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12th sunday ordinary time mass hymn suggestionsJune 24/25, 2017

We read today’s Gospel in the context of last week’s Gospel in which Jesus sent the twelve disciples to proclaim the kingdom of heaven. Jesus has predicted that the disciples will face difficulties in their mission.

In today’s Gospel Mt 5:43-48, Jesus tells his followers “Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known.” That, on its surface, may make some people nervous thinking there is nothing we can get away with. Some may live in fear that someday a “secret crime” of theirs may be revealed. Jesus, however, is not referring to any of our “secret crimes.” Rather, he is talking about the message of the Good News. He wants his followers to be bold in proclaiming what he has told them in secret. And they are not to worry about the consequences of proclaiming the Kingdom. God, will take care of his children.

The text may reflect some of the concerns of the early Christian communities about persecution and the dangers that this community has most likely already faced and will continue to face. Still persecution and suffering cannot be avoided or prevented.

Since those early times, persecution had been a reality in the church. Even today we sadly hear about modern martyrs being murdered for their faith, echoing the stories of martyrs from the early days of our faith. But we also have seen for ourselves, the courage of believers living in different and difficult circumstances with the threat of violence near to the doors of their churches.

We might not face the same type of persecution, but we do experience difficulties as we try to live a Christian life. Sometimes we let the opinions of others prevent us from doing what we know to be right. We need the reminder that what God thinks about us is more important. We are reassured by the promise that God cares for us and protects us, so, let us be today stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters living throughout the world, and may they know the protection of our loving God.

Parish News & Updates

  • Religious Education and Confirmation Registration

    The registration form for religious education for Grades 1-8 can be downloaded and printed HERE.

    The registration form for the Confirmation program can be downloaded and printed HERE

  • Diocesan Pilgrimage to National Basilica in October

    The Diocese of Paterson will be hosting the 2017 Pilgrimage on October 21st. The trip will provide the faithful the opportunity to join parishioners throughout the diocesNationalBasilicae in a prayer filled day at The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. There are two options to participate, a two-day trip which includes visits to the St. Jude Shrine, the Baltimore Basilica and the National Shrine in Washington or the one full day trip to National Shrine in Washington that includes Mass, Confession, Rosary, Divine Mercy, and Catechetical presentations.

    The flyer with complete information can be found HERE.

  • Retirement Reception for Fr. Charles Waller

    All are welcome to join in the planning for the September 17, 2017 retirement reception for Fr. Charles Waller, which will take place at Holy Spirit Church.  The first planning meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 6 at 1:30PM in the Seniors' Room of the church basement.  Fr. Waller's first assignment following his ordination was here at Holy Spirit Church in 1973.  He is currently the Director of Pastoral Care at Straight and Narrow.

  • Holy Spiri School's 60th Anniversary: Save the Date--October 14, 2017 !!!

    hs logo 2 colHoly Spirit School’s 60th Anniversary Gala will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Castle Banquet Hall, Rt. 23, Pequannock from 6:30 to 11:30 pm.  Please save the date and consider joining us to celebrate our school’s special anniversary.

  • CLERGY SCHEDULE - June 24/25, 2017

    Clergy Schedule

    5:00PM           Fr. Edward Lambro

    7:30AM          Fr. David Monteleone

    10:30AM        Fr. David Monteleone

    7:00PM          Fr. David Monteleone



  • 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

 Fr. David Monteleone Pastor

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

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5:00 PM
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Rosary and Miraculous Medal Novena
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