Christ The Redeemer - Roman Catholic Church, 98 South 2nd Ave., Manville, NJ 08835 Phone: 908-725-0072
WEEKLY READING

THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

After John had been arrested,
Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:
“This is the time of fulfillment.
The kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
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JANUARY 25, 2015


The saint’s memorial and feast days for this week are:
  
  Monday – Timothy & Titus
  Tuesday – Angela Merici
  Wednesday – Thomas Aquinas
  Saturday – John Bosco

The Knights of Columbus is hosting a Pork Dinner today (Sunday) from 2-6PM.  Tickets are on sale as you leave Mass.

We need help making pierogi for the Lenten Season on Tuesday at 9AM and 6PM in the Sacred Heart auditorium.  Please come and give us a hand.

SAVE THE DATE – There will be a presentation on the “Shrines of Italy” pilgrimage on February 3rd in the Sacred Heart auditorium.  There is still time to receive the $200 per person booking bonus!

Have a wonderful week.

 



Why do priests visit our homes at Christmas time?
  1. To bless them in the name of Christ and pray for your families.
  2. To meet with you in your homes and talk about your joys and concerns.
How do we prepare for the home blessing?
  1. On a clean table in the living room place a cross, candles (or a candle), a Bible and a small bowl or a plate of holy water (available in the vestibules of our churches).
  2. If there are any children who attend our CCD Program, have them prepare their religious education text books (the First Communion children also prepare their Progress Books).
  3. With a chalk the priest writes a sign C+M+B 2014 on the main door (Three Kings: Caspar, Melchior, Balthazar or "Christus mansionem benedicat" – Christ blesses this home).
  4. All present in the house take part in the event, not only one family member.
  5. If no one is at home, the priest will leave a parish calendar in your mailbox. You may call the parish office and make arrangements to have the priest return. Out of town parishioners must make an appointment. These visits will take place in the second half of January.
Thank you for meeting with us in your homes, for a common prayer, for conversations and your observations and propositions for our new Christ the Redeemer Parish.

Your Redemptorist Parish Priests
Fr. Stanislaw Slaby – Pastor
Frs. Slawomir Romanowski and Marcin Zubik – Associate Pastors

2015 HOME BLESSING SCHEDULE >>  
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News

CHRIST THE KING SCHOOL

It is with my deepest regret that I must inform you that Christ the King School will not re-open for the 2015-16 school year. read more >>

STATE OF THE PARISH ADDRESS FOR THE YEAR OF 2014

On January 1, 2014 our Christ the Redeemer Parish was created by the Most Reverend Bishop Paul Bootkoski. Today I wish to take this opportunity to give you what I call your Pastor’s State of the Parish Address.

CHRIST THE REDEEMER WINS 'BEST OF' AWARD

Christ the Redeemer Church has received the 2014 Best of Manville Award in the Places of Worship category from the Manville Award Program, which honors the achievements of local businesses.



SHRINES OF ITALY - 2015

Christ the Redeemer Parish presents the Shrines of Italy
October 13 – 23, 2015
11 days – Book by April 14, 2015


VISA GIFT CARD RAFFLE

VISA GIFT CARD RAFFLE
Sunday January 25 5:00 PM
Sacred Heart Auditorium
1st prize: $1,000
2nd prize: $500
3rd prize: $300



ROAST PORK DINNER

Sunday January 25
2:00pm - 6:00pm
Sacred Heart Auditorium
$13 Adults & Teens
$6 Children 5-12
Free - Kids 4 & under



PIELGRZYMKI CLASSIC TRAVEL

ZIEMIA ŚWIĘTA; 3-11 Marca, 2015 prowadzonej przez ks. proboszcza Miroslawa Króla z Linden, NJ

FATIMA * MEDJUGORJE * WŁOCHY;  7 - 18 kwietnia, 2015.

Serdecznie zapraszamy.

Więcej szczegółów:
Jurek Majcherczyk
1-973-473-3845 lub 1-800-774-6996



1ST ANNIVERSARY DINNER AND MEGA-RAFFLE

We celebrated the 1st Anniversary of Christ the Redeemer Parish on January 3rd with a Mass of Thanksgiving followed by a dinner and celebration at Christ the King School. 



INSTANT ALERT FOR CCD

Keeping parents informed and involved helps to assure student safety and improve student success.

