ST. PETER’S CHURCH — A Roman Catholic Parish Community — Belleville 155 William Street Founded 1837 New Jersey 07109 Served By Pastor: Fr. Ivan Sciberras Parochial Vicar: Fr. Wojciech B. Jaskowiak In Residence: Fr. Giovanni Rizzo Deacons: Mr. Julio Roig Mr. Guillermo J. Valladares Elementary School Principal: Mrs. Phyllis A. Sisco Parish Catechetical Coordinator: Mrs. Lisa A. Melillo Christian Marriage The couple should contact a parish priest or deacon one year before the desired date for the marriage to ensure proper preparation for the Sacrament. Couples are not to make FIRM plans for the reception PRIOR to speaking with a parish priest or deacon. Director of Music: Parish Secretary: Business Manager: Parish Trustees: Sacraments for the Sick/Homebound Anointing: Anytime upon request in the home of the sick. Communion: A Priest, Deacon or Eucharistic Minister of the parish will bring Holy Communion to those parishioners confined to home. Please notify the Rectory when someone is ill or admitted to the hospital. We invite You to Celebrate the Eucharist For information about acquiring a plot, or to make a donation to our Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund, please contact Mrs. Linda Makofka at the Rectory. Mr. John Christian Colaneri Sr. Vilma Orejola, FLP Mrs. Linda Makofka Mrs. Nancy Adessa Mr. Thaddeus Rajnes Pastoral Council President: Mr. Gary Hinton The Lord’s Day: Saturday Eve: 5:30 p.m. Sunday: 7, 8:30 10, 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. Spanish Weekdays: Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:00 p.m. (Evening Mass in the Retreat House Chapel) Saturday: 8:00 a.m. Infant Baptism Spanish - Second Sunday of each month at 2:30 p.m. English - Fourth Sunday of each month at 2:30 p.m. Parents must register by calling the Rectory at least one month in advance. Baptism Instruction held the week before the Baptism. Proposed godparent/s need to be living in accordance to the teachings of the Catholic Church, and are asked to attend the Baptism Instruction along with the child’s parents. St. Peter’s Cemetery Novena Miraculous Medal Novena - Mondays 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Teaching the Good News St. Peter Elementary School - Pre K through 8 http://www.stpeter-school.org Religious Education Kindergarten through Eighth grades Contact Lisa Melillo - 973-751-4290 Coordinadora de Clases de Religión en español (Confirmación de Adultos) Elena Ayala:973-2017-3623 Sacrament of Reconciliation Saturday: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. or anytime at the Rectory upon an appointment with a priest. Rectory 973-751-2002 Fax: 973-751-6201 (offices open at 9 a.m.) School 973-759-3143 Religious Education 973-751-4290 www.spbnj.org Cemetery 973-751-2002 Social Service Hotline (Catholic Community Services) 973-266-7991 1-800-227-7413 The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph † December 28, 2014 Page Two December 28, 2014 A Word from the Pastor … Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Today’s Feast of the Holy Family encourages us to look to the Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph for inspiration, example and encouragement. They were a model family in which both parents worked hard, helped each other, understood and accepted each other in faith, and took good care of their Child so that He might grow up not only in human knowledge but also as a Child of God. Jesus brought holiness to the family of Joseph and Mary, as Jesus brings us holiness by embracing us into His family. The Holy Family teaches that happy family life depends on the intensity of love, the exercise and respect for authority and hard work. In this time of utter confusion, it also reminds us what a Christian family is made of: one father, one mother and offspring. The Catechism of the Catholic Church gives the following advice to the parents: "Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule of life. The home is well suited for