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					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!
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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.
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                                                               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.
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                                                            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
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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.
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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.

				
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