ST. PETER`S CHURCH - Saint Peter Church, Belleville, NJ

— A Roman Catholic Parish Community —
155 William Street
Founded 1837
New Jersey 07109
Served By
Parochial Vicar:
In Residence:
Fr. Ivan Sciberras
Fr. Wojciech B. Jaskowiak
Fr. Giovanni Rizzo
Mr. Julio Roig
Mr. Guillermo J. Valladares
Elementary School Principal:
Mrs. Phyllis A. Sisco
Parish Catechetical Coordinator: Mrs. Lisa A. Melillo
Director of Music:
Mr. John Christian Colaneri
Parish Secretary:
Sr. Vilma Orejola, FLP
Business Manager:
Mrs. Linda Mako a
Parish Trustees:
Mrs. Nancy Adessa
Mr. Thaddeus Rajnes
Pastoral Council President:
Mr. Gary Hinton
We invite You to Celebrate the Eucharist
The Lord’s Day: Saturday Eve: 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 7, 8:30 10, 11:30 a.m.,
1 p.m. Spanish
Monday to Friday:
9:00 a.m.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
7:00 p.m.
(Evening Mass in the Retreat House Chapel)
8:00 a.m.
Infant Baptism
Spanish - Second Sunday of each month at 2:30 p.m.
English - Fourth Sunday of each month at 2:30 p.m.
Parents must register by calling the Rectory at least one
month in advance. Baptism Instruction held the week before
the Baptism. Proposed godparent/s need to be living in
accordance to the teachings of the Catholic Church, and are
asked to attend the Baptism Instruction along with the child’s
Sacraments for the Sick/Homebound
Anointing: Anytime upon request in the home of the sick.
Communion: A Priest, Deacon or Eucharistic Minister of the
parish will bring Holy Communion to those parishioners
confined to home. Please notify the Rectory when someone is ill
or admitted to the hospital.
St. Peter’s Cemetery
For information about acquiring a plot, or to make a donation to
our Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund, please contact Mrs. Linda
Mako a at the Rectory.
Miraculous Medal Novena - Mondays 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Teaching the Good News
Saturday: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. or anytime at the Rectory
upon an appointment with a priest.
St. Peter Elementary School - Pre K through 8
Christian Marriage
The couple should contact a parish priest or deacon one
year before the desired date for the marriage to ensure
proper preparation for the Sacrament. Couples are not to
make FIRM plans for the reception PRIOR to speaking
with a parish priest or deacon.
Kindergarten through Eighth grades
Contact Lisa Melillo - 973-751-4290
Coordinadora de Clases de Religión en español
(Confirmación de Adultos)
Elena Ayala: 973-2017-3623
Fax: 973-751-6201
(offices open at 9 a.m.)
Religious Education
Religious Education
Pentecost Sunday † May 24, 2015
Social Service Hotline
(Catholic Community Services)
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May 24, 2015
A Word from the Pastor …
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Today we celebrate another great feast in the life of the Church – the Solemnity of Pentecost. The Church, born
from the pierced side of Christ on the cross, was made manifest to the world on this day. Some like to call today
“the birthday of the Church,” and probably rightfully so.
Two thousand years after the first Pentecost, we can conclude that Jesus was true to His promise when He said to
His disciples, “I will be with you always, even to the end of the age” (Mt 28, 20). In spite of the many sufferings
and persecutions – both from within and from without - that the Church has to go through, She continues to grow
and extend her merciful embrace to all of humanity, both far or near. One cannot but be amazed at how the Lord is
able to work in the Church through weak human instruments.
This day has also been called “the Feast of the Holy Spirit,” who descended so powerfully on the apostles and first
disciples at Pentecost, transforming them from fearful human beings into valiant men who boldly witnessed to the
Truth revealed to them by the same Holy Spirit.
This same Holy Spirit will powerfully descend on a number of parishioners who will receive the Sacrament of
Confirmation today at the 10AM Mass. They are: Carlos Arce, Hector Anapan, Maria Caceres, Hector A.
Chiliquinga, Michael DeGuzman , Valentina Garrido, Mario Hernandez, Joseph Nagy Ibrahim, Stephanie Ramos,
Elpedio Silverio Rojas, Jerome Sanon and Troy J. Swimmer. Four other adult parishioners received their confirmation last Sunday at the 1PM Spanish Mass: Carmen and Juana Rivera, Alicia Meza and Lorgia Aguirre.
