Novena of Divine Mercy

03-20-2018Weekly Reflection

Jesus asked, through St. Faustina, that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy, to begin on Good Friday. In her diary, St. Faustina wrote that Jesus told her:

"On each day of the novena you will bring to My heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy...On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for the graces for these souls."

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How "active participation" can be something other than what you're thinking.

03-11-2018Weekly ReflectionKatrina Fernandez

Hello, Katrina. My question for you is about actively participating at Mass. Is it still considered “participating” ifI can’t fully concentrate on the readings or the homily? My two daughters are 3 and 8 months and I’m usuallypretty distracted with making sure they don’t get too loud and fussy and disturb others around us. Some SundaysI completely miss all the readings and even the homily. I wonder if I should just wait until they’re older to cometo Mass so that I can concentrate and actually participate. Is it considered participating at Mass if I am barely mentally present?

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Master taroh card read and Reiki master at local salon

03-04-2018Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

My Dear Friends in Christ,

It has come to my attention, from a devout parishioner, that there will be a master tarot reader, medium and Reiki masterat a local salon in Flemington. Going to mediums, fortune tellers and playing with Ouija boards are a direct opposition toour faith and a grave matter for confession. As your pastor, I would be remiss not to warn of the severity of such athing. Please pray for the conversion of this medium who is attempting to contact the dead and that the salon would decline to sponsor this event. The Pontifical Committee on Family has warned us that Reiki is not a practice that we shouldas Catholics be participating in. As Catholics, we pray for the dead, that they rest in peace, that their time in purgatory isshort. We do not conjure up their spirits.

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Recent Changes

02-11-2018Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

My Dear Parishioners,

With the good weather this past week we were able to address some things around our campus. First, the white pine trees in back of the rectory. The trees were over grown, and causing a lack of sun to the hedges. In addition, they have a tendency to blight when they reach a certain age. Therefore we had them cut down in order to improve visibility and hopefully prepare a proper spot for a little prayer garden in honor of St. Therese. This could be a great Eagle Scout project.

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Thank You!

01-28-2018Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

My Dear Friends in Christ,

Just a word of gratitude and thanks for all those who made our Christmas celebration so wonderful. First, I would like to thank our priests (visiting and assigned), deacons and seminarian, Andrew. A big thank you to Cheryl Manfredonia and the music ministry and BillyTackett and his decorating crew. The Knights of Columbus for the beautiful display of treeson the circle in the parish.

The Hispanic Community who celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupewith such fervor and devotion. Our devoted staff and volunteers that coordinated, mailings,scheduling and other behind the scenes tasks. Fr. Walter and I are most grateful for all thewine, baked goods, and gifts that you gave us to help celebrate the season with joy. Finally, toyou, our dear parishioners who attended the many Advent programs, and liturgies that indeedmade the season very bright. May our Blessed Lord give you His Peace and Joy in the yearahead.

  • Sincerely in Jesus and Mary,
  • Fr. Brighenti

Staff Change

01-21-2018Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

Dear Parish Family,

I am writing to let you know of some changes taking place in the parish. I have been working very closely with the Finance Council to insure our parish is fiscally sound. We will cut back on some of our expenditures to balance our budget. By doing so we will be able to make regular payments to pay down our existing mortgage of $850,000 and make monthly payments to the Diocese toward our 2018 assessment of $216,000.

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Holiness is Ordinary

01-21-2018Weekly ReflectionBr. Elijah Dubeck O.P.

Each year in early to mid-January, the Church’s celebration of Christmas comes to a close, meaning that we now find ourselves in what the English-speaking world calls “Ordinary Time.”The priests return to wearing green vestments; we hear a continuous flow of the Gospel readingsfrom Sunday to Sunday; and hymn choices switch out of holiday mode. Yet, if we were to look ata missal or breviary in Latin or from before the liturgical reforms following Vatican II, we wouldbe hard pressed to find the phrase “Tempus Ordinarium.” The Latin instead reads “Tempus perannum” or “the time during the year.”

