A Publication of the Pastoral Staff
Sunday 8AM (Streamed)
10AM and 12PM
Monday - Friday 9AM
[All Mass intentions are listed
on our parish calendar.]
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21
following 9AM Mass (Church)
except if there is a Funeral
THURSDAY, APRIL 22
6PM - 7PM
* or any time by appointment
[Monday, April 19 at 10AM]
[Tuesday, April 20 at 10AM]
Elaine A. Roach
[Wednesday, April 21 at 11AM]
Church Open Daily 8AM to 8PM
(to 2PM on Sundays)
The Holy Rosary Daily
following the 9AM Mass
[except if there is a Funeral]
First Saturday Rosary
prayed before 8:30AM Mass
Holy Hour of Reparation
Every Friday Morning
* for families with young children
1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month
Eucharistic Healing Service
2nd Tuesday of the month
7:30PM - 9PM
John Poggi | Nick Poulis | Jeffrey Wheeler | Christopher Frey | Alexander Vecchione | Mary Muratore | Joe Palazzo | Baby Abigail Elliot | Jaclyn Falcone | Carol Tonner | Peter Petruzzi | Henry Keidel | Daniel Costello | Gerard Mastellone | Joseph Tenga | Al Jurgensen | Helen White | Custodia Parker | Maria Poulis | Bill Talarek | Fern Neuenschwander | James Murphy | Christine Evans | Mary Louise Curry | Mary Ann Komst | Leo Kanabrocki | Diane Ullman | Bob Aspromonti | Gige Anderson
For the repose of the souls of:
EASTER FLOWER MEMORIALS
Joseph, Louise and Richard Altamura | The Antonacci Family | The Battistone and Muratore Family | Edward and Elizabeth Belli | Rosemary Bie | Rita and Jack Bopp | Peter A. and Valerie Brandel | Paul Brienza | Louis Cabrera | Michael Caprera | Mary and Jim Castrova | Margaret Clarke | Brian Cleary | Frank and Jennie Coconato | Michael Collins Ι Joseph Connors Ι John "Jack" Costello Ι Alma Curcio Ι Alma Curcio Ι Thomas Curtis Ι Rosemary Delio Ι The Demato and Cravino Families Ι Michael and Helen Devaney | Dominic F. DiBalsi | Charles and Rose Dietz | Santo and Ida DiGangi | The DiMatteo, Jaconetti and Gregory Families | The Dinolfo and Mondrone Families | William P. Donnino | Helen Duckham | Evelyn Durso | John and Mary Falcone | Loreto, Maria and Ben Fantauzzi | Paul and Evelyn Fitzsimmons | Ginny Flore | Valentina Fu | Bob Gambardella | John Gee, Jr. | Michael and Gloria Gioia | Laurie Glubiak | Richard Harris | James Hogan | Thomas and Anne Hunt | Mr. and Mrs. John J. Kalinoski | Edmund Kaufold | Pearl and Lewis Krieger | Nannie Rose Leone | The Levecchi Family Ι Betty and Leo Litvack | Mary W. Madigan | Kenneth F. Madigan | Deceased Members of the Malone and Kratochvil Families | Michael and Erin McCabe | Betty and Thomas McCourt, Sr. | James and Dolores McGuinness | Edward McWalters | Charles and Margaret Miranda | Stanley and Virginia Miron | Susan G. Miron | Norma and Bob Motto | Margaret O'Boyle | Helen Palazzolo | Eugene and Noga Perez | Peter Petrik | Charles and Theressa Petrone | The Poor | Linda Marie Pritscher | Gretano Ragusa | The Raleich and Ruggiero Families | The Rios and Ross Families | The Russo Family | Sylvia Scarito | Ralph Simone | Alice and Frank Spero | Josephine and Leon Spinelli | Ernest and Domenica Trolio | Viola Tursi | Bertha and Alexander Uravitch | Thomas Vassallo | Marc Vassallo | Josephine Virgini | The Wisely and O'Mahoney Families | Eleanor Worosylla | Frances and Carmine Yodice | John Yodice | Howard and Dorothy Zick
It’s a bit hackneyed, but the expression, “I’m spiritual but not religious,” is certainly still in vogue. The phrase even has its own Wikipedia page and is apparently shortened by some to SBNR when used in reference to those who believe that the interior (spiritual) life and organized (communal and sacramental) religion are mutually exclusive.
Not long ago, the two were understood to be happily wed. To be religious meant you were living a spiritual life, and if someone referred to you as spiritual it was understood that you were also practicing some religion. As it is, the breakdown of formal societies, like the family, the school, and the State, has led also to a distrust of organized religion simply because it is organized; it is a formal society, and formal societies are out.
The trouble with this way of thinking is that it can alienate us from our humanity, because man, by his nature, is not only spiritual but also religious. We are not angels. Angels, because they are purely spirit, see God face to face. We, however, come to know God through the veil of the physical world and are therefore, by our nature, sacramental. That is, we experience the world through our senses and through signs.
This is why we not only like music, but also buy tickets to concerts. This is why we not only enjoy baseball, but also follow professional teams. This is why we not only feel love for a person, but also move in with one another. And this is why we not only believe in God, but also go to church. Liking music, enjoying baseball, and the feeling of love are spiritual realities. Going to concerts, wearing a team jersey, and physical intimacy are expressions of the religious sense.
To say, therefore, “I’m spiritual but not religious” is not enough for us. It will never satisfy us, because what it really means is, “I believe in God, but I don’t go to His concerts, follow His team, or live with Him.” There are many reasons for this kind of separation between a person’s spiritual and religious nature when it comes to the practice of faith, and can certainly be forgiven. But it is a separation nonetheless, an unhappy division.
In any case, if the human person has been created to love God and to worship Him for all eternity, then one can just see that this false dichotomy between our spiritual and religious life is precisely what the Risen Christ comes to heal, saying “Touch me and see; I am not a ghost; a spirit does not have flesh and blood.” That is, “Come and see. I am not only spiritual; I am also religious. I am a real human being.” This is satisfying. This is worthy of our humanity. +
SANCTUARY CANDLE [N.]
ROSE FOR LIFE [N.]
BREAD AND WINE [N.]
Saint Therese [N.]
Saint Anthony [N.]
Saint Jude [N.]
The Holy Family [Louis Saccone +]
Sacred Heart of Jesus [N.]
The Blessed Mother [N.]
These large devotional candles, by each of the shrines in our church, burn for the whole week. Please contact Rose Ann Linko [firstname.lastname@example.org] at the parish office to dedicate any of these Memorials. The offering is $25.
Brick pavers in Our Lady's Prayer Garden are available to be engraved in memory of a loved one, to mark a special occasion, or commemorate a living person or family. The offering is $130.
THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
by John Linge
NEWS AND UPDATES
Please keep in your prayers our intention to enter into contract with Eden II, an organization that provides education and care to the autistic community. This past week we began the next phase of finalizing and formalizing a lease agreement, as we intend to rent the first floor of our school building to them.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS SCHOLARSHIP
Awarding two $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors who are college-bound this fall. Applications are available at the Parish Office. The deadline for submission is April 30, 2021.
Lord Jesus Christ, King of our hearts,
have mercy on us!