Page One DECEMBER 21, 2008 Rev. Joseph Girone Today, just days before Christmas, we hear in today’s gospel of Mary’s “Yes” to God’s invitation that she join with God in bringing Jesus our Savior into the world. “The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth . . . to a virgin . . . and the virgin’s name was Mary”. (Luke 1:20) WORD CLUSTER The course of the world’s events would hinge on Mary’s response to the angel Gabriel. Her This cluster helps our parish proclaim and teach the good response, “Let it be done to me according to your news of Jesus Christ and forms Christian disciples. For information on this cluster, call Angie Stefanelli 973-759-5252. word”, is the response that we, too, are invited to give to God. Only by surrendering to God’s will can we hope to find peace and joy in our stressful READINGS FOR THE W EEK world. Monday: 1 Sm 1:24-28; Lk 1:46-56 Tuesday: Mal 3:1-4, 23-24; Lk 1:57-66 How mysterious are God’s ways; God chooses a W ednesday: 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Lk 1:67-79 poor, young virgin girl to bring about our Thursday: Vigil: Is 62:1-5; Ps 89; Acts 13:16-17, 22-25; Mt 1:1-25 salvation. Angels, too, are important in the story Midnight: Is 9:1-6; Ps 96; Ti 2:11-14; Lk 2:1-14 of the birth of Jesus, and in the resurrection stories Dawn: Is 62:11-12; Ps 97; Ti 3:4-7; Lk 2:15-20 as well. Day: Is 52:7-10; Ps 98; Heb 1:1-6; Jn 1:1-18 Friday: Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59; Mt 10:17-22 Angel means “messenger”. Little is known about Saturday: 1 Jn 1:1-4; Jn 20:1a, 2-8 who angels are. They are described in the bible by Sunday: Sir 3:2-7, 12-14; Ps 128; Col 3:12-21; Lk 2:22-40 what they do. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches the following about angels: • God created them before the creation of CONFIRM ATION OR BAPTISM FOR ADULTS the world On Thursday, January 15 th at 8:00PM in the Rectory, • They are less than God there will be an R.C.I.A. Inquiry Session. R.C.I.A. stand for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. If you are an • They do not have bodies but are pure adult or adolescent who has not yet received your spirits Confirmation, or who would like to be baptized or to • They do not die; they are immortal become a Catholic, this meeting is for you. If you have • They have intelligence any questions, you can call Fr. Mark at 973-751-2002. We see depictions of angels all over at this time of year: in decorations, Christmas cards, in stores. As YEAR OF ST. PAUL we enter this very holy week of Christmas, let us JUNE 28, 2008 - JUNE 29, 2009 take to heart the words of the angel Gabriel and the host of angels who greeted the shepherds: “Do not be afraid. For today a Savior is born to you, Christ the Lord.” Have a very Blessed Christmas! Page Two W e welcome into our Parish Community these children who were baptized during the month of November: Makayla Marie Cabrera, Catherine Victoria Danaci, Josh Saturday, December 20 Carlos DaSilva, Sara Alicia Lenahan, and Jonathan 5:50 John W engrin Jr (37 th Anniv), rq Mom & Family Alejandro Rojas. Sunday, December 21 7:00 For Our Parish Community 8:30 Lillian Peters, rq Caruso Family 10:00 Margaret McDermott Taylor, rq Theresa Larson McDermott & Daughter, Debra WORSHIP CLUSTER 11:30 Angelo Annicchiarico, rq Family 1:00 Isabel, Bonafacio, W ilson, Santos & M iguel Melendez, rq Carmen, Flora & Family Monday, December 22 This cluster helps our parish praise and worship God through liturgical celebrations. For more information on this cluster, 9:00 Felix Yasneski, rq Tartaglia Family call Betty Valladares 973-667-1323. 7:00 Matthew Torti (3 rd Anniv), rq Family Tuesday, December 23 7:15 B e rn a d e tte K e lly B ye rs, rq M ysia & H a n k Hoogsteden OUR HOLY FATHER’S INTENTIONS 9:00 Josefina Carvajal, rq Daughter FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER Christmas Eve, W ednesday, December 24 9:00 Geraldine Montalbano, rq Joney Pannullo General Intention: That in the face of a spreading 5:30 Anna Nucci (35 th Anniv), rq Judy, VJ & Vince culture of violence and death the Church, through her For a Special Intention apostolic and m issionary activities, may courageously 10:00 Doug Adamo, rq Raff & Family promote a culture of life. Roger Kennedy Sr. rq A Friend Z Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25 Mission Intention: That Christians, especially in mission 8:00 Serritella & Sorice Family, rq Mr & M rs Sal countries, may show with acts of fraternal love that the Sorice Child born I the stable at Bethlehem is the luminous 10:00 Raymond Gilbert (27 th Anniv), rq W ife, Emma Hope of the world. Gilbert 11:30 Flora & John Resciniti, rq Marino & Resciniti Families The CHURCH SANCTUARY LAMP will 1:00 Elena Narvaez & Jean Suscal, rq Floria Santillan burn week beginning December 21 st in Friday, December 26 loving memory of Isabella & Samuel 9:00 Louis DeLuca, rq W ife, Margaret Troiano at the request of daughters, Saturday, December 27 Anna & Rose . 