January 26, 2020 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
From darkness and death to light and life Matthew 4:12-23
Do you know the joy and freedom of the good news (Gospel) of the kingdom of God? John the Baptist's enemies had sought to silence him, but the good news of God's kingdom of salvation cannot be silenced. As soon as John had finished his testimony Jesus began his in Galilee. Galilee was at the crossroads of the world and much traffic passed through this little region. It had been assigned to the tribes of Asher, Naptali and Zebulum when the Israelites first came into the land. The prophet Isaiah foretold that the good news of salvation would reach Jews and Gentiles in the "land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations". Jesus begins the proclamation of the Gospel here to fulfill the word of God. The Old Testament prophets spoke of God’s promise to send a Redeemer who would establish God's rule. That time is now fulfilled in Jesus who brings the light and truth of the Gospel to the world.
Jesus takes up John's message of repentance and calls his hearers to believe in the good news he has come to deliver. What is the good news which Jesus brings? It is the good news of peace - the Lord comes to reconcile and restore us to friendship with God. The good news of hope - the Lord comes to dwell with us and to give us a home with him in his heavenly kingdom. The good news of truth - the Lord Jesus sets us free from the lies and deception of Satan and opens our mind to understand the truth and revelation of God's word. The good news of promise - Jesus fulfills the promise of God to reward those who seek him with the treasure of heaven. The good news of immortality - Jesus overcomes sin and death for us in order to raise our lowly bodies to be like his glorious body which will never die again. And the good news of salvation - the Lord Jesus delivers us from every fear, every sin, and every obstacle that would keep us from entering his everlasting kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy.
Today – Sunday, January 26, 2020 Sunday of the Word of God instituted by Pope Francis in the Apostolic Letter “Aperuit Illis”.
“Consequently, I hereby declare that the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be devoted to the celebration, study and dissemination of the word of God. This Sunday of the Word of God will thus be a fitting part of that time of the year when we are encouraged to strengthen our bonds with the Jewish people and to pray for Christian unity. This is more than a temporal coincidence: the celebration of the Sunday of the Word of God has ecumenical value, since the Scriptures point out, for those who listen, the path to authentic and firm unity.”
Saturday - Sunday, January 25 - 26, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
4:00 PM Barbara and Frank McGovern r/o Family
8:00 AM Jayne Shalkowski r/o Jim and Pat Radzicki
10:00 AM Edna Moninghoff r/o Bev, Bob, Matthew, Elizabeth Andresen
Monday, January 27, 9:00 AM George Carr, Sr. r/o Ethel & Maurice Mitchell
Tuesday, January 28, 6:00 PM Agnes Szwec r/o Jim & Ellen DeSapio
Wednesday, January 29, 9:00 AM Agnes Szwec r/o Gloria & John Mizin
Thursday, January 30, 9:00 AM Rosalie Kohler r/o George Kohler
Friday, January 31, 9:00 AM Parish Family
Saturday - Sunday, February 1 - 2, Presentation of the Lord Sunday
4:00 PM Antonio Silva r/o John, Jax & Evan
8:00 AM Paul Petro Sr., r/o Family
8:30 AM Gift Program in the Parish Center
10:00 AM Mass for Agnes Szwec in the Parish Center r/o Golden Agers
11:00 AM Coffee & Cake sponsored by Music Ministry
Congratulations to Maria Anile and Pietro Cucuzza celebrating 50th Wedding Anniversary.
Food Pantry is open on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 9 AM to Noon.
Please consider donating items to our Food Pantry.
Gift Cards are available after Masses and in the Parish Office.
Meals on Wheels provides our seniors in our community nutritious meals. During inclement weathers volunteers are unable to deliver their meals. To make sure our seniors eat each day, they give them emergency "Blizzard Bags. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP OUR HOUSEBOUND SENIORS, please make a contribution toward a “Blizzard Bags”. Each bag is $5 to fill with a healthy meal. Our goal for this endeavor is $ 750 by the end of January. Any contribution is appreciated!!! Flyers will be in the back of the Church. Here are three ways that you can give: Place your contribution in an envelope labeled, “Blizzard Bags,” in the collection baskets at Mass. Drop it off in an envelope labeled, “Blizzard Bags,” to the office: Monday & Wednesday from 9 am to 12 noon. Mail it to St. Edward the Confessor, Attention: Blizzard Baskets, 61 Mill Street, Milford, NJ 08848.
Saturday, February 15, 2020 “Captain Jack” (Billy Joel Tribute Band) Dinner & Show presented by the Knights of Columbus - John Paul II Assembly, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church Hall, 105 Summer Road, Flemington (Three Bridges). Dinner at 6:30 PM, Show at 8 PM. Tickets $40/pp BYOB. For tickets, contact Bill Smith at 908 797 7359.
August 9 - 18, 2020, Pilgrimage to Poland organized by Fr. Joseph Kubiak from St. Helena Church, 950 Grove Ave, Edison, NJ, 08820, Price: $ 2950 includes: airfare, fuel surcharges, taxes,3 meals per day, superior hotels, all entrance fees, transportation to and from the airport. For more information please call 732 - 494 3399 or 732 - 566 4115 or check Parish website: www.sthelenaedison.org.
Our Parishioner Lisa Hartpence will be traveling to Cucuta, Colombia with Healing the Children Hospital Mission on March 14 – 21, 2020 to perform cleft lip / palate / lip surgeries on poor children. Also, there are many pregnant mothers who travel from Venezuela to the hospital in Cucuta for their babies to be born there. Lisa will give these mothers the infant hats that the Prayer Shawl Ministry are making for them. These mothers do not have access to medical care in Venezuela and are very appreciative of the gifts. O March 21 – 26, 2020 Lisa will be flying to Montenegro, Colombia to visit families in poor neighborhoods to distribute groceries and Rosaries and visit Catholic schools for poor children to give dental health presentations, toothbrushes, and snack. Additionally, she hopes to help as needed if there are other opportunities that the St. Clare Sisters might know of while she is there. Arrangements are being made for her to stay with the Sisters again while she is in Montenegro. We are asking for donations for her airfare, medical expenses, and groceries for the poor families. If you can please help.
We pray for sick and homebound Parishioners: James Hintenach, Patrick Danser, Fr. Joseph Murphy, Christine Matthews, Lisa Trever, Valerie Jeanne Korbar, Michael Colasurdo, Helen Schultz, Rose Riegel, Fr. Fidelis Weber, Jessica Morales, Ann Cox, Fran Gombosi, Marie Kallfelz, Al Kroemmelbein, Mary Burke, Maurice Mitchell, Jim Bibbo, Art Boesch, Olga Mizin, Ceil Yocum, Harriet Rodenbach, Rose & Phillip Seifried, Teresa Ferraiolo, Daniel Urrego, Sarah Powel, Frank Slaby, Ralph Stark, Ann and Keitl Eckelhofer and all who care for them.