1 OUR LITURGY WE KEEP IN OUR PRAYERS Those serving in the Armed Forces: David Concepcion, Patrick Brasel, Sean Brasel, Chris Ehlers, Donald Dikijian, Kristopher Rodgers, Caes Waldron, Aaron Waldron, Nicholas Cipriano, Andrew Paul, Nicholas Paul, Sam Saracino, Joseph Mantz, Jeffrey Hurley, Peter Miceli, Patricia McDonald, Hunter Mantz, Michael Accardi, Christian Cseh, Francis Manalo, Thomas Menendez, John Covone, Theodore Dalley, Megan Navarro, Kyle McKenna, Ken Siano. Those who are sick and shut-in: Len, Jr., Justin Carlomusto, Andrew Baltazar, JPC, AMG, CLS, Leslie Fagan, Christine Clements, Helen Meyer, Pauline Wittman, Frances Szala, Brian Mayer, Roseann Lukasik, Marie Wengerter, Evelyn Stoveken, Patti McGrath, Diane Raimondi, Phyllis Mastropierro, Mervyn & Jonathan Fonseca, Tilda D Elia, Gailann Tromello, Luz Zalduondo, Nellie Tomasczewski, Muriel & Kathy Matta, Mary Claire McGregor, Joanne Kronowski, Natalie Lucas, Eva & Tahsin Uyar, Patrick Payton, Theresa & Otto Schuett, Rita Clendenning, Melissa Stumpf, Jeanette Rogers, David Rose, Robert Gerne II, Dawn Toscano, Elzira Potenza, Concetta Lemmo, Vilma Glick, Janice Markey, Elizabeth Klix, Maria Ingrassia, Linda Monahan, Peter Stagaard, Edmund Tricker, Lauren, Florence Brennan, John Hlivka, Patricia Kerod, Zally Brownfield, Joseph Kowalski, Elizabeth Deering, Kathy & Harry Swartz, Linda Seijas, Bobbi Banks-Grove, Genevieve Dowd, Ruth Wieczorek, Kenneth Hallstrum, Carol & Roy Hadley, Alexa Raspante, Rosemarie Fehko, Marge Harper, Grace Ziadie, Robert & Margaret LeBlanc, George Gee, Lucille Scalpati, John & Betty Cavanaugh, Michael Prato, Ana Katrina de Sesto. Also those recently deceased. Carolyn Waters, Edward Galbierczyk, Marilyn Rachko. UPCOMING WEDDINGS August 21 Luis Alessi & Jennifer Renda August 29 James Sinnot Jocelyn Canterelli WORSHIP SCHEDULE Monday, August 10 7:00 am Eleanor Waters 9:00 am John Ayres Tuesday, August 11 7:00 am Robert Dennis 9:00 am Rosemary Donohue Wednesday, August 12 7:00 am Raymond Haiber 9:00 am Onofrio Savino Thursday, August 13 7:00 am Mary Rinaldi 9:00 am Maria Dominques 3:30pm Sacrament of Reconciliation Friday, August 14 7:00 am Antonio & Nicosia Desesto 9:00 am Julian Manalo Saturday, August 15 9:00 am People of the Parish 4:00 pm August Cassi - HF 5:30 pm Salvatore Carletta 6:30 pm Sacrament of Reconciliation Sunday, August 16 8:00 am Olga Theresa White 9:00 am Frank Genuardi - HF 10:00 am David O Neill 11:00 am Edith Lyons - HF 12:00 pm People of the Parish 1:30 pm Regina Potok, Int. of Dominik Swiecki 5:00 pm John Chambers, Jr. MEMORIALS THIS WEEK Vigil Light Sacred Heart Int. of Rupert & Violetta Wittman Vigil Light St. Joseph Dec d of Ely-Banas Family Also available: Sanctuary Light at SML & HF; Blessed Mother, Sacred Heart, St. Joseph, Bread and Wine. READINGS FOR THE WEEK Monday: 1 Cor 9:6-10; John 12:
2 Tuesday: St. Clare - Deut 31:1-8; Matt 18:1-5,. 10, Wednesday: St. Jane Frances de Chantal Deut 34:1-12; Matt 18:15-20 Thursday: Sts. Pontian & Hippolytus - Jos 3:7-10a, 11,14-17; Matt 18:21; 19:1 Friday: St. Maximilian Kolbe - Jos 24:1-13; Matt 19:3-12 Saturday: Assumption of the Blessed Birgin Mary - Rev 11:19a, 12:1-6a, 10ab; 1 Cor 15:20-27; Luke 1:39-56 Sunday: Prov 9:1-6; Eph 5:15-20; John 6:51-58 EUCHARISTIC ADORATION Monday: 6:30 7:30 pm at Holy Family Chapel Thursday: 1 5 pm at St. Mary of the Lake DIVINE MERCY HEALING MASS Sunday, August 9 ~ 2 PM Holy Family Chapel SCHEDULE OF EXTRA COLLECTIONS Sept 6 Capital Improvements Sept 27- St. Vincent de Paul Oct 18 Mission Sunday Nov 8 Christmas Flowers Nov. 15 Capital Improvements Dec 13 Religious Retirement Fund PARISH JOURNAL SHARING OUR TREASURE Stewardship, A Way of Life Weekly Sacrificial Offertory Number using envelopes 493 Total Contributions $12,779 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Sun, Aug 9 - Ultreya, Holy Family Cry Room, 12 noon Sun, Aug 9 Divine Mercy Mass at 2 PM in HFC 4 Wed, Aug 12 St. Vincent DePaul Society meets at 7p in Guild Hall. Mon, Aug 10 Adoration 6:30 7:30p in Holy Family Chapel Wed, Aug 13 Legion of Mary meets