February 21, 2016
Second Sunday of Lent
February 21, 2016
40 Maxim Drive, Hopatcong, NJ 07843 Website: www.stjudehopatcong.org 973-398-6377 Fax 973-398-0121
Fr. Vidal Roberto Gonzales, Jr......................Pastor
Mr. Tom Friel.......................................Deacon
Mrs. Kathleen Barger......Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Lillian Colello......Coordinator of Religious
Education and Confirmation Program
BAPTISM - Baptisms are usually celebrated
on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at
1:00 p.m. Parents are asked to call the rectory
about Baptism preparation. Baptism is not
celebrated during Lenten Season.
Mrs. Lillian Colello ......... Liturgy Coordinator
Mr. Henry Schmidt .................. Parish Trustee
MARRIAGE - Arrangements should be
made at the Rectory one year before the
marriage date and prior to any social
planning. This is in accord with the
Common Policy of the Province of New
Jersey. To arrange for Pre-Cana instructions,
please call the Rectory.
(Hours: 2:30 - 6:30 pm) 973-398-7773
Monday, Wednesday& Thursday:
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Tuesday & Friday: 2:30 - 6:30 pm
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
John Armeno: 973-398-8109
Edie Morganti: 973-601-7143
We Invite You to
5:00 p.m. (Saturday Vigil Mass)
7:00 p.m. (Teen Mass) every 4th
Sunday of the month (October to March)
Weekday Masses (Mon - Sat)
8:30 a.m. - followed by praying the rosary.
Holy Day of Obligation
7:00 p.m. (Vigil Mass)
8:30 & 11:00 a.m.
R.C.I.A. RITE OF CHRISTIAN
INITATION OF ADULTS - Persons
interested in learning of the Catholic faith,
and any adult person who needs to receive
Baptism, Eucharist or Confirmation. If you
need information regarding this, please
contact the Rectory.
VISITATION OF THE SICK AND
ELDERLY - Please keep us informed so
that we can be attentive to those who are ill
at home or in the hospital. Communion is
brought upon request to the home. Please
call the Rectory for the Sacrament of
Anointing of the Sick.
CHOIR - Adult choir meets as scheduled.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS - Meet on
the second and fourth Thursdays of each
month at 8:00 p.m. in the Parish Center.
ROSARY ALTAR SOCIETY - Meetings
on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30
pm in the Church.
ST. JUDE NOVENA AND BENEDICTION
is every Thursday at 7:00 PM; Adoration is
from 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM; Divine Mercy is
at 3:00 PM.
BINGO - Parish Center - Tuesday 7:30 PM.
Doors open at 5:00 PM. Early Bird Special
starts at 7:15 PM
Faith Formation Program
Grades 1-8: See schedule in bulletin.
Confirmation: A program that continues
from Grade 8. In the 9th Grade immediate
preparation begins for Confirmation and
culminates with the Sacrament at the end of
For more information regarding these
programs, please contact the Rectory.
NEW PARISHIONERS: Our Parish
Family invites all of its members to share
fully in our spiritual and social life. Every
family moving into the Parish is asked to
register at the Rectory. If you change your
address or telephone number, please contact
us. All parishioners are requested to use the
regular Sunday envelopes. If you are not
receiving them, please call the Rectory.
Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)
4:00 - 4:45 p.m. or by appointment
“Our Mission Is To Be A Faith Community Centered In The Eucharist,
Proclaiming The Word Of The Lord And Living As Followers Of Jesus Christ”
SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Vidal Gonzales, Sr.
Walter Dora, Sr.
Anna Mae Halupka
Divine Mercy Chaplet
Novena to St. Jude
Stations of the Cross
Richard J. Garulle,Sr.
Wednesday, Thursday 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Tuesday and Friday
2:30 PM – 6:30 PM
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY OFFICED IS CLOSED
February 13, 2015 $2700.00
February 14,2016 $3681.00
“THANK YOU FOR YOUR
SHOP RITE CERTIFICATES ARE AVAILABLE FOR SALE
AFTER ALL THE MASSES IN THE VESTIBULE OF THE
CHURCH. ST. JUDE’S GETS 5% OF CERTIFICATES
atholics in the Diocese of
Paterson, especially those who have
been away from the Church, are
invited to experience God’s healing
love and forgiveness through the
Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent. St. Jude’s will
be open for Confession every Monday, February 15,
2016 to March 14, 2016 from 7:00 PM-8:30 PM.
