O God, good and merciful, we thank you, for you loved the world so much that you gave us Jesus your Son.
You call us to trust you, as children trust their mothers and fathers.
We thank you for judging us with mercy and compassion.
Please help us to avoid false judgments, and to show mercy to others.
Please help us to avoid greed.
By the power of your Spirit please help us to share our blessings with one another.
This we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
On Ash Wednesday, March 1st, ashes will be distributed at Masses at 8:30 am, 12:10, 5:30 and 7:30 pm. Ashes will also be distributed at a Service at 3:00 pm.
Cardinal Tobin will visit the Jersey City North Deanery (Parishes of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, St. Aedan, St. Ann, St. Anne, St. John the Baptist, St. Joseph, St. Nicholas and St. Paul of the Cross) on Friday, March 31st. Cardinal Tobin will celebrate a 7:30 pm Mass in St. Aedan’s Church followed by a reception in Hudson Catholic HS. All are invited.
Open our hearts to the gift of your Spirit,
And break within us the chains of violence and hatred,
So that, free to love even our enemies,
We may share in the triumph of good over evil
And bear witness with our lives
To the Gospel of peace.
As we come to offer our gift at the altar
Give us your Spirit
And make us eager to seek reconciliation,
So that, with deep reverence for one another,
we may work together for the coming of your Kingdom.
This we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
We can use people to help in our music programs. If you would like to be part of a schola for our weekly 9:30 Mass, please contact Dr. Joseph Legaspi after that Mass, or at firstname.lastname@example.org or 201 761-7389. If you would like to help with our choir for Holy Thursday and Good Friday, please see Paul Citti, our organist, after the 5:30 pm, 8:00 am or 12:30 pm Masses in the choir loft.
A four week guided retreat will be offered during Lent. The retreat will use exercises from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. The retreat invites participants to pray daily for four weeks. Time for prayer and reflection is 50 minutes per day. Participants will gather once a week for spiritual conversation. The book, “The First Spiritual Exercises,” by Fr. Michael Hansen, SJ will be used. Cost is $16 for the book. Meeting dates are March 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6 at 7:15 pm to 9:00 pm in Stewardship Hall. If you are interested in taking part, or would like more information, please leave a message for Fr. Angela Rivera-Fals at the rectory: 201 433-6800.
A favorite prayer of President Harry Truman:
“Oh! Almighty and Everlasting God,
Creator of Heaven, the Earth,
and the Universe.
Help me to be, to think, and to do
what is right, because it is right.
Make me truthful,
honest, and honorable in all things.
Make me intellectually honest,
for the sake of right and honor,
without thought of reward to me.
Give me the ability to be charitable,
forgiving, and patient with my fellowmen.
Help me to understand
their motives and their shortcomings,
even as you understand mine! Amen
Good and loving God, you called St Aedan to dedicate his life to the service of your people. You called him to be a bishop and helped him to bring people to faith in your redeeming love. Through his intercession please listen to our prayers and give us your help, that we may overcome our difficulties, fully live our faith, joyfully share it with others and generously serve you and serve one another in the Church. This we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Almighty and eternal God,
you have revealed your glory to all nations.
God of power and might, wisdom and justice,
through you authority is rightly administered,
laws are enacted, and judgment is decreed.
Assist with your spirit of counsel and fortitude
the President of these United States,
that his administration may be conducted in righteousness,
and be eminently useful to your people over whom he presides.
May he encourage due respect for virtue and religion.
May he execute the laws with justice and mercy.
May he seek to restrain crime, vice, and immorality.
We likewise commend to your unbounded mercy
all citizens of the United States,
that we may be blessed in the knowledge and in the observance of your holy law.
May we be preserved in union and that peace which the world cannot give;
and, after enjoying the blessings of this life,
be admitted to those which are eternal.
We pray to you, who are Lord and God,
for ever and ever.
(Composed by Archbishop John Carroll
for the inauguration of George Washington in 1789)