Father Paul's Weekly Reflections
Thoughts from the Heart
March 28, 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
oday begins the holiest of weeks. I encourage all to attend the special Mass on Holy Thursday evening, the Good Friday service which this year is at 3:00 p.m., and for those who have never been to it, the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday evening.
This week we reflect on the Passion of Jesus, and the events by which we were redeemed.
My prayer is that all of us will benefit spiritually during this Holy Week so as to more deeply appreciate the Resurrection on Easter.
Have a blessed Holy Week.
From the Pastor's Desk
March 21, 2021
The Inner-City Scholarship Fund Collection
Please pick up a brochure with information about the Inner-City Scholarship Fund that we will be helping out. There will be baskets at the doors of the church for donations.
Since it’s founding in 1983, the Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children has provided children in grades K to 12 with 57,000 partial tuition scholarships totaling over $ 47 million in tuition assistance that allowed the Children to attend Catholic Elementary and Catholic High Schools in the Archdiocese of Newark.
The Scholarship Fund awards a $ 1,200. general scholarship based on Financial need to help families throughout the Archdiocese, in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union Counties.
We thank you for your continued support throughout the years.
March 14, 2021
The following is an excerpt from the explanation of the year of St. Joseph from Pope Francis: Pope Francis Announces Year of St. Joseph
One hundred and fifty years ago, Blessed Pope Pius IX declared St. Joseph as “Patron of the Universal Church.”
To mark the 150th anniversary of this occasion, Pope Francis has proclaimed a Year of St. Joseph from Dec. 8, 2020, to Dec. 8, 2021.
In the Pope’s proclamation of the Year of St. Joseph, Patris corde (“With a father’s heart”), he drew connections between St. Joseph and the humble people working throughout the pandemic. “People who do not appear in newspaper and magazine headlines, or on the latest television show, yet in these very days are surely shaping the decisive events of our history.” The Holy Father notes, “how many fathers, mothers, grandparents and teachers are showing our children, in small everyday ways, how to accept and deal with a crisis by adjusting their routines, looking ahead and encouraging the practice of prayer. How many are praying, making sacrifices and interceding for the good of all.”
St. Joseph was a man of sacrifice and prayer for the good of the Holy Family. Even today, he continues to inspire others to reach out to those in need, especially during this diBicult time. For more information on the Year of St. Joseph, please visit: “St. Joseph, pray for us!”
Our second collection next week March 20th/21st
will be held for the Black & Indian Missions/Catholic Relief Services. Please watch for more information next week. If you do not have any envelopes, please note Black & Indian Mission Collection on your check. Thank you for your help.
February 21, 2021
This Week, February 20th/21st our special collection supports the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. Your donation today helps restore the Church and build the future in more than 25 countries still struggling to recover from former communist rule.
Funds from this collection support reconstruction, education, formation, and poverty outreach. Please prayerfully consider how you can support the collection next week.
More information can be found at
January 10, 2021
We welcome Bishop Michael Saporito, our new Auxiliary Bishop of Bergen County, who is going to celebrate the 12:15 p.m. Mass with us and visit our parish for the first time.
January 3, 2021
I want to thank all who were so generous to the Priests and Staff during the Christmas season sharing your Christmas cookies and other items that came into the Rectory. Thanks so much.
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
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.