ASSUMPTION CHURCH, WOOD RIDGE, NJ August 21, 2011 th 21 Sunday in Ordinary Time the memorial for Francis X Rieger, Esq., a generous Friars’ Corner benefactor to Assumption Parish, so that all religious symbols are respectfully settled into new places where we can express Dear Parishioners, who we are as a welcoming faith community under the protection of Our Blessed Lady. If any parishioner is aware of May the Lord‟s peace be with you today. There are people who gave to the original construction project and two words that are important because they become the wishes to be involved in the transfer of our symbols of foundation of trust. Those two words are transparency and religious faith, they should make themselves known to me by accountability. As your pastor, you need to know how and contacting Kathy Savino at the parish office so they can be where we stand regarding the many areas of parish life for informed of progress on these matters. which Fr. Julian, Bro Paul, the deacons, and I have been charged spiritually and temporally. As a parish, we have We‟ve contacted roofers to give us estimates for entered a planning process, the first phase of which is listening work on the gutters of the Church and drain clearing around to the parishioners, members of the broader community the Church so that future damage can be avoided to the [police and volunteer fire fighters]. Church structure. We‟ve had some minor vandalism with graffiti and other material that has been left around Church We have been and will continue to do this listening to property. The police have been notified and are investigating our community. This process will continue through mid these matters. Slowly but surely we‟re moving and using our October when we will share what we‟ve heard in limited resources from the maintenance collection to take care questionnaire form that will include a place for your of these much needed repairs that challenge us every day. comments and suggestions on areas covered or missed. Fr. Julian prepared a color chart, which I have included in this Our collections have been down as many of you have week‟s bulletin for your review. When these questionnaires seen in the weekly reports. I hope this is a reflection of the are collated and organized, we will have presentations for all fact that families have been on vacation and not because of you at times we hope are convenient. For instance, one we‟ve failed to minister to your needs. I realize as your pastor session will occur at noon for seniors who may find this a that many things around the Church fall to me to get it done. I better time to leave the house to give us feedback. Those who can‟t do this alone. I‟m first and foremost a friar, priest, are part of our working families may find the early evening, psychologist and now pastor. My gifts are limited. In the 7–8 p.m., more convenient. Our young people may find congregation there are others who can help me…to help us. Saturday morning or early Sunday afternoon better. Once For now this is how I‟ve been spending my time on your these town meetings are complete, we intend to put a plan behalf. Where there have been spiritual needs for anointing of together to meet the spiritual and social needs of Assumption the sick, home visits and care for the organizations entrusted parish that reflect current needs. We will review the mission to us (the Knights, Rosary Society, Secular Franciscans and statement, my vision and programs that will have to be tied to others), what I can honestly say is we‟re trying. Many nights I the budget and human resources available to us. don‟t go to bed until 12:30 a.m. and am up again by 6:30 a.m. Please help me with your patience and you‟re willingness to Regarding finances and repair of facilities, I have take responsibility for making Assumption Parish work. We asked for help from the Knights and parishioners with talents have all the gifts in our midst to make it happen. Let‟s pull the in plumbing to take care of some immediate repairs, e.g., cart together in service to Our Lord and one another. replacement of old toilets in the friary, clearing of gutters, and getting bids on projects such as the gutters on the Church that Fr. Rich Mucowski, OFM overflowed with our recent rainfall. Our bills still have to be Pastor paid based on our commitments to the care of facilities and the cost of services for staff and those we hire to care for where we worship, where we teach, and how we take care of the real NEXT SUNDAY‟S SCRIPTURE READINGS needs of people in our community. That‟s the process we will First Reading: Jeremiah 27:7-9 follow. Second Reading:Romans 12:1-2 Gospel: Matthew 16:21-27 I‟ve met with our Mayor/State Senator, Paul Sarlo and Chris Eilert, our Borough Manager. Mayor Sarlo and his family are parishioners, who