March 22, 2015 Served By: Rev. Basil Lek Pastor Rev. John J. Donohue In Residence Mr. Joseph J. Malanga Mr. Louis Rusignuolo Deacons Mrs. Josephine Sarno Director of Religious Education 973-743-6122 e-mail: sarnojosephine @ ymail.com MASSES Weekend: Saturday at 5:30 P.M., Sunday at 8:00, 10:00 A.M. and 12:00 Noon. Weekdays: Monday thru Saturday, 8 A.M. in Rectory Chapel. Also 7 P.M. during Lent Holy Days & Holidays: as announced in bulletin. LITURGY OF THE HOURS Morning Prayer: 8:30 A.M. on Saturday Church of ST. VALENTINE 125 NORTH SPRING STREET BLOOMFIELD, NEW JERSEY 07003 RECONCILIATION (Confession) Saturday at 1 PM. Also by appointment. PARISH OFFICE 973-743-0220 FAX 973-743-2041 E-mail: [email protected] www.stvalentinechurch.com ARCHDIOCESE OF NEWARK www.rcan.org Mission Statement We, the Parish Family of Saint Valentine, are a Roman Catholic Community within the local church of the Archdiocese of Newark. The celebration of the Mass and the Sacraments is central to our identity as a parochial community which worships God in fellowship with family, neighbors and friends. Sharing the Eucharist empowers us to be a sign of the Kingdom of God present among us, yet ever becoming more a reality, as we follow Christ, proclaiming his Gospel and witnessing to his teaching. Through liturgical worship and the ministries of the Church, we are enabled to love each other in our service of God. THEREFORE, we the Parish Community of Saint Valentine, are dedicated to serving others within and outside ourselves, as we strive to deepen our own commitment to the Lord and to announce the Good News of salvation in Christ. ADULT CATECHUMENATE (RCIA) Marriage: Arrangements should be made A faith-sharing group which supports and with a clergy one year in advance. leads toward adult initiation. Call the parish office for information. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM Please contact the Religious Education Office to enroll students and for further details. SACRAMENT PREPARATION Participation in sacrament preparation programs is open only to registered CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD parishioners. Regular worship at Sunday celebrated at the 10 AM Sunday Mass. Mass is required. After the opening prayer, the children Baptism: Baptism is celebrated at Mass leave the assembly for their own on designated Sundays, as noted in celebration and reflection on the Sunday bulletin.. Parents should call the parish scripture. We invite and encourage all office (973-743-0220) at least two months children to participate. Check bulletin prior to scheduled dates in order to make calendar for schedule. arrangements for required preparation. 1st Reconciliation, Eucharist & SOCIAL CONCERNS Confirmation: Participation is based on The Social Concerns Ministry of St. readiness and regular attendance in our Valentine’s Parish is compelled by Religious Education Program. Parents Christ’s love and the Gospel message to should contact the Religious Education compassionately respond to the identified Office (973-743-6122) for further needs of our parish community. For info call Deacon Joe 973-743-0220. information. MINISTRY TO THE SICK Anointing: The Sacrament of the Sick is for healing; both spiritual and physical. Fr Basil wishes to visit all the homebound. Communion: For the elderly and homebound upon request. MARIAN DEVOTIONS Novena: In honor of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal at Mass on Saturday at 8:00 AM; Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Wednesday at 7:30 PM in the chapel. Rosary: Before the 8 AM daily Mass in the chapel and First Wednesday of the month (Sept.-June) at 7 PM in the church. PARISH REGISTRATION Please formalize your membership in our parish community by registering at the parish office. We invite all who worship regularly to do so. Parishioners are encouraged to use the Sunday collection envelopes. Page Two Fifth Sunday Of Lent March 22, 2015 MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK SATURDAY 5:30 pm SUNDAY 8:00 am 10:00 am 12 nn MONDAY 8:00 am TUESDAY 8:00 am 7:00 pm March 21 Nancy Mills (Family) March 22 (Fifth Sunday of Lent) John Pierz (Stanley) Emma Yannuzzi (John & Dolores) Antoinette Duger (Family) March 23 Florence Luisi (17th Anniv.) March 24 Al Niemira (Dolores & John) Paul Kelm (Lori Ann & David Crothers) WEDNESDAY March 25 8:00 am People of the Parish 7:00 pm Stations of the Cross THURSDAY March 26 8:00 am People of the Parish 7:00 pm People of the Parish FRIDAY March 27 8:00 am Joseph Kislowski 7:00 pm Stella Zimny (Wanda Record) SATURDAY March 28 8:00 am People of the Parish 5:30 PM People of the Parish SUNDAY March 29 (Palm Sunday) 8:00 am Beatrice Perri (Angelo Spina & Family) 10:00 am Bernice & Americo Sereno (Son) 12nn Beatrice & Santo Perri (Daughter) CALENDAR OF EVENTS Sunday, March 22 9:00 am Athletic Club Breakfast 10:00 am Children’s Liturgy 11:00 am Catechetical Program 1-8 Monday, March 23 7:30 m Penance Service at St. Thomas Church Tuesday, March 24 7:00 PM Ministers of Hospitality/ Ushers Wednesday, March 25 7:30 pm Choir Practice Saturday, March 28 9:00 am Parish Lenten Retreat 2:00 pm Women’s AA Sunday, March 29 11:00 am Catechetical Program 1-8 STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS “ I will be their God and they shall be my people.” JEREMIAH 31:33. What does it mean to be God’s people? It