Xaverian Missionaries – Provincial House
12 Helene Court – Wayne, NJ 07470
One morning, many vagrants and other poor people were in line to get some coffee and donuts from the kitchen door at St. Malachi’s rectory, including two hungry little boys. One of them was very nervous, however, because he was not a Catholic. So when it was their turn to ask something from the missionary, the non-Catholic boy said, “Maybe I can’t have anything, Father, because I’m not Catholic.” The priest smiled and said, “Well, young man, that is not a problem, because our donuts are not Catholic either.” And since they were too young for coffee, he got some milk for them and told them that whenever they were hungry, they would always be welcome at St. Malachi’s.
More than a decade later, one evening Sr. Donna was on duty at the rectory when the doorbell rang. When she answered, there stood a young man with many trays filled with all kinds of food. He told Sister that when he was a little boy, he came to the rectory for food; that he would come often because his family was so poor and there was often no food for breakfast. He also told Sister he always intended to pay back the hospitality of St. Malachi’s, and now he was finally able to do it for he had a good job. (Fr. Robert Kus)
The seeds of love that the missionary, with simplicity, had planted in the heart of the little boy fell on fertile soil. Now, those seeds showed through the young man’s generosity toward the poor of the area.
I love this story because it reminds me of something a professor once said, “When you are just starting out in life, and someone helps you along the way, the way to pay them back is to help someone else on life’s journey in the future.”Today, whenever you and I help someone on their life journey, I believe it’s just part of “paying back” the generosity someone else has shown us. So, let’s not be afraid of planting good seeds all around us with generosity and joy… the seeds of faith, hope, and love planted in our hearts especially on the day of our baptism. Let us reach out to everyone we meet with a kind word, a friendly smile, an act of love, a nod of understanding, a silent prayer for them, a gesture of reconciliation, ready to start anew… With God’s grace, many more folks, especially the young in our midst, will experience the “touch” of God’s compassionate love and feel encouraged to do the same and work at “making of humanity one family” for the glory of God.
~ Fr. Mark Marangone SX and the Xaverian Missionaries
Tuesdays: October 2 through November 27, 2018
Fr. Michael Davitti SX will celebrate Mass at 8:00 a.m. in the Ministry Center. Mass will be followed by a Scripture Reflection from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend! For additional information please visit www.olcparish.org
General Direction Counselors Visit the US
With deep gratitude from all of us, Xaverian Missionaries in the USA and the world over, for your daily prayers, your witness of life, your faithful and generous love for our Missions over the years, we wish a HAPPY,,, VERY BLESSED,,, AND GRACE-FILLED EASTER TO YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES!!! MAY the LORD reward you many times over.
Fr. Mark and The Xaverian Missionaries
Fr. Frank Grappoli SX returned from Italy with an “Easter Basket” of images and memories. Enjoy!
These two photos are of a young Fr. Frank in the 1970’s.
Bishop Angelo Frosi, Xaverian Missionary and first Xaverian ordained in the United States, is the subject of a new process of canonization in the Church. Bishop Jose Maria Chaves Dos Reis of Abaetetuba, Brazