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  • The Celebration of the Sacraments

    Baptism Baptisms are normally celebrated at 2:00PM on scheduled Sundays in a month. Please call the Parish office to arrange for a meeting with a Parish Priest and to register for the baptismal class which is normally held on the 4th Monday of each month at 7:30PM.

    Marriage Couples should make an appointment with a Priest at least eight months prior to the wedding. A Marriage Preparation Program is required.

    Anointing of the Sick Anyone seriously ill, elderly, or prior to an operation should be anointed with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Please speak with one of the Priests to make the arrangements.

    Communion for the Homebound Anyone who cannot attend Mass due to illness or age may receive Communion at home. Please call the Rectory office to make arrangements.

    Reconciliation (Confession) Every Saturday and Eve of Holy Days from 4:00PM to 4:45PM in the Church and on the Thursday before the First Friday of every month after the 9:00AM Mass. Individual confessions may be arranged by calling the Rectory office. Interested in becoming a Catholic or completing

    your Sacraments? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which adults are brought into the Catholic Church. If you have never been baptized, confirmed or received first Holy Communion or if you are a member of another Christian Church and wish to become a member of the Catholic Church, contact Judy Corbellini at (631)261-1179.

    Holy Orders - Priesthood Those young men interested in preparing for or learning more about the Priesthood, please contact one of the Priests.

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    MASS INTENTIONS:

    MONDAY March 7, 2016 6:45 AM Joseph Esposito 9:00 AM Faith Metralexis

    TUESDAY March 8, 2016 6:45 AM Salvatore Gracci 9:00 AM Drago Braut

    WEDNESDAY March 9, 2016 6:45 AM Carolyn Palermo (Comiskey) 9:00 AM Phil Porter

    THURSDAY March 10, 2016 6:45 AM Carolyn Cominskey 9:00 AM Connie Ruconich

    FRIDAY March 11, 2016 6:45 AM Sister Agnes Muriel 9:00 AM St. Anthonys Guild: Kathleen Amato Margaret Boylan and John Boylan Seamus McKenna

    SATURDAY March 12, 2016 8:30 AM Jean Pezza 5:00 PM Esther and Joseph Billone and Vincent Albanese

    SUNDAY March 13, 2016 7:30AM Parishioners of St. Anthony 9:00AM William Sheridan 10:30AM Sabina and Stanislaw Wozniak 12:00 Noon Mary Ris 7:00 PM Deceased Members of the Haas and Valeri Families

    Priest schedule March 12th13th Saturday, March 12th 5:00 PM Msgr. Joseph Mirro

    Sunday, March 13th 7:30 AM Fr. Vian 9:00 AM Fr. Innocent 10:30 AM Msgr. Cantley 10:30 AM (lower -Spanish) Msgr. Joseph Mirro 12 Noon Fr. Vian 7:00 PM Msgr. Joseph Mirro

    We are publishing the schedule of the priest celebrants of Sunday Masses. ****Please note that for pastoral reasons and emergencies the schedule may be changed without notice.

  • Please Pray

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    Sunday Scripture Reflection

    Names submitted for the bulletin should be submitted to the Rectory office by Thursday, 12 Noon, of the previous week and will

    remain on the Prayer List for one month.

    Pray for the Sick: Chet Brazee, Dorothy and Jim Maier, Mary Koepper,

    Leslie Bagnell, Donald Berny, Jean Marie Ronde Bower, Fran Karlewicz,Marie Dunn, Paul Weingart, Laura Thomas,

    Joan Burke, Patty Chepiga, Peter Mc Dermott, Kathy McDermott, John and Margaret Leppert,

    Alyssa Leppert, Margaret DiGiamco, Dorothy Elstein, Baby Brody Michael Sullivan, Joan Engle,

    Emily Byrne, Christine Byrne, Karen Larson, Anastasia OGrady-Farrell, Dorothy King, Rich Kramer,

    Paul (Skip) Wildgen, Barbara & John Caggiano, Irene Ketteridge, Joseph Badamo, Robert Flinn, Christina

    Mahon, Marie Baffo, Marie King, Mary Santino, Carmela Strano, Maxine Ryan, Ralph Parise, Robert Callatone,

    Maureen Mahon, Debbie Williams, Mary Beth Spooner, Kathy LaRusso,Paul Strano, Frances Powers, Elaine Flanagan,

