Join Pope Francis in Prayer Dec 10
launching worldwide Caritas movement to end world hunger
Pope Francis has called for a global wave of prayer to begin 12noon local time in Samoa, and traveling around the time zones
of the world until it reaches the island 24 hours later. The prayer will launch a worldwide Caritas-sponsored movement of prayer and
action to end world hunger. CRS and Catholic Charities USA are the two US Caritas agencies participating in the movement.
Wherever you are Dec, 10, please stop at noon and recite this prayer.
All Catholic churches in New Brunswick will be open at noon on December 10. That means the three New Brunswick churches of Holy Family Parish(Sacred Heart, 56 Throop; St. Ladislaus, 213 Somerset St.; St. Joseph, corner of Maple and Somerset St.)
will be open from 12p-1pm for prayer and reflection.
In addition, St. Peter the Apostle Church will also be open during the noon hour. The Catholic Center chapel at Rutgers has a 12:15 Mass every day. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church on New St. will also be open
for prayer and reflection. St. Mary's Church also will be open.
Learn more about the campaign HERE and in this letter from
Cardinal Rodriguez from Honduras.
CRS continues to address hunger in its development projects overseas. Locally, our CCST Rice Bowl grant program responds to local food security needs. In 2013, we gave out
nearly $40,000 in local food efforts.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Festivities Announced
CLICK HERE for the full schedule of Our Lady of Guadalupe events at both 56 Throop Ave and 15 Maple St, with special focus on the celebration overnight Dec 11-12.
DEC 7: Statement on the one-month anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan
Msgr. Kerrigan announced at Mass the goal for Holy Family Parish to establish a Filipino ministry by the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan next November.
"The diocesan Filipino Apostolate informally asked us to consider hosting a Simbang Gabi Mass in 2014, as there is not one in New Brunswick, and I further discerned the vision of having a Filipino group behind that Mass in one year's time.
"The ministry will possibly take a daytime form for workers in the city. We would not want to poach parishioners from elsewhere.
"With all the homes lost to Haiyan, establishing something of a spiritual home here seems like the least we could do.
"Some think we have overreached by trying to unify Poles, Hungarians, Latinos and others. I've always felt we are capable of more. So here's another opportunity for us to be Pope Francis' 'home for all.'"
ADVENT of HOLY FAMILY PARISH
ADVENT EVENTS (more to come)
|Pope Francis and the emerging Holy Family
||Dec 10-17, 7pm
||Parish Hall, Sacred Heart
|Prayer to End World Hunger
||TUESDAY, DEC 10, 12noon
||all three churches
||St.Joseph, Sacred Heart
|St. Ladislaus Concert
||SUN, Dec 22, 4pm
||all three churches
|New Year's EveDinner Dance at St. Joseph
||DEC 31 after 7pm Mass
The diocesan Filipino choir participated in a moving Nov. 27 interfaith prayer service
at Sacred Heart for victims of super typhoon Haiyan. Rev. Tabiri Chukunta delivered a powerful sermon.
Art by Br. Mike McGrath, OSFS
Preparing to Give Thanks,
and Helping Those Near and Far in Need
Mid-November in the United States is a time to begin preparations for Thanksgiving Day. But the Super Typhoon Haiyan turns our thoughts
to those who have lost everything in the Philippine Islands. We will take up a special collection Nov 16-17, directing all funds to Catholic Relief Services,
the official humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community. CRS has its own emergency response team that works with local Caritas and government partners in the
affected region. For more information, go to CRS.org. And to donate, CLICK HERE.
Updated CRS and local CCST information can be found HERE.
We turn toward breaking the cycle of poverty the following weekend, Nov 23-24, when we take up a collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, or CCHD.
This office of the USCCB provides economic and community development funding for projects that aim to go to the root cause of poverty and are led by the poor themselves. The Intersect Fund, a New Brunswick-based
organization, is perhaps the most successful example of CCHD funding in the Metuchen Diocese. Old friend and former staffer Nancy Finn will speak at Masses Nov 23-24 to promote the collection. Nancy works now for The Intersect
Immigration Doubleheader Nov 13-14
In the struggle for comprehensive reform, parishioners have back-to-back opportunites Nov. 13 and 14 to both learn more and help.
On Wed, Nov. 13, the feast of St. Mother Cabrini, patron of migrants, the Justice for Immigrants Campaign of the U.S. Bishops Conference has called for a national "Call-In to Congress" Day. Information on the day
can be found by CLICKING HERE.
On Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:30pm, Sacred Heart and the Notre Dame Club of Central Jersey are sponsoring a Hesburgh Lecture in the parish hall
by Professor Allen Brown-Gort, "Immigration in America." All are welcome. For more information, CLICK HERE for the event flyer.
