Monday – Tuesday
9:00AM - 12:00PM
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
9:00AM - 12:00PM
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday & Wednesday:
PARISH OFFICE IS CLOSED
Rev. Canon Dr. Jacek W. Labinski
Thomas H. Watkins
What is the nature of a fig tree? This is easy. A fig tree's nature is to grow healthy and strong and bear sweet fruit. The fig tree in the Gospel is not doing so and so the owner of the orchard wants to cut it down. What is the nature of a person? This is a more difficult question. Humanity was created in the image of God, given dominion over all living things, and told to be fruitful and multiply. However, humanity was given free will and soon used that to give in to temptation and disobey God. There are two sides to human nature, for unlike a fig tree, a person has consciousness and the ability to decide how to act. Saint Paul addresses the negative side of human nature. Many of the Chosen People were unfaithful during their journey through the desert. He used this incident as a lesson; the consequences are deadly to those who "desire(d) evil things." Jesus refers to the deaths of eighteen people when a tower collapsed, but he does not do so to condemn them. Rather, he uses this incident as a warning. You cannot know the hour of your death. Take the opportunity to repent today because you may perish tomorrow. Those who were killed tragically and unexpectedly had no last minute opportunity to repent. Our true nature as Christians is to live according to the promises we made in baptism, which we renew each year at Easter. When we fall short, repentance is the first step to reorient ourselves toward God. During Lent, in anticipation of Easter, we are called to do just that.
Unveiling & Blessing of the new statue of our patroness, St. Hedwig took place on March 17 during all masses. Statue is placed in the right nave of the church in place of St. Francis statue which was moved to the chapel in the main entrance to the church.
The U.S. Senate recently failed to pass the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act—legislation that prohibits infanticide by ensuring that a child born alive following an attempted abortion would receive the same degree of care to preserve her or his life and health as would be given to any other child born alive at the same gestational age. Our two New Jersey senators, Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Robert Menendez, voted against the legislation. Please join us in the Diocese of Trenton in a prayer for an end to infanticide:
"Jesus, Lord of Life, transform the hearts of all elected leaders to recognize that infanticide is wrong and must not be tolerated. Open hearts and minds to recognize and defend the precious gift of every human life."
St. Hedwig’s Knights of Columbus #7244 has begun their annual Loaves & Fishes Food Drive at all masses and ending Sunday, April 7, 2019. Because of your generosity and support of this program, in this time of great need, we are able to give food to families in our community.
Here is a list of the critical “canned and non-perishable” food items needed:
Please place your bag(s) of food in church behind the railing at the Blessed Mother side of the altar. Thank you for your support and may God bless you and your family.
The Saint Hedwig Knights of Columbus Council #7244 will conduct its annual fund raising drive for Children with Special Needs after all Masses next weekend, March 30 and 31, 2019. We ask for your continued support of this program to help us fund the various good works and contributions that this council provides for children with special physical and medical needs. Your past generosity has gone a long way to help us meet our goals and pledges to several organizations that focus on the needs of these children. Please help if you can. Every little bit helps and goes a long way! Bóg Zapłać!
Social Hour starting at 3 pm, Buffet Dinner at 4 pm
Tickets at $35.00 per person
Make checks payable to Saint Hedwig’s Council #7244
Deadline – Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Mail Reservation or contact Frank Shaw,PGK 954 Jamestown Rd., Hightstown, NJ 08520 (609) 529-4584 or email@example.com
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.
Madeleine Buono, Anna Burzawa, Dylan Cascarino, Tim Cicon, Sr., Mark Cicon, Thomas Czajkowski, Pauline Dauphers, Dorothy Dominski, Bartoszek Dudek, Helena Dzięgielewska, Zenon Dzięgielewski, Sabina Dziewięcka, Theresa Eaton, Charles & Eileen Fair, Helen Hutchins, Fr. Fred Jackiewicz, Helen Jamieson, Charles Kowalski, Alice S. Laird, Sue Lynch, John Matas, Adam Matusz, Marie Niwore, Dan Piestor, Cheryl Fuzes Poli, Jurek Probola, Joseph Ryczkowski, Zofia Rynkowska, Tina Salava, Lucy Siemientkowski, Anthony Sikora, Roman Sikora, Fred Sikorski, Edward Sikorski, Pat Sikorski, Diane Silver, Joseph P. Strycharz, Kelly Ann Strycharz, Czesława Supel, Helen Szalony, Mitch Tacs, Doris Tarquinio, Michelle Vuocolo, Anna Wozniak, Esther Zamorski
Please call the Rectory Office to add or delete names from the list.
Lord Jesus, we ask you to watch over our men and women who are serving in the military in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the world. We ask for your wisdom and peace for all the world leaders to end the fighting. We pray for your healing touch. AMEN
March 2019 Intention:
That Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.
- Pope Francis