education in the virtues. This requires an apprenticeship in self-denial, sound judgment, and self-mastery - the preconditions of all true freedom. Parents should teach their children to subordinate the 'material and instinctual dimensions to interior and spiritual ones.' The CCC adds: “Parents have a grave responsibility to give good example to their children.” (2223) The feast of the Holy Family reminds us that as the basic unit of the universal Church, each family is called to holiness. In fact, Jesus Christ has instituted two sacraments in His Church to make society holy – the Sacrament of Priesthood and the Sacrament of Marriage. Through the priesthood, Jesus sanctifies the priest as well as his parish. Similarly, by the Sacrament of Marriage, Jesus sanctifies not only the spouses but also the entire family. Husband and wife attain holiness when they discharge their duties faithfully, trusting in God, and drawing on the presence and power of the Holy Spirit through personal and family prayer, meditative reading of the Bible, and devout participation in Holy Mass. Families grow in holiness when Christ Jesus is present in them. Jesus becomes truly present in the parish church through the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass, the climax of Christian life. Similarly, Jesus becomes truly present in a family when all the members live in the Christian spirit of sacrifice and modesty. On the Feast, all parents might want to examine themselves and see how well they are fulfilling the grave responsibility which God has placed on them. As they heard during their marriage ceremony: "Will you accept children lovingly from God and raise them up according to the teachings of Christ and His Church?” Children are a gift from God; not a right. Children serve as the joy of their parents’ young years and the help and comfort of their old age, but above and beyond that, they are a gift for which their parents are accountable before God, as they must, in the end, return these, His children, to Him. Study after study continues to show how fundamental the family dinner is. The more parents sit down for dinner and other meals with their children as a family (having the opportunity to listen to their children’s joys and distresses, fears and hopes), the less will the children be likely to engage in smoking, drinking, drugs, pre-marital sex, etc. As we enter into the New Year, which will see Pope Francis coming to this area for the World Day of the Family in September, why don’t we all make an effort to have the Sunday Eucharist become the center of the Day of the Lord, preferably attending as a family? While it is understandable that many things are fighting for our time and our attention, let’s reflect for a moment on the many graces that we receive when spending time with the Lord. We’d realize that so many times we allow trivial and secondary things fill up our lives. Why not see how your family life can change for the better in the coming year? A blessed Sunday and New Year to all, Fr. Ivan Sciberras [email protected] Page Three FINANCE January 1, 2015 Mary Mother of God Holy Day of Obligation (All Masses held in Church) 12-08-2014 Immaculate Conception Collection $ 1,685 12-14-2014 Third Sunday of Advent Collection $ 5,554 12-14-2014 Retirement Fund for Religious $ 2,315 Wednesday December 31 - 7:00 p.m. Thursday January 1 8:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m & 11:30 a.m. (Bilingual) Due to early transmittal of today’s bulletin the collection amount for December 21st will be announced in the January 4th bulletin. Two collections will be taken today: The regular Sunday Collection and the second collection is for the Assessment. $6,100 are needed weekly to meet our operating budget. (Any capital expense that arises not included). Please consider increasing your weekly offering. PLEASE REMEMBER TO MAKE YOUR PLEDGE TO THE ARCHBISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL 2014 as of 12-18-2014 Goal: Pledges