Father Paul's Weekly Reflections

Thoughts from the Heart 

November 20, 2022

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today we conclude the Church's year with the Solemnity of Christ the King. 

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The scriptures focus our attention on kingship of Jesus who has a crown of glory only because we wore a crown of thorns. His death and resurrection have given us new life in the Holy Spirit.

Jesus is the image of the invisible God we are told.

Next Sunday we celebrate the beginning of a new Church year with the first Sunday of Advent.

May we give thanks for this past Church year with all its many graces and blessings and look forward to the graces and blessings that lie ahead for each of us.

Have a Blessed Week,

Father Paul

From the Pastor's Desk

 

November 20, 2022

We need $17,000 a week for operating expenses and

$7,130 a  month  for our Assessment to the Archdiocese of Newark.

I thank you for whatever you can do to be a good steward to our parish 

We are still in need of two more volunteers to staff a second collection counting team, that counts on

Monday mornings at the Rectory. Please call the office if you're available.

A parishioner at  Brookdale  Assisted  Living  is  in  need of transport to Mass on Sundays. Call the  Rectory if  you are willing to help.

A man's wedding  band was found  in the Church this

past weekend. If anyone is missing their wedding band, please contact the Rectory Office at 201-262-1122.

October 30, 2022

The Archdiocese requires us to have more than one collection counting team for our parish. The weekend's collection is usually counted on Monday morning.

At  present, we have only one team, but  we would like

to create at least two additional teams of four  people to do this.

If you are interested, please call and leave your name at the Rectory.

October 23, 2022

If there are any parishioners who would be available to make a meal for  our 3 priests once a month, please contact the Rectory office during regular business hours and speak to  Dawn with any questions.


We have one opening on Monday night and one on Tuesday night. Reimbursement is available for any food expenses. We thank the parishioners who have been continually on the schedule and we thank ones who have recently taken a break from the schedule.


October 16, 2022
Thanks to all who have indicated that they will increase their weekly giving to our parish to bring down our deficit. We are grateful for your support.

We invite those who are getting envelopes and also giving online with Vanco, to choose either one way or another, rather than both.
This will help us cut expenses.
Thanks!

October 9, 2022
A few parishioners and myself have been attending a Workshop on Discipleship called Parish Catalyst. We have met over the two years on how to create a culture of Discipleship in our parish community. We had a parish workshop last Saturday with people from our parish on this topic as well. We are all called to Be Disciples.
At this workshop we were challenged to "think creatively, Active courageously, and renew the church. 

 September 11, 2022
The parish will be receiving a letter from me inviting those who have not yet come back to Mass to do so. This letter will also appeal for increased giving to the parish. Right now Assumption has a deficit of $ 146,711. for our operating expenses this past year. It certainly would be helpful if those who can do so would increase their giving to the parish, if possible. Thanks for your assistance in supporting our parish.

September 4, 2022
We are in dire need of more parishioners to volunteer to serve Funeral Masses as Altar Servers, and/or to serve on our Beautification Ministry, that cares for the parish grounds, making seasonal changes, and complete small projects around the grounds. Please call the Rectory Office if you are interested and leave your name. Thanks.

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.

CORE QUESTION #2
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.”

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.