ST. NICHOLAS RC CHURCH Served by the Vocationist Fathers Fr. Stephen Ehiahuruike, S.D.V., Pastor Fr. Louis Caputo, S.D.V., Parochial Vicar Fr. Christogonus (Chris) Iwunze, S.D.V., Parochial Vicar Church & Rectory 442 E Brinkerhoff Ave Palisades Park, NJ 07650 Tel. 201-944-1154 Fax. 201-944-9510 Email. [email protected] Website. www.stnicholasrcchurch.org Office Hours Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri 11:30 AM - 6:00 PM Tuesdays 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Mornings by appointment only) 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time February 1, 2015 If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts (Psalm 95). ADMINISTRATION OF THE SACRAMENTS Baptisms: On any available Sunday during the 11:00 AM (Italian), 12:30 PM (English) & 7:00 PM (Portuguese) Masses. Please, contact the rectory at least one month prior to desired date. Confessions: Saturdays 5:00 to 5:45 PM, or during the week by appointment. Marriages: Please contact the rectory at least six months prior to desired wedding date. Sacrament of the Sick: If you are hospitalized or unable to come to Church for health reasons and would like to be visited by a priest for Confession, Communion, or Anointing of the Sick, please call the rectory. Religious Education Program (CCD): For children 1st to 8th grades who are not attending Catholic School. Classes are held on Sundays from September to May at 11:30 AM, with attendance to the 12:30 PM Family Mass. Confirmation: Teens will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on 8th grade. They will attend classes at 11:30 AM from September to December; and from January to April classes will start at 11:00 AM in the church hall, with attendance to the 12:30 PM Family Mass. MASS SCHEDULE Saturday: 7:00 & 8:00 AM 6:00 PM (Vigil Mass) Sunday: 7:30 & 9:30 AM English 11:00 AM Italian 12:30 PM English (Family Mass) 7:00 PM Portuguese Holy Days: 6:30, 8:00, 10:00 AM & 7:30 PM Weekdays: 7:00 & 8:00 AM Other Services & Activities: Monday to Saturday: 7:40 AM Morning Prayer Tuesdays: 9:00 AM Legion of Mary 7:30 PM St. Padre Pio Group (Feb 24) 7:30 PM H.R.S.—Church Hall (Feb 24) 8:00 PM Holy Rosary in Portuguese Wednesdays: 7:30 PM Holy Rosary in Italian Thursdays: 2:00 PM Bible Study in Italian 6:15 to 7:15 PM Holy Hour for Vocations (Feb 12, 19 & 26) 7:30 PM Bible Study in English 7:30 PM V.A.U.S. 8:30 PM Rosary by Brazilian Men (Feb 12) Fridays: 8:30 PM Brazilian Prayer Group 1st Fridays: 5:30 to 8:30 PM Bl. Sacrament Adoration (February 6) ST NICHOLAS RC CHURCH Parish Trustee: Giovanni Simone & Michael Massaro Parish Secretary: Débora Moreira Music Ministry: Addie Luers, Giovanni & Karen Simone, and Kelly Oliveira Vocationist Sisters Community Sr. Benedita Carvalho, S.D.V., Superior & Pre-K Director; Sr. Antonietta Cioce, S.D.V., Sr. Meltiana Ding, S.D.V. and Sr. Sali Antony, S.D.V. 223 14th Street - Palisades Park, NJ Tel. 201-947-2413 Parish Pre-K “Fr. Justin Learning Center” Tel. 201-944-1376 NOTRE DAME ACADEMY 312 First St—Palisades Park, NJ 201-947-5262 Principal: Mark Valvano MASS INTENTIONS SATURDAY, January 31 7:00AM Donna Bajocich by Maria Scrivanich 8:00AM Antonia Mattessich by daughter Maria 6:00PM Frank Silva by Ann & Harold Kruger SUNDAY, February 1 7:30AM Maria & Giuseppe Bruno by Orazio Bruno 9:30AM Deceased members of the Holy Rosary Society 11:00AM Giuseppe Osso by Simone family 12:30PM Vincenzo Parisi by Elvira Leo 7:00PM People of the Parish MONDAY, February 2 7:00AM Mario Lisica by M/M Bozo Picinic 8:00AM Giuseppe Martino by M/M Lorenzo Cafasso TUESDAY, February 3 7:00AM John Mattessich by daughter Frances & family 8:00AM Dinko Mattessich by daughter Maria WEDNESDAY, February 4 7:00AM John & Elvira Hroncich wedding anniversary 8:00AM Christopher Capezzuto by wife Grayce THURSDAY, February 5 7:00AM Dora Matesic by Regina Lisica 8:00AM Anton & Marcela Piccinich by sister Elvira & fam. FRIDAY, February 6 7:00AM Emma Balassone by Connie & Mike Molaro 8:00AM Gino Vlacich by Jeni Glavicic-Classi SATURDAY, February 7 7:00AM Pasquale Stefano by M/M Gerardo Marotta & fam. 8:00AM Dominic & Anita Gherardi by daughter 6:00PM Vincenzo Parisi by Michael & Dana Simone SUNDAY, February 8 7:30AM Antonino & Angela Bruno by Orazio Bruno 9:30AM Vincent Giambona by wife 11:00AM Filomena Lofaro by M/M Carmela Luvera 12:30PM Vincenzo Parisi by Rosario Luppino 7:00PM People of the Parish News of the Parish Come and visit with Jesus, present in the BLESSED SACRAMENT, this first Friday Adoration, February 6 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. FEAST