at 4p in Guild Hall Mon, Aug 24 Baptismal Prep Class for Parents at 7p in Community Center. Must register first for this session to attend. FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY National conferences of bishops determine which of several feast days are Days of Obligation. The U.S. bishops have determined that the Feast of the Assumption is such a day except when falls on either Saturday or Monday. Since this feast day falls on Saturday, August 15 this year, it is not a Day of Obligation. Therefore Mass that day will follow the regular schedule of 9 AM including music for the feast. The Saturday evening Masses at 4:00 and 5:30 PM will be vigil Masses for Sunday. PARISH COMMUNITIES ANNIVERSARY CONGRATULATIONS August Anniversaries Larry & Annette Torro 56 years - August 8 Irene & Jim McCarthy 55 years August 20 Our prayers and best wishes go with you as you continue to live out your vows. ANNIVERSARY RECOGNITION In this year of celebration of the Family, St. Mary's would like to recognize couples who are celebrating long term marriages in August or September, of the milestone years of 20, 25, 30, 40, and any anniversary over 50 years. Please call the Parish Office or to have your anniversary announced in the bulletin.
3 THANK YOU The Catholic Daughters of the Americas are very grateful to all our friends who helped feed the lambs on August 2 during the Summer Food Drive for Catholic Charities. We collected 129 bags of groceries, including a wicker gift basket fill with groceries and $130 in cash. A very special thank you to John McCarthy, Jack Palmer and Diann and Glen Zingler who helped unload the van last Sunday at Catholic Charities. STARS: UPCOMING EVENTS FOR 2015 Afternoon Tea Sunday, October 18 Vatican Photo Gallery and lunch in Philadelphia Wednesday, November 4 Christmas Party Friday, December 4 LAKE RIDGE ANNUAL COMMUNION BREAKFAST The Lake Ridge Annual Communion Breakfast will be held on Sunday, August 16 th. Mass will be at 9 AM at Holy Family Church with a Breakfast Buffet at 10:30 AM at Woodlake Country Club, New Hampshire Ave. Our speaker is Fr. Alphonse Stephenson. Cost is $20 per person. For reservations/questions, please call Betty, or Delores, IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM BISHOP O CONNELL In order to ensure that the faithful of the Diocese of Trenton do not fall victim to any possible scams connected to the upcoming visit by Pope Francis to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia this September, Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M. has issued the following advisory: The World Meeting of Families 2015 in Philadelphia, taking place Tuesday, Sept. 22 through Friday, Sept. 25 and the subsequent visit of Pope Francis from Saturday, Sept. 26 to Sunday, Sept. 27 are two separate events. The Pope will not be attending the World Meeting but will arrive in Philadelphia after the meeting concludes. There is a registration fee for participation in the events of the World Meeting of Families. THERE ARE NO TICKETS FOR SALE OR PURCHASE FOR THE PAPAL VISIT AND MASS. People are advised NOT to be scammed by responding to any vendor(s) attempting to sell tickets. THE PAPAL VISIT AND MASS ARE OPEN TO ANYONE WISHING TO ATTEND, FREE OF CHARGE. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is handling all matters relating to both the World Meeting of Families 2015 and the Papal Visit and Mass. For more information, please consult: FAIRWAYS COMMUNION BREAKFAST The 14 th Annual Fairways Communion Breakfast, sponsored by the Amici Club, will be held Thursday, October 8. Mass will be at 10 AM at Holy Family Church followed by breakfast at the Ramada Inn, Rt. 9 and Rt. 70. All residents of the Fairways and the Enclave community are invited. Cost - $20 pp. Tables accommodate up to ten people. Please make checks payable to St. Mary of the Lake Church. Sign up on Thursday, August 13 between 10 AM-12 noon. For more information call Lydia, or Laura, BISHOP S ANNIVERSARY BLESSING Sunday, October 25 3 PM St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, Freehold All couples celebrating their 1 st, 25 th or 50 th or more wedding anniversary during the 2015 calendar year are invited to gather with family and friends to share the Eucharist, renew your sacred wedding vows and receive Bishop O Connell s Episcopal Blessing. If you wish to attend, please contact the rectory office, , ext 410. Registration deadline is October 5. 5
