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Holy Family Parish

Week of June 14, 2020

We Have Hope! Weekday and Weekend Masses Resume Again After 3 Months!

As you are aware, the Diocese has begun the re-opening of our church for public worship and the celebration of the sacraments. We are excited to begin to see something we have all been looking forward to these past months. Each of these Masses will be strictly limited to 50 people by present state regulation. However, we hope any restrictions will remain temporary as we continue the lengthy process of reopening our state.

As we prepare to return to mass this weekend, please see Pastor Ryan's letter to parishioners explaining new procedures and considerations to return to church safely:

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Mass Readings for June 14: Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is also known as the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, which translates from Latin to "Body of Christ." This feast calls us to focus on Body of Christ through two areas, the Holy Eucharist and the Church.

The primary purpose of this feast is to focus our attention on the Eucharist. During the opening prayer at mass, we remember Jesus' suffering and death and our worship of Him, especially in the Eucharist. In this Gospel, Jesus says, "Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood

has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink."

The second focus of this feast is upon the Body of Christ as it is present in the Church. The Church is called the Body of Christ because of the intimate communion which Jesus shares with his disciples. He expresses this in the gospels by using the metaphor of a body in which He is the head. This image helps keep in focus both the unity and the diversity of the Church.

Link to Mass Readings for Sunday, June 14

Translated in English and Spanish

The Gospel - John 6:51-58 (Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ)

Act-It-Out Bible Stories!

Children learn by doing. Acting out a scene is a helpful way for children to learn and understand stories and concepts. And they have fun, too!

Follow the link below to read short bible stories of the miracles of Jesus. As a family, read these stories together. Then, have your children act out the stories. Ask the questions:

  • How did Jesus perform the miracle?
  • How did the characters and crowds react to Jesus when he performed the miracle?
  • What is Jesus' message in this story?

Parish Updates

NextLevel supports our Parish & Community

Hello to our fellow Parishioners and Friends of Holy Family Parish,

Over the last few weeks we have all gotten into new routines and a different way of life. We pray that you are all safe and coping with our shared situation. We also wanted to give you an update on what we have been doing these past weeks.

As you may remember, NeXtLevel was organized through the Center for FaithJustice with a grant from the Lily Endowment Foundation. Our parish was chosen as one of five inaugural parishes, allowing the youth of the parish to develop a community project. Here, at Holy Family, we started Project Immigrants Matter Too to promote information that will aid our immigrant population and distribute information that affects many lives here in the parish and throughout New Brunswick.

We have continued to hold bi-weekly meetings with the Center for FaithJustice over Zoom and monthly meetings within our parish group. We are developing a logo and tee shirt that we plan to sell at a later date.

In addition, through The George Street Playhouse, under the tutelage of Catherine del Castillo, Manager of Tour and Academy Programs, we meet weekly via teleconference to continue developing, writing and producing a play that will be presented at area schools, community centers and parishes, highlighting the plight of immigrants.

As you can see, we have been continuing our efforts to contribute to the parish and broader immigrant community. We hope to see all of you soon. Until then, please keep safe, keep smiling and keep praying.

Eileen Aguilar, Sarahi Lopez, Cris Mendez, Luz Diaz, Jennifer Herrera (Mentor) and Teri Szallai (Mentor)

Uplift Video of the Week!

Church Musicians Come Together to Sing, 'Be Not Afraid"

The hymn, "Be Not Afraid," reminds us how Jesus is with us through our journeys. especially when our journeys are most difficult. In this video, Catholic musicians throughout the country came together to sing this song so beautifully.

As a family, watch this video and listen deeply to the words. If you prefer to read the lyrics, follow this link. Have your children share how they feel Jesus' guidance and presence during their own challenging times.

Be Not Afraid by Catholic Artists from Home

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