are keenly aware of the needs of The Gifts of Bread and Wine being consecrated at all our Wood-Ridge, and our parish. Negotiations between the Masses this week have been donated in memory or honor Archdiocese, Fr. Brian as our representative, and the Borough of: began once we learned that the school would close and we Sanctuary Lamp – Alfonse del Guercio were left with few options. What was begun almost a year and Mass Candles – Veronica Pfeifer – 2nd Anniversary a half ago is now coming to completion. We hope to conclude this arrangement by the early part of October, around the time of the Pastoral Installation. We‟re trying to set up meetings Intercessions for Life with the families who are primary donators of the Blessed For all of our bishops, priests and deacons, that they will Mother statue, the grotto and 10 Commandments, and continue to preach the Gospel of Life. We pray to the Lord. Let the Children Come to Me… Matthew 19:13 – 14 Registration for Assumption Parish Religious Education Sunday (Aug. 21) continues. 5:30 PM + Mary & Martin Fitzpatrick Registration forms and fees for Religious Education Classes 8:00 AM + Veronica Raleigh should be mailed in this week. Any questions, please call 9:30 AM Peter & Marie Gallo – (201) 933 -6118 (Hayes Center). 40th Wedding Anniversary 11:00 AM + Ralph & Marie J. Sarro Monday (Aug. 22) Food Pantry 7:30 AM + Heins Family Peace and All Good! Just imagine if Tuesday (Aug. 23) everyone reading this or hearing about 7:30 AM + Mary T. Gotha it brought just one item to Mass next Wednesday (Aug. 24) weekend. Our shelves are quite bare. 7:30 AM + Quido Trause – 6th Anniversary Please be generous. Thursday (Aug. 25) Tuna, Stew and Beverages 7:30 AM +Camille Trause - 1st Anniversary Friday (Aug. 26) 7:30 AM + Rita M. Brennan – 3rd Anniv. Stay Connected Saturday (Aug. 27) When you or someone you know is 7:30 AM + Marie D‟Angelo – 7th Anniv. hospitalized or is going to the hospital for 5:30 PM + Elizabeth Wojciehowski surgery or is ill and homebound and Sunday, (Aug. 28) wishes to celebrate the Sacrament of 8:00 AM + Agnes Kennedy, Anne Kennedy. Anointing of the Sick or a visit from one + Mary Buckley of the Friars or one of the Deacons, please 9:30 AM + Peter & John Flaherty feel free to contact the friary/rectory 201-438-5555. 11:00 AM All Parishioners “For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.” – Romans 11:29 God has a special mission in mind for each of us and He has given us the gifts that we Sat., Aug. 27, 5:30 p.m. need to accomplish that mission. We are Lectors P. Baghdo called to be good stewards by using the gifts Eucharist Deacon F. Materia; M. Spies; that God has given us to do the work that B. Grattagliano God has planned for us alone. If we deny Servers Cathy Grundling; Ryan Morano our gifts or fail to use them as God calls us to use them, then Sun., Aug. 28, 8:00 a.m. some part of God‟s work will be left undone. Lector R. Rance Eucharist B. Meaney; G. Goontileke; F. Elliott Servers Colleen Cribben; Andrew Zoltowski Pro Life Corner Sun., Aug. 28, 9:30 a.m. "Nobody is a nobody; nobody is unwanted. All are wanted by Lectors C. Materia God, and therefore to be respected, protected, and cherished Eucharist E. Sullivan; A. Musella; E. Marasciulo by us." This quote is a concise summary of our pro-life Servers Domenick Gadaleta; Taylore Mastbeth beliefs. (Fr. Richard Neuhaus) Sun., Aug. 28, 11:00 a.m. That the seeds of truth sown by pro-life people may find Lectors D. Materia deep roots in the hearts of those with ears to hear, we pray. Eucharist A. Giuseffi; G. Delfino; C. Trause Servers Lauren Baghdo; Sarah Baghdo Every Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 AM, we join together in a holy hour of prayer. Please join us in lifting our minds and THOSE WHO ARE SICK, ESPECIALLY hearts to our heavenly Father. Prayer is the Joan McKenna, Marilyn Loveridge, Angela Baratta Lewis, best way to help this troubled world. Please make every Christopher Ravinello, Madeline Leger, the Salvador family, effort to join us. Mary McMahon, Daniel Attilio, Patricia Tomaszewski; Robert Metzger; Dominick Grattagliano Spend time with Jesus at Mother of Mercy Chapel, Corpus Christi Church. This special time with the Blessed Sacrament will enrich and grace your life. The chapel is open Monday through Friday, Noon to Midnight. Fr. Paul Goodbye and Thank You - Sunday, November 20th following the 11:00 mass, there will be a “meet and greet” in the Fr. Pat Morris Hall where coffee, juice, cake and buns For anyone who has lost a loved one, Assumption Parish will be served. All are invited. At 1:00 p.m. a pasta luncheon, offers Bereavement Counseling. Please call the Friary, hosted by the Knights of Columbus, will be served in the 201-438-5555, and leave your name & phone number. school cafeteria. Due to space limitations, this will be limited Suggested readings from the Newark Archdiocese to 200. Tickets will be available after October 8th on a first- Bereavement Group: request basis. 