August 28, 2016

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK OF OUR PARISH FAMILY

Linda Adams, Noah Anderson, Candido Andino, Rosemary Carlson, Rosemary Carrubba, Alice Giambeluca, Tim Johnson, Ann Kapuscinski, Jack Kibler, Troy Little, David MacKercher, Rev. Dennis Mende, Patricia Moniot, Sherry Propheter, J.R., Janice Rial, Mark Stevenson, Tim Szczepinski, Lisa Troche, Pat Valone.

Please note: Unless we hear from you by 10:00 AM on Monday, August 29th, the above names will be removed from upcoming bulletins.

 

AUGUST

Wine – Hosts – Sanctuary Lights – Memorials

ST. JOHN CHURCH

Wine – In Memory of

Zanetta and Martinelli Families

By Nancy Stevenson

Hosts – In Memory of Joan Colera

By Al and Rosalie Gullotti

Sanctuary Light – Week of Aug. 28th – Sept. 3rd

In Memory of our father, Vincent Consiglio, Sr.

(Anniversary)

By Gerri Mazzurco and Sam Consiglio

SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH

Hosts – In Memory of Dolores Onuffer

By Carl and Paula Slagle

MEMORIALS TO HOLY APOSTLES PARISH

In Memory of Frank Vassallo

By Angela Nazzaro

In Memory of Mary Caprino

By Angela Nazzaro

 

CHOIR NEWS

THE HOLY APOSTLES PARISH CHOIR will begin rehearsals on Tuesday, September 13th  at 7:15 PM in the St. Joseph Chapel of SS. Peter and Paul Church. NEW MEMBERS ARE NEEDED! Please consider joining and learning and participating in our religion’s Mass liturgies. There is NO AUDITION TO JOIN. Just come and sing with us and gain 35 new friends. We will be learning a new series of Christmas music starting during our October rehearsals. Please view the Parish Choir ad on the back page of the bulletin for additional information.

We customarily associate the Christian Initiation of adults with the Easter Vigil. However, with the exception of Lent, this can be celebrated at any time of the year when a person has participated in the RCIA feels ready to make their profession of faith. On Thursday, August 18th at the 9:00 AM Mass at St. John Church, DeMaris Stewart was baptized, confirmed and received the Holy Eucharist for the first time. It is a joy to welcome her into the Catholic household of faith, and we thank Mary Dominick for serving as her sponsor.

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27

St. Monica

4:00 (St. John) Richard Wirges, Birthday by Wirges and Dean Families

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28

7:15 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners

9:00 (St. John) June Gullotti, Anniversary by husband Bill and Family

11:00 (SSPP) Patricia Scalise, Anniversary by Joe Scalise and Family

MONDAY, AUGUST 29

The Passion of St. John the Baptist

12:10 (SSPP) Rosa Mazzurco, Birthday by Carl Mazzurco and Family

TUESDAY, AUGUST 30

9:00 (St. John) Mary Ann Benson by Anita Larson

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31

12:10 (SSPP) Scott Valone by Sally Corkery

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

9:00 (St. John) Souls of the Faithful Departed

FIRST FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

11:15 (SSPP) Devotions and Benediction

12:10 (SSPP) Loretta Chiazzese, Birthday by Family

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

St. Gregory the Great

4:00 (St. John) Margaret Olson, Birthday by Don and Millie Ball

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

7:15 (SSPP) Sarah Cappano by Fletcher and Rosalie Ward

9:00 (St. John) June Gullotti, Wedding Anniversary by husband Bill

11:00 (SSPP) Gerald J. Corkery by Family

 

This weekend, three more of our newly instructed young people are serving at the altar for the first time. This Sunday, August 28th, Robert Hall is at the 7:15 AM Mass, Lydia Darr is at the 9:00 AM Mass, and Leo Tehan is at the 11:00 AM Mass.

Please welcome them to our team of servers.

