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My dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
On one Sunday each year the Catholic Church in the United States focuses special attention on its teaching ministry. This year dioceses across the country will mark Catechetical Sunday 2017 today, September 17th, using the theme established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: “Living As Missionary Desciples.” The Archdiocese of Newark celebrates this theme in every parish as we commission the faithful who serve as catechists in faith formation programs, Catholic schools, youth ministry, adult catechetical programs and in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. At the same time, we should recall that the mission of catechesis, that is, living as missionary disciples and helping others to do the same—belongs to all of us. Every baptized person shares in the call to proclaim the Gospel by the way we live and the choices we make. The catechetical mission is given in an extraordinary fashion to parents, who are the first educators of their children in the faith. Through its faith formation program, each parish must support the family in their crucial responsibility.

Dear friends,
Welcome back. Welcome home. Happy New Year. All sentiments that have to do with beginning and return, returning home from vacations, returning back to school, beginning a new school year and a new program year. All conjured up by the idea that September marks a change. For some, it’s the first time a child has gone off to college. For others, the first time a child will go off to school for a full day, every day. Whatever the case may be – let’s all step into this new present with a renewed sense of hope for all that can be and a new vision and dream that we can make it all come true.

St. Francis of Assisi has always been my favorite of all the saints partly because we both share a love of God’s creatures (he is the Patron of Animals), but more so for a quote of his, “Preach the Gospel always….when necessary use words!” I think the reason why this quote of St. Francis holds such meaning for me is because I have experienced the truth of these words.

For nearly a week, the individual and national wounds opened by the violence in Charlottesville, Va., have been raw and pulsating. As a pastor, I struggled to say something to make sense of what we've all heard and seen. I wrote in the name of “the one and a half million Catholic men, women and children of the Archdiocese of Newark – people who trace their roots to every continent of the world and represent every race and ethnicity,” who viewed with horror the recent events in Charlottesville and condemned the racism and vicious rhetoric that contributed to this tragic moment in our nation’s history.

Dear Friends,
As we approach the beginning of another program year, I offer these words from Pope Francis (the last for the summer). They come from a message he sent to catechists attending an international meeting on catechesis, the teaching of the faith.

Dear Friends,
More words from Pope Francis. These come from his reflection on the Gospel read at Mass on July 23rd. If you remember, it was the Gospel of the parable of the wheat and the weeds. He gave this reflection as part of the recitation of the Angelus, a Sunday tradition in Rome.

Dear Friends,
More thoughts from Pope Francis, spoken on Sunday, July 9th.

“Dear brothers and Sisters, Good morning!
“In today’s Gospel, Jesus says: ‘Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.’ (Mt. 11:28). The Lord does not reserve this phrase for certain friends of his, no; he addresses it to ‘all’ those who are weary and overwhelmed by life. And who could feel excluded from this invitation? The Lord knows how arduous life can be. He knows that many things weary the heart: disappointments and wounds of the past, burdens to carry and wrongs to bear in the present, uncertainties and worries about the future.

Dear friends,
More words from the Holy Father, particularly striking to me as one who is at the age of which Pope Francis writes.  The pope gave this homily to assembled Cardinals on the occasion of the celebration of his 25th Anniversary of ordination as a bishop. Even though he speaks of “grandfathers,” it applies to all of us counted as “older,” grandfathers and grandmothers and great aunts and uncles. WE are all called to dream and to pass on this dream to the young.

Dear friends,
As promised (broken several times), I finally defer to the Pope. A talk, given at his General Audience on June 28th.

“Dear brothers and sisters,
Today we reflect on Christian hope as the strength of martyrs. While in the Gospel Jesus sends the disciples on mission, he does not mislead them with mirages of easy success. On the contrary he warns them clearly that the proclamation of the Kingdom of God always involves opposition. And he also uses an extreme expression: ‘and you will be hated – hated by all for my sake.’ (Mt 10:22). Christians love but they are not always loved. Jesus places us before this reality from the start. In a somewhat strong measure, the confession of faith occurs in a hostile climate.

Dear Friends,
Sorry. Here we go again, even though I said I wouldn’t. If you look at Breaking Bread, you’ll see the readings for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time. But when you hear the readings for today, you will be hearing readings from the Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. All the parishes around the world will be celebrating the 15th Sunday, but parishes named in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel are allowed on this Sunday to celebrate the Patronal Feast of the Parish, which we will be doing.

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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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