On Easter Sunday, Catholics throughout the world reaffirm their Christian faith by renewing their baptismal promises. Lent is a preparation for that renewal, a time to reflect more deeply on our beliefs and to become more committed to living them out. Drawing on the insights of Boston College theologian, Fr. Michael Himes, this five-week course will focus on the creed and cover fresh perspectives on our ancient faith.
Required text: Fr. Himes’s The Mystery of Faith, An Introduction to Catholicism (available through Amazon).
Fr. William Beaudin, O.F.M. will teach this course on
Wednesdays, February 21 – March 21,
from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.
Please Note: Due to the low number of registrants, the Sunday afternoon session of “Light from Light: Rethinking the Catholic Creed,” scheduled to begin this Sunday, February 18, has been cancelled. Please join us for the Wednesday evening session of the same course, beginning February 21 at 6 p.m.
This option – as Benedict XVI has taught – ‘is implicit in our Christian faith in a God who became poor for us, so as to enrich us with his poverty.’ This is why I want a church which is poor and for the poor. They have much to teach us. Not only do that share in the ‘sensus dei’, but in their difficulties they know the suffering Christ. We need to let ourselves be evangelized by them. The new evangelization is an invitation to acknowledge the saving power at work in their lives and to put them in the center of the church’s pilgrim way. We are called to find Christ in them, to lend our voice to their causes, but also to be their friends, to listen to them, to speak for them and to embrace the mysterious wisdom which God wishes to share with us through them.”
Sometimes called the second founder of the Franciscan Order, the thirteenth century friar, St. Bonaventure, was a theologian and mystic who helped shape the Franciscan tradition of thought and spirituality. His Tree of Life is a meditation on the life of Christ organized in such a way that the reader might imagine a tree with branches and fruits, and then use the image as an aid to memory.
This three-week course will take an in-depth look at this Christian classic, discuss its practical implications for our own spiritual growth today, and explore artistic representations of the Tree of Life that were inspired by St. Bonaventure’s text.
Instructor: John Bedding eld, T.S.S.F., D.Min. Thursdays: March 1 – 15, 2018
5:45 – 7:00 PM; San Damiano Hall; Fee: $30.00
To register for this course, CLICK HERE, or use one of the Adult Education brochures at the entrances of the church.
The Second Sunday of Lent offers some familiar Scriptures for us to think about during the week. From the book of Genesis, we hear God asking Abraham to o er his son “as a holocaust.” We ask: Why would God ask this of Abraham whom He loved? Abraham’s willingness to cooperate brought God’s favor to him and he was prevented from laying his hand on the boy. Then we hear of Peter, James and John with Jesus on the mountain where Jesus was transfigured before them. Wow, what experiences! These are very different from our daily experiences or are they? Our experiences of being asked to do difficult things may not be as extreme as Abraham’s was or our experiences of Jesus may not be as dazzling as Peter, James, and John had on the mountain, but we can probably recall similar events in our lives. When you think back about these, how did you respond?
Last week, we published the income from Sunday collections here in church as well as online Sunday donations and weekday collections for the month of January. I plan on doing this every month and we have compared these figures with last year’s figures. It is noteworthy to see how online Sunday donations have increased since last year. The reasons that the Sunday collections in church were less than last year may be due to the weather. Remember, we had many very cold weekends and many people were suffering with the flu during this time. Even in church we had problems with the heating system for a period of time. As you can see, we have a budgeted amount for each month and have fallen short of that.
Online giving in the Sunday collection is an easy, consistent, thoughtful way of giving. Check below on how to do this or email Joe Nuzzi for help (email@example.com).
-Fr. Andrew Reitz, O.F.M.
Click HERE to sign up for online giving to to increase your weekly or monthly donation.
We need everyone to support our church to make up our budget deficit.
Essentials to a good Lenten journey: Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving
A Lenten Recollection by Fr. Brian Smail, OFM
Saturday, February 24, 2018
1:30pm to 4:00pm
For more information, please contact: Carla (718) 503-4637, Imelda (646) 623-3498, Jean (646) 525-0704, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by the UGNAYAN FILIPINO MINISTRY
Please come and join us! All are welcome!
The Gospel for the First Sunday of Lent always focuses on the temptations that Jesus experienced in the desert. Today’s version from Mark is a little different in that Mark mentions that Jesus was in the desert for forty days and was tempted by Satan, but doesn’t go into any details about the temptations as the other Gospels do. We don’t hear the familiar account, but still Jesus is tempted. It is good for us to know what our temptations are and how we deal with them…or do we? The Gospel concludes: “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”
Repent: change your ways, leave behind those things that distract you that may appear to be attractive, but aren’t. Believe in the Gospel: this is what gives life and reflects our true selves. This is what brings light into darkness and peace into our world.
Congratulations to our catechumens who will be going to St. Patrick’s Cathedral for the Rite of Election on Sunday afternoon. This is an important step as they enter into the final weeks before their baptism at the Easter Vigil. Congratulations to our candidates who are moving ahead toward full initiation into the church. Our prayers are with you!
This weekend, I am with our Young Adults on retreat at Loyola Retreat Center in Morristown. This is our fifth annual Young Adult Retreat, and one of the favorite activities of our Young Adult Ministry, so please keep us in your prayers.
-Fr. Andrew Reitz, O.F.M.
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick brings the presence and healing power of Christ to those who are ill. We invite all who are sick and those who would like to pray for them to come to this celebration of the sacrament.
Is anyone among you sick? They should summon the elders of the church, and they should pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up. If they have committed any sins, they will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.
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