Please begin your palanca for the team members of Trenton 124, "Jesus, I Trust In You." The weekend is December 1 to 4. FATHER ED BLANCHETT SISTER CLARA SCHROEDER MARY WEIS-RECTORA MARYANN DOWD-ASST RECTORA PEGGY DANNEVIG-ART ADELAIDE SANGIORGI JOANNE HENDERSON AMY SECHIANO (CORRECTED SPELLING) MARIA PALUMBO LIZ CERBIE Their Team Formation Day is Saturday, September 24, 2016. Please start your palanca now. We will be collecting it at future Cursillo events. Closer to the weekend, we will also share an an address where you can mail it.
I would like to take this time to thank all who have donated defray the cost of the upcoming women's Cursillo weekend. At it stands right now, we are a little over half way to the goal of $2000. With four more months to go, I am confident we will be able to reach the goal. Thank you all for your generosity and please continue to pray for the team, the potential candidates, and our movement. God bless, Rick Klarmann
Our July School of Leaders began with the first two of Matthew Kelly's "Seven Pillars of Spirituality". We discussed the importance and relevance of both Confession and Prayer and how God wants us to be the "best version of ourselves" through these two actions that can only bring us closer to Christ, more so than any other means. We were also very privileged and honored to have a Guest Speaker!! John Klarmann, youngest son of our Lay Director, Rick Klarmann, told of his own mission through FOCUS, Fellowship of Catholic University Students, and how that community on campus changed his life to work for Christ and spread the gospel to other college students, which he will start at the University of Maine in August. John gave witness to his own epiphany and direct calling from God to do this missionary work that is so vital to our youth today and the further development of our Catholic faith with the millennial generation. For further information, check out the line: www.focus.org/missionaries/john-klarmann where you can learn more about how John is planning to change the world by winning over students to Christ. Join us next month, August 13, when we will continue our Matthew Kelly's series, "Seven Pillars of Spirituality" and also get updated on the Diocese's assessment of Evangelization and its endeavors to reach out to our fellow Catholics. Thank you, Mary
This scripture is part of the parable of The Vine and the Branches. I want to focus
on the concept of joy. Joy and happiness are not the same. Happiness is a
fleeting feeling. It cannot last and is often short-lived. Joy, however, is a gift
of God, one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. We can be joyful even in the midst of trials
and stress. During my convalescence from surgery, even in pain I was blessed to
have joy. I felt the love of God; I felt it through your prayers, Mass cards,
calls and visits. YOU were Christ to me and I felt Him wrap me in His arms as I
slowly recuperated. I am talking about the joy of the Lord.
Joy is the result of our relationship with God. Christ felt
that joy throughout His life. The only moment that it seemed to be missing was that moment on the cross when He felt the
weight of our sins upon Him and cried out: “My God, My God! Why have you
I have heard that Gandhi was quite taken by Christianity,
but could not accept it. “If Christians truly believed what is preached in
their faith, then why are they so sober and lacking in joy?”
Think of how you feel on Christmas, or on Easter Sunday as
you enter the Church and see the decorations. Surely your heart rate increases
a bit, you smile a little more. There is something very special at that time. That
is the joy we should have every moment of our Christian life.
When my grandchildren come to my home, they run to Pat and
me, arms opened and give us a big hug. “I love you and missed you, Grandpa!”
they shout. My heart fills with joy. That is how the fruit of the spirit is
when we recognize how close Christ is to us. He is within us and we are in Him.
Christ told His disciples, “You will realize that I am in my
Father and you are in me and I in you.” (John 14)
In this world that is falling apart right before our eyes,
let us remember that Christ has conquered the Evil One and that nothing can
happen that He will not turn to good. God loves us and wants to bring us into
full communion with Him. Let us then celebrate His love- and show the world the
Joy that is within us.
‘If you have Jesus in your heart, please notify your face!’
The Department of Evangelization and Catechesis is pleased to host Dr. Edward Sri at the Church of St. Robert Bellarmine in Freehold, NJ for our August 18th Formation Day. Because Dr. Sri’s presentations on mercy are not specific to catechesis, this event is open to all that are interested in attending and not just those in catechesis. Please encourage your friends, family, and fellow parishioners to attend.
Dr. Sri is a prolific writer and international speaker that is well known for his many endeavors, including the Symbolon formation program and a brand new video based study on the Gospel of John by Ascension Press.