Monday – Thursday
9:00AM - 12:00PM; 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Rectory Office closed
In today’s readings Advent is imaged as a journey from two directions. From one side, in the vision of Isaiah, there is the pilgrimage of the nations going to Jerusalem, to the mountain of the Lord’s house. From the other, there is the coming of the Son of Man announced by Jesus in the selection from Matthew. Both journeys, the going and the coming, look to a future realization on “that day and hour no one knows.” But the future promised in today’s readings makes a claim on our present reality as well. Waking to the dawning light of the Lord, we must walk in that light. We must “throw off the works of darkness,” says Paul, and “conduct ourselves properly as in the day.” What that means, in Isaiah’s words, is that we must recognize that what beckons the nations to Jerusalem is “instruction” (torah), the word of the Lord. To walk in the light is to live Torah, God’s plan for peace. Advent sounds a wake-up call. We must heed it lest, like Noah’s contemporaries, or like the unsuspecting householder in Matthew, the coming hour finds us unprepared.
Once again we will be having the Christmas Giving Tree. This year we will be helping children in the orphanage in Pawłówce, Poland, CYO, Anchor House, and Kids R First. Next weekend, November 19th & 20th, 2016, there will be ornaments on the Christmas tree with items to be purchased. Please take one or more of the ornaments and return your gifts as soon as possible. All gifts must be returned by Sunday, December 18th, 2016. Thank You for your help and good hearts at this time of the year.
The Christmas Wafer/Opłatek commemorates a custom which is centuries old. Through the Wafer/Opłatek, we are reminded of the Holy Nativity. The Wafer/Opłatek is broken and shared with those gathered at the Christmas table. When each has a broken piece, PEACE is wished to all. The Wafers/Opłatki are available in the rectory during regular office hours and in the Sacristy after all Masses.
St. Hedwig Knights of Columbus Council #7244 is selling Christmas Car Magnets for $5.00 each after all the Masses. The Christmas Car Magnets are available in English or Polish and will be available in the Sacristy after Masses and in the rectory during regular office hours. Thank you for all your support. Bóg zapłać.
The Mass intention book for 2017 is now opened during regular business hours in the rectory. There will be only one intention taken for the weekday Mass on Monday through Saturday morning. The weekend Masses, which include the Saturday evening Mass and all the Masses on Sunday, will have multiple intentions available.
Anna Burzawa, Pauline Dauphers, Dorothy Dominski, Bartoszek Dudek, Zenon Dzięgielewski, Charles & Eileen Fair, Anna Gres, Helen Hutchins, Fr. Fred Jackiewicz, Robert Kalinowski, Walter J. Kramarz, Alice S. Laird, Sue Lynch, John Matas, Adam Matusz, Dan Piestor, Cheryl Fuzes Poli, Stanley Rette, Marilyn Roman, Lucy Siemientkowski, Anthony Sikora, Fred Sikorski, Edward & Pauline Sikorski, Stella Sredinski, Joseph P. Strycharz, Kelly Ann Strycharz, Romulda Studzinska Charles Suleskey, Czesława Supel, Mitch Tacs, Doris Tarquinio, Helen Wojciechowski, Anna Wozniak, Esther Zamorski, John Zegarski.
Please call the Rectory Office to add or delete names from the list.
All Veterans active or inactive qualify to enter names on the Memorial Walk. The cost is $30.00 per brick. For information please call Julius Wszolek at 599-2298.
Lest We Forget
Because of them, our lives are full—
Because of them, our nation lives
Because of them, our world is Blessed.
Lord Jesus, we ask you to watch over our men and women who are serving in the military in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the world. We ask for your wisdom and peace for all the world leaders to end the fighting. We pray for your healing touch. AMEN
Local Red Cross is raising funds to help families from Weinberg Pl., Trenton that lost their homes to the fire on November 21st. You can help by donating to their cause. Print Red Cross Donation Form and send it with your donation by mail.