Jesus, The Healer
An unforgettable experience of healing presented by the Franciscan Mystery Players of Notre Dame Church, North Caldwell. Through the use of special lighting and sound, this moving dramatic meditation has been the high point in our parish’s spiritual journey during our Lenten Season.
Because of the intensity of the subject matter of suffering and death, and the healing of those who are afflicted, it may not be recommended for children who have not yet reached the second grade.
We strongly encourage Adults and Teens to attend this unique and prayerful presentation on Sunday, March 22 at 8pm, at Immaculate Conception Church, 211 Summit Street, Norwood, NJ.
At the conclusion there will be the opportunity for those who wish to be prayed over to join the Franciscan Mystery Players as they will invoke God’s healing grace upon you.
A Good Will Collection will be taken up to support their Ministry.
Our first Novena Mass to St. Peregrine will be celebrated on Monday, March 16 at 7pm and will continue on the 3rd Sunday of each Month. Immediately following the mass the Novena prayers will be recited. The anointing of the sick will be available to anyone immediately following the Novena prayers. For more information on Saint peregrine please click on the "Anointing of the Sick" tab under "Sacramental Life".
The practice of making the Stations of the Cross is that it is a powerful way to contemplate, and enter into, the mystery of Jesus' gift of himself to us. It takes the reflection on the passion out of my head, and makes it an imaginative exercise. It involves the senses, the experience and the emotions. To the extent that we come to experience the love of Jesus for us, to that extent the gratitude we feel will be deep. Deep gratitude leads to real generosity and a desire to love as we have been loved. What follows is a little history of the stations:
From the earliest of days, followers of Jesus told the story of his passion, death and resurrection. When pilgrims came to see Jerusalem, they were anxious to see the sites where Jesus was. These sites become important holy connections with Jesus. Eventually, following in the footsteps of the Lord, along the way of the cross, became a part of the pilgrimage visit. The stations, as we know them today, came about when it was no longer easy or even possible to visit the holy sites. In the 1500's, villages all over Europe started creating "replicas" of the way of the cross, with small shrines commemorating the places along the route in Jerusalem. Eventually, these shrines became the set of 14 stations we now know and were placed in almost every Catholic Church in the world.
Please join us on Friday afternoons @ 4pm to pray the Stations, and experience the consolation they offer. And return often, to be renewed in this intimate experience of Jesus' solidarity with all humanity in our way of the cross each day.
Dear Sisters & Brothers:
As of late we have all witnessed the persecution of Christians throughout the world where innocent individuals have been martyred for embracing their Christian faith while being confronted by their aggressors, who seek to silence their bold and heroic act in and through martyrdom. We have witnessed young and old alike calling upon the name of the Lord as they prepare to close their eyes to this world and gaze upon the Lord of Glory in the Heavenly Jerusalem. In response to this our Holy Father Francis has called a Day of Prayer for the End of Persecution of Christians on Sunday March 1, 2015.
As a Deanery in the Northern Valley we invite you, with your entire families, to join with your Clergy & Religious of the seven Parishes for a Holy Hour which will consist of the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary for Peace, quiet time for personal prayer, a scripture reading, intercessions, concluding with the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
This Holy Hour will take place at Saint Mary's Church, 20 Legion Place, Closter, NJ from 2pm-3pm. All are welcome & encouraged to be one in the Body of Christ.