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November 25, 2018

Solemnity of Christ the King


S U N D AY R E F L E C T I O N “Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom does not belong to this world.” JOHN 18:36 How often do we put all our time and energy into building a kingdom here on earth, forgetting that life here is short? The real kingdom is in the next life. Yet, how much time and energy do we invest in working for that eternal kingdom?

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404 Hudson Street, Hoboken NJ 07030 201.659.2276 Fax: 201-353-2333 Saints Peter and Paul Hoboken @spphoboken @spphoboken

Pastoral team PASTOR Rev. Msgr. Michael A. Andreano WEEKEND/WEEKDAY ASSISTANTS Msgr Neil Mahoney, PhD Msgr. Christopher Hynes Father Brian Needles Father Louis Scurti, PhD PASTORAL LITURGICAL ASSOCIATES - SACRISTANS Sr. Symphorosa Imbori, D.M. g Sr. Veronica Wade, D.M. DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION & STEWARDSHIP/ CHIEF OF STAFF Karen Imbach, BA [email protected] OFFICE MANAGER Stephanie Panzariello, BS [email protected] PASTORAL ASSOCIATE FOR ADMINISTRATION & FAITH FORMATION Danny Rosado, BA [email protected] PASTORAL ASSOCIATE FOR FAITH FORMATION & SPECIAL EVENTS Elizabeth Ertel, BS [email protected] DIRECTOR OF MUSIC MINISTRIES Brian Walters, BFA [email protected] DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES MAINTENANCE John Bews [email protected] DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & GRAPHIC DESIGN Julia Chimento, BFA [email protected] RCIA & BAPTISMAL PREPARATION PROGRAMS Nick Leeper, BA [email protected] CHILDREN'S MINISTRY COORDINATOR Katie Riley, BA [email protected]

BOOKKEEPER & HUMAN RESOURCES ADMINISTRATOR Karen Barisonek, MBA [email protected] FINANCE COUNCIL Ed Yruma (Chair) g Bill Burke g Carrie Gallaway Maglia g Hank Chance g Grace Bale g Raymond Fiore g Theresa Mercogliano g John Faucher g Diane Daley TRUSTEES Rose Perry g Don Meyer CANTORS Maria Brinkmann g Greg McDonald g Katie Riley g Allison Melissa g Gretchen Terrell

HAPPY ADVENT! What can we say, or do we know, about Advent? Likely for most of us, since our earliest years of growing up, Advent was that mysterious word, that time, that Season that related to, and brought us eventually to, Christmas. A time that we enjoyed being in, because we knew of the greater enjoyment and excitement that it would bring us to, and end in – Christmas! However, because Advent was a reminder that we had to wait yet, for Christmas, perhaps we found it frustrating, maybe even annoying. As we grew older, we came to know that even in times of joyful anticipation and expectation, there is some anxiety, frustration, and mystery that we have to deal with – the ‘slowness’ of getting to that ‘final joy’ (Christmas), or the mystery of just what ARE in those prettily and carefully wrapped Gift boxes that we found hidden in the closet, or under the bed, or in the basement, and finally under the Christmas Tree?!? In its Liturgical Norms, the Church tells us that Advent has a two-fold character: a time of preparation for the Solemnities of Christmas, in which the First Coming of the Son of God in humanity is remembered, and a time when minds and hearts are led to look forward to Christ’s Second Coming at the end of time. The Season of Advent is too often considered merely a Season of preparation for Christmas. In reality, it is designed to prepare the Christian for the glorious possibilities of the time of fulfillment of God’s Plan for each one of us, the Second Coming of Christ. And as we await it, we must always keep mindful of the fact that we are already members of that Glory, that Kingdom, that Body of Christ here on Earth. And so, we set our hearts on seeking, finding, and accomplishing that for which God created us, so that we are prepared to return to Him. Linguists tell us that the word “Adventus” is the exact Christian Latin equivalent of the Greek “Parousia,” the Second Coming of Christ. Advent, then, is a time of preparation for, and puts our minds to, the last things, above all to Jesus’ glorious coming to complete His Easter work. As Catholic Christians, we know that we must always be living ‘in preparation and joyful expectation’ of what is (yet) to come. Unless we embrace and live that reality, we will never truly understand the meaning and Joy of this Season of Advent. And if we truly embraced that reality, how could we not each Day look upon and treat one another more kindly, gently, and lovingly, as brothers and sisters in Christ, children of God, who not only share being ‘sent,’ born into this World, this Life (as was Jesus), but who also share in the promise of Glory and Eternal Life. We are more than this Life. We are attached to one another by that little Child, born in Bethlehem (the First Coming of Jesus), kept together by His continuing Presence among us (in Sacred Scripture, the Sacraments, and each other), and gathered together again at His Second Coming. We can look to Our Blessed Mother, Mary, as the embodiment and example of Advent. Consider Mary: particularly chosen by God to be the vessel through which He would enter our human existence (that first Christmas), and see the fruits of her labor (Jesus) depart that same human existence, ultimately, in the Joy of The Resurrection. Now, we certainly know that in that ‘continuum of Mary’s Advent’ – the time between the anticipation and joy of Jesus’ Birth and the anticipation and joy of His Resurrection – there were times of mystery, difficulty, despair, and even horror (Calvary). Mary lived the first Advent, she lived all that was a part of the Life of Jesus (the joys and tribulations), and she lived to return to Him in Glory. The path of Mary’s Life is ours, if we, too, are “full of Grace” and keep in mind, always, that “the Lord is with us.” And, so, certainly, there is Cause for Joy, and the wait is worth it!

