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Roman Catholic Church Saint Joseph
*PARISH ANNUAL FINANCIAL SUMMARY
—see page 4 _____
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*Our Deacon George’s MEETSING WITH NEW
SAINT—OSCAR ROMERO —see page 3
PASTOR: Msgr. David C. Hubba
PAROCHIAL VICARS: Rev. Roy Regaspi
Rev. Anthony Di Stefano
Rev. George M. Reilly
Saturday 5:00 pm Sunday 7:30am, 9 am,
10:30 am, 12 noon
DAILY Weekdays 7:00 am
& 8:30 am Saturday 8:30 am
HOLY DAYS as announced
Miraculous Medal Novena
Monday, 7:00 pm in Mary’s Chapel
Eucharistic Adoration First Wed. of Month
9 am—5 pm in Mary’s Chapel
Confession: Saturday, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Baptism Contact the Parish Office
Marriage Arrangements should be made
with a priest at least one year in advance.
Homebound/Hospital Call Parish Office
Christian Initiation of Adults—RCIA Contact Parish Office
PARISH REGISTRATION Contact Parish Office
Office Location Phone Email/Fax Website
Parish Office 105 Harrison St., New Milford 201-261-0148 email@example.com Fax #: 201-261-0369
Religious Education 105 Harrison St., New Milford 201-261-1144 firstname.lastname@example.org sjcnjre.org
Saint Joseph School
the greenhouse PreK
305 Elm St., Oradell 201-261-2388 email@example.com sjsusa.org
Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ October 14, 2018 Oradell/New Milford, NJ
Office Hours: (Parish) Mon-Fri.: 9 am - 5 pm; (Rel. Ed.) Mon.-Thurs: 10 am-4 pm (Also by appointment.)
NEW SAINTS: Pope Paul IV, Archbishop Oscar Romero and Sr. Marina Katharina Kasper are among six to be canonized by Pope Francis October 14. See page 3.
SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH ORADELL/NEW MILFORD, NJ
October 5, 2018
TWO NEW SAINTS
Lauren Hernandez & Matthew Schlaier
SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE October 7, 2018
See also pages 3-4-5-9
It was on a morning sometime in 1978 when I met Bishop Romero, now Saint Romero, for the first time. We were a group of high school teenagers who had requested a meeting with him to receive his feedback and blessings for our newly-formed missionary outreach group. I can still remember him, his presence and his peaceful personality. Oscar Romero was born on August 15, 1917 in a small town in El Salvador in a faith-filled family. He entered minor seminary at the age of 13. He was ordained a priest in 1942 and served as a parish priest for 20 years. It was during the 1970s, but especially in 1975, that political polarization began in El Salvador. The conditions among people were “a time bomb.” Poverty, oppression and violence were common problems for the majority of the population in those days. There was political corruption with “democratic” elections in which the candidate was already decided by the controlling classes and a government that was looking out for themselves and not for the people. A group of the people began to arm themselves forming the resistance called “guerrilla.” It became brother against brother.
Both the government army and the guerrillas were recruited by force from the countryside, both men and women. It was in this political turmoil that Fr. Romero began his ministry as a priest. In 1970 he was appointed auxiliary bishop and then on
February 22, 1977 he became Archbishop of San Salvador. It was a violent time when people from the countryside and poor people throughout the country were being killed for selfish interests of money and power. From the beginning of his ministry as an auxiliary bishop, Oscar Romero had seen the extremely hard living conditions of the poor in San Salvador and around the country. He visited the slum areas of the city, talking to people, celebrating the sacraments with them, and listening to their hopes and sufferings. He was deeply affected by the death of one of his friends, Fr. Rutilio Grande, a Jesuit priest, a diligent and tireless evangelizer of farmers and peasants. He, his driver and a catechist while on their way to a village chapel to celebrate its patron feast, were murdered by
the death squads used by the government to eliminate their “opponents.” I remember going to Fr. Grande’s funeral Mass as part of the school outreach. He was buried under the church’s altar. I was there not even knowing this would be a pivotal moment in the life of the country. This event opened the eyes of the world to the violence being afflicted on the priests and catechists who were ministering in poor areas. Their message of the Gospel, of love and justice, was considered subversive.
Archbishop Romero’s mission was to be the ”voice to the voiceless.” He became a prophet, a messenger of justice for the poor and the oppressed. He was killed during Mass in a hospital chapel on March 24, 1980. He was beatified on May 23, 2015 and will be canonized as the first Salvadorian Saint and Martyr on October 14, 2018. Recently, as I was preparing to write this article, I came across Bishop Romero’s memoirs and I discovered surprisingly that our little meeting with him in 1978 was recorded there. We were just a bunch of high school students, but for him we were important enough to keep that event forever registered. May the message of St. Oscar Romero of justice, truth and love for the poor and the oppressed be our inspiration to always strive to imitate him to defend those values in our homes, places of work and society at large. St. Romero of America, pray for us!
A SPECIAL MEMORY OF ONE OF OUR NEWEST SAINTS: Archbishop Oscar Romero
By Deacon George Montalvo
(“From the Pastor’s Desk” will return next week.)
Six New Saints Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Oscar Romero (shown together above) were canonized Oct. 14, 2018 along with Francesco Spinelli, diocesan priest, founder of the Institute of the Sisters Adorers of the Most Holy Sacrament; Vincenzo Romano, diocesan priest; Maria Katharina Kasper, virgin, founder of the Institute of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ; and Nazaria Ignacia de Santa Teresa de Jesús founder of the Congregation of the Missionary Crusaders of the Church.
TWENTY EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ~ OCTOBER 14, 2018
ALL SOULS MASS —NOVEMBER 2
A Mass commemorating the faithful departed (All Souls Day) will be celebrated at Saint Joseph Church on
Friday, November 2 at 7:30 pm. At that Mass, the names of all those who have had funerals at Saint Joseph Church this year will be read. You may also include the name of your loved one who died this year (even if their funeral was not celebrated at Saint Joseph). Please call the Parish Office at 201-261-0148 by Friday, October 26 in order to have your loved one’s name read at the Mass.
LITURGY OF THE WORD WITH CHILDREN
SUNDAYS AT 9:00 AM MASS Our children are invited to hear the Word of God at a level they can understand every Sunday at the 9:00 am Mass. Just before the first reading is proclaimed , the children attending the Mass are invited to come forward and move as a group to their own prayer space in Mary’s Chapel. (A parent or sibling is welcome to join them if they wish.) The readings are presented in an age-appropriate way that nourishes their faith and helps them to become full and active participants in the Liturgy. The children are brought back to the assembly in time for the beginning of the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
ADULT VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED If you are an adult who would like to become part of this very special ministry and assist our priests and deacon to share God’s message with our littlest parishioners, please see Fr. Anthony or call the parish office at 201-261-0148 ,
Pope Paul VI Paul VI, who reigned from 1963 to 1978, led the Catholic Church through the closing of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) and the turbulent period that followed, overseeing significant transitions in liturgy, seminary formation, theological study,
and many other areas of ecclesiastical life. Paul VI also launched the Synod of Bishops in 1965, as an attempt to broaden the involvement of bishops from around the world in the governance of the Church. The next session is scheduled for Rome in October, devoted to themes of youth and vocations. He’s best known for his controversial 1968 encyclical letter Humanae Vitae, which reaffirmed the Church’s traditional opposition to artificial birth control. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the encyclical, with major events planned in Rome and around the world to ponder its legacy. Prior to his election to the papacy, Giovanni Battista Montini spent much of his career in the Vatican’s diplomatic servi