Mk 1, 1-8
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:
Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;
he will prepare your way.
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
"Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths."
John the Baptist appeared in the desert
proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
People of the whole Judean countryside
and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem
were going out to him
and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River
as they acknowledged their sins.
John was clothed in camel's hair,
with a leather belt around his waist.
He fed on locusts and wild honey.
And this is what he proclaimed:
"One mightier than I is coming after me.
I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals.
I have baptized you with water;
he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
Each Tuesday Weekly adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Weekly adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be held EACH Tuesday immediately following the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Devotions from noon to 9:00 p.m. beginning November 9. To ensure that there is always someone in attendance during the entire time, we are asking for 7 volunteers to commit to be present for a specific one-hour segment EACH TUESDAY OF NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER. Since the Blessed Sacrament cannot be left unattended, each one-hour attendant will be responsible to be present at their selected time or secure a replacement. You can select the hour of your choice on the signup sheet in the church vestibule or call the parish office at 908-725-0072.
On Wednesday of this week, click onto the parish’s webpage, as we have an important message for you taken from the readings for next Sunday’s Mass.
Weekend Mass Schedule
5:00 p.m. – Saturday Vigil Mass (English)
7:00 a.m. – Sunday Mass (Polish)
9:00 a.m. – Sunday Mass (English)
11:30 a.m. – Sunday Mass (Polish)
Monday – Friday Weekday Mass Schedule
8:00 AM Mass in Polish
11:00 AM Mass in English
The 2023 Bishop's Annual Appeal
I’m reaching out to you with my final request for the 2023 Bishop’s Annual Appeal.
As you know, much of the good work happening throughout the Diocese of Metuchen is dependent upon your generosity to the Bishop's Annual Appeal. Meeting our financial goal allows us to continue the vital ministries that serve thousands of people each day throughout our four counties. It is the generosity of our parishioners that allows the channels of God's grace to flow where it is needed most.
I humbly and ever gratefully invite you to prayerfully consider and renew your support for the ever-growing needs of our mission.
In the Eucharist, the Lord is present to us in a most intimate way; and yet we know that He is also present to us in a way that binds us all together as one body, the Body of Christ. The Eucharist is the lifeblood of the Church, a gift that is meant to be shared. What we receive from God, we are called to give to others. We give good public witness of our love for Christ in the Eucharist through our acts of charity, thereby keeping Christ’s presence alive in our world today.
The many pastoral needs that benefit from your generosity can be found on our website www.diometuchen.org/baa. Be assured that your gift is restricted for these specific ministries. In fact, working with our finance and legal team, I recently established a special foundation that legally guarantees that your gift can only be used for these purposes.
Your help is needed now more than ever, so please be generous as you can as we honor the Eucharist and are sent on mission in this great moment of service. Thank you for your prayerful consideration. Know of my heartfelt love and gratitude. May God bless you abundantly and may we never grow complacent in the awesome gift of the Eucharist that has been entrusted to us.
With renewed best wishes, I remain.
Most Reverend James F. Checchio, JCD, MBA
Bishop of Metuchen
Support the CTR Parish
Thank you for the contributions you have either mailed in or donated through the on-line giving. Please be generous.
This is just a reminder that our diocesan assessment and property insurance bills of $350,000 still have to be paid. Please take a step and give generously to these two collections. If possible, please increase your weekly offering by 20% or more.
PARTICIPATE in SYNOD ONLINE
Through the Church's Synod, Pope Francis wants you to participate in his Synod. The Pope wants to know how journeying together is happening today in your parish (or not). You can answer the Pope in one of the listening sessions throughout the diocese or online using the link:
Synod 2023 questionnaire
A Memorial Mass will be live-streamed from Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church (Christ the Redeemer Parish) in Manville, NJ. YouTube or Facebook
Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
In time of pandemic your donation makes a difference and is appreciated. As a church that seeks to serve, we wanted to provide you the convenience of being able to give the way you want, whenever you want. Donate and support CTR Parish. ONLINE GIVING is easy, convenient, safe. MAY GOD BLESS YOU!!! DONATION
FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK
OBITUARY AND UPCOMING FUNERALS
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, And let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
May 4, 1953 - November 10, 2023
Stanislaw Brozyna born on May 5, 1953 in Poland peacefully passed away on Friday November 10, 2023 at his home in Manville New Jersey.
The viewing will be on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Ketusky Funeral Home, 1310 Brooks Blvd., Manville, NJ 08835. The Funeral will be on Thursday, November 16, 2023 8:00 AM from the Ketusky Funeral Home followed by a 9:00 AM Mass at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church (Christ the Redeemer Parish) in Manville, NJ. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Hillsborough, NJ.
LIVESTREAM FUNERAL LITURGY
A Memorial Mass will be live-streamed on Thursday, November 16th at 9:30am from Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church (Christ the Redeemer Parish) in Manville, NJ. YouTube or Facebook
Father Joseph A. Radomski, 88 of Lawrenceville, NJ passed away peacefully on November 7, 2023 with his loving family at his side.
A viewing will be held on Monday, November 13, 2023 from 4pm to 7pm at the Ketusky Funeral Home, 1310 Brooks Blvd. in Manville. A mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 9 am at Sacred Heart Church of Christ the Redeemer Parish in Manville. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Hillsborough, NJ.