From The Pastor 11-29-15

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, PLEASE join us next Wednesday, Dec 2nd, for our newly restored – at OSJ – Holy Hour – Eucharistic exposition, adoration and benediction! This time honored devotion of the Church will give you the quiet and peace that we all seek! Accordingly, I share with you these Ten Biblical Reasons For Wanting To Spend One Hour With Jesus In The Blessed Sacrament (Borrowed from the Catholic News Agency). Jesus is really there! “I myself am the living bread come down from heaven.” (Jn 6:35) Day and night Jesus dwells in the Blessed Sacrament because of his Infinite love for you! “Behold I will be with you always even to the end of the world” (Mt 28:20;) One way that Jesus asks you to honor him is to spend one quiet hour with him in the Blessed Sacrament. “Could you not watch one hour with me?” (Mt 26:40) When you look upon the Sacred Host, you look upon Jesus, the Son of God. “Indeed, this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks upon the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life. (Jn 6:40) Each moment that you spend in His Eucharistic Presence will increase his divine life within you and deepen your personal relationship and friendship with him. “I have come that you may have life, and have it more abundantly.” (Jn 15:5) Each hour you spend with Jesus will deepen his divine peace in your heart. “Come to me all of you who are weary and find life burdensome and I will refresh you…” (Mt 11:28;) Jesus will give you all the graces you need to be happy! “The Lamb on the throne will shepherd them. He will lead them to the springs of life-giving water.” (Rev 7:17) Jesus is infinitely deserving of our unceasing thanksgiving and adoration for all he has done for our salvation. “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive honor, glory and praise.” (Rev. 5:12) For peace in our country! “When my people humble themselves and seek my presence… I will revive their land.” (2Chr 7:14) Each moment you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament brings joy, pleasure, and delight to his Sacred Heart! “My joy, my pleasure, my delight is to be with you.” (Prov 8:31) Please join us in quiet prayer and worship! With my esteem and prayers, © 2015 Fr. Phil Florio,...

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From The Pastor 11-22-15

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, With all of the talk about refugees these past few weeks, I though it right to bring to your attention a directive from our Jesuit Provincial Offices. Father Robert Hussey, SJ, our Provincial Superior recommends to us supporting the Jesuit Refugee Service Program, Mercy in Motion, to provide a concrete approach to Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy. This blurb taken from the JRS site best explains who they are: ”The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organization with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. JRS programs are found in 50 countries, providing assistance to: refugees in camps and cities, individuals displaced within their own countries, asylum seekers in cities, and to those held in detention centers. The main areas of work are in the field of education, emergency assistance, healthcare, livelihood activities and social services. At the end of 2014, more than 900,000 individuals were direct beneficiaries of JRS projects.” Gratefully, this very month, the Jesuit Refugee Service celebrates its 35th anniversary. In addition, the Holy Year of Mercy will begin December 8th. Pope Francis’ invitation to the Church to reveal Christ’s mercy, especially to those most in need, goes hand in hand with JRS’ mission. On November 14, the date of JRS’ anniversary, Pope Francis missioned JRS and its friends to do what they can for refugees during the Year of Mercy. JRS’ response to the Year of Mercy will be a renewed focus on education. (very Jesuit approach!) JRS believes that education is the long-term solution to the global refugee crisis, a solution that begins with one child at a time. The goal of Jesuit Refugee Services is to raise $35 million to meet the goals of the Global Education Initiative. The Initiative will be truly global, structured as a network of campaigns among JRS regions, individual benefactors and foundations, and Jesuit partner organizations around the world. ( that is OSJ!)  JRS/USA will serve as our focal point in the United States for the Global Education Initiative and Mercy in Motion Campaign. Pope Francis has stressed the Year of Mercy is an opportunity “to rediscover and make fruitful the mercy of God, with which all of us are called to give consolation to every man and woman of our time.” When speaking out on the current refugee crisis, he has also said that the world is suffering from a “globalization of indifference,” ignoring those who cry out for mercy. But it is time to change that. OSJ can be a part of this initiative, I am sure. We can come together to make a globalized difference. If you are interested in supporting JRS,...

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From the Pastor: 11-15-15

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in From the Pastor Columns

  AMDG Dear OSJ Family, “What is old, is new” or so the old adage says. With that, I write this week to invite you to join us for something new to OSJ (at least recently), yet steeped in the ancient beauty of our Catholic faith – A Eucharistic Holy Hour. As your pastor, I am constantly open to ways to draw us in to prayer and spiritual growth and in this case it is by restoring a Holy Hour to our repertoire of spiritual activities at OSJ. It is my hope to reintroduce this beautiful liturgy of the Church that has long been practiced at “the little church in the alley.” A Holy Hour is an opportunity to spend time in contemplative prayer and reflection that features Eucharistic Adoration in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Based upon Jesus’ invitation to the disciples to sit with him in the Garden of Gethsemane in the Gospel of Matthew, Holy Hour is an opportunity for quiet prayer and reflection on your faith. In a deeper sense, it involves “the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us”. Saint John Vianney, the great and beloved parish priest of Ars, a small village in France, spent hours each day ministering to his parish in a time of crisis for the Church and his country. He devotedly spent hours each day in the confessional listening to the pains and burdens of his people and whenever he was finished he would take time for silent prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. When asked why he would sit in the pew and stare at the Blessed Sacrament reserved on the altar, Saint John responded, “I look at Jesus and he looks at me, and that is enough”. In short, Eucharistic Adoration is “Christ and God’s people reaching out for each other, at the same time!” Because, as Catholics, we believe that Christ is truly and substantially present in the Eucharist, the Blessed Sacrament is given the same adoration and devotion that is accorded to Christ. Our Holy Hour at OSJ will be a simple liturgy (a liturgy is not always Mass but is any public act of worship that is honored in the Church’s tradition), one hour including Scripture readings, hymns, prayers and time for silent adoration before the Lord exposed on the altar. The liturgy will end with “benediction” or a blessing with the Blessed Sacrament. You are welcome to come for all or only a part of the Holy Hour. Interestingly, a Holy Hour is a complete liturgical service in its own right and is to be celebrated with reverence and dignity as such. OSJ, please try to join us this Advent season as we celebrate our...

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