May 19, 2019
Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 19, 2019
TODAY’S LITURGY: Fifth Sunday of Easter
READINGS: RED HYMNAL # 852
Processional Hymn: CREDO # 224
Good Christian Men Rejoice and Sing
Gradual (Psalm 145) I will praise Your name Forever, My King and My God.
Communion Hymn: CREDO # 210
Alleluia, Give thanks to the Risen Lord
Recessional Hymn: CREDO # 232
Be Joyful Mary
A Note about Hymn Singing
Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.
Our Singing of the Hymns is an indispensable part of our Worship to God. When we sing, we are obedient to His command, we offer to GOD a Sacrifice of Praise.
Psalm 100:1 Come into his presence with singing!
When we sing the Praises of God in Church;
O Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness
The Sanctuary Lamp will burn this week in memory of Peggy, Julie, Eleanor, Minnie and Therese, gift of Daughters
Blessed Mother Votive Light will burn this week in memory of Kevin Walsh gift of ERSEK.
Sacred Heart Votive Light will burn this week in honor of the Gagliardi Family.
Baptized in Water and the Spirit
The Parish Community welcomes
Isabella Madison Soto,
Joseph Philip Salerno, Jr.,
Kylie Jae LaBruno,
Peyton Charlie Fehlhaber,
Carmine Constantino Dente
All Baptized on May 11th.
Banns of Christian Matrimony
I James McGuire &Gina Marie Cancellieri
II Nathan Rucinski & Shawna Holmes.
If anyone knows of just cause why they. may not be joined in Christian Matrimony, let them speak now or forever hold their peace.
Diocese of Trenton
Catholic Charismatic Renewal
Saturday, June 8th , 9:00am to 6:00pm
Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Pentecost
Bishop David M. O’Connell
Saint Mary, Mother of God Church
Middletown, New Jersey
ST. PEREGRINE LITURGY
Patron of all who suffer from Cancer. Join us for a Healing Liturgy of Prayer and the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
Sunday May 19, TONIGHT
In the Church
Encourage anyone dealing with cancer to attend and receive the Sacrament of Healing
Although the liturgy is giving emphasis to those with Cancer, Anyone who would desire the Sacrament of Healing is invited to attend. The Condition for receiving the Sacrament is
That There is a Real Issue of Health.
(physical or mental),
Plan to be with us
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament;
Blessing with the Relic of St. Peregrine
And the Holy Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.
THIS IS THE CHURCH’S
ULTIMATE HEALING SERVICE.
LET US PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER
In your charity please remember to pray for: Ann Bolger, Ruth Giordano, Karen Conte, James Teague, Jim Murphy, Monica Gilk, Maria Lonseth, Marge Brand, Anthony DelaTacoma, Sr., Ruth Alaia, Kathleen Toomey, Julia Fehlhaber, Rev. Josh Keeran, Susan Rick, Ryan Hansen, Kerri Black, Ellie Julien, Sara Jane Mauer, Thomas D. Murphy, Ana Oliveira, Michael Brothers, Deborah Snyder, Theresa Marks, Sheila Buxton, Taryn Hussey, Maureen Farrell, Rich Callahan, and for the faithful departed:
God, our loving Father, look with kindness on our brothers and sisters who seek Your care. In Your mercy grant health to the sick; comfort to the sorrowful, peace to the troubled, joy to the weary and eternal rest to those whose work on earth is done, and all for Jesus’ Amen
Prayer for those serving in our military
Please remember to pray for our parishioners and friends serving this nation at home and abroad.
CDR Michael Dwan, U. S. N. ,Major Mark Paige, U. S. M. C. , Patrick Gallagher, S/Sgt. Matthew Santilli, Master S/Sgt Albert DiMaggio, Lieutenant Colonel Bayard Smith, Dallas Jamison & Sgt. Timothy Hayes.
Prayer: O God who art the lover of peace and concord. Grant to these thy servants who serve this nation, grace and strength. Preserve them we pray and shield them from all danger of body and soul; and hasten the day when thy shall return to their homes and loved ones, through Christ our Lord. Amen
PRAYER FOR OUR POLICEMEN
O Almighty God, Whose great power and eternal wisdom embraces the universe, Watch over all policemen and law enforcement officers everywhere. Protect them from harm. In the performance of their duty to stop crime, robbery, riots and violence. We pray, help them keep our streets and homes safe, day and night. We commend them to your loving care because their duty is dangerous. Grant them strength and courage in their daily assignments. Dear God, protect these brave men and women. Grant them your almighty protection. Unite them safely with their families after duty has ended. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. St. Michael the Archangel, Patron of police, pray for them.
Remember all these Intentions, as we offer our daily prayers.
I give you a new commandment: love one another.
As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.
This is how all will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another."
St. John, 13:34-35
The Great Commandment
The Ten Commandments are fulfilled in Jesus' Great Commandment: “You shall love...God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength....You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:30-31)
The New Commandment
Before his death on the cross, Jesus gave his disciples a new commandment: “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another” (John 13:34).
The Great Commandment
Jesus teaches that the moral life can be summed up in terms of love of God, self, and neighbor. The New Testament understanding of love is based on the Old Testament understanding of covenant love, which is that God's steadfast love will never waver. The Christian who cooperates with the Holy Spirit will not waver in his or her love for God. This is a love of commitment and action to a better personal relationship with God. It shows a true appreciation of how much God loves the person as an individual—as well as the person's willingness to serve the neighbor.
The night before He was crucified, Jesus told His disciples, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (John 13:34 John 13:34A new commandment I give to you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
Did Jesus replace God’s previous commandments with just this one “new commandment”? Many teach that is exactly what He meant. But their reasoning doesn’t take into account all that Jesus said. Most of what He said was not.
