ASSUMPTION CHURCH, WOOD RIDGE, NJ                                                                               April 11, 2010

                                                                   Sunday (Apr. 18)
                                                                           5:30 PM (Sat.)     + Nicholas R. Del Bueno
Friars’ Corner                                                             8:00 AM            + Vincent Del Giudice
                                                                           9:30 AM            + Mary Cecere
   Friday, April 23rd Blessed Giles of Assisi – 1190-1262
                                                                           11:00 AM           + Joseph Mastbeth, Sr.
                          Giles, one of the first followers of     Monday (Apr. 19)
                          Saint Francis, was a simple and                  8:00 AM            + Gabriel & Sammy Costantino
                          prayerful man. Giles the farmer          Tuesday (Apr. 20)
                          distributed his goods to the poor and            7:30 AM            + Paula Lefante
                          became one of Francis’ first disciples   Wednesday (Apr. 21)
                          on April 23, 1208. The Poverello                 7:30 AM            + Jennifer Kressaty
                          introduced Giles to the others saying,   Thursday (Apr. 22)
“Here is a good brother God has sent us! Let us sit down to                7:30 AM            + A. Howard Vill’Neuve – 3rd Ann.
table and celebrate his coming.”                                   Friday (Apr. 23)
          Early in his life as a Franciscan, Giles went on                 8:00 AM            + Joyce Family
pilgrimages to Rome, to the Holy Land and to the famous            Saturday (Apr. 24)
shrine of St. James at Compostela, Spain. His 1219 preaching               8:00 AM            + Mr. & Mrs. Louis Cafiero
mission to the Muslims of Tunis was cut short when                         5:30 PM            + Carmela & Vincent Minervino
Christians there, fearing he would cause trouble for them, put     Sunday (Apr. 25)
him on the boat back to Italy. Giles then worked several years             8:00 AM            Mabel Sinnema
as a day laborer. In 1234, he moved to Monte Ripido near                   9:30 AM            + Gorrell, O’Beirne & Stoltz
Perugia to pursue a contemplative life. Giles lived there until                                 Families
his death.                                                                 11:00 AM           All Parishioners
          Giles always worked for his daily bread even if he
was a guest someplace. Once when he was staying with a
                                                                   The Gifts of Bread and Wine being consecrated at all our
cardinal, the morning brought a hard rain. The cardinal
                                                                   Masses this week have been donated in memory or honor
happily thought that Giles would miss a day’s work and have
to accept his charity. The ingenious friar, however, went to
                                                                                  Altar Bread – Anna Pacello
the kitchen of the palace and spent the day helping the cook
                                                                                Altar Wine – Robert Witkowski
clean it and prepare the evening meal!
                                                                            Sanctuary Lamp – Robert Grembowiec
          When St. Bonaventure (July 15) came to Perugia,
                                                                                Mass Candles – Anders Larson
Giles asked him if an ignorant person could love God as much
as a scholar. Bonaventure, one of the leading theologians
from the University of Paris and at the time minister general of         NEXT SUNDAY’S SCRIPTURE READINGS
the friars, responded, “A little old woman can love God even              First Reading: Acts 13:14, 43-52
more than a master of theology.” Giles immediately ran out,               Second Reading:Revelation 7:9, 14b-7
met an old woman and told her, “O poor little old woman,                  Gospel:        John 10:27-30
though you are simple and uneducated, just love the Lord God
and you can be greater than Brother Bonaventure.”
          Pope Gregory IX, the former Cardinal Hugolino and                            Food Pantry
a great admirer of St. Francis, once brought Giles to Viterbo in                       Peace and All Good! Just imagine if
order to experience his holiness firsthand. They began                                 everyone reading this or hearing about
speaking of heaven, and Giles twice went into ecstasy for long                         it brought just one item to Mass next
periods of time.                                                                       weekend:
          One of the last of Francis’ early followers to die,                                  Solid white canned tuna
Giles denounced any relaxation of discipline in the Rule of St.
Francis. Giles was beatified in 1777.
                                                                   THOSE WHO ARE SICK, ESPECIALLY
         Blessed Giles of Assisi, pray for us!
                                                                                            Joan McKenna, Marilyn Loveridge,
                           God bless,                                                       Pauline Rosati, Frank Horn, Angela
                                                                                            Baratta Lewis, Christopher Grutta,
                           Fr. Paul, ofm
                                                                                            Alicia    Caltagirone,  Christopher
                                                                                            Ravinello, Helen Voit
                Assumption School
Celebrating Spain in Mrs. Mayer's Spanish Classes -
Although grammar and vocabulary are the primary focus of
Mrs. Mayer's Spanish classes at Assumption, this month the          Sat., Apr. 24, 5:30 p.m.
students are also learning about the culture of Spain in some       Lectors           M. Costa; C. Sarracino
detail. Grade 8 is translating articles from Spanish into English   Eucharist         Deacon N. Valdez; C. Valdez; B. Meany
about the great Spanish artists of the classical and modern         Servers           Nicholas Camillieri; Cathy Grundling
eras. Among these artists are Goya, El Greco, Velazquez,                              Andrea Sarracino
Picasso and Dali. Students will present their translations as       Sun., Apr. 25, 8:00 a.m.
well as display replicas of the most famous Spanish paintings.      Lectors           B. Cameron; J. Trause
