UNITING PARISH (Sacred Heart, St. Joseph, St. Ladislaus UPDATE|
NAMING: The weekend of May 18-19 is the last opportunity to offer names. The Provisional Parish Council will sift names and themes, and offer them to congregations the weekend of May 25-26. We hope to submit
three names to Bishop Bootkoski by June 1, in advance of the June 15 deadline.
Thanks to all who have participated in the process, and/or offered themes and names. The group of 20 names all look promising.
SUMMER MASS SCHEDULE: One of the first—and perhaps one of the most difficult—tasks that the Provisional Council
faces is a revision of the current Mass schedules.
Currently between our three churches, for much of the year 12 Masses are offered every weekend. Eight of these are in English, two in Spanish, one in Hungarian and one in Polish. Some of these Masses have identical starting times; many overlap. Some are very heavily attended; for some attendance is faithful but sparse.
As of June 1, these would need to be divided between two or three (Fr. Kelly’s status is yet uncertain) priests of differing language abilities.
The discussion of how a “final” revised schedule might look is likely to take some time. However June 1 is rapidly approaching and clearly something needs to be done at least for the short term. Especially as some of the clergy already have summer plans that at times will leave us with only one priest during the weekend. Therefore the Council is working on setting up a Summer Mass schedule.
As it is part of our mandate that there must be a Polish and a Hungarian Mass there is no question but that those will continue, although there may have to be a previously unanticipated time change to the Polish Mass due to the availability of the Redemptorist Order who will be saying that Mass. The Spanish Masses are the most heavily attended Masses in our churches. So any initial reduction in scheduling will have to come from the English Masses with consideration given to attendance figures as well as the availability of Mass at one of our other churches at the same, or roughly similar, time.
We hope to have a Summer schedule available within the next week or two. We realize that doing this, even in the short term, is going to be disruptive to the routine of many of our parishioners. Thank you for your patience, flexibility and understanding.
For updated information on the unification process, CLICK HERE for the latest bulletin in Spanish, while for English, CLICK HERE..
Four Sacred Heart youth were awarded Charles E. Robertson scholarships from
Council 257 of the Knights of Columbus, on Wednesday, May 15.
From left to right below: Julia Wieczorek, Cristi Santiago, Cindy Cortes, Cynthia Cortes.
SAT, JUN 8, 4:45pm: Confirmation
JUN 9: Parish Patronal Celebration
New Papal Portrait Installed
Just in time for Easter, graduate student
Pavol Olsavsky completed and installed his portrait of Pope Francis in our narthex.
Pavol will soon get to work on art relating to the new uniting parish.
Thanks for support of CRS Rice Bowl!
Parishioners once again responded generously
to CRS Rice Bowl with donations on Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday. It's not too late
to return your box or contribution.
We will announce final totals once we count the final pennies! Thanks again.
Bringing News of Building the New Parish
NEW PARISH UPDATE, APRIL 3:
On December 15, the Bishop announced the formation of a parish “with a special charism for social ministry” consisting of St. Joseph Parish, St. Ladislaus Parish, and Sacred Heart Parish, along with Catholic Charities.
CLICK HERE to read Bishop Bootkoski's letter.
In anticipation of this change, representatives from each community were selected and trained to begin a process of community building. This process now includes more than 40 people and, having completed a six-week discussion series throughout the Lenten season, now continues.
Possible next steps include a unifying celebration during the Easter season and/or an action to benefit the poor in the city.
Follow our progress at http://nbparish.blogspot.com. If you would like more information contact Amanda Gallear, coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
This current phase of the parish restructuring began with a five-person delegation participating in national community organizing
and leadership training Jan. 7-13 outside Atlanta, GA, as a first step in the process of bringing together
the communities of Sacred Heart, St. Joseph, St. Ladislaus and Catholic Charities in New Brunswick.
The team had one free day in the training, and used it in part to visit CNN Studios. Above, from left, the team representatives: Amanda Gallear (Catholic Charities),
Carol Meszaros (St. Ladislaus), Elizabeth Gajewska (St. Joseph), Msgr. Joseph Kerrigan (Sacred Heart/CCHD) and Ana Bonilla (Sacred Heart)
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Renewing Update: Bishop receives final proposal Nov. 20, Presbyteral Council to advise Dec. 12.
