September 14, 2014
IN BLESSED REPOSE... This week our Lord called home a daughter of our Parish. Julia Zangara, passed away on September 5, 2014. The funeral was from our Cathedral Church on Friday, September 12, 2014. She was laid to rest in the mausoleum at Calvary Cemetery. We offer our condolences to her family and assure them of our prayerful support. In blessed repose grant O Lord to your servant +Julia and remember her forever! Vicnaja jej pamjat!
FESTIVAL MEETING… The final meeting of our festival committee will be this Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at 7:30pm in the lower auditorium of the Cathedral. All our asked to be present for this meeting to make final plans for Sunday.
OUR PARISH PICNIC is next Sunday, September 21, 2014 at our Chapel facility in Woodland Park. Please pass the word to your neighbors and friends. Any help for the setup and cleanup will be greatly appreciated and also on the day itself at the picnic. The home-baked goods and specialty items are always needed and appreciated because they are made by the love of our parishioners. The picnic will begin following our 11 AM Chapel Divine Liturgy.
MARRIAGE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION… Today in St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church in Hillsborough, NJ, our Eparchy will host this annual celebration honoring those celebrating their 5, 10, 15, 25, etc. wedding anniversaries. The Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 3PM with a celebratory banquet to follow in the parish hall. If you are celebrating one of these anniversaries and received your invitation then St. Mary's, Hillsborough is the place to be.
SUNDAY REFLECTION: Today we celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. This day remembers the discovery of the True Cross by St. Helena, the mother of the emperor-saint, St. Constantine, in the Holy Land. They actually uncovered three similar crosses and did not know which was the True Cross. St. Helena had a man who was gravely ill to the place where the three crosses were. She asked the man to be laid on each cross. When he was healed that proved to be the True Cross of Christ. St. Helena then had it brought into Jerusalem where the Patriarch could raise the cross for all to adore. The Cross is more than a gesture or a piece of art or jewelry. The Cross is our source of salvation, our redemption, our protection against evil. The Cross is not a negative symbol but a positive one. Look at all aspects of life----when you want to add something what is the sign---+---the cross; in electricity, to show the positive charge what symbol is used---+--the cross; it started out as a symbol that was negative as a sign of torture and death. But with the sacrifice of Christ it becomes positive and glorious. It is how we begin our morning and evening prayers; we make the Sign of the Cross many times during our prayer and worship services. It is our protection and symbol of victory. So, today we exalt in the Cross of Christ and thank Him for His sacrifice.
June 8, 2014
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. – Ephesians 4:3
The flowers have appeared on the earth the time of the singing of birds is come. The voice of the turtle dove is heard in our land.
Our Prayers of Sympathy. This past Friday, the Rite of Christian Burial was celebrated for our dedicated parishioner, Dolores Galik. We ask for the Lord's hand to gently lead Dolores into her Eternal Home, as her reward for her life while living among us. Now, may the Light of Our Lord's face watch over her as we offer our fervent prayers for her and her loving Family!
What is a Christian family?
A CHRISTIAN FAMILY is one in which parents so live the Christian life, and practice the presence of God that children come to accept God as the greatest reality of life.
A CHRISTIAN FAMILY is one in which each member is accepted and respected as a person having sacred worth.
A CHRISTIAN FAMILY is one that accepts the responsibility of worship and instruction to the end of developing the spiritual life of each person.
A CHRISTIAN FAMILY is one that manifests a faith in God, observes daily prayer and grace at meals.
A CHRISTIAN FAMILY is one that is committed to behavior in keeping with Christian ideals for family relations, community life, and national and world citizenship.
Next Sunday… St. Michael's Holy Name Society
Family Communion Breakfast
Sunday, June 15 th 2014 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
St. Michael's Social Center 415 Lackawanna Ave, Woodland Park, NJ
Family $10 (w/children up to 12 th grade) or Per Person $5
Tickets available following weekend Liturgies Or you may call: John V. at 201.935.3281
June 1, 2014
Our Condolences Our Chancery Office informed us of the death of Father Harold Stockert, a priest of our Eparchy who served at Saints Peter and Paul Church, Granville, New York. Father Stockert, 79, died peacefully at his home on Ascension Thursday. The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will be celebrated Wednesday, June 4 th at 10:30 a.m. May Our Lord grant to His Priest-Servant, Father Harold, Blessed Repose and Eternal Memory!
