Bulletin of 02/01/15 - 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).
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
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
Saturday: 7:00 & 8:00 AM
6:00 PM (Vigil Mass)
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)
8:30 PM Brazilian Prayer Group
1st Fridays: 5:30 to 8:30 PM Bl. Sacrament Adoration
(February 6)
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
312 First St—Palisades Park, NJ 201-947-5262
Principal: Mark Valvano
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.
—The special blessing of
St. Blaise for the throats
will be given after the 7:00
& 8:00 AM masses this
Tuesday, February 3.
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
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
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
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 ~
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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.
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.
Next weekend second collection will be
ASSESSMENT FREE (yellow envelopes)
According to
Moses, the people
decided they didn't
want to hear God's
voice directly any
more. It was much
Why couldn't God
teachers, prophets,
agreed, but with a
warning. The people
had better listen to
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
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.
Friday, October 23rd, 2015
at The Palisadium in Cliffside Park, NJ
The ITALIAN COMMUNITY is sponsoring the
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)
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.