Happy Advent! God Bless You. -Monsignor Andreano

The Miraculous Medal ST. CATHERINE LABOURE Join us for the 12:10pm Mass on Wednesday, November 28, the Feast of Saint Catherine Laboure. As those who regularly attend our Mass on Wednesdays know, the Miraculous Medal Novena Prayers are prayed at the end of Mass, followed by the veneration of the Relic of St. Catherine Laboure. In honor of this Feast Day, Miraculous Medals will be blessed and distributed within Mass.

St. Catherine Laboure was born on May 2, 1806. At an early age she entered the community of the Daughters of Charity, in Paris, France. Three times in 1830 the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Catherine Laboure, who then was a twenty-four year old novice. On November 27, the lady showed St. Catherine the medal of the Immaculate Conception, now universally known as the "Miraculous Medal." She commissioned St. Catherine to have one made, and to spread devotion to this medal. She died on December 31, 1876, and was canonized on July 27, 1947. Her feast day is November 28.

Saint Catherine Laboure, pray for us.


Saturday Confessions

4:30 PM

Saturday (Vigil) 5 PM Sunday Mass 8:00 AM (Quiet Mass) 9 AM (Family/Children's Mass) 10:30 AM (Liturgical Choir) 12 PM


Monday g Tuesday g Friday Wednesday g Thursday

9 AM - 5 PM 9 AM - 7 PM


Monday g Tuesday g Friday Wednesday g Thursday Saturday Sunday




7:30 AM -5 PM 7:30 AM - 7 PM 9 AM - 6 PM 8 AM - 1 PM

Mass 12:10 PM

Other Daily Masses available in the Deanery: St Ann Monday Friday 7 AM St Francis Monday Friday 8 AM St Lawrence Tuesday Thursday 9:30 AM OLG 12:30 PM Monday Friday OLG 7PM Monday Thursday

This Week's Mass Intentions Saturday, November 24 5:00 pm

† Bessie Mae Hughes Yuhas

Sunday, November 25 8:00 am 9:00 am 10:30 am 12:00 pm

† Michael Quinn People of the Parish † Enza and Dario Puia † Pasquale Toscano

Monday, November 26 Church Open - No Services

Christmas Giving Tree The Giving Tree will be filled with Tags of 3 different colors. This year, we are happy to support the following 3 ventures, by fulfilling 'Wish Lists' provided by them: The Hoboken Shelter (RED); Covenant House (GREEN); and 11 Families through Catholic Charities' "Help A Family with Children Christmas Program" (WHITE). As our own thanksgiving to God for the blessings and plenty that we enjoy, please prayerfully consider extending your usual Christian generosity by giving to those in need. Select a Gift Tag from The Giving Tree, returning the unwrapped items (along with the Gift Tag) no later than Friday, December 14. During Mass times on the weekends, the gifts can be placed at The Giving Tree in the Church. During the week, please bring your gifts to the Parish Office.

Tuesday, November 27 12:10 pm

† Pasquale J. Toscano

Wednesday, November 28 12:10 pm

† Severio Binetti

Thursday, November 29 12:10 pm

† Oride & Dario Puia

Friday, November 30 12:10 pm

† Papo Rodriguez

Saturday, December 1 5:00 pm

† Dorothy Aris

Sunday, December 2 8:00 am 9:00 am 10:30 am 12:00 pm

† John J. Quinn People of the Parish † Bessie Mae Hughes Yuhas † Pasquale Toscano

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The Feast Christ the King


By: Ian Rutherford via

The Feast of Christ the King Christ the King Sunday,’ the final Sunday of the Liturgical Year, is a feast day that focuses on the authority of Christ. While the problems our world faces today differ from the particular events that inspired Pope Pius XI to establish this feast in the 1920s, his message and call to honor Christ the King in a society that denies the authority of Our Lord is no less pertinent now than it was then.