Prayerful Respect and Sympathy is shared with the Family of +John Pastorick, whose Rite of Christian Burial was celebrated this past Friday. A faithful Servant of Our Lord, may John obtain rest from all his labors and the reward for all his goodness. May his Memory be made Eternal!
A Spring Slavic Dinner to be held on Wednesday, June 11th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at St. Mary's Parish Center, 1900 Brooks Boulevard, Hillsborough, NJ. Tickets: $13 for adults; $5 for children. Enjoy the visit!
May 25, 2014
Get ready for this wonderful annual Father's Day Tribute…
Father's Day Family Communion Breakfast
Please know that our Holy Name Society cordially invites our parish faithful and friends to the annual family communion breakfast to be held at our Chapel social hall on Sunday, June 15, 2014. The serving time for this breakfast will be 9:30-10:45am. Donation $10 per family, single $5 per person. Reservations are recommended. Please contact John Vichock at (201)-935-3281 or Tom Duch (201) 847-9702.
Cemetery Services on Memorial Day
On Monday May 26, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. at St. Michael's Cemetery and at 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter Cemetery in Lodi. We remember our men and women in uniform who have died in the service of our nation.
Christmas in May?
Very good news to share with you! Our parish has already made reservations for the annual Radio City Hall Spectacular, scheduled for November 16, 2014 in New York City. The total cost including transportation and entrance is $69 per person. Checks can be made payable to St. Michael's. Please contact Pat Ditzig at (973) 773-5521 for tickets.
Memorial Day Prayer
We remember, O Lord, all those men and women who have made the supreme sacrifice for our country. Do not let us breathe the air of freedom or claim the right to justice or enjoy the privilege of worship without remembering with great gratitude those who gave the last full measure of devotion-their lives-for our benefit. May they now know the peace of eternity and the joy of your presence. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Remember to Remember
“ Words are even more feeble on this Memorial Day, for the sight before us is that of a strong and good nation that stands in silence and remembers those who were loved and who, in return, loved their countrymen enough to die for them. ” –Ronald Reagan
May 18, 2014
Opportunity Isn't Always Evident
In ancient times, a king had a huge boulder placed in a roadway, then his and watched to see if anyone would move it. Some of the kingdom's biggest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many of them loudly blamed the king for not keeping the reads clear, but none of them did anything about getting the stone out of the way.
Then a peasant farmer came along, carrying a load of vegetables on his back. When he came to the boulder, he laid down his burden and began trying to move it to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeed.
As he was picking up his vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold pieces and a note from the king indicating the gold was for the person who removed the stone from the roadway.
The peasant had learned what many others have learned since: every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve one's condition.
She Was Called To Eternal Life. The Rite of Christian Burial was celebrated yesterday for the Servant of God, +Helen Lokes, a retired RN and faithful daughter of St. Michael's. We pray that all the fruits which Helen has borne in this life may gain for her the crown of Eternal Glory and Life with Our Lord, Jesus Christ. The Light of Our Lord's face now watches over this humble woman!
Where everyone gets along Peter Hermann, who spends half the year in Bisbee, Arizona, wrote to the local paper expressing his appreciation for the small town. He told of a man who's a fixture on Bisbee's main street. The man is accompanied by three pets: a mouse who sits on the back of a cat, who sits on a dog. To Hermann, that scene speaks of Bisbee's wholesome, accepting attitude. It is proof positive, he wrote, that “everyone gets along in Bisbee.”
That reminds one of Isaiah's words: “The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them” (Isaiah 11:6).
The nun who kidded God The 16 th century nun known as Teresa of Avila (Spain) had a great sense of humor. Caught in a thunderstorm and getting soaked, she was heard to pray, “Lord, it's no wonder [you] have so many enemies, if this is the way you treat your friends.”
May 11, 2014
If I had a flower for each time I thought of my mother, I could walk in my garden forever.
