A sacred place for worship and reflection for both the Jersey City and Saint Peter’s University communities.

CHRISTMAS MASSES

Posted on December 21st, 2014 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

Celebrate the birth of Jesus as follows:

Christmas Eve (Wednesday, 24 December):  Masses at 5:30 pm and at midnight (with carols at 11:30 pm)

Christmas Day (Thursday, 25 December): Masses at 9:30 am, 11:00 am (Spanish), 12:30 pm.

ENFOLD ME IN YOUR HEART

Posted on December 20th, 2014 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

Lord, enfold me in the depths of your heart;

and there hold me, refine, purge, and set me on

fire,

raise me aloft, until my own self knows utter

annihilation.

 

PIERRE TEILHARD DE CHARDIN, SJ

I TAKE MY STAND ON HIS WORD

Posted on December 13th, 2014 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

Psalm 130

Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord
Lord hear my voice

be attentive to my cry.

 

If you remember our sin
who could bear it?

 

No, your glory is your forgiveness.

 

My soul hopes in the Lord; .
I take my stand on his word.

 

More than the sleepless awaiting the dawn
my soul awaits him.

 

As a vigiler awaits the dawn
let his friends await the Lord.

 

For with him is grace in abundance!
Out of the depths

I take my stand on his word.

 

DANIEL BERRIGAN, S.J.

A PRAYER OF RECONCILIATION

Posted on December 6th, 2014 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

Lord Christ, help us to see what it is

that joins us together, not what separates us.

For when we see only what makes us

different,

we too often become aware of what is wrong with

others.

We see only their faults and weaknesses,

interpreting their actions as flowing from

malice or hatred rather than fear.

Even when confronted with evil, Lord,

you forgave and sacrificed yourself

rather than sought revenge.

Teach us to do the same by the power of your Spirit.

My use of time

Posted on November 29th, 2014 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

MY USE OF TIME

 

Killing Time

How do I kill time?

Let me count the ways.

By worrying about things

over which I have no control.

Like the past.

Like the future.

By harboring resentment

and anger

over hurts

real or imagined.

By disdaining the ordinary

or, rather, what I

so mindlessly

call ordinary.

By concern over what’s in it for me,

rather than what’s in me

for it.

By failing to appreciate what is

Because of might-have-beens,

Should-have-beens,

Could-have-beens.

 

These are some of the ways

I kill time.

 

Jesus didn’t kill time.

He gave life to it.

His own.

 

LEO ROCK, S.J.

Faithful love

Posted on November 22nd, 2014 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

FAITHFUL LOVE

 

There are days when I reflect

upon the moments of my history

and I taste satisfied fragrance,

like a well-aged bottle of wine.

 

It is easy then to ponder

the beauty of Isaiah’s God:

holding me in tender arms,

etching my name on divine palms.

 

There are other long-spent days

when I chew upon my memories,

only to taste the dry crumbs

of stale and molded bread.

 

How difficult then to perceive

the steadfast love of God;

How empty then is my longing

for a sense of divine embrace.

 

There are yet other days

when I sit at a great distance,

looking at the life that is mine;

threading the loom of my past

with a deep belief in faithfulness.

 

It is then that I see how fidelity

has little to do with fine feelings,

and everything to do with deep trust,

believing the One who holds me in joy

will never let go when sorrow sets in.

 

JOYCE RUPP

Batter my heart

Posted on November 15th, 2014 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

BATTER MY HEART

 

Batter my heart, three-person’d God; for You

As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;

That I may rise and stand, o’erthrow me, and bend

Your forces to break, blow, burn, and make me new.

I, like an usurp’d town, to another due

Labour to admit You, but O, to no end;

Reason, Your viceroy in me, me should defend,

But is captived, and proves weak or untrue.

Yet dearly I love you, and would be loved fain,

But am betrothed unto Your enemy;

Divorce me, untie, or break that knot again,

Take me to You, imprison me, for I

Except You enthral me, never shall be free,

Nor ever chaste, except You ravish me.

 

JOHN DONNE

MULTI-CULTURAL VESPERS

Posted on November 10th, 2014 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

To mark the feast of Christ the King, Archbishop Hebda will preside at a multi-cultural service of Vespers, which will take place in St Aedan’s Church on Sunday, 23 November, at 3:00pm.  Everyone is welcome.

Show me your face, O God

Posted on November 8th, 2014 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

SHOW ME YOUR FACE, O GOD / Psalm 61

 

At land’s end, end of tether

where the sea turns in sleep

ponderous, menacing

and my spirit fails and runs

landward, seaward, askelter

I pray you

make new

this hireling heart

O

turn your face to me

-winged, majestic, angelic-

tireless,

 

a tide

 

my prayer goest up-

show me your face, 0 God!

 

-DANIEL BERRIGAN, S.J.

Jesus, the world’s true sun

Posted on November 2nd, 2014 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

Lord Jesus Christ,

the world’s true sun,

ever rising, never setting,

whose life-giving warmth

engenders, preserves,

nourishes and gladdens

all things in heaven and on earth:

shine in my soul I pray,

scatter the night of sin,

and the clouds of error.

Blaze within me,

that I may go my way without stumbling,

taking no part in the shameful deeds

of those who wander in the dark,

but all my life long

walking as one native to the light.

 

DESIDERIUS ERASMUS