Father Paul's Weekly Reflections
Thoughts from the Heart
July 18, 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Jesus is the Good Shepherd of our souls and he teaches us many things, as he did with the people in the Gospel this weekend.
By his death and resurrection he has given us a new life in the Holy Spirit.
There are many false shepherds around today in the world who proclaim a Gospel contrary to the Gospel of Jesus.
We must ever be conscious to recognize this and keep our eyes fixed on the truth that Jesus proclaims.
Have a blessed week.
From the Pastor's Desk
July 18, 2021
If you have not yet contributed to the “Passing on the Faith” Annual Appeal, please do so now, to help us make our parish goal. The Archdiocese provides many services to the parish and by helping them, you help us.
July 11, 2021
If you have not yet given to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, I encourage you to do so and help our parish get to its goal. Envelopes are at the doors of the church, and in the Rectory Office. We thank all of you for your continued support.
June 27, 2021
Thank you for the early responses to our request for chefs/cooks. We are still in need of 2 people to help cook once a week. If you are interested, please call Fr. Paul.
Today we bid farewell to Fr. Chris, who as you know is retiring from parish ministry. We wish him well in retirement. Our prayers go with him. Stop by a=er Mass in the Garden of Joy, (weather permitting) or downstairs below the church, if there is bad weather, to see him.
Next Sunday we welcome Fr. Charles Kelly to our parish as our new Parochial Vicar.
June 20, 2021
I had asked if one person was interested in cooking for the priests, but since I have not heard, I have modified the request. We are looking for five women who would be willing to cook for the priests, one each day, Monday to Friday, we will pay for whatever you spend. Please inform Fr. Paul if you’re interested and what day you would be available.
As I mentioned at Mass last week, the Archbishop has assigned Fr. Charles Kelly as our new Parochial Vicar as of July 1st.
We will have refreshments in the Garden of Joy next week June 26th & June 27th after all the Masses where you may bid a fond farewell to Fr. Chris.
June 13, 2021
We are looking for a part time cook to cook dinner for the priests. This will be a paid position. Fr. Chris and I did the cooking, but since Fr. Chris is leaving I thought this would be the right time to hire someone. If you’re interested, please contact me at the rectory.
June 6, 2021
Assumption Rectory is in need of a part-time cook to make dinner for the Priests, Tuesdays through Saturdays. Please call Fr. Paul if you are interested in this paid position.
Ministries Are in Need of Help and Volunteers
The following Ministries are in desperate need of volunteers. Please call the Rectory Office to be put in touch with the appropriate Ministry Leaders.
- Leaders of Song - Dr. Richard Sorce
- Beautification (Gardening) - Marion Van Blarcum
- Funeral Altar Servers - Rectory Office
- Altar Linens - Call the Rectory - This Ministry launders the Purificators and Corporals, both of the small cloths that are used at Masses.
May 30, 2021
The Mass Intention Book opened on May 17th. Please remember that our limit of Masses is 15 for the year.
The Rectory Office will be closed for the observance of Memorial Day and will reopen on Tuesday, June 1st at 9:00 a.m.
May 23, 2012
Today we join together in giving thanks for Fr. Chris and his 50 years of service to the Church as a religious brother and priest. May God continue to bless him abundantly.
May 16, 2021
Please join me for my last Life in the Spirit Seminar this Monday at 7:30 p.m. May 17: Growth and Transformation in Christ
All sessions will be virtual on our Church of Assumption Facebook Page.
May 2, 2021
Life in the Spirit Seminar
I will be o!ering a "Life in the Spirit Seminar" on three Mondays in May at 7:30 p.m. May 3 God’s Love and Salvation May 10 New Life and Receiving the Gi@s of the Spirit May 17 Growth and Transformation in Christ All sessions will be virtual on our Church of Assumption Facebook Page.
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: www.rcan.org/joseph “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 www.usccb.org/ccee
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.