Prayer for Mothers
God our Creator, we pray:
for all mothers and grandmothers;
for new mothers, coming to terms with new responsibility;
for grandmothers who are concerned about their grandchildren;
for expectant mothers, wondering and waiting;
for those who are tired, stressed or depressed;
for those who struggle to balance the tasks of work and family;
for those who are unable to feed their children due to poverty;
for those whose children have physical, mental or emotional disabilities;
for those who have children they do not want;
for those who raise children on their own;
for those who have lost a child or a husband and face raising their children alone;
for those who care for the children of others;
for those whose children left home;
and for those whose desire to be a mother has not been fulfilled.
Bless all mothers and grandmothers that their
Love may be deep and tender,
and that they may lead their children and grandchildren to know and do what is good, living not for themselves alone, but for God and for others.
Our SIster Parish! Holy wisdom, Flander, NJ (Emmans Road, Exit 28 off of 80 West) cordially invite you to their SPRING PENNY AUCTION, this Friday, May 16 th. Doors open, 6:30 pm. Please consider sharing your time with our Sister Parish!
Most of all the other beautiful things in life come in twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother on the whole world.
This is what the Lord asks of you;
To act justly,
To love tenderly, And to walk humbly with
- Micah 6:8
May 4, 2014
In Celebration of First Confession and
of Corporate Communion
Prayerful congratulations are extended to these ten students of our Eastern Christian Formation class! They anxiously awaited for this, their Special Day! May Our Lord bestow on each of them blessings beyond measure! May they always remain faithful, along with their parents, to Our Lord and His Church. May they know the merciful God in the Mystery of Reconciliation. May they faithfully and frequently approach the Holy Eucharist at the Divine Liturgy. And may Our Lord bless our dear Donna Lengel for her dedicated efforts by preparing our students for the reception of these Sacraments!
Mother's Day / Spring Flower Sale is this week!
The annual Flower Sale, sponsored by our Religious Education Program takes place this coming FRIDAY & SATURDAY, May 8 th & 9 th at our Cathedral garage between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and
6:00 p.m. each day.
Saint Michael's Remembers Our Mothers! Next Sunday, Mother's Day, we pay special tribute to all of our Mothers. Following each of the Divine Liturgies, a special blessing and presentation of a gift to each of our Mother's present.
An Appreciation Note Fr. Marcel, Fr. David, and Fr. Jody thank you for your prayerful remembrance of them during last week's Clergy Convocation which took place in MD.
April 27, 2014
The Canonization of two Saints
in Vatican City today
Saint John Paul II Saint John XXIII
Appreciation Extended!!! The family of Nico Stevens, would like to thank the Parishioners of our Parish, as well as Friends of St. Michael's for those who were able to donate blood and platelets for his great need while in Hackensack Hospital recently. There is, however, an extended need for 0-positiuve blood during his recuperation. If you are able to donate blood and/or platelets, please go directly to the information desk at Hackensack Hospital for information concerning your donation.
PROFOUND, PRAYERFUL GRATITUDE! Our very, very special appreciation is hereby extended to our group of dedicated, wonderful parishioners (mostly women angels!) who produced the most elegant Paskas for the Easter season. The aroma of their baking carried even to the Cathedral Church!! We thank them with a prayerful remembrance for their dedicated had work in providing this truly home-made delicacy for us. The result of their efforts was , of course, making so many people happy for delicious Easter Bread. GOD BLESS OUR WORKERS!!
SPACTACULAR GOOD NEWS! - The ByzanTEEN Youth Rally 2014!
Every other year, teenagers from Byzantine Catholic parishes across America are brought together in an atmosphere of fellowship, prayer, and spiritual enrichment. The ByzanTEEN Youth Rally offers a rich opportunity for young Byzantine Catholics to meet one another and form lasting relationships that are mutually supportive in the Faith. Special Flyers are available in the vestibules of Church and Chapel. PARENTS OF OUR PRECIOUS TEENAGERS: PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE SERIOUSLY CONSIDER THE BLESSING OF YOUR TEENAGER ATTENDING THIS GIFT FROM GOD! Our Parish Coordinators for this Special Event, Michael and Lisa Dempsey, will be happy to answer and questions you may have. Also, I am pleased that our Holy Name Society will sponsor every Teenager attending!! God Bless the good, wonderful men of OUR Holy Name Society!
