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February 2nd, 2003
Presentation of the Lord
Pray For Those Seriously Ill
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Our Weekly Offering
January 25/26 $ 5,049.
Month’s Total $21,534.
Month’s Average $ 5,383.
Mailed in, thank you
WEEKLY AVERAGE COMPARISONS:
HOUR FOR PRIESTS
TO FATHER JULIO ROMAN’S ABSENCE, HOLY HOUR WILL BE CANCELLED FOR JANUARY AND
WILL RESUME ON MARCH 4TH!
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.
Baby, it’s cold outside...but Spring and Summer are just around the corner, and we all know what that means...St. Anne’s Festival will be here before you know it!! So, let’s plan ahead. The Festival will be held on July 25, 26, and 27, 2003.
The Festival Committee is starting to look for volunteers, any age, before you make your vacation plans. We need volunteers to help make this another successful year. We want you to join us right from the start, as we have a lot of fun meeting and working with all of our family members that we don’t get a chance to spend more time with. It’s not just work. It’s sharing ideas and being committed to each other as a family. So, please join our team. We need you! Sign up sheets are in the back of church or at the rectory. We encourage you to attend our next meeting that will be on Tuesday, February 11th at 7 P.M. in Parish Center #4.
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
Thomas Merton: a Man of Paradox - will be presented at Saint Walburga Monastery January 31-February 2, 2003. The full retreat weekend is open to women only, but on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the conferences are open to men and women. For more information and registration, call (908) 353-3028. Donation $75 for weekend, $20 for the Saturday (lunch included).
Living in the Present Moment - will be presented at Saint Walburga Monastery February 25-27, 2003. The full retreat weekend is open to women only, but on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the conferences are open to men and women. For more information and registration, call (908) 353-3028. Donation $75 for weekend, $20 for the Saturday (lunch included).
Emmaus Discernment Retreat
The Vocations Office of
the Archdiocese of Newark will again sponsor its annual “Emmaus Discernment
Retreat” the Weekend of February 14-16, 2003.
The “Emmaus Discernment Retreat” is designed to help and support men
18-45 years of age who are open to the possibility that the Lord may be calling
them to Priesthood. The Retreat
includes elements typical to most retreats: daily Mass, talks, a holy hour, time
for prayer, reconciliation and fellowship. Take
advantage of this valuable opportunity to spend quality time discerning your
future. Please contact the Vocations
Office at (973) 497-4365 if you are interested or would like more information or
e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Padre Pio Group will meet Saturday, February 8th at 2 p.m. in church for prayers, with meeting following in auditorium. All are welcome!
Bereavement Support Group Facilitator Training
Are you interested in becoming part of the ministry to the bereaved in your parish? An eight-week training program is offered at the Archdiocesan Center and is now open for registration. Participants will explore the stages and tasks of grief and mourning and develop their communication and group facilitation skills. Sessions are offered on Tuesday mornings or on Thursday evenings and will begin at the end of February and continue through April. For registration and fee information, please contact the Office of Family Life Ministries of the Archdiocese of Newark at 973-497-4327. Pre-registration is required; class size is limited.
Opportunities for Spiritual Growth at the College of St. Elizabeth
A workshop on the Spirituality of Lay Ministry will be given by Dr. Zeni Fox on March 1, 2003 9:30 a.m-12:30 p.m.
The Eleventh Annual Spirituality Convocation featuring Sr. Elizabeth Johnson and Fr. J. Glenn Murray as keynote speakers along with thirty workshops in spirituality will take place on April 5, 2003.
Please call the Center of Theological and Spiritual Development at the College of St. Elizabeth at (973) 290-4300/4364 for details and registration information for these special events. We also invite you to visit our website at www.csespirit.org.
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MONDAY Heb 11:32-40 Ps 31:20-24 Mk 5:1-20
TUES. Heb 12:1-4 Ps 22:26-28,30-32 Mk 5:21-43
WED. Heb 12:4-7,11-15 Ps 103:1-2,13-14 Mk 6:1-6
THURS. Heb 12:18-19,21-24 Ps 48:2-4,9-11 Mk 6:7-13
FRIDAY Heb 13:1-8 Ps 27:1,3,5,8-9 Mk 6:14-29
SATURDAY Heb 13:15-17,20-21 Ps 23:1-6 Mk 6:30-34
SUNDAY - 5 SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Jb
7:1-4,6-7 Ps 147:1-6 1Cor 9:16-19,22-23 Mk 1:29-39
CLASS today. Children and their
families will be attending Family Communion Breakfast.