8:00 Frances & Joseph Goi, rq Their 7 Children 5:30 Pat, Dot & Lisa Goldrick, rq Pat Nichols The BLESSED MOTHER LAMP will burn week Sunday, December 28 beginning December 21 st in loving memory of Carm ela 7:00 For Our Parish Community & Joseph Bianchino & Rose Petti at the request of 8:30 Harry Groome, rq W ife, Anna daughter & sister, Marie. 10:00 Patricia A Barletta, rq Daughter, Sally 11:30 Frank Hoffman (31 st Anniv), rq Family The SAINT JOSEPH LAMP will burn week beginning 1:00 Rafael Povedo, rq Povedo Family December 21 st in loving memory of Francesco Veltri at the request of his Family. Fourth Sunday of Advent The BREAD AND W INE used at our Eucharistic December 21, 2008 celebrations week beginning December 21 st have been The child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. donated in loving memory of Geraldine Montalbano by --Luke 1:35 her Family. Page Three Pray for those in our community who are ill among us: Clementina Abeng-Bailin, Josephine Calia, Chet Chrobocinski, Nancy WEDDING D u e tsch , F inizia D ’U v a , H a rold Fitzpatrick, Maria Franceschini, Maria Geraci, Annette Livingston, Natale Lomantan, Larry Loncrini, Kathleen CONGRATULATIONS! Mahoney, Rose Makofka, Rose Miller, Rosario Negron and Edgar Alvarez Frances Missaggia, John Missaggia, Joan Nielsen, Kay Lissette Camacho and Rafael Antonio Montalvo Palmieri, Steven Reedy, R osemarie Sperduto, John who will marry during the month of December. Tague, Rosemary Tague, Phyllis W ashington, Marie W illiam, and all people wishing to remain nameless. Let us also pray for those who have died, Eleanor Begans, and all those bereaved am ong us. DEANERY #16 ADVENT PENANCE SERVICES Monday, Dec. 22 nd - 7:30PM CHRISTMAS WREATH AND BLANKET SALE St. Cassians, Upper Montclair Our annual Christmas wreath and blanket sale will take place during the Advent season. Each is Tuesday, Dec. 23 rd - 7:30PM beautifully decorated . Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Nutley Cost: wreaths $17 small blankets $16 large blankets $20 SAINT ELIZABETH ANN SETON TO BE HONORED IN CONVENT STATION - The Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in collaboration with the Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, New York, Sisters of Charity, ALPINE NURSERY & GARDEN CENTER located Halifax, and the Daughters of Charity, Northeast at 291 Main Street, Belleville (973-450-9140) has Province cordially invite you to join them in celebrating agreed to donate 10% of total sales from our the 200 th Anniversary of Mother Seton’s founding of the Sisters of Charity in Saint Joseph’s Valley, Emmitsburg, parishioners to St. Peter’s Church when they Maryland. purchase any Christmas greenery (tree, garland, etc.) or plant. A voucher that you will hand in The Mass will be celebrated on SATURDAY, JAN. 3 RD when making your purchase are on the table in at Holy Family Chapel, Convent Stations, NJ, at the back of church. It is important that you let 11:00AM. The Mass will be followed by a light lunch in Alpine Garden Center know that you are from St. the study hall of the Academy of Saint Elizabeth. The Peter’s. Heritage Room of the Motherhouse will be opened for a display of Mother Seton memorabilia. For more information or to reserve a place call 973-290-5472 or The Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children – which 973-290-5338. In case of inclement weather call 073- provides scholarships for needy inner-city children at 290-5478. Snow date is January 10 th. parochial schools – will hold its sixth annual BASKETBALL FESTIVAL in January. The Boys Festival features St. Patrick’s vs. Lakewood High School followed by St. Anthony’s vs. Msgr. Donovan High School on COMMUNITY BUILDING Saturday, Jan. 3 rd starting at 12:30PM at Kean University CLUSTER in Union. The Girls Festival