Received: Over (Under) Goal: Number of Donors: $ 30,630 $ 34,750 $ 4,120 160 A SPECIAL THANK YOU!!! We want to thank our parishioners for their generosity to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal. The parish rebate is based upon the money collected as of December 31, 2014 and not the amount pledged. Payments must be received the AAA office by December 31, 2014 in order for our parish to receive credit towards the rebate. WORD CLUSTER This cluster helps our parish proclaim and teach the good news of Jesus Christ and forms Christian disciples. For information on this cluster, call Angie Stefanelli at 973-759-5252. READINGS FOR THE WEEK Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday: Friday: Saturday: Sunday: 1 Jn 2:3-11; Ps 96:1-3, 5b-6; Lk 2:22-35 1 Jn 2:12-17; Ps 96:7-10; Lk 2:36-40 1 Jn 2:18-21; Ps 96:1-2, 11-13; Jn 1:1-18 Nm 6:22-27; Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8; Gal 4:4-7; Lk 2:16-21 1 Jn 2:22-28; Ps 98:1-4; Jn 1:19-28 1 Jn 2:29 — 3:6; Ps 98:1, 3cd-6; Jn 1:29-34 Is 60:1-6; Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13; Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6; Mt 2:1-12 GREAT WAY TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS Why not consider, making a generous donation to St. Peter’s Church this Christmas? Not only will it help us with the upkeep of our buildings and parish ministries (including assistance to the needy) but would also express your gratitude to the Lord for the Gift of Faith we have been endowed with. All donors can ask for a tax-deduction letter for 2014 (donations for $200 and up get the letter automatically, if they reach the parish before December 31). Please act quickly before the year ends. Belleville Knights of Columbus Council 835, in conjunction with the National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey is seeking your assistance. On Saturday, Jan 10, 2015 at the K of C hall, 98 Bridge St, from 1 - 5 pm we will be collecting slightly used clothing, shoes, household items, kitchenware, toys & games, small appliances, electronics, sporting goods, books, CD'S and videos. All items donated are cleaned and resold in Second Avenue Thrift Store. New items are also welcome. All donors will receive information regarding a federal tax deduction. Kindly consider any donation to this project which funds programs to change what it means to be blind. For additional information pertaining to this program or to vision loss, please contact Brother Knight Joe Ruffalo, President, NFBNJ at 973-743-0075 or Grand Knight Ed Saegers at 973-216-1022. 155 William Street SAINT PETER’S R.C. CHURCH Belleville, NJ 07109 Pastor: Father Ivan Sciberras - Parochial Vicar: Father Wojciech Jaskowiak In Residence: Fr. Giovanni Rizzo Deacon: Julio Roig - Deacon: Guillermo Valladares Rectory: 973-751-2002 School: 973-759-3143 Religious Education Office: 973-751-4290 Sunday Masses: SATURDAY at 5:30PM SUNDAY: 7:00, 8:30, 10:00, 11:30 AM and 1:00PM Mass in Spanish Daily: Monday thru Friday – 9AM Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 7PM (Retreat House Chapel) Saturday at 8AM SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION (Confession): Saturday: 1PM – 2PM Coordinadora de Clases de Religión en español (Confirmación de Adultos) Elena Ayala:973-2017-3623 Website: www.spbnj.org E-mail: [email protected] Page Four SAINT PETER’S THIS WEEK MONDAY, December 29 St. Thomas Becket, Bishop & Martyr School Closed 7:30 pm Parish Pastoral Council Dinner, RDR Saturday, December 27 5:30 Harry Groome, rq Ana Groome Sunday, December 28 7:00 All Souls, rq Teresita Tirona 8:30 Ellen O’Connell, rq Mary O’Connell 10:00 Alice McKenzie, rq Friend 11:30 Margaret Lyons, rq Ann Morris 1:00 Angel & Gabriel Arroyo, rq Diana & Franklin Arroyo Monday, December 29 9:00 Jose Santos, rq daughter, Lucy Santos 7:00 Fr. Mark O’Connell, rq Margaret Connors Tuesday, December 30 9:00 Dorothy Laird, rq Janis Laird & Marianne Wednesday, December 31 9:00 Fred Senatore, rq