Statement of the New Jersey Bishops
Reinstating the General Obligation to Attend Mass
The Pastor's Pen
God's Many Blessings06-20-2021Fr. Matthew R. Paratore, S.T.L., J.C.L.
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen enumerated some of God's blessings:
*An acceptance that can never be questioned. (Ephesians 1:6).
*An inheritance that can never be lost (I Peter 1:3-5).
*A deliverance that can never be excelled (2 Corinthians l:10).READ MORE
"He asked them, 'Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?" – Mark 4:40
Do you really trust God? Is God your first choice or last resort? Is your faith something you just do on Sunday or do you live the Gospel message every day of the week? Many of us know about God. How many of us have a personal relationship with Him? Start now, open your heart to receive our Lord. Talk and listen throughout the day, in all circumstances.READ MORE
The Storms Teach Us Valuable Lessons06-20-2021© LPi
As we look at our lives and world events, do we ever find ourselves wondering if God is sleeping? After all, maybe God’s patient, unconditional love has run its course and He is finally fed up with humanity’s reluctance to accept the truth about who we are. God really can’t be that patient! All throughout human history, many have prayed to God for intervention or for particular needs. Because their prayers were not answered in the way they wanted or anticipated, they felt that God may have abandoned them. Were they right? It seems that we are continuing, at a rapid rate, down a path of destruction. Do you not care, God, that we may be perishing? When the boats of our lives are rocking and the seas tumultuous, we want to know that we have God’s attention. Even more so, we want God’s intervention.READ MORE
Sunday Mass & Holy Day Obligation
It is both a precept of the Church and Church law that Catholics must worship God on Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation by participating in the Holy Mass. This follows from the fact that in the Mass it is Christ Himself who worships the Father, joining our worship to His. In no other way is it possible to adequately give thanks (eucharistia) to God for the blessings of creation, redemption and our sanctification than by uniting our offerings to that of Jesus Christ Himself.