PARISH OFFICE IS CLOSED
Like last Sunday's second group of vineyard tenants, so with the guests who finally make it into this week's wedding banquet. They (we) are not the first invited. As Jesus lists successive groups of invitees, it becomes painfully clear—not only are we not the first, we're not even the best! We get in on the third sweep of "the main roads," i.e., roads separating the Promised Land from unclean Gentile territory. Though Isaiah promised "a feast of rich food and choice wines," the sense we're meant to get is hardly one of gracious dining in the company of elegant guests (25:6). We slipped in only when the sign went up: "Now Open to the Public." Something to remember whenever I gaze around the banquet hall (Sunday Mass) and start sizing up my fellow guests. Consider too the unfortunate guest not dressed in a wedding garment. When it comes to the Kingdom's wedding feast, getting in does not necessarily guarantee staying in. In fact, being let in is no big deal, since everyone else, "bad and good alike," got in, too (Matthew 22:10). We were rounded up, forcibly packed in until the hall was filled. But being welcomed by the king to stay requires a wedding garment, Paul's "putting on the Lord Jesus Christ" (cf. Romans 13:14), Revelation's "bright, clean linen garment" (19:8). Put another way: If being baptized is our "admittance ticket" to the Kingdom, then bearing witness to our baptismal covenant in self-sacrificing deeds of practical charity is absolutely required if we wish to remain to partake of the feast.
Please join us today, Sunday, October 15, 2017 for the closing celebration at 4:00 PM for Vespers with Procession and Benediction. I am pleased that many priests from the Diocese of Trenton and other Dioceses accepted our invitation. Please come to pray with our parish family members as well as our guests and let them see the many faithful of our parish. This year the homily in English will be said by Msgr. Thomas Gervasio, VG – Pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony Parish in Hamilton, NJ. Solemn procession of the Blessed Sacrament with Priests, Deacons and Altar Servers will conclude Forty Hours.
The October Devotions are held on Sundays after the 11 am Mass. There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the Rosary, Litany and Benediction.
Bishop David M. O'Connell, CM invites you and your families to journey with him to this holy site, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC on November 4, 2017. If interested please call the Rectory Office at 609-396-9068.
The traditional procession and blessing of the graves will be held on Sunday, October 29th, 2017. We will begin at the Ewing Cemetery (New) after the 11 am Mass. From there we will go to the Hamilton Cemetery (Old) at 2:00 pm along with Sacred Heart Parish. We invite everyone to come and pray for all our faithful departed whether buried here or abroad.
The feast of All Souls will soon be here. Please return the envelopes with the names of your deceased family and friends. An envelope has been included in your monthly packet mailed to you. Additional All Souls Day envelopes are available in the church at all the entrances. On Thursday, November 2nd at 7:00 pm we will have a Mass and devotion during which time the names will be read.
Next Sunday, Pope Francis calls every Catholic in the world to celebrate our vocation to be a missionary. It’s World Mission Sunday! As Catholics around the world—here at home and in the Missions—gather at the Eucharist around the table of the Lord, we are to pray for the Church’s worldwide missionary work. We pray for those awaiting the “Good News” of our Lord’s great love for us and for the missionaries who offer the poor and suffering the light of Christ.
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