History of the Feast The solemnity is a newer feast in the Catholic Church; it was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925. The pontiff was witness to a turbulent time in the world's history. Secularism was on the rise and dangerous dictatorships were emerging in Europe and beyond. Christ had long been referred to as King, but Pope Pius and the Christian faithful saw the respect and reverence for Christ's authority waning in the midst of the unrest during the first part of the 20th century. In response, the feast was set with the intent to reaffirm and refocus faith and respect in the kingship of Jesus. If princes and magistrates duly elected are filled with the persuasion that they rule, not by their own right, but by the mandate and in the place of the Divine King, they will exercise their authority piously and wisely, and they will make laws and administer them, having in view the common good and also the human dignity of their subjects. The result will be a stable peace and tranquility, for there will be no longer any cause of discontent. Men will see in their king or in their rulers men like themselves, perhaps unworthy or open to criticism, but they will not on that account refuse obedience if they see reflected in them the authority of Christ God and Man. Peace and harmony, too, will result; for with the spread and the universal extent of the kingdom of Christ men will become more and more conscious of the link that binds them together, and thus many conflicts will be either prevented entirely or at least their bitterness will be diminished.” Pope Pius XI was hoping for these effects to occur:

1. That nations would see that the Church has the right to freedom, and immunity from the state. 2. That leaders and nations would see that they are bound to give respect to Christ. 3. That the faithful would gain strength and courage from the celebration of the feast, as we are reminded that Christ must reign in our hearts, minds, wills, and bodies.

The feast was initially fixed to the final day of October, the day before All Saints Day. Later, in 1969, Pope Paul VI moved the feast to the last Sunday before Advent, to emphasize the importance of the feast. This is fitting within the Church year. The liturgical year begins with Advent, the season of awaiting the coming of Christ, and now the year ends with celebrating the Kingship of Christ.

What are some benefits of going to Confession? 1. Confession helps us to better “know thyself.” St Augustine and countless other saints and doctors of the Church talk about the importance of knowing ourselves well. Through coming to know ourselves better, we realized how fallen we are, and how badly we need God’s help and grace to get through life. Frequent Confession helps remind us to rely on God to help rid us of our sins.

2. Confession helps us overcome vice. The grace we receive from the Sacrament of Confession helps us combat our faults and failings and break our habits of vice much more easily and expediently than we could otherwise do without the sacramental grace.

The Stages of Forgiveness: Feeling like a victim: When bad things happen, we feel like a victim; the

incident makes us feel vulnerable and exposed. When we stay in this stage, we risk damage to our physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing.

Acknowledging and releasing anger: Holding in anger keeps us

from moving forward in our lives. We can never truly forgive as long as we're harboring resentment.

Deciding to forgive: The decision is always ours. Forgiveness is a process that takes time and patience and does not follow a linear path.

Discovering empathy: Once we discharge anger, we can often find compassion for the people who have hurt us, even though we can never condone their actions.

Letting go of the hurt and moving on:

Ultimately, this is what forgiveness is all about. It is an experience filled with grace and courage. When the hurt finally has no power over us, we will feel a deeper connection with God.

3. Confession brings us peace. Guilt from the sins we commit can make us feel all mixed up inside and cause us to lose our peace and joy. When we hear God’s forgiving words to us from the lips of the priest in Confession, a burden is lifted off our shoulders and we can again feel the peace of heart and soul that comes from being in a good relationship with God.

4. Confession helps us become more saintly, more like Jesus.

Jesus was perfectly humble, perfectly generous, perfectly patient, perfectly loving—perfectly everything! Don’t you wish you could be as humble, generous, patient, and loving as Jesus? Saints throughout history have felt that way too, and they have frequented the Sacrament of Reconciliation to help transform them into people who are more like Christ. Little images of Christ—that’s what saints are!

5. Confession makes our will stronger. Every time we experience the Sacrament of Confession, God strengthens our will and our self-control to be able to resist the temptations that confront us in our lives. We become more resolute to follow God’s will and not our own whims. Of course, the list of benefits of the Sacrament of Confession goes on and on! But you have to go to reap the benefits! Going to Confession regularly will truly change your life. What’s keeping you from Reconciliation? The words of absolution in the Confessional are truly beautiful: “I absolve you from your sins, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Jesus is waiting to forgive you—all you have to do is ask! Don’t miss out any longer on the healing power of Confession. Source:

Rituals for Letting Go of Anger: Write out your feelings in a letter, burn the letter and scatter the ashes. Use a tape recorder to talk out your feelings. Remove the actual magnetic tape from the cassette and throw it away Or, if you're still feeling resentment put the tape in a jar with a solid lid. Now, the anger is out of you and in the jar. When you're ready, throw the jar away. Walk as long and as often as you need. Or choose another form of exercise. With every step or pushup, discharge your feelings of resentment Take a length of string or twine and roll it into a huge ball, discharging your resentment as you wind. When you are done, toss that ball of anger over a cliff or into a body of water. Create a safe, sacred space for yourself; light a candle; pray for help with your grief and anger. Come to this place every day for solace and guidance. Source:

All children are welcome to register as participants in our


CHRISTMAS PAGEANT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16 | 4:00 PM Parents are also welcome to perform alongside their children, or to enroll as volunteers.

