December 21st – 4th Sunday of…

Saint Gerard Majella Church
Staffed By The Vocationist Fathers
West Broadway and Chamberlain Ave.
Paterson, New Jersey 07522
DECEMBER 21, 2014
Pastor: Rev. Rijo Johnson, S.D.V.
Parochial Vicars:
Rev. Leo Antony, S.D.V.
Rev. James Butts, S.D.V.
Rev. Robert Vass, S.D.V.
Miss Christine Zisa
Mr. Joseph Caiola
Saturday Masses:
8:15AM & 5:30PM (English)
Sunday Masses:
7:30AM, 9:00AM, & 12:00PM (English)
10:30AM (English)
1:30PM (Spanish)
(973) 595-8446
501 West Broadway
Paterson , NJ 07522
Tel. (973) 595-8446, Fax (973) 790-0778
Administrative Assistant: Mrs. Gloria Ferreira
Parish Secretary: Nelida Laracuente
e-mail:[email protected]
St. Gerard School:
10 Carrelton Drive
Paterson, NJ 07522
Principal: Sr. Jo-Ann Pompa, M.P.F.
Tel. (973) 595-5640
Weekday Masses:
6:30AM and 8:15AM (English)
Director of Religious Education:
Sr. Jo-Ann Pompa, M.P.F.
Tel. (973) 595-5640
Monday 6:00PM to 7:00PM
Saturday from 4:00PM to 5:00PM
Weekdays: By Appointment
Music Ministers:
Servants Voice
Families in Christ Jesus
Mrs. Marlene O'Connell
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:
Mondays - 6:00PM
Saturday at 12:00PM
Contact the Rectory to make arrangements
Arrangements should be made at least one year
prior to the wedding date. For an appointment
please contact Mrs. Gloria Ferreira.
Sick calls and Home Visits:
Please call the Rectory at any time.
In case of Emergency:
Just call (973) 595-8446.
Bingo: Every Friday at 1:15PM
New Parishioners are most welcome - Please register at the rectory
501 West Broadway, Paterson, NJ, 07522 FAX # 973-790-0778
Email - [email protected]
Saturday, December 20, 2014
8:15 AM
Special Intentions for
Roger & Judy Schmitz
5:20 PM
Novena to St. Gerard
5:30 PM
† Rose Brino
† Anna Lisa Lombardi – 1st Anniversary
† Paul Emond
† Charles Miller
Sunday, December 21, 2014 –4th Sunday of Advent
7:30 AM
† Phyllis Ciarlo
9:00 AM
† Stephanie DeNapoli
† Kenneth Marino – 1st Anniversary
† JoAnn Occhiuzzi
10:30 AM
† Robert Hopper
† Raffaele Iacovo
12:00 Noon
† Margaret Harrison – 1st Anniversary
† Marion Pizza
† Nicholas Tuozzo
† James and Margaret Tuozzo
† Rose and James Diodato
1:30 PM
† Carolina Gallego
Monday, Dec. 22, 2014
6:30 AM
Healing for Rev. Msgr. Charles J. Russo
8:15 AM
† Ann Christian
† Lina Mazza
Special Intentions for Michael and Heather McFalls
6:00 PM
Adoration and Confession
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
6:30 AM
Healing for Michael and Courtney
8:15 AM
Healing for Tom DeLuca
7:00 PM
Spanish Prayer Group
Wednesday, December 24, 2014- CHRISTMAS EVE
3:30 PM
Christmas Carols by Families in Christ
3:50 PM
La Posada with St. Gerard Children
4:00 PM
Blessings for Violet & Phil D’Argenzio
Special Intentions for Dora Calabrese
† Barbara Lombardo
† Mary and Joe Tarsitano
† Rosemarie and Sal Silvestri
† Raymond Swan
† William Bradley
† Phyllis & John Zoda-15th Anniversary
7:30 PM
Blessings for Msgr. Mark Giordani
9:30 PM
Spanish Mass
12 MIDNIGHT MASS-Italian/English
† Felice and Angela Zisa
† Paul Russo
† Nina and Antonio Massaro
† Maria V. Chambo
Living and Deceased members of the Hill & Elia Families
Thursday, December 25, 2014 – CHRISTMAS DAY
7:30 AM
† Nicholas Ferraro † Fr. Ted Schmitt
9:00 AM
†Deceased members of St. Gerard’s Choir
† Albina Casale Miller
† Jesus Esquilin
† Lisa Leone Kulik
10:30 AM
† Margaret Grande
Thursday, December 25, 2014 – CHRISTMAS DAY (cont.)