OF ST. BLAISE —The special blessing of St. Blaise for the throats will be given after the 7:00 & 8:00 AM masses this Tuesday, February 3. VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER DANCE - The Italian Community is organizing its annual St. Valentine’s Day Dinner on Sunday, February 8 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at the La Reggia Restaurant in Secaucus. Tickets are $65.00 per person, on sale through Sr. Antonietta Cioce or at the rectory’s office. DAY OF THE SICK—We will administer the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick to all in need of spiritual, emotional and physical healing on Tuesday, February 11 at 7:00 PM in Church. SPRING AUCTION 2015 will be held on Saturday, May 23 from 7:00 to 11:00 PM in Church Hall. We are collecting any items to be auctioned: Gifts, toys, games, electronics, kitchen appliances, home decoration, paintings, books, jewelry, etc. Open your heart, cleanup your closets and donate to our church! All donations are tax deductible! CONFIRMATION 2015 - Our 8th grade teenagers will receive their Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 3:00 PM by Most Rev. Bernard A. Hebda, Coadjutor Archbishop of Newark. Shoprite Cards are available after each Sunday Mass or during the week at the office. Our church will get 5% of what you spend. In Memory SANCTUARY LAMP donated this week in memory of Steven Silva & Frank Silva Sr. by the Silva family Holy Hour for Vocations Every Thursday from 6:15 to 7:15 PM in church ~ Except on eve of first Fridays ~ Page 3 February 1, 2015 Events of the Week Tuesday, February 3 9:00 AM - Legion of Mary in the Blessed Mother’s room 8:00 PM - Holy Rosary in the Brazilian families Wednesday, February 4 7:30 PM - Holy Rosary in Italian in Bl. Mother’s room Thursday, February 5 2:00 PM - Bible study in Italian in the Bl. Mother’s room 7:30 PM - Bible study in English in the Bl. Mother’s room Friday, February 6 5:30 to 8:30PM - Brazilian prayer meeting 8:40 PM - Brazilian prayer meeting in church hall Ministers’ Schedule for February 8 6:00 PM: Lector - Carmela B. E.M. - Claudia 7:30 AM: Lectors - Michael and Linda E.M. - Sr. Bene and Sr. Sali 9:30 AM: Lectors - Suzanne E.M. - Gina and Carol 11:00 AM: Lectors - Carmela R. E.M. - Antonia, Sara and Carmela A. 12:30 PM: Lector - Youth E.M. - Rita, Wendy and Roberto 7:00 PM Lectors - Katia, Laine and Patricia E.M. - Ieda and Leo Pastoral Care Baptism: Alexandria Odorisio (1/31) Holy Communion was brought last week to: Valentine Miele, Alexander Mauro, Sheila Hutchinson, Arthur and Amelia Mazzarella, and Gloria Pezzolla. Pray for our sick: Mateus Ribeiro, Domenica Dinaro, Pete Giannantonio, Anne Ring, Lorenzo Cafasso, Josephine Dolberry, Eileen Murphy, Mercedes Schindler and Angela Tina. STEWARDSHIP OF TIME & TALENT We are grateful to the Vocationist Sisters of Palisades Park and all other volunteers who prepared coffee, donated food served and helped organizing the VOCATIONIST DAY SPIRITUALITY on Monday, January 19. STEWARDSHIP OF TREASURE FOR COLLECTION AMOUNT PLEASE SEE BULLETIN PAPER EDITION Next weekend second collection will be ASSESSMENT FREE (yellow envelopes) 4th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME AUTHORITY FROM GOD According to Moses, the people decided they didn't want to hear God's voice directly any more. It was much too frightening. Why couldn't God send human teachers, prophets, instead? God agreed, but with a warning. The people had better listen to those teachers, because they spoke in God's name. That arrangement, though, had its own problems, for them and for us. How do I know this teacher is truly from God? And if the teacher is from God, are all parts of the teaching meant for me? We have the Church and scripture to help us with those questions, but still there are always a few loose ends. That is the powerful significance of the sentence in today's Gospel: "The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes." The people knew that this Jesus was authentic--truly a teacher sent by God. They knew it by hearing him. Copyright (c) J. S. Paluch Co TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION The Oil of the Sick, usually labeled OI (for Oleum Infirmarum), is often reserved with chrism and the oil of catechumens in an ambry. An ambry is a cabinet, often beautifully ornamented and kept near the baptistery in the church. Olive oil, with no fragrance added, is blessed at the Chrism Mass in Holy Week by the bishop, although there is now a provision for a priest to bless oil if none is available. This