Meanwhile, sixty-eight young people from our parish will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation this coming
Friday (29th) at the hands of Archbishop Bernand A. Hebda, who will be paying his first “official” visit to our parish. We heartily welcome Archbishop Hebda, and congratulate our youth who will be completing their Sacraments of Initation on Friday. One of the duties incumbent on those who receive the Sacrament of Confirmation is
to defend the Catholic Faith. It is not only bishops and priests who are called to such a duty, but all of those called
to an adult Faith. May these brothers and sisters experience the sense of belonging at our parish that will lead them
to be able to testify to the Truth, and not to be afraid to be different in a world that is becoming more and more intolerant of Christians.
May – the month of the Blessed Mother - is also a month when many of our parish priests, especially those ordained for the Archdiocese of Newark, celebrate the anniversary of their priesthood ordination. Today (May 24th),
our own Fr. Wojciech Jaskowiak and Fr. Jim Moran will be celebrating their 12th anniversary of their priestly ordination. Fr. Giovanni Rizzo will be ordained 15 years this Wednesday (27th), while yours truly will (only by the
Grace of God), be a priest for 16 years as of Friday (29th). How can we not give thanks to God for the way He always provides for His Church to be able to nourish her children with the Word and the Sacraments, which these
priests are only happy to administer to the Lord’s flock?
There is another reason for us to be thankful this weekend. While some simply think of Memorial Weekend as a
long weekend or the gateway to summer, we are meant to remember the ultimate sacrifice performed by those who
gave their lives in military service. Think of visiting a cemetery this weekend, and stop by the grave of serviceman
or woman and say a prayer for their soul. Plan also at joining us for the Memorial Day Mass tomorrow at 9AM.
A blessed Pentecost Sunday to all,
Fr. Ivan Sciberras
[email protected]
5-14-2015 Ascension Thursday
$ 1,284
5-16-2015 First Communion Collection
$ 1,516
5-17-2015 7th Sunday of Easter Collection $ 5,615
$6,100 are needed weekly to meet our operating budget.
(Any capital expense that arises not included). Please
consider increasing your weekly offering.
ANNUAL APPEAL as of 5-20-2015
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Please pray for our Confirmation
candidates as they prepare to
receive the Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Sunday May 24, 2015 - 10 AM
with Fr. Ivan Sciberras
Friday May 29, 2015 - 7:00 PM
with Archbishop Bernard Hebda
Pledges Received:
Over (Under) Goal:
Number of Donors:
The 2016 Mass Book
will open on
Thursday June 18th.
June 18th through July 2nd are for in-person
requests only with a LIMIT OF 6 MASSES PER
Mass intentions by phone or mail (with 6 Mass limit
in effect) will be accepted beginning July 3rd.
Additional Masses may be requested after July 13th.
Sir 17:20-24; Ps 32:1-2, 5-7; Mk 10:17-27
Sir 35:1-12; Ps 50:5-8, 14, 23;
Mk 10:28-31
Wednesday: Sir 36:1, 4-5a, 10-17; Ps 79:8, 9, 11, 13;
Mk 10:32-45
Sir 42:15-25; Ps 33:2-9; Mk 10:46-52
Sir 44:1, 9-13; Ps 149:1b-6a, 9b;
Mk 11:11-26
Sir 51:12cd-20; Ps 19:8-11; Mk 11:27-33
Dt 4:32-34, 39-40; Ps 33:4-6, 9, 18-20, 22;
Rom 8:14-17; Mt 28:16-20
This Monday, May 25th, is Memorial Day and we
will have only one Mass (9:00 a.m.). It will be a
special Mass for Memorial Day. After Mass we will visit
the cemetery and have prayers for all those buried in St.
Peter’s Cemetery and for all those who have died
serving in the Armed Forces of the United States. You
may also write in the names of your deceased relatives
and friends as you enter Mass that day, and they will
also be prayed for during our visit to the cemetery.
Please note that the rectory office will be closed on
Memorial Day.
Saturdays - 9:30 am
June 13, 20 & 27, 2015
Anyone who would like to serve at the
altar of the Lord is invited to attend the
three Saturday training sessions.
All those who received their First Holy
Communion are welcome to attend.
Call the rectory for more information.