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SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT de PAUL
JANE DOWLING, conference president
APPLYING VINCENTIAN SPIRIT TO NEIGHBORHOOD NEEDS
Meetings are usually the third Tuesday of each month.
ANNUAL HARVEST OF HOPE DINNER
The 2012 dinner was held Friday, October 19. Camden Diocese Executive Director of Catholic Charities Kevin Hickey was the keynote speaker.
FAITH FORMATION UPDATE:
Sacramental celebrations are the culmination of weeks of religious formation and years of parental faith. Pictured above, boys from the Confirmation Class of 2012 prepare for the big day.
OUR REGULAR (NOVEMBER-MAY) PROGRAM:
Family Faith Formation, grade levels 3-6, running weekly on Wednesdays, now. Thanks to all participants.
Our Confirmation Program runs on Sunday afternoons.
First Communion Class runs on Saturday mornings
You can preview our program brochures by clicking
HERE FOR ENGLISH BROCHURE
HERE for SPANISH BROCHURE.
For questions, please call the parish office, or contact Rocio Ramos at Rocio.Ramos7@gmail.com.
Sacred Heart's faith formation is led in many ways by our parish teens, who organize small-group sessions, attend to class paperwork and provide a role model for the younger students. Above longtime assistants Dania and Daniela Garcia celebrate their birthday Dec. 22.
"RENEWING THE CHURCH IN NEW BRUNSWICK":
ENTERS COMBINATION PHASE
Notes from Oct. 16 meeting can be read by clicking here.
NEW:OCT 28: St.Ladislaus airs concerns in public after agreement
REMAINING MEETINGS: NOV 20 at St. Mary's
NEW: Notes from the Sept 18 meeting.
SEPT 23: In a week of intense meetings, Sacred Heart, St.Joseph and St. Ladislaus parishes, along with Catholic Charities office of social justice, have submitted
their request to combine to the "Renewing the Church in New Brunswick" leadership. An open parish meeting will be held October 11 at 7pm in the parish hall to discuss the process thus far.
AUGUST 25: Parish Council members from Sacred Heart, St. Joseph and St. Ladislaus parishes held a two-and-a-half hour meeting Aug. 23, agreeing to meet again in September,
as the "Renewing the Church in New Brunswick" process reaches the phase of parishes actively relating toward new combinations. Thanks to Natalie Borisovets, Deacon Nelson Torres, Tom McNellis and guest participants
Tom Szallai and Joseph Szabo for their contributions to the Aug. 23 meeting.
AUG 21: Minutes from this meeting are available HERE
JUNE 5: Unofficial notes from latest meeting are available HERE
NEW:MAY 22: Minutes from the May 15 meeting are available HERE.
NEW:MAY 15: At the May 15 "Renewing" meeting at St. Ladislaus Parish on Somerset St., Marianne Majewski, executive director of Catholic Charities, presented a concept
paper proposing that the mission of Catholic Charities be merged within the life of a new parish in the city. Read their proposal HERE
NEW:APRIL 24: Sacred Heart hosted the most recent Deanery Council meeting. Thanks to those who helped provide hospitality. Next meeting is May 15 as we draw closer to
a decision of a new parish structure for Hub City. HERE is a list of
ministries at all the New Brunswick parishes.
NEW:Unofficial notes from the March 20 meeting are now available HERE.
NEW: The decisive phase of Renewing the Church in New Brunswick began Tuesday, March 20 with an appearance and presentation by Bishop Bootkoski, along
with dispensing of demographic data by Jeff Korgen for the City of New Brunswick.
Among the Bishop's comments: "We're not touching the people who are right in front of us... We can sustain 3 parishes, how can we sustain 7?" He also restated the realities
of new migration patterns, decreased parish finances and priestly vocations as the factors for the process.
Msgr. Kerrigan, Deacon Torres, Tom McNellis and Natalie Borisovets represented Sacred Heart.
For a glimpse at some of the data our reps are poring through, CLICK HERE.
