From the Pastor 3-27-2016

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family On behalf of the OSJ Jesuits, the Pastoral Staff, and our various Parish Leaders and Ministers, I wish you a  most Happy and Blessed Easter! The Rev. Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ was an English Jesuit who today is recognized as as one of the finest religious poets of the Victorian age (and is one of my favorites!). Father Hopkins was baptized into the Church of England in 1844, but as a young man became increasingly interested in Catholicism. In 1864, Hopkins read John Henry Cardinal Newman’s moving Apologia Pro Vita Sua, which explained the reasons Newman had entered the Catholic Church. Two years later, Hopkins was received into the Catholic Church by Cardinal Newman. In 1868 Gerard entered the Society of Jesus and continued to use his gift of poetry in inspiring others to greater faith, hope, and love. Here are a few verses of his famous Easter poem written shortly after his conversion to the Catholic Church: Easter Break the box and shed the nard; Stop not now to count the cost; Hither bring pearl, opal, sard; Reck not what the poor have lost; Upon Christ throw all away: Know ye, this is Easter Day. Build His church and deck His shrine, Empty though it be on earth; Ye have kept your choicest wine— Let it flow for heavenly mirth; Pluck the harp and breathe the horn: Know ye not ’tis Easter morn? …………………………………………………… Seek God’s house in happy throng; Crowded let His table be; Mingle praises, prayer, and song, Singing to the Trinity. Henceforth let your souls always Make each morn an Easter Day. -Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Blessed Easter! Fr. Phil Florio,...

Read More

From the Pastor 3-13-2016

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, On the night before Christ died for us on the Cross at Calvary, he washed the feet of his disciples. This was a powerful gesture on his part. That Almighty God, in Christ, would literally stoop down and wash the dirty feet of those he taught, guided and loved speaks volumes of God’s great love for us! Some say that, besides the cross,  this is the most humble thing that the Lord ever did. So what are we to learn from Jesus Christ’s act of humility? Jesus Himself clearly explained the primary lesson of foot-washing: “You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet” John 13:14 In other words, if Jesus Christ is willing to humbly and unconditionally serve His followers in a lowly human task, his followers, that is us, ought to follow His example and be willing to perform even the most difficult tasks for our sisters and brothers in the human family. Indeed on that first Holy Thursday, before they broke bread together,  Jesus instituted the foot-washing ceremony to illustrate that He had come to serve others. Christ’s ultimate service for the world was his desire to sacrifice His life for us on that first Good Friday.  Christ’s example of humility, service and generosity is all the more moving because of its contrast with the attitude of the rest of the world that so often seems to be to serve one’s self over others. Jesus as his stooped to wash the feet of his friends modeled humble service for them and that same lesson remains for us today. With that I ask that YOU consider having your foot washed at our Holy Thursday Liturgy. As is the time honored custom at OSJ, we will have teams of people throughout the church offering that humble gesture to all who approach. It takes humility to serve and to be served in this regard…and what a beautiful gesture of service this is! Please try to join us on Holy Thursday as we celebrate the institution of the Holy Eucharist and the ministerial priesthood, and as we remember the humble act of “stooping down” to serve others as Jesus serves us! Blessed Lent, Fr Phil Florio,SJ...

Read More

From the Pastor 3-6-2016

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, As we continue with our blessed season of Lent and as we seek to grow in greater faith, hope, and love in this holy time, here are some great opportunities being offered by our parish to help you in your Lenten Journey: Weekly Worship/Mass Schedule Sunday, The Lord’s Day 5:30 PM (Saturday, Vigil Mass) 7:30 AM 9:30 AM  (Family Mass) 11:30 AM (Solemn Mass) 6:30 PM Weekday Mass Monday through Saturday 12:05 PM Sacrament of Reconciliation Monday through Saturday 11:30 AM in the Church Join us SUNDAY MARCH 13th at 3:30pm in the Church for ENCOUNTERING JESUS– Faith Formation with Fr. James Martin, S.J. Jesuit Father Jim Martin is a celebrated author, writer, and and editor-at-large of the Catholic weekly magazine America. Fr. Martin, the official chaplain to the Colbert Report, will discuss his latest book “The Abbey” and touch on various aspects of Ignatian spirituality. He will also preach and preside at our 6:30pm Mass. Also please join us Social Justice Stations of the Cross: Led by Dr Maureen O’Connell, a religion professor at LaSalle (who previously worked at Fordham and has degrees from St. Joe’s and Boston College) on presenting Social Justice Stations of the Cross on Palm Sunday (March 20, 2016) from 2:00-5:00 p.m. The goal will be to use social justice themes to complement each station and will include a walking procession through the neighborhood surrounding OSJ. Professor O’Connell has offered similar programs before, including a social justice themed pilgrimage down Broad Street during the Pope’s visit that was outstanding. Her bio is here: Blessed Lent Fr. Phil Florio, S.J.    ...

Read More