Father Paul's Weekly Reflections
Thoughts from the Heart - Jan. 5, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today we conclude the Christmas Season with the Baptism of the Lord. It’s good to remember that Jesus himself was baptized with the baptism of John to do what the Jewish people call a “Mitzvah,” a good deed.
Jesus being sinless did not need repentance, however he wanted to give a good example, that he was with the people. God humbles himself taking on our human nature to redeem it.
Let us meditate on this image and ask God to give us humility of heart so that we can serve others as Jesus did, and may we too, live out our baptismal calling. This calling is lived out each day by our giving of ourselves for others and using our gifts and talents to serve God and neighbor.
Have a blessed week.
From the Pastor's Desk
January 12, 2020
The priests thank all who gave us gifts and goodies during the Christmas Season, we give thanks for your abundant generosity to us. We are very blessed to serve such wonderful people as the people of Assumption Parish.
E-mail Scam Alert
As we mentioned 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!
Have You Considered the Benefits of Serving
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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
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.