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Happy Mothers' Day
LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I HAVE LOVED YOU
Last week I was speaking to my little brother and he had some disturbing and sad news. My brother works for the Long Island Railroad. He is accustomed to hearing about people who have thrown themselves in front of trains but this time it was in his hometown of Sayville. The next day he was to find out that it was his son's friend, Mark. Yes! a 14 year old boy committed suicide. What can ever drive a young person into such despair that he would despise his life and end it so violently? He left no note but the word around town is that he told his father that he is gay and consequently his father disowned him. Whether this is the fact or not, I believe we need to address the issue of homosexual tendencies amongst children in our current aggressive pro-homosexual social atmosphere.
We need to keep in mind two things: LOVE and TRUTH. In all truth, we must recognize that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered (and) contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity" (CCC 2357). The Church recognizes that this inclination is a trial for most. And she teaches unequivocally that persons with these tendencies must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Discrimination must be avoided. And those with homosexual tendencies are called like all the baptized to fulfill God's will by uniting to the sacrifice of the Lord's cross the difficulties and trial that they may encounter because of their condition" (CCC 2358).
Second we are to love one another. If it is true and this father rejected his son because of his supposed sexual orientation, then that man failed to love, respect, and be compassionate and sensitive to his son's condition. When we love others it does not mean we condone their misguided beliefs or immoral behaviors, it means that we hope for their salvation and physical well-being. Love means that we desire what is objectively good (from God) for them. Often this takes the form of NO. For example, because you love your children you will say no when they ask for something the family cannot afford or for something which is unhealthy for them. We don't allow them to eat a pound of chocolate, do we? Likewise with sexual acts, we do not condone homosexual acts and in fact any pre-marital sexual acts because they are either unnatural, immoral, outside of marriage or not appropriate. Ultimately they are acts against the virtue of chastity, the sixth commandment, natural law, and harm the human person, both bodily and spiritually. They also are grave sins that put one at the risk of final condemnation. And so we teach our children that we love them even when we say no to them, even when we exhort them.
What this unfortunate child needed from his father is love (respect, compassion, & sensitivity) not rejection (if that in fact is the case). Perhaps a hug and an assurance that he will be with his son through this life-long trial would have taken away his despair and given him hope. And what does a 14 year old even understand about his sexuality to declare himself gay? At that young age all kinds of feelings arise and can be misinterpreted. But with the current atmosphere of sportsmen and politicians declaring their homosexuality and school programs promoting homosexual acts and relationships as healthy and normal, what is a young boy to like of himself when he notices another male? Perhaps it's just admiration or curiosity and not homosexuality at all? This issue is complicated, strikes deep into the psyche and is very personal, but as Catholics we need to remember two things. One is LOVE and the other is that for us who follow Christ we must unite our sufferings and trials to the cross of Christ that we may grow in holiness and union with God.
Pax Christ, Fr. Paul
"It is easy to smile at people outside your won home. It is easy to take care of the people that you don't know well. It is difficult to be thoughtful and kind and to smile and be loving to your own in the house day after day, especially when we are tired and in a bad temper or bad mood. We all have these moments and that is the time that Christ comes to us in a distressing disguise " (Mother Teresa: Her Essential Wisdom ed. by Carol Kelly-Gangi, 2006).
Our Parish Community prays for the sick:
Grace Aqualina, Mary Badaracco, Filippa Bonica, Julio Martinez Cruz, Robert Lewis, Phyllis Maher, Peter Nichols, Jose Nogueras, Joyce Wottke, Matt Strang
/Joseph Prevosto//Martin McCormack///Murray Family, Adam McShane////
Please Pray for our deceased and their loved ones:
Miguel Antonio Espinal
Did You Know…
A gift of $10 – that is $1 per month for ten months - can make a difference in the lives of so many in our community. We achieve great things in Jesus’ name when our community comes together. When your $10 donation is added to the next person’s $10 donation and to the next 3…5…50…100 donations it can make a HUGE difference. Please complete a pledge envelope located in the back of the church. Our parish will receive a rebate if we exceed our goal of $57,397.00
Last Sunday’s Collection/Colecta del Domingo Pasado: $10,687.00
Maintenance Collection/Colecta de Mantenimiento: $3514.00
"He who learns must suffer; and even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom by awful grace of God" (Aeschylus, 456 BC).
A Prayer for Our Troops
Almighty and eternal God,
those who take refuge in you will be glad
and forever will shout for joy.
Protect our soldiers as they discharge their duties. Protect them with the shield of your strength and keep them safe from all evil and harm.
