I hope and pray that you have had a good beginning to your Advent journey. Last week in my homily I spoke of us being open and welcoming doors where we invite God into our lives and where we become doors for others to experience God because of our welcome and simple acts of kindness. This week in the Gospel we see John the Baptist come on the scene calling for his listeners to “repent.” He has become the voice of God calling us to move through the door of repentance. He is the door informing us to be prepared for the ONE who is to come. His words seem rather harsh but they certainly get our attention.
“Therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” John the Baptist meant business. Indeed, he must have been a sight to behold draped in his penitential grab, nibbling on his locusts and hone. If nothing else, John the Baptist surely got people’s attention. But will he get ours? Because we’ve heard this story before, we might be inclined to glaze over its inherent drama. He urges us, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” This is the moment! Now is the time!
Advent especially reminds us to examine our lives and renew our commitment to Christ. As John the Baptist put it, we are called to “produce good fruit as evidence” of our repentance. We will only produce good fruit if we OPEN to God’s grace in our lives and share that with others. Let us continue to pray that we will be open doors of God’s love and grace for ourselves and others.
My thanks to all our parishioners and ministries that supported St. Vincent De Paul’s Thanksgiving and Community food drive. Through your generosity over 150 families received food to celebrate with their families
Please don't forget to visit the Media Center in the atrium. There are a great variety of books, videos, pamphlets, Little Blue Books, and prayers provided for the Advent season. Have a wonderful week!
If you or a loved one is permanently or temporarily homebound or ill and you would like to receive Holy Communion or celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) arrangements can be made by calling the parish office at 609-268-8383.
Baptism for infants - Children - birth to 6 years Arrangements can be made by contacting the Parish Office, 609-268-8383, Monday thru Friday 9:00am to 4:30pm. Parents are required to register in the parish and attend a Baptismal Preparation Instruction which is held on the 4th Friday of every month from 7:00 - 8:00pm in Children of Terrizin Room at the Church. Baptism's are celebrated every 2nd Sunday of the Month or at any of the scheduled Masses on the weekend. Baptism for Children - ages 7 and older Children 7 years or older become part of the RCIA process. This is a two year process and leads to full initiation in the Church ( Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation). To make arrangements please call Dottie Connelly at the Faith Formation Office, 609-268-7742. First Holy Communion All children should be enrolled in one of our Faith Formation Programs (Faith Fest or Children's Faith Formation). First Holy Communion is usually received in 2nd' level, after two years of preparation. For more information or to register your child please call the Faith Formation Office at 609-268-7742. Confirmation All candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation are required to enter a two year program. beginning at the 7th grade or 7th level. Confirmation is celebrated in the Fall at the beginning of 9th grade. Requirements for completing the Confirmation Program include workshops, service, a retreat, meetings with pastor or delegate. To make arrangements please call the Faith Formation Office at 609-268-7742. Marriage Couples wishing to celebrate and consecrate their love are asked to call the parish office to reserve a wedding date a year in advance. A full year's preparation is required before the Sacrament of Marriage can be received. Couples must meet with a priest or deacon - complete a Pre-Cana Program, and furnish necessary paper work. Please call the parish office at 609-268-8383, to make arrangements for this wonderful occasion. Sacrament of the Sick The anointing of the sick is available to anyone who is suffering from chronic or terminal illness, Going for surgery, or nearing death. Arrangements can be made by calling the Parish Office at 609-268-8383. If you call after hours please follow the directions for an emergency. Holy Orders If you are discerning a call to the priesthood please see our Diocesan Vocation Website at www.GodisCallingyou.com.
If you are a non Catholic or Catholic who is not fully initiated into the Catholic faith and desire to become full members of our faith and our Church you are invited to enter into the process of RCIA. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). For more information you can call Chris Murphy at 609-268-8383 x 117 or email email@example.com
Holy Eucharist Parish is committed to lifelong faith formation at every age and every stage of life. Our goal is to form a community of faith that assists our members to open their hearts and minds to experience the Kingdom of God in our midst. For more information about our programs you can click Faith Formation in the top menu or call Dottie Connelly at our Faith Formation Office at 609-268-8383 x 107.
To request a Godparent/Sponsor certificate, please contact the parish office. Please note the requirements: 1. Parents of the one to be baptized cannot be the godparent. 2. One godparent must be a Catholic- eligibility for the certificate one has to be an active, registered member of their parish, in a marriage recognized by the Church, confirmed in the Catholic Church and at least 16 years of age. 3. Each Catholic godparent must provide a Sponsor Certificate to the Parish Office 3weeks prior to the scheduled date of your child's Baptism. If this is not done, your Baptism will be postponed to the next available date. 4. Non-Catholic Christians may be Christian Witnesses, as long as an eligible Catholic godparent is also present. A letter from their Church saying that they are registered there must be provided. 5. If there are 2 godparents, one must be male and one female. If there is only one they can be either.
Visit the parish office Monday - Friday from 9:00am - 4:30pm or obtain a registration form by filling in the information on the Visitor Information page of the website. You can return the form in person or mail it into the parish office, at Holy Eucharist Church - 520 Medford Lakes Rd. Tabernacle NJ 08088. When you register you will be given a Parish Information Booklet with important information. If you did not receive one and would like a copy please call the parish office.
There are a few ways to find out about our parish ministries. 1. Approach and speak with an active parishioner after mass. 2. Visit our ministry card rack in the atrium. 3. Read about some of the ministries in the bulletin. 4. Call the parish Office 609-268-8383 and the parish secretary will direct you to someone. 5. See the Parish Ministries link at the top of this website.
There are so many reasons why a person leaves the Catholic Church: a hurt experienced in or by the Church or one of it's members, changes in the Church that were difficult for you, moving from one faith community to another and never really feeling comfortable and so many others. But whatever the reason for leaving, we are so happy that you are thinking about coming home again. We welcome you and will do our best to help you in anyway we can as you journey home. Please contact the parish office 609-268-8383 for more information or you can contact Deacon Chris Murphy at X117 or firstname.lastname@example.org