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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Gospel Reading: Mark 1:29-39
Today’s Gospel reading picks up in the Gospel of Mark where we left off last week. Last week we heard about Jesus exercising his authority and power through casting out a demon from a possessed man. This week we hear about Jesus continuing to perform miracles. First, he healed Simon’s mother-in-law of her fever. Simon is the apostle Peter. This account not only shows the power and authority of Jesus but also gives us a bit of glimpse into the family life of this key apostle. Next, the word gets out and the whole town brings those who are sick or possessed by demons to him. Jesus continues to illustrate his authority by healing the masses. Through Jesus’s miracles he revealed his identity as the Messiah and God in the flesh. It is through His divine nature that he performed these miracles. Jesus continued to preach, heal, and set free those afflicted by evil throughout His earthly ministry. In doing so, he prepared the way for His ultimate demonstration of His divine power and authority in dying and rising from the dead to bring the ultimate healing and freedom from the affliction of sin in our lives. Let us, therefore, trust in his saving power.
Taking it Home:
What tragedies have you faced recently in life? Whether big or small, we all face tragedies that can seem overwhelming and leave us feeling hopeless. Yet, we learn in today’s Gospel that God has the power to overcome anything. Whatever we are going through, we can trust in God’s power, like Job did, and have the assurance that He has everything in control.
Spotlight on Ministries
Each week we would like to Spotlight our Ministries here at Assumption Church.
Today’s Ministry is Parish Beautification. This ministry ensures that God’s house, both inside and outside is kept maintained and beautiful. This group of volunteers plant seasonal flowers, mulch gardens, maintain shrubs and keep the grounds & gardens beautiful from spring through fall. They also do minor repairs and paint both inside and outside, maintaining the grotto, gazebo, and some of the benches. If you enjoy gardening, painting, or have pride in how the “House of God” looks, we could use your help. New members, both men and women, are welcome. Contact the Rectory.
Learn to Live Life with Jesus as Your Guide:
New Program Available for Immediate Delivery
The season of Lent provides the follower of Christ with a unique opportunity to examine your life and act to increase the depth of your relationship with God in meaningful and intentional ways.
With the book, Follow Me: a 30 Day Walk with Jesus, you will be guided through a series of daily activities, which will help you to get to know Jesus in a more personal way. Through this program, with Jesus as your guide, you will learn to live life as He intended and do so on a regular basis.
This book was written in response to Jesus’ invitation, as received by our fellow parishioner, Dave Rector, in a private revelation.
A portion of the sales of this book will be donated to the Church of the Assumption. Ash Wednesday is February 17th - to order your copy, visit www.WordSparkMedia.com.
“Follow Me” has received the Nihil Obstat / Imprimatur from the Catholic Church.
Fr. Chris' Golden Jubilee Celebration
Note the Date Change: May 23, 2021
Fr. Chris Isinta will be celebrating 50 years in the Lord’s service and we would love to have you there with us.
Get you tickets now!
Watch this page and the bulletin for updates as we receive new regulations from the Westmount Country Club.
Catholic Social Teaching is the body of teaching by the pope, bishops, and other church leaders addresses the most fundamental questions of human coexistence: Who are we? What do we owe one another? How should we live together? How can we establish peace and freedom for all?
Here is how to live Catholic Social Teaching:
Life and Dignity of the Human Person
The Catholic belief in the life and dignity of the human person is the foundation of our moral vision. All life is sacred, and all people must be treated with dignity.
Call to Family, Community, and Participation
Participation in family and community is central to our faith and to a healthy society. From this foundation people participate in society, fostering a community spirit and promoting the well-being of all, especially those who are poor or vulnerable.
Rights and Responsibilities
The Catholic Church teaches that every person has a right to life as well as a right to those things required for human decency. As Catholics, we are responsible for protecting these fundamental human rights in order to achieve a healthy society.
Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
As Catholics, we are called to pay special attention to the needs of poor people. We can follow Jesus’ example by making a specific effort to defend and promote the dignity of those who are poor or vulnerable and to meet their immediate material needs.
The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
The Catholic Church teaches that the basic rights of workers must be respected: the right to productive work, to fair wages, and to private property, and the right to organize and join unions and to pursue economic opportunity. Moreover, Catholics believe that the economy is meant to serve people, not the other way around.
Because God is our Father, we are all brothers and sisters with the responsibility to care for one another. This spirit of solidarity unites all people whether they are rich or poor, weak or strong. It also helps to create a society that recognizes that we live in an interdependent world.
Care for God’s Creation
God is the creator of all people and all things, and he wants us to enjoy his creation. We are called to make the moral and ethical choices that protect the ecological balance of creation both locally and worldwide.
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Wrestling With Fear and the Mystery of Injustice: The Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds (Click for Video & Spiritual Exercise)
There are many places on Campus to say the Rosary - Mary's Grotto, The Church, The Rosary Garden at the Spiritual Center or The Gazabo
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Your Generous Donations are Needed
Helping the Healers
As of May 2nd, they have made and donated 1,733 Masks to healthcare workers in our area. Please go to their website to donate. They are also seeking batting fabric for surgical masks, which you can find on Amazon.com.
