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Bulletin number: 511568

Date of publication 04/06/08 Number of pages transmitted: 11

Dear Friends, The Easter season has its own unique spirit. The feeling it presents is somewhat like the calm after the storm. The message of Christ on the day of His resurrection was PEACE and that is the gift He wants us all to have. But, no doubt, there are many people whose lives are still restless and confused as were the apostles after they had seen the vision of the Lord. We must not idealize their situation. The Risen Christ gave these frightened men some reason to hope but they were not quite sure what He had in mind for them to do. Remember, they were so afraid that they lived until Pentecost behind locked doors. If Easter has not changed the concrete and practical details of our life and our problems and difficulties still exist, the grace of Easter can help us face them with renewed spirit, wisdom and calm. The storm of our lives may be still raging but if we cling to Jesus, we will always find a safe refuge and experience an inner peace. In our parish there were so many preparations made for Easter that some people have said we should slow the pace and experience the calm. That is a nice thought but hardly possible to do. We have now embarked on a very busy time. This past Thursday Bishop Galante announced the new configurations of parishes within the Diocese. Even though we are not affected in the way others are, we have much to do to continue to foster a vibrant faith filled community here at St. Charles. This will involve many additional meetings and the support of everyone. Next weekend at three different Masses our eighth grade students in both the Catholic school and the Religious Education program will be receiving Confirmation. Bishop Galante has delegated me to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation. The following week we begin the House of Charity campaign in earnest. The advance phase is already going on but the in-pew solicitation will occur on April 26 and April 27, 2008. Following up quickly thereafter will be First Communion, weddings and the Diaconate Ordination of Jonathan Dalin who is one of our parishioners. So you see just as in one's life the storms of activity never seem to cease; the same situation exists in St. Charles Borromeo Parish. It is our hope that we never lose Christ's Easter PEACE and that in whatever our circumstances might be, we will be able to break out of all that locks us up from sharing, loving and giving to God and one another. Sincerely,

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April 6, 2008

Third Sunday of Easter

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MASS SCHEDULE: Daily: 9:00 AM Monday through Friday in the Emmaus Chapel Saturday: 8:00 AM in the Emmaus Chapel Saturday: 4:30 PM Sunday: 7:30, 9:00 & 11:00 AM; 6:00 PM (Ex June to Sept.) DEVOTIONS The Rosary is prayed every morning after the 9:00 AM Mass. Miraculous Medal Novena after the 8:00 AM Saturday Mass. RECONCILIATION Saturday from 3:00 to 4:00 PM, or by appointment.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: Daily: 9:30 AM to 8:00 PM in the Emmaus Chapel BAPTISM The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated on the FIRST and THIRD SUNDAY of each month following the 11:00AM Mass. all parents and Godparents are expected to attend Baptism Preparation classes on the second Wednesday of the month at 8PM in the church. All details and information are processed through the Parish Center office prior to the preparation class. MARRIAGES Couples preparing to be married are requested to make arrangements with a parish priest in person at least one year in advance.

PARISH DIRECTORY Rev. Msgr. James R. Tracy, Ph.D., P.A., Pastor [email protected] Rev. Robert Sinatra, Parochial Vicar [email protected] Mr. Joseph B. Chandler, Jr., Permanent Deacon Parish Business Manager [email protected] Mr. Joseph Buccilli, Permanent Deacon [email protected]

Shaun Walsh, Parish Trustee Caridad Montanez, Parish Trustee Parish Center Office Dee D'Orazio, 856-629-0411 [email protected] Office of Religious Education Mary Ann Exler, 856-228-5694 [email protected] Fran Denihan [email protected] Pastoral Assistant Larry Farmer Senior Youth Group Gaten Iervolino [email protected] Junior Youth Group Irma Colabrese [email protected] Plant Maintenance Joseph Foley Parish email address: [email protected] Parish website:

PARISH MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the Catholic Community of St. Charles Borromeo is to be responsive to a profoundly changing society and to the needs and aspirations of its parishioners; to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, and to witness the reality of this Good News in the world. Our vision for this parish is to continue to grow through the Spirit by: Creating and nourishing our Catholic Christian Community as a People of God through sharing our faith; Offering our resources, and responding to the call to ministry; Proclaiming the Good News that Jesus Christ is Lord to all people through the daily example of our Love. Worshiping God as a community through prayer and sacramental celebration; Serving those in need through acts of Christian charity; Stay up to date on parish news, events, ministries, religious education, Mass schedules and the weekly message from Msgr. Tracy. Links are available to other Catholic sites at

CARE OF THE SICK Do you know any parishioner who is ill at home, hospitalized in a nursing home, or homebound? The Eucharist will be brought upon request to those unable to attend Mass regularly because of sickness or infirmity. Please call the Parish Center Office to make arrangements at any time for the Sacrament of the Sick. Registration, Mass cards and other pastoral business from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday at the Parish Center.

