video reflection presented by: Walter Okurowski

video reflection

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mt 13, 24-43
Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying:
"The kingdom of heaven may be likened
to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
While everyone was asleep his enemy came
and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.
When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well.
The slaves of the householder came to him and said,
'Master, did you not sow good seed in your field?
Where have the weeds come from?'
He answered, 'An enemy has done this.'
His slaves said to him,
'Do you want us to go and pull them up?'
He replied, 'No, if you pull up the weeds
you might uproot the wheat along with them.
Let them grow together until harvest;
then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters,
"First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning;
but gather the wheat into my barn."'"
He proposed another parable to them.
"The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed
that a person took and sowed in a field.
It is the smallest of all the seeds,
yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants.
It becomes a large bush,
and the 'birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.'"
He spoke to them another parable.
"The kingdom of heaven is like yeast
that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour
until the whole batch was leavened."
All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables.
He spoke to them only in parables,
to fulfill what had been said through the prophet:
I will open my mouth in parables,
I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation
of the world.
Then, dismissing the crowds, he went into the house.
His disciples approached him and said,
"Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field."
He said in reply, "He who sows good seed is the Son of Man,
the field is the world, the good seed the children of the kingdom.
The weeds are the children of the evil one,
and the enemy who sows them is the devil.
The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire,
so will it be at the end of the age.
The Son of Man will send his angels,
and they will collect out of his kingdom
all who cause others to sin and all evildoers.
They will throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun
in the kingdom of their Father.
Whoever has ears ought to hear."


JULY 9-16, 2017

The saint’s memorial and feast days for the week are:

Monday 10th – St. Thomas the Apostle
Tuesday 11th – Independence Day
Wednesday 12th – St. Anthony Zacaria & St. Elizabeth of Portugal
Thursday13th – St. Maria Goretti
Tuesday 18th – St. Camillus de Lellis
Thursday 20th – St. Apolinaris
Friday 21st – St. Lawrence of Brindisi
Saturday 22nd – St. Lawrence of Brindisi

We are in need of workers for the festival. We especially need help at 7AM for grounds clean up and beginning at 9AM in the auditorium to prepare food for that evening. You can sign up on-line. Just go to the parish website and follow the link, fill out the form in the bulletin or you can call the parish office.

Next weekend, the altar servers & choir members will be collecting donations as you leave Mass for their trip to Dorney Park. Please help them out.

Advance food tickets for the Festival are on sale in the vestibule. For $20 you get $25 worth of food tickets. It’s a great bargain. We are also selling ride bracelets, good for one day, for $12 each.

Thank you for your contributions last week, our collections totaled $11,641. The second collection will be a donation for the Christ the Redeemer Feast. Please be generous.



St. Paul reminds us that there are many gifts, but one Spirit, many parts, but one Body – each of us has a part to play in the Body of Christ that is the Church (1 Cor. 12). In that passage you will find references to the Pentecost, Holy Trinity, Corpus Christi celebrations that we celebrate in June this year.

On June 4th with the first Sunday of the month we celebrate Pentecost, on which the Church was born in the power of the Holy Spirit. We received the Holy Spirit to joyfully live out the gifts and roles that God has entrusted to each of us to build up the Church on earth! On that day, our Religious Education closing Mass took place and 54 students were awarded for their perfect attendance and outstanding participation.

By celebrating the solemnity of the Holy Trinity on Sunday June 11th we are reminded that there is only one God with three attributes. We have the Father who is the creator, the Son, the Redeemer and the Holy Spirit, the sanctifier. As we celebrate this mystery, may the Holy Trinity guide us in the ways of faith. This is also the First Anniversary of the First Holy Communion class of 2016 and the day of Parish Picnic at the Falcon’s Nest in Hillsborough.

The Eucharist is the source and summit of the whole Christian life. The feast of Corpus Christi is a celebration of Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist and the unity of Christ’s Mystical Body, the Church. When on Corpus Christi Sunday, June 18th the Blessed Sacrament will be carried through the streets of Manville in solemn procession, we will give public witness to our faith and devotion towards Jesus, hidden in the sacrament of the Eucharist and our unity as Christ the Redeemer Parish. That Sunday is also a day to honor our fathers. Come and celebrate Father’s Day with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist giving praise to our Heavenly Father.

On Sunday of June 25th, we will honor Our Lady of Perpetual Help with a solemn bilingual Novena, Mass and Procession around the block next to Sacred Heart Church. Please write your petitions and thanksgivings and drop them in the wooden box in the vestibule or at the office. They will be read during the novena prayer. The Blessed Virgin Mary is always ready to help, we just have to ask, take a step and stop being spiritually shy.

Additionally, on June 17th in the Sacred Heart Church auditorium, the Ministry Day of Retreat for parish groups will take place with guest speaker, Msgr. William Benwell. All the above events will be covered on our newest “mobile friendly” Parish website and CTR Parish App. Stay tuned.

Also, since we are just over a month away from the end of the Fiscal Year. Thank you for your financial support. Please help us to finish the year ahead of our budgeted contributions. Your generous stewardship enables us to carry out our vital mission.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Stan



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2017 Mega Raffle

100 winners. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold.

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Ministry Day of Retreats

June 10th, Ministry Day of Retreats for all Councils and Committees.



Celeste A. Mascola

April 1, 1954 - July 6, 2017

Celeste A. Mascola, 63, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Somerset in Somerville, NJ with her loving family by her side.


Joseph (Joe) R. Melusky

August 5, 1921 - June 22, 2017

Joseph (Joe) R. Melusky, 88, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital at Somerset in Somerville, NJ with his loving family by his side.



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