May the power of your love enable them to return home in safety, that with all who love them, they may ever praise you for your loving care. We ask this through Christ our Lord
As of today we have collected $49,195.00 to help defer the repairs on the church. Donations for this fund are always accepted and forms can be found at the front of the church. We thank an anonymous giver of $10,000 to our repair fund.
Repairs in the Convent have also begun. Over the years roof leaks have caused severe interior damage to wall. The walls have been re-plastered and are soon to be painted.
Planned giving & Your Will:
Spring has finally arrived!! And so has the Spring cleaning. Now is a good time to evaluate your financial planning and ask yourself the question, “Do I have a Will?” If not, now is a great time to make a Will and get your financial affairs in order. Please consider leaving Holy Trinity Church in your Will. A bequest will ensure that the works of Holy Trinity Church will continue after your death. If you need information on how to prepare a Catholic Will, please contact me, Theresa Lynch, Planned Giving Manager at (973) 497-4042 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Knights of Columbus
St. Vincent de Paul
Trinity Leisure Club
Amor de Dios
Fil-Am Ministry Officers
Fil-Am General Memb.
Vocation Discernment Evening
May 15, 2013 - at 7:30 pm
at the Archdiocesan Retreat Center
499 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, NJ 07032
7:30—8:30 Reflection & Questions in the Sacred Heart Room
8:30—9:15 Eucharistic Adoration in the Chapel
All are welcome!
“Signs of a Priestly Vocation: The Imperative of Service”
“It is faith that enables us to recognize Christ and it is His love that impels us to assist Him whenever
He becomes our neighbor along the journey of life.”
Presenter: Rev. Charles Kelly, Assistant to the Archbishop
IT'S TIME TO RE-REGISTER YOUR CHILDREN FOR CCD-CATECHISM CLASS
Letters will be sent home to remind parents to re-register their children for CCD-Catechism Class. Even though you have a child in class now you must register him/her again to assure a place for your child. It is expected that all children receive a full education in their faith from grades 1 through 8. An $80 discounted tuition rate ($150 for two or more) is available for those who register before August 15, 2013. After that, late registration will cost $100 per child. Registration closes September 1, 2013.
NEW STUDENT CCD REGISTRATION
If your children are new to the CCD-Catechism Program, please register them early. You must submit a copy of your children's Baptismal Certificate along with the tuition ($80) at the time of registration. Lack of funds ought not to be an obstacle to providing your children with a religious education. Payment plans and other options are available.
Don’t Forget to Register!
The benefits to being a registered parishioner:
1. You are eligible to be a sponsor for Baptism & Confirmation. A fully initiated Catholic, who is attending Mass and in good standing is eligible to be a sponsor.
2. You are eligible for parishioner rates on weddings, funerals, and a school discount at Padre Pio Academy.
3. You are fiscally responsible for your parish.
a. Provide the parish with priests to offer the sacraments, lead worship, and spiritual counsel
b. Employ a pastoral staff to help the pastor operate the parish business and pastoral work, and
c. Maintain the physical plant.
4. If you are a contributor and/or volunteer, then a priest can vouch for your active membership in a worshipping Catholic community. This is important for various recommendations, e.g. immigration, employment, vocations, college, etc.
Registration forms are available at the door.
Can you hear me now?
Have trouble hearing the priest? Do you have an hearing impairment? May we suggest that you try our special captioning (CART) at the 12:30 Mass on the first and third Sundays of each month.
SERRANS TO CELEBRATE Fifty-ninth Annual ARCHBISHOP’S VOCATION FUND DINNER
On Tuesday, May 21, 2013, the Archdiocesan Clubs of Serra International, District 22 will celebrate the Archbishop’s Vocation Fund Dinner at Nanina’s in the Park, Belleville, NJ following a reception at 6:00 p.m. The funds raised at this event are used by the Vocations Office to help young men and women in the pursuit of their vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
This year the Governor’s Award will be presented to The Most Reverend Edgar daCunha, Auxiliary Bishop of Newark; the Blessed Junipero Serra Award will be presented to Eugene Tolemeo, D.D.S., longtime member of the Serra Club of Paterson; the Dominic F. Cundari Award will be presented to Dorothy and Rosemarie Iantosca, Serra Club of the Oranges; and the Robert F. Searson Awards will be presented to Neil Pagano, President of the Serra Club of North Essex.
Tickets for the event are $80.00 per person. Tables will be arranged for eight or ten at a table. Reservations may be made by calling Joseph F. Pagano, 201-954-1990, email@example.com;.
OLDER is BETTER
Older is Better is an open membership program designed for men and women over 55. The program meets Friday afternoons at Felician College. Members and their guests celebrate mass at 11:30 AM and attend an informational program at 1 PM followed by coffee and conversation in the Goy Dining Hall. There is a $3 fee to attend each program or ask about our annual membership dues.
