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January 12th, 2003
Baptism of the Lord
Pray For Those Seriously Ill
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Our Weekly Offering
December 28/29 $ 4,971.
Month’s Total $26,653.
Month’s Average $ 5,330.
Mailed in, thank you
Our Weekly Offering
January 4/5 $ 6,034.
Month’s Total $ 6,034.
Month’s Average $ 6,034.
Mailed in, thank you $ 535.
WEEKLY AVERAGE COMPARISONS:
January $5,657. $6,034.
Due to the generosity of the parishioners of our Parish, the Church has received $22,682.; however, last year’s Christmas collection was $28,513. Thank you for all of your efforts.
HOUR FOR PRIESTS
HOLY HOUR WILL RESUME JANUARY 7TH!!
Every Tuesday the Blessed
Sacrament is exposed in the church from 3 to 4 p.m.
It is an hour of prayer for the priests, DIVINE MERCY and religious men
and women of the church. Prayers are
also said for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
We invite you to come and spend time with the Lord for these intentions
and for your personal requests. The
Holy Hour closes with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
If you cannot join us in church, we ask you to join us from a quiet spot
in your home and pray with us, asking the Lord to guide and protect our priests.
St. Anne’s Seniors’
meeting for Monday, January 13th has been cancelled
due to auditorium improvements.
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Our Web Site
When you log
on and browse around you’ll see all kinds of information about our parish.
Included, of course, will be the current activities for the many different
organizations as well as an update as to what is going on with our parish
By your wounded heart: teach us love, teach us love, teach us love..... -Daphne Fraser
St. Anne’s School will be celebrating Catholic Schools’ Week January 27th –31st. Throughout the week students and teachers will participate in special activities and invite parents/guardians to observe.
We will have a second collection the weekend of January 25/26 for St. Anne’s Education Fund to kick off Catholic Schools’ Week. This fund was established a few years ago to assist with the education of St. Anne’s School children.
Day of Recollection
Are you a young single adult woman, age 18-35, searching to deepen your spiritual life? The Felician Franciscan Sisters invite you for a day of recollection on Saturday, January 18th at Heart of Mary Convent, 257 S. Main St., Lodi from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more info, call Sr. Marilyn Minter at 973-473-5923.
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MONDAY Heb 1:1-6 Ps 97:1,2b,6,7c,9 Mk 1:14-20
TUES. Heb 2:5-12 Ps 8:2a,5-9 Mk 1:21-28
WED. Heb 2:14-18 Ps 105:1-4,6-9 Mk 1:29-39
THURS. Heb 3:7-14 Ps 95:6-11 Mk 1:40-45
FRIDAY Heb 4:1-5,11 Ps 78:3,4bc,6c-8 Mk 2:1-12
SATURDAY Heb 4:12-16 Ps 19:8-10,15 Mk 2:13-17
SUNDAY - 2ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 1Sm
3:3b-10,19 Ps 40:2,4,7-10 1Cor 6:13c-15a,17-20 Jn 1:35-42
Finance Committee Meeting
There will be a Finance Committee Meeting held on Monday,January 13th at 7:30 p.m. in the rectory. Be sure to pick up your finance packet from the rectory. Thank you.
2003 Anniversary Liturgies
Archbishop John J. Myers has announced the following dates to honor couples in our Archdiocese who will be celebrating five, twenty-five or fifty years of Christian marriage in 2003: (Please come to the rectory to register.)
March 23, 2003 - 3:00 p.m. 5 & 25 Years Deadline to register: March 12th
2003 - 3:00 p.m.
Deadline to register: March 26th
· January 12th - First Reconciliation parent meeting in Chapel Hall at 1 p.m. Please be on time. There will be no make-up meeting.
· January 19th - New Confirmation parent meeting in Chapel Hall at 1 p.m.. Please be on time. All must attend this meeting. There will be no make-up meeting.
