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Thoughts from the Heart - Sunday, December 3, 2023
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Advent begins the start of the Church's Liturgical year, and on this first Sunday we hear the call to be watchful and alert for the Second Coming of Christ.
We know not the day or the hour. We are invited to take spiritual inventory to see how we are doing, are we letting the light of Jesus shine through us?
Have a blessed Advent.
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St. Jude December 7, 2023!
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Assumption Youth Group Apparel Sale
New Fundraiser... You Support of Our Parish Youth is Greatly Appreciated
The Assumption Youth Group is selling branded apparel with a percentage of all sales going to support Youth Group activities.
Pickup a flyer at the doors of the church or scan the QR code (right) to go directly to the Catalog and Pop-up Shop.
Thank You for Your Support!
Bingo Is Back! Volunteers Needed!
Join us on Friday Nights for an evening of Fun and Games!
Doors open at 5:00 PM and numbers will be called starting at 7:00 PM.
Volunteers Still Needed!
If you are interested in volunteering one Friday per month call Maria at 201-261-5712 and leave your name and phone number someone will return your call. Thank you very much.
If you have any questions, please contact Rectory Office during regular business hours at 201-262-1122.
Infant of Prague Statue Restoration
The Infant of Prague Statue has been refurbished as it was very much in need of restoration.
Anyone interested in donating for the restoration for ones' intentions, please call Father Kelly at the Parish Office during business ours from 9Am to 5PM.
Each year we are invited to participate in the Annual Appeal, which is an opportunity to support essential ministries and programs of our archdiocese.
Please note that we have a $10,000 shortfall. You can help us by making a contribution to the Annual Appeal. If you do not contribute the Parish will have to makeup the shortfall from Parish Funds. Annual Appeal forms are available at the door of the church.
Your sacrificial support makes it possible for use to carry out the important work that we are called to do as missionary disciples of Jesus.
Please consider participating in this year's appeal to help make a significant difference in many lives within our Archdiocese.
We are looking to involve more Parishioners in getting into the spirit by joining the Choir and sing together with us on at 10:00 AM Sunday mornings.
If you are interested in joining our Sunday morning Choir, please come to our Thursday night Rehearsals at 7:30 in the Main Church and sing along with us.
If you have any questions, please call the Rectory at 201-262-1122.
Women's Online/Zoom Prayer Group - Join Us!
The Women’s Zoom Prayer Group starts again on January 10th 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
We will be reading a new book and have weekly discussions.
For information on joining us e-mail Assumption003@gmail.com
Friday Night Adoration
Assumption Church has Adoration in front of the Blessed Sacrament from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. from the first Friday after Labor Day Through May.
There is no limit to the number of people who can come and pray! There is no limit to the graces that can be received through prayers!
New Group at Assumption!
An Intergenerational Mom's Group Connecting Moms to Moms for Sharing
Whether you are a soon-to-be mom, first-time mom, seventh-time mom, adoptive mom, stepmom, foster mom or a seasoned mom (with grown children) you are welcome here. We will be working to spiritually inspire other younger moms through peer sharing and encouragement.
We are looking for group leaders and members.
Email: Assumption003@gmail.com and tell us how you would like to take part.
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
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
Come to Pray!
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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New Resources for:
Living the Faith at Home
during the Coronavirus
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.
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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.