1 Served By Pastor: Parochial Vicar: Weekend Assistant: Fr. Ivan Sciberras Fr. Mark A. O Connell Fr. Pedro Navarro Deacons: Rev. Mr. Zbigniew Kukiełka Mr. Julio Roig Mr. Guillermo J. Valladares Elementary School Principal: Mrs. Phyllis A. Sisco Parish Catechetical Coordinator: Mrs. Lisa A. Melillo Director of Music: Mr. John Christian Colaneri Business Manager: Mrs. Linda Makofka Parish Secretary: Parish Trustees: ST. PETER S CHURCH A Roman Catholic Parish Community Belleville 155 William Street New Jersey Founded 1838 Mrs. Peg Chrobocinski Mr. Roy Chrobocinski Mrs. Nancy Adessa Pastoral Council President: Mr. Kevin Melillo Invite You to Celebrate the Eucharist The Lord s Day: Saturday Eve: 5:30 p.m. Sunday: 7, 8:30 10, 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. Spanish Weekdays: Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. Monday-Wednesday-Friday: 7:00 p.m. Saturday: 8:00 a.m. Infant Baptism Spanish - Second Sunday of each month at 2:30 p.m. English - Fourth Sunday of each month at 2:30 p.m. Parents must register by calling the Rectory at least one month in advance. Baptism Instruction held the week before the Baptism. Proposed godparent/s need to be living in accordance to the teachings of the Catholic Church, and are asked to attend the Baptism Instruction along with the child s parents. Sacrament of Reconciliation Saturday: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. or anytime at the Rectory upon an appointment with a priest. Christian Marriage The couple should contact a parish priest or deacon one year before the desired date for the marriage to ensure proper preparation for the Sacrament. Couples are not to make FIRM plans for the reception PRIOR to speaking with a parish priest or deacon. Sacraments for the Sick/Homebound Anointing: Anytime upon request in the home of the sick. Communion: A Priest, Deacon or Eucharistic Minister of the parish will bring Holy Communion to those parishioners confined to home. Please notify the Rectory when someone is ill or admitted to the hospital. St. Peter s Cemetery For information about acquiring a plot, or to make a donation to our Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund, please contact Mrs. Linda Makofka at the Rectory. Novena Miraculous Medal Novena Mondays 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Teaching the Good News St. Peter Elementary School - Pre K through 8 Religious Education Kindergarten through Eighth grades Contact Lisa Melillo or Anne McCann Coordinadora de Clases de Religión en español (Primera Comunión y Confirmación) Rosie Velasquez Rectory School Religious Education Cemetery Social Service Hotline (Catholic Community Services) Fax: (offices open at 9 a.m.) spbnj.org Epiphany of the Lord January 2, 2011
2 Page Two January 2, 2011 A Word from the Pastor... Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Today the Church celebrates the Epiphany of Our Lord. This feast-day has been held very dearly by the Church ever since her beginning. In fact, the Epiphany even pre-dates Christmas (which was introduced later as a way of christianizing a popular pagan feast the day of the Sun). It celebrates the manifestation of our Lord to the gentiles - to those like ourselves who did not originally have any share in the promises made to Israel. The three kings who visit Jesus from afar represent all the nations who come to know and experience the mercy of God, shown to us in Christ the deliverer. The Infancy Narratives in the Gospels underline the joy that is experienced by all upon the birth of the Prince of Peace. The angels sing in exultation. The shepherds rejoice, and all who hear their message marvel at what they hear. Mary, on her part, cherishes all these things in her heart. The three kings seek him with great expectation. The only one who is perplexed and worried is King Herod. He knew very well that the King of Israel was to be born of David s line, and when he hears his councilors response to his question, as to where this king was to be born, he becomes really troubled: Herod believes that this little child would one day dethrone him. When in reality Christ came to bring peace and access to Eternal Life, even to Herod. There are many Herods in the world today, whose lust for power and possessions leads them to trample upon the lives of others, especially the most vulnerable. How can we not think of those who engage in human trafficking, child prostitution or drug-trafficking? Or those who present abortion to a scared pregnant woman as a choice to remove some tissue. Or those who, taking advantage of the poor economy, afford their employees quasi-slavery conditions? Or those who, for a quick buck, have no qualms about disseminating pornography, the fastest-growing industry in this country. And so that we do not become too self-satisfied, we need to keep in mind that there is a `little Herod in each one of us. Like Herod, we feel many times that following Christ could be very costly, and we seek to keep him out of our lives. We believe that in our little domain, we are the ones in charge, and we leave little space for Christ to work in our lives. This Epiphany let us be more like the three kings, and less like Herod! Let us see in the babe of Bethlehem our way to life and eternal happiness. In Christ, Fr. Ivan Sciberras P.S. It is with sentiments of gratitude and sadness that I inform you that after serving St. Peter s faithfully for the past 22 years (first at the School and then at the Rectory Office), Peggy Chrobocinski, our receptionist/secretary has decided to retire from her position. Please join me in praying that Mrs. Chrobocinski will maintain her sparkle and kind-heartedness in her new endeavors. She will be greatly missed by all who visit or call the Rectory Offices.