For more information on the process as a whole, CLICK ON THE DIOCESE'S PLANNING PAGE.
The next meeting is Tuesday, April 24 at Sacred Heart.
OLDER NEWS: Sacred Heart parishioners were well-represented in both numbers and voices during
the Diocese of Metuchen's second Information Night on the Renewing the Church in New Brunswick
process Feb. 2.
Deanery Council reps Tom McNellis and Natalie Borisovets, along with Joe Grau, made very helpful comments,
and were backed by several dozen congregants who met at St. Peter School for the evening.
PRAYER FOR THE RESTRUCTURING PROCESS
Lord, you alone know the plans you have for us,
plans to prosper us, not harm us,
plans to bring about the future you hope for.
Help us who call New Brunswick home,
- we who have as our patron the Sacred Heart of Jesus
along with the powerful intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and St. Joseph,
the apostle St. Peter, the prophet St. John the Baptist,
and the king St. Ladislaus –
help us to be attentive to the work of your Spirit among us
in this time and this age
and among your pilgrim people,
to discern a future together for your glory and our common good.
Through Christ our Lord.
At a meeting with city pastors Jan. 9, 2012, Bishop Paul Bootkoski launched the second phase of "Renewing the Church in New Brunswick."
The mission is to develop a structure of 3-4
parishes that are vibrant, financially sustainable and ministering to the cultures and needs as they are today.
The public portion of the restructuring begins with information nights on either Jan. 26 or Feb. 2 from 7pm to 8:30pm in the St. Peter School Cafeteria.
A series of meetings will be held through the fall, when the new New Brunswick structure will be announced.
CLICK HERE to read the timeline and bulletin announcement that will be made in all city parishes the weekend of Jan. 14-15.
Renewing the Church in New Brunswick has been a process in place for more than two years.
CLICK HERE to read the proposal that all New Brunswick Catholic organizations agreed to Sept. 29, 2010 at a meeting at St. Peter's University Hospital with Bishop Bootkoski.
Our thanks to Sacred Heart Parish reps Natalie Borisovets, Tom McNellis and Nelson Torres,
who have been active participants in the proceedings and have represented our parish extraordinary well, as they will continue to do so during this decisive phase.
They are part of a Deanery Council to implement the agreement,
and began their bi-monthly meetings in November 2010. They are meeting through early 2012 to complete this phase of the project.
If you would like to follow the progress of the Council, CLICK HERE for the latest
minutes. Please keep the success of this city-wide project in your prayer petitions, especially as
we move to restructure New Brunswick area parishes to maximize resources and vitality.
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Alexandra Rodgriguez receives the first annual Richard Turk scholarship given to outstanding SHOUT members, July 14, 2012 at the 11:45am Mass.
Sacred Heart youth group SHOUT is in the midst of another vibrant year of activities. Look to the bulletin for upcoming events.
Note: Meetings are in the parish hall after the 11:45am Mass on alternate Sundays.
|CHARITY AND JUSTICE
ST GIANNA LIFE PROMOTION SOCIETY
Grounded in the consistent ethic of life, the St. Gianna Life
Promotion Society engages in prayer, education and action to foster
a culture that celebrates the sanctity of life at all stages.
The group seeks to make connections between Gospel teachings and the
respectful and dignified treatment of all human life. Included in the groups's annual slate of activities are Respect Life Sunday
and a fund-raising Coffee House in the fall.
St. Gianna meetings are held every second Tuesday of the month.
For more information, contact Ellen Maughan at 732-249-
Fr. Pauly Thekkan, standing next to a banner for St. Gianna, presides at the 11:45am Mass Feb. 6, 2011.
Throughout the weekend, many came to venerate the relics of the 20th-century saint. Fr. Thekkan's chasuble contains
fabric from St. Gianna's wedding dress.
WE COME TO DO HIM HOMAGE
"The Eucharist is a priceless treasure: by not only celebrating
it but also by
praying before it outside of Mass we are enabled to make contact
with the very wellspring
of grace." - Bl.John Paul II
OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Adoration is held from 8:30-
12:00noon every first Friday of the month.
(Note: from June-September, Adoration is in the Parish Hall Chapel.)
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