If interested, please call the rectory at
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Saturday, May 23
5:30 Fr. Mark O’Connell, rq Margarita Valle
Sunday, May 24
7:00 Diosdada Buot, rq Sentina Family
8:30 Tal Haight, rq sister, Mysia Hoogsteden
10:00 Cecilia Cianciulli (4th Death Anniversary),
rq sister Emma Gilbert
11:30 Flo Resciniti, rq Barbara & Frank Marino
1:00 For the intentions of Vilma Reyes (birthday),
rq Sons
Monday, May 25
9:00 Carmen Jaramillo, rq Belgica Castillo
Tuesday, May 26
9:00 Ralph Nesto, Family
Wednesday, May 27
9:00 Mary Louise Gilchrist, rq Kathy & George Russo
7:00 Ray & Cheryl Aballo, rq Carol Chimento
Thursday, May 28
9:00 Lourdes Coja, rq Emma Laurente
Friday, May 29
9:00 Florence Meola, rq George Zanfini
7:00 - Kenneth Weinberg, rq Carmen Poveda
- Marcelis Klein, rq Family
- Arnaldo & Nilda Perez, rq Family
Saturday, May 30
8 :00 Juliana Borbon Coja, rq Emma Laurente
5:30 Nancy Gabriel, rq Cosmo Gabriel
Sunday, May 31
7:00 Gerard Antoniello, rq Patricia Bologna
8:30 Marcelis Klein, rq The Sauchelli Family
10:00 Mary Whelan (15th Anniversary), rq Children
11:30 Dorothy Husvar, rq Joe & Maryann Fatigante
1:00 Maria Perez, rq Glenys Pina
MONDAY, May 25
St. Bede of the Venerable,
Priest and Doctor of the Church;
St. Gregory VII Pope;
St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, Virgin
St. Philip Neri, Priest
7:00-8:15 pm Confirmation Practice, Church
7:30 pm
Neo-Catechumenal Way, School Annex
7:30 pm
Juan XXIII Meeting, Retreat House
St. Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop
5:30 pm
Finance Council Meeting, Rectory
7:30 pm
Neo-Catechumenal Way, School Annex
8:00 pm
Vietnamese Prayer Group, Chapel
10:00 am
Esposas con Cristo, RMR 1
7:00 pm
First Communion Practice, Church
7:00 pm
Bible Class, RMR 1
7:30 pm
Legion of Mary, RMR 3
7:30 pm
Youth Group (Jovenes Creyentes),
Church Basement
FRIDAY, May 29
7:00 pm
Confirmation Mass, Church
Refreshments, Cafeteria
7:00 pm
NA Support Group, Rectory Basement
7:30 pm
John XXIII—Couples Classes, Cafeteria
11:00 am
First Communion, Church
1:00 pm
Confessions, Church
7:30 pm
Neo Catechumenal Way, School Annex
SUNDAY, May 31
The Most Holy Trinity Sunday
10am & 1 pm Children Liturgy of the Word, Church
2 pm
Marian Procession
Sunday June 14, 2015
2:00pm onward
Parish Grounds
the week beginning May
th in loving
memory of Evelyn Espinar at the request
of her husband, Len and Family.
The ST. JOSEPH LAMP will burn the week
beginning May th in loving memory of
Lorenzo Ibarrola at the request of Roma‐
no and Maria Bico.
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“I am giving you a mission: pray to the two new saints for peace in your
land, so that there may be an end to this interminable war, and to bring
peace among peoples,” said Pope Francis on Sunday as he received in
audience the Carmelite Sisters of Bethlehem and the Middle East and
the Sisters of the Rosary, in Rome to attend the canonization of Mary of
Jesus Crucified and Marie-Alphonsine Danil Ghattas.
“Pray too for Christians who are persecuted, driven away from their
homes and their land, and victims of 'white-gloved' persecution, hidden
but present: white-gloved persecution and terrorism. Keep praying for
Newly-canonized Palestinian saints, Marie-Alphonsine Danil
Ghattas (1843-1927), left, and Mary of Jesus Crucified, OCD
The other two saints canonized Sunday May 17 by Pope Francis are Jeanne-Emilie de Villeneuve (1811- 1854), and Maria
Cristina of the Immaculate Conception (1856-1906)
The education of children as the natural vocation of the family was the theme of Pope Francis' catechesis during this
Wednesday's General Audience in St. Peter's Square. The Holy Father began by citing the words of St. Paul to the Colossians:
“Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.” He emphasized the duty of parents to accompany their children step by step, without demanding the impossible, so as
not to overwhelm them. He then went on to speak of the difficulties faced by mothers and fathers who often only have the opportunity to see their children in the evening when they return home tired after work, and also referred to the even more critical situation faced by separated parents, inviting them to ensure that the conflicts between the couple do not have an impact on the children.
