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St. Rose of Lima Church

312 Ridgedale Avenue East Hanover, New Jersey 07936 www.saintroseoflimachurch.org

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time January 18, 2015

So our Christmas trees are put away, decorations stored until next year and we begin the second week of Ordinary Time. As much as Christmas is a joyful and festive time, it’s also nice to be able to find some down time and in ordinary time we zone in on trying to do ordinary things in an extraordinary way. In this week’s Gospel we hear Jesus picks His leadership team. He calls Simon the son of John and renames him Cephas which is translated to Peter. Peter’s call from Christ was to help him lead Jesus’ growing flock. In time our frail but energetic, loving but imperfect apostle would become the first pope. We have all received a vocation from the Lord. Some are called to be married, others are called to be single. Our work too is a part of our response to the vocation we are called to. We must strive to not simply earn a living but respond to God’s call in whatever work we do.

On Thursday, January 22nd, many churches in our area will make a pilgrimage to Washington DC and Trenton NJ to show support to “Save a Life” of the unborn child who is a gift from God. For anyone who is interested and has the energy to go to Washington D.C., Holy Family Parish still has some room on the bus. To reserve a seat please call Barbara Tinari at 973-822-0084 or email her at btinari@optonline.net. For those of you who cannot make the trip, we will have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the church from 9:30am until 7:00pm. I will be travelling to Washington D.C Wednesday morning to join the Order of Malta priests in a Mass of concelebration in the Basilica Wednesday evening. I will also concelebrate Mass Thursday morning at 10:30am and join the march which will end at the House of Congress mid-afternoon. Deacon Vin will preside at Benediction at 7:00pm. I strongly encourage those of you who work to come for a few minutes after work as we together besiege God to end the killing of innocent life in our country. We pray that our president and the leaders of our country will change their hearts and come to understand that the gift of human life is a blessing for our country and a gift for future generations and that abortion, apart from being a sin, decreases the amount of talent and gifts that these beautiful babies would have given to our world.

This is our much anticipated Antioch Retreat weekend. Mrs. Politi, along with Jackie and Jim Layman, have been meeting with our team leaders for many months now. Our young people have excellent talks and presentations prepared for our 10th graders. Through the grace of God, this weekend the Holy Spirit will open the hearts of our Confirmandi in this retreat setting where our young people minister to our 10th graders and relate with them in the joys and struggles of their lives. Please pray for all of our Antioch community this weekend and thank you to everyone who has helped with the administration, setup, and of course food, which is always an important part of the weekend.

Father Owen

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