Lord, release into our hearts the same explosion of joy that Easter released into your disciples after they had been plunged into sadness by Good Friday.
April 20 , 2014
God gave the Law through Moses,
but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
That ancient statement of Faith: “Christ is Risen,” is as important today as it was on the first Easter morning! We welcome you to our Church family as we celebrate Christ Risen in our lives and in our world. Let us join hearts, hands and voices in joyous praise to Almighty God whose power and love raised Jesus from the dead! Let us unite in celebrating the mighty acts of God in Jesus Christ Our Lord on this Easter Sunday and every Sunday!
Early Sunday Morning Some Women Went To The Tomb Of Jesus…
One of the most striking things about the New Testament Resurrection stories is that everytime someone hears that Christ is risen that person immediately rushes to share it with someone else. They literally hit the road running. And when you go from the Gospels to the Book of Acts you go running with them from city to city. This is important for us because whenever you begin to experience the Presence of the Risen Christ, if you try to keep it to yourself it will begin to fade and die. But if you begin to share it with others, it has a way of becoming stronger and stronger within you. It is essential to your wholeness as a Christian person that you begin sharing God's Love and God's presence. Vinnette Carroll's all-black musical Your Arms Are Too Short to Box with God celebrates the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. It is studded with Negro spirituals and stunningly choreographed with dances. The last scene shows the risen Jesus bathed in a brilliant light. He sings triumphantly, “Can't no grave hold my body down.” It is this good news that Easter continues to celebrate!
An ancient legend A very old story has the Devil trying to get into heaven by pretending to be the risen Christ. In splendor he arrives at the gate of heaven along with a group of demons dressed as angels of light. The Devil begins to shout the words from Psalm 24: “Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in.”
Heaven's true angels answer him in the words of the psalm, “Who is the King of glory?”
Boldly, the Devil answers, “I am.” Then he stretched out his arms and the angels saw no wounds in his hands, no wound in his side.
The good angels knew an imposter when they saw one. They quickly slammed shut the gates of heaven and the Devil went away in defeat.
Where Is The Risen One? The “Christ Is Risen” hymn is majestically sung in our Divine Liturgy. But where is He? Where do we find Him? Do we acknowledge His presence in our families? “He Is Risen” we proclaim, but have we forgotten that we need to make His presence visible to one another? We too have a part in the mystery of Christ's Resurrection!
April 15, 2014
JUST A REMIMDER Beginning with the Vigil Liturgy on Holy Saturday evening we remain STANDING at those moments during the Liturgy when we would ordinarily kneel. As a sign of honor to the Resurrection of Christ, we stand!
PARKING ALERT! Anticipating the number of vehicles at our Cathedral location for Holy Week and Easter Sunday, please consider using the large LOWER parking lot with access from Market Street. This request is made in behalf of the elderly and those with walking difficulties who may find it easier to park closer to the church.
March 9, 2014
Lenten Prayer Announcement St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Cathedral, St. Ann Melkite Catholic Church and Sacred Heart Armenian Catholic Church will be sponsoring three evenings of Lenten Prayer together on Wednesday, March 19 through Friday, March 21. Each night will feature a Lenten Service, a homily and light refreshments starting at 7:30 p.m. Please join your parishioners and Eastern Catholic neighbors in Lenten prayer and fellowship as listed below:
Wednesday, March 19 at St. Michael Chapel, 415 Lackawanna Avenue, Woodland Park
(The Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts, Cathedral, will be canceled on the Wednesday of March 19 th )
Thursday, March 20 at St. Ann Church, 802 Rifle Camp Road, Woodland Park
Friday, March 21 at Sacred Heart Church, 155 Long Hill Road, Little Falls
A PRAYER REQUEST A wonderful, dedicated priest of our Eparchy, the Very Reverend Father Peter Lickman, Pastor of Saint Basil Church in Miami, Florida, and Administrator of All Saints Church, North Fort Meyers, Florida, was called to Eternal Life on Tuesday evening, March 4, 2014 in Florida. He is survived by one brother, John; and a sister, Irene. He was predeceased by his brother, David. Our Most Reverend Bishop, Kurt Burnette will be the main celebrant of the Office of Christian Burial with the Divine Liturgy on Saturday, March 8 th , St. Basil Church, Miami, Florida. On Monday, March 10 th , visitation at the Thomas Bartashus Funeral Home, 63 Kimber Street, New Philadelphia, PA. Interment at St, Mary Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Tuscarora, PA. Please keep Father Peter in your fervent prayers.
