“Glory to you, O God of our journeys! Your love calls us to be Your people. By sharing our many and diverse gifts we share in Your mission.” (Mission Prayer)
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
As I look to the year ahead, I’m excited about our 100th Anniversary of Roman Catholic Life in Manville, through which we will acknowledge the achievements of the former Sacred Heart and Christ the King parishes that laid the foundation for Christ the Redeemer Parish.
We began our year-long celebration with an Inaugural Mass at 10:00 AM in the Sacred Heart worship site, celebrated by the Vicar General of the Diocese of Metuchen, Rev. Timothy Christy, on January 1st. In his homily, Fr. Christy said that “What we experience in todays’ world is not a sunset of the Church but it’s sunrise”. These words set the tone for all our jubilee celebrations. Among the very first was a Christmas concert, prepared by Maryanne Zarbetsky, on January 6th which was well received by our parishioners and friends, who could not only listen to the music but sing along with their favorite Christmas carols. Also, during home blessings/koleda the centennial events were enthusiastically discussed and prayed over (we especially prayed for the success of the Parish Missions). On Sunday, January 20th we met to pray and support Radio Maria, run by the Polish Redemptorists, which broadcasts the Good News across Europe, Canada, the USA and Russia. Then on Sunday February 10th, World Marriage Day was celebrated by parishioners who participated in the “Holy Hands of Matrimony Rite”. World Day of the Sick, traditionally held on February 11 along with the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, was celebrated with a significant number of people gathered to receive the anointing of the sick at the 11AM Mass from Fr. Sean Broderick (former pastor of Mary Mother of God parish, Hillsborough) who was main celebrant and preacher.
Please take a moment to review the Parish Mission Schedule that is linked to this page. The Mission will begin on Saturday March 2nd until Friday March 8, 2019. The Redemptorist missionaries: Rev. Richard Bennet CSsR and Rev. Witold Radowski CSsR will guide us in our journey. I ask you to look into your heart and see the needs of our faith community. I pray this endeavor will enhance your spiritual and family life. I am deeply grateful for all you have done in the past and hope that you will assist us as we strengthen our parish for future generations.
Sincerely yours in Christ,