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Religious Education Office 228-5694 th 8 Grade Confirmation Reminder:

Dates: Saturday April 12 at 10:00 am Saturday April 12 at 4:30 pm Sunday April 13 at 11:00 am BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE Recently an article appeared in the Courier Post with the caption "Science, Bible Agree: It's Better To Give Than Receive." It said that people who made gifts to others or to charities reported that they were happier than folks who did not share. While previous studies have shown that having more money can increase happiness, researchers at the Universities of British Columbia and Harvard wondered if the way people spent their money made any difference. From the study it turns out it does. The lead researcher was struck by how big the effect was and that how people spend money was more important than how much money they had. "Personal spending was unrelated to happiness" said the researcher but higher prosocial spending was associated with significantly greater happiness. The Baltimore Catechism once said that God made us to be happy in this world and the next. Science and Bible now tell us that the way to happiness is by giving away what we have.

VOCATION CROSS OUR PARISH PRAYS FOR VOCATIONS It has been a tradition here at St. Charles Borromeo that each Sunday a family presents itself at the conclusion of Mass to receive a Vocation Cross which they are willing to display in their home during the upcoming week and pray as a family for vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life among the young people of our own parish. Since September we have substituted the Vocation Cross for a gold chalice which we presented to our eighth grade students who are preparing for Confirmation. It has been a real joy to witness these eighth graders and their parents coming forth to commit themselves to pray that God will raise up men and women for full time service in His Church. Now that eighth graders are ready to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and all one hundred and thirty students have had the chance to display the chalice in their homes, we are now going back to distributing the Vocation Cross. If there are any families that would like to take the Vocation Cross home with them for a week, we would ask you to please call Mary McGonigle at 856-227-5478 who will schedule the time. We do hope that many families will participate. April 6 9AM Mass Daniel Fitzpatrick family

Exercise Daily ­ walk with the Lord!

PICTURE ON THE COVER Our All Saints Prayer Garden was the scene of the Annual Easter Egg Hunt for the MOM's group and their children. The MOM's group meets on the second and fourth Friday of every month at 10:00AM in Borromeo Hall in the lower level of the church. Last Friday they moved out into the prayer garden for the Easter Egg Hunt. From the smiles on their faces they all had a good time.

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In Remembrance: Please pray for the deceased of the parish whose anniversary of death occurs in the month of April: Rita Angelastro, John Murray, Frank Angelastro, Frank Lask, Joseph Novack, Walter Mitchell, III, Daniel Messina, Nellie Keyser, Edna Boldezar, Joseph Dluhos, John Rosshirt, Helen Giffins, Bernard Drwinger, Edna Kuehner, Raymond Riegg, Dario Bernardini, Domenick Girone, Robert Sloss, Jacob Knab, Paul Sergi, Joseph Sergi, Sean Michael Goonan, George Ford, William Soehnle, Joseph Ortega, Anthony D'Onofrio, Margaret Gillen, Noreen Lillis, Eleanor Mooney, Frank Iervolino, Robert Tullo, Dolores Penrose, Nicholas Burmylo, James Costello, Dolores Salvatore, Walter Dziergowski, Henry Uhle, Samuel Sembello, Theresa Marzili, Carmen Fergone, Jose Gutierrez, Helen Denning, Gabriel Ciocca, Charles Faust, Joseph Weinhofer, Jr., Thomas Frost, Stella Mercantini, Mary Jane Solvibile, Aloysius Zappasodi, Albin Rakowski, Mary DeFinis, Richard Davis, Joan Jenner, Freddy Prettelt, Gloria Borraccini, Lourdes Ebuen Nieves.