4 LOCAL EVENTS FLEA MARKET Saturday, Sept 12, 8 AM - 3 PM St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson Set your calendars for this Indoor Flea Market. Tables are $20 and refreshments will be available. Sponsored by the Holy Name Society. For table reservations or more information please call Vincent at ANNUAL FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION ITALIAN FESTIVAL August 13 16, 5:30-10pm Epiphany, Brick Visit our food court which will feature a variety of Italian, American, and BBQ food specialties as well as a Beer & Wine Garden, Amusements, Rides, Games, Crafts, and nightly familyoriented entertainment. Free Parking and Free Admission! Experience a Traditional Italian Feast with your family and friends! Spotlight Entertainment will be providing the entertainment every evening. RETREAT FOR THE SERIOUSLY ILL GENNESARET, a retreat designed to provide a spiritual and temporal oasis for men and women, suffering with a serious illness, will be held the weekend October 16, 17 and 18, 2015 at the Archdiocesan Retreat Center, located in Kearney, NJ. The retreat will begin Friday at 1:30 PM and end with a closing Prayer Service on Sunday at 1:30 PM. There is no charge for the retreat. For info contact: Hilare Reinold at RENTAL OF HOLY FAMILY A note from Fr. Mike: SCHOOL BUILDING This week, Lakewood Township s Board of Education and Bishop David O Connell have signed a lease for the rental of Holy Family School. The township will be holding classes for about 600 students for Pre-K, Kindergarten, and first grade. The township school will be in session from early morning to late afternoon. Because of the age of those grades, there will be no afterschool or evening activities (except for the occasional parents conferences). Our parish will then have access to the school from the late afternoon to the evening for our own religious ed. programs for about 300 children. The Polish School will also continue to use the school for their evening classes. Additionally, St. Anthony Claret will also begin to rent our school for two nights for their own religious ed. programs. St. Anthony s has little space at their site for the approximately 600 children they catechize. The town s rental does not include the use of the chapel, community center, nor the red and white buildings (the old Greenville Church and the old Pre-School). We have access to those spaces at all times. Closure of Holy Family School Back in November of 2014, I announced at all Masses the closure of Holy Family School and explained why it was closing. At the time, I mentioned how there were no plans to sell the school (and there still aren t, despite persistent rumors to the contrary), however, we were looking to rent it. And now, that rental is taking place. For those who missed my talk that weekend, here is a summary: Loss of Students In 2001, the school census was approximately 825 students. By 2006, it was down to 500. In 2008, 400 students. And when I arrived in the summer of 2012, registration for the school year was down to 300. For fifteen years, there had been a continual decline in census that showed no signs of abating. This statistic alone should have been enough to indicate that the school s days were numbered. 6