Rehearsals take place on Saturdays in late November and through December. More specific times will be announced soon!

Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning (HVAC) Project PHASE

ONE: Relieve the Church systems of the Rectory, in order to extend the operation of the Church systems without disruption to the Church, and to extend the life of those systems into a next cycle of air-conditioning and heating.


Replace the Church systems, in addition to extending the services into the Lower Church/ Waterfront Room, Sanctuary, Sacristy, and other areas of the Church presently served by a steam system and radiators. Although method and timing of contributions are flexible, it would be helpful to receive your HVAC commitment within the next month, if possible, in order that we can know what we have and what we can do in proceeding.

100% of your gift will go directly and only towards the completion of the HVAC project.


Register today at:

Coordinated by Katie Riley, Brian Walters, and the Music Ministry of Ss Peter and Paul

Any questions, please email [email protected]

The 2019 Mass Book is Open Requested Donations for Masses are $10 each. Donations to provide the Altar Bread (Hosts), Wine, or Flowers - $25. Check or Money Order made payable to Ss Peter and Paul. So that everyone has the opportunity to obtain their special dates, parishioners may only request 10 masses at a time.

HVAC Donation Cards and Envelopes are available at the entrance of the Church or from the Parish Office.

Whatever amount you can give would be greatly appreciated.



Marie Papp Looking for a great photo for your Christmas cards? Portraits with photographer Marie Papp will be available in November at her studio in the Monroe Center.

Please call 201.659.1978 to book your session. A percentage of each sale will go to Ss Peter & Paul.


You are invited to check out the web site of Fr Louis Scurti our "visiting priest" from Jersey City. The site features HOMILIES, INTERVIEWS OF GUESTS & SPECIAL EVENTS celebrating our Catholic Faith!


Rev. Louis J. Scurti, Ph.D., M.Div., LMFT | [email protected]

For more information contact Cheryl A. Riley 973-497-4350 / email [email protected]


Parking Lot Closure Please note, the parking lot may be closed at various times over the next few weeks due to the continuing work with the HVAC project.


Hoboken Catholic Youth Ministry (HCYM) The Hoboken Catholic Youth Ministry is a new youth group targeting

high-school aged parishioners from the five Hoboken-area churches, including St. Peter and Paul. Teens in grades 9-12 are invited to join for faith, fun and fellowship on November 26th from 7 pm - 9 pm at St. Francis Parish Center (310 Jefferson Street). Dinner will be served.

Wintertide: A Celebration of the Season Celebrate the Season of Giving by supporting Family Promise of

Hudson County! Wintertide: A Celebration of the Season promises to be a one-of-a kind concert led by American musician and band leader, Jeremy Beck. The inaugural Wintertide will feature an immersive world music experience for all in attendance, including original compositions and new arrangements of your favorite Christmas classics performed by 10 acclaimed musicians. Proceeds from the event will benefit Family Promise of Hudson County, a shelter for families experiencing homelessness. Wintertide will be held on Thursday, December 13th at St. Ann Catholic Church (704 Jefferson Street, Hoboken) at 8:00 p.m., with a reception following. Tickets can be purchased for $25 before December 1st at https://www. or by calling (201) 659-1114. For additional information, please visit

Rachel's Vineyard Healing the pain of an abortion . . . Are you suffering from an abortion experience? Do you have feelings of guilt and anxiety? Do you suffer from depression? There is HOPE! Rachel's Vineyard Retreats: For more information contact the Respect Life Office at 973.497.4350.

Surviving Divorce: A Three Day Retreat The Archdiocese of Newark’s Family Life Office is sponsoring a three

day retreat for the separated and divorced. Each day features DVD sessions that cover topics of shock, denial, anger, grief, guilt, forgiveness and much more. The itinerary includes video presentations and small group discussions. Participants will hear personal testimonies of Catholic men and women who have experienced the breakdown of their families who witness to the healing power of Christ in their lives. Whether someone is recently divorced or not, this program offers valuable insight & support. Each session run from 9am to 1pm and will cover different topics & discussions. Babysitting will be provided on site. The cost of all three days of the retreat is $20.00 and includes the cost of a personal guide book, refreshments & light lunch. To register, click the link: and enter in your name and email. Dates: Sat, Dec 1, 2018 Time: 9 am to 1 pm Location: Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament 28 Livingston Avenue Roseland, NJ 07068