restores to our Latin Rite practice a tradition never lost in the Eastern tradition, in which priests consecrate the oil of the sick, even at the sick person's home. Any vegetable oil may be used now, since olive oil is difficult to obtain in some places. Many priests keep a small supply of oil close at hand in a small metal tube called a "stock." In the former rite, every sense of the body was anointed, accompanied by a prayer for forgiveness of sin. So, the eyes, ears, nostrils, mouth, hands, and feet were all touched. Today, this is simplified to an anointing of the forehead and the hands, but generally today the oil is used more lavishly, and the symbolism of touch so central to the rite is enhanced. Often, a priest will invite everyone present to join in the "laying on of hands." Sick persons are often pushed aside or feared in our culture, and to be reverently touched in love can be a profound experience of God's healing, forgiving, accepting presence through the ministry of the Church. --Rev. James Field, Copyright (c) J. S. Paluch Co. 50th Anniversary Dinner Dance & Journal We are reaching a very important milestone—50 years of St. Nicholas Parish’s largest fundraiser event. SAVE THIS DATE: Friday, October 23rd, 2015 at The Palisadium in Cliffside Park, NJ ST. NICHOLAS FUNDRAISING EVENT SPRING AUCTION 2015 The ITALIAN COMMUNITY is sponsoring the ST. VALENTINE’S DINNER DANCE at the La Reggia Restaurant in Secaucus on Sunday, February 8 from 1:00 to 5:00PM Tickets are $65.00 available at the rectory office or through Sr. Antonietta Cioce, SDV Saturday, May 23 7:00 to 11:00 PM in Church Hall We are collecting any items to be auctioned: - Gifts, toys, games, electronics, kitchen appliances, home decoration, paintings, books, jewelry, etc. Open your heart, cleanup your closets and donate to our church! All donations are tax deductible! Please call the rectory’s office for more information 201-944-1154 (For safety reasons we cannot accept used clothes, shoes or any opened toys—Please no Christmas decoration) BIBLE STUDY IN ENGLISH If you are interested in attending a Bible Study Group to learn more about your faith, please come and join us. The classes are held every Thursday from 7:30 to 8:30 PM in the Blessed Mother’s room (office) Bring your Holy Bible For more information please contact the rectory’s office at 201-944-1154 or by email: [email protected] ATTENTION: Please be aware that in case of heavy snow and ice on the ground, the 7:00 AM weekday Mass will be canceled. You may attend the 8:00 AM Mass. If in doubt, call the rectory before leaving your house. GIVE A HAND We have a few parishioners who would love to attend Mass on Sundays, but need a little bit of help coming to church. We are looking for volunteers who are available and willing to spear a few minutes prior to Mass to help these fellow parishioners. Most of them live a few blocks from our Church. Please contact the rectory’s office at 201-944-1154 if you could help. Vocationist Corner Oh my God and my All, Father, Son and Holy Spirit! You want it, and I want it for You, with You, in You and from You; may every action of mine be perfect in Your Presence. May each and every act of mine be in itself supernatural, in conformity to the power of Your Sanctifying Grace and all Your other Graces. O my God and my All... Blessed Fr. Justin Russolillo, SDV, Spirit of Prayer, page 196 If you wish to know more about Blessed Fr. Justin Russolillo’s spirituality, please contact Fr. Stephen or Fr. Louis. You can also call 973-966-6262 or visit the Vocationist website at www.vocationist.org St. John Bosco Feast Day: January 31 John Bosco was born in Becchi, Piedmont (North Italy). His father died two years later and Giovanni, together with his two brothers Antonio and Giuseppe, was brought up by his mother. Early in his childhood he had a vision or dream in which he learned what his life would be dedicated to and in the dream he heard a voice which said, "Not with blows, but with charity and gentleness must you draw these friends to the path of virtue." It was this statement which was instilled in oratory and preventive system he was yet to found. Don Bosco began as the chaplain of the Rifugio ("Refuge"), a girls' boarding school founded in Turin by the Marchioness Giulia Di Barolo, but he had many ministries on the side such as visiting prisoners, teaching catechism and helping out at country parishes. A growing group of boys would come to the Rifugio on Sundays and feast days to play and learn their catechism. They were too old to join the younger