February 9, 2014
The 2013-2014 Eparchial Stewardship Appeal
“You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.”
"Every act of giving is a reward unto itself. Each time we share our gifts with others, we are glorifying God and are working for the salvation of the world. This simple belief is at the center of our faith. As Catholics, we understand that serving others is our way of constantly placing God first in our lives. As we go in peace throughout our daily lives, we must seek ways in which we can return to God what He has given to us."
We need your help to reach our Parish goal.
Stewardship is heart work.
Please remember our Stewardship Appeal
The Sanctuary Light! During the next two weeks and beyond, our Cathedral Sanctuary Lamp will burn in Loving Memory of +Mary Onufrak whose Funeral Rites will conducted in our Church this past week. May the Light of our Lord's face watch over Mary Onufrak. This intention was requested by her Daughter, Mary O. Meseke. Please remember to list the names of your deceased family members and friends on the card and envelope provided in your Parish Envelop box. Please place this list in our regular Offertory or mail this to our Rectory as soon as possible.
February 2, 2014
“SANCTIFY THOSE WHO LOVE THE BEAUTY OF YOUR HOUSE”… We hear these words at every Divine Liturgy which remind us that we are responsible for the upkeep of His Church and its different aspects. Our Eparchial Stewardship Appeal for 2013-2014 is currently underway. Our Parish goal remains the same as last year, $30,400.
Please Open Your Eyes & Heart……. to the caption on the back of today's Bulletin…for the feast of the Presentation of our Lord by St Sophronius
A Special Message To The Children Of Our Religious Education Program Maybe sometimes you just don't feel like getting up out of bed on Sunday morning to go to Church and Religion class. Your Friend, Your Very Special Friend JESUS wants you to know that He loves YOU and that YOU make Him happy when YOU make the effort. Please remind Mom and Dad that you want to go to Religion Class and Liturgy at Chapel!!!
Welcome the stranger
In Charlottesville, Virginia, is an old building where, in the 18th century, visitors could eat, drink, spend the night and share their lives and thoughts with one another. In 1784 the building's owner, William Michie, wrote these words of welcome:
“Let the guest sojourning here know that in this home our life is simple. What we cannot afford we do not offer, but what good cheer we can give, we give gladly.
“What thou thinketh ye shall say, if ye wish, without giving offense. What we think, we also say, believing that truth hath many aspects, and that love is large enough to encompass them all.
“So, while ye tarry here with us, we would have thee enjoy the blessings of a home: health, love and freedom, and we pray that thou mayst find the final blessing of life. Peace.”
January 26, 2014
Hramoty – All Souls Remembrance. According to our Liturgical calendar, the first of five All Souls Saturdays is February 22nd. In the box of your Offertory envelopes is a special envelope marked, “All Souls”. Simply list the names of your beloved deceased and place this envelope in our regular weekly Offertory.
OUR PRAYERFUL CONDOLENCES The Rite of Christian Burial was celebrated this past week for the Servant of God, Celia H. Glagola. Our respect and prayerful remembrance is offered to Celia's family. Also, at the time of this printing we received word that the Servant of God, +Florence Kravec, the wife of Michael Kravec, was called to Eternal Life. Funeral arrangements for Florence are pending. We keep in our fervent prayers the souls of +Celia and +Florence.
