All posts by Wynn Johanson

Pastor’s Corner and Projects

There is a new button labeled Pastor’s Corner on the OLP website banner next to Related Links.  This week’s Pastor’s Corner contains a list of Pastor’s Projects. Click here to go to the Pastor’s Corner.

Here’s Fr. Francisco’s write-up from the 11/6 bulletin on the Pastor’s Corner and Pastor’s Projects:
         If you were to ask me a year ago what were my plans for the first year as administrator of our parish, I would have painted for you a completely different picture of what it came to be. I can definitely tell you that it would not have included so many projects. It was only by the grace of God and your prayers and generosity that we ended up doing as much as we did. So once again I say, thank you and God bless.
          On different occasions I announced that I was working on specific projects, while on other occasions parishioners approached me asking what I was working on or what I was thinking of working on next. Inspired by parishioner inquiries, along with parishioner suggestions for me to come up with a way that the parish could know what I was working on, the Pastor’s Corner and Pastor’s Projects links have been created on our website, Under the Pastor’s Corner, which can be found on the front page of our website we’ll be posting not only reflections but announcements of projects that I’m either working on at that particular moment or that I’ll be working on in the near future. The Pastor’s Project link on the other hand gives you what I’m working on and in the event anyone wishes to contribute can do so. In order to find the ‘Pastor’s Projects’ just go to our website, look under ‘online giving’, then click on ‘click here to give online’ and among the different choices you’ll see a box entitled ‘Pastor’s Projects.’
          To close, let me once again say to all of you, thank you for your support, prayers, and contributions, and to God praises for all the blessings He constantly bestows upon all of us.

Click here to go to the Pastor’s Corner.

Small Christian Communities – Advent

Small Christian Communities will commence on the week of November 28. To request to join a group, please fill out one of the cards on the back tables of the church or in the Rectory. The Renew Advent book is a 4 week discussion format called, Advent, the Lord is near, written by Deacon Charlie Paolino. The book is written specifically for
small group discussion and provides daily meditations for those who would may wish to
enhance their Advent journey. SCC groups meet weekly to pray and share together.

Food Pantry Needs Donations

The OLP Food Pantry is open on Tuesdays, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and the last Saturday of the month from 9:00 -11:00 a.m. We will visit the New Providence Senior Housing once a month. During our discussion with representatives from the apartments, they indicated that with the rising cost of food, they are finding it difficult to purchase Ensure and Boost. If you could contribute one of these protein drinks, we will deliver it to them with other food. 

The OLP Food Pantry Committee and its patrons greatly appreciate your generosity. The pantry is very low on items at this time. Any donation would be greatly appreciated. The following items are in most need: pasta sauce, low sodium soups and pasta sauce, sardines, jelly, chicken breast, coffee, toothpaste, razors, shampoo, soap.
Monetary donations always welcomed.
Thank you for your generosity!

November Highlights

Here is a short list of Parish events,  click here to go to the bulletin for more details:

Mondays – Weekly Sandwich Ministry  at 1 pm Parish Hall. Make or bring sandwiches for those in need also fruit and snacks are welcomed. Monetary donations needed. 
Tuesdays – Food Pantry 10-12 am and last Saturday of the Month.

OCTOBER
1 – All Saints Day Masses at 7am, 12:10pm. and 7:30pm
2 – All Souls Day Masses at 7am, 12:10pm. and 7:30pm
4 – BOLD Middle –  Boxes of Joy 7-8:30pm PH 
11-13 BOLD EMBOLDEN Retreat High School Teens, see bulletin for details
15 – Sandwiches for St. Joe’s – drop off at Rectory Monday afternoon or Tuesday before 9:30 am
17 – BOLD TNL 7-8:30 PH
17 – AOLP Early Childhood Program Meet and Greet 9:30-10:30 at the Academy
23 – Thanksgiving Eve Mass – 7:30pm
24 – Thanksgiving Mass 8:30am  Parish Offices Closed
25 – Parish Offices Closed
26 – Small Christian Communities Begin Meetings

Volunteers Needed

  • The Food Pantry Committee needs another person to accompany our driver to the Food Bank in Hillside; two Thursdays a month from 9:00 -11:00 a.m. to pick
    up food for Tuesday distribution. If interested, please contact Marie Russo at 908-472-3868.
  • We are looking to have 3 main ushers per weekend mass. PLEASE leave your name at the Rectory so we may schedule a meeting. This applies to current and new ushers.
  • If you have made your First Holy Communion and would like to become an altar server, please contact Fr. Arlou at the rectory 
  • Help is needed in washing and ironing Altar Linens used during masses.
  • The Prayer Shawl Group is looking for knitters to make shawls. Call Gail Seeley if interested – 908 464-4109.  

 

Online Mass Information

There are many sources/websites to see the Mass on tv or on-line:
OLP – OLP has installed a new camera and audio system to improve the livestream of daily and weekend masses. The masses will be livestreamed on OLP’s own YouTube channel.   Click here for YouTube  When you go to the OLP YouTube channel, please hit Subscribe. Click here for OLP’s FB page.
Click on highlighted text to go to links.
The Newark Archdiocese has a list of parishes that are live streaming Sunday Mass
click here to view
EWTN – various times on tv and online  at EWTN website
WLIW – Sunday Mass by the Passionists Community at 9 am  on WLIW or stream anytime
Boston Catholic TV Network – stream anytime  
Canadian TV Network – stream anytime
St. Teresa of Avila is livestreaming masses. Click here for information.
Little Flower is livestreaming masses on You Tube.

Prayer Shawls Available

Do you know someone who is suffering physically or mentally and could use some comfort? Consider giving them a prayer shawl. The Prayer Shawl Club has been tirelessly knitting beautiful shawls while praying. Each beautiful shawl comes in a gift bag with a prayer. They are free, just call the rectory. 908 464 7600.