Father Paul's Weekly Reflections

Thoughts from the Heart 

August 7, 2022

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The scriptures this weekend speak to the importance of having faith.

Abraham journeys along, guided by God, he goes ahead by his faith.


The Apostles of Jesus trust and have faith in what Jesus is telling them. Jesus calls them to faith and prudence.

We also need these virtues in our lives as well, as we live out our faith in the world today.

May God increase these virtues in our lives.

Have a Blessed Week,

Father Paul


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From the Pastor's Desk


July 31, 2022
We have received a thank you from Mercy House for 21 bags and 5 containers of food we collected during the month of July. Thank you for your generosity to the needy.

July 24, 2022
Thank you to all those who have helped our Parish work towards our Annual Appeal goal of $ 47,666.00. As of today we have received $ 5,000.00 in pledges from 25 families. Your sacrificial support and our collective efforts make the many important ministries throughout our Archdiocese possible, which we would otherwise not be able to accomplish on our own.

If you have not yet participated, you can still do so. Please pick up a pledge envelope at the doors of the Church or visit www.rcan.org/sharing.

Thank you for your prayers and support. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

July 10, 2022
As you know, we have put the Tabernacle in the center of the Church where all can see it. The Presider Chair is now off to the side. Why? The reason is that the Eucharist is the center of our faith and needs to have a prominent central place in our Church, rather than the Presider. May our lives be ever filled with Eucharistic amazement.

June 5, 2022
Eucharistic Adoration concluded on Friday, June 3rd and will resume in September, the Friday after Labor Day. Please note the new time, 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Holiday Masses will now be at 8:00 AM instead of 9:00 AM starting IMMEDIATELY with the July 4th Mass.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - We are in need of volunteers
Our Beautification Gardening Ministry needs a few more volunteers on Wednesday mornings to help with the Gardening around the Church grounds. Weeding, planting, watering, etc.

Altar Linens Ministry needs one more volunteer to launder the purificator’s and small hand towels used at the Masses.

Please call the office for more information, instructions, or to help out.

May 15, 2022
This weekend we have our Marian Procession after the 12:15 Mass, and Wednesday evening, May 18th, begins our Parish Carnival.

We invite all to participate in these events.

May 1, 2022
Blessings to all who received the Sacrament of Communion this Saturday, April 30th at 9:30 a.m. and will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, Sunday at the 12 :15 Mass.

Due to the limited space in the bulletin, starting the first Sunday of June, the list of people in our Pray for the Sick List will be posted once a month on the first Sunday in the month.

April 24, 2022
The Synod Surveys have been completed and we have had our listening session. The results will be forwarded to the Archdiocese.

Here is what was said at our listening session:

Core Question #1
How is this “journeying together” happening today at Church of the Assumption in Emerson, NJ?

What’s Working?
The Youth Ministry is very effective.

What’s Preventing Us? 
People like to be invited or welcomed. We talked about serving coffee on Sundays so that parishioners can gather and interact with the Church community of Assumption.

There is a clear need to reach out to those families that have not attended Mass during the pandemic.

In our society today, families are “too busy” and put up walls that often prevent them from attending Mass regularly; we need to catechize adults which will aid in bringing families back.

Additionally, we need to be more open about our faith in the public square, many of us keep our faith to ourselves.

Terms like “equity” and “inclusion” are permeating our society in abundance which tends to deflate one’s motivation to strive towards the core principles of our faith.

How are we “walking together” as a Church and what steps does the Holy Spirit invite us to take in order to grow in journeying together?

Attending Mass as a community, regardless of the shrinking numbers and also working in the various ministries that our parish offers.

Local Question
How are we “walking together” as a Church and what steps does the Holy Spirit invite us to take in order to grow in journeying together?

As it relates to the Archdiocese of Newark, there was a strong view from our group that we need to stick to the traditions of our faith.

Today, “traditional” Catholics are marginalized. We rely on our faith in this world and it is important that the core values that we believe in remain true and are supported by Church leadership. It is a daily effort for those baptized to stay true to our faith and critical that the core tenets of our faith, spoken by our Lord, remain.

Often times, the messaging appears to cast a wide net and remove barriers to entry. Yes, we want to welcome the “unchurched” or those that have fallen away due to our firm teachings. However, that does not mean that we water down these teachings “to be all things to all people.”

Previous Enteries From the Pastor's Desk

April 10, 2022

As instructed by the Church, the faithful are not to extend their hands during the praying of the Our Father. This is the gesture only for the priest. The people are supposed to keep their hands folded during this prayer.

February 27, 2022
The Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule is as follows:
6:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 12:05 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Please watch the bulletin and the doors of the Church for our Lenten Activities.

February 13, 2022
We are no longer praying with people for healing after the 12:05 pm Mass on First Saturdays.

If you would like individual prayer for healing, please make an appointment with either Fr. Paul or Fr. Kelly who would be happy to pray with you or offer the Anointing of the Sick.

January 30, 2022
Envelopes are available at the doors for you to contribute to the Archbishops Annual Appeal. Our parish goal is $ 47,666.

We invite everyone to do their part in helping us reach our goal. Thank you.

If you would like to be a Lector/Reader at Sunday Mass, please let me know.

January 16, 2022
Over the past few months we have had Several Sources Shelters visit our parish and they thank us for their collection of $2,272.00.

The Little Sisters of the Poor thank us for $ 3,129.00 collected for their ministry.

Our Goal for the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal this year is $ 47,666.00.

January 2, 2022
Thank you to all of our parishioners who sent us priests, cards and gifts at Christmas.
May God bless you always.

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.