We Have the Best Catholic School St. Charles Borromeo Parish is happy to cosponsor a Regional Catholic School. Next year it will be known by its new name Our Lady of Hope Regional School. It is presently under the title and the patronage of St. Jude. During this past year there has been a Diocesan School Planning Process involving a large section of the Diocese. The result of the planning for our area is that St. Jude and St. Agnes schools both in Blackwood are to be merged and hence the reason for the new name of Our Lady of Hope. Registration for the 2008-2009 school year is now underway for K thru 8th grade as well as our Pre-School classes. For more information about our wonderful merged schools call the school office at St. Jude's Regional School at 227-4442 between the school hours of 8:00AM and 3:00PM.

to our Parish!

If you are seeking a new parish, returning to Mass after an absence or considering becoming Catholic, St. Charles Borromeo Parish welcomes you! To help you learn about the Parish we have a Welcome Packet that contains the Mass and Sacramental life schedules, various prayer and faith formation opportunities, and ways to participate in ministry and parish life. There is a Guest Information Card in it that you can complete to let us know how we can be of assistance. Ask one of our ushers or clergy for a copy. Thank you for worshipping with us today and God Bless you!

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults meets on Thursdays at 7:30PM in the Parish Center Basement meeting room. Our meetings will resume in September on a regular weekly schedule. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Catholic or needs to receive the sacraments, please call Dick D'Orazio, 856-218-2447 or the Parish Center Office, 856-629-0411.

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ST. CHARLES SENIOR YOUTH GROUP Meets every Sunday night in the Parish Center Basement immediately after the 6 PM Mass until 8:30 PM Contact Gaten Iervolino for more details at [email protected] St. Charles Jr. Youth Group Check out our website!

Please continue to help us replenish the Pantry. We presently need the following items for the pantry: soup, salad dressing, mayonnaise, pasta sauce, pasta, canned ravioli, spaghetti, canned meats, fruit, jelly, peanut butter, hot and cold cereal, coffee, tea, dish and laundry soap.

Upcoming Activities Sunday, April 13, 2008 Casserole Assembly 7:00 PM ­ 8:30 PM Borromeo Hall (Church Basement) Bring a friend, some music and come join us for this service activity. Sunday, April 27, 2008 Local Parish Youth Olympics 4-7 PM Religious ED Center Gym St. Bridget and Holy Family Youth Groups are going to compete with us at Wii, Guitar Hero, pie eating, potato sack races, basketball shoot-outs and more! Sunday, May 11, 2008 No Meeting! Mother's Day Enjoy your family. Sunday, May 18, 2008 NJ State Youth Rally at Great Adventure!! Ticket money and Permission slip due by April 27th. Sunday, May 25, 2008 No Meeting! Memorial Day Weekend Are you ready for summer? Any questions contact Irma Colabrese at 856-2285314 or at [email protected]

Casserole Program

Please consider making casseroles to feed families. Pans & lids are in the foyers of the Church. Assemble your favorite oven casserole for yourself or your family and just do a second one for the freezer. Recipes are included there, if you need ideas. Do this once or twice a month and you have your donation to this program. Casserole pans and lids are available in the foyers of the church. Frozen casseroles are collected on the second Tuesday of the month 12:30-1PM and the Monday evening before from 7-8PM at the Religious Ed Center. The next collection dates are: April 7 & 8, 2008 CAMDEN DIOCESE ANNIVERSARY MASS Couples who will celebrate their 25th, 50th or over 50 year wedding anniversary this year may participate in this special celebration which will take place at 3PM on April 27, 2008 at St. Agnes' Church, Blackwood. Couples celebrating 26 to 49 years of marriage do not qualify. Registration forms are on the bulletin board in the gathering space in church. Registration is due before April 21, 2008.

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50th Anniversary Dinner St. Pius X Spiritual Life Center Honoring former Directors & A.J. Valle Thursday, April 10, 2008 6:00 to 9:00PM Adelphia Restaurant, Deptford, NJ At this time we will honor our former directors and our longest employee, A.J. Valle. The Emcee for the evening will be Monsignor Charles Barth. $40 Adults, $15 Children. Call Maryann at 856-227-1436 or email [email protected] SUPPORT GROUP The Church is committed to meaningful outreach to victims of sexual abuse so that there may be healing and reconciliation. A weekly support group is available for victims of clergy sexual abuse. The meetings are only open to victims of sexual abuse by clergy of the diocese and are strictly confidential. Victims who wish to attend the sessions should contact the diocese's Victims' Assistance Coordinator, Barbara Gondek, at 856-524-4552. FACING REALITY: Sponsored by Project Rachel & Cathedral Ministries Diocese of Camden, NJ An in-depth look at the choices before us. A conference that broadens the dialogue about ABORTION ADOPTION PARENTHOOD Saturday, Conference: April 12, 2008 9:00AM to 3:00PM $20 Donation (Students $10) Lunch Provided Featuring: Shari Richard, R.D.M.S., Ultrasonographer Karen Cross, Media presenter for Life Issues Cathedral Hall, Broadway & Market Sts., Camden Secure & Ample Parking NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING COURSE April 21, 2008 ­ 7:00 ­ 9:30PM St. Rose of Lima Spiritual Center Haddon Hts, NJ To register call 856-583-6120

