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With great joy we welcome
His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Tobin
as the Sixth Archbishop of Newark.

Read Cardinal Tobin's biography below under Programs and Events.
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CoatON SUNDAY, JAN. 22, THE COMMUNITY OUTREACH  MINISTRY IS COLLECTING NEW AND GENTLY USED COATSTO DONATE TO ST. JOSEPH'S IN ELIZABETH. PLEASE BRING YOUR CLEAN COATS TO THE UPPER CHURCH PARKING LOT AFTER ALL OF THE SUNDAY MASSES.  REMEMBER TO CLEAN OUT THE POCKETS.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP IN KEEPING OTHERS WARM.
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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES WILL NOT BE HELD ON SUNDAY - JANUARY 22, MONDAY - JANUARY 23 AND WEDNESDAY - JANUARY 25 AS  WE ARE HOUSING THE HOMELESS HERE AT LITTLE FLOWER THAT WEEK. 
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Please join us for "Going Home" Town Hall sessions after each Mass the weekend of January 28 and 29 in the Church.

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PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

  • CARDINAL TOBIN'S BIOGRAPHY & COAT OF ARMS

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    His Eminence
    Joseph William Cardinal Tobin, C. Ss.R.

    Sixth Archbishop of Newark, was born in Detroit Michigan, on May 3, 1952 to Marie Terese Kerwin and the late Joseph W. Tobin.  He is the oldest of thirteen children.

    Joseph Tobin attended Holy Redeemer Elementary School in Detroit, and then graduated from St. Joseph’s Preparatory College, Edgerton, Wisconsin 1970.  He continued his education at Holy Redeemer College, Waterford, Wisconsin, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy in 1975.  He attended Mount Saint Alphonsus Seminary in Esopus, New York, where he earned the degrees of Master in Religious Education (1977) and Master of divinity in Pastoral Theology (1979).

    Joseph Tobin made his temporary profession of religious vows as a member of the congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) and perpetual vows on August 21, 1976.  He was ordained to the priesthood on June 1, 1978. Between1979 and 1984, Father Tobin served as Associate Pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish, Detroit, where he engaged in both pastoral ministry to the Latino community and youth ministry. In 1984, he was named pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish. He also served in a number of diocesan assignments within the diocese of Detroit, including Episcopal Vicar, member of the Presbyteral Council, and an official in the Metropolitan Tribunal.  

    From 1990 until 1991, he served as pastor of St. Alphonsus Parish in Chicago, Illinois, a parish staffed by the Redemptorists.

    Within the Redemptorist Commnity, Father Tobin served as a Provincial Consultor from 1984 until 1990, as General Consultor of the community in Rome from1991 until 1997, and as Superior General of the Redemptorists in Rome from 1997 until 2009.

    On August 9, 2010, His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, named Father Tobin Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSA) and titular Archbishop of Obba.  He was ordained to the episcopacy on October 9, 2010, in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome.  He was appointed by the Pope to five Synods of Bishops in 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005, and 2008.  He has been a member of the Canon Law Society of America since 1985.  He speaks English, Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese and reads several other languages.

    Appointed Archbishop of Indianapolis by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, on October 18, 2012, he was installed on December 3, 2012, at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, Indianapolis.

    On October 9, 2016, His Holiness, Pope Francis, announced that Archbishop Tobin would be made a cardinal in a papal consistory on November 19, 2016.  On that day became a Cardinal Priest and assigned the titular church of Santa Maria delle Grazie al Trionfale.  On November 7, 2016, Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Tobin Archbishop of Newark.

    Cardinal Tobin was installed as the (eleventh bishop and) sixth Archbishop of Newark on January 6, 2017 in the metropolitan Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark.

    Symbols/Images on Cardinal Tobin's Coat of Arms

    The coat of arms of our new Archbishop is a combination of his personal coat of arms and the coat of arms of the Archdiocese of Newark.

    Cardinal Tobin is represented on the right side of the shield, in 3 different sections.  The cross between the perch with the sponge and spear and the mount represent the events at Golgotha.  The green represents the hope and virtue in our pilgrimage towards salvation, which comes from the coat of arms of the Redemptorists Congregation, to which Cardinal Tobin belongs

    The oak leaves come from the crest of the Tobin family.  Oak is a symbol of strength. The blue field represents the separation of worldly values and the ascent of the soul towards God.  Finally the fleur de lis is a classical symbol of the iconography of St. Joseph (Cardinal Tobin's patron saint) and the red field symbolizes the love of God who sent his only Son to shed his blood for us.

    Cardinal Tobin's motto "Gaudete in Domino" translates as "Rejoice in the Lord" from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians.