3 Page Three FINANCE Saint Peter R.C. Church Belleville, New Jersey Position Opening for Parish Receptionist/Secretary Effective immediately /Weekly Collection $ 5, /Collection for the Military $ 1, /Christmas Collection $11, /Weekly Collection $ 5, /Building Fund Collection $ 1,609 WORD CLUSTER This cluster helps our parish proclaim and teach the good news of Jesus Christ and forms Christian disciples. For information on this cluster, call Angie Stefanelli at MONTHLY HOLY HOUR We will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament immediately following the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, January 8 th in the Main Church. The Holy Hour will end with Benediction at 7:30 p.m. Perhaps you could plan on spending some time before the Blessed Sacrament and receive His Peace and Love into your heart this new year. Our Parish is seeking a dynamic person who would be the face of the parish as receptionist and secretary. The successful candidate must possess excellent communication skills, a pleasant personality, ability to multi-task in a busy office environment and an enthusiasm for the Catholic Faith. Qualifications: A practicing Roman Catholic living according to the teachings of the Church. At least 5 years of secretarial/administrative experience, preferably in a Catholic organization (but not necessarily) Ability to work collaboratively with pastor, clergy and other staff members (confidentiality is a must) Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, , Databases Ability to converse in Spanish desirable. Please submit letter of interest and resume by January 8, 2011 to: Fr. Ivan Sciberras, St. Peter s Church 155 William Street, Belleville, NJ or THE RECTORY OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED TOMORROW, MONDAY, JANUARY 3 RD. PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE ONLY FOR EMERGENCIES. We welcome into our Parish Community these children who were baptized during the month of December: Gianna Gracie Acebo, Emily Victoria Aranda, Nadia Rosa McNair, Ryder Andrew McNairy and Sophia Ventura. Post-Confirmation Group will not meet this Sunday, January 2. Meetings will resume next Sunday, January 9 at 5 p.m. in St. Peter s Retreat House. For more information please call William Allison at R.C.I.A. INQUIRY SESSION Our next R.C.I.A. Inquiry Session is on Wednesday, January 20 th at 8:00 p.m. in Rectory Meeting Room #2. If you are an adult or adolescent who missed receiving Confirmation in the 8th grade, this meeting is for you. It is also for any adults or adolescents who have not yet been baptized, or baptized into another denomination. In order to get into the program you have to attend an inquiry session. So please do not delay. At the Inquiry Session you will find out all the aspects of our program.
