Saturday, April 4, 2015

AN EASTER WISH FROM RICK KLARMANN, ASSISTANT LAY DIRECTOR

" I pray that each and everyone is filled with the love that our Lord has shown and continues to show us. Have a blessed Easter"

Sunday, March 22, 2015

BEING GRATEFUL FOR FRIENDS THIS LENT

From Loyola Press, here is a short two-minute video on "Deepening Friendships" with God and Others. The video can be found at this link. The speaker is Vinita Hampton Wright.

Other Lenten Videos from Loyola Press can be found at the right of the page.

Please don't forget that Loyola Press also offers a daily 3-Minute Retreat that is found at this link

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015

UPDATES

FOR YOUR LENTEN REFLECTION
Every Lent is a chance for us to do a little “life laundry,” as Paul Brian Campbell, SJ, explains in this video. This video is from LIVING LENT DAILY by Loyola Press - a series of short videos to inspire your journey through lent. Find it at this web site.


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A RETREAT FOR THE SERIOUSLY ILL

GENNESARET, a retreat designed to provide a spiritual and temporal oasis for men and women suffering with a serious illness, will be held the weekend of May 1,2,3 2015 at the Archdiocesan Retreat Center, located in Kearny N.J.  The retreat will begin Friday at 1:30 P.M. and end with a closing Prayer Service Sunday at 1:30 P.M. There is no cost to you for the retreat.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
HILARE REINOLD @ 732-566-7237
PEGGY WALSH @ 908-654-5575
MAIRE MERRITT @ 732-670-5980
LINDA CAPOBIANCO @ 732-608-7277

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

For Your Piety and Study During Lent

Here are three resources to deepen your Lenten experience:

WORD ON FIRE:
Mary Ann Dowd and others recommend Father Robert Baron's daily Lenten meditations at this link. (The sign-up link is towards the bottom of the page.)

IGNITING OUR VALUES:
The Jesuits offer “Igniting our Values,” a Lent 2015 digital prayer experience beginning on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, through Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015. Each evening, material for the following day’s prayer will be posted at this web site.

BEST LENT EVER:
Don and Kathy Geiger recommend "Best Lent Ever" as a source of renewal at this web site.


NEW! LIVING LENT DAILY:
From Loyola Press, a series of short videos to inspire your journey through lent. Find it at this web site.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Note from Ronnie Martella, Lay Director

Like many of you, we read the "Word Among Us" reflections.  Often they give exactly what is needed, sometimes a particular day really hits on something or helps in our discernment.  

The readings at the end of January focused on the work of evangelization.  They included the call,  "Jesus went up to the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted, and they came to him. Mk 3:13"; "Come after me and I will make you fishers of men.Mk 1:17 "; the method, "God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.2 Tim 1:7 ";  "The sower sows the word."Mk 4:14;  "Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear."Mk 4:23; "The seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.Mk 4:27 "; and the best reality of the best news...God loves us. "The one who had made the promise was trustworthy.Heb 11:11"  

The reflections on two days really made me think..."did a Cursillista write this?"  

This is from the reflection on the 'Fishers of men' verse. "So here are some suggestions that will help make you into a vessel of grace: First, ask God to give you a desire to share his good news.  Second, find the courage to ask people, even strangers, "Can I pray with you about anything?"  You'd be surprised at how many people are open to a quiet, nonthreatening invitation.  Third, invite people to join you at Mass.  Offer to come and get them if they can't make it on their own.  Take them out to breakfast afterward. Become a friend, and your love for Christ will rub off on them."  

And from the reflection on the 'Sower and the Seed'. "Think for a moment how many other seeds the world, the flesh and the devil are sowing all around us.  There's nothing stingy in their tactics.  How much more, then, should we counter all these poisonous seeds with the seeds of the gospel!  The need is great, so don't be intimidated! And by all means, don't feel defeated or outnumbered!  God has promised to be with you always as you spread your word.

So how are you going to sow today? What opportunities will  you seize to spread the seeds of the gospel? They're all around, after all.  Keep your eyes open, as you ask the Lord to help you see ways you can creatively witness to his love.  Who knows?  He may even give you brothers and sisters in Christ who are just as zealous as you to proclaim the word, in season and out."