wife, Sharon Senatore 7:00 Pedro Orejola, rq FLP Thursday, January 1 8:30 For the intentions of Sr. Miryam Kibsah, rq Family 10:00 Evelyn Espinar, rq Family 11:30 Rita Cahill, rq Mary Andrews Friday, January 2 9:00 All Souls, rq Maria Guedes 7:00 For the intentions of Ana Go (Birthday), rq Evangeline Go Saturday, January 3 8:00 Fr. Mark O’Connell, rq Nguyen Family 5:30 Leo Bertuzzi, rq Gloria Bertuzzi Sunday, January 4 7:00 Alyson Finn, rq Ann Morris 8:30 Mike T. Alexander, rq Mike & Pat Sauchelli 10:00 For the Parishioners of St. Peter’s, rq Anonymous 11:30 Dawson Bloom, rq Bloom Family 1:00 Gonzalo Acuna Ramos & Nestor Espinoza Ricra, rq Ramos Espinoza Family The BREAD AND WINE used at our Eucharistic Celebrations week beginning December 28th were donated in loving memory of Evelyn Espinar at the request of her husband, Len & Family. TUESDAY, December 30 School Closed - NO CCD CLASS WEDNESDAY, December 31 St. Sylvester I, Pope 7:00 pm Mass, Church 8:00 pm Vietnamese Prayer Group, Chapel THURSDAY, January 1 The Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God 8:30 a.m. Mass, Church 10:00 a.m. Mass, Church 11:30 a.m. (Bilingual) Mass, Church FRIDAY, January 2 Sts. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church School Closed 7:00 pm NA Support Group, Church Basement 7:30 pm Expocision Del Santisimo, Capilla SATURDAY, January 3 The Most Holy Name of Jesus 9 – 11:30 am First Communion Class, School 1:00 pm Confessions, Church 7:30 pm Neo-Catechumenal Way, School Annex SUNDAY, January 4 The Epiphany of the Lord 8:30 - 9:45 am CCD Class, School 10:00 am & 1:00 pm Children’s Liturgy of the Word, Church 2:00 pm Virgen Peregrina, Church The BLESSED MOTHER LAMP will burn week beginning December 28th in loving memory of Mario Gencarelli at the request of Bombina & Family. Pray for these in our community who areill among us Maria Jose Alfonso, Dolores Bowie, Frank Bradley, Jamie Canal, Janet Cbellis, Evelyn DiChiara, Delaine Kurbyla, Felipe LaRiba, Fran Lombard, Barbara Mende, Antonio Rosa, Ana Salazar, Marie McConnon, Ana Challenger, Tony De Sent, Riley Hayes-Lopez, Margaret Steinhauser, Casey Paradine, Ethel Thomas, Gordon Gladden, Carmella Parilla, Phyliss Bocchino, Orlando Perry, Alice McCants, Oscar Reyes, Alicia & Miguel Encalada, Robert Brinkerhoff, Edward Matera, Carmen Ravancho, Geza Roman, Celeste Rodriguez, Anthony Barbara, Jean Rolli, Enrique & Andy Valladares, John Sabbak, Noah & Jacob Ferreira, Bryan Reedy, Carmen Romero, Ana Frederick, Patricia Concata, Agnes Colaneri, Mary Kay Wright, Julia Diaz, Awilda Diaz, Bill De Paola, Riley June Nazario, Lucy Sasso, Joan Holly, Luciana Leeman, Willy Lema, Irma Maisonave, Elizabeth Aponte, Victoria Otero and all people wishing to remain nameless. Let us also pray for those who have recently died especially Mildred Byrnes, Jim Cataldo, Molly A. McKinstry & Lenny Idrovo. Page Five POPE FRANCIS AT GENERAL AUDIENCE: JESUS CHOSE TO COME TO THE WORLD AS PART OF A FAMILY The family is the “great gift that the Lord has given to the world ever since the beginning, when he entrusted to Adam and Eve the mission of multiplying and filling the earth; the gift that Jesus confirmed and sealed in His Gospel,” said the Holy Father during his Wednesday General Audience on December 17. He was beginning a new cycle of catecheses dedicated to the family, which will continue throughout the coming year. The proximity to Christmas illuminates the mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God, which opens a new chapter in the universal history of man and woman. “And this new beginning occurs within a family, in Nazareth. He could have come spectacularly, or as a warrior, an emperor… No – he came as the son of a family, in a family,” Pope Francis blows out the candles on a birthday cake celebrating his 78th birthday during a general audience at the Vatican on December 17. Vatican via AFP/Getty Images he emphasized. God chose to be born “in a human family, that He Himself had formed. He created this family in a remote village in the outer reaches of the Roman Empire. Not in Rome, the capital of the Empire, not in a great city, but in an almost invisible and somewhat notorious periphery. This is even noted in the Gospel, almost as if it were a turn of phrase: 'Can anything good come out of Nazareth?'