OCTOBER 19 – XXIX SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Any discussion of today's Gospel must begin with a disclaimer: this text does not address the question of the relationship between church and state. It speaks instead to what is right relationship between the human community and the one God, who is Lord, besides whom "there is no other." As usual in Matthew the treachery of Jesus' opponents is transparent. Their yes-or-no question aims to entrap him, but Jesus is not so easily taken. He asks for a Roman coin and puts a question of his own: "Whose image is this and whose inscription?" This is the key to his meaning. If the image of Caesar stamped on a coin means that the coin belongs to Caesar, then the image of God stamped on each and every human being means that each and every one belongs to God. This is the understanding of Isaiah too when, in today's reading, he declares that Cyrus the Persian is the Lord's anointed (i.e., Messiah). Even Cyrus belongs to God, "though you knew me not," God tells him. It is the conviction that all belong to the one God that likewise sends Paul to the Gentiles of Thessalonica to bring them the Gospel "in power and in the Holy Spirit."
ST JOHN PAUL II BLESSING OF THE STATUE AND THE CHAPEL
We would like to welcome The Most Rev. Bishop David M. O'Connell, CM who will join us for the 11:00 am Mass this Sunday, October 19, 2014. After the Mass the Bishop will bless the Statue of St John Paul, II and the Chapel. We invite everyone to join us for this very special occasion.
FORTY HOURS DEVOTION CLOSING CELEBRATION
Please join us today, Sunday, October 19, 2014 for the closing celebration at 4 pm for Vespers with Procession and Benediction. I am pleased that many priests from the Diocese of Trenton and other Dioceses accepted our invitation, please come to pray with our Parish Family members as well as our guests and let them see the many faithful of our parish. Solemn procession of the Blessed Sacrament with Priests, Deacons and Altar Servers will conclude Forty Hours.
We would like to thank all who participated in the 110th Anniversary Dinner Celebration. We hope that all in attendance had a wonderful time at this elegant event.
ALL SOULS DAY -- WYPOMINKI
The feast of All Souls will soon be here. Please return the envelopes with the names of your deceased family and friends. An envelope has been included in your monthly packet mailed to you. Additional All Souls Day envelopes are available in the church at all the entrances. On Sunday, November 2nd at 7:00 pm we will have a Mass and devotion during which time the names will be read.
The traditional procession and blessing of the graves will be held on Sunday, November 2nd, 2014. We will begin at the Ewing Cemetery (New) after the 11 am Mass. From there we will go to the Hamilton Cemetery (Old) at 2:00 pm along with Divine Mercy Parish (Holy Cross Church). We invite everyone to come and pray for all our faithful departed whether buried here or abroad.
MASS INTENTIONS FOR 2015
The Mass intention book for 2015 is open now during regular business hours in the rectory. There will be only one intention taken for the weekday Mass on Monday through Saturday. The weekend Masses, which include the Saturday evening Mass and all the Masses on Sunday, will have multiple intentions available.
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