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The Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 18/19, 2019

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In today’s Gospel Lk 12:49-53, Jesus tells his disciples that he has come to set the earth on fire, (the distress caused by the coming judgment, and facing the coming judgment takes patience) He must undergo a baptism which has him in anguish anticipating it, and that he’s not come to establish peace on the earth but division, family members who will be divided against each other.

These verses represent the struggles and challenges of the Christian communities of Luke’s time. Many may have expected that the Christian journey would be untroubled and peaceful. However, it had become clear that the fidelity to the Christian mission frequently resulted in painful conflicts and divisions even in the same family. Jesus anticipated difficulties for his followers. His own baptism, his passion and death faces him at the end of his journey to Jerusalem. His community would not be based on blood relationships, but on hearing God’s word and acting upon it. And so, there would be conflicts among the family of believers. Those conflicts must have been present in Luke’s community.

The coming judgment forces us to look at the implications of our commitments. As Jesus warned in last Sunday's Gospel, a commitment of faith requires us to change our attitude toward material possessions and to take seriously our moral responsibilities.

We don't expect to hear such difficult words from Jesus in the Gospel. But it is good to be reminded once in a while that the decision to do the right thing, is not always easy and without conflict.

Parish News & Updates

  • Altar Server Training

    Altar Server training for third through seventh graders will take place on the following dates at 10am:

    Saturday-September 21

    Saturday-October 19

    Saturday-November 16

  • Capital Campaign: "Make the Crooked Way Straight" UPDATE !!

    Our Parish Campaign to repave our parking lot is in progress. As of the early printing date of this August 4 bulletin we have a total of $100,000.00 banked with an additional $16,750.00 pledged. This will benefit both Holy Spirit Church and School. Your continued generosity is very much appreciated. Please put your envelope number on your check if possible.

  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

    Do you know any adults who need to receive the sacraments of Baptism, First Eucharist or Confirmation? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
    (RCIA) is the process by which adults are formally received into the Roman Catholic Church. RCIA is for adults who were never baptized, or were baptized in
    another Christian tradition or those who were baptized as Catholics and never received Confirmation or First Eucharist. RCIA is a process of adult faith formation
    that involves prayer, instruction, and discernment within the context of a small faith community.

    For more information about the RCIA process at Holy Spirit, please contact Steve Kass at 973-879-3102 or stephenbkass@ gmail.com.

  • Religious Formation Information Updated August 3, 2019

    If you have a first-grader or are new to the parish, please register your child for Religious Formation classes beginning in September.  Registration forms are available from the parish office or on-line at holyspiritparishnj.org.

    Confirmation program information has been sent to the eighth grade students and is due back asap.

    Classes for grades one through eight will begin on Sunday, September 15th.

  • Parish Office Summer Hours July 5 - August 30

    The Parish Office will be closed on Thursday, July 4th and Fridays in the summer beginning on Friday, July 5th through Friday, August 30th

  • DISC-55 Pequannock Seniors: August Schedule

    Please see attached HERE.

  • CLERGY SCHEDULE August 24/25, 2019

    Clergy Schedule

     5:00PM           Fr. David

    7:30AM            Fr. David

    10:30AM          Fr. David

    7:00PM            Fr. Ed Lambro

     


  • RECENT CATHOLIC NEWS
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

    What is R.C.I.A.

    The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the coming home of any adult into the full and warm embrace of God the Father and Holy Mother Church. It is a joyous time of growth, healing, and love in the life of any adult who comes to a relationship of faith, hope and love in God through Jesus Christ. Receiving the Sacraments of Initiation, namely Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist, the adult catechumen or candidate is welcomed into the full life of the Church and encouraged to engage in the life and ministries of the Church as faith leads to action.
     

    The adult catechumen or candidate is also exposed to the life of holiness, a call from God experienced by all people, and the many ways he or she can live that call as a servant of Christ and His Church. The catechumen or candidate is exposed to the different spiritual traditions of the Church, as well as her charitable and liturgical activities and ministries, so that he or she can find a home in the life of the Church and contribute his or her gifts and talents to the building up of the kingdom of God.

     

    RCIA is an 8-month process by which adult, baptized Catholics complete their sacraments of initiation, and those who would like to become Catholic for the first time receive their sacraments, is beginning registration now.  If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining these sessions, please call the Parish Office at (973) 696-1234.

  • Visits for the Homebound

    If you know of someone who is homebound and would like to schedule a visit from one of our Eucharistic Ministers for Holy Communion, please have them call the Parish Office at (973) 696-1234.  Homebound individuals who would like a visit from Fr. David for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick or the Sacrament of Reconciliation may also call the Parish Office to arrange for a visit.

About Us

Rev. David Monteleone Pastor

Rev. Mr. Michael Scruggs, Deacon

Parish Trustees:
Mrs. Kathleen Bekker
Mr. G. Michael Foulon

Holy Spirit Church
318 Newark-Pompton Turnpike
Pequannock, NJ  07440

Office Hours
Monday to Friday
9:00 am - 3:00PM
Phone
973-696-1234
 
Weekend Masses
Summer Schedule is in effect Memorial Day through Labor Day
as follows:

Saturday
5:00PM
Sunday
7:30AM
10:30AM
7:00PM
 
Weekday Masses:
Monday - Friday
8:30AM
 
Eucharistic Adoration
Tuesdays
9AM to 10:00AM (following the 8:30AM Mass)
 
Rosary and Miraculous Medal Novena
Fridays @ 9:00AM
 
Reconciliation:
Saturday
4:00 to 4:30PM
 
Holy Day Masses:
As Announced.

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