children in regular catechism classes in the parishes, which mostly chased them away. This was the beginning of the "Oratory of St. Francis de Sales." Don Bosco and his oratory wandered around town for a few years and were turned out of several places in succession. Finally, he was able to rent a shed from a Mr. Pinardi. His mother moved in with him. The oratory had a home, then, in 1846, in the new Valdocco neighborhood on the north end of town. The next year, he and "Mamma Margherita" began taking in orphans. Even before this, however, Don Bosco had the help of several friends at the oratory. There were zealous priests like Don Cafasso and Don Borel, some older boys like Giuseppe Buzzetti, Miochael Rua, Giovanni and Carlo Gastini as well as Don Bosco’s own mother. One friend was Justice Minister Urbano Rattazzi, who despite being anticlerical, nevertheless recognized the value of Don Bosco’s work. While Rattazzi was pushing a bill through the Sardinian legislature to suppress religious orders, he advised Don Bosco on how to get around the law and found a religious order to keep the oratory going after its founder’s death. Bosco had been thinking about that problem, too, and had been slowly organizing his helpers into a loose "Congregation of St. Francis de Sales." He was also training select older boys for the priesthood on the side. Another supporter of the religious order's idea was the reigning Pope Blessed Pius IX. Next, he worked with Don Pestarino, Mary Mazzarello and a group of girls in the hill town of Mornese. In 1871, he founded a group of religious sisters to do for girls what the Salesians were doing for boys. They were called the "Daughters of Mary Help of Christians." The story of the departure of the first Salesians for America in 1875 is based on the missionary ideal of Don Bosco. After his ordination, he would have become a missionary had not his director, Joseph Cafasso, opposed the idea. He eagerly read the Italian edition of the Annals of the Propagation of the Faith and used this magazine to illustrate his Cattolico provveduto (1853) and his Month of May booklets (1858). When John Bosco founded the Salesian Society, the thought of the missions still obsessed him, though he completely lacked the financial means at that time. One night, he dreamt again. Being on a vast plain, inhabited by primitive peoples, who spent their time hunting or fighting among themselves or against soldiers in European uniforms. Along came a band of missionaries, but they were all horribly massacred. A second group appeared, which Don Bosco at once recognized as Salesians. Astonished, he witnessed an unexpected change when the fierce savages laid down their arms and listened to the missionaries. The dream made a great impression on Don Bosco, because he tried hard to identify the men and the country of the dream. For three years, Bosco searched among documents, trying to get information about different countries, thus identifying the country from his dream. One day, a request came from Argentina, which turned him towards the Indians of Patagonia. To his surprise, a study of the people there convinced him that the country and its inhabitants were the ones he had seen in his dream. He regarded it as a sign of providence and started preparing a missionary there. Adopting a way of evangelization that would not expose his missionaries suddenly to wild, uncivilized tribes, he proposed to set up bases in safe locations where their missionary efforts were to be launched. Don Bosco died on January 31, 1888. His funeral was attended by thousands and very soon after there were popular demands to have him canonized. Accordingly, the Archdiocese of Turin began to investigate and witnesses were called to determine if his holiness were worthy of a declared Saint. As expected, the Salesians, Daughters and Cooperators gave fulsome testimonies. But many remembered Don Bosco’s controversies in the 1870s with Archbishop Gastaldi and some others high in the Church hierarchy thought him a loose cannon and a wheelerdealer. In the canonization process, testimony was heard about how he went around Gastaldi to get some of his men ordained and about their lack of academic preparation and ecclesiastical decorum. Pope Pius XI had known Don Bosco and pushed the cause forward. Bosco was declared Blessed in 1929 and canonized on Easter Sunday of 1934, when he was given the title of "Father and Teacher of Youth." Salesians of Don Bosco have started many schools and colleges around the world.
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