St. Francis had a little lamb

CHILDREN CELEBRATE GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY

What better way to help celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday than with a real-life reminder of our savior, Jesus Christ as the shepherd of us all. Good Shepherd Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of Easter and derives from the reading John 10:11-18. As part of the CCD program, one of the instructors, John Janelli, thought that children would benefit from a living breathing lamb to symbolize the followers of Jesus after discussing the Paschal Mysteries as part of Confirmation classes. Janelli, whose friend owns a farm and saw the actual birth of the little lamb, named Mikey after Father Michael, brought the lamb to the Children’s Mass. Following the Gospel reading, Janelli entered the side door, bowed before the altar before helping to lead the children to the Children’s Liturgy.

“The little lamb seemed to have brought joyful life to the Gospel as he connected with every man, woman and child present at Mass,” said Janelli. Following mass, families were able to meet Mikey too.

 

“Just about every boy and girl along with parents and catechists had the opportunity to take a photo or two with our celebrity lamb, Mikey.”

LECTOR & EUCHARISTIC MINISTER SCHEDULE
The schedules for the Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers are on the table at the entrance of the Church. Please pick up your schedule. If you are unable to make your assigned time, please contact Peg Fallon.

SEEKING A CLOSER RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD AND THE CHURCH?
Jesus says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Within the Catholic Church, we have a process for those who seek a closer relationship with God: the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or RCIA. Through this, they find answers to their questions about God and what it means to be a follower of Christ. Typically, the process leads to them receiving the sacraments of initiation; namely Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. If you or someone you know is seeking a closer relationship with God by completing their sacraments, please contact the Parish office.

PLANNING YOUR WEDDING
If you are planning to have your wedding in 2018, it’s time to call the rectory and set up the date for the Church and get all your paperwork in order. Just call the rectory @ 201-659-1772, Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

BRING A FRIEND TO CHURCH
One of the greatest gifts a person can receive is the gift of Faith, the gift of God. During the month, try to bring along a friend with you to Mass. You may be helping someone receive the greatest gift, the gift of God, the gift of life everlasting.