 

YOUR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP

Sunday, August 21

Collection Total – $7,449.75

Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!

 

This weekend, there will be two opportunities for anyone wishing information about becoming a member of the Roman Catholic Church, to speak with Father Dennis about the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) process leading to reception into the Church. This Saturday August 27th following the 4:00 PM Mass at St. John Church and on Sunday, August 28th following the 11:00 AM Mass at SS. Peter and Paul Church he will meet with those interested at the front of the church, after he finishes greeting people.

 

 

               On SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16TH, an ALL FAMILY EVENT will take place at St. John Church hall at 5:47 PM. All are encouraged to attend this special presentation- “Lighten Up”, featuring Doug Brummel and his cast of characters. This is a one-man, character-changing experience you have to see to believe.

 

 

A NEW BIBLE STUDY TO BEGIN

Our Fall Study Series on the Psalms will be offered on Wednesday evenings at SS. Peter and Paul Church hall at 7:00 PM beginning September 14th and continuing for eleven weeks. The format for the study will be the same as the Spring Study consisting of a video presentation followed by a guided discussion. A student workbook will provide the outline for the discussion.

It will be necessary to register to participate so that we will know how many workbooks to order. Cost for the workbook is $23.95. You may register by completing the form below and returning it to the rectory as soon as possible. Coordinating the study are Dr. Thomas Andrews – thomasandrews56@yahoo.com, Ms. Maria Lavicska – ikekuhl@stny.rr.com, and Father Dennis – dwm508@aol.com who are available to answer any questions.

 

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BIBLE STUDY REGISTRATION

Name:___________________________________________

Address:_________________________________________

Phone #__________________________________________

e-mail___________________________________________

 

CATHOLIC IDENTITY

            What does it mean to be Catholic?  That would seem to be a relatively easy question to answer, yet on giving it some thought it becomes clear that much is implied in identifying oneself as a Roman Catholic Christian.  First of all there is implied an acceptance of what the Church believes, teaches, and proclaims to be revealed by God, summarized in the Apostles and Nicene Creeds and expanded upon in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  Next, there is the reception of the sacraments and regular participation in worship.  These then need to flow out into a life style consistent with the Church’s teaching.  If there is a weakness in or lack of one of these aspects, then the identity one professes as a Catholic is lacking in authenticity.

There is as well the need to be aware of just what the Church is and our place within it.  Spiritually it is the Mystical Body of Christ, guided by the Holy Spirit, in which the Risen Lord Jesus is present leading us to the Father.  Yet it is also a human institution with a defined organizational structure through which its members are empowered to live in unity as Catholic Christians.  Indeed, the Church has often been called the world’s oldest and largest corporation!  While the comment is made tongue-in-cheek, it does alert us to the fact that the Church is much more than the local parish in which one is registered and where one worships and receives the sacraments.  We would do well to remember that this is an important aspect of our Catholic identity, lest we develop the mindset that focuses entirely on one church building and community of residence.

I write this because I occasionally encounter a kind of “congregationalism” or “parochialism” that makes a distinction and separation of the local parish from the diocese and the universal Church.  The Roman Catholic Church is organized territorially throughout the world into defined geographical units, each called a diocese, which are further organized into smaller units called parishes.  The pastor as head of the local parish is the link to the bishop as head of the diocese who is the link with the Pope as head of the universal Church.  Thus, we form one household of faith which is experienced in the local community but goes far beyond it to the diocese and the Church throughout the world.  We are all part of the one family and it is this that defines our Catholic identity.

Any attempt to separate ourselves from the larger realities is contrary to what it means to be Catholic.  Thus, if you hear remarks to the effect that we should only be concerned with our parish and not the diocese or the larger Church, please be aware that they bespeak a lack of understanding of who we are as a Church and are indicative of an attitude that is alien to Catholic teaching and practice.  It is said that a “house divided against itself cannot stand” so let’s be firm in our Catholic identity.

Be at peace,

Father Dennis Mende

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