Help Us, Help Those in Need
We’d like to introduce the Assumption Cares Ministry
This ministry began because people have reached out and offered to serve.
Our goal is to connect “high-risk” people in need in the Emerson Community with people who can help.
We hope you will help us to:
1. Get the word out to any neighbor or friend - have them call us
2. Become a Volunteer
(All Volunteers must be willing to let us share your name and phone number with a person in need)
If you have a request or would like to Volunteer, please email email@example.com or call the Rectory at 201-262-1122.
We hope to have a list of “Services Needed” on www.AssumptionEmerson.org
8 Ways to Be Active in Your Faith
1. Watch Mass as a family at home at www.facebook.com/assumptionemerson
2. Read Scripture. In addition to your Bible, a number of Catholic resources have granted free access to their online catalogs during this time. These include Liturgical Press, Magnificat and The Word Among Us. Visit their websites to see readings, reflections and more.
3. FaceTime grandparents so they can see their grandkids smiling! Send photo texts to aunts and uncles and let them know you’re thinking about them.
4. Keep yourself grounded. Visit Ascension Press for some great podcasts from Edward Sri, Father Mike Schmitz, and Father Josh.
5. Reflect on what you miss. Did you notice how much more you wanted to go to Mass when you were told you can’t? This is a time to cultivate our gratitude for the freedoms we have enjoyed our entire lives.
6. Listen. Try Relevant Radio.
7. Create with others in mind! Nursing Homes have been hit tremendously hard. Visitors aren’t allowed and group activities have shut down. Sends notes of love and support to area seniors on lockdown because of COVID-1, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will make sure they know you are praying for them.
8. Practice gratitude daily. Instead of focusing on what we’ve lost, be thankful for what we have.
Please help us with your Weekly Offering
We rely on your weekly offerings to support the work of our parish and its daily operations.
Please remember your Church
- your help is needed.
There are 3 ways to contribute :
1) By setting up online giving through Vanco
2) By dropping your offering envelope at the rectory during business hours 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
3) Through a new online GoFundMe Page. Our parish URL is: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/church-of-the-assumption1
Online Mass Offering
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EWTN Live Sunday Mass Schedule
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7 pm & 11:30 pm - Sunday Mass with Father Kevin Regan from America's Catholic Church, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.
Pope Francis | Daily Mass from the Vatican (rebroadcast 12:30 pm)
CatholicTV Mass with Bishop Robert Reed (rebroadcast 7 & 11:30 pm) from CatholicTV's Chapel of the Holy Cross
Online Mass Reflections
4th Sunday in Lent Reflection by Jeff Cavins
Mass Reflections with Tim Gray
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Ways to Keep the Lord's Day Holy
Ways to Keep the Lord’s Day Holy During Social Distancing
Say a prayer of Spiritual Communion (See below)
Reach out to support neighbors by phone
A Prayer for Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to receive you in my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there. And unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
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2020 Annual Appeal
he theme of the 2020 Annual Appeal is “Shining the Light of Christ.” As disciples, we are individually called to radiate the love of God in our work, our relationships, our service and our giving (cf. Mt. 5:16). As a Catholic faith community, our common worship, hospitality, pastoral care and ministry reflects this love to the wider community. By sharing our time, unique talents, and personal treasure, we participate in shining the light of Christ ever more brightly.
As members of the Catholic Church of Newark, we are united by a common mission entrusted to us by Jesus Christ - to proclaim the Gospel, to pass on the faith to the next generation through the celebration of the sacraments, to care for the poor and vulnerable, and to form our future priests. The 2020 Annual Appeal binds us more closely to this mission through our stewardship of God's many gifts.
Your support of this year's Annual Appeal will have a direct impact on the lives of those served through the ministries and programs of this Archdiocese.
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6PM Sunday Mass
New Mass, New Music - Sundays 6 PM
6:00 pm Sunday evening Mass with a Worship Ensemble featuring Guitar, Drums, Vocals and Keyboards. We hope this additional time for Sunday Mass will serve all our families.
Share Your Faith:New Evangelization Ministry
Want To Help Others Grow In Their Faith Journey?
If you have a personal relationship with Christ and want to grow closer to The Lord, we hope you will consider joining our Evangelization Committee.
This NEW Ministry will be initiating an ongoing new effort to help others grow in faith.
We ask just 1 - 2 hours of your time per month.
For more information, please call Susan Rector at 201-290-8756, or e-mail her at email@example.com.
Our Mission, Every Day
"Bringing the Power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to You and Everyone Else.
Share the Journey, Don’t Go it Alone!"
Share Our Vision
After many months, and with the support of the Pastoral Council and The Pastoral Council Marketing Committee our new Vision and Mission Statements have been introduced. Integral to our Vision and Mission is the concept of the Pillars and Planks - the elements that will help us build Church by: Enriching the lives of our parish members; Reaching out to others; And moving into the future.
If you have not picked up the launch booklet we encourage you to download it here.
Read it. Pray with it. God Bless you all.