People have asked about making their weekly donation to the parish. We are suggesting you drop off your envelope in the Rectory mailbox during the week, sign up for online giving through the website, or visit the newly created

Go Fund Me page that the Archdiocese set up

for each parish during this time at

https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/church-of-the-assumption.

 

We know that this is a difficult time financially for many and we appreciate your donations during this Easter Season.

Please know that our parish community and their families are in our prayers during this time of stress and difficulty.

Fr. Paul

April, 5, 2020

As you know the Coronavirus (Covid 19) has been an extreme health threat and burden to our way of family life and devoted worship. But, it has also become the same type of threat to our financial health of our beloved parish community and church.

 

In response to the current economic downturn of our church's financial well being, and the inability for our church to execute offertory collections, which would normally support all church employee wages, expenses, etc.... Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, has announced an unprecedented fundraising initiative, specifically aimed at aiding parish communities and their churches, such as ours, in these troubled times. Therefore, we ask you to please help us with your charitable tax deductible donations to aid and support our church - The Church of the Assumption. You can act and help us now with your kind and charitable donation, today, by following the link of this post/comment at https://charity.gofundme.com/.../ca.../church-of-the-assumption1

Please...give any amount that you can.You can also sign up on our website for online giving, and envelopes may be dropped oC in the Rectory mailbox, or mailed to the Rectory office.

 

A humble and heartfelt thank you. And may GOD's blessings be with you, always...

Father Paul

March 29, 2020

We continue to stream Daily and Sunday Masses on our Facebook page. People have asked about making their weekly donation to the parish. We are suggesting you drop off your envelope at the Rectory during the week during regular business hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., sign up for online giving through the website, or visit the newly created Go Fund Me page that the Archdiocese set up for each parish during this time at: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/church-of-the-assumption1.

Please know that in this time of concern and anxiety, the Priests and Deacons are here for you to voice your concerns. Please feel free to call, or come in and talk.

March 22, 2020

With Regards to the Coronavirus:

1. If an employee does not feel well, we advise them to stay home. If a parishioner is sick and not feeling well we advise them to stay at home as well.

2. We have ordered extra cleaning materials, tissues and wipes, and the church and school are being cleaned regularly by our custodial staff, who have implemented a program to keep our church, school, rectory, spiritual center, and all restrooms clean for all.

3. The Holy Water fonts have been emptied for the time being. 4. We ask that you exchange the sign of peace without physical contact.

5. Communion via the Chalice is suspended for the time being. 6. Clergy, Staff, School and Ministry Volunteers are washing their hands with soap and water for a full 20 seconds, frequently.

7. We are complying fully with the directives of our Archdiocese, our local state and national government.

Please know that in this time of concern and anxiety, the Priests and Deacons are here for you to voice your concerns. Please feel free to call, or come in and talk. 

Have You Considered the Benefits of Serving

in One of Our More than 30 Ministries

10. You will gain a broader perspective.

Serving others allows you to focus on those in need and not yourself.

9. You will make friends.

You find "good people" and bond together in a common goal.

8. You will make a difference.

You will feel better knowing you helped someone else in their life’s journey.

7. You will feel refreshed.

You will find acceptance in a community of faith and love.

6. You will find that you are more generous.

You will feel GOOD and want to give more and more of your time

And talents.

5. You will learn what is important.

You will learn what the Church teaches and teach it to your children.

4. You will find that your efforts have a Greater Purpose.

Your endeavors could result in someone's life being changed for eternity.

3. You will Give Back.

The more you give…The more you get back.

2. You will discover your Natural and Spiritual Gifts.

God has given each one of us abilities and talents intended to help others.

1. You will find Jesus.