Grade 7 students will be learning about the Roman conquest          Eucharist         S. Sarracino; A. Giuseffi; G. Delfino
of Spain and its influence. Grade 6 will be learning about the      Servers           Colleen Cribben; Caitlin Maloney
Moors and their widespread impact on the language and                                 Daniel O’Beirne
landscape of Spain. Grade 5 is working on performing a short        Sun., Apr. 25, 9:30 a.m.
play based on the most famous Spanish novel, Don Quixote.           Lectors           S. Johnson; D. Materia
And Grade 4 students are learning about the Spanish                 Eucharist         B. Grattagliano; M. Spies; E. Marasciulo
expeditions to the Americas, and their influence on American                          T. Zito; F. Materia
history, geography and culture.                                     Servers           Caitlin, Patrick, & Peter Lorfink
Students in Grades 4 through 8 are also preparing to present a      Sun., Apr. 25, 11:00 a.m.
Spanish Assembly next month. Students will share a sampling         Lectors:          J. Mucciolo; J. Condon
of the songs, prayers and poetry that they have learned in class    Eucharist:        M. Donovan; C. Trause; C. Vieria
over the year. Everyone is invited to attend the Spanish            Servers:          Michael Musella; Samantha Stanton
Assembly on Wednesday, May 5 at 1 pm. Come support our                                Jillian Vlacancich
students as they recite the Ave Maria, La Cucaracha, La
Bamba and many more Spanish favorites!                              Parish 50/50 – Tickets will be on sale in front of the church
                                                                    before and after all Masses this week. Tickets are $10.00 each
               Assumption School Car Raffle                         All proceeds will be used to help offset the extraordinary costs
             Win a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS!                        of maintaining the parish facilities. First prize expected to be
Car raffle tickets are $25.00 each. Limit of 3000 tickets           over $3500. If you would like a book of tickets, please see or
being sold. The Drawing will be held on May 11, 2010 at             call Jack Nagel at 201-641-2803.
7:30 P.M. in the Assumption School Cafeteria. Winner
does not need to be present. Tickets being sold at: Salon                         SACRIFICIAL GIVING
Firenze, 272 Valley Blvd., Wood-Ridge, NJ 07075 (201) 933-                     Year-To-Year Comparison Totals
1122.     To    place   order,    go    to  our   website:                    Apr. 12, 2009      Apr. 11, 2010                              Easter $24,710.00          $5,462.00
                                                                                    Last Week’s Donations
    Assumption Religious Education Program                             Recordable Donations             Number of envelopes
               Let the Children Come to Me…
                                                                        $100.00 +                                 3
                                                                          50.00 +                               16
                    On Saturday, April 10th, our first                    35.00 +                                 9
                    Communicants celebrated Spirit Day                    25.00 +                               40
                    with bread baking, banner sharing and                 20.00 +                               50
                    a Church tour. Many thanks to Father                  15.00 +                               27
                    Brian, Deacon Nick, teachers, parents                 10.00 +                               93
                    and Confirmation Candidates who                        5.00 +                               90
                    shared their time with us and made the                 1.00-4.00                            26
                    day a learning experience and fun. A
                    very special thank you to Angie for your                  Wedding Anniversary Celebrations
time & patience with the children.                                  The Archdiocese of Newark will be honoring couples who
                                                                    will celebrate 50 years of Christian marriage in 2010, to be
Youth Ministry                                                      celebrated in Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark:
ACCTM would like to thank our parishioners, families and                     June 6, 3 p.m. 50 years (Bergen & Hudson)
friends for their attendance and support of the Stations of the              (Deadline to register is Friday, May 28.)
Cross production and "Elvis: One Night with You" event that         Reservations to attend can be made by calling the Friary office
recently took place.                                                as soon as practicable, but before the appropriate deadlines
                                                                    indicated above.
Youth group will meet on Sunday, Apr. 18th at 7pm at
Assumption's Hayes Center for a witness talk from a special                    Social Services Helpline (800) 227-7413
guest speaker on the Gifts & Fruits of the Holy Spirit. High        A Pregnancy Center number has been set up for those
school teens are invited to attend.                                 struggling with what to do in a crisis pregnancy. If you need
                                                                    help, please call: Pat Chiarello (201) 246-7379.
                      High School Expo                          Pro Life Corner
              Seton Hall University Field House                 Your spiritually adopted baby is growing quite beautifully
               400 So. Orange Ave., So. Orange                  now. His weight is approaching 2 pounds. Babies born
           Wednesday, April 21, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.              prematurely at this time have a very good chance of surviving.
Is your child currently in grades 6 or 7? Is your child         The medical advances in caring for extremely small newborn
currently in high school and looking for a change? Now is the   infants are extraordinary indeed. Former Justice Sandra Day
time to start learning about our Catholic secondary schools     O'Connor has remarked that the Roe v. Wade decision is on a
and what they have to offer. Over 20 Catholic high schools      collision course with itself. Each passing year, we witness
from the Archdiocese of Newark will be present. No pre-         medical advances that allow our medical professionals to save
registration is required.       For directions and further      younger and younger premature infants.
information, visit or call 973-497-4258.