10:30 AM
† Elmer Calabrese
† Mr. & Mrs. Michele Coscia
† Giovanni Santaniello
Living and Deceased members of the Hill & Elia Families
12 Noon
† Eleanor and Joseph Pasquariello
† Maria Ragusa-Rovella
† Domenica and Giuseppe Montesano
Special Intentions for Eleanor Verlardi from Rosarians
Birthday Blessings for “Honey” Emond
Christmas Blessings for Fr. Esterminio Chi
1:30 PM
† Georgina Guzman
Friday, December 26, 2014– St. Stephen-The First Martyr
6:30 AM
Healing for Rev. Msgr. Frank E. Ferraioli
8:15 AM
Special Intentions for Tom & Pat May
Saturday, December 27, 2014
8:15 AM
Special Intentions for
Roger & Judy Schmitz
5:20 PM
Novena to St. Gerard
5:30 PM
† Alexander Pellegrino Sr.
† Charles & Grace DeFeo
† Dorothy Lilian Gardiner–1st Anniv.
† Carmine Buglione – 1st Anniversary
† Angelo & Jay Antonucci
Sunday, December 28, 2014-The Holy Family of Jesus,
Mary and Joseph
7:30 AM
† Deceased Parishioners
9:00 AM
† Teresa Manzo
† Special Intentions for Carmine Buglione
10:30 AM
† Deceased Stampone Family members
12:00 Noon
Fr. Shiju’s Ordination Anniversary
† Florence Padula – 1st Anniversary
† Rosita Guzman
1:30 PM
Salud de Jose Miguel Rodriguez
4th Sunday of Advent
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the
Most High will overshadow you; hence, the holy offspring
to be born will be called Son of God…To him who is able
to strengthen you in the gospel which I proclaim when I
preach Jesus Christ, the gospel which reveals the mystery
hidden for many ages…to him, the God who alone is wise,
may glory be given through Jesus Christ unto endless
ages. Amen.”
From the Holy Gospel according to Luke
Gabriel’s response to Mary’s question of how this can
happen, reveals the power and presence of the Holy Spirit
in her life and in the lives of believers. We sometimes forget
the existence of this gift and power in our lives. As we bring
the season of Advent to its climax with the birth of Christ,
we ask that He be born anew, with new power in our lives.
We not only recall the Bethlehem event, but live the
Bethlehem experience today.
The concluding words of praise, the doxology or hymn of
glory taken from the letter to the Romans, becomes a
Christmas gift and greeting for all of us, as we are called to
preach the Good News, glad tidings, the gospel, no longer
hidden but made manifest in the Child of Bethlehem and in
enthusiastic believers today. May the Word of God, and the
Word which became flesh, take root in our lives.
May God Bless You All
Rev. Rijo Johnson, SDV, Pastor
Pray for the Gift of Healings
for our loved-ones and friends
Your gifts, blessings and generous donations to our
Parish Community for the weekend of Dec. 14th were:
Total Collection: $ 3351
Envelopes: 159
If you missed Mass, please try to make up your weekly
contribution. Thank You…
Due to early Holiday printing deadlines, Dec. 21st
collection will appear in a later Bulletin.
Anointing of the Sick
Bring your Sick Brothers and Sisters for the
Anointing of the Sick at St. Gerard’s Church after
the 8:15 am Mass on:
-Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Padre Pio’s Mass
The Mass will take place at St.
Gerard Majella Church on:
-Friday, January 23rd, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Joyful Mysteries
Alice Swan
Andrea Colon
Angelina Franco
Ann Tintle
Anna Avolio
Sorrowful Mysteries
Anna Galante
Baby Karina
Betty & Mickey Vatrano
Carol Ramundo
Mary Montefusco
Glorious Mysteries
Celeste Stornaiuolo
Giovanna Cannata
Irene Sciro
Isidro DeJesus
Laraine DeFeo
Luminous Mysteries
Jarret Buys
Jayne Sullivan
Jim Hill
Joseph Valle
Jack Farnese
Sorrowful Mysteries
Kay Stasiak
Aida Placeres
Louis & Kathy Mazzei
Lucy Lobo
Violet D’Argenzio
Joyful Mysteries
M. L. Robertson
Larry Harrington
Melissa Ramundo
Michele Farnese
Matthew Piatt
Robert Carella
Florence Knapp
Glorious Mysteries
Eleanor Verlardi
Olga Serraro
Robert Maggio Jr.
Nelda Burke
Otilia Bermudez
Sofia Ferreira
Joyful Mysteries
Rose Marchioni
Sandra Scala
Toddler Karolina Ranu
Tony & Millie DeFlora
Vincent Rasa
The Year of Consecrated Life
has been declared by Pope Francis and
announced by Bishop Serratelli. The year has
three aims: renewal for men and women in
consecrated life; thanksgiving by the faithful for
their service; and an invitation to young
Catholics to consider a religious vocation. It
began on Nov. 30th, the First Sunday of
Advent, and will conclude Feb. 2, 2016.
If you know of anyone in the parish who is sick,
homebound and needs communion, confession, any
sacramental needs or just a visit, please contact The
Rectory at (973) 595-8446. We will arrange for a Priest
to visit them. Visited this week were: Dora and Cathy
Calabrese, Lucy Lobo, Anna Galante.
