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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Christmas Party for Children and Young Adults with Disabilities


12/15/2018

The 3rd Annual Diocesan Christmas Party for Children and Young Adults with Disabilities will be held on December 15. Due to limited space, this is a ticket only event and pre-registration is required.

Please contact the Office for Persons with Disabilities by emailing: 2018domchristmasparty@gmail.com or by calling (732) 765-6432 for more information. Please register by October 31. 

We will graciously accept donations from parishioners who wish to contribute towards gifts for  this event. (Checks only please, no toys or gift cards).  Thank you for your generosity. 

  • Location: St. John Neumann Pastoral Center
Sunday, December 16, 2018

Third Sunday of Advent

12:00 am – 12:00 pm
12/16/2018

This Sunday's Gospel continues last week's focus on John the Baptist and his role in preparing the way for Christ. Recall that last week's reading described John's appearance in the desert and established his connection with the prophetic tradition of Israel. If we were to read Luke's Gospel continuously, we would learn about John the Baptist challenging the crowds who came to him and calling upon them to show evidence of their repentance. John tells his listeners that they cannot rely on their lineage as Israelites because children of Abraham can be raised up from stones. Repentance, rather, must be observable in one's actions. Here, Luke is continuing to set up two important themes of his Gospel message: the Christian faith is expressed in one's actions, and the call to salvation is extended to everyone, Jews and Gentiles.

In today's Gospel reading, the crowds ask John the Baptist for specifics. What evidence of repentance is required? John replies by naming concrete actions: crowds should share their food and cloaks; tax collectors should be just; soldiers should act fairly. The concern for justice is a hallmark of Luke's Gospel.

When the crowd begins to wonder if John the Baptist might be the Messiah, John interprets his baptism and makes it clear that his ministry is in preparation for the Messiah. John the Baptist knows his place and role in God's plan of salvation. By encouraging the crowd to act similarly in accordance with their stations in life, John's teaching suggests that each person has a role to play in God's salvation. It is the great mystery of our salvation that God permits and even asks for human cooperation in his divine plans.

The third Sunday of Advent is also called Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is a Latin word that means “rejoice.” This name is taken from the entrance antiphon for Sunday's Mass, which is also echoed in today's second reading from the Paul's letter to the Philippians. Some people mark this Sunday by lighting a pink candle instead of a purple one on their Advent wreath. It is a reminder that the Advent season is a season of joy because our salvation is already at hand.

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

  • Location: All Parishes
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

A Catholic Prayer and Support Group for Families Affected by Mental Health Issues

7 p.m.
12/19/2018

The Diocese of Metuchen's Office for Persons with Disabilities will offer a Catholic Prayer and Support Group for Families Affected by Mental Health Issues on December 19 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, 327 Greenwich Street, Belvidere, NJ 07823. The support group will offer spiritual support and tips on how to cope with this health issue. For details, please contact the Office for Persons with Disabilities at (732) 765-6342 or catholicswithdisabilities@gmail.com.

A Catholic Prayer and Support Group for Families Affected by Mental Health Issues

10 a.m.
12/19/2018

The Diocese of Metuchen's Office for Persons with Disabilities will offer a Catholic Prayer and Support Group for Families Affected by Mental Health Issues on December 19 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, 327 Greenwich Street, Belvidere, NJ 07823. The support group will offer spiritual support and tips on how to cope with this health issue. For details, please contact the Office for Persons with Disabilities at (732) 765-6342 or catholicswithdisabilities@gmail.com.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Connect: A Eucharistic Holy Hour for Young Adults

7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
12/20/2018

The Diocese of Metuchen's Office of Young Adult Ministry would love to get you connected! We will be hosting Adoration, Confession, and Praise and Worship at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral on Thursday, December 20, 2018 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Holy Hour will be followed by connecting with other young adults at a local restaurant. We look forward to seeing you there. If you have questions, please email youth.ministry@diometuchen.org or call (732) 243-4576.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Fourth Sunday of Advent

12:00 am – 12:00 pm
12/23/2018

On this the last Sunday before Christmas, our Gospel reading prepares us to witness Christ's birth by showing us how Jesus was recognized as Israel's long-awaited Messiah even before his birth. The Gospel turns our attention from the ministry of John the Baptist to the events that preceded John the Baptist's birth. The story of John the Baptist and his parents, Elizabeth and Zechariah, are reported only in Luke's Gospel. Luke pairs the birth of John the Baptist and Jesus, establishing John's early connection to the Messiah.

Our Gospel reading recalls Mary's actions after the announcement of Jesus' birth by the angel Gabriel. Mary goes to visit Elizabeth, her cousin, who is also with child. Elizabeth greets Mary with full recognition of the roles that they and their unborn children will play in God's plan for salvation. If we were to continue to read the verses that follow in Luke's Gospel, we would hear Mary respond to Elizabeth's greeting with her song of praise, the Magnificat. Both women recall and echo God's history of showing favor upon the people of Israel.

In Luke's Gospel the Holy Spirit helps reveal Jesus' identity as God to those who believe. Elizabeth is filled with the Holy Spirit and sings Mary's praise because she bears the Lord. We sing these words of praise to Mary in the Hail Mary. Even John the Baptist, the unborn child in Elizabeth's womb, is said to recognize the presence of the Lord and leaps for joy.

It is appropriate in this season of Advent that we consider the role of Mary in God's plan of salvation. Elizabeth describes Mary as the first disciple, as the one who believed that God's word to her would be fulfilled. Mary's faith enabled her to recognize the work of God in her people's history and in her own life. Her openness to God allowed God to work through her so that salvation might come to everyone. Because of this, Mary is a model and symbol of the Church. May we be like Mary, open and cooperative in God's plan for salvation.

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

  • Location: All Parishes
Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Christmas Chinese Mass and Celebration

3:30 pm – 6pm
12/25/2018

free

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Prayer Service for the Share the Journey Global Migration Campaign

7 p.m.
01/09/2019

All are invited to attend a Prayer Service for the "Share the Journey" Global Migration Campaign on Wednesday, January 9 at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish, 34 Yorktown Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844. The prayer service will be held during National Migration Week 2019, January 6-12, during which members of our local Church will gather with our migrant brothers and sisters in prayer and solidarity. For more information, email skral@stjosephparish.com or visit https://diometuchen.org/social-justice.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Bereavement Support Group Sessions

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
01/15/2019, 01/16/2019, 01/17/2019, 01/18/2019, 01/19/2019… more View All Dates

No fee – registration required

If you are suffering over the death of a spouse perhaps the 8-week Bereavement Support Group Sessions may help you during this difficult time. The Group will meet Tuesday evenings in the Parish Teen Center for 8 weeks

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Bereavement Support Group Sessions

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
01/15/2019, 01/16/2019, 01/17/2019, 01/18/2019, 01/19/2019… more View All Dates

No fee – registration required

If you are suffering over the death of a spouse perhaps the 8-week Bereavement Support Group Sessions may help you during this difficult time. The Group will meet Tuesday evenings in the Parish Teen Center for 8 weeks