Get on the "S" List ­ the place to be! If we don't have your most recent email address, we cannot send you emails that are important notices for our parishioners. Please send us an email ([email protected]) and we will cross check it with our census information and either change our records or add it to our "S"List COURAGE COURAGE is a support group helping Catholic men and women to live in accordance with the Catholic Church's pastoral teaching on homosexuality HOLY SEE ENDORSES COURAGE "The Pontifical Council for the Family supports the organization called "Courage" which was founded by Father John Harvey, OSFS, for helping homosexual persons to live in accordance with the laws of God and the teaching of His Church." (7 July 1994ProtN216/93) EnCourage Affiliate support group for friends and relatives of men and women with homosexual feelings. Contact can be made in Camden: 856-365-1570 CONFIDENTIALITY ASSURED Organ Donor Awareness Seminar Sunday, April 20, 2008 12:30-2:30PM Queen of Heaven Parish, 700 Marlton Pike West Cherry Hill, NJ Free of charge ­ refreshments included To register call 856-583-6129 Family Perspectives In today's gospel the disciples were returning home so "downcast" they did not recognize Jesus walking with them. In our homes we can also be so overwhelmed we don't see God with us. Today's gospel tells us to stop each day and open our eyes to the blessings we are to one another in our families.

Answers to Scripture Stumpers #57 in last week's bulletin: 1. b. Joseph of Arimathea 2. a. Didymus 3. c. My Lord and my God! 4. False Scripture Stumpers #58 True or False 1. Only one of the Gospels mentions that an earthquake occurred at the time of Jesus' resurrection 2. All four Gospels have an account of Jesus' ascension. 3. The Advocate mentioned by Jesus at the Last Supper in St. John's Gospel is the Holy Spirit. 4. St. Luke's gospel tells of Jesus appearing to the disciples in Emmaus and Jerusalem. Answers in the Bible and next week's bulletin! On Being Catholic The Ambry During Holy Week of each year, the bishop of each diocese gathers the clergy and faithful together at the Chrism Mass. At this liturgy, he blesses the oils that will be used throughout the diocese for various prayers and sacramental celebrations. These oils are stored in three glass vessels in the Ambry, which at St. Charles is the glass case which sits on a wooden pedestal to the right of the Tabernacle. One vessel contains the Oil of Catechumens for anointing those preparing for Baptism, another vessel contains the Oil of Chrism used for anointing those receiving the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders. This oil is also used in the consecration of altars, churches, chalices and patens. This symbolizes the union of the people of God and their buildings and sacred vessels. Another vessel contains the Oil of the Sick used in the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. "For God's Sake" can be found in the "This is your Faith" section of the St. Charles website

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Meditation: The Gospel reading for the Third Sunday of Easter tells us about the encounter of Jesus and the disciples on the way to Emmaus. After eating with the Lord and listening to him instruct them, the disciples remarked to each other that their hearts were burning within them while he spoke with them and opened the Scriptures to them. Is your heart burning with a love of the Lord and an eagerness to learn more about his Word? Before Pentecost Sunday, consider reading chapters 14-17 of the Gospel of St. John. Write down what impressions you get after reading each chapter. Before going on to read the next one, write your own prayer about how each chapter has affected you.

