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March 2nd, 2003
8th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Pray For Those Seriously Ill
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Our Weekly Offering
February 22/23 $ 4,939.
Month’s Total $ 20,852.
Month’s Average $ 5,213.
Mailed in, thank you
WEEKLY AVERAGE COMPARISONS:
HOUR FOR PRIESTS
HOLY HOUR 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.
During the Lenten Season, there will be Stations of the Cross in Church on Fridays at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. beginning March 7th and ending April 11th.
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MONDAY Sir 17:19-27 Ps 32:1-2,5-7 Mk 10:17-27
TUES. Sir 35:1-12 Ps 50:5-8,14,23 Mk 10:28-31
WED. Jl 2:12-18 Ps 51:3-6a,12-14,17 2Cor 5:20-6:2 Mt 6:1-6,16-18
Dt 30:15-20 Ps 1:1-4,6 Lk 9:22-25
FRIDAY Is 58:1-9a Ps 51:3-6a,18-19 Mt 9:14-15
SATURDAY Is 58:9b-14 Ps 86:1-6 Lk 5:27-32
SUNDAY - 1ST SUNDAY OF LENT
Gn 9:8-15 Ps 25:4-9 1Pt 3:18-22 Mk 1:12-15
· Contact Sister Alberta in the CCD Office at 201-659-1794 or at the Convent 201-963-0998 if you’re interested in the Villa Roma trip June 22nd-27th, 5 nights/6 days. Price includes: hotel accommodations, meals, activities, night entertainment, tips, tax and transportation - Adults: $540 + $40 transportation; Children up to 3 yrs. are free; 4 to 10 $150 + $40 transportation; 11 to 17 $175 + $40 transportation
· Candidates for the Fall Confirmation have begun their preparation with an Enrollment Ceremony last Sunday. It was a great showing. I want to thank all parents and sponsors for participating.
· Please remember these Candidates in your prayers. In the near future, their pictures will be displayed in back of church. There will also be a basket with their names. We ask all parishioners to become a prayer partner to one of these candidates and to get to know them.
· Confirmation classes in session on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8 p.m.
· Parent Club Meeting today from 10-11:15. All parents are to attend.
· First Penance Practice March 10,12,13 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. in church.
· First Penance Day will be on March 15th at 11 a.m. Children are to be here by 10:45 in church.
· March 16th - First Communion meeting from 10-11:15 a.m. in Chapel Hall. Please be on time!
· March 23rd - First practice for Last Supper Presentation from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Chapel Hall. Religious Education and Catholic School students. If you want your child to be part of this.
March 30th - Confirmation Concert in church at 3 p.m.
for Grade 7 Candidates, Parents and Sponsors.
Grade 6 also invited to come with their parents.
ALL are welcome to attend.
Our Web Site
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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 Seniors
A trip to Atlantic City has been planned for March 26, 2003. Cost is $11. Bus will leave from in front of St. Anne’s Church at 9 a.m. We are going to the Sands Casino.
Welcome to our Family
We recently received five new members to our St. Anne’s Parish Family through the Sacrament of Baptism. As they begin their new life of grace, we ask that you remember them in your prayers. They are:
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Support Groups for Parents Grieving the Loss
of a Child
The Office of Family Life Ministries of the Archdiocese of Newark sponsors two support groups for “Parents Grieving the Death of a Child”. Groups meet on the first Wednesday of each month at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Center, 60 Byrd Avenue, Bloomfield, and on the third Monday of each month at St. Peter the Apostle Rectory, 445 Fifth Avenue, River Edge. There is no preregistration and there is no fee. All meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. For further information, please contact the Office of Family Life at 973-497-4327.
Annulment Information Evening
An Annulment Information Evening is scheduled for Wednesday, March 12th. A canon lawyer from the Archdiocese of Newark will discuss the most recent theology, guidelines and requirements for obtaining a Church annulment. The information will be presented in terms that all can understand. A question and answer period will conclude the session. Pre-registration is not necessary. This evening of information will be held at Corpus Christi RC Church, (School Cafeteria), 218 Washington Place, Hasbrouck Heights, at 7:30 p.m. For additional information, please call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 973-497-4327.
Aids Compassion Sunday
AIDS Compassion Sunday is March 2nd and will be celebrated at all Masses throughout the Archdiocese of Newark. Encourage your family and friends who may be living with HIV/AIDS to join us and feel welcomed.
Felician Day of Recollection
Are you a single, young adult, Catholic woman between ages 18-35 searching to deepen your spiritual life? The Felician Franciscan Sisters invite you for a day of recollection, “Living a Eucharistic Life” on Saturday, March 15th at Heart of Mary Convent, 257 South Main St., Lodi - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Contact Sr. Marilyn Minter at 973-473-5923.
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March 2nd, 2003
2:16-17, 21-22, 2 Cor 3:1-6, Mk 2:18-22
day, when the disciples of John the Baptist and the Pharisees were fasting, some
people asked Jesus, "Why is it that both the disciples of John and of the
Pharisees fast, but yours do not?" Jesus answered, "How can the
wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the
bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. But the day will come when the
bridegroom will be taken from them and on that day they will fast.
one sews a piece of new cloth on an old coat, because the new patch will shrink
and tear away from the old cloth, making a worse tear. And no one puts new wine
into old wineskins, for the wine would burst the skins and then both the wine
and the skins would be lost. But new wine, new skins!"
the gospel, Jesus used wedding imagery to describe his presence among his
disciples as a groom among her guests. His wedding is a time to celebrate, not
rest. "As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. But
the day will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them and on that day
they will fast." Christian life is a happy one. No doubt it knows trials
and difficult times. It often fasts from pleasures, but
it never fasts from joy.
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said to his disciples, "Be careful not to make a show of your righteousness
before people. If you do so, you do not gain anything from your Father in
heaven. When you give something to the poor, do not have it trumpeted before
you, as do those who want to be seen in the synagogues and in the streets in
order to be praised by the people. I assure you, they have been already paid in
you give something to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right
hand is doing, so that your gift remains really secret. Your Father who sees
what is kept secret, will reward you.
you pray, do not be like those who want to be seen. They love to stand and pray
in the synagogues or on street corners to be seen by everyone. I assure you,
they have already been paid in full. When you pray, go into your room, close the
door and pray to your Father who is with you in secret; and your Father who sees
what is kept secret will reward you.
you fast, do not put on a miserable face as do the hypocrites. They put on a
gloomy face, so people can see they are fasting. I tell you this: they have been
paid in full already. When you fast, wash your face and make yourself look
cheerful, because you are not fasting for appearances or for people, but for
your Father who sees beyond appearances. And your Father, who sees what is kept
secret will reward you."
Wednesday begins the great season of Lent, when we are invited to "rend our
hearts and not our garments" and to "offer to God a sacrifice of a
humble and contrite spirit." As we enter into the spirit of this season, it
is good to remind ourselves of the truthfulness and honesty that Jesus asks of
his followers-one that suggests an almost child-like disposition. A child is
spontaneous and free in what he does. In a way, our way of living our faith
should be the same, spontaneous, free, child-like, honest, and true. The world
must know of our faith and our commitment to it. We must not hide the fact that
we follow in the footsteps of Christ. But what Jesus was really warning against
was not so much the external manifestations of our faith, but the internal
dispositions that lead one to them. What one's motives and intentions are makes
all the difference. For Jesus, it is what lies deep in our hearts that is of the