Father Paul's Weekly Reflections

Thoughts from the Heart 

May 15, 2022

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The scriptures today continue to recount the St. Paul bringing the Gospel to the Gentiles. And then we have Jesus telling his Apostles that they must love one another.

This is our mission as believers to make God’s love real and visible in the


world today. God will be one with us and we with God.


In our personal prayer life we are called to unite ourselves to Jesus. May we always seek to do this, and to do God’s will as did Mary our Blessed Mother. 

Have a blessed Easter Season.


Father Paul


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From the Pastor's Desk


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.

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.”

Previous Enteries From the Pastor's Desk

April 10, 2022

As instructed by the Church, the faithful are not to extend their hands during the praying of the Our Father. This is the gesture only for the priest. The people are supposed to keep their hands folded during this prayer.

February 27, 2022
The Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule is as follows:
6:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 12:05 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Please watch the bulletin and the doors of the Church for our Lenten Activities.

February 13, 2022
We are no longer praying with people for healing after the 12:05 pm Mass on First Saturdays.

If you would like individual prayer for healing, please make an appointment with either Fr. Paul or Fr. Kelly who would be happy to pray with you or offer the Anointing of the Sick.

January 30, 2022
Envelopes are available at the doors for you to contribute to the Archbishops Annual Appeal. Our parish goal is $ 47,666.

We invite everyone to do their part in helping us reach our goal. Thank you.

If you would like to be a Lector/Reader at Sunday Mass, please let me know.

January 16, 2022
Over the past few months we have had Several Sources Shelters visit our parish and they thank us for their collection of $2,272.00.

The Little Sisters of the Poor thank us for $ 3,129.00 collected for their ministry.

Our Goal for the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal this year is $ 47,666.00.

January 2, 2022
Thank you to all of our parishioners who sent us priests, cards and gifts at Christmas.
May God bless you always.

December 26, 2021
If you have not yet made your donation to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal we ask you to do so by December 31, 2021. At the present time our parish has contributed $36,831.75 out of $40.400 pledged.

December 12, 2021
The Little Sisters of the Poor thank you for your generosity. They collected $3,129.00 when they visited our parish, for their mission to the elderly poor.

Please join us when Emil and Friends will present a Special Candlelight Concert this coming Wednesday evening, December 15th, in the church at 7:30 p.m. All are invited.

November 21, 2021
Next Monday we will resume praying all our Novenas after daily Mass.

October 31, 2021
The rectory renovations, painting and flooring of the living room/dining room, has already been paid for by generous parishioners, whom we thank for providing for this need.

October 24, 2021
Pope Francis has called for a Synod in the entire church from 2021-2023. It will be a time of listening to God’s people. I will keep you informed of how you might participate in this in our local Archdiocese as we go along. 

October 17, 2021
We are in need of funeral servers to serve at our Parish funerals. Right now we have only one person doing this.

I would like to expand this ministry. Please call the Rectory O@ice if you are interested.
Thank you, Fr. Paul

October 10, 2021
The Month of November is dedicated to the Holy Saints and Souls. There will be envelopes available for you to list the names of the deceased, a donation may also be made but is not necessary. Purple candles will burn during the month in the sanctuary as well.

September 19, 2021
I made the decision to close the Early Childhood program in our school building for financial reasons.

We are currently renting six classrooms to The Builder School run by Rabbi Teitz. The rental money goes to the Archdiocese to pay down our million dollar debt to the Diocese, as will any other monies from any other classrooms we can rent in the school.

The School building continues to be used for Religious Education, and Parish Activities.

August 1, 2021
If you have not yet made your contribution to the Annual Appeal “Passing on the Faith” for the Archdiocese, envelopes are available at the doors. Please help our parish meet its goal of $49,000.

We would like to take this opportunity to THANK Maddy Saul, who recently resigned as Social Concerns Ministry Leader. Maddy’s dedication, spirit of giving and hard work for over a decade with the Social Concerns Ministry was so appreciated by the Parish and the Charities she and her Ministry served for all these many years and will continue to serve in the future.

We would also like to welcome Sandy Johnson, as the new Social Concerns Ministry Leader. We look forward to working with Sandy on future projects, one starting this month of August in honor of Our Lady of Assumption.

June 6, 2021
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.

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.