“We are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.” - Romans 8:16-17
PARENTS AND STUDENTS OF OUR PARISH ECF PROGRAM. Each Sunday morning the dedicated Teachers of our Religious Education classes appear at our Chapel for the program of educating our youth in their Faith. Parents of our God-given children are reminded of the importance of faithful attendance in these instructional classes. Immediately following the Instruction classes, children and parents are expected to fulfill their Sunday obligation by attending the 11:00 am Divine Liturgy. NOW, PLEASE CONSIDER THIS: A minister asked the children in a Sunday school class: “Why do you love God?” The answer he liked best was, “I guess it just runs in the family.”
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE: Father O'Malley answers the phone and conversation goes like this: “Hello, is this Father O'Malley?” “It is.” “This is the IRS. Can you help us?” “I'll try.” “Do you know a Ted Houlihan?” “I do.” “Is he a member of your congregation?” “He is.” “Did he donate $10,000 to the church?” “He will.”
SANCTIFY THOSE WHO LOVE THE BEAUTY OF YOUR HOUSE”… We hear these words at every Divine Liturgy which remind us that we are responsible for the upkeep of His Church and its different aspects. Our Eparchial Stewardship Appeal for 2013-2014 is currently underway. Our Parish goal remains the same as last year
Happy moments, praise God. Difficult moments, seek God. Quit moments, worship God. Painful moments, trust God. Every moments, thank God!
January 19, 2014
The 2013-2014 Eparchial Stewardship Appeal
Of our Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic has begun.
Building the Church: Growing into a Holy Temple in the Lord!
May Our Lord grant our Parish Family with love and generosity in this Appeal!
“As Byzantine Catholics, we have been called forth to carry on the ministry of Christ and in the fashion of the apostles and prophets, spread the Word of God through the celebration of the Divine Liturgy and to proclaim the Gospel message. Like those who have gone on before us, we are called to carry Christ's message beyond the Liturgy and to practice good and charitable works, to educate our children, our seminarians, clergy and religious and to support one another.”
Our Parish goal remains the same as last year. May Our Lord Bless the hearts and understanding of our Faithful to assist us in reaching that goal. PLEASE MARK YOUR PLAIN OFFERING ENVELOPE “Stewardship” and your check should be made payable to “Eparchy of Passaic” and place in our regular Offertory basket. GOD BLESS AND GUIDE YOUR GOOD INTENTION!
IN BLESSED REPOSE. The Servant of God, Christina (“Kitty”) Russin, was called to her Eternal Home. Wake Service this afternoon at 2:00; the Funeral Divine Liturgy tomorrow at our Chapel, Woodland Park, at 10 a.m. Now, may the Light of Our Lord's face watch over His Servant, Christina and grant her Eternal Rest and may her Memory be made eternal.
OCTAVE OF CHRISTIAN UNITY - Today marks the annual of celebration of Christian Unity. The Passaic Ecumenical Committee will host this at St. John's Episcopal Church, 215 Lafayette Ave., Passaic at 3:30 this afternoon with a celebration of Solemn Evensong (Vespers, Evening Prayer). The theme for this year's service is “IS CHRIST DIVIDED?” (c.f. 1 CORINTHIANS 1:13) . Please come and join in celebrating Christian Unity.
Today's Epistle Reading… A Message for us from St. Paul…
You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else. You must forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven you. And to all these qualities add love, which binds all things together in perfect unity. The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make; for it is to this peace that God has called you together in the one body. And be thankful. Christ's message in all its richness must live in your hearts. Teach and instruct one another with all wisdom. Sing psalms, hymns, and sacred songs; sing to God with thanksgiving in your hearts.
January 12, 2014
Meeting today All members of our Parish Holy Name Society are asked to please attend the meeting immediately following the 11:00 a.m. Chapel Divine Liturgy. Please consider rearranging your schedule to make your attendance at this meeting possible.
The People who walked in darkness have seen a great light.
- Mathew 4:16
House Blessing? Either of the Fathers of our Parish will be happy to visit and bless your home. Please drop a note to us listing your name, telephone number and the best time and day of the week that would be convenient for this visit. You note may be placed in our Offertory basket.