. Perhaps, in many parts of the world, we too still speak in this way when we hear the name of certain peripheral areas of large cities. And yet, it was precisely there, in the outskirts of the great Empire, that there began the most holy and good story of Jesus among mankind.” “Jesus chose to remain in the periphery for thirty years, during which there is no mention of miracles or healing, of preaching, of crowds who run after him. In Nazareth, everything seems to happen 'normally,' according to the habits of a pious and hard-working family of Israelites. … The Gospels, in their sobriety, say nothing of Jesus' adolescence and leave this task to our affectionate imaginings. Art, literature and music have followed the path of the imagination. Certainly, it is not difficult to imagine how much mothers could learn from Mary's tender care for her Son! And how much fathers could benefit from the example of Joseph, a righteous man, who dedicated his life to supporting and defending his wife and child – is family – through difficult times. To say nothing of how much the young could be encouraged by the adolescent Jesus in understanding the necessity and beauty of cultivating their deepest vocation, and of having great dreams,” he added. “Every Christian family – as Mary and Joseph did – must first welcome Jesus, listen to Him, speak with Him, shelter Him, protect Him, grow with Him; and in this way, make the world better. Let us make space in our heart and in our days for the Lord. This is what Mary and Joseph did, and it was not easy: how many difficulties they had to overcome! It was not a false or unreal family. The family of Nazareth calls to us to rediscover the vocation and the mission of the family, of every family. And so what happened in those thirty years in Nazareth can also happen to us: making love, not hate, normal; mutual help common, instead of indifference and hostility. It is not by chance that Nazareth means 'she who preserves', like Mary who, as the Gospel tells us, 'treasured all these things in her heart'. From then on, whenever there is a family that preserves this mystery, even if it should be at the outer reaches of the world, the mystery of the Son of God is at work. And He comes to save the world.” At the end of the General Audience, Pope Francis asked for prayers for the victims of the inhuman terrorist acts that have occurred recently in Yemen, Australia and Pakistan. “May the Lord receive the souls of the departed in His peace, console their families and convert the hearts of the perpetrators, whose violence does not cease even before children.” At the end of the audience, 2,500 people danced the milonga to the sound of the bandoneon in St. Peter's Square to celebrate Pope Francis' 78th birthday. The initiative, “A tango for Francis,” emerged on the social networks and, as was shown today, thousands of people joined in. ST. PETER’S HAS A FACEBOOK PAGE. Type “St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church” to view it. Like our page, in order to be kept updated about events taking place at the Parish. You can also visit our website – www.spbnj.org – for more detailed information, including an online version of the Weekly Parish Bulletin. Page Six Saint Peter School forming the future with Purpose, Passion and Power! FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK. . . To Our Students For Achieving Honor Roll DISTINGUISHED DAVID BETANCUR – GRADE 6 MARCELA TOLEDO – GRADE 6 BRIANNA GARCIA– GRADE 5 ANJIANIE PEREZ– GRADE 8 FIRST HONORS JOSEPH NGUYEN – GRADE 4 KRISTIAN OLAVERRI – GRADE 4 JERICHO PEREZ – GRADE 4 ANDREA TOLEDO – GRADE 4 ZYRUS HERNANDEZ – GRADE 5 JARVIN MENDOZA—GRADE 5 