NOVEMBER 23 - CHRIST THE KING
Celebrating the kingship of Christ heightens our expectation of his coming again in glory. Today's readings share that end-time view. The prophecy of Ezekiel is addressed to Jewish exiles in Babylon. They are the sheep scattered in every place whom God will seek out and bring back. Disappointment of the return from exile caused the people to postpone their hopes of a more glorious restoration to the indefinite future; so the redemptive activity of the good shepherd became an image of the end-time, as it is in today's Gospel. Paul's metaphor of Christ as the firstfruits is also an end-time image. The firstfruits promise the complete harvest, which is still another image of the end. Compared with these lofty images, today's parable is a comic deflation. "Imagine," says Pheme Perkins, "this glorious scene of judgment reduced to the problem of a shepherd separating sheep from goats." But describing final judgment as such a mundane task may be Jesus' way of warning us that the coming judgment happens closer to home than we think. After all, the same divine "I" who in Ezekiel is the subject of redemptive activity becomes, in the parable, the object of human kindness.
Nothing should upset a servant of God except sin. St. Francis of Assisi
The Most Rev. Bishop David M. O'Connell, CM blessed the Statue of St John Paul, II and the Chapel in Church after 11:00 am Mass on Sunday, October 19, 2014.
BLESSING OF THE ST JOHN PAUL II STATUE AND THE CHAPEL
The Most Rev. Bishop David M. O'Connell, CM celebrated 11:00 am Mass on Sunday, October 19, 2014 and after the mass blessed new Chapel dedicated to St. John Paul II and the Statue of St John Paul II erected on church grounds.
RECTORY HOLIDAY HOURS
The rectory office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 27th & 28th, 2014 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!!
The children of the Religious Education Program (CCD) will not have classes on November 25 and 26, 2014 due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!
ST HEDWIG'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE
Once again we will be having the Christmas Giving Tree. This year we will be helping children in the orphanage in Pawłówce, Poland, CYO, Anchor House, and Kids R First. Next weekend, November 15th & 16th, 2014 there will be ornaments on the Christmas tree with items to be purchased. Please take one or more of the ornaments and return your gifts as soon as possible. All gifts must be returned by Sunday, December 14th, 2014. Thank You for your help and good hearts at this time of the year.
The Christmas Wafer/Opłatek commemorates a custom which is centuries old. Through the Wafer/Opłatek, we are reminded of the Holy Nativity. The Wafer/Opłatek is broken and shared with those gathered at the Christmas table. When each has a broken piece, PEACE is wished to all. The Wafers/Opłatki are available in the rectory during regular office hours and in the Sacristy after all Masses.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
St. Hedwig Knights of Columbus Council #7244 is selling Christmas Car Magnets for $5.00 each after all the Masses. Also, the Christmas Car Magnets will be available in the Sacristy. Thank you for all your support. Bóg zapłać.
This weekend a collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development will be taken. Thank you for your support.
ST. HEDWIG'S PARISH VETERANS MEMORIAL
All Veterans active or inactive qualify to enter names on
the Memorial Walk. The cost is $30.00 per brick. For
information please call Julius Wszolek at 599-2298
Lest We Forget Because of them, our lives are full—
Because of them, our nation lives
Because of them, our
world is Blessed.
Sacrament of Baptism: Every Sunday at 10:30 AM. Parents should make arrangements in advance by calling the Rectory.
Baptism instructions for parents and godparents are the second Thursday night of each month at 7 PM in the Convent
Annointing of the Sick: Please call the Rectory if someone is gravely ill and would like to receive the sacrament of the sick or in the case of an emergency call day or night
Visitation of The Sick: Father & Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion visit the sick of our Parish family every First Friday
Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Every Saturday at 4:30 PM in church
Sacrament of Marriage: Couples planning to be married, please contact the Pastor or one of our Deacons one year before the marriage date in accord with a Common policy of the Diocese of Trenton