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Friday, December 1, 2017

The Bible Timeline.. The Story of Salvation

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
09/22/2017, 09/29/2017, 10/06/2017, 10/13/2017, 10/20/2017… more View All Dates

$35 per semester – registration required

A Bible study that will take you on a journey through the entire Bible. A 24- Part study featuring the materials of Jeff Cavins. Each participant will receive a personal study guide and access to online resources.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Our Lady of Lourdes Annual Christmas Bazaar

9:00am – 4:00pm
12/02/2017

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Our Lady of Lourdes (OLOL) Parish, 44 Cleveland Avenue, Milltown, will host its Annual Christmas Bazaar 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2017. The Bazaar has been a parish event since 1978. The event will offer a day of holiday shopping, food and family activities. Highlights include OLOL Shoppes featuring a mini Tricky Tray with prizes from local businesses, an Old-Fashioned Bake Sale, a New-to-You Christmas booth, an Ornament booth, a Vintage Jewelry booth, Religious Articles booth, a Stocking Stuffer booth, “Nearly New” toys, Games for children, Basket Raffles including a Gift Card Christmas Tree Raffle, and a Magic Christmas Tree. There will also be a special raffle with a chance to win a party package, valued at $319, from Urban Air Adventure. Additionally, vendors will offer crafts, jewelry, designer bags, chocolate and candy, toys, specialty foods, decorative items, organic skin care products, grave covers and wreaths. Breakfast and lunch items will be available. The Knights of Columbus’ annual Breakfast With Santa also will take place December 2, with seatings at 9a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Advance registration is needed. For more information on both events, call the church rectory at (732) 828-0011 or Bernadette at (732) 828-6726.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

First Sunday of Advent

12:00 am – 12:00 pm
12/03/2017

On December 3, we begin the season of Advent, which marks the start of a new liturgical year for the Church. The readings for Sunday Mass are arranged on a three-year cycle. Each year features a different Gospel-Matthew, Mark, or Luke. Readings from the Gospel of John are interspersed throughout all three years. With this year's first Sunday of Advent, we begin Cycle B of the Lectionary, which focuses our attention on the Gospel of Mark. This week and next week, our readings from Mark's Gospel present two important Advent themes: the Lord's return at the end of time and John the Baptist's preparation for Jesus.

Today's Gospel is taken from the end of Mark's Gospel, the chapter that immediately precedes Mark's account of Jesus' Passion. Having been questioned repeatedly by the scribes and the Pharisees, Jesus is now questioned by his disciples-Peter, James, John, and Andrew-who want details about his prediction of the destruction of the Temple. Jesus answers with many warnings about the difficulties that the disciples will face.

Today's passage comes at the conclusion of Jesus' warnings to his disciples. Jesus emphasizes the need for watchfulness. The Son of Man will come without warning; only the Father knows the exact hour. The disciples must not be caught unprepared when this time comes.

Scholars believe that Mark's Gospel was written around the time of the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in A.D. 70. Mark's audience consisted of Christians who were living in difficult social and political times, times of conflict. They were likely beginning to face persecution as followers of Jesus. In this difficult time, it helped to recall that Jesus had foretold of such difficulties. Early Christian communities took courage from Jesus' warning to remain alert and watchful, and they found in his words a way to persevere through suffering.

Today's Gospel reminds us that Advent is about more than our preparation for the Church's celebration of Christ's birth at Christmas. Advent is also about preparing ourselves for Christ's return in glory at the end of time. Like the disciples and the faithful in Mark's community, we must also stay alert and watchful. Our faithfulness to God, through the good times as well as the difficult times, shows us to be ready for the coming of the Son of Man.

(Content courtesy of Loyola Press: https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/sunday-connection/first-sunday-of-advent-cycle-b-sunday-connection)

  • Location: All Parishes
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Bible Timeline.. The Story of Salvation

7 PM – 8:30 PM
09/26/2017, 10/03/2017, 10/10/2017, 10/17/2017, 10/24/2017… more View All Dates

$35 per semester – registration required

A Bible study that will take you on a journey through the entire Bible. A 24- Part study featuring the materials of Jeff Cavins. Each participant will receive a personal study guide and access to online resources.

