Father Paul's Weekly Reflections
Thoughts from the Heart - Dec. 8, 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Advent invites us to consider what God intended to do for us. God sought to bring light into the darkness.
The prophet Isaiah envisions a time of peaceful coexistence, which has not yet happened in our world. However the potential is there.
God has come into the world and given us the means by which we can sow the seeds of a peaceful coexistence. John the Baptist announces the coming of Jesus, and his prophetic call to turn away from sin was heeded by the people of his time.
Advent, while not strictly as penitential as Lent is, invites us to prepare our hearts to let Jesus be born anew in us. Like preparing your home for a visitor. What can we do?
Well, this means of course, prayer, Sunday Mass, even daily Mass, reading the Advent handouts you got last weekend, and, of course, going to Reconciliation if we, after examining our consciences, realize our need.
We have opportunities every Saturday and of course, the Deanery Penance Service which this year is right here at Assumption on Monday night, December 16th at 7:30 p.m.
May we heed God's invitation to prepare the way for the Lord, this Advent Season.
Have a Blessed Advent.
Love, Father Paul
From the Pastor's Desk
December 8, 2019
Each year we submit to the Archdiocese the number of people who attend Mass, and receive sacraments in our parish twice a year in November and May.
For your information the average number of people who
attend Mass on Sundays here is about 600, but when we have for example an enrollment mass for confirmation or a class mass the number goes up by about a hundred.
This past year since November 2018, we had 59 funerals
35 baptisms, 22 children receive first communion and reconciliation, we had one adult confirmation, and 40 children received confirmation, and we had 10 couples receive the sacrament of marriage.
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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