    The left side of the shield represents the Archdiocese of Newark.  It is based on the coat of arms of Newark in Nottinghamshire, England, to reflect the origins of the city.  The upper portion of the left side has a crescent between two trefoils.  The crescent honors the Blessed Mother as patroness of the Archdiocese.  The trefoils (shamrocks) honor St. Patrick with the red background signifying the blood of Christ's Sacred Heart, the name of the Cathedral Basilica.  The blue waves represent rivers or bodies of water, as Newark is a port city and many rivers flow through the Archdiocese as a whole.

    Around the outside there is the "pontifical hat" with 15 tassels on each side, indicative of Cardinal Tobin's rank as a member of the College of Cardinals and the archiepiscopal cross with two bars, showing his status as the archbishop.  The pallium is seen along the bottom, with the small black crosses, symbolic of his authority as a Metropolitan Archbishop as well as his communion with the Holy Father.

  • RICE BOWLS AND LENTEN FOOD DRIVE


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    Operation Rice Bowl will begin on February 25th.This

    Rice bowls will be distributed during CCD classes and will also be available for pick up during Masses on the weekend of February 25th-26th and on Ash Wednesday.  This Lenten season, Catholic Relief Services invites Catholics to pray with their families and communities; fast in solidarity with those who hunger; learn about our global community and the challenges of poverty; and give sacrificial contributions to those in need. Operation Rice Bowl is a way for your family to come together to help those in need during Lent.Consider downloading the CRS Rice Bowl free Lenten app to receive daily Lenten reflections and inspiration directly to your phone.

     Rice Bowls should be returned to Mass on HOLY THURSDAY, 4/13 or anytime during Holy Week. Before submitting your Rice Bowl, please total the money in your bowl and write a check to the Church of the Little Flower or send cash (no coins please)! If you have any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you!

    LentenFoodDrive

    The Annual Lenten Food Drive will take place the weekends of March 11th/12th and 18th/19th.

    Please bring in non-perishable food items and place them in the bins at Mass. Items will be donated to the Little Flower Food Pantry and St. Joseph’s Service Center in Elizabeth. Please remember to check the expiration dates on any donated items. Thank you!

  • ADULT BIBLE STUDY - THE PROPHETS - JANUARY 10 - MARCH 21, 2017

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    THE PROPHETS - AN ADULT BIBLE STUDY

    If we consider that God is the Divine Bridegroom and the Church is his Bride, then the prophets can be seen as spiritual marriage counselors. They afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted, calling us to return to our covenant relationship with God. They urge us to repentance, warn us of the dangers of sin, and announce the blessings of faithfulness. Their prophetic words speak to us even today, as they draw us closer to our heavenly Bridegroom.

    The Prophets:  Messengers of Gods Mercy is presented by Thomas Smith! Each week, Tom teaching on DVD will introduce you to a new prophet from Scripture and learn how his message sheds light on our faith and our lives. In getting to know these messengers of God, you will read Scripture and the Catechism, while answering thought provoking questions and reflections and sharing with other study participants. Plus, you will learn practical ways to apply the messages of the prophets in your own life.

    Tuesday evenings beginning January 10th to March 21st  from 7 to 9 pm in the Church of the Little Flower, school building, room 2D

    Advanced registration is preferred to allow time to order study materials.
    Click the link for Registration Form or use Sign-Up Genius to register.

    Questions - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  OR call Sam & Marianne Sowell at 732-360-1473

     

  • DAYS OF REFLECTION - FEBRUARY & MARCH 2017

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    Our days of reflection continue for all those involved in our ministries as an opportunity to come together to pray and discover how your ministry is a blessing to you.   Each session will focus on a particular type of ministry, but anyone is welcome to any of the sessions. Margaret Manning will lead prayers, provide a brief presentation and allow time for small group and large group conversations within a casual, relaxed atmosphere. All sessions will be held in the cafeteria with light refreshments. Please RSVP to Margaret Manning or contact her with any questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Use the Sign-Up Genius Links below for registration.

    Saturday Feb. 11th 9:30am-12:00pm Education/teaching ministries
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    Sunday March 26th   1:00pm-3:30pm Prayer/devotion/support group ministries
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    Education Prayer Support

    Bible Study
    Catechists
    Confirmation Mentors
    RCIA Team

    Adoration
    Divorced/Separated
    MOM’s
    Prayer Chain
    Rosary Society
    Women’s Spiritual Sharing


  • HOMELESS MINISTRY HOSTING - JANUARY 22-29. 2017

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    Our next Family Promise homeless hosting at Little Flower will be from Sunday, January 22 through Sunday, January 29. There are 3 homeless ministry sign-up links on the ministry sign-ups below.

     
     
     

    1)    For safe environment policy compliant volunteers to serve as evening coordinator, dinner, evening, overnight and breakfast hosts or as emergency drivers:
           (Only sign-ups by approved volunteers will be accepted.)

    2)    For any volunteers to assist with the setup, tear-down or laundry or to drop off a meal item: 
            
    3)    For any volunteers to donate groceries and supplies:
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    Most volunteer positions only require about 2 hours of your time.