Bible Study

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
09/19/2017, 09/26/2017, 10/03/2017, 10/10/2017, 10/17/2017… more View All Dates

$35

An Eleven Part Bible Study on First Corinthians, The Church and the Christian Community.

Friday, December 8, 2017

The Bible Timeline.. The Story of Salvation

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
09/22/2017, 09/29/2017, 10/06/2017, 10/13/2017, 10/20/2017… more View All Dates

$35 per semester – registration required

A Bible study that will take you on a journey through the entire Bible. A 24- Part study featuring the materials of Jeff Cavins. Each participant will receive a personal study guide and access to online resources.

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception - Holyday of Obligation

12 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.
12/08/2017

The St. John Neumann Pastoral Center will be closed Friday, December 8 in observance of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Holyday of Obligation. The pastoral center will reopen at 8:30 a.m., Monday, December 11.

To find Mass times at your parish, visit: http://diometuchen.org/find-a-parish/

  • Location: St. John Neumann Pastoral Center
  • Website: none
Sunday, December 10, 2017

Second Sunday of Advent

12:00 am – 12:00 pm
12/10/2017

The Gospel for the second Sunday of Advent is taken from the beginning of Mark. Unlike Luke and Matthew, Mark does not include any details of Jesus' birth. Instead Mark begins with the appearance of John the Baptist in the desert. On this the Second Sunday of Advent, we are invited to reflect upon the role of John the Baptist, who prepared the way for Jesus and the salvation that he would bring to us.

Mark's description of the appearance of John the Baptist highlights John's continuity with the Jewish prophetic tradition. Mark combines quotations from the Old Testament books of Malachi, Isaiah, and Exodus. Mark's description of John as an ascetic, living in the desert, clothed in camel hair, and eating locusts and wild honey, is reminiscent of the description of the prophet Elijah found in Second Kings. The people of Judea and Jerusalem flock to him, listening to his message of repentance and forgiveness; they also come to him to be baptized. Mark's Gospel is clear, however, that John the Baptist's role is only to prepare the way for another who will come, one who is greater than John.

Many scholars believe that the Gospels reflect the tension that likely existed between followers of John the Baptist and disciples of Jesus. Each of the four Evangelists report on John's preaching and baptizing, and they each emphasize the importance of Jesus' baptism by John. The four Gospels also explain that John was sent to preach in preparation for another. In the Gospel of Luke, the question is raised as to whether John the Baptist was himself the Messiah. Just as in today's Gospel, however, John speaks quite explicitly that the Messiah was to come after him.

In today's Gospel we hear John the Baptist contrast his baptism of repentance with the baptism that Jesus will inaugurate. John says that he has baptized with water, but that the one who is to come will baptize with the Holy Spirit. John's baptism was not yet a Christian baptism, but a preparation for the Sacrament of Baptism through which sins are forgiven and the gift of the Holy Spirit is received.

John the Baptist is presented to us as a model during Advent. We, too, are called upon to prepare a way for the Lord. Like John the Baptist, we are messengers in service to one who is greater than we are. Our Baptism commissions us to call others to life as disciples of Jesus.

(Content courtesy of Loyola Press: https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/sunday-connection/second-sunday-of-advent-cycle-b-sunday-connection)

 

  • Location: All Parishes
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Bible Timeline.. The Story of Salvation

7 PM – 8:30 PM
09/26/2017, 10/03/2017, 10/10/2017, 10/17/2017, 10/24/2017… more View All Dates

$35 per semester – registration required

A Bible study that will take you on a journey through the entire Bible. A 24- Part study featuring the materials of Jeff Cavins. Each participant will receive a personal study guide and access to online resources.

Bible Study

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
09/19/2017, 09/26/2017, 10/03/2017, 10/10/2017, 10/17/2017… more View All Dates

$35

An Eleven Part Bible Study on First Corinthians, The Church and the Christian Community.