SUNDAY, August 24- XXI SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
The historical memory of the investiture of Eliakim preserved in the oracle of Isaiah, today's first reading, sheds light on the commissioning of Peter in today's Gospel. By divine decree, Eliakim son of Hilkiah replaces Shebna as master of the palace, a promotion that makes him prominent in the royal house. His great authority is symbolized by the key of the House of David; this means that Eliakim will determine who gains admission to the palace and who does not. Similarly, the authority conferred on Simon son of Jonah means he will function as master of the palace in the kingdom established by Jesus. Jesus' words to Peter make it clear that this appointment too is by divine decree. "Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father." It is not Peter's resume, but his response in faith to divine revelation that signals God's choice of him. Jesus announces God's initiative with a beatitude. And Paul seems to respond with a doxology: "How inscrutable are (God's) judgments and how unsearchable his ways!"
Pray together for Peace
To commemorate CANNONIZATION OF JOHN XXIII AND JOHN PAUL II Bishop David M. O'Connell, CM celebrated 11:00am Mass on April 27, 2014 at St Hedwig Church.
Children in traditional Polish costumes joyfully took part in the celebration!
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., invites faithful in the Diocese on pilgrimage to Poland
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., is extending an invitation to the faithful of the Diocese to join him as he walks in the footsteps of St. John Paul II during a 14-day pilgrimage to Poland in 2015. Pilgrims will travel by motor coach to Warsaw, Czestochowa, Krakow and other cities in the late pope’s home country; enjoy a seven-day guided cruise along the canal which links the Rhine, the Main and the Danube rivers; and hear lectures, view folklore demonstrations, enjoy authentic ethnic dishes and attend daily Mass as they travel through towns integral to the late pope’s ministry from April 23 to May 6.
“A pilgrimage like this will focus on the spiritual,” said Father Jeffrey E. Lee, pastor, St. Mary Parish, Colts Neck, and diocesan director of pilgrimages. “By going to Poland with the Bishop, there is a connection to John Paul II, who was the Archbishop of Krakow.”
Father Lee noted that pilgrims will meet with religious leaders, celebrate Mass at holy shrines and continue their education of their Christian heritage as they visit sites along the Danube.
110TH ANNIVERSARY BOOK ADS
If you wish to place an Ad or Greeting in the Anniversary Book, see the enclosed order form in this week's bulletin or get a copy from the Rectory or Sacristy. The deadline for all Ads is September 15, 2014.
DINNER BANQUET TICKETS
We are preparing for the 110th Anniversary of St. Hedwig Parish which will be held on Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 12 pm to 7 pm at the Ambassador Banquet Hall on New York Ave. following the 11:00 am Mass. More ticket information to follow.
CATECHISTS NEEDEDFOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM
Due to our expanding religious education program, we are in need of additional Catechists for the 2014–2015 school year. Please consider this wonderful ministry. We welcome those with experience and those who have never taught before. Help and information are available to anyone interested. If you are interested or have any questions in regards to this ministry, please contact Dorothy Zadworny at (609) 587-0487.
DIOCESE OF TRENTON BISHOP'S ANNIVERSARY BLESSING
The Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton has been celebrating the gift of sacramental marriage with anniversary couples for more than 40 years. This year Bishop O'Connell will extend his Episcopal blessing to couples married 50 years or more, couples married for 25 years and couples married one year, at a special Eucharistic liturgy and blessing celebration on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm in St. Robert Bellarmine Church, Freehold, NJ. The deadline for registration is September 19, 2014. Couples who wish to participate in the Bishop's Anniversary Blessing may visit the Parish Office to register. Family members are most welcome to attend the Anniversary Blessing.
HOLY CROSS CENTER OF LEARNING SPECIAL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Any parent interested in enrolling a child or adult in the Holy Cross Center of Learning's Special Religious Education Program should contact its Coordinator, Mrs. Rose Anna L. Romanello, at 609-882-4567.
To work with intellectual, cognitive and/or developmental disabilities in a Special Religious Education Program on Saturdays from 10:15 am to 12:30 pm beginning September 5, 2014 through May 9, 2015. The program is held at Holy Cross School, Trenton, NJ. For more information contact Mrs. Rose Anna L. Romanello, Coordinator at 609-882-4567.
RECTORY SUMMER SCHEDULE
THE RECTORY OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON FRIDAYS DURING JULY AND AUGUST.
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 4:00 PM
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