TRANSFIGURED BY SACRIFICIAL LOVE
Amidst our forty days of meditation of Jesus’
sacrifice on the cross, we are given a foretaste
of his resurrection, perhaps to assure us of
God’s ultimate victory over sin and evil, and
also to reassure us of God’s intervention in
and reversal of our suffering. Moreover, the
insertion of the story of Jesus’ transfiguration
may be an invitation, as we enter more deeply
into the Paschal Mystery, to reflect on his
glorification, which occurs not only in the end—in his resurrection from
the dead and ascension into heaven—but in the very midst of his
suffering—in the invincible power and radiant beauty of his selfsacrificing love unto death on the cross.
THE PROMISE OF DELIVERANCE. Our Lord of compassion intervenes
in human history, reversing negative realities—infusing hope amidst
despair, promising land to the dispossessed and emancipation to
captives. As though these were not enough, in our Second Reading, the
Lord, moreover, promises to deliver us from our moral, material bodies
“to conform with his glorified body” (v21)
THE PROMISE DELIVERER. In the Incarnation, God intervenes in
human history in an unsurpassable manner—he inserts himself
personally into the human race, becoming truly one of us. God works
out our deliverance not while remaining in the heavens, but through
his personal immersion, and involvement as the Word –enfleshed, the
awaited Messiah, in our sinful, fractured world.
However, among the Jews the predominant image of the Messiah
hoped for is of a royal leader in the manner of King David, who will
reestablish the former glory of Israel through political power and
Jesus distances himself from expectations of an invincible political
Messiah, and instead, foretells his passion and death. Instead of
assuring his disciples places of honor, he asks them whether they are
capable of drinking of the cup of suffering that awaits him.
Jesus expands the notion of the anointed Messiah, the upright
mighty king, by declaring the intrinsic bond between suffering and the
authentic power. Jesus is glorious Messiah not only after suffering on
the cross, but in and through his passion and death. His glory does
not consist in political power, but in the power of humble service. The
glory of the Messiah not only in the risen Lord, but in Christ crucified
out of love. Jesus’ glory is not found in his suffering per se, but his
steadfast love for the Father and for us, a love faithful unto death.
366 Days with the Lord
SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT
First Reading: Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18
God told Abram that he would give him the land of Egypt and his descendants
would become a great people. Abram then made sacrifices to God, cutting them
in half. A torch passed between the pieces, as a visible sign to Abram of God's
Second Reading: Philippians 3:17—4:1
Paul urges the Philippians to avoid becoming too interested in material
possessions. He reminds them that their most important wealth is their faith in
Jesus, which will lead them to eternal life.
Gospel: Luke 9:28b-36
Jesus took Peter, John and James to a mountain to pray. When his clothes grew
incredibly white, Moses and Elijah appeared. They spoke of the scripture he was
to fulfill. Then a cloud came down and a voice said, "This is my Son, my Chosen
One. Listen to him." The disciples who had seen Jesus' glory did not disclose this
experience to anyone until much later.