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR SICK RELATIVES AND FRIENDS Matthew Domzalski, Ann Yancheck, Melissa Froio, Kelsey Keenan, George Stallings, Charles Weller, A.J. Selko, Juan Chico, Helen McIntyre, Otto & Gertrude Schoenborn, Sam Sbraccia, Joseph Vena, Jr., Anne Marie Grace, Marie Sloss, Philomena Filardi, Joey DeSimone, Dolores Chandler, Suzette Walsh, Dolores Carlin, Karen Schaeffer, Jack O'Brien, Cory Mullin, Sister Mary O'Brien, Derek Schnapp, Arlene Buckley, Andrew Kasper, Marie Pawlik, Barbara Revak, Charo Hessen, Pat Toy, Bernice & Cornelius McGroarty, June Vecino, Jack Hennessey, Fran Dolan, Rita Pairent, Walter Rosowski, Matthew Crivaro, Joseph Meloney, Lillian Hung, Debbie Gismondi, Jack Domzalski, Marie Cella, Diane Dougherty, Rita Skala, Rosann Mastrogiacomo Gotto, Peggy O'Toole, Robert Iacavone, Mary Mitchell, Vince Carbone, Jean Valenti, Michael Ruggiero, Timothy Attanasi, Bea Sabasino, Barbara Townsend, Alejandro Chico, Eliud Chico, Sarah Henry, Tony Onesti, Nicole DiPascale, Jonathan Bailey, Bill Shultz, Rose & Lou Fiore, Pat Flanagan II, Mallory McBride, Nunni Fazler, Valerie DiNatale, Cathy Capaldi, Jan Hauser, John Denton, Roy Leonard, Sally Cullen and Chuck Folker, Michael Kelly and Robert Pestritto and Frances Day.

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For the first time between Kelly Garrison and Scott Streeter FILIPINO APOSTOLATE OF SOUTH JERSEY There will be an Easter Acoustic Gospel Concert, JESUS IN OUR MIDST, staged by Father Mimo Perez at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on April 26, 2008 at 7PM. This is a fund raiser for the nurturance of priestly vocations in the Philippines. In honor of Filipino Saint Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila, the Filipino Apostolate of South Jersey will hold a two day recollection on September 27 and September 28, 2008. The culmination of the event will be a Filipino Mass here at St. Charles Borromeo Church on the second day of recollection at 3 00 PM followed by a short procession and usual fellowship. The recollection will start at 8:00AM until 3:00PM. It will continue on the following day at 9:00AM until 5:30PM. Bro. Alijandro Aguspina, a lay evangelizer, will be the main speaker. He hails from Southern Philippines and actively involved in local and international retreat giving among Filipinos. CHARLIE'S ANGELS SENIOR CLUB Trip to Hilton Casino Wednesday, April 30, 2008 Cost $22 per person Package: $17 in coins $5. food 7PM show ­ Debbie Reynolds Depart 3PM from St. Charles Parking Lot Return 10PM Call Nina Benigno 856-582-1210 for reservation Meetings on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Check our website for more information!

Stewardship Reflection Stewardship Opens Hearts As stewards, how often throughout the day do we seek to find Jesus in our everyday actions? Stewardship means committing one's very self to the Lord. Reflect on your everyday circumstances to find Jesus in all that we are and do. Helping our Parish through Faith Direct! Our parish is always trying to make things easy for its parishioners. Part of being a member of this faith filled community is the practice of stewardship and part of stewardship is the sharing of one's financial gifts with the parish. The parish has no other monetary resources than that which comes from the people. The buildings have to be maintained, the bills paid and ministries fostered. All of this comes at a price and good will offerings are the means to make it happen. We are so grateful for the generosity of our parishioners. So many are making great sacrifices because of their love for the parish and their support of what we are trying to do on behalf of our people. A year and a half ago we inaugurated a program called Faith Direct to make it easier to contribute on a regular basis. Many already participate and we encourage many more to try it. It is truly a time saver for those who do and has been a real benefit to the parish. The Faith Direct experience has become very popular. Many are using electronic means for almost everything, so it makes sense that electronic giving at the parish level can fit the lifestyle of our parishioners. Faith Direct gives parishioners the opportunity to commit week in and week out a set gift amount to the Church. The "Offertory" card that Faith Direct provides also gives each user and their families the opportunity to participate in the Offertory Collection taken at liturgy. There are no security issues with Faith Direct. It is a safe way to give. If you would like more information about Faith Direct please call the Parish Center at 856629-0411 or view the information about the program on our website at