has a triple header w ith Academy of the Holy Angels vs. Marist High School, Paramus Catholic vs. St. Anthony and Mt. Saint Dominic This cluster seeks to create a parish environment where people experience a sense of belonging and are encouraged to Academy vs. St. Mary’s on Saturday, Jan. 10 th starting at participate in the mission of Jesus. For information on this 3:15PM at Paramus Catholic. Call 201-939-8601 to cluster, call Michael Grieco 973-482-4525. purchase tickets or order online at www.basketballfestival.com. Page Four PLAN AHEAD A luncheon and fashion show for the benefit of St. Peter’s School will take place at the Branch B rook M an or on S aturday, sponsored by St. Peter School H.S.A. February 21 st at 12:00 Noon. Fashion Show by Annie Sez. MONTHLY 50/50 Tickets are just $18.50. Limit of Cost: $10 per ticket 10 to a table. There w ill also be door prizes. Tickets to the First winner will be picked on Tuesday, Dec. 23 rd and luncheon would make a great Christmas gift and can be the last Friday of each month thereafter. To purchase purchased at the door of the church or at the rectory. tickets call Debbie 201-618-2736 or the school office 973-759-3143. In conjunction with the luncheon there will be a raffle. The first prize is a Silver & Black Fox Capelet, the second prize is a Coach Pocketbook, and the third prize is a $300 gift certificate to Annie Sez. NOW AVAILABLE Saint Peter Magnetic Bumper Stickers on sale for $8 each. What a unique Christmas gift! Order forms on the table in the back of church. SERVICE CLUSTER This cluster works to bring the Gospel message to the world through actions centered on justice, peace and charity. For TRICKY TRAY information on this cluster, call Deacon Bill Valladares 973- will be held on Friday, January 16, 2009 667-1323. donations needed W e are in need of donations for our Tricky Tray. Please SENATE BILL NO. 1607 bring all donations for the Tricky Tray to the school W e need your support for Bill Num ber 1607 which office. supports tax credit for Catholic education. Please write to the governor and your legislators telling them of your Tickets will soon be available at $20 each - which support ( e.g. “I support Bill No. 1607 - tax credit for includes 1 small sheet of Tricky Tray tickets, 1 50/50 Catholic education.”) to the addresses below: ticket, coffee, tea, soda and dessert. Honorable Jon Corzine Questions, please call Debbie 201-618-2736. Office of the Governor PO Box 001 Trenton, NJ 08625 INDOOR CRAFT FAIR Senator Frank Lautenberg Looking for Vendors - $40 per table 825A Hart Senate Office Building W ashington, DC 20510 NEW DATE!!! Senator Robert Menendez W hen: Saturday, APRIL 4 TH 502 Hart Senate Office Building W here: St. Peter School Gym W ashington, DC 20510 Time: open to public 9AM - 8PM Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. If interested or for more information, please call Debbie 200 Federal Plaza 201-618-2736. Paterson, NJ 07505 Page Five THANK YOU FROM THE FOOD PANTRY Thank you, thank you to all our parishioners for their SAINT PETER’S THIS WEEK ongoing support of our food pantry. Due to your generosity w e are able to help 75 to 90 families on a MONDAY, DECEMBER 22 pantry day. If “Old Mother H ubbard” had people like 3:15-8:15pm Basketball/Cheerleading, School 7pm Evening Mass in Retreat House Chapel you, her dog would not have gone hungry. 7:30pm Recitacion Del Rosario, Church 7:45pm Advent Penance Service, Church 8pm AA Support Group, Church Basement The “ST. PETER’S KNITTERS” of baby hats were awarded a certificate for their partnership in TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23 - St. John of Kanty volunteering by Clara Maass Medical Center Auxiliary. No Confirmation Class They knitted hundreds of hats which were given to 8:10am Prayer Service, School more than 1700 babies born at Clara M aass so far this 12:30pm dismissal, ½ day of school year. 3:15-8:15pm Basketball/Cheerleading, School 7:30pm John XXIII Meeting, Retreat House Hats off to: Josephine Calia, Olga Chojnacki, Sr. Doris DeLotto, June Gimbel, Vickie Jacangelo, Barbara WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24 - Chirstmas Eve Marino, Nancy Scordo, Rosie Velazquez, and Marie Masses: 5:30pm and 10:00pm W oll. If anyone is interested in knitting baby hats or anything else please call Josephine Sorice 973-751-0858 and she will mail you the instructions. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25 Nativity of the Lord Masses: 8:00am, 10:00am, 11:30am & 1:00pm FINANCE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26 12-14-08 $5,527. 3:15-8:15pm Basketball/Cheerleading, School 8pm NA Support Group, Church Basement SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27 - St. Stephen SCRIPTURAL REFLECTION ON STEW ARDSHIP SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28 In the first reading, God promises King David that his Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph house and his kingdom will endure forever. It is through No CCD Classes Mary’s “Yes” – “I am the handm aid of the Lord. Let it 10am RCIA Formational Session, Rectory Mtg Rm 1 be done to me as you say.” – that the promise finds 2pm Vistas Virgen Peregrina, Church 2:30pm English Baptisms, Church fulfillment. Page Six SECCIÓN HISPANA CONFERENCIA DE HOMBRES CATOLICOS - La comisión de hombres de la Arquidicócesis se prepara para celebrar la Primera Conferencia de Hombres Católicos que será un encuentro público a gran escala, de hombres de toda la Arquidiócesis y demás partes para unirse y apoyarse unos a otros en su relación personal con Cristo. La Conferencia tendrá lugar en Essex County Richard J. Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Ave., W est Orange, NJ 07079. El dia Sábado, 28 de Marzo, del 2009 de 8:00 a.m. hasta las 4:00 de la tarde. TIEM PO TALENTO Y TESORO - Por favor de retornar la registracion para nuestro com promiso anual de Tiempo, Talento y Tesoro. Los que se han olvidado de traerlo por favor, entréguenlo lo mas pronto posible en esta misa o entréguenlo a la rectoría. Nuestro compromiso, tiene que ser confirmado anualmente, ya sea para permanecer en el mismo ministerio o para cambiarnos de ministerio. Gracias por tu cooperación. YOUTH GROUP - Nuestra parroquia ha comenzado un grupo juvenil, para jóvenes de 14 hasta 18 anos de edad. Se reúnen todos los jueves de 8:00 p.m. ha 9:00 p.m. en la casa de Retiros Juan XXIII. Jóvenes, entre estas edades, ustedes están invitados a participar con nosotros, por favor de traer un amigo o amiga contigo. PREPARACION DE ADVIENTO - El dia m iércoles 17 de Noviembre comenzamos la “Novena de las Nueve Horas Al Niño Jesús”. La novena terminara con una misa a las 10 de la mañana en el auditórium de la escuela. La novena en la parroquia tendrá lugar el dia miercoles de 8:00 p.m. hasta las 9:00 p.m., en el segundo piso de la casa de Retiros Juan XXIII. Si alguien de nuestra comunidad desea participar en la novena por favor de presentarse en la casa de retiros Juan XXIII antes de las 8:00 p.m. LA ESQUINA DE ADVIENTO - Tenemos la esquina de adviento y esta cerca de la ventana de San Antonio. Allí tenemos, libritos para su propia preparación de adviento y están escritos en Ingles y español. Acércate a esa mesa pueda ser que te interese uno de esos libritos. LA GRAN RIFA 50/50 YA ESTA A TU DISPOSICION - Pueda ser que tú seas el ganador de este ano de la rifa 50/50. Cada boleto cuesta $20.00. Es un buen regalo de Navidades. CORONAS DE NAVID Y CUBIERTAS PARA EL CEM ENTERIO - Ya están en venta las coronas de navidades y las cubiertas, para los fosas de nuestros seres queridos. Las coronas cuestan $17.00 y las cobijas $16.00 las pequeñas y $20.00 las grandes. CLASES DE BIBLIA (ANO DE SAN PABLO) - El dia miércoles 14 de Enero comenzarem os nuevamente la clase de Biblia. El tema de unas 10 semanas consecutivas será: “Las cartas de San Pablo a los Corintios”. Las clases tendrán lugar en el segundo piso de la casa de Retiros de 8:00 a 9:00 de la noche. Todos los jóvenes y adultos estan invitados a participar. RETIRO DEL VINEDO DE RAQUEL PARA SANAR DESPUES DEL ABORTO - Si usted o alguien que usted conoce sufren debido a un aborto, sienta el amor curativo de Jesucristo en un fin de semana con el Viñedo de Raquel del 24 al 26 de abril de 2009. El retiro de fin de semana combina discusiones, ejercicios espirituales, el sacramento de Reconciliación, un Servicio Conmemorativo y una Misa de Resurrección. La participación es estrictamente confidencial y brinda una oportunidad m agnífica de sentir el amor de Dios, Su perdón y Su com pasión. Para informarse o registrarse comuníquese al 908-333-2262 o a cdiaz@ ccdom.org. Para obtener la lista completa de fechas y lugares de los retiros, llame al 1-877-HOPE-4-ME o visite el sitio de Internet www.rachelsvineyard.org.