2017 Lenten Regulations
1. The days of both Fast and Abstinence during Lent are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the “paschal fast” to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily His Resurrection. The other Fridays of Lent are days of Abstinence. On a day of Fast, only one (1) full meal is permitted and two (2) smaller meals, which, if added together, would not exceed the main meal in quantity. Those between the ages of 18 and 59 are obliged to fast. On a day of Abstinence, no meat may be eaten. Those who have reached the age of 14 are obliged by the law of abstinence.
2. The obligation to observe the laws of Fast and Abstinence “substantially”, or as a whole, is a serious obligation.
3. The Fridays of the year, outside of Lent, are designated as days of penance, but each individual may substitute for the traditional abstinence from meat some other practice of voluntary self-denial as penance.
4. The time for fulfilling the Paschal Precept (Easter Duty*) extends from the First Sunday of Lent, March 5, 2017 to The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, June 11, 2017. *Canon 920, §1, All the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year.
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.
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!
We invite your participation in any of our choirs as we prepare for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. Singing affords an opportunity to offer service to our parish in a warm, welcoming and fun setting. Consider joining one of our choirs:
ADULT CHOIR: Rehearsals – Wednesdays from 7:30-9:00 p.m. – Upper Church
JUNIOR/YOUTH CHOIR - (Grades 2-8): Rehearsals – Wednesdays from 4:45-6:00 p.m. – Upper Church
HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC MINISTRY – Rehearsals – Saturdays from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. - Upper Church
(Vocalists and instrumentalists are welcome)
CHERUB CHOIR – (Ages 3-6) – Rehearsals – Mondays beginning March 13th through April 10th from 4:30-5:00 p.m. – Rm. 2H and Upper Church
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.
We are excited to bring back our Children's Liturgy of the Word during Mass during the 9:30 am Mass beginning January 29th. After the opening prayer, all children in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade are invited to join the group. Led by parent volunteers, the children will learn about Scripture, complete activities and discuss how the Gospel relates to their own lives before returning to their families for the rest of the Mass. No need to pre-register, just attend the 9:30 am Mass and listen for the invitation to come forward.
On the third Sunday of the month, the children will remain in the church during Mass and be called forward by the celebrant for Children's Liturgy.
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 God’s 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.
Day of Reflection for Ministries
Use the Sign-Up Genius Links below for registration.
Sunday March 26th 1:00pm-3:30pm Prayer/devotion/support group ministries
Prayer Support Ministries
Women’s Spiritual Sharing
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.
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.
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
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.
LITTLE FLOWER COAT DRIVE - JANUARY 2017
Our Second Graders Received First Penance on Dec. 10, 2016
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
Students in our Religious Education classes think outside the box!