· January 26th - Open House 11:30 am.-12:30 p.m. Parents are to be here at 11 a.m. to discuss important matters of the Religious Education Program. At 11:30 children will come down to Chapel Hall to meet parents and proceed to visit teachers and receive report cards.
· January 30th - New Confirmation classes begin for public school 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Parish Center #3. Parents, please make sure candidates are here on time and attend every week. If they miss 3 classes, they will have to wait for next group.
· The Religious Education Program will be sponsoring a trip to Villa Roma in the Catskills July 1st-6th. It is a family resort. The price includes accommodations, food, indoor/outdoor recreation, night entertainment and transportation. If you’re interested, please contact Sister Alberta at 201-659-1794 as reservations have to be in by end of February.
See flyer for Valentine
Dance on Feb. 15th.
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January 12th, 2003
42:1-4, 6-7, Mk 1:7-11
the Baptist preached to the people saying, "After me comes one who is more
powerful than I am; I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you in
the Holy Spirit. As for me, I am not worthy to bend down and untie his
that time Jesus came from Nazareth, a town of Galilee, and was baptized by John
in the Jordan. And the moment he came up out of the water, heaven opened before
him and he saw the Spirit coming down on him like a dove. And these words were
heard from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved, the One I have
was Jesus baptized? Wasn't John's baptism "for the forgiveness of
sins?" Why should the sinless one, Jesus, descend into the swirling, filthy
waters of repentance? The question is really even more basic: why should the Son
of God have descended at all? Because, this is the strangeness of Jesus: he is
the God who descends. The Creed tells us that "he came down from
heaven." St. Paul's letter to the Philippians tells us that he not only
"took the form of a slave," but that he humbled himself, lowered
himself even further, "accepting death, death on the cross." As if
that were not low enough, the Creed proclaims that he "descended into
hell," descending to the lowest possible place of Godforsakenness that the
human beings can reach. On this last day of the Christmas season, we are
confronted with the radicality of the mission of the Incarnate Son: to enter
deeper and deeper into our humanity, to descend lower and lower into our pain,
our desolation, our hells, to search for the lost sheep however far he or she
has strayed, to fill all our darkness with the radiance of the Beloved Son. In
this upwardly mobile world, where one's value as a person is measured by the
heights of success and position one ascends, the Son of God descending into the
Jordan and into the chaos of humanity offers a counter invitation.
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There is a danger that baptism and confirmation may become merely status encounters for us if we take pride in our relationship with the Holy Spirit but refuse to release the Spirit for others. Today's readings see the Spirit as a catalyst for aiding the down-and-out, not as a private gift for cushioning our own ego. Here, the Holy Spirit's power energizes the powerless.
the first reading, the spirit-imbued servant looks to the good of the
despiritualized community. Without resorting to violence, he witnesses to God's
glory on earth by empowering the powerless. For Isaiah, to receive God's spirit
is to respond to the task of reviving and transforming the brokenhearted and
the author of Acts, shows in the second reading that salvation does not depend
on being a Jew. It is sufficient to fear God and practice righteousness. Luke
looks back to the baptism preached by John and the ministry of Jesus. For Luke,
Jesus' reception of the Spirit propels Jesus to do good works.
links the baptism scene with the prophetic career of Jesus. Like the servant in
the first reading, Jesus will accomplish his mission by reaching out to the
hurting. To this end Mark shows the consequences of the baptism by showing Jesus
curing the demoniac, Peter's mother-in-law, and a leper.
gestures and few words often go a long way in alleviating the pain of those
hurting. A visit to a shut-in is much more than spending an hour with an elderly
or sick person. It is a release of God's Spirit to offset the aches of
loneliness and isolation. A word of encouragement to a struggling child or a
grief-stricken adult is much more than the formulation of several sentences. It
is the sending forth of God's Spirit to counteract the hurts of discouragement
and despair. These are but two examples of the myriad ways in which the modern
believer can confront evil. Such ways clearly announce that the Holy Spirit's
power energizes the powerless.