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Followup: Warning Against Upcoming Fortune Teller Event

12-10-2017Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

Dear Parishioners,

I am writing to you as a follow up to the November 26th bulletin letter regarding the fortune teller/medium at Shop Rite of Clinton. I met with Mr. Joseph Colalillo this past week to discuss this matter and was informed that it was not Mr. Colalillo's intentions to go against the Church's teachings or violate the First Commandment, "I am the Lord Your God, you shall have not any strange gods before me." For scheduling purposes, December 8th, The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, worked best in the stores schedule.

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How To Use An Advent Wreath

12-03-2017Weekly Reflection

Advent wreaths are a Christian tradition with roots in 16th-century Germany. They are seen both in churches and in homes and are an excellent way to prepare for the celebration of Christmas. Here is a step-by-step introduction to the practice and how to implement it in your home.

Create (or buy) an Advent wreath

There is no hard and fast rule regarding what an Advent wreath looks like. A traditional wreath contains a circle of evergreen leaves surrounding a set of four candles. There are usually three purple candles and one rose (pink) candle. However, some traditions have four red candles and others contain an extra white candle. For the purposes of this article we will focus on the three purple and one rose.

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Warning Against Upcoming Fortune Teller Event

11-26-2017Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

My Dear Friends in Christ,

It has come to my attention, from a devout parishioner, that there will be a fortune teller sponsored by Shop Rite of Clinton on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of all days! I think this is more than coincidence but a truly gross act of anti-Catholicism. Going to mediums, fortune tellers and playing with Ouija boards are a direct opposition to our faith and a grave matter for confession. As your pastor, I would be remiss not to warn of the severity of such a thing.

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Upcoming Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

11-19-2017Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

My Dear Friends in Christ,

I would like to thank Fr. Walter and his committee for the organizing a wonderful fiesta in on honor of Our Lady of Columbia. Along with the bilingual celebration of Holy Mass in which many priests concelebrated, there altar was festoon with flowers and a beautiful image of our lady was decorated. Afterwards, the children and teenagers performed local dances from their homeland, and the parish center was turned into a spectacular hall for merriment. Along with the priests, sisters and deacons there countless people who came to celebrate. It was a wonderful way to celebrate our unity as Catholics, and diversity with different ethnic flavors.

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Projects around the Parish

11-12-2017Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

My Dear Parishioners,

I would like to give you an update on some of the maintenance projects we are doing in the parish. First, we are addressing the roofing needs at the Parish Office and gym. They are flat roofs which causes all sorts of problems. Also, the roofs are quite old and there are deep cracks in them. The company placed a fresh coat of tar and silicone, and with regular maintenance the roofs might not have to be replaced for another 8 years. Our cost was $19,600.00 for the lower roof and $16,500.00 for the upper. This is a significant saving to the parish, since a new roof at the Parish Office and gym could easily cost over a $150,000.00. We are replacing the roof at Hope House at a cost of $4,600.

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The Tabernacle with Adoring Angels

11-05-2017Weekly Reflection

The Ark of the Covenant was a kind of chest, measuring two cubits and a half in length, a cubit and a half in breadth, and a cubit and a halfin height. Made of setim wood (an incorruptible acacia), it was overlaidwithin and without with the purest gold, and a golden crown or rim ran around it. At the four corners, very likely towards the upper part, four golden rings had been cast; through them passed two bars of setim wood overlaid with gold, to carry the Ark. These two bars were to remain always in the rings, even when the Ark had been placed in the temple of Solomon. The cover of the Ark, termed the"propitiatory" (the corresponding Hebrew means both "cover" and "that which makes propitious"), was likewise of the purest gold. Upon it had been placed two cherubim of beaten gold, looking towards each other, and spreading their wings so that both sides of the propitiatory were covered. It is worth noting that this is the only exception to the law forbiddingthe Israelites to make carved images, an exception so much the more harmless to the faith of the Israelites ina spiritual God because the Ark was regularly to be kept behind the veil of the sanctuary.

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