· Confirmation classes are in session every Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Parish Center #3.
· Parent Club Meeting today due to no class on February 2nd.
· February 9th - Teachers’ meeting 11:30-12:30 in Parish Center #3.
· February 11th - Confirmation conferences begin. Look for your appointment. Letters will be given to the Candidate.
· February 16th - NO CLASS, President’s weekend.
· February 23rd - Confirmation Enrollment Ceremony at the 9 am. Mass. Parents & Sponsors are to attend. At 1 p.m. there will be a Sponsors’ meeting in Chapel Hall.
· Preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation has begun. Children are to come to the 9 a.m. Mass each Sunday. They are to deposit chapters done in basket in back of church on the table. They will be carried in Offertory. Families will be asked to bring up Offertory Gifts with their children.
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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
6, 2003 - 3:00 p.m. 50
Years Deadline to register: March 26th
Liturgy Committee Meeting
There is a scheduled Liturgy Committee Meeting for Monday, February 17th at 7:30 p.m. in the rectory. All are asked to attend to discuss upcoming events involving the Liturgy. Lent is only around the corner!
Retreat - Living the Lord’s Prayer
Attention men and women,
married and single, ages 21-39! You
are invited to attend a retreat designed specifically to your age group.
Living the Lord’s Prayer is a
powerful weekend retreat experience that offers you an opportunity to deepen
your relationship with God through personal reflection on the Lord’s Prayer.
You will be challenged to imagine your life in terms of the words Jesus
taught us, and consider it as a foundation for every day living.
The next retreat is scheduled to take place February
21-23, at the Claremount Retreat Center in beautiful Mount Arlington, New
Jersey, on the bank of Lake Hopatcong. The
weekend cost of $95 includes food, housing and all materials.
Financial assistance available. A
registration form, including directions, is located online at www.NewarkOYM.org.
Print and send the form as soon as possible.
If you would like to receive a form by mail, call 973-497-4502.
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February 2nd, 2003
3:1-4 , Heb 2:14-18,
When the day came
for the purification according to the law of Moses, the parents of Jesus brought
the baby up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, as it is written in the law
of the Lord: Every firstborn male shall be consecrated to God. And they offered
a sacrifice as ordered in the law of the Lord: a pair of turtledoves or two
There lived in
Jerusalem at this time a very upright and devout man named Simeon; the Holy
Spirit was in him. He looked forward to the time when the Lord would comfort
Israel, and he had been assured by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before
seeing the Messiah of the Lord. So he was led into the Temple by the Holy Spirit
at the time the parents brought the child Jesus, to do for him according to the
custom of the Law.
Simeon took the
child in his arms and blessed God, saying,
Lord, you can dismiss
your servant in
for you have
fulfilled your word
and my eyes have
seen your salvation,
which you display
for all the people to see.
Here is the light
you will reveal to the nations
and the glory of
your people Israel."
His father and
mother wondered at what was said about the child. Simeon blessed them and said
to Mary, his mother, "See him; he will be for the rise or fall of the
multitudes of Israel. He shall stand as a sign of contradiction, while a sword
will pierce your own soul. Then the secret thoughts of many may be brought to
There was also a
prophetess named Anna, daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. After leaving
her father's home, she had been seven years with her husband, and since then she
had been continually about the Temple, serving God as a widow night and day in
fasting and prayer. She was now eighty-four. Coming up at that time, she gave
praise to God and spoke of the child to all who looked forward to the
deliverance of Jerusalem.
When the parents
had fulfilled all that was required by the law of the Lord, they returned to
their town, Nazareth in Galilee. There the child grew in stature and strength
and was filled with wisdom: the grace of God was upon him.
Was it just a coincidence, or is this the way it is with those who live by God's Spirit? Simeon "was led into the temple by the Holy Spirit" just at the right time, when Jesus was being presented and consecrated to God. Simeon followed his inner sense and asked to hold the child. He knew that Jesus was the promised Messiah, and openly expressed his great joy and peace that God's promise had been fulfilled-for him and "in the sight of all peoples." God has promised to live fully in each of us. If we live in the awareness of God's life and strongly desire to see God's message fulfilled in our time, we will become sensitive to the ways this happens in our time. When we feel "led by the Spirit" and move with this sense, let us not ignore the happening or call it just a coincidence. A better name is Providence.