    The drop-off date for those donating the needed groceries and supplies items will be Friday, January 20 from 6-8 PM in the cafeteria.

    * The Archdiocesan Safe Environment Policy requires that all adult volunteers directly serving youth and vulnerable adults complete a volunteer application, submit to a background check, agree to abide by the Archdiocesan Policies and Code of Ethics and attend the Protecting God’s Children Workshop. See the Safe Environment section on the parish website for details.  Only those volunteers who have complied with these requirements may directly serve our homeless ministry guests.

    Compliance is not necessary to assist with the laundry, setup or teardown, to drop off a meal item or to donate groceries and supplies.

    For further information, contact the homeless ministry at this email address,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call Tony Campasano at 908-665-1573.

     

  • BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP - LATE WINTER/EARLY SPRING 2017

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    Bereavement Support Group – Late Winter/Early Spring 2017

    REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

    Brochures are available in the literature rack in the back of both the Little and the Upper Church or can be found on our parish website www.lfbhnj.org.

    “Healing the Grieving Heart: The Journey After the Death of a Loved One,” a FREE of charge eight week support group will be held from 1-2:30PM on Tuesdays, starting February 7th through March 28th in room 1H of the School Building.  

    Licensed professional counselor, Jeanne Marie Mirabella, MA, LPC, NCC will facilitate the course.  ALL are welcome to attend regardless of church affiliation.  

    You may register by email to Mariana Terrezza or Maria Politano at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling Mariana at 908-665-9056.

    Click the link for the Information Brochure and Registration form.

     

     

     

     

     

  • DIVORCED AND SEPARATED MINISTRY: SUPPORT GROUP LATE WINTER/EARLY SPRING 2017

     

    Divorced and Separated Ministry: Support Group Late Winter/Early Spring 2017


    REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!


    The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide 12 week group begins Wednesday, February 15 at 7:30 PM at Little Flower and meets every Wednesday through May 10.  The cost of $25 per person includes a “Personal Survival Guide” and all materials.  The 12 week program features 30 minute DVD presentations each week that cover topics of shock, denial, anger, grief, guilt, forgiveness, money, the courts, the kids, the ex spouse, annulment, dating, sexuality, spirituality, remarriage or staying single, and much more.


    Some benefits of the program include:


    • The camaraderie that develops among group members aids in the healing process.

    • The peer dynamic of a group brings a rich diversity of support.

    • The weekly schedule allows for sufficient time to process the topics discussed in the teaching material seen in each DVD presentation.

    • Hope and healing for members of the group.

    In order to fully benefit from the program, participants should be willing to make a commitment to attend all 12 sessions.


    All are welcome to attend regardless of church affiliation.


    To receive a registration form, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the parish office at 908-464-1585.

     

  • INFORMATION ON BECOMING A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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    ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES OFAMERICA?

    Below is information from Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark regarding the services this Archdiocesan-sponsored agency provides to those wishing to become citizens of the United States.

    Catholic Charities can help with completing your application N-400 at one of our free workshops. Free Consultations are available on the First and Last Friday of the Month: 10-12 Noon

    Contact Catholic Charities AT 973-733-3516, extension 206, located at 976 Broad Streed, Newark, NJ  07102

    Benefits of Becoming a U.S. Citizen
         - Extended Travel Outside of the U.S.A.
         - Vote in Elections
         - No Risk of Deportation

    To Become Eligible for Citizenship you must
    - Be at Least 18 Years Old
    - Be a Permanent Resident for Five Years or Married for Three Years to an American Citizen
    - Have not had an Extended Period Outside of the United States

     

  • SUPPLEMENTING RETIREMENT WITH A PLANNED GIFT


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    Are you nearing retirement or are already retired and are looking to make a year-end gift?
    If so, a Charitable Gift Annuity can be a way to
    supplement your retirement income and help your parish at the same time.
    Also, if you are 70 ½ or older, don’t forget about the IRA Charitable Rollover.
    Let the Archdiocese of Newark help you set up a Charitable Gift
    Annuity by contacting Theresa Lynch in the Planned Giving Office. She can be reached at  (973) 497-4042  or by e-mail at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

     

  • PHOTOS OF LITTLE FLOWER PARISH IN ACTION

    Our Second Graders Received First Penance on Dec. 10, 2016
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    Litttle Flower had a Live Nativity on Sunday, December 11, 2016.

    Marcello, the donkey, came to visit and be part of the fun.

     Blessing of Animals on Sunday, October 2, 2016
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    Teresa Johnson,
    Director of Religious Education
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    Margaret Manning,
    Pastoral Associate
    are commissioned as
    Extraordinary Ministers of
    Holy Communion
    on October 1, 2016 at 5:30pm Mass.

     Students in our Religious Education classes think outside the box!
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