Francis also mentioned that the family has been accused of other things, including authoritarianism, favouritism, conformism, and
emotional repression that generates conflicts. “In fact, a fracture has opened up between family and society, undermining mutual
trust, and in this way, the alliance between family and society in the education of children has entered into a crisis.”
“There are many symptoms,” he continued. “For example, in schools this has affected relationships between parents and
teachers. … On the other hand, there has been a proliferation of so-called 'experts' who occupy the role of parents even in the most
intimate aspects of education … and parents are expected only to listen, to learn and to adapt. Deprived of their role, they often become excessively apprehensive and possessive with regard to their children, to the point of never correcting them. They tend to increasingly entrust them to 'experts,' even in relation to the most delicate and personal aspects of their life, placing themselves in the
corner. In this way, parents run the risk of excluding themselves from the life of their children.”
“How have we arrived at this point? Without doubt in the past, parents, or rather, certain educational models, had certain
limits. But it is also true that there are mistakes that only parents are authorised to make, as they are able to compensate for them in
a way that is impossible for any other person. On the other hand, as we well know, life now spares us little time for speaking, reflection and exchange. Many parents are 'kidnapped' by their work and other worries, and they find themselves paralysed by the fear of
making mistakes. The problem, however, is not only about talking. … Let us ask ourselves instead: do we seek to understand
'where' our children truly are on their path? Where is their soul? … And above all, do we want to know?”.
Francis underlined that the Christian communities are called upon to offer support to the educational mission of the family.
“At the base of everything there is love, that which God gives to us, that “is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it
is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.” Even in the best of families, there is much to be endured, and it takes a lot of patience. Jesus
Himself experienced education in the family.”
“Even in this case, the grace of Christ's love fulfils what is inscribed in human nature. How many excellent examples we
have of Christian parents full of human wisdom! They show that good family education is the backbone of humanism. Its spread
through society is the resource that allows us to compensate for the shortcomings, the wounds, the lack of paternity and maternity
that affect the least fortunate children, and works true miracles.”
“I hope that the Lord may give Christian families the faith, freedom and courage necessary for their missions. If family
education rediscovers the pride of its central role, many things will change for the better, for uncertain parents and disappointed
children. It is time for fathers and mothers to return from their exile, and to fully resume their role as educators,” concluded Francis.
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Saint Peter School
forming the future with
Purpose, Passion and Power!
From the Principal’s Desk
The month of May has been filled with so
many activities at St. Peter’s School.
The Spring Concert was held on May 6. The
school gym was filled with the beautiful voices of our
school children as they celebrated the music of many
cultures. Many thanks to Mr. Gehman, our music
teacher, and to our students who gave a wonderful
Field Day was an exciting and joyful event.
The students participated in a variety of contests. The
highlight of the day was the Tug of War. If one looked
closely, one could see the presence of two contestants
who looked a great deal like Father Ivan and Father
Wojciech! A special Thank You to Mr. Laudati for organizing the day.
Our Pasta Dinner was a great success. Congratulations to the Reinoso Family, from St. Peter’s
School, winners of the 50-50 raffle. It was a night of
good food and good fun. Thank you to all who supported this fundraiser- students, parents, faculty and
their families, members of the parish community and
our friends from St. Joseph’s Regional High School.
The Eighth Grade Dinner Dance was held this
past Thursday. It was a special celebration for the
eighth graders and their parents. The students are
now approaching their graduation on June 5th.
During this week, our History Club, under the
guidance of Mr. Brett Sagarese, gave special presentations about those who have served the United States
in the Armed Forces. On Memorial Day we remember and pray for all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in
the service of our country can never be repaid. They
have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” President Harry S. Truman
Breathe into me, Holy Spirit,
that my thoughts may all be holy.
Move in me, Holy Spirit,
that my work, too, may be holy.
Attract my heart, Holy Spirit,
that I may love only what is holy.
Strengthen me, Holy Spirit,
that I may defend all that is holy.
