Discover a beautiful faith in the Catholic Church.
G.K. Chesterton once wrote, “The difficulty in explaining ‘why I am a Catholic’ is that there are ten thousand reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true.” Nearly 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ founded the Catholic Church to preserve the truth He gave us and hand it down through the centuries, helping people all around the world encounter the love of God in every age and in every corner of the earth.
Over the years, there have been an untold number of questions and objections raised about the Catholic Church’s teachings and practices. The answers are there, and it’s worth your time to find them. As the Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said, “There are not even 100 people in this country who hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they think the Catholic Church to be.”
I invite all our parishioners to come to any or all of the following reflections, from 7pm to 8pm in the extension of the Church of the Resurrection to touch upon some of the beauty of our Catholic Faith:
September 30: The Creed, “I believe in God . . . Creator . . .” “I believe in one . . .”
October 7: “And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord” “I believe in . . . holy . . . ”
October 14: “Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit” “I believe in . . . apostolic”
October 28: The Holy Catholic Church – The Hierarchy, Mary and the Communion of Saints
November 11: Divine Revelation: Scripture, Tradition, Magisterium, Liturgy
November 18: Salvation History, “The Resurrection of the body and Life Everlasting”
December 2: Sacrament of Initiations – Baptism and Confirmation
December 9: Sacrament of Initiation – Eucharist and Mass
January 6: Sacrament of Vocation – Holy Orders and Marriage
January 20: Sacrament of Healing – Anointing of the Sick and Reconciliation
February 3: Sin and Morality, Preparation for Lent
February 17: Prayer
February 24: Tour of the Church – Sacramentals
THANK YOU POPE FRANCIS FOR YOUR VISIT TO AMERICA
On Sunday, September 20, 2015 during the 9:30am Mass we join with all the parishes across the United States in celebrating Catechetical Sunday. This year’s theme is ‘Safeguarding the Dignity of Every Human Person.”
This theme reminds us that the dignity of each human person rests in the biblical teaching (Gen 1:26-27) that she or he is made in God’s image and likeness. It also reminds us that we the baptized need to actively support and protect others from all sorts of harm, cherishing human life from the moment of conception to a natural death.
I ask you to join with me during this Mass to pray with and give thanks for our catechists in the Parish Religious Education Program who affirm and nurture the beautiful God given dignity of the young men and women entrusted to our care.
Volunteer Appreciation Sunday
The parish staff and I were able to identify at least 420 volunteers who throughout the year serve the dignity of every person entrusted to our care! I believe at times your good works and generosity may appear to go unnoticed because they are so humbly given. They are not unnoticed by me and the parish staff and we look forward to this opportunity to express our gratitude.
On Sunday afternoon, October 4, I invite you and your spouse to an Open House at “L’s” Restaurant in Corbin City, for food, beverages and each other’s company. I ask you to join with me and the staff so that we may thank you in person for all you do.
In order to give our host at “L’s” an appropriate head count we ask that you sign up at the entrance to our churches or call the rectory (609) 390-0664.
This weekend we say goodbye to Summer 2015 and to our extended parish family who shared the gift of their faith and the breadth of their Catholic experience, particularly during Mass at Bishop McHugh Regional School, Saint Casimir and The Church of the Resurrection.
We thank each of you for prayerfully joining our parish family
and we wish you a Wintertime filled with summer memories!
See you in the Spring!
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.