4 Page Four WORSHIP CLUSTER This cluster helps our parish praise and worship God through liturgical celebrations. For more information on this cluster, call Betty Valladares at COMMUNITY BUILDING CLUSTER This cluster seeks to create a parish environment where people experience a sense of belonging and are encouraged to participate in the mission of Jesus. For information on this cluster, call Gary Hinton at Sunday, January 2 7:00 For Our Parish Community 8:30 Natale Gencarelli, rq Teresina Perri 10:00 Angelo Annicchiarico, rq Family 11:30 Dawson Bloom, rq Bloom Family 1:00 Alcino Diaz, rq Deacon Julio & Maxine Roig Monday, January 3 9:00 George Lynch, rq Tague Family 7:00 Evelyn Wdowiak, rq Sal Pansini & Family Tuesday, January 4 9:00 George Lynch, rq Julio & Maxine Roig Wednesday, January 5 9:00 For all the Souls in Purgatory, rq Rosario Fana 7:00 Dolores Donald, rq Pitler Family Thursday, January 6 9:00 Lois Zaradmansky, rq Charlotte & John Driscoll Friday, January 7 9:00 Dermott Finn, rq Connie Canosa 7:00 Dermott Finn, rq Peg Sullivan Saturday, January 8 8:00 John Reilly, rq Rafaela Mejia 5:30 Leo Bertuzzi, rq Gloria Bertuzzi Sunday, January 9 7:00 In Thanksgiving, rq Cheryl Mahiya 8:30 For Our Parish Community 10:00 Christina Gencarelli, rq Teresina Perri 11:30 Potito Scorciolla, rq Family 1:00 Aurelia Lucia Martin, rq Ofrecida por Familia Milanes The CHURCH SANCTUARY LAMP will burn week beginning January 2 nd in loving memory of Mary Sullivan at the request of Peg, Pat & Dan. The BLESSED MOTHER LAMP will burn week beginning January 2 nd in loving memory of Maria M. Viscaino at the request of Margarita Valle. Pray for these in our community who are ill among us: Maria Jose Afonso, Tina Albanese, Dolores Bowie, Frank Bradley, Josephine Calia, Jamie Canal, Agnes Caruso, Marie Cerreto, Patricia Concato, Nancy Corris, Jaclyn DeGennaro, John Grimes, Arthur Hahner, Gary Hinton, Irene Janowski, Delaine Kurbyla, Felipe LaRiba, Anthony Lee, Annette Livingston, Paul MacDonald, Barbara Mende, Marion Micchelli, Ann Missaggia, John Missaggia, Alice Moroz, Joan Nielsen, Charles Pratt, Kevin Raferty, Antonio Rosa, Cirilo Sison, Rosemarie Sperduto, Michelle Spina, Frank Tedesco, Edwin Torres, Lola Tursi and all people wishing to remain nameless. Let us also pray for those who have recently died, Antoinette Franceschini, Patricia Landy, Carmen Speranza and all those bereaved among us. PLAN AHEAD A luncheon and Fashion Show for the benefit of St. Peter s School will take place at the MOUNTAINSIDE INN in CLIFTON on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26 TH at 12 Noon. Fashion Show by The Dress Barn. In conjuncton with the luncheon there will be a raffle for the following prizes: First prize Diamond Stud Earrings (.64 total weight) retail value $1,350 Second Prize Cultured Fresh Water Pearl Necklace and Bracelet set retail value $225 Third Prize Gift Certificate to Dress Barn for $100
5 Page Five SONS OF SAINT PETER The next meeting of the Sons of Saint Peter will be this Thursday, January 6 th at 7:30 p.m. in Rectory Meeting Room. At this meeting we are having a Christmas Party and all the members of the Guard of Honor (Ushers) are invited. Food will be served so please bring your appetite. CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT ST. PETER S PARISH CHRISTMAS PARTY St. Peter s Community Cluster organized a very successful Christmas Party, which was held at the School Auditorium on Saturday December 18 th and attended by a cross-section of our parish. The highlight of the evening was the musical program provided by graduate students at the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. They invited the children in attendance for a sing-along of several Christmas Carols. Santa Claus distributed gifts to all the children present. Kudos to Fr. Mark and the Community Cluster for a very enjoyable evening. Our parish hosted a Classical Music Concert sponsored by the Chorus of Communities, on Sunday December 19. The choir, conducted by William Buthod, performed a Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi and another one by John Rutter, and Ave Rex by William Mathias. Our new parish website is now ready to be visited. Go to spbnj.org.
