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Dear Friends,
I call your attention to the two new banners above the hymn boards in the front of the church. Both banners depict an ocean-shore scene with large boulders or stones. On one, there is the simple wording, “We are Living Stones.” On the other, a quote from Pope Francis, “Dear Brothers and sisters, the Church loves you! Be an active presence in the community, as living cells, as living stones.” His words echo the words of Pope St. John Paul II, at Evening Prayer at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, upon his arrival in Newark and the United States when, praising the beauty of the Cathedral, he nonetheless reminded the over-flow congregation that, as Church, we were the living stones of God’s Kingdom.

“We Are Living Stones” is the name of the capitol campaign introduced by the Archdiocese in the winter of 2015. In a partnership of the Archdiocese with each parish, the campaign looks to the future of both, so that both the Archdiocese and every parish secure a solid financial foundation for that future and continue to meet the challenges of discipleship that lay ahead, both for ourselves and our children and grandchildren (for me – figuratively speaking of course) to follow. The parishes were divided into three blocks, one last winter, and the second this past fall, and the third, this winter/spring. Our parish is now in that third block.

When I say partnership, I am referring to the fact that the campaign will be a 50/50 split between the needs of the Archdiocese and the needs of the parish. On the Archdiocesan side the proceeds will fund three principle Endowments, (1) for tuition assistance for Catholic schools, (2) training for future priests, (3) increased costs for the healthcare for retired priests. For our parish, three groups worked on addressing our parish needs, the parish Pastoral Council, the parish Finance Council and the parish staff. Those bodies came up with these three needs, (1) a full-time Pastoral Associate for the Sick and the Elderly (like Sr. Lucy), (2) the replacement of the energy wasteful windows in the rectory and former convent , and (3) re-purposing and renovation of the former convent which is mostly underutilized. But because we are a tithing parish, even before we address those needs, the first 10% of the parish share will go to those in need.

Can my words help explain either the need or the opportunity this campaign presents? I would be the first one to say no. To help better understand how We Are Living Stones can be our legacy to those who follow after us, every parish household has been invited to an educational reception designed to raise awareness about this project and to give everyone the opportunity to ask whatever questions they may have. (and to eat and drink a little while you’re at it). You should have received an invitation to one of the three receptions that will be held over the next two weeks. I hope you have responded already. If you have not, I encourage you to do so this weekend, either by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone to the Living Stones Response Line, 201.444.2000, ext. 209.

Please join us. We are here today in this beautiful church because those who went before us knew they lived not just for the moment, but for the future as well. We need to do the same for those who will come after us.

God Bless,
Fr. Ron

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Mass Schedule

Weekend Liturgies
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m.,
11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m.,
3 p.m. (Spanish), 6:30 p.m.
Weekday Liturgies
Monday thru Friday,
6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m.,
and 12 noon
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. only
Holy Days
Eve: 7:30pm (anticipated)
6:30am, 8:30am, and 12noon 

 

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