On Friday, September 15, 2017 the Archbishop of Newark, Cardinal William J. Tobin, will visit our Deanery (number 23) calling the parishioners who belong to the parishes comprised within this Deanery to a communal celebration of the Mass followed by a light reception and a meeting with "town hall" style questions. The place chosen for this meeting is the Parish of the Holy Spirit, located at 984 Suburban Road, Union, NJ 07083. The Mass will start at 7:30 pm and will be followed by "Q&A" assembly. This gathering is a unique opportunity to meet the Shepherd of our local Church, to listen to him and to ask him questions. As the vibrant parish that we are, we have a twofold chance on this occasion: first, to actively participate in the liturgy presided by the Cardinal by offering our ministerial services in any way we are confident and experienced (as lectors, cantors, musicians, ministers of hospitality, extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, ...). Moreover, we will all have the opportunity to ask questions and I can assure you that the Cardinal will answer these questions with his usual straightforwardness and warmth. My hope is that we will participate in large number, also to manifest to the Head of our local Church that we love and support him. I have been ministering in the Chancery now for 4 years and I know very well that the Archbishop carries a big load on his shoulders. While it is always easy to criticize the work of the others (as when we watch a football game from the recliner at home and we loudly proclaim how much better we would do if we were the coach of our favorite team), we should never fall short to encourage and be supportive of those who—at the cost of sleepless nights—roll up their sleeves and drag the cart uphill every day, quite often without wearing the pains and the fatigue of their ministries on their faces. More details to come!
May God bless you always!