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Father Julio Barrios, Pastor

Chairperson: Bill Dignan

Trustees: Bob Morrissey, Frank Elleo, George Conway and Mary Petnel

Accountant:  Leo Zatta

Secretary:  Ellen Buchney

Today’s readings tell us that it is impossible to “set the world on fire,” if we are “stuck in the mud.” In the gospel, Jesus warns us that the earth needs purging and it will be His immersion into the passion and crucifixion that will cleanse the world. We are being told that we too, must approach our apostolic role with zeal.

Often in dysfunctional domestic situations, we discover members of a family continuing in unhealthy submission to poor behaviors in order to “keep the peace.” This is an artificial peace. It is an anxious peace. It is a peace that fosters fear and inappropriate compliance. It is difficult to eliminate this kind of situation. It causes great anguish. All involved get stuck in the mud of hopelessness.

We as followers of Christ are commissioned to bring good news and real peace to our brothers and sisters. Like Ebed-melech, who rescued Jeremiah from the muddy cistern, we are called to speak-up for one another; we are called to find the means to rescue others; we are advised to find helpers in our endeavor to assist those in distress. In the story of this rescue, we should notice that Ebed-melech stops at a linen closet to cushion the ropes that will be placed under the prophet’s arms. We are called to such gestures of kindness and care. Most of all, we are called to make our prayer life zealous. So many of our neighbors get caught in a slump. We want to be the people sending the ropes of rescue to them.

Father Julio

 

We the Church of Our Lady of Fatima, declare it to be our mission to live in faithful relationship with the Father and through the power of the Holy Spirit, give witness and living testimony to the mission of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

We ask that Mary, the Mother of our Lord and our Mother, who aided the beginnings of the Church by her prayers, may now intercede with her Son for each of us...helping us to grow in faith, hope, and love.

We as Catholic Christians, are called to make visible Christs presence among His people. We commit ourselves to journey through life striving to become more like Jesus in our words and deeds, to be His disciples.

We exist not for ourselves, but for the sake of others, generating new life and hope. In His name and united in his belief, we reach out to others.

We become the heart of Jesus to love others, His ears to listen to others, His mouth to teach as He did, and His feet to spread His Good News as we journey through life.

As we proclaim our love by ministering to and serving others, we build community. And as one, our parish community worships and celebrates. through many, we are one body because we share in the One Bread and One Cup.

WELCOME!   Our Lady of Fatima parish always welcomes new members. Please stop by the rectory or call 973-764-4457 to register as soon as possible.