1. The Purpose Driven Life – Rick Warren 2. From Hurting To Happy – Barbara Bartocci Please save the dates for any or all of these parish events. 3. I Wasn‟t Ready to Say Goodbye – Brook Noel Please call event chairman Jack Nagel (201) 641-2803 or e- 4. Seasons of Hope – Donna Mac Leod – Ava Maria mail email@example.com with any questions. Also, additional Press adult help will be needed for each event (set up and clean up, 5. Grief, Dying, Death – Therese Rando barbecue cooks, serving, etc) Confirmation candidates or 6. Lift Up Your Hearts – Maureen O‟Brien Catholic high school students who need service hours may 7. The New Day Journal – Dr. Alan Wolfelt also volunteer by contacting the above. 8. Living With Loss – Grief Digest The committee members want to express their sincere thanks Continuing the Journey and other books on grief are in the to Mr. John Podesta for his generous financial contributions in back of the church. Please feel free to pick one up. support of these 3 parish events. 8th Graders and their families interested in attending a Reservation Form Catholic High School in September 2012 Fr. Brian Good-bye Party Sat., Sept. 24th The Cooperative Admissions Examination for participating Number attending __________ Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Newark will be Fr. Rich Installation Party Sun., Oct. 2nd administered on Fri., Nov. 11, 2011. Application forms and Number attending __________ handbooks for this test and a list of all Catholic high schools and admission requirements are available at Name ____________________________ www.coopexam.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact info _______________________ Questions: contact 1-888-921-2667 or www.coopexam.org. Drop off at the Friary or give to any usher. Sacrificial Giving Pre-Cana for Engaged Couples Year to-Year Comparison Totals Our parish will be offering a full day Aug. 15, 2010 Aug. 14, 2011 pre-Cana program on Sunday, $5,618.00 $5,222.00 October 16th following the 11:00 Last Week‟s Donations a.m. Mass and ending approximately Recordable Donations Number of Envelopes at 7 p.m. A light lunch will be $100.00 + 7 served followed by refreshments 50.00 + 12 throughout the day. All engaged 35.00 + 10 couples who will be married within the next year should 25.00 + 34 consider attending. For more information or if you wish to 20.00 + 60 sign up, please contact Marie Gallo at 201-288-0276. 15.00 + 26 10.00 + 78 5.00 + 73 The Office of Family Life Ministries of the Archdiocese of 1.00-4.00 21 Newark sponsors two support groups for Parents Grieving the Death of a Child. Groups meet year round on the first Upcoming Parish Events - PLEASE NOTE - There Wednesday of each month at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish have been a few changes from the original plans for Center, 60 Byrd Ave., Bloomfield, NJ and on the third the 3 big parish events being planned for the fall. Monday of each month at St. Peter the Apostle Parish Center, 445 Fifth Ave., River Edge. There is no registration and there Fr. Brian Farewell Party - Fr. Brian will return for the 5: 30 is no fee. All meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. For further mass on Saturday, September 24th. Following mass, a information, please call Office of Family Life at 973-497-4327 complete buffet dinner will be held in the Fr. Pat Morris Hall. or email email@example.com. All are invited to attend. Reservations may be dropped off at the Friary or give to any usher. Fr. Rich Installation – Sunday, October 2nd at the 11:00 mass, Fr. Richard Mucowski will be installed as our new pastor. After mass the annual blessing of the animals will be held followed by a parish barbecue. All (especially children) are invited to attend. An Annulment Information Evening is scheduled for Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time Tuesday, September 13 at Our Lady of Sorrows, 217 Prospect St., South Orange, NJ, starting at 7:30 p.m. A staff Sunday member of the Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Newark will Is 22:19-23; Rom 11:33-36; Mt 16:13-20 provide basic information about annulments; the requirements Monday for annulments, and how to begin the process of petitioning 1 Thes 1:1-5, 8b-10; Mt 23:13-22 for an annulment. There will be an opportunity for questions Tuesday at the end of the session. Pre-registration is not necessary. For 1 Thes 2:1-8; Mt 23:23-26 directions, please call the parish at 973-763-5454. Wednesday Rv 21:9b-14; Jn 1:45-51 Thursday Bingo at Assumption! 