                                                                The Alumnae Association of Immaculate Conception High
                 Praying for our Priests                        School, Lodi is sponsoring A TASTE OF… a culinary event
                                                                where local restaurants provide samplings of their signature
        Apr. 16 – Apr. 23                                       dishes. The event is scheduled for Monday evening, April 26,
                Fr. Brian:         Patsy Baghdo                 2010 at 6:45p.m. in the high school cafeteria. To compliment
                Fr. Paul:          Cathie Vieira                the evening, gift certificates for dinners, cookbooks and
                Fr. Tom:           John Lopes                   culinary-inspired baskets will be raffled. Proceeds of the
                                                                evening will benefit the Alumnae Scholarship Fund. Tickets
                                                                are available at a cost of $25. To obtain tickets call The
                                                                Alumnae Office at 973-773-2400 Ex 23.
              Mother’s Day Spiritual Bouquets are
              available at all entrances of the
              Church.                                                                April is Autism Awareness Month
                                                                                The Catholic Church acknowledges that all
                                                                                people are made in the image of God, and
                                                                                further, that all baptized people share in the life
                                                                                and mission of the Church. In affirming this,
                                                                                the US Conference of Catholic Bishops issued
                                                                                the Pastoral Statement on People with
                                                                                Disabilities, which calls for the integration and
For anyone who has lost a loved one, Assumption Parish
                                                                fuller participations of people with disabilities into parish life.
offers Bereavement Counseling. Please call the Friary,
                                                                During the month of April, in particular, please pray the
201-438-5555, and leave your name & phone number.
                                                                following for families and people living with an autism
Suggested readings from the Newark Archdiocese                  spectrum disorder.
Bereavement Group:
                                                                Loving Creator God,
    1. The Purpose Driven Life – Rick Warren
                                                                May the full splendor of your grace abide with all families
    2. From Hurting To Happy – Barbara Bartocci
                                                                touched by autism spectrum disorder. Give your children with
    3. I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye – Brook Noel
                                                                autism the strength they need to learn something new today.
    4. Seasons of Hope – Donna Mac Leod – Ava Maria
                                                                Give their parents the wisdom to see and nurture their
                                                                potential. Bless their teachers, supporters and friends whose
    5. Grief, Dying, Death – Therese Rando
                                                                commitment echoes your own faithfulness. Encourage all
    6. Lift Up Your Hearts – Maureen O’Brien
                                                                people who gather in your name to reach out and embrace
    7. The New Day Journal – Dr. Alan Wolfelt
                                                                those with autism. Help us all to see your image reflected in
    8. Living With Loss – Grief Digest
                                                                those who struggle with neurological disabilities. We ask this
                                                                in the name of your Son, who loved those on the margins as
Continuing the Journey and other books on grief are in the
                                                                his very own. Amen.
back of the church. Please feel free to pick one up.

