“The Church is holy, not just because all are welcome. The Church is holy because all belong.” Timothy M. Matovina, - Pope Francis
Clergy Schedule - Dec. 10-11, 2016 5:00am - Fr. John Tarantino; Deacon Roger Lacouture 7:30am - Fr. George Dudak; Deacon Ray Latour (P) 9:30am - Fr. John Tarantino; Deacon Rich Reck 11:00am - Fr. John Tarantino
Third Sunday of Advent
In this Sunday’s first reading Is 35:1-6a, 10, Isaiah uses the desert as a metaphor to describe the sense of alienation and despair that are the effects of human sinfulness. Isaiah announces an exodus and the end of the Babylonian custody, presenting a vision of deliverance from the desert, to freedom, and salvation. We also see Isaiah’s prophesy more than 700 years before the fact, the coming of Jesus Christ - in words full of expectation, hope, salvation, and joy.
In today's Gospel, Mt 11:2-11, John the Baptist, now in prison, sends word to Jesus with a question. He wants to know if Jesus is the true messiah. John, like many of his contemporaries, had high expectations of the Savior to come. In response, Jesus sends a list of the work he has been doing, the signs of healing, blind regaining their sight, the lame walking, lepers cleansed… and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them. Hopefully, this account gave John some comfort before Herod executed him.
If you are a Catholic who has been away from regular Mass attendance, please know you are most welcome to join us at any of our worship services and parish functions. Should you like more information about our parish or should you simply want to talk about coming back home, contact our administrator Fr. John Tarantino, or Deacon Ray, Director of Ministries at 973 895-4224.
If you are new to Resurrection Parish or have been coming to Mass for a while, we ask that you stop by and speak with Fr. Tarantino, about becoming part of our parish family. Registration forms can be found in the Narthex; and can be filled out and put in the collection box - or you can download the registration here.
The better we understand Jesus, the better we understand ourselves. But who was Jesus, this itinerant preacher whom many called the Messiah? In Priest, Prophet, King, you’ll discover Jesus as the Anointed One–the ultimate priest, prophet, and king foreshadowed throughout the Hebrew Scriptures. Using biblical insights and engaging stories, Bishop Barron affirms that we see Jesus most clearly through the lens of the Old Testament. Through this deeply biblical program, you will better understand Jesus, become more familiar with Scripture, and realize your own priestly, prophetic, and kingly mission, received when you are baptized “into Christ.”