Prayer for Life: That we may fulfill our call to be just and kind by building a society that shows mercy to the criminal, welcome to the stranger, and protection to the unborn, we pray.
Question of the week: Rather than worrying about life's weed, what can I do to be a mustard seed, a bit of yeast, doing a little good in a hidden way, and making a little difference?
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 Taken together, the parables found in today's Gospel offer both a sobering reminder about the Kingdom of God and words of encouragement. As the wheat and the weeds must grow together until the harvest, so we may not know whether our actions contribute to God's Kingdom until God's final Judgment. With this word of caution in mind, we act always in prayer that our actions will be consistent with God's plans. In the parables of the mustard seed and the Yeast, we hear words of encouragement. God can bring the Kingdom of Heaven from even the smallest of beginnings. Thus, we ask God to work through us for the sake of the kingdom of Heaven.
REFLECTION The balance of last week is prime for playing the game Jenga this week. With steady hands, you choose a piece because you know it can be easily pulled. As adults, our choices require steady balance and knowledge so as to remain rooted as Wheat and not strangled by the weeds in life. Our choices, our seed in life, need to be fine-tuned with God's guidance and our willingness. With conscious hands pulling out the block of wood in Jenga, may your life be held in tender care as the topping that occurs is God's to own and judge the misguided.
LISTEN: Today's parables show how the good news changes and enlarges all it touches. We respond to the revealing of things hidden with awe, prayer, faith, and action. When awe tongue-ties us, the Holy Spirit speaks for us and in us, leading our witness and actions toward the light of the Kingdom of the Father. Listen, anyone who has ears to hear!
***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!!!***
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