                                                                                          “Peter was distressed that Jesus
                                                                                          had said to him a third time, „Do
                                                                                          you love me?‟ and he said to him,
                                                                                          „Lord, you know everything; you
                                                                                          know that I love you.‟ Jesus said to
                                                                                          him, „Feed my sheep.‟” John 21:17
        CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF THE                               All of us are challenged to show our love for Jesus by
         ARCHDIOCESE OF NEWARK                                  “feeding His sheep.” We are called to help those who are less
        International Adoption Information Meeting              fortunate. One way that we can do this is through the
          Saturday, April 24, 2010, 10 am – 12 pm               Archbishop’s Annual Appeal. This year, take time to ask God
                499 Belgrove Dr., Kearny, NJ                    if you are giving as much as He wants you to give.
       For directions and to register call 201-246-7378
             Attention High School Seniors                                          A Prayer for our Priests
Applications for the Wood-Ridge Memorial Foundation                We thank you, God our Father, for those who have responded
Scholarships are available at the Guidance office of area high     to your call to priestly ministry. Accept this prayer we offer
schools and at Kearny Federal Saving Bank in Wood Ridge.           on their behalf: Fill your priests with the sure knowledge of
YOU MUST BE A RESIDENT OF WOOD RIDGE TO                            your love. Open their hearts to the power and consolation of
APPLY. Applications must be returned by Friday, April 23,          the Holy Spirit. Lead them to new depths of union with your
2010. Last year the Foundation awarded over $37,000 in             Son. Increase in them profound faith in the Sacraments they
scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $4,500. If you need more       celebrate as they nourish, strengthen and heal us.
information, contact Don Rodriguez at Kearny Federal               Lord Jesus Christ, grant that these, your priests, may inspire
Savings Bank, 201-939-3400 ext. 124.                               us to strive for holiness by the power of their example, as men
                                                                   of prayer who ponder your word and follow your will.
                     Knights of Columbus Scholarship               O Mary, Mother of Christ and our mother, guard with your
                     The St. Anthony Council #11585 will           maternal care those chosen ones, so dear to the Heart of your
                     award a $500.00 scholarship to an 8th         Son. Intercede for our priests that, offering the Sacrifice of
                     grader who has been accepted to and will      your Son, they may be conformed more each day to the image
                     attend a Catholic high school this            of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
                     September. The recipient must be a
                     parishioner of the Church of the                                        Retreat for Separated/Divorced
Assumption of Our Blessed Lady, Wood Ridge, NJ. All                                          Fr. Tom’s Franciscan Retreat team
applicants must presently be in the 8th grade class in either a                              will be giving a retreat for those
public or parochial school. Applications are available at the                                who are separated or divorced on
Assumption School, the guidance office at Wood Ridge Jr.                                     June 4, 5 and 6, 2010. If interested,
/Sr. High School or the church friary. Deadline for all                                      please call Fr. Tom at 973-985-
applications is May 6, 2010.                                                                 9736.