A Blessed Event To Be Remembered! The Christmas/Theophany season in our precious part of the world can certainly be remembered with great joy! Here at St. Michael's we are blessed with good, pious and ready-to-help volunteers who afforded time and energy to beautify our Church and Chapel for the celebration of our Lord's Birth! You dedicated hearts, hands and energy is profoundly appreciated! We accomplished this task because we take into serious account the beauty and spotless majesty of Our Lord's dwelling place. We thank God for ALL THE PRECIOUS HELP THE HEARTS OF OUR FAITHFUL HAVE SHARED WITH OUR PARISH FAMILY!!
From Today's Gospel Reading: “Jesus heard that John has been put in prison…From that time on Jesus began to preach his message: “Turn away from you sins, because the Kingdom of heaven is near!” (Matthew 4:12, 17) A young man knelt at his bedside. It was not a sudden impulse but the result of long soul-searching. He decided the time had finally come to open himself totally to Jesus. There in the darkness of his room, he expressed sorrow for his sins and thanked Jesus for making it possible to have his sins forgiven. The next day he wrote in his journal: “Behold, Jesus stand at the door and knocks. I have heart him and how he has come into my house. He has cleaned it and how rules it.” This story and Jesus' words invite me to ask, what area of my life still needs to be cleaned and ruled by Jesus???
All you who have been baptized into Christ
have been clothed with Christ. Alleluia!
On The Lighter Side…. An elderly woman died last month. Having never married, she requested no male pallbearers. In her handwritten instructions for her memorial service, she wrote: “They wouldn't take me out while I was alive, I don't want them to take me out when I dead.”
And Then There's This: It was the end of the day when I parked by K-9 partner, Jake, was barking, and I saw a little boy staring in at me. “Is that a dog you got back there?” he asked. “It sure is,” I replied. Puzzled, the boy looked at me and then towards the back of the van. Finally he said, “What'd he do?”
Our Prayer of Christian Concern and Sympathy. Our good and faithful son of St. Michael's, +John Filliman was called to Eternal Life. The Wake Service will be held this afternoon at 2:00 pm/Bizub Funeral Home, Van Houten Ave., and the Funeral Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral Church, Monday at 10:00 a.m. Now, may the Light of Our Divine Lord watch over John Filliman, a good and faithful Servant of the Lord and His holy Church! Blessed Repose and Eternal Memory!
January 5, 2014
All you who have been baptized into Christ have been
clothed with Christ. Alleluia!
The Christmas/Theophany season constitues the festive celebration of the coming of God's light into our world. Jesus Christ is the light of the world. He is the Sun of Righteousness who brings the light of wisdom to human beings sitting in darkness and in the region and shadow of death. Today, more than ever, we know about darkness and regions and shadows of death. We know of the events of evil circulating in every part of the world: unprecedented acts of terror and moral decay. More than ever we must fulfill our mission as Church to bring Christ to the world. May we serve as beacons of divine illumination to those sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death. Our prayer is necessary and vital.
Please remember our Stewardship Appeal 2013-2014 To make things very, very easy, simply mark your envelope “Stewardship” with your check payable to “Eparchy of Passaic” and place in our Offertory basket. God ess you for the kindness which you now demonstrate as you have with your faithfulness in past years!
December 29, 2013
Our Prayerful Sympathy. Our Parish family has been blessed for the past many, many years with the heart, hands and life of a devoted, faithful parishioner bearing the name Alice Bereznak. The Rite of Christian burial for Alice was celebrated in our Cathedral Church on December 20 th . To Alice's family we offer our profound gratitude for her many, many years of dedicated service to our parish. May this woman of God's love on this earth be abundantly rewarded for all eternity!
Also, the Servant of God, Jeffrey Gogoy was called to Eternal Life. The Rite of Christian Burial will be offered in our Cathedral Church on Monday, December 30 th at 11:00 a.m. May Alice and Jeffrey now rest in the Eternal Home of the Lord!
December 22, 2013
Christmas, Christmas, Christmas……. such a wonderful time of the year—filled with Faith, Hope and Love, it tells our faith story to the world! Very Special Christmas Greetings are shared with each and every good Soul of St. Michael's Parish from Bishop Kurt, Father Jody, Father Dave, and Father Marcel. May the Lord Jesus fill your hearts and souls with His love this Christmas Season!