3 Events in 5 Days Pack Parish Hall in late October
From Oct 26-30, the Parish Hall was filled with three different celebrations. On Sat. Oct 26, four couples were married in a joint ceremony in the church, and a parish reception greeting them following the wedding.
On Tues, Oct. 29, the 10th Annual Harvest of Hope Dinner was held, again to a full house. And finally, on Wed. Oct 30, a new event "Saludable Santos (Holy Saints)" was held to provide parents and young families with a healthy alternative
to traditional Halloween trick-or-treating.
Ana Bonilla leads a presentation on healthy eating at the first "Healthy Saints" gathering on Oct. 30.
From left,at the Oct. 29 Harvest of Hope Dinner: Ana Bonilla, Jim Ryan, Melissa Chedid, Msgr. Kerrigan, Austin Kosik, Ernie Revoir.
(photo by Tom McNellis)
NEW PASTORAL TEAM GETS TO WORK
October 22 was the feast day of Bl. Pope John Paul II, but there was special reason to celebrate at Sacred Heart,
as the new pastoral team assembled for its first day of work together. Newest arrival, Alexi Motta (second from right), is the pastoral associate for
charity and justice, joining, from left, pastoral associate Ana Bonilla; coordinator of pastoral services, Rocio Ramos; operations manager, Alice Bandelt and pastor Msgr. Joseph Kerrigan.
Photo by Brian Ruiz
HARVEST OF HOPE APPROACHING:
TUESDAY, OCT 29 -- Sandy Anniversary
The 10th Annual Harvest of Hope Dinner, celebrating the work of CCST and numerous volunteers for charity and justice in the Diocese of Metuchen, takes place Oct. 29 in the parish hall of Sacred Heart Church, New Brunswick, beginning at 6pm.
This year's dinner will have as its focus Superstorm Sandy, and the dinner date was pushed back for 2013 to coincide with the anniversary of the storm hitting New Jersey.
The 2013 keynote speaker will be CCST's own Jim Ryan, who led the volunteer executive board efforts for Sandy. The Global Herald award has been renamed "Hurricane Herald," honoring Austin Kosik from CCST. The Partner in Charity Award goes to Ernie Revoir and his crew of CCDOM responders to Sandy. And the Rich Cunningham Young Leader in Justice Award is shared by Ana Bonilla and Melissa Chedid.
Above, pictured, is "Jesus Campesino," a work painted by Fr. Kevin Kelly. The original will be up for auction at the dinner. All proceeds for the Harvest of Hope benefit the Sacred Heart Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Tickets go for $25 and can be secured by calling Alice Bandelt at the Sacred Heart Center of Holy Family Parish, New Brunswick, 732-545-1681.
UPDATE, OCTOBER 17:
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT INFO? ST. PETER'S IS THERE FOR YOU...Need information on the Affordable Care Act and what it means for you? St. Peter's University Hospital is ready and waiting to serve you.
Simply go to this page on the St. Peter's University Hospital website and click on the Affordable Care Act button on the right-hand side.
Additionally, The City of New Brunswick will conduct an information session for City residents on the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, in the Auditorium of the New Brunswick Middle School, 1125 Livingston Avenue beginning at 7:00 p.m.
New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill said the City is actively working with Enroll America, a national non-profit organization dedicated to enrolling Americans in healthcare coverage. Enroll America will provide the information on the Affordable Care Act to assist City residents in reviewing the various healthcare plans available to them and how to access the coverage.
ALL SAINTS'/ALL SOULS: There will be a span of four days of activity relating to All Saints and All Souls Days, Nov. 1 and 2, along with decorating the Day of the Dead altar in the church.
Wednesday, October 30: 7pm Mass in Spanish as always, followed by a healthy treat Halloween alternative hosted by staff vegetarians Msgr. Kerrigan, Alexi Motta and Ana Bonilla.
Friday, November 1: All Saints' Day: Masses at 7am St. Ladislaus, 8am Sacred Heart, 12:30pm St. Ladislaus, 7pm St. Joseph (Polish), 7pm St. Ladislaus (Hungarian), 7pm Sacred Heart (Spanish)
Saturday, November 2: All Souls Day: Masses at 8am Sacred Heart, 9:15am St. Ladislaus (Hungarian), 12:30pm Sacred Heart.
