Prayer for Life: That world leaders will have the wisdom to see that the greatest treasure is human life itself, and may work to protect and enhance that gift, we pray.
Question of the week: In a world divided by economics, education, social status and political opinions, even sadly by race and religion, what can I do this week to bring people together?
MISSION COOPERATION PLAN: Bishop Charles Wamika, from the Diocese of Jinja, Uganda will be speaking at all the Masses at St. Thomas the Apostle on 8/9-8/10. And at St. John Vianney on 8/23-8/24. There will be a second collection taken up at these Masses. Please be as generous as you can.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY We are currently blessed with an ample supply of donated shawls and lap blankets. If you know someone who could use the comfort of a prayer shawl or lap blanket, please contact Gabrielle Dyl (973-713-0280) firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are continuing to meet in the summer on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas. All who are interested in this ministry are welcome to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Renee Ferreri at email@example.com or 518-321-5236.
DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO WASHINGTON, D.C. OCTOBER 18. 2014
To the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. We encourage you to be a part of this pilgrimage. We invite you to sign up for this spiritual event. For further information, you can contact Diane Dewar at 201-787-7531.
SEXUAL ABUSE if any person may have been abused by any priest, they should immediately contact their local County Prosecutor's office and the Diocese's Victims Assistance coordinator: Peggy Zanello at 973-879-1489. You may also be in touch with either of the Diocesan Response Officers: Rev. Msgr. James T. Mahoney, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia, at 973-777-8818 ext.205 or Sr. Mary Edward Spohrer, SCC, Chancellor/Delegate for Religious, 973-777-8818 ext. 2248.
The entire text of the Diocese of Paterson in response to Complaints of Sexual Abuse is available on the diocesan
If you are interested or in need of counseling and/or spiritual direction call Fr. Angelus Croce, certified pastoral Psychotherapist for an appointment at 973-300-0079.
FAMILY CONNECTION Like the person who found the buried treasure and the merchant who acquired the pearl of great price, we seek to find the signs of the kingdom of heaven in our lives. In fact, we even work to bring about God's kingdom in our actions and in our words. We pray that our family values reflect our pursuit of the Kingdom of God. As you gather as a family, talk about what your family values. Make a list together of those things that your family considers most important, such as family, friends, faith, trust, and love.
REFLECTION Sort through the treasures and trash of your home and recreate the space to allow peaceful space to coexist in your living. Day by day find a space to clear. In each space you choose to clean, look at each item and determine if it is necessary or is it time to give something away. The act is cleansing, meaningful in light of the Gospel and beneficial to others. The ultimate goal of each Gospel message recently is that our lives are meant to be part of the Kingdom of Heaven which will be sorted through at the end of times.
TREASURES: Today's parables highlight the kingdom of heaven as the only thing worth possessing and open for us the choice to take it or not. It is open to everyone, and we must follow Jesus or we will not make it. Like Solomon, we need discerning judgments of what is good and evil. God will grant this gift if we ask for it so that we may follow the way of the Lord. God's entire storeroom holds treasures to help us. Do you seek and use them?
***The daily readings for the week can be found on the "Parish Information" link of the website at the bottom.***
***The Lay Ministry schedule for May, June, and July have now been updated!!!***
Saint Thomas the
Saint John Vianney Church
2823 Route 23
Stockholm New Jersey 07460
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