means we recognize that everything we have and everything we are belongs to God. We aren’t “owners” of anything, we are merely “stewards” of the gifts God has given us. It means we are willing to use our gifts and our lives to care for our neighbors and the world, just as God cares for us. March 15, 2015 Sunday Collection: $4780.00 Snow Removal Collection: $1765.00 SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY: March 29, 2015: Mk 11:1-10 Is 50:4-7; Ps 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24; Phil 2:6-11. You are given the opportunity to help in the financial needs of the Church. May God give you back a hundred fold for your generosity. MASS AND LENTEN DEVOTIONS Daily Mass at 8am and 7pm will be celebrated in the Rectory Chapel, except Wednesdays. Stations of the Cross will be celebrated at 7pm in Church, every Wednesday evening. Prayer, Fasting & Almsgiving is our Lenten tradition to help gain humility. Food for the needy may be brought to the Church . Fifth Sunday Of Lent March 22, 2015 Page Three A MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK Dear Parishioners: In this remaining days of Lent, God invites us to come back to Him to be cleansed of the corruption and influence of the sinful world, and to be healed in our souls so that we may learn to do His will, and become His people again. When human being don’t want to convert and come back to God, then history repeats itself and we get lost in our selfishness, and make our selfish goals the most important thing in our lives - and thus, we lose our soul. To correct this self destructive and soul destructive behavior in us, God sent His Son to show us the way back to the Father by becoming human so that we humans would follow His lead. And the way back is through the cross; that’s why when the disciples told Jesus that there were some Greeks who wanted to see Him, Jesus says that “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” Jesus is talking about going to the cross to be killed. The glory of God is shown in the martyrdom of Jesus and also in every Christian who is killed for the sake of Christ. It is not about the killing but about the loving. God is glorified when we are about to love even our enemies; that with the same love of Jesus, Christians are able to love others more than their very own lives (Philippians 2). That’s why Jesus tells us that “unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies” it cannot grow to become a useful plant. If the seed does not give its life to become a seedling, and then grow up to become a full grown plant, it just remains a dud. God created us not become duds, but to die to our selfishness and grow up in the love of Christ and be filled with eternal life. - Basil Lek CHURCH ENVELOPES If you are using checks for your donation, please do not combine amounts on your check. All collections are kept separately. Sunday, 2nd Collection, Monthly 50/50. This is for Accounting purposes. Thank you. Page Fifth Fifth Sunday Of Lent March 22, 2015 BAPTISM DATES APRIL 19, 2015 AT 10AM MAY 17, 2015 AT 12NOON JUNE 21, 2015 AT 10AM JULY 19, 2015 AT 12NOON AUGUST 16, 2015 AT 10AM PARISH REGISTRATION AND CHANGE OF ADDRESS If you are new in the parish or have moved to a new address in the parish, or if you are planning to move, please let the Parish Office know. Please call 973-743-0220. FOOD PANTRY SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE We are once again collecting for Our Food Pantry it is very low on items. We are in need of: canned soup, canned fruit, rice, cereal, flour, sugar, peanut butter, jelly, coffee, tea and Ham & Chicken. Items can be left in the vestibule of the Church or at the Parish Office or call 973-743-0220. HOLY THURSDAY ADORATION To ensure the presence of people before the blessed Sacrament following the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, the parish is asked to assemble in groups according to the following schedule: 9PM - 9:30 PM - Altar Rosary Sodality 9:30PM - 10:15PM - Catechetical Program, Pastoral Council, Finance Council. 10:15PM - 10:45PM - Prayer Groups, Athletic Club, Lectors, Choir, Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers, Ministers of Hospitality. (Night Prayer is 10:30PM). Please pray for those whose FUNERALS Were celebrated recently: Claire Dettlaff - March 18,2015 Grant them eternal rest O Lord and let perpetual light shine on them forever. May they rest in peace. MINISTERS OF HOSPITALITY/USHERS The Ministers of Hospitality/Ushers will have a meeting on March 24, 2015 at 7PM in the Rectory Meeting Room. All members are asked to attend, as well as anyone interested in becoming part of this ministry. RECONCILATION SERVICE There will be a combined Reconciliation Service at St. Thomas Church, Bloomfield, on Monday, March 23, at 7PM. All are invited to attend. All activities are cancelled at St. Valentine for that night in lieu of this event. SAVE THE DATE ANNUAL SPRING TRICKY TRAY WILL TAKE PLACE ON APRIL 24, 2015 AT 6:45PM TICKETS ARE $10.00 GET TICKETS EARLY DONATION: $10.00 TICKETS: CATHY KING - 973-429-7567 GIFT DONATIONS: JEAN FRUCCI 973-748-9032. PARISH LENTEN RETREAT There will be a Parish Lenten Retreat on Saturday, March 28th, starting at 9AM, and concluding with the 5:30PM Evening Vigil Mass. All are welcome and it is free of charge.
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