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SATURDAY, April 5, 2008 8:00 +Chet Giliberti by the Family (L) Living Members of the Chico Family by Laura Bernal 4:30 + Leo Mileski by Danny & Jill DiViginge +Louis Baselice ­ by the Family SUNDAY, April 6, 2008 7:30 +John Rohach by Jim Hussle +Joseph & Anna Foley by the Foley Family 9:00 For the People of the Parish 11:00 +Ann & Chet Giliberti by the Family +Rose Kenney by Angeline Wirt 6:00 +Jennie Colella by Ernie DeGeorge +Giovanni Gallina by his wife MONDAY, April 7, 2008 9:00 +William Stinger by Mr. & Mrs Lawerence Farmer 9:00 +Jennie Colella by Peg & Ken Tulloch TUESDAY, April 8, 2008 9:00 +Monsignor O'Connell by Bill & Jean Braker +Gabe Ricci by Mike & Rosemary DiNatale WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2008 9:00 +Gabe Ricci by Exler Family +Jennie Colella by Mike & Rosemary DiNatale THURSDAY, April 10, 2008 9:00 +Gabe Ricci by Andrew & Sara Genna +Monsignor O'Connell by Denise & Frank Savarese FRIDAY, April 11, 2008 9:00 +Frank & Rose Inglese by Petrongolo Family +Monsignor O'Connell by Denise & Lillian Hardy SATURDAY, April 12, 2008 8:00 +Jimmy Costello by the Family +Joan Jenner by the Walkers 4:30 + Joseph O'Connell by his wife Pat +Anna Mickalitis ­ by Pat O'Connell SUNDAY, April 13, 2008 7:30 +Charles Calhoune by Schillaci Family +Vivian Vena by Marie & Rocco Imperato 9:00 +Mary S. Speich by The Johnson Family +Angela Caccese by Karen Baker 11:00 For the People of the Parish +Alberto Montaney Velazguez by Griffo Family 6:00 +Mary Lettich by Baldassarre family +Mary & John Baldassarre by the family

Sunday Offertory

2008 $16,459 March 30, 2008 2007 Variance $15,429 +1,030

Offertory collection $14,629 + Faith Direct 1830 Total $16,459 Expenditures for the week: $35,947 Easter (to date): $41,417 Good Friday (Holy Land): $2,409


Individual Donations: $37,441 Red Envelopes: $65,926

HOW TO CELEBRATE EASTERTIME Catholics celebrate Easter not just on a single day but throughout the whole year in different ways. We celebrate the Resurrection every Sunday as a Little Easter. We especially celebrate it for the seven weeks of the Easter season which is considered as a single feast day. The Easter Season ends on Pentecost Sunday. We celebrate the Ascension forty days after Easter. Because the date for Easter changes every year, as we have noticed how early it is this year, the days for the other feasts change as well. The joy of the Easter season is expressed through the many Alleluias.

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Phone number: __________________________ Email address: __________________________ I or My family came to the U. S. from: _______________________________. (Country) I/We will take our turn in prayer speaking _______________________________. (Language) RSVP by April 30, 2008 Clip out, fill out, then, drop in the collection basket, bring to the Parish Center Office or mail to: St. Charles Borromeo Church, 176 Stagecoach Road Sicklerville, N.J. 08081 RE: Unity Rosary or sign up by calling 856-629-0411. In order to help us prepare a program, please send us the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be written in the language you will pray in. Thank you!

Come Pray our Rosary for Unity Within Our Diversity!

Our Church embraces members from every part of the world and people of different classes, cultures, languages and races. Even with all of this diversity, we are all in communion with Christ and are one, "universal" Church. St. Charles Borromeo parish in its own way represents the Church's embrace of people from various cultures. We want to celebrate our diversity but also our unity as Catholics and Americans. So we are planning to pray the Rosary on Thursday, May 8, 2008 at 7:00PM in a way that celebrates the beautiful ancestries of our parishioners but unites us as well. What we plan to do is to say the first half of the prayers of the Rosary in the various languages of the countries from which our parishioners originated and the second half of the prayers in English the language of the U. S. For example, a parishioner who came here from Poland or whose parents came from Poland would say the first part of the Hail Mary in Polish and then the rest of the congregation would complete the Hail Mary in English. We invite parishioners to "signup" to pray in the language of their ancestry. The Blessed Mother who has appeared to people all over the world over the centuries will be honored to have her prayer said in this beautiful Rosary. Be part of this prayer by filling out the form below or calling the Parish Center Office. We will need to know how many languages will be used in order to plan the Rosary prayers, so please sign up early.

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