Programs are held at OBAL HALL on the Lodi Campus at 262 South Main St., Lodi, NJ. Form ore information call Mary Mallia at 201-559-6072.
Spiritual Events/Eventos Espirituales
Annulment Information Evening
An Annulment Information Evening is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at St. John the Evangelist Church, 235 Harrison Street, Leonia, NJ, at 7:30 P.M. A member of the staff of the Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Newark will provide basic information about annulments; the requirements for annulments and how to begin the process of petitioning for an annulment. There will be an opportunity for questions at the session.
Pre-registration is not necessary, but for directions, please call the parish at (201) 947-4545
GENNESARET -Retreat for the Seriously Ill
This retreat is designed to provide a spiritual & temporal oasis for men & women suffering with a serious illness and will be held May 17-19, 2013 at the Archdiocesan Retreat Center in Kearny NJ. The retreat will begin Friday at 1:30 PM and end with a closing Prayer Service on Sunday at 1:30 PM. There's no cost for the retreat. For more info call Hilare Reinold at 732-566-7237, Peggy Walsh at 908-654-5575, Maire Merritt at 732-670-5989 or Linda Capobianco 732-608-7277.
Men's Day of Spirituality
Faith in the Spirit
Saturday, May 18 from 9:00 AM till 3:00 PM
The day will include a presentation by potter Ray Boswell.
Call John Luongo at 201-669-7327 to register. There is $15 fee.
Location: Redmond Hall at St. Anastasia Church in Teaneck
1095 Teaneck Rd., Teaneck NJ 07666
Are you suffering from the lose of a child?
TAKE A RETREAT
The Office of Family Life Ministries of the Archdiocese of Newark invites all parents who have suffered the loss of a child to attend ‘A Day of Comfort and Hope’ on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Notre Dame RC Church, 359 Central Avenue, North Caldwell. This full-day retreat affords bereaved parents the opportunity to join together in a caring, spiritual setting for prayer, meditation, discussion, presentations, fellowship and Holy Mass. Pre-registration is required by May 15th; space is limited. For information, please contact the Family Life Office at 973-497-4327.
Our Lady’s Prayer Vigil For Life Monday, May 13, 2013 7:00pm
29 Jefferson Ave, Emerson 07630
Fil-Am Mass is celebrated every 2nd Sunday of the Month at 4:00 PM: June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10, and December 8.
Life in the Spirit Seminar @ Holy Trinity Church
In collaboration with:
Archdiocese of Newark, Charismatic Renewal Services
A Parish Renewal Week-End Experience
Sponsored By: St. Cecilia Parish Prayer Group
Guest Speaker: Rev.Bill Halbing
Pastor of IHM of Scotch Plain Spiritual Director for the Seminar
Date: June 1-2 2013
Location: Holy Trinity School Auditorium
Moderator: Bro. Conrad Felix
Conducted by KFI ME LSS Team
Praise & Music: Peoples Band
Includes: Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Renewal of Sacraments of Baptism & Confirmation, Baptism of Repentance) Confessions & Ceremonial Washing of Sins, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Faith Sharing, Small Group Sharing, Celebration of the Eucharist and Healing Sessions.
FREE REGISTRATION, BIBLE & FOOD (BRING WHOLE FAMILY)
National Catholic Bible Conference
"Scripture and the New Evangelization"
June 21-22, 2013
Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA
Presenters: Bp. Arthur Serratelli, Scott Hahn, Jeff Cavins,
Mary Healy & Michael Barber
Register Early and Save
Go to: CatholicBibleConference.com or Call: 1-888-842-2853
Social Events/Eventos Sociales
Advocacy Training Day on May 18th
On Saturday, May 18th there will be an Advocacy Training Day at the Youth Retreat Center in Kearny co-sponsored by the Office of Human Concerns and Catholic Relief Services. The day is for those interested in Advocacy on different issues important to Catholics either on the parish level or learning how deal with our elected officials. For more information or to register please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 973-497-4341.
Eh, Canada PILGRIMAGE TO CANADA
Please join us August 5-8 on a journey to the Notre Dame Basilica and St. Joseph's Oratory in Montreal, Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre Shrine, site of numerous healings, and the Sanctuary of Notre-Dame-du-Cap in Trois-Rivieres. The Madonna within this chapel has been considered miraculous since 1888 when St. Mary's eyes became momentarily animated. We will take guided tours of Montreal and Quebec City and visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs (Sts. Isaac Jogues, Rene Goupil, John Leland, Kateri Tekakwitha) in Auriesville along with the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Daily Mass will be celebrated. Please pray to join us!
