I thank Pastoral Council members Craig Jurasinski (four years), Peg Kroeger (four years) and Bill Zipparo (three years) for their invaluable service to our parish family. As you are aware, following a period of implementation [which requested of Craig and Peg to serve four years], the Pastoral Council now has one third of its members each serving a three-year term.
The present Pastoral Council was instrumental in assisting with much of the direction of our parochial life this past year; such as our parish mission during Easter time, led by Fr. William Garrott, O.P., “Divine Mercy for a Digital World”, our parish retreat entitled “33 days to Morning Glory”, with its Marian Consecration, the Feast Day celebration, the establishment of ‘Hospitality Sunday’, past and future renovations to our churches and initiatives for pastoral outreach including budgeting and pastoral planning. You can read about these efforts in greater detail in the Pastoral Council Minutes found on our parish website.
I consider the Pastoral Council as integral to the life and direction of our parish, and I trust that I have always sought to act in accord with their guidance. I now invite anyone willing to serve a three-year term on the Pastoral Council to come to a Discernment Meeting on Thursday, September 10 at 7pm in the Church of the Resurrection Extension. At this meeting, three new members for the Pastoral Council will be identified.
This will also be a working Pastoral Council meeting and all parishioners are welcome,
The work of the Pastoral Council is to consider, plan and recommend ways for the parish to accomplish the mission of Christ. For me, the Pastoral Council is a strategic element of our parish that keeps us focused on our divine purpose. It is a consultative body that is charged with prayerfully discerning parish needs, setting pastoral priorities, and empowering people to participate in the mission of Christ. In attempting to foster parish vitality, I work with the Pastoral Council in careful investigation, prayerful consideration and consensual recommendations.
I find it noteworthy that each member of the present Pastoral Council has voiced the sentiment that he/she desired to remain on the council as some initial terms expired. I thank Marge DeFoney, Linda O’Gorman, Jacquie Olansen, Anita, McMahon, and Annette Sherby for their continued generosity to our parish.
Please consider this essential work of our parish.
I take this moment to thank all those who worked so hard to prepare for this day, for those who prayed for this day, and for those who participated in this day.
I thank: The Parish Staff, our Pastoral Council, the Social Committee, the Knights of Columbus (Resurrection and Saint Casimir), the Knights of Columbus Women’s Auxiliary, Father Peterson, who covered the Vigil Mass for the Feast of the Assumption, Agnes Bross for obtaining and donating the Miraculous Medals and for coordinating the youth raffle, the many volunteers who sold and prepared our 50/50 raffle, our parish families who participated in the Mass, Jack Griffin and the Choir for the music at Mass, those who organized and participated in our “33 Days to Morning Glory” Retreat and Consecration, the New Jersey State Police, our parishioners and friends for providing the desserts, our youth volunteers, the volunteers who provided the youth games and entertainment, Joe Mitchell and Chris Marinakis for the music, The McPeak Family for providing Rita’s Water Ice, Dave Dempsey for providing the plane and banner, and once again to all who prayed the Miraculous Medal seeking Our Lady’s intercession for this celebration.
May Saint Maximilian Kolbe intercede for you and all those you love.
Each winner received $9,093.80
The Loggi Family
The Carey Family
This past Sunday, following Mass and quite unexpectedly to me, some of our young women and men said goodbye to me as they left for college. What happened to the summer?!
In this past year we all have had many opportunities to enhance our faith life; the numerous Bible Study groups facilitated through Bill Brewer and Joseph Sosnowsky, the Lenten Seder Dinner, our parish mission, “Divine Mercy for a Digital World” at Easter time, led by Fr. William Garrott, O.P., and our current parish retreat entitled “33 days to Morning Glory” that includes a Marian Consecration, are just a few moments in this past year when we have (not just our younger population) been invited to grow in our faith.
Today, I invite you all to consider joining me, beginning in September, for another opportunity known as RCIA. RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. It is the Catholic Church’s way of initiating new members into the faith and strengthening the faith of those who are seeking to grow in their relationship with God. RCIA offers conversion of the heart and brings one to Jesus Christ. It is an answer to the Gospel invitation in Mathew 11:28-30: “Come to me, all you who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon your shoulders and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart. Your souls will find rest, for my yoke is easy and my burden light.”
RCIA is an opportunity:
- For those who have not been baptized.
- For those who have been baptized, but have little affiliation with, and/or training in the Catholic religion.
- For those Catholics and others who want to learn and ask questions about the Catholic faith.
- For those who are searching.
Through weekly gatherings, those attending gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the Catholic faith, tradition, rituals, and prayer life. All are welcome, and there is no obligation to make any commitment to become Catholic.
I ask you to consider joining us this year and to consider inviting others. Sometimes, those of us who have been Catholic our whole lives forget to offer this information to others who may be interested in becoming Catholic. We just assume that if they are interested, they will find their own way. However, extending an invitation to relatives, friends and neighbors, in a gentle way, might be just the opportunity that they are awaiting. They may be ready, but are not sure how to make an inquiry. However, if they are not ready today, you may have planted a seed that will grow and bloom into a decision sometime in the future. You may become an instrument of Grace for someone you love. I encourage you to consider inviting someone who may profit from this opportunity.
The first gathering in our parish is for information and inquiry, not commitment. It will take place on Wednesday, September 23 at 7:00PM in classroom 2 at Resurrection Church. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call and we will try to answer any questions you may have.