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY The Holy Name Society will be hosting their annual Christmas Party on Saturday, January 4 th after the 5:00 p.m. Mass. It is open to all of the Men and their sons of the Parish.
O Wisdom of our God Most High,
guiding creation with power and love;
come to teach us the path of knowledge!
O Leader of the House of Israel,
giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai,:
come to rescue us with you mighty power!
O Root of Jesse's stem
sign of God's love for all his people:
come to save us without delay!
O Key of David,
opening the gates of God's Eternal Kingdom:
come and free the prisoners of darkness!
O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law:
come to save us, Lord our God!
O King of all nations and keystone of the Church!
come and save man, whom you
formed from the dust!
O Radiant Dawn, splendor of Eternal Light, sun of Justice!
come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the Shadow of death!
December 15, 2013
Our Work of Love and Charity: Corrections for our Homebound List. Please delete the name and Address for Ann Chabra. She obviously moved and has not informed us of her new address.
Also, PLEASE include the following:
Marge and Joe Mihalik, 68 Seger Ave; Clifton, NJ 07011
Barbara Grubiak 50 Sade St., Apt. #N326 Clifton, NJ 07013
Maryann Halik 619 Highland Avenue Little Falls, NJ 07424
Dorothy Crowley 62 Alconquin Trail . Wayne, NJ 07470
A NOTICE FROM OUR BISHOP. Located in the vestibules of our Church and Chapel are Questionnaires our Holy Father, Pope Francis has ask us to provide him with our own personal response. The Questionnaire is eight pages, so be prepared. Please pick your copy of this request from Pope Francis, and once completed, PLEASE MAIL IT DIRECTLY TO OUR BISHOP KURT. Address : Bishop Kurt Burnette; Chancery Office ; 445 Lackawanna Ave., Woodland Park, NJ 07424. Thanks!
Also, please be mindful: ASAP before December 31 st !!!
December 1, 2013
THE SANCTUARY CANDLE for the entire month of December is lit in Loving Memory of +Peter Michael Korotky requested by Janice & Bill O'Brien .
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 7 th , 9:30 am – 12:00 pm. It is our Annual Children's Christmas party celebrating St. Nicholas Day. Once again, our Holy Name Society will provide a yummy breakfast for all of us to enjoy. The kids will make crafts and get ready for a special visitor. Bring your family, friends and neighbors. Adults - $10.00 each, kids are Free!!! Contact Paulette Rude at 973.686.7747 or firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets and reservations.
“For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have been clothed in Christ.”
The Rite of Christian Initiation will be celebrated this coming Saturday, December 7th, at 12:00 Noon at our Chapel, Woodland Park for the Servant of God, Raymond Francis Xavier Dhondt, IV, new born son of Raymond and Mary Ann Dhondt. May Raymond and Mary Ann, along with their “Gift from Heaven”, now continue to grow in the knowledge, love and grace of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It's a way to live.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, PASSAIC. You are cordially invited to the Annual Christmas Bazaar on Sunday, December 15 th ; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Ukrainian Center, 240 Hope Ave., Passaic.
A wonderful European Kitchen serving tons of good food!
PRAYERFUL AND GOOD WISHES…. and especially BIRTHDAY WISHES ARE SHARED THIS WEEK FOR OUR BISHOP-ELECT KURT BURNETTE as he marks and celebrates his Birthday on December 7 th! ! “Grant, O Lord, to your Servant, Bishop Kurt,, peace, health and abundant happiness for many, happy and spiritually fruitful years!
Among the saints In God in the Moment, Kathy Coffey retells the story of a priest who fielded this question: “How many people were at the early celebration of the Eucharist last Wednesday morning?”
The priest replied, “There were three old ladies, the janitor, several thousand archangels, a large number of seraphim and several million of the triumphant saints of God.”
Coffey writes: “Such a ‘cloud of witnesses' answers a deep human urge to be part of something larger, to not stand alone, to give our little lives meaning. One drop of water, left alone, evaporates quickly. But one drop of water in the immense sea
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