$499 per person double occupancy $625 Single
Includes 4 breakfasts and 2 dinners
Registration forms are forthcoming.
2nd Annual Novena to the Blessed Virgin Mary and International Potluck
Our parish is celebrating the 2nd Annual Novena to the Blessed Virgin Mary on May 11th to May 19th 2013. Recited in multi-languages, the Novena will be held during the following times:
• May 11th – 6:00 p.m., after the 5:00 Mass
• May 12th – 1:30 p.m., after the 12:30 Mass
• May 13th to May 17th – 7:00 p.m.
• May 18th – 6:00 p.m.
• May 19th – 1:30 p.m.
The 2nd International Potluck will be held on May 19th at 2:00 p.m. in the Community Room. Share your favorite dish. Listen to music from different countries. Come in a traditional costume. Honor your ethnic heritage as we celebrate Holy Trinity’s unity in diversity! Sign-up sheet available in the back of the church.
For more information, contact: For English – Elena Marcelino at (551) 200-1560; For Spanish – Maria Rodriguez at (646) 523-1680
Saint Simon Stock
Superior General of the Carmelite Order (†1265)
Saint Simon Stock was born of one of the most illustrious Christian families of England, at the castle of Harford in 1164. Certain prodigies marked him, while an infant in the cradle, as a soul chosen by the Mother of God for Her own. Not yet one year old, he was heard to say the Angelic Salutation distinctly, before he had reached the age to learn it. As soon as he could read he began to recite the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin, and he would never cease to do so daily. He read Holy Scripture on his knees at the age of six. He became the object of the jealous persecution of one of his brothers, and at the age of twelve determined to leave and go to live in a forest.
He found a very large hollow tree which became his oratory; and there Simon Stock lived like an angel of the desert. There he triumphed over the demon, as he would later tell his religious, only by the assistance of the Most Holy Virgin. When, deprived in his retreat of the Sacraments, he suffered sharp remorse and fear of his danger amid demoniac visions of criminal pleasures, Mary showed him the wiles of his enemy’s intentions in these harassments.
After twenty years he returned to his parents and resumed his studies, in particular those of theology. He was ordained a priest to obey the orders of Heaven, then went back to his retreat, which he left definitively in the year 1212. The incentive for his departure was a revelation the Blessed Virgin made to him that the Carmelite Fathers of Palestine would come to found monasteries in England. When two Carmelite monks arrived in the company of two English lords returning from a crusade, he hastened to join them, but troubles prevented the foundation of their projected monastery. The three hermits therefore lived in cells near Oxford. The University of Oxford, by recourse to obedience, prevailed upon Simon’s Superiors to allow him to teach theology there, but he did not remain for long.
During a time of difficulty for England which resulted from the Britannic king’s conflicts with the Pope, he composed the famous hymn, Alma Redemptoris Mater, in honor of the Mother of God, to ask for the king’s conversion; his prayers were heard and suddenly the prince accepted all conditions of peace which a papal legate proposed. Saint Simon was soon made Vicar General of his Order for all of Europe. But opposition to the spread of the ancient Order of the Virgin was raised up by the enemy of souls, until Pope Honorius III put an end to it by bulls approving, confirming and protecting the Order from its enemies. He did so, he said, to conform to a command of the Mother of God Herself.
When a General Chapter of the Order was assembled on Mount Carmel itself, Saint Simon attended it. The question of the flight of the monks from the persecutions of the infidels was debated; Saint Simon won out over another opinion by saying that it was a great evil to expose one’s faith to the dangers of persecution without a specific order from heaven, according to the Gospel: “When you are persecuted in one city, flee to another.” The Order had already lost many of its houses, burnt and desecrated. So the monks dispersed to join an army of Crusaders, not without suffering the loss of the lives of several among them at the hands of the infidels. The Christian army, however, found its waters were poisoned by the hand of its enemies, and retired with Saint Simon and his religious to the Mountain of Carmel once again; there the ancient fountain of Elias gave water in abundance, in answer to their prayers. For six years Saint Simon remained on Carmel before returning to Aylesford in England.
The Order afterwards multiplied its foundations, making several in France, under its pious king Saint Louis IX. So prodigiously did it multiply under Saint Simon, that a few years after his death, towards the end of the 13th century, it numbered, according to William of Tyre, several thousand monasteries or solitudes, which the same author estimated were peopled with some 125,000 religious. Saint Simon visited many of them in his extreme old age; he died at Bordeaux during his journeys in 1265
(source: "Editions Magnificat, Mont-Tremblant, Québec")
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