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THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

FirstSundayOfadvent 1DECEMBER 9/10, 2017

In today’s first reading Is 40:1-5, 9-11,Isaiah foresees both John the Baptist and the Good News of Jesus Christ. In today’s Gospel, Mk 1:1-8. Mark begins with the appearance of John the Baptist in the desert. Mark’s description of John the Baptist highlights John’s continuity with the Jewish prophetic tradition. Mark describes John as an abstinent, living in the desert, clothed in camel hair, and eating locusts and wild honey.

Mark’s community, the early Christians, faced conflicts and resolutions, persecutions, betrayals and denials. Many could have been overwhelmed by all the bad news. Mark boldly proclaims the beginning of the Good News.

The people of Judea and Jerusalem flock to him, listening to his message of repentance and forgiveness; they also come to him to be baptized. John’s baptism was not yet a Christian baptism, but a preparation for the Sacrament of Baptism through which sins are forgiven, and the gift of the Holy Spirit is received.

Mark’s Gospel is clear; John the Baptist’s role is only to prepare the way for another who will come, one who is greater than John.

John speaks explicitly that the Messiah was to come after him. We also hear John the Baptist contrast his baptism of repentance with the baptism that Jesus will invest. John says that he has baptized with water, but that the one who is to come will baptize with the Holy Spirit.

Let us use John the Baptist as our model during Advent. We, too, are called to prepare a way for the Lord. Like John the Baptist, we are messengers in service to one who is greater than we are. Our Baptism commissions us to call others to life as disciples of Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

Parish News & Updates

  • Advent/Christmas/New Year's Mass Schedule

    Please see schedule attached here.

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  • Baby Items Collection December 9/10 and 16/17

    The Rosary Altar Society will be collecting baby items for the new mothers at Birth Haven on the weekends of December 9/10 and 16/17.

    Birth Haven is an independent, non-secretarian, non-profit organization. Bith Haven's mission is to provide shelter, support and education to homeless, pregnant women and girls. Birth Haven is operated 24/7 by a professional staff that provides a safe, caring environment, education, counseling and medical services as needed.

  • Christmas Flower Memorials

    You will once again be able to honor your deceased loved ones at Christmas time with flowers on our altar. We will publish each name in the bulletin at Christmas time.  Envelopes received after the early publishing date will be printed in the weeks thatfollow until all names are listed. The suggested donation should be a minimum of $20.00. There will be a Flower offering envelope in both the Christmas mailing and the bi-monthly envelopes you receive as a registered parishioner. There will also be Flower Offering Envelopes at the back of the church for those who need them.

  • "Save Your Stuff" for our Parish Garage Sale in Spring 2018

    Holy Spirit Church will be holding its first garage sale fundraiser in the Spring of 2018.  See additional information here.

  • DISC-55 Pequannock Seniors: Check here for October to December Activities

    See the Disc-55 Schedule here.

  • Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesday Mornings
     
    Beginning on Tuesday, September 12th Eucharistic Adoration will take place from 9:00am until 10:00am every Tuesday following the weekday 8:30am mass.
  • CLERGY SCHEDULE - December 16/17, 2017

    Clergy Schedule

    5:00PM           Fr. David

    7:30AM          Fr. David

    9:00AM          Fr. David

    11:00AM         The Most Reverend Arthur J. Serratelli
                           Bishop of Paterson

    7:00PM           Fr. Ed Lambro

     

     

  • RECENT CATHOLIC NEWS
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

    What is R.C.I.A.

    The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the coming home of any adult into the full and warm embrace of God the Father and Holy Mother Church. It is a joyous time of growth, healing, and love in the life of any adult who comes to a relationship of faith, hope and love in God through Jesus Christ. Receiving the Sacraments of Initiation, namely Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist, the adult catechumen or candidate is welcomed into the full life of the Church and encouraged to engage in the life and ministries of the Church as faith leads to action.
     

    The adult catechumen or candidate is also exposed to the life of holiness, a call from God experienced by all people, and the many ways he or she can live that call as a servant of Christ and His Church. The catechumen or candidate is exposed to the different spiritual traditions of the Church, as well as her charitable and liturgical activities and ministries, so that he or she can find a home in the life of the Church and contribute his or her gifts and talents to the building up of the kingdom of God.

     

    RCIA is an 8-month process by which adult, baptized Catholics complete their sacraments of initiation, and those who would like to become Catholic for the first time receive their sacraments, is beginning registration now.  If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining these sessions, please call the Parish Office at (973) 696-1234.

  • Visits for the Homebound

    If you know of someone who is homebound and would like to schedule a visit from one of our Eucharistic Ministers for Holy Communion, please have them call the Parish Office at (973) 696-1234.  Homebound individuals who would like a visit from Fr. David for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick or the Sacrament of Reconciliation may also call the Parish Office to arrange for a visit.

About Us

Rev. David Monteleone Pastor

Rev. Przemyslaw Nowak
(Fr. Shemik)

(In residence during breaks from Catholic U.)

Rev. Mr. Michael Scruggs, Deacon
Rev. Mr. Gary Zack, Deacon
Parish Trustees:
Mrs. Kathleen Bekker
Mr. Louis Piccoli

Holy Spirit Church
318 Newark-Pompton Turnpike
Pequannock, NJ  07440

Office Hours
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9:00 am - 3:00PM
Phone
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Saturday
5:00PM
Sunday
7:30AM
9:00AM
11:00AM
7:00PM
 
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8:30AM
 
Eucharistic Adoration
Tuesdays
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Rosary and Miraculous Medal Novena
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Reconciliation:
Saturday
4:00 to 4:30PM
 
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