Life is full of surprises. I think sometimes God laughs at our plans. Thomas a Kempis is said to have written, "Man proposes and God disposes". I retired from active ministry, not having a particular assignment, over two years ago. Now I am taking an assignment for three months - sort of coming out of retirement, as the temporary pastor of St Michaels. It's a parish I attended as a high school student now and then when my family moved to Flanders in the mid fifties. We were parishioners of St Lawrence in Chester but sometimes the schedules made St Michaels a more convenient choice.
So for three months we will be making our faith journeys together. I am looking forward to serving the people of St. Michael's parish. I hope and pray that we may help each other as we travel together, to arrive safely at the home prepared for us by God the Father.
We will keep Fr. Adam in our prayers as he prepares for the special and important ministry with the military. Fr. Leonardo and I have known each other since he came into the diocese as a seminarian, when he spent a week in St Lawrence Parish in Chester on retreat when I was pastor there. One powerful thing that St Michaels is noted for is that it is home to perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. It is a great spiritual gift that the parish possesses and a blessing to many of your parishioners.
I am beginning my time with you as the Church celebrates the feast of the Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. It begins the ministry of Jesus. Let us pray for one another as we begin our journey together even for so short a time.
Msgr. Paul F. Knauer
Click on the two videos below to see the beginnings of the church basement renovations!
If you are a frequent visitor to the chapel but are not signed up for a specific hour, please prayerfully consider taking one of the open hours posted on the board. We would like to fill these hours first but you can choose any hour that suits your schedule. Having two adorers at every hour ensures that the Blessed Sacrament will never be left alone even in an emergency situation.
The reason we can keep the chapel open is because of the many sacrifices of the registered adorers, division leaders and substitutes. This allows visitors, like yourselves, the privilege of adoring our Lord at any time of the day or night at your convenience. However, this is not an easy task at times and more committed adorers and substitutes are needed.
This chapel is a gift from the Lord. We are not giving to Him, He is giving to us. We can console His heart with our visits, especially a special hour set aside just for Him. He gives us 168 hours a week. Surely, we can set aside one of those hours to keep him company.
God bless you all and may the Holy Spirit inspire you to make that commitment. Please call CHRIS WARNER AT 973-527-3839 to sign up or to answer any questions.
4 Church Street
Netcong, NJ 07857