CHRISTOPHER MELENDEZ – GRADE 6 ANDREW CUENCA—GRADE 6 NATALIA COBA – GRADE 8 AMANDA KLEIN—GRADE 8 JOEL MELENDEZ – GRADE 8 MATHEW MUNOZ – GRADE 8 KEVIN ZAVALA—GRADE 8 SECOND HONORS JOSEPH BICO-GRADE 5 BIANCA DIAZ – GRADE 5 SOFIA ZUNIGA—GRADE 5 DEYANEIRA BEY – GRADE 7 EMMALIS DIAZ – GRADE 7 DANIELA LONDONO – GRADE 7 ALLEN GOMEZ– GRADE 8 MATTHEW PEREZ – GRADE 8 EZYELLY KONOPKA – GRADE 8 FROM THE TREASURY OF CATHOLIC PRAYERS PRAYER FOR A FAMILY O dear Jesus, I implore You to grant Your special graces to our family. May our home be the shrine of peace, purity, love, labor and faith. I beg You, dear Jesus, to protect and bless all of us, absent and present, living and dead. O Mary, as loving Mother of Jesus our Mother too, pray to your Son for our family, and for all families of the world, to guard the cradle of the newborn, the schools of the young and their vocations. Blessed St. Joseph, holy guardian of Jesus and Mary, assist us by your prayers in all the necessities of life. Ask of Jesus that special grace which He granted to you, to watch over our home at the pillow of the sick and the dying, so that with Mary and with you, heaven may find our family unbroken in the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Amen. My Catholic Faith? There’s an APP for that! Did you ever wonder: How can I find out more about my Catholic faith?* How do I pray the Rosary? * How can I grow in my faith? * Where I can meet like-minded Catholics? * What is a disciple of Jesus Christ – am I one? * What is the Pope saying today? Check out the free new mobile app “Newark Evangelization” at your App Store. This free app found on the App Store at “Newark Evangelization” will be the resource in the palm of your hand which will allow you to answer these questions and many more. It will be a fountain of information and inspiration for anyone interested in the Catholic faith. The site also offers helpful information to inquiring non-Catholics or inactive Catholics. BEREAVEMENT MEETINGS The Office of Family Life Ministries of the Archdiocese of Newark sponsors three support groups for Parents Grieving the Death of a Child. Groups meet year ‘round on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 PM (July and August at 7:00 PM) at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Center, 60 Byrd Avenue, Bloomfield, and on the third Monday of each month at St. Peter the Apostle Parish Center, 445 Fifth Avenue, River Edge. The Support Group for Fathers Who Have Lost a Child meets quarterly at Notre Dame Parish Center, 359 Central Avenue, North Caldwell. There is no pre-registration for any of the groups, and there is no fee. For further information about meeting times and dates, please contact the Office of Family Life at 973-4974327 or email([email protected]). THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND FOR INNER-CITY CHILDREN The Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children invites you to apply for a partial-tuition scholarship for your child for the 2015-2016 school year beginning January 1, 2015. Applications will be available by visiting our website at www.sficnj.org. Partial -tuition scholarship are awarded based on financial need without regard to race, religion or ethnicity. The deadline to submit your completed application is April 15, 2015. Being a current scholarship recipient does not guarantee an automatic scholarship award for the 2015-2016 school year. Current recipients as well as all new applicants must submit a completed application every year along with $30 application fee and the required financial documentation. In addition, all previous financial award amounts are not guaranteed and can be changed from year to year. All applicants will be notified of our decision on or before May 29, 2015. SECCIÓN HISPANA Page Seven LECTURAS DE LA SEMANA Lunes: Martes: Miércoles: Jueves: Viernes: Sábado: Domingo: 1 Jn 2:3-11; Sal 96 (95):1-3, 5b-6; Lc 2:22-35 1 Jn 2:12-17; Sal 96 (95):7-10; Lc 2:36-40 1 Jn 2:18-21; Sal 