1 Pt 5:1-4; Mt 16:13-19
Is 1:10, 16-20; Mt 23:1-12
Jer 18:18-20; Mt 20:17-28
Jer 17:5-10; Lk 16:19-31
Gn 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a; Mt 21:33-43, 45-46
Mi 7:14-15, 18-20; Lk 15:1-3, 11-32
PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS
THOSE WHO ARE SICK
Nancy Adams, Zenobia Anc , Angela Bates, Brent Bassin, Richard Bayles,
Allan Boyce, Cecilia Bowe, Pat DeVenuta, Pat Dixon, David Ferris, Dylan
Flinchum, Liliana Ghiggini, Nicholas Gibbs, Denise Gilbert, Herbert
Grobe, Greg Grochulski, Raymond Halupka, Fred Hanna, Simon Harvey,
Ed & Phyllis Hensle, Bruce & Linda Hill, Joan Hoer, Irene Hogan, Jim
Hopka, Tom Hurley, Kevin Kieran, Pat Kirkbride, Kevin Kornbleu,
Matthew Lachica, Frankie LoPresti, Louis Manna, Jaime & Jonathan
Manuel, Sean McDonald , Linda Meidinger, Patrick Morris, Elizabeth
Murphy, Edward O’Dowd, Janisi & Steve Osterhoudt , James Plecs ,
Barbara Kurbel Riker ,Donna Ross, Dr. Gregorio Sanchu, Emma Scannelli ,
Betty Schmidt, Marty Serus, Robyn Smith, Sally Staniseski, William
Stelmach, Kathleen Sutphen, Bogdan & Annette Szymala, Regina
Tamecki, Nancy Tevis, Lillian Urynowicz, Marie VanTassle, Valerie
Villanova, Ann Vitale, Nancy West, Albert & Mary Williams, Bob Yates,
Norman E. Yenesel
New parishioners are asked to register by calling or visiting the
parish office or by speaking to one of the parish staff.
WHY A CATHOLIC CHRISTIAN SHOULD BE
A REGISTERED PARISHIONER
A d o r a t i o n
t h e
B l e s s e d
S a c r a m e n t
Every Thursday after the 8:30 am Mass until 8:00pm.:
3:00 pm. – Divine Mercy Chaplet
7:00 pm. – Evening Prayer
7:30 pm. – Novena to St. Jude
7:45 pm. – Benediction
There is a sign-up sheet in the back of the Church for those
wishing to spend an hour with the Lord.
STAYS WITH ME . . . REMAIN HERE WITH ME . . . WATCH
FAITH FORMATION GRADES 1-8 SCHEDULE: MASS AT 9:15AM
4 YEAR OLD AND KINDERGARTEN DURING 9:15AM MASS
The precept of the Church explained that: we need to belong to a parish
(your parish is the Church in the City where you are domiciled) and to
contribute to its support. Everyone should do this, (Canon 107)
To identify yourself with a worshipping community of faith. Salvation
comes to us by God in community. Religion is not meant to be
individualistic. Membership in a parish community is the norm.
To allow the priest of the parish to know you so that Letters of
Recommendation can be given when needed. (Sponsorship/certificates)
NOVENA TO OUR MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP EVERY
WEDNESDAY AT 8:30 AM, FOLLOWED WITH THE HOLY
FEBRUARY 21: GRADES 1-4- 10:20 – 11:30 AM PC
FEBRUARY 22: GRADES 5 -8 – 6:30 – 7:30 PM PC
FEBRUARY 21: GRADE 9 – PC;
Grade 10 (Confirmation Retreat)
ST. JUDE’S YOUTH GROUP
“CELEBRATING OUR CHILDREN”
Let your talent shine and your voice be heard while changing
the lives of others.
Thursday evenings from
7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Parish Center.
All teens are welcome. For more information, please call
Janice at (201) 400-1692
Theresa B. Cordts, Psy. D Clinical Psychologist at
973-398-0407 to discuss your areas of concern
Next Men’s Group Sharing is
March 5, in the Meeting Room of
the Church at 7:30AM.
Come talk with others about God and Church at Frank’s Pizza
every Tuesday from 6:30 to 9:00pm.
Come and go as you wish.
SELF DEFENSE CLASSES
Tuesday nights in the Meeting Room from
6:30-8:00PM. Call Mike at (973) 229-9881 for
ST. JUDE’S FOOD PANTRY IS NOW
LOCATED IN THE RECTORY. WE ARE
IN NEED OF TOILETRY AND BABY
FOOD ITEMS AT THIS TIME. PLEASE
BE GENEROUS IN YOUR GIVING.
ST. JUDE ROSARY ALTAR
Awakenings” our annual
Tea and Fashion Show on
Sunday, February 28 at 2:00
(Doors open at 1:30 pm) held
at our St. Jude's Parish
Fashions by Dress Barn,
Door Prizes, 50/50, Raffle Baskets. Tickets: $20 are
available after all masses or call Jo: 201-874-5221 or
Mary Ann 973-398-5027, Rectory 973-398-6377.