We ask you to please use your weekly
envelopes. If you do not know your parishioner
number, please contact the Rectory at (973)
595-8446. If you would like to become a
parishioner, please visit the Rectory.
Please keep in your prayers those of our
parishioners, family or friends who have
entered into eternal rest. Eternal rest grant
unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light
shine upon them. We pray for Ralph
Barbieri , Heiner Posada, Marilyn Fontanella and
Frances Penny. Amen
Deceased Parishioners:
The Sanctuary
Lamp burns in
loving memory
Paul Russo &
Nina and
Flowers are
given this
week at the
request &
generosity of
The Bread
and Wine
The Bread and
Wine is offered
in loving
memory of
5:30 PM
7:30 AM
9:00 AM
10:30 AM
12:00 PM
1:30 PM
Weekend of Dec. 28th and 29th
Joan and June
Debbie & Denis
Maddie and Evelyn
Sharlene, Concetta and June
Carmella and Regina
Mirian Martinez &
Zenayda Gutierrez
5:30 PM
7:30 AM
9:00 AM
10:30 AM
12:00 PM
1:30 PM
Weekend of Dec. 28th and 29th
Carol & George
Louis Pastena
Lucy & Jr.
Priests will minister Communion
Carmen Sanchez
Christmas Flowers Envelopes
If you would like to make an offering towards our
Christmas Flowers, please do so by using the
“Christmas Flowers” envelopes. Please make your
returns by placing them in the collection basket this
weekend or bring them to the Rectory Office.
Christmas Eve (December 24th):
 The Rectory is Open
Christmas Day (December 25th):
 The Rectory is Closed
NewYear’s Eve (December 31st):
 There will be no Vigil
 The Rectory will be Open.
NewYear’s Day (January 1st):
 Holy Day of Obligation
 10:30 AM Mass Only
 The Rectory will be Closed
Friday, Jan. 2nd, 2015
 The Rectory will be Open
Fourth Sunday of Advent
12/21/14-Sunday-2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Rom 16:25-27;
Lk 1:26-38
12/22/14-Monday-1 Sm 1:24-28; Lk 1:46-56
12/23/14-Tuesday-Mal 3:1-4, 23-24; Lk 1:57-66
12/24/14-Wednesday-Morning: 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Lk
12/25/14-Thursday-Vigil: Is 62:1-5; Acts 13:16-17, 22-25; Mt
1:1-25 or 1:18-25
Night: Is 9:1-6; Ti 2:11-14; Lk 2:1-14
Dawn: Is 62:11-12; Ti 3:4-7; Lk 2:15-20
Day: Is 52:7-10; Heb 1:1-6; Jn 1:1-18 or 1:1-5, 9-14
12/26/14-Friday-Acts 6:8-10, 7:54-59; Mt 10:17-22
12/27/14-Saturday-1 Jn 1:1-4; Jn 20:1a, 2-8
Sunday: 10:30 AM
Fr. James
Monday: 7:30 PM
Fr. Leo
Wednesday:7:00 PM
Fr. Rijo
will be on Tuesday, Jan.
13th. The cost is $30.00 with
a return of a $25.00 voucher
and a $10.00 food voucher.
Please be at St. Gerard’s
parking lot at 9:30 AM. The
bus will depart at 10:00 AM
sharp. For further information please contact
Honey at 973-956-0281.
The Holy
of Jesus,
The Feast of
the Holy
Family is a liturgical Celebration in
the Catholic church in Honor of
Jesus of Nazareth, his mother, the
Blessed Virgin Mary, and his foster
father, Saint Joseph, as a family.
The primary purpose of this feast is
to present the Holy Family as a
model for Christian Families.
Christmas Tree at St. Joseph’s Rest Home
Angels Choir of
Blessed Justin
led by Jenny
Reyes recently
visited the
residents St.
Joseph’s Rest
Home in Paterson
and Emeritus of
Wayne. The
residents enjoyed the Christmas carols
sung by the children.
Christmas Mass Schedule
Christmas Eve:
3:30 PM-Christmas Carols by: Families in
Christ Jesus
3:50 PM-La Posada with School Children of
St. Gerard
4:00 PM and 7:30 PM – Mass in English
9:00 PM-Christmas Carols-Spanish
9:30 PM-Mass in Spanish
11:30 PM-Christmas Carols- Italian
Midnight-Mass in Italian
Christmas Day:
7:30 AM – English
9:00 AM – English
10:30 AM – English and Italian
12 Noon – English
1:30 PM - Spanish
I would like to
thank everyone
for their
participation in
our Giving Tree
this year. Your generosity will be
providing a wonderful Christmas for the
many children whose Angel Tags you
selected. May God bless you for
celebrating the true meaning of
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Rijo Johnson, SDV, Pastor