96 (95):1-2, 11-13; Jn 1:1-18 Nm 6:22-27; Sal 67 (66):2-3, 5, 6, 8; Gal 4:4-7; Lc 2:16-21 1 Jn 2:22-28; Sal 98 (97):1-4; Jn 1:19-28 1 Jn 2:29 — 3:6; Sal 98 (97):1, 3cd-6; Jn 1:29-34 Is 60:1-6; Sal 72 (71):1-2, 7-8, 10-13; Ef 3:2-3a, 5-6; Mt 2:1-12 CONFESIONES Cada Sabado del año de 1pm hasta 2pm un sacerdote es disponible en la iglesia para escuchar confesiones. EL MINISTERIO DE JOVENES CREYENTES DEL SENOR DE LA MISERICORDIA IGLESIA DE ST. PETER’S Te invita a jovenes de 14 a 17 años, hombre y mujer, que sean parte de esta nueva forma de vivir, la valentia de se un buen hijo de Dios, de ser un joven diferente, te ofrese: palabra de dios creciendo en fe, paseos, recreacion, deportes, misiones y servicio a Dios, retiros espirituales, los esperamos…. Jueves de 7:30 a 9 pm. INFORMACION: JUAN QUINONES CELL: 973-901-2231 NANCY PORTILLO CELL: 201- 898-7354 SOMOS LA SAGRADA FAMILIA DE DIOS Las lecturas de Israel están repletas de relatos de parejas estériles a quienes Dios les concedió el milagro de tener hijos. Sin duda el relato más conocido es el de la primera lectura de hoy: Lucas se inspiró en este relato para contar el milagroso nacimiento de Juan Bautista, hijo de Zacarías e Isabel, y el nacimiento aun más milagroso de Jesús, hijo de María y José. En ambos casos, vemos ejemplos o modelos a seguir de personas que confiaron en Dios. Más que ser ejemplos de personas que confiaron, son modelos de entrega incondicional de sí. Abandonaron sus propios preconceptos y prejuicios sobre el funcionamiento del mundo y entregaron sus vidas a creer en un Dios que puede hacer que haya vida en lugares en donde era inconcebible que la hubiera; un Dios que puede convertir la muerte en una vida nueva e inimaginable; un Dios que puede, hoy, tomar a un niñito de padres humildes en un pueblo insignificante y convertirlo en una luz para el mundo entero. Esto es a lo que se nos llama a hacer cada día como Sagrada Familia de Dios: confiar no sólo en nosotros mismos y en la manera en que pensamos que deberían ser las cosas, sino a abrirnos y entregarnos en fe a un Dios de promesa infinita. Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co. JUEVES 1 de ENERO Solemnidad de Maria de Dio (Dia de Precepto) MISAS Miercoles Diciembre 31: 7:00 pm Jueves Enero 1: 8:30 am; 10:00 11:30 am (Bi-lingue) NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LA ALTAGRACIA Invitamos a toda la comunidad hispana, y muy especialmente a la comunidad Dominicana a unirse al Triduo y Misa que celebraremos en honor a la Protectora de la Republica Dominicana, La Virgen de la Altagracia. Iniciaremos con el Triduo del Santo Rosario desde el Jueves 22 de Enero hasta el Sábado 24 de Enero a las 7:00 pm en la Casa de Retiros (Antiguo Convento). También les invitamos a participar en la Santa Misa en su honor la cual será celebrada el Domingo 25 de enero a la 1:00 pm. Luego de la misa, ese día tendremos un compartir en la cafetería de la escuela St. Peter con comida típica dominicana. Si desean donar algún plato o colaborar de alguna manera, favor contactar a Martha Rodríguez (862-2016349) o Lucina Pellicia (862-576-1441). Favor correr la voz para que todos honremos a nuestra Virgen de la Altagracia. Les esperamos a todos. RETIRO DEL VIÑEDO DE RAQUEL Auspiciado por: La Oficina del Respeto o la Vida Arquidiócesis de Newark ¿Sufre por haber abortado? ¿Tiene sentimientos de culpabilidad y ansiedad? ¿Sufre de depresión? ¡Hay esperanza! Retiros del Viñedo de Raquel ofrecen esperanza y sanación para el síndrome post-aborto. Cuando: enero 30 a febrero 1, 2015 Adonde: Archdiocesan Youth Retreat Center 499 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, NJ 07032 Costo: se pide donación de $150 (si no tiene todo el dinero, le podemos ayudar) para cubrir todos los gastos del retiro. Para más información contactarse son Rosa al (908) 837-9474 o al correo: [email protected] Todas las llamadas e informacion que obtengamos serán confidenciales.
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