“The Church is holy, not just because all are welcome. The Church is holy because all belong.” Timothy M. Matovina, - Pope Francis
Clergy Schedule - Dec. 3-4, 2016 5:00am - Fr. John Tarantino 7:30am - Fr. George Dudak; Deacon Roger Lacouture 9:30am - Fr. John Tarantino; Deacon Rich Reck 11:00am - Fr. John Tarantino: Deacon Ray Latour
Clergy Schedule - December 8, 2016, Holyday Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary 9:00am – Fr. Tarantino; Deacon Rich Reck 7:30pm – Fr. Tarantino; Deacon Ray Latour
Second Sunday of Advent
In our first reading Is 11:1-10, Isaiah, offers us powerful images of hope and gives us a vision of what will come to pass when our God comes. “Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; the calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide them…”
Advent, like Lent, leads us to take a serious look at our lives. Lent gives us more time and space to do it. Unlike Lent, Advent is not primarily a season that stresses sin and contrition. Advent, placed just a few weeks before the birth of Jesus, asks us in the hustle and bustle of the season, to prepare for the birth of Jesus Christ.
Advent is a time for waiting, preparing and hoping. “Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all." Emily Dickinson's definition of hope captures what many of us have difficulty defining.
Hope is not unbounded optimism, nor narcissistic certainty, nor wishful thinking. Hope, the theme of today's reading, is the knowledge that God would not abandon us, that we will endure difficult times to see a better day. Hope gives us the strength to seek peace and demand justice, and to envision the world as God intended it to be.
Overwhelmed by the demands of the season, we can wait for Jesus in a state of anxiety, or cynicism, or indifference toward the miracle that is Christmas. Or we can take our cue from the prayer we hear and “wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.” Welcoming Jesus into our homes, with our hearts, full of hope and joy, prepares us to properly celebrate Jesus' birth and expect his return.
Resurrection Parish’s Advent/Christmas Concert will be held on Friday, December 9that 7pm. A reception will follow the concert.
If you are a Catholic who has been away from regular Mass attendance, please know you are most welcome to join us at any of our worship services and parish functions. Should you like more information about our parish or should you simply want to talk about coming back home, contact our administrator Fr. John Tarantino, or Deacon Ray, Director of Ministries at 973 895-4224.
If you are new to Resurrection Parish or have been coming to Mass for a while, we ask that you stop by and speak with Fr. Tarantino, about becoming part of our parish family. Registration forms can be found in the Narthex; and can be filled out and put in the collection box - or you can download the registration here.
The better we understand Jesus, the better we understand ourselves. But who was Jesus, this itinerant preacher whom many called the Messiah? In Priest, Prophet, King, you’ll discover Jesus as the Anointed One–the ultimate priest, prophet, and king foreshadowed throughout the Hebrew Scriptures. Using biblical insights and engaging stories, Bishop Barron affirms that we see Jesus most clearly through the lens of the Old Testament. Through this deeply biblical program, you will better understand Jesus, become more familiar with Scripture, and realize your own priestly, prophetic, and kingly mission, received when you are baptized “into Christ.”
Interfaith Furnishings is in great need of kitchen tables with chairs and sofas. Please look over items that you may be ready to replace or eliminate in your home. We also take many other pieces of furniture but right now these are our biggest need. Go to our website: http://www.interfaithfurnishings.org/ and put in items you may be ready to discard. There are many needy families who will be most grateful. Our next pickup is October 15, and the one after that is November 19. Interfaith Furnishings provides home furnishings for those in need by accepting furniture donations from the community at large. We are a non-profit service, located in Randolph, New Jersey, and we serve Morris County exclusively.
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Reconciliation: Saturday 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Holy Day Masses: As Announced.
Novena To Holy Family: After Tuesday 9:00 A.M. Mass