5 Financially Infeasible A loss of 12 students represents a loss of about $50,000 in tuition income. The loss of 120 students, half a million dollars less income. At the rate of loss of census and tuitions, it was practically impossible to cut expenses to keep up with the loss of income. By the time we could combine classes and then unfortunately lay off a teacher we lost another 20 students. By 2009, the school had a yearly deficit in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, even after the usual quarter million subsidy the parish gave to the school budget. In the school year, the deficit for that year was $500,000. When a parish school has such a deficit, the parish must step in and pay its outstanding bills and salary, else the school would become bankrupt. Without the parish, the school would have gone bankrupt and been closed by By 2011, the parish had run out of its own resources to cover the school deficit, and the parish would have then gone bankrupt if it weren t for the diocese paying our bills. When I arrived in the summer of 2012, it was with a mandate to see if the school could be saved with the help of an outside business consultant appointed by the diocese. At that time, we discovered that even the census of 300 students was not a true indicator of the state of the school. A significant number of families were receiving significant discounts for such reasons as: paying in cash, paying up-front, multiple-siblings, parish employee, and volunteering at bingo (which was not making enough money to cover that discount). Additionally, several families had previously had debt forgiven or tuition waived, in part or in full, out of need. All these discounts amounted to a nearly $200,000 reduction from what should have been full tuition. We couldn t afford such a reduction in full tuition. And when we ended those discounts and announced the financial troubles of the school to the school families, many families left. Our last year had a census of 140 students despite recruiting more new students than the number that had just graduated. The Large Picture Demographics It is well known that there has been a demographic shift in Lakewood. Members of the Jewish community have been buying out property and homesteads. In the past 12 years, the registered number of households in our parish have gone from 4,500 to 3,200 (which, I should add, is 7 still considered a large parish average sized parishes are about 1,500 households). A majority of the loss of household have been those with school-aged children. Our religious ed. program in the same time frame has gone from 1,000 to 350 students. The majority of households live outside the township borders. The majority that live within township borders do so in adult communities. We don t have enough of our own parish children to make a go of a parish school. When we looked to recruit families from other communities, they either couldn t afford a private school, or, they lived too far away. Each of the towns surrounding Lakewood have their own Catholic elementary school which contributed to making the attempt to regionalize Holy Family School unsuccessful. And speaking of cost, that is the other major demographic shift. For the past several decades, the buying power of middle- and working-class families has remained stagnant (while the top 10% has climbed) even though the cost of living had risen. Many of the families that left our school mentioned cost as the reason for leaving. Even a $100 raise in tuition brought about fierce complaints about cost there was no way to raise tuition enough to cover the cost of the school without causing most of the families to leave because of the cost. This demographic shift is reflected in a national trend: In the past 10 years, there were over 1,600 school closings in the U.S. while only about 300 openings. The Future And that is why Holy Family School was closed. The income from rental of the building will help repay the diocese for its generosity in keeping things going when we no longer had the resources. It will also help pay for many capital improvement projects that had been put on hold over the years while we were operating on an approximately $40,000 a month deficit because of the school. Thank-you all for your generosity in the past that provided a great Catholic school education for thousands of children. And thank-you for your continued prayers, ministry, and continued generosity as our parish community enters a new stage of its life.