NEW: Msgr. Kerrigan's Pastoral Statement for the Feast of St. Francis:
"Age-Old Hope, Fresh New Tone: Pope Francis and the Emerging Holy Family Parish"
In Spanish: Esperanza de Antano
October 3: Gun Buy Back Harvest:
1,800+ weapons county-wide, approx. 600 at Sacred Heart
(Photos by Jennifer Bradshaw, J.Kerrigan)
More than 610 weapons were surrendered to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office at Sacred Heart Parish Hall Sept 27-28. Msgr. Kerrigan and Deacon Torres, above, attended an Oct. 2 press conference
where further details of the operation were released.
For more complete coverage, CLICK HERE for the New Brunswick Patch story.
OCTOBER AT THE PARISH:
This month will see three events commemorating the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy:
-The annual Flame of Charity Dinner, Thursday, Oct 24 at The Hyatt.
-"Faith Friday" Mass and talk, Friday, Oct 25 at St. Ladislaus Church, beginning with 12:30pm Mass.
-10th Annual "Harvest of Hope Dinner," Tuesday, Oct. 29 (the actual storm anniversary), 6pm in the Sacred Heart Parish Hall. All proceeds benefit our parish
Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Also in October: new staff member Alexi Motta, pastoral associate for charity and justice, begins work; PICO organizer Carlos Rojas uses Sacred Heart offices as his base as the national CCHD grant takes shape.
Interested in becoming a lector, extraordinary minister of the Eucharist, or other liturgical roles? Are you currently serving?
Come to the Ministries Morning, Saturday, Oct. 5, from 8:30am-11am, in the Sacred Heart Parish Hall. New worship director Joe Szabo and new music director Tony Varas will guide participants.
We wish all participants in the Oct. 6 Pulaski Day Parade good weather and a great experience!
The new Wednesday evening 7pm Mass in Spanish at Sacred Heart enters its second month....thanks for the great weekly turnout!
COMING COMMON EVENTS (more to come)
|enrollment for eligible uninsured
||starting Oct. 1
||St. Peter's University Hospital
|VESPERS HONORING BL. POPE JOHN PAUL II
||TUESDAY, OCT 22, 7pm
||FRIDAY, OCT 25, Mass at 12:30, followed by lunch
|COMMUNAL PENANCE SERVICE
||MON, OCT 28, 7pm
||SVdP Harvest of Hope Dinner
||TUES, OCT 29, 6pm
Holy Family: Engaged in Civic and Cultural Arenas
The week of Sept 21-28 was bookended by a couple of events that make the nascent Holy Family Parish unique. Where else can you attend a Pulaski Day Miss Polonia dinner dance, and then the next week know
that your church is collecting more than 500 guns as part of a county-wide gun "buy back" program? Yet, that's who we are.
Altar and Church Filled for Labor Day Mass -- Clergy filled the altar around Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski(above) and worshipers filled the pews for the second annual diocesan Labor Day Mass at Sacred Heart, Sept. 2. Below, right, Bishop Bootkoski blesses
the still-unfinished mural of parish patrons, zeroing in on St. Elizabeth of Hungary and St. Sharbel..Daily Mass at Sacred Heart moves upstairs to the church beginning
Saturday, Sept. 14, but not before a "Goodbye to Summer" Pot-Luck Breakfast Thursday, Sept 12, after the 8am Mass in the parish hall chapel...More than 80 people attended the debut Wednesday night Mass in Spanish on Sept. 4. Every Wednesday now at Sacred Heart, there will be a 7pm Mass in Spanish...Chicagoan Alexi Motta has accepted an offer to become the newly-created
parish case manager. We look forward to welcoming her onboard soon.
SEPT. 7 UPDATE: The latest uniting parish newsletter is out and in the back of the three churches, with highlights of the jam-packed
Labor Day Mass. READ HERE...For the previous issue, a summary of physical plant repairs and improvements made this summer. CLICK HERE to read
...Melissa Chedid featured for her Sandy relief work in Aug. 29 Home News Tribune...
Parishioner and daily Mass participant Adam Pizzaia (pictured, above left) was recently commissioned as lay missioner to Bolivia, CLICK HERE for Salesian news release. Congrats and many blessings to Adam! ...
The temporary "summer" Mass schedule will continue through the fall, to allow more time and discernment before a more permanent decision will be made. Thank you for your patience.
Faith Fridays New Way
To Thank God It's Friday
On the last Fridays of the month, beginning in September, Catholic Charities will present a Mass and speaker program at Holy Family Parish.
Titled "Faith Fridays," and designed for Catholic Charities staff and clients, as well as parishioners, the program continues Friday, Oct. 25, with at 12:30pm Mass as St. Ladislaus.
CLICK HERE for the save the date flyer.
Sacred Heart youth group SHOUT will resume in the fall. Thank you for your support.
Note: Meetings are in the parish hall after the 11:45am Mass on alternate Sundays.
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