Please register at: https://instantalert.honeywell.com/
*Please Note: District: Christ The Redeemer Religious Education





MASS AND DEVOTIONS

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SATURDAY EVENING:
CTK 4:30 pm English
SH 6:00 pm English
SUNDAY:
SH 7:00 am Polish
CTK 8:30 am English
SH 8:30 am English
SH 10:00 am English
CTK 10:30 am English
SH 11:30 am Polish
HOLY DAYS ANTICIPATED EVENING MASS:
SH 6:00 pm English
HOLY DAYS:
CTK 7:00 am English
SH 11:00 am English
CTK 6:00 pm English
SH 7:00 pm Polish
WEEKDAY MASSES:
CTK 7:00 am M - F English
SH 8:00 am M,T,Th,S Polish
SH 11:00 am M,T,Th,S English
SH 7:00 pm W,F Polish
NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP:
SH 11:00 am Tuesday English
SH 7:00 pm Wednesday Polish
CONFESSION:
SH 6:30-7:00pm Wednesday & Friday
SH 11:30-12:30pm Saturday
4:45-5:45 pm  Saturday
CTK 3:30-4:15 pm Saturday


*SH Sacred Heart Church
98 South 2nd Ave.
Manville, NJ
*CTK Christ the King Church
211 Louis Street
Manville, NJ 08835














PRAYER INTENTIONS OF THE HOLY FATHER ENTRUSTED TO THE APOSTLESHIP OF PRAYER FOR THE YEAR 2015

JANUARY
 
Universal: Peace
That those from diverse religious traditions and all people of good will may work together for peace.

Evangelization:
Consecrated life
That in this year dedicated to consecrated life, religious men and women may rediscover the joy of following Christ and strive to serve the poor with zeal.


From the Vatican, January 3, 2014 Benedictus PP XVI



FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK

Dear Parishioners,

It is with my deepest regret that I must inform you that Christ the King School will not re-open for the 2015-16 school year.  This very difficult decision to close our parish school was made in consultation with Christ the Redeemer Parish’s Finance and Pastoral Councils, the School Advisory Committee and the Office of Schools at the Diocese and has been accepted by Bishop Bootkoski.  Following is an explanation as to why this decision was made.

Right now, we are in a serious deficit and the parish cannot afford to undertake additional debt to keep the school open.  There are several contributing factors to the school’s closing, most notable, low student enrollment, which is the lowest it has been in the past ten years.  Today, we have 125 students attending our school.  This is about half the students needed to make the school viable, with student tuition covering only half of our operating costs.  In reality, to be considered financially healthy, the school would need at least a bare minimum of 200 enrolled students.  Only then would we be able to cover our school’s operating expenses without financially draining – and threatening the very existence of – the parish.

Last year alone, we spend $277,000 and we project that we will spend at least another $295,000 for the current academic year, assuming that there are no additional unforeseen expenses.  This comes to over a half million dollars in the past two years alone.  Further subsidizing the school would place an enormous burden on our small parish.

Right now we have only one classroom per grade even though we can accommodate two classes per grade.  Each class has fewer than 20 students – and our smallest class, seventh grade, has only six students.  The exception to this is our pre-K, which has 24 students.  There was a time in our school’s history when the classrooms were filled…a time when we had 350 students…nearly three times the number we have today.  But that was long ago.

Another contributing factor affecting student enrollment is the effects of a slowed economy:
• A downturn in the economy has brought about increased financial hardships for many parishioners, making is difficult for them to afford tuition.
• As a result, there are fewer families with young children attending the parish school.  More young families are choosing public education over private schools.
• Currently, less than one-third of enrolled students at Christ the King School are parishioners, while 187 students who attend other local schools are enrolled in the parish’s religious education program.

A change in demographics over the last 10 years may have also played a part in the enrollment decline.
• Many of our active parishioners are older and are not being equally replaced by younger parishioners.  For instance, there have been 15 baptisms at the parish this past year compared to 61 parishioner deaths.
• Our community has seen a population decrease.  Some residents are moving out of the borough due to the flood problems that have plagued the community.
These are just some of the factors that we believe have contributed to low enrollment over the past ten years.

Over the years, as a school community, we have worked together diligently to keep Catholic education affordable for families and to meet our school’s overhead expenses.  For example, we have tried to:
• minimize annual tuition increases and school expenses,
• introduce new fundraising strategies to help offset operating expenses,
• implement new programs to encourage more parental involvement, and
• employ various marketing strategies to attract new students.
Still, we have been unable to attract and sustain the number of students needed to cover our expenses.

Knowing the challenges the school has faced ... read more





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