          Assumption Church Memorial Fund
A special Thank You! to the following for their generous                                   Catholic Home Missions Appeal
donation to the Assumption Church Memorial Fund:                                       This year, the Catholic Home Missions
Donor                                    In Memory of:                                 Appeal turns its focus to youth ministry.
Madeline Spies           Correction      Nancy DiCiancia                               In these programs, young Catholics grow
Winifred Derosa                          Nancy DiCiancia                               in faith and gain valuable leadership
                                                                                       skills.   Without this Appeal, poorer
                                                                   dioceses in the United States cannot sustain vital youth
                                   Calling all firefighters,       programs. Next weekend, April 24-25, a collection for this
                                   families and friends of         Appeal will be taken up. Your generosity will help strengthen
                                   the Fire Services               the Church at home.
                                   The      Archdiocese       of
                                   Newark will hold its                                     Thank you note from Madeline
Annual St. Florian Mass for Firefighters on Sunday, May 2 at                                Spies: I plan and organize the Holy
3 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in                                     Thursday and Easter environment
Newark. Come honor those who serve to protect our                                           for the church, but a wonderful
communities from the dangers of fire. The combined services                                 group of parishioners each year do
of Pipes and Drums will participate. All are invited to attend.    the physical work to create the atmosphere. My thanks to
                                                                   them for always being there when I need them: Letty, Frank
The 8th Annual Mass for the EMS community will be                  and Donna Materia; Mary Nunez, Nancy and Scott Ihle;
offered by Aux. Bishop Manuel A. Cruz on Sunday, Apr. 25           Elaine and Kyle McBreen; Barbara Moore, Gloria Troisi and
at 12 noon at Sacred Heart Cathedral Basilica in Newark.           Paul Rood. John Wojciehowski waters the plants.
You and your family are invited to join in this Mass dedicated
                                                                                     The Parish Shawl Ministry members have
to the members of the Emergency Medical Services
                                                                                     knitted or crocheted over 150 shawls and
                                                                                     distributed them to nursing homes and
        St. Mary’s Schools Annual Spring Carnival                                    homebound parishioners. They have
                   April 20th thru April 24th                      purchased the yarn at their own expense. If anyone has yarn
To be held at Memorial Field (Darwin Ave.) in Rutherford.          or would be interested in purchasing one pound yarn bolts, we
The carnival is open during the following days and times:          would appreciate your generosity. The group will meet on
         Tues., Apr. 20                       6 p.m. – 10 p.m.     Monday, Apr. 26 at 1:30 p.m. in the Friary meeting room.
         Wed., Apr. 21                        6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
         Thurs., Apr. 22                      6 p.m. – 10 p.m.     The officers and members of the Rosary Altar Society would
         Fri., Apr. 23                        6 p.m. – 11 p.m.     like to thank all who donated items to our recent "BABY
         Sat., Apr. 24                        3 p.m. – 11 p.m.     SHOWER" for Birthright of Bergen County. The handmade
Enjoy rides, games, food, sand art and more! Visit the baked       and new items will be greatly appreciated by the new mothers.
goods table. Say a special prayer for good weather!                Thank you again.
HELP!!!!                    HELP!!!!                     HELP!!!!

                Assumption Parish Food Pantry Shelves
                Urgently Need Restocking!

                 Our Parishioners are the ONLY RESOURCE we have to restock
our pantry for the needy who come to us every Wednesday morning for assistance.

We ask that each person coming to Church NEXT WEEKEND, April 24 and 25,
to bring at least one item to donate. Items desperately needed are:

      * Canned Goods * Cereals * Baby Foods * Diapers
      * Juices * Pasta * Rice * Instant Potatoes * Soup
      * Tuna * Canned Stew * Canned Ham (non refrigerated)
      * Coffee * Tea * Peanut Butter/Jelly * Toilet paper
      * Paper towels * Toiletries * Beverages * Ensure®

Money Donations for Supermarket vouchers and purchases are gladly accepted.
Checks should be made out to “SFO–Assumption Fraternity.” If you choose to
purchase vouchers, they should be in the amount of $5.00 only. Please mark your
envelope “Pantry,” and place it in the collection basket. All bags of donated
groceries should be left in the Church vestibule.

Just think – if each one of us attending Mass the weekend of April 24 and 25
brings one item, our Food Pantry would be well stocked!

On behalf of the Secular Franciscan Fraternity members and your Franciscan
Friars, we thank you for your continued help and support.

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