Thank you for your support
St. Jude’s will be having
their annual Corned
Beef Dinner on Saturday,
March 5th from 6:00PM?. Dinner will be served
from 6:00 – 7:30PM.
Tickets are $25.00 and
they will be sold after all
the Masses and at the
Station of the Cross starts
at 7pm. every Friday
during the Season of
COME AND JOIN US
LENTEN PASTORAL LETTER
 From the beginning, the Church has included the confession of sins as an essential part of celebrating the
Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Didache, the earliest catechism of the Church, gives a window on Church
practice in 70 A.D. It urges Christians, “Confess your sins in church, and do not go up to your prayer with an evil
conscience… On the Lord’s Day, gather together, break bread, and give thanks, after confessing your
transgressions so that your sacrifice may be pure” (Didache 4:14; 14:1). Following the teaching of St. Paul, the
Didache recognized the connection of a good confession to the worthy reception of Holy Communion.
 Confession is never easy. It requires deep humility. For this reason, Tertullian, a Christian writer living at the
end of the second century, urged Christians to move beyond any embarrassment in confessing their sins. He
says, “Some flee from this work as being an exposure of themselves, or they put it off from day to day…like
those who contract a disease in the more shameful parts of the body and shun making themselves known to
the physicians. Thus, they perish along with their own bashfulness” (Tertullian, Repentance 10:1).
 Similarly, Origen, one of the greatest theologians of the third century, noted the same human difficulty in
making a confession of one’s sins. He taught that confession “albeit hard and laborious [obtains] the remission
of sins through penance, when the sinner . . . does not shrink from declaring his sin to a priest of the Lord and
from seeking medicine” (Origen, Homilies on Leviticus 2:4).
 Influenced by the individualism and subjectivism of our times, many people, and sometimes even faithful
Catholics, say that there is no need of confession to a priest. God will forgive sins without the ministry of priests.
Pope Francis responds to this tendency by giving voice to the sound teaching of the early Church Fathers. He
notes, “Someone can say, ‘I confess my sins only to God.’…But our sins are also against our brothers, against
the Church. This is why it is necessary to ask forgiveness of the Church and of our brothers, in the person of the
priest” (Pope Francis, General Audience, February 19, 2014). The act of confession recognizes the true nature of
sin as an offense against God and others.
 Sin is never just a personal matter between us and God. Every sin that we commit offends God and affects
others. Every sin harms Christ’s Body, the Church. United to Christ, we are united with his Church. And, it is
through the Church’s priests that God chooses not simply to forgive our sins but to give us the certainty that we
are forgiven (cf. Pope Francis, General Audience, November 20, 2013).
 The Church has received her ministry of forgiving sins from the Lord himself. On Easter Sunday night, the
Risen Jesus appeared to the Apostles locked behind closed doors. “Peace be with you,” he said. “As the Father
sent me, so I am sending you. After saying this, he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. For
those whose sins you forgive,they are forgiven. For those whose sins you retain, they are retained’” (Jn 20:19-23).
 For the Church to exercise this apostolic ministry of forgiving sins, believers must first confess their sins. How
could the judgment be made of either forgiving or retaining sins, unless the priest knows the sins? Accordingly,
confession of sins, in one form or another, has always been a part of the Church’s ministry.
 In earliest centuries, those who lapsed into grave sins of apostasy, murder and adultery made a public
confession of their sins. They were given long and severe penances to do before being readmitted to Holy
Communion. The Fathers of the Church saw the reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation by these
penitents as “the second plank [of salvation] after the shipwreck which is the loss of grace” (Tertullian, De
Paenitentia, 4, 2).
 The Church, conscious of her mission to forgive sins, has exercised her ministry of reconciliation according to
the needs of the times. In the beginning, the very choice to be Christian meant a radical break from one’s
former way of life and, in many instances, martyrdom. For this reason, the Church’s discipline in administering
the Sacrament of Reconciliation entailed public confession and severe penances. Being a Christian was a lifeand- death reality. As the persecutions ended, the Church mitigated her discipline. She made use of private
confession as a mercy to penitents.
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