Monday – Thursday
9:00AM - 12:00PM
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
PARISH OFFICE IS CLOSED
"The Lord GOD is my help," Isaiah says twice in today's first reading (Isaiah 50:7, 9). But in what way? Isaiah does not turn to God in this passage for help in defeating his enemies. Nor does he look to God to help put an end to his suffering. He "sets (his) face like flint" to accept it. No, Isaiah looks to God in confidence that he is doing God's will. He knows that he is in the right because he is doing the will of God. He looks to God for strength to endure the abuse he receives, knowing that his sacrifice is worth it. This is the same basic passage from Isaiah that we hear every year on Palm Sunday. It is easy to see why it would be paired with a reading of the Passion, as Isaiah is Christ-like in the way that he accepts the abuse he receives from those who oppose God's will. But this passage prepares us for this Gospel as well, as Jesus is preparing his disciples for his death. That does not go well, as it ends with Jesus reprimanding Peter, "Get behind me, Satan" (Mark 8:33). Peter had just identified Jesus as the Christ (the Messiah, in Hebrew). However, Jesus knows that he is not the kind of Messiah that everyone expects, one who would lead the people to victory over the Roman government. Instead, he is the Messiah that Isaiah describes in the first reading. He is the one who will suffer on behalf of the people. He will be the one who will need to resist the temptation to let this cup pass. No wonder he refers to Peter as Satan. Peter's way of thinking is a tempation like Satan's was in the desert.
Religious Education Program (CCD) for the year 2018-2019 will begin on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 at 5:15 pm for Tuesday students and their parents with an orientation meeting in the Church. After the meeting the Tuesday night students will go to the Convent to begin regular scheduled classes. Wednesday students and their parents will have an orientation meeting on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 in the Church at 5:15 pm. After the meeting the Wednesday night students will go to the Convent to begin regular scheduled classes.
Due to our expanding religious education program, we are in need of additional Catechists for the 2018–2019 school year. Please consider this wonderful ministry. We welcome those with experience and those who have never taught before. Help and information are available to anyone interested. If you are interested or have any questions in regards to this ministry, please contact Dorothy Zadworny at (609) 587-0487.
The US Conference of Bishops’ Pro-Life Office is encouraging all Catholics in the arch/dioceses of the US on every Friday from August 3 (10, 17, 24, 31, September 7, 14, 21) to September 28, 2018 to pray and fast for life. USCCB asks that parishioners pray one Our Father, One Hail Mary, One Glory Be each of these Fridays and fast when possible to support the Church’s pro-life efforts in our country.
The Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton has been celebrating the gift of sacramental marriage with anniversary couples for more than 40 years. This year Bishop O’Connell will extend his Episcopal blessing to couples married 50 years or more, couples married for 25 years and couples married one year, at a special Eucharistic liturgy and blessing celebration on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 3:00 pm at the Cathedral of St. Mary in Trenton. The deadline for registration is September 15, 2018. Couples who wish to participate in the Bishop’s Anniversary Blessing may visit the Parish Office to register. Family members are most welcome to attend the Anniversary Blessing
If you are planning to have a child baptized in future months, a Baptism preparation class for parents and godparents will be held on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the convent.
St. Hedwig Knights of Columbus have a collection box in the vestibule of the Church for new, used or broken eyeglasses in any condition. Also we are collecting new and used hearing aids which will be repaired and distributed to people who need help hearing. The Knights are partnered with New Eyes for the Needy who will repair and distribute the reconditioned eyeglasses and hearing aids to countries in need throughout the world. Please help us provide glasses and hearing aids to those in need. Thank you.
St. Hedwig Knights of Columbus #7244 is seeking new members, 18 years or older, male and Catholic to join our Council. By joining you would become more involved in our Church and local community through acts of charity and volunteerism. For more information about membership please contact Frank at 609-396-1926, or Rich at 609-890-8275.
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.
Madeleine Buono, Anna Burzawa, Dylan Cascarino, Tim Cicon, Sr., Mark Cicon, Pauline Dauphers, Dorothy Dominski, Bartoszek Dudek, Helena Dzięgielewska, Zenon Dzięgielewski, Sabina Dziewięcka, Theresa Eaton, Charles & Eileen Fair, Helen Hutchins, Fr. Fred Jackiewicz, Helen Jamieson, Alice S. Laird, Sue Lynch, John Matas, Adam Matusz, Marie Niwore, Dan Piestor, Cheryl Fuzes Poli, Jurek Probola, Joseph Ryczkowski, Zofia Rynkowska, Tina Salava, Lucy Siemientkowski, Anthony Sikora, Roman Sikora, Fred Sikorski, Edward & Pauline Sikorski, Pat Sikorski, Diane Silver, Joseph P. Strycharz, Kelly Ann Strycharz, Czesława Supel, Helen Szalony, Mitch Tacs, Doris Tarquinio, Michelle Vuocolo, Anna Wozniak, Esther Zamorski.
Please call the Rectory Office to add or delete names from the list.
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