    Arlene Calcano, Phil Cortese, Debbie Cortese

    Readings for the Week of March 6, 2016 Sunday: Jos 5:9a, 10-12/Ps 34:2-7/2 Cor 5:17-21/Lk 15:1-3, 11-32 Monday: Is 65:17-21/Ps 30:2, 4-6, 11-13/Jn 4:43-54 Tuesday: Ez 47:1-9, 12/Ps 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9/Jn 5:1-16 Wednesday: Is 49:8-15/Ps 145:8-9, 13-14, 17-18/ Jn 5:17-30 Thursday: Ex 32:7-14/Ps 106:19-23/Jn 5:31-47 Friday: Wis 2:1a, 12-22/Ps 34:17-21, 23/Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30 Saturday: Jer 11:18-20/Ps 7:2-3, 9-12/Jn 7:40- 53 Next Sunday: Is 43:16-21/Ps 126:1-6/Phil 3:8-14/ Jn 8:1-11

    PRAY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED Josephine Caiozzo Dominick T. Leotta

    Louis J. Donet Barbara Kiernan

    Alexander M. Clement

    4th Sunday of Lent

    The Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying, This man welcomes sinners and eats with them. Jesus crossed lines that werent supposed to be crossed. He talked to women in public, touched the unclean to heal them, and chummed it up with tax collectors and sinners. This didnt make sense. It didnt fit into the standard categories. And so the religious leaders began to complain.

    In response to this, Jesus told the parable of the prodi-gal son. Through this story, he illustrated that God loves all of his children even when they have not behaved perfectly. But more than this, the tale also deals with the resentment of the older sonthe one who always followed the law. Like the self-righteous Pharisees and scribes, the older brother complained. All these years I served you, the son said, and not once did I disobey your orders; yet you never gave me even a young goat to feast on with my friends. But how does the father respond? My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours. In other words, the older brother had no reason to complain or be angry. He already enjoyed all good gifts. The father simply wanted him to rejoice that his brother had re-turned home. He was lost and has been found.

    Its important for those of us who attend Mass regu-larly, participate in the sacraments, and serve in our parishes not to fall into the trap of being like the bitter older brother or the complaining Pharisees. We must welcome everyone in our midst with joy, not resentment or judgment. It can be easy to think that others dont deserve as much as we do, and to forget to be grateful for all that we have. But we are all called to celebrate and rejoice when the lost return home.

    BAPTISMS Aniyah Concetta Clark Mia Pearl Clark

    Observances for the Week of March 6, 2016 Sunday: 4th Sunday of Lent Monday: Perpetua and Felicity, Martyrs Tuesday: John of God, Religious Wednesday: Frances of Rome, Religious Friday: Day of Abstinence Next Sunday: 5th Sunday of Lent

  • Pastors Pen

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    THE JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY: WHY DO I HAVE TO TELL MY SINS TO A PRIEST? If Im really sorry in my heart, and I ask God to forgive me, wont He? Why do I have to go tell my sins to a priest? Weve all either heard those questions, or asked those questions, or both. There are several reasons why its necessary for us to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance.

    First and foremost, its because its a sacrament. Catholics believe that sacraments are physical, concrete celebra-tions of the Church that communicate Gods grace to us because Jesus is present in His Church. Without the sacramental celebration, we do not experience the grace the sacrament brings to us. Sacraments make grace effectively present in our life. Going to Confession is not simply about getting forgiveness from God, which, admittedly, cannot be controlled by human agency. Going to Confession is, however, about sacramental grace being effectively present in our life to have an effect on us and to bring about our conversion, and sacramental grace is not available without the sacrament.

    Also, there is the very human reality that praying or asking for forgiveness internally, or mentally, is simply not enough. As physical creatures, we need to externalize things to make them real to us. Just as love, for example, cannot remain an abstraction, but must be put into concrete practice in order to really be love, so too with our experience of Gods forgiveness in our life. There is something about getting it out once and for all and letting our sins go by verbal-izing them that is an integral part of healing and forgiveness. The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us that the confession (verbal disclosure) of sins, even from a simply human point of view, frees us and facilitates our reconciliation with others.

    It allows us to clearly confront the sins we have committed, to take responsibility for them, and to thereby open ourselves to God and to others. (CCC 1455) As Pope Francis remarked in 2010, For me, sin is not a stain that I have to clean. What I should do is ask pardon and make reconciliation, not stop by the cleaners on my way home.

    Therefore, the sacrament is as much about being healed as it is getting forgiveness. Part of the healing involves being reconciled with the community, our brothers and sisters in the Church, we have sinned against. Sin damages our rela-tionship with others, and therefore we must be reconciled with the community; it is never a simple case of God and me. Going to Confession brings about reconciliation with the Church.

    Finally, the simple truth is that we must go to the Sacrament of Penance because we are Catholic; its part of our identity. The faith we have is the faith of the Church, which has been handed on to us; faith is not a matter of my own personal beliefs or philosophy. The Sacrament of Penance is part of who we are as Catholics.

    Remember that the priest will never reveal to anyone else in any way anything you say in Confession; the sacra-mental seal is absolutely inviolable, and it is a