1 Thes 3:7-13; Mt 24:42-51 Don‟t forget, Wednesday and Friday Friday nights: Wednesdays, 1 Thes 4:1-8; Mt 25:1-13 doors open at 5:30 p.m.; first Saturday game at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 1 Th 4:9-11; Mt 25:14-30 doors open at 9:30 p.m.; first game at 10:45 p.m. Come out HIS WORD TODAY by Rev. William J. Reilly for a fun evening (and help support the parish, too). Hot & TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME cold food items are available at August 21, 2011 reasonable cost. Hoping to see you there! “Jesus… asked his disciples, „Who do people say that the Son of Man is?‟ They replied, „Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.‟ We would appreciate that anyone He said to them, „But who do you say that I am?‟ Simon wishing to place a notice or article Peter said in reply, „You are the Christ, the Son of the of interest on the church bulletin living God.‟… „and so I say to you, you are Peter, and boards to clear it first with the upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the Friary office before posting them. netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the Thank you for your understanding keys of the kingdom of heaven.‟” and cooperation. This conversation in Matthew‟s gospel provides us with a TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME picture and a promise of the role Peter would one day play. The same Peter who left his fishing nets, who took his eyes off First Reading: Isaiah 22:19-23 Jesus and was about to sink, who would later deny Him in the This passage refers to the use of authority and indicates the patio courtyard, is prompted to speak of Jesus as „the Christ‟, Key as the symbol of authority. The words “open” and “shut” „the Son of the living God.‟ Although written following the refer to the power that will eventually be given to Peter. passion, death and resurrection, Matthew includes this statement earlier in the gospel. It is one thing to know about a person. We learn about them from what others say. We speak of an athlete‟s accomplishments and statistics. We describe the role of a politician and the voting record. We can name hits recorded by an artist. We praise the accomplishments of one serving in Second Reading: Romans 11:33-36 clinics in Haiti, or service to the poor. That is knowing about Paul writes ecstatic and praise-filled words about God‟s plan them. It is something more to know a person. Peter helps us for his people. In him, he writes, “all things are.” know Jesus by his response to the question „who do you say that I am?‟ The keys, often seen in the hands of Peter, are symbols of the Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20 role of our Holy Father today. As successor of Peter, the Vicar When Jesus asks his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” of Christ, he continues to carry out the mission entrusted to the Peter exclaims, “You are the Messiah!” Christ then declares fisherman of Galilee. May we come to know the person of that Peter is the “Rock” upon which he will build his Church, Jesus more deeply, as we ponder the question „who do you say promising him the power “to bind” and “to loose.” that I am?‟ Food Pantry – Monthly Drive With your assistance, we continue to stock our shelves and to serve the needy who come every Wednesday morning. We ask that each parishioner attending Mass next weekend, August 27 and 28, bring at least one of the following items: * Cereals * Jarred Pasta Sauce * Canned Tomatoes * Canned Fruit * Juices * Soup * Tuna * Canned Stew * Canned Ham (non refrigerated) * Coffee * Tea * Peanut Butter/Jelly * Toilet paper * Paper towels * Toiletries * Beverages 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. The Secular Franciscans of Assumption Fraternity and the Friars appreciate your generous prayers and support. n has directed all of your journeying in the desert so as to partaking at the Lord‘s table. This unity is beautifully apparent test you by affliction and find out whether or not it was from the gestures and postures observed in common by the your intention to keep his commandments. He then faithful. (GIRM 95-96) afflicted you with hunger and then fed you with manna.”… “and is not the bread we eat a sharing in the body of Christ?” First Friday Adoration at Assumption Church July 1, 2011 8:30 AM to 9 PM Special petitions and prayers are planned: 8:30 – 10:30 AM Silent Devotion 10:30 – 11 AM Franciscan Crown Rosary 11 AM – 2 PM Silent Devotion 2 – 2:30 PM Recitation of the Holy Rosary (Rosary Society) 2:30 – 3 PM Silent Devotion 3 – 3:30 PM Divine Mercy Chaplet for the Sick and Dying 3:30 – 7:30 PM Silent Devotion 7:30 PM Adoration Novena to the Precious Blood of Jesus 7:45 – 8:50 PM Silent Devotion 8:50 PM Closing with Benediction We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you… …Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.