Moses had written almost the same words many centuries earlier (Leviticus
19:18 Leviticus 19:18You shall not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the
children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the
Jesus merely added some words that Moses could not have written because Jesus had not yet come. Those new words spoken by Jesus were “even as I have loved you”—referring to the perfect example of love He had set for!
His example raised the bar of loving character higher than it had ever been before. He loved us to the point that He gave His own life for us. He explained—just two chapters later—”Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13 John 15:13Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
But Jesus also illustrated through His example that love and obedience must go together. He explained, “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love” (John 15:10 John 15:10If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
We fulfill Jesus’ new commandment when we love each other to the same extent He did—by being willing to lay down our lives for others’ sake. That is the kind of love Jesus wants all of His true disciples to practice from the heart. And that is the point He was making in His “new” commandment.
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick Part 1
They drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them. (Mark 6:13)
Is anyone among you sick? should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint [him] with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven. (James 5:14-15)
These Scripture verses reveal the foundation for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Furthermore, we can find numerous passages in the Gospels where Jesus Himself cured the sick and showed compassion toward them. Jesus loves those who are suffering from illness, as well as all forms of suffering, in a very direct way.He is concerned and wants to be present in that suffering. He wants to bring healing and hope!
Below is the introductory passage from the Catechism on Anointing:
“By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ” (LG 11; cf. Jas 5:14-16; Rom 8:17; Col 1:24; 2 Tim 2:11-12; 1 Pet 4:13). (CC 1499)
The best place to start so as to gain a good understanding of this sacrament is the problem it addresses. It addresses human suffering due to illness.
Let’s ponder the reality of illness and suffering to set the stage for Jesus’ answer to it.
The Suffering of Illness
The Catechism states that illness is among the “gravest problems confronted in human life” (CC1500). With illness comes various experiences. Let’s look at some of them:
Powerlessness, Limitation, Finitude: When one is ill, especially seriously ill, there can be an experience of human weakness, vulnerability and powerlessness like never before. Suddenly, the person may be limited to bed, or a hospital, and this experience changes everything that made up normal daily life. When you cannot go about your normal daily life, you find that you are suddenly dependent upon others in a way you have never been before. This vulnerability can either be the cause for anger and despair, or deeper surrender to God and reliance upon the love and care of others.
Glimpse of Death: Certainly, not every serious illness will end in death; but every serious illness can give us a glimpse of our mortality. Many of us do not think much about dying. It’s as if it is something that is far in the future and not relevant to us at this time in our life. But illness can suddenly lead us to face our human mortality and cause us to look at life in a whole new way.
Anguish, Self-absorption, Despair and Revolt Against God: When one experiences a serious illness, there are many temptations present. Physical pain can cause interior anguish. The experience of loss is real and that loss hurts. As a result, those with a serious illness are often tempted to become self-absorbed. And who can blame them ? It’s hard to think about others when you are experiencing pain and weakness. The tendency is to become focused upon that pain to a point that it leads to despair. Despair is one of the darkest experiences we can go through. It’s a loss of hope and trust in God. It produces a deep interior darkness and leaves one desiring a way out. And, at times, this deep interior pain can cause one to question God and His goodness. The classic question is, “How can an all-powerful and all-loving God allow me to go through this? ”As a result, there are some who turn from God in anger and revolt.
Christian Maturity: But illness does not have to end in despair, anger or revolt against God. There are many who allow the suffering they endure to deepen their faith and make them stronger in their Christian life. Illness forces one to move from mediocrity to a choice to either grow stronger in virtue, trust and goodness, or to turn inward, away from God and others. The hope for any illness or any suffering we endure is that it brings us to a greater reliance on God and a deeper faith. Suffering and illness have great potential to make us much stronger in our character, holiness and virtue. Make sure you let any suffering you endure do just that.
Search and Return to God: The ultimate “blessing” that can come from illness is a search for and return to God. Many people of faith have found that, in a moment of grave illness, their faith was strengthened and their love increased. Suddenly, the many idols and “things” of this world seem of little importance. Instead, illness can have the effect of reprioritizing life and focusing in on what is important and on what is eternal. “You can’t take it with you” as the saying goes. So the suffering of illness can be a great blessing in disguise when it evokes a return to God and Christian virtue.
What we have to remember, above all else, when one encounters a serious illness, is that Christ is the Great Physician. He always has and always will have the greatest compassion toward those who are ill. We see this so clearly in the Gospels through the many healings Jesus performed. And though Jesus does not always heal physically, He does always heal spiritually. He always acts as the Divine Physician of our souls.
Who Can Be Anointed By Whom?
Some sacraments can be administered by those who are not priests. For example, deacons can witness marriages and administer baptism. In fact, laity can do the same under special conditions. But most sacraments are reserved to priests and bishops by virtue of the special grace of their ordination. Anointing of the Sick is one of those sacraments which can only be administered by a priest or bishop. And normally, the oil that is used is blessed by the bishop on Holy Thursday and distributed to all the priests of his diocese for use until the following Holy Thursday.
The Sacrament of Anointing is not for the ordinary struggles and weaknesses of daily life. The Sacraments of Confession and the Eucharist are for these daily needs. Anointing of the Sick is specifically for those who, as a result of some serious illness, face the possibility of death. The Sacrament of the Sick is the of Healing. As Good as it is to have people pray over you as a group, at a Healing Service, (Prayer is always Good). THE Church’s means, given by Christ for the Healing ministry of the Church.
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