8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM
Monday to Saturday:
(Rosary following Mass)
8:00 AM, 7:00 PM
3:45 PM to 4:45 PM
Available After All Weekday Masses, During Monday Night Adoration, and Any Time By Appointmemt
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
9 AM - 2:00 PM
In the event of inclement weather,
please click HERE for Religious Education Program closure information.
Program closures due to inclement weather will be posted on this website by 7am the morning of class.
Closings will also be announced on WSUS -102.3 FM and posted on their website under "Closings and Delays" at http://wsus1023.iheart.com/features/closings-and-delays-1423/.
It will be your responsibility to check the above websites.
Please do not call the rectory.
Rev. Edward G. Rama, Administrator
209 Route 206
Branchville, New Jersey 07826
Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish Halloween Party
Sunday, October 30, 2106
Crafts & Games
Trunk or Treating
Looking for parishioners to help make this a great event. We need car trunks for the kids to go trunk or treating. Decorate your car trunk, park it in the church parking lot and hand out treats to the kids!! Prizes for the best decorated car!! Prizes for best Saints Costume!! If you are interested in helping or want more information please contact Jenn@ 973 973-948 -3185. Sign up sheets for car trunks are in the back of the church.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
From the Desk of Father Ed:
This weekend is the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time. In our Gospel today Jesus once again gives a parable to teach us. The parable consists of two men, one who was well respected, a religious leader of Jesus’ time, and perhaps considered righteous by many, a Pharisee. The other a sinner of the worst kind, a tax collector. Tax collectors were considered traders because they were Jews who abandoned their faith and country and went to work for the enemy, the Romans. Both men entered the temple area to pray. "The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity-greedy, dishonest, adulterous-or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’ But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’"
Once again we see a twist at the ending of Jesus’ parable. It would seem that the Pharisee’s prayer would be the one most pleasing to God. However, Jesus tells us the opposite, It is the tax collector, not the Pharisee who is justified. And "whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted." The Pharisee in our parable most likely saw himself as righteous and pleasing to God. Perhaps others also pictured this Pharisee as someone holy and justified before God. Yet, the Lord prefers the prayer of the sinful but humble tax collector. The tax collector clearly showed his humility before God. He stood at a distance and did not even look up to God but rather struck his breast and only asked for mercy. Even his posture revealed his lowliness before the Lord.
Jesus reminds us that God not only sees everything we do but he also knows our hearts. Jesus’ mission was to come into the world to save sinners not the righteous or those who falsely believed themselves to be righteous. St. John tells us that all of us are sinners. Jesus is the divine physician and all of us are in need of his healing.
Our Gospel today invites us to always approach the Lord with humility recognizing that we are sinners who have been made righteous through the love of Jesus and the Father.
Our Lady Queen of Peace, pray for us,
Please continue to support your parish and diocese as we partake of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Our youth group, "Catholic Teens" meets every Sunday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the parish hall. There will be a special night of fun this Sunday for all high school teenagers that want to join us for pumpkin carving and campfire.
Mark your calendars for our Halloween "Trunk or Treat "Party on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 6:00 pm. Children dressing up as Saints will receive a gift & prizes given for best Saints costume. We are in need of volunteers to decorate car trunks and give out treats. Sign-up sheets for the car trunks are at the rear of the church. Don't miss out on the fun.
Thursday, November 17, 7:30 PM,
Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish will be offering a Healing Mass. The Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, November 17, at 7:30 PM in the Church.
The healing service will take place immediately after Mass; Father Ed will be celebrating the Mass and healing service. Healing has always been a part of the Church. Jesus healed the blind man, the deaf man, and the leper. We find in Sacred Scripture physical healings, healing of relationships, psychological healing, financial healing, and spiritual healing. Come with expectant faith and join us, and experience the Lord’s healing power.