When it comes to concerns for our health and the health of our loved ones, we should always turn to prayer. We pray for disease prevention, for physical healing, and for peace of soul while enduring physical suffering. Fortunately, there seems to be a special saint for just about every illness and health concern we can think of!
The saints are great aids to us in our time of need and help guide us to greater love for Christ through our crosses and trials, especially when it comes to our health. Here is a list of both popular and not-so-well-known saints to invoke for common ailments:READ MORE
God always honors someone who persistently and patiently offers up their failings to Him and humbly asks for help. Confession is like cleaning and redressing a wound. The wound may not heal immediately, but it is never going to heal at all if it is not regularly cleaned and carefully re- dressed. Over time, the repeated cleaning and care for the wound eventually heals it. For years, I mentioned my poor drinking habits in Confession nearly every time I went. I was at a loss to know how to fix my addiction. But I knew I had to mention it each time. Eventually, I was given an amazing moment of grace and I haven't touched alcohol again. The next time I went to Confession I was stunned. I didn't need to mention it! Looking back, I could see how God had worked with me and through me, even when I was in despair at ever being healed.READ MORE
As Catholics, we are required to go to Confession once a year, but why stop there? We know Confession can be daunting or difficult, and there might be many reasons why you don’t want to go. However, regular Confession, whether it be monthly, every two weeks,or weekly, doesn’t have to be scary. In fact, it is life changing and life giving! Here we share 11 amazing things that happen whenyou go to Confession more often.READ MORE
No one wants to be known as a gossip, yet who among us has never gossiped? It's tempting. It is so tempting in fact, that we can convince ourselves that we were not really gossiping.
Take the gossip test below to determine if you qualify as a gossip. If you answer yes to any of the 10 statements below, you have gossiped. Then read on for powerful reasons never to do it again.
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."READ MORE
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?READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.
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.READ MORE
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.”READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.
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.READ MORE