7 DUSZPASTERSTWO POLSKIE Duszpasterz: Ks. Marian Kokorzycki, Tel , ext. 421 Cell Website: Stowarzyszenie Jana Pawła II w Ameryce-Prezydent Pan Dariusz Targoński/ Executiv Director Pani Alfreda Sepko Polska Szkoła Dokształcająca im. Aleksandra Janta Połczyńskiego w Lakewood NJ, dyrektor: Kasia Pawka Tel / / Website:www.lakewoodpolishschool.com 9 sierpień 2015 XIX niedziela zwykła Oburzenie i zdziwienie Żydów jest w pewnym sensie zrozumiałe. Jezus bowiem pretenduje do najwyższej godności, jaką można sobie wyobrazić, do godności Syna Bożego, do rangi Boga samego, co na pewno dla wierzących Żydów mogło być oburzające i szokujące. Z drugiej jednak strony Jezus nie mówi tego bez pokrycia. To co mówi i do czego pretenduje poświadcza swoimi czynami, daje świadectwo w cudach przez siebie zdziałanych. I stąd ma prawo oczekiwać wiary. Dziwimy się Żydom, że nie przyjęli Dobrej Nowiny. Dziwimy się ich zatwardziałości i ich uporowi, ich obojętności i zarozumiałości, ale spójrzmy na siebie samych... Czy ja przyjmuję Słowo Boże z otwartością? Czy ja chętnie karmię się Ciałem Pańskim? Czy ja zawierzyłem i zaufałem Chrystusowi? Czy nie jest tak, że i ja się gorszę, że i ja odrzucam Go w imię mojego rozumu i mojej ludzkiej logiki? Niewątpliwie nie jest łatwo przyjąć i uwierzyć do końca i bez zastrzeżeń. Niewątpliwie zawsze pozostaje odrobina wątpliwości i niezrozumienia, bo Boże drogi nie są naszymi drogami, ani Boże myśli naszymi myślami, ale czy ostatecznie nie powinienem zrewidować właśnie w świetle tej Bożej i czasami szokującej nauki całego mojego życia? A może jeszcze prościej: "Czy ja naprawdę uwierzyłem Chrystusowi bez zastrzeżeń?" Czy moja wiara nie jest tylko asekuracją, na wypadek gdyby jednak po śmierci coś było...? Intencje Mszy Świętej: 9 sierpiń - ś.p. Henrykę i Henryka Dul, intencja córki z rodziną ś.p. Tadeusz Wracławek, intencja córki - - 1:30 pm 16 sierpiń ś.p. Regina Potok, intencja męża i dzieci, - O błogosławieństwo Boże dla Dominik Siwecki, intencja rodziny - - 1:30 pm >>>w imieniu polskiego komitetu oraz swoim serdecznie dziekuje Wszystkim Naszym Braciom i Siostrom w Chrystusie Panu za tak wspaniały piknik parafialny Niech Dobry Bóg błogosławi każdemu naszemu Rodakawi za tak wspaniały dar dla naszej polskiej wspólnoty ks. Marian Z okazji uroczystości Koronacji Obrazu 18 października 2015 (niedziela 2:30 pm ) w naszej parafii chcemy wydac książkę pamiątkową. W tej publikacji zawarta zostanie historia Obrazu i związane z nią najważniejsze wydarzenia. Chcemy też aby znalazly się tam życzenia - wspomnienia od rodzin. Pragniemy zaprosic do współpracy parafian, którzy pomoga w zredagowaniu i opublikowaniu. Książka Pamiątkowa to nie tylko żywe odbicie historii nas wszystkich ale przede wszystkim spuścizna dla przyszłych pokoleń. Prosimy o nadsyłanie życzeń wraz z fotografią rodzin i bliskich do dnia 6 wrzesnia 2015, ofiara za całą stronę $ 100, za połowę strony $ 50. Wszystkie zlecenia przyjmują: ks. Marian Kokorzycki po każdej mszy lub telefonicznie , ext Pani Katarzyna Pawka-tel Państwo Joanna i Mirosław Kwiatek-tel Pan Robert Figiela tel Pani Alfreda Sepko tel Polska Szkoła sedecznie zaprasza 11 września o godz 5.00 do Holy Family School na uroczyste rozpoczęcie roku szkolnego.do szkoły mogą uczęszczac dzieci od 3 roku życia. Wszystkie informacje są na stronie internetowej I Komunia św w języku polskim będzie w naszej parafii 1 maja Spotkanie dla rodziców zainteresowanych komunią bedzie miało miejsce 13 września po Mszy o godz Zapraszamy 3