Protect me, Holy Spirit,
that I may always be holy.
Belleville K of C Council 835 is pleased to announce that
the next resumption of the monthly Vocations Breakfast will be on Sunday, May 31st and continuing on
the last Sunday of each month thereafter. Come join
us for a morning of good food and good friends at the
Council Hall, 98 Bridge Street from 8 AM - 11 AM. Menu
to include eggs, home fries, bacon, sausage, corned beef
hash, french toast, pastries, coffee, tea and assorted juices.
Donation is $7 for adults and $5 for kids aged twelve and
For further information contact Grand Knight Ed
Saegers at 973-216-1022.
Live Concert and Beefsteak Dinner
for the Benefit of our People
with Special Needs Fund
Saturday June 20, 2015
Doors open at 6:30 pm
$50 per Person
Beefsteak Dinner Provided by Gerisis Caterers, Inc.
For Tickets and Information Call:
Ed Saegers (973) 216-1022 or Thomas Doeffinger – (201) 873-0507
2015 Pilgrimage To Canada
August 24th to 28th
$570.00 Per Person -- PASSPORT REQUIRED
Join Fr. Archie L. Mabini, Parochial Vicar and Deacon Stephen Rodack of Sacred Heart Church, Lyndhurst, NJ. For further information, please call Deacon Stephen at 201-935-0750.
Favor de rezar por los candidados que recibiran el Sacramento de la Confirmacion durante esta semana:
- Domingo 24 de Mayo a las 10AM – doce candidados adultos recibiran el Sacramento, por las manos de
nuestro parroco, Padre Ivan
- Viernes
Viernes 29
29 de
de Mayo
7PM– sesenta
y ocho
y ocho
por las jovenes,
manos del
juator, Bernard
del Arzobispos
A. Hebda.
Coadjuator, Bernard
A. Hebda.
Felicitamos a los parroquianos que recibieron la ConfirFelicitamos
a los
la Confirmacion en la
Hispana el que
la Misa
pasado: Lorgia
Aguirre, en
Juana Rivera.
Aguirre, Alicia Meza, Carmen & Juana Rivera.
Lunes: Sir 17:20-24; Sal 32 (31):1-2, 5-7; Mc 10:17-27
Martes: Sir 35:1-12; Sal 50 (49):5-8, 14, 23;
Mc 10:28-31
Miércoles: Sir 36:1, 4-5a, 10-17; Sal 79 (78):8, 9, 11, 13;
Mc 10:32-45
Sir 42:15-25; Sal 33 (32):2-9; Mc 10:46-52
Viernes: Sir 44:1, 9-13; Sal 149:1b-6a, 9b;
Mc 11:11-26
Sábado: Sir 51:12cd-20; Sal 19 (18):8-11; Mc 11:27-33
Domingo: Dt 4:32-34, 39-40; Sal 33 (32):4-6, 9, 18-20,
22; Rom 8:14-17; Mt 28:16-20
Cada lunes a las 8pm en la Casa de Retiros. Hay cuatro
niveles. Para mas información, comuníquese con el
Diacono G. Valladares al 973-667-1323 o Llamando a
Lucina Pellicia 862-576-1441.
Cada Sabado del año de 1pm hasta 2pm un sacerdote
es disponible en la iglesia para escuchar confesiones.
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Se celebra una sola Misa, mañana lunes a las 9 am.
Luego oremos para los soldados difuntos en nuestra cementerio. Las oficinas de la Rectoria quedaran cerradas.
Los niños que este interesados en
ser Monaguillos, se les pide de
leñar este pequeño formulario y
dejarlo en la Rectoría. Los ensayos
se llevaran a cabo los días: Sabado Junio 13, 20 & 27, 2015 a las
9:30 p.m. en la Iglesia (Se requiere la asistencia a todos los encuentros).
Para mas información contactar
en la Rectoría. Todos los aspirante deben haber recibido el Sacramento de la Santa Comunión y estar en el
grado tercero en su formación académica.
Durante el mes de Mayo acompañenos en la
oracion del Santo Rosario, a las 12:40 pm, cada
domingo antes de la Misa hispana de 1pm.
Les invitan las hermanas legionarias.
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participar, y luego pasaremos al salon
de la rectoria para refrescos y
Se abre el Jueves 18 de Junio.
Contacten la rectoria para separar Misas
por sus queridos.