6 Page Six Saint Peter School forming the future with Purpose, Passion and Power! Visit us online at: From the Principal s Desk St Peter School will reopen following the Christmas break on Monday, January 3. We are looking forward to an exciting new year. A special congratulations to our 5 th and 6 th grade boys basketball team. They won second place in the GSA Holiday tournament. We are very proud of their accomplishment and wish all our teams the best of luck in the New Year. During our December Tag day our students donated $ as well as special treats for our servicemen and servicewomen. Thank you to our Student Council for helping to organize this service project. Within a few short weeks we will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week. Our committee is busy planning a great week with many activities. May God continue to bless all the members of the St. Peter s School community in Happy New Year! Parents and supporters of St. Peter s School are encouraged to join our school community, at the First Friday Mass, celebrated in the Church (with music), this Friday, January 7 at 9 a.m. The Mass will be animated by the 4 th grade students. MASS READINGS FOR THE WEEK Monday: 1 Jn 3:22 4:6; Mt 4:12-17, Tuesday: 1 Jn 4:7-10; Mk 6:34-44 Wednesday: 1 Jn 4:11-18; Mk 6:45-52 Thursday: 1 Jn 4:19 5:4; Lk 4:14-22a Friday: 1 Jn 5:5-13; Lk 5:12-16 Saturday: 1 Jn 5:14-21; Jn 3:22-30 Sunday: Is 42:1-4, 6-7; Ps 29; Acts 10:34-38; Mt 3:13-17 SAINT PETER S THIS WEEK MONDAY, JANUARY 3 - Most Holy Name of Jesus School Reopens 5:30pm Cluster Dinner, Rectory Dining Room 7-9pm Monday Bible Study, Rectory Meeting Room 1 7:30pm Word Cluster Meeting, Rectory Dining Room 7:30-9pm John XXIII Religious Formation Classes, Retreat House TUESDAY, JANUARY 4 - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton 7-8:15pm Confirmation Class, School 7:30pm Spanish Baptism Class, Church 8pm Reunion Juan XXIII, Retreat House WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5 - St. John Neumann No Rosarian Mass or Meeting this month 7:30pm Spanish Confirmation Class, Rectory 7:30pm Spanish First Communion Class, Rectory 7:30pm Spanish RICA, Rectory 7:30pm CFM, Retreat House 8pm Vietnamese Group Prayer, Retreat House THURSDAY, JANUARY 6 -Blessed André Bessette 6:30pm HSA Executive Board Meeting, School Cafe 7-9pm Youth Group Meeting, Church Basement 7:30pm Legion de Maria, Rectory Meeting Room 3 7:30pm Sons of St. Peter, Rectory Meeting Room 1 FRIDAY, JANUARY 7 - St. Raymond of Peñafort 9am School Mass, Church 12:30pm Dismissal, School 7:30pm Spanish Exposition, Chapel 8pm NA Support Group, Church Basement 8-10pm Youth Group, School Gym SATURDAY, JANUARY 8 8am-4pm Basketball, School Gym 9-11:30am First Communion Class, School 6:30pm Holy Hour ending with 7:30 p.m. Benediction, Church SUNDAY, JANUARY 9 - Baptism of the Lord K of C Breakfast for Seminarians 8:30-9:45am CCD Classes, School 10am RCIA Formational Sessions, RMR 1 & 3 2-7pm Basketball, School Gym 2:30pm Virgen Peregrina, Church 2:30pm Spanish Baptisms, Church 5pm Post-Confirmation Group, Retreat House
7 SECCIÓN HISPANA FIESTA DE LA FE Una acción comunitaria En nuestra Iglesia católica hay espacio para todo. No obstante, cuando se trata de la vida litúrgica de la Iglesia, no hay espacio para la devoción personal, pues no es el momento, sino para la oración comunitaria. La Constitución sobre la Sagrada Liturgia nos recuerda que las acciones litúrgicas no son acciones privadas, sino celebraciones de toda la Iglesia. Por esa misma razón, las acciones y gestos de la liturgia, pertenecen a la comunidad porque son la obra de la comunidad misma, animada y convocada por el Espíritu Santo; aun así, el Espíritu Santo no anula la individualidad de cada miembro de la asamblea, que participa no a título propio sino como parte activa de una comunidad de bautizados que se llama Iglesia y que, domingo a domingo se reúne para celebrar el Reino de Dios por adelantado, para alabar y dar gracias a Dios por habernos dado a Jesucristo; para celebrar la pasión, muerte y resurrección de Cristo en comunión con toda la Iglesia y con el ropaje de la cultura a la que se pertenece y en la cual se ha asumido el Evangelio. Miguel Arias, Copyright, J. S. Paluch Co. CLASES DE BIBLIA - Todos los miércoles de las 8 p.m. a las 9 p.m. Tenemos las clases de Biblia en español, en la casa de Retiros Juan XXIII. Todos los jóvenes y adultos son invitados a participar. El costo es gratis, pero se necesita su Biblia Latinoamerica. Edición Pastoral, si es posible. Esta Biblia esta en venta en nuestra casa de retiros si lo desea. Para mas información llame al Diacono Bill Valladares LOS SANTOS Y OTRAS OBSERVANCIAS Domingo: La Epifanía del Señor; Semana Nacional de Migración Lunes: El Santísimo Nombre de Jesús Martes: Santa Isabel Ana Seton Miércoles: San Juan Neumann Jueves: Beato André Bessette Viernes: San Raimundo de Peñafort; Primer viernes; Navidad Ortodoxa LECTURAS DE LA SEMANA Lunes: 1 Jn 3:22 4:6; Mt 4:12-17, Martes: 1 Jn 4:7-10; Mc 6:34-44 Miércoles: 1 Jn 4:11-18; Mc 6:45-52 Jueves: 1 Jn 4:19 5:4; Lc 4:14-22a Viernes: 1 Jn 5:5-13; Lc 5:12-16 Sábado: 1 Jn 5:14-21; Jn 3:22-30 SANTO DE LA SEMANA Page Seven SANTA ELIZABETH SETON ( ) 4 de enero Elizabeth nació en una familia anglicana donde aprendió a amar a Dios y a la Sagrada Escritura. Contrajo matrimonio a los 19 años con William Seton y ambos engendraron cinco hijos. Debido a la economía y la salud de su marido, emigró a Italia y posteriormente sufrió la muerte de su esposo. Gracias al testimonio y ayuda de una familia católica, expresó su deseo de hacerse católica y, finalmente, en 1805 profesó la plena comunión con la Iglesia. Como hija de catedrático llegó a ser una mujer de amplísima educación e ingenio y fundó una escuela para educar a los niños y mantener a su familia. Unos años después, junto con otras tres compañeras fundaron otra escuela en Baltimore, naciendo así la primera comunidad religiosa de mujeres fundada en los Estados Unidos: Hermanas de la Caridad de San José. Gracias a su visión y al carisma de sus hermanas, crearon las escuelas parroquiales en los Estados Unidos, influenciando el crecimiento del catolicismo y por supuesto, la educación católica. Fue la primera mujer estadounidense en ser canonizada. Miguel Arias, Copyright, J. S. Paluch Co. NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LA ALTAGRACIA Invitamos a toda la comunidad hispana, y muy especialmente a la comunidad Dominicana a unirse al Triduo y Misa que realizaremos en honor a la protectora de la Republica Dominicana, La Virgen de la Altagracia. Iniciaremos con el Triduo del Santo Rosario desde el Miercoles 19 de Enero a las 7:30 pm en la Casa de Retiros (Antiguo Convento), hasta el Viernes 21 de Enero. Asi tambien les invitamos a participar en la Santa Misa en su honor la cual sera celebrada el Domingo 23 de Enero a la 1:00 pm. Luego de la misa ese dia tendremos un compartir en la cafeteria de la escuela St. Peter con comida tipica dominicana. Favor correr la voz para que todos honremos a nuestra Virgen de la Altagracia. Les esperamos a todos.