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By Deacon Keith Fournier,4/13/2014, Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
We make progress and then we fall down. The only important question is do we get back up again? We can all begin again and again and again and again and again…
During this week called Holy, the Lord Jesus is extending His saving Hand to each one of us anew. The timeless one has broken into time and now transforms it from within. The question is not whether we will mark time but how we will do so? For the Christian time is not meant to be a tyrant ruling over us with impunity. Rather, it is a teacher, inviting and instructing us to choose to enter more fully into our relationship with the Lord and in Him to make progress on the Path of Life. This Holy Week, He invites us to enter into the deep mysteries which will be celebrated liturgically in such a way that they transform us into His Image.
Holy Week invites us all to let go of self love and embrace the Lord anew through saying Yes to the invitation to continuing conversion. How desperately we all need to hear the Good news that we can begin again! We can choose to enter more fully into the celebrations of Holy Week. When we do, we change. Or, we can approach them as empty ritual and miss the marvelous moment of grace.
Holy times presuppose a people who hunger to be made holy.
The question is not whether we will mark time but how we will do so? For the Christian time is not meant to be a tyrant ruling over us with impunity. Rather, it is a teacher, inviting and instructing us to choose to enter more fully into our relationship with the Lord and in Him to make progress on the Path of Life.
Only by grace can I make progress in the path that leads to eternal life passes through time. It winds through the real stuff of our daily lives. What those contrasting Gospel accounts reveal draws me into this week called Holy and it's numerous times of prayer and reflection. It draws me to an honest admission of my weakness, an acknowledgement and confession of my sin, and an ever deepening appreciation of the "Amazing Grace" given in Jesus Christ.
Holy Week invites us to let go of self and embrace the Lord anew. It holds out to each of us that wonderful promise that we can always begin again! How desperately we need to hear this Good news that we can begin again! Life is a path of progress and time is a field of choice.
The real question is not whether we will mark time but how we will do so? For the Christian time is not meant to be a tyrant ruling over us with impunity. Rather, it is a teacher, inviting and instructing us to choose to enter more fully into our relationship with the Lord and follow Him on the Way that leads to life.
Time is not our enemy, but our friend. It is a part of the redemptive loving plan of a timeless God who, in His Son, the Timeless One, came into time to transform it from within. He now gives us time as a gift and intends it to become a field of choice and a path to holiness in this life - and the window into life eternal.
Let us enter fully into this Great and Holy Week by reaching out to receive all of the graces offered to us in these wonderful Holy Week Liturgies. The new Catholics who join us in the Easter Vigil understand something that perhaps many of us may have forgotten.
Liturgy is not a mere external compliance with some "custom" or tradition of the Church. It is an invitation of the Holy Spirit into the Mystery of the Christian faith. Holy Week is a continuing call to New Life in Jesus Christ.
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Mary went to the tomb “early in the morning while it was still dark.” When she arrived, she saw the stone rolled back and nothing but emptiness, no doubt reinforcing the darkness of sadness and loss in her heart. It would take an encounter with the risen One for her and the other disciples to understand that Jesus had risen. And then their darkness would give way to glory, to light, to Life, to believing, to unmitigated joy. Emptiness would become fullness. He has risen!-Living Liturgy™, Easter Sunday 2014
I have risen, and I am with you still, alleluia. You have laid your hand upon me, alleluia. Too wonderful for me, this knowledge, alleluia, alleluia.
O God, who on this day, through your Only Begotten Son, have conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity, grant, we pray, that we who keep the solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection may, through the renewal brought by your Spirit, rise up in the light of life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.-Living Liturgy™, 2014
Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold fast to the traditions, just as I handed them on to you.-1 Corinthians 11:1-2,usccb.org
When the hour came, he took his place at table with the apostles. He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer, for, I tell you, I shall not eat it [again] until there is fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and said, “Take this and share it among yourselves; for I tell you [that] from this time on I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you.-Luke 22:14-20,usccb.org
THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF JESUS This Holy Wednesday, April 16th our Church will have a Special Religious Service consisting of Prayer and Reflection on the “Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross” at 7 pm in the Church. All are cordially invited.
DIVINE MERCY NOVENA The Novena begins on Good Friday April 18th. There are booklets in the rear of Church explaining the Novena
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY There will be a Holy Hour on Sunday April 27th at 3 pm for Divine Mercy Sunday in Church.
Visit our Calendar Page to view Fr. Barron’s comments on the Cross and the Resurrection of Jesus, Why I Call It Good Friday & Holy Week in Two Minutes
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“Making All Things New” is a pastoral planning initiative of the Archdiocese of New York which seeks to address how the archdiocese can best meet the religious, spiritual, and pastoral needs of the people of God now and into the future. Please visit our NEWS PAGE for further details & video.
It’s easy! Pray that young men & woman in Our Archdiocese will hear and answer God’s call.
Prayer to Discern a Vocation
Lord, there are so many things in my life that I do not understand, so many questions about the future that I need to ask. What is Your plan for me? What is the work You want me to do?
All I really know is that You love me. Show me the road You want me to walk – to fulfillment, to happiness, to holiness.
And if You are calling me to priesthood or to the religious life, give me the strength to say “yes” and the grace to begin even now to prepare myself for the challenge of a life spent in Your service and in the care of Your people.
I ask You this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.-usccb.org
RCIA If you know someone who has to make one of their sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Communion, Confirmation) or someone who is not Catholic that wishes to become Catholic please have them call the office so that they can enroll. The number is 845.294.5328 God Bless You Fr. Adaly
Monday through Friday: In the Chapel at 6:30 am and 5:15 pm
Saturday: 8 am
Saturday Vigil: 5 pm
Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am (Children's Mass), 10:30 am, 12:00 noon, 1:30 pm (Spanish Mass, multiple Mass intentions are taken for this Mass), 5:00 pm
Last Friday of Every Month: Spanish Language Healing Mass at 7:30 pm in the Church.
Once a month on a Sunday: 3 pm Tagalog Mass. Please call 845.294.5328 for a list of dates in which this Mass will be held.
Every family in the parish should be properly registered. If you move to another parish, or change your address, please notify the rectory and give the old as well as the new address. If you are not registered, we cannot serve you by issuing testimonial letters in connection with sponsorship for the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Matrimony. We also cannot give recommendations for positions, schools, or character references if we do not know you.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 4:00 to 4:45 p.m.
Thursday before every First Friday 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. or anytime by appointment
Sacrament of Baptism
English - 4th Saturday of each month at 12 noon
Spanish - 3rd Saturday of each month at 12 noon
English - 1st & 2nd, Sunday of each month at 3:00 p.m.
Spanish - 4th Sunday of each month at 3:00 p.m.
Requirements for Baptisms at St. John's
Please visit the calendar page for a list of dates for classes and baptisms.
You must complete all the paperwork before registering for a date for an actual baptism.
**THE ABOVE DATES ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY.
Sacrament of the Sick
Please call the rectory if you or your loved one is in Orange Regional Medical Center so a priest may come and visit.
Sacrament of Marriage
Couples intending to be married must come to the rectory to make arrangements at least SIX MONTHS before the date of the wedding. At that time, they should present recent copies of their Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation certificates. A Marriage Preparation Program is required. Please call Jody and Mary Kopec at 845.294.1375.
You can also register for classes in other places in the Archdiocese of New York online at http://flrl.org/Registration.asp
Every first Friday in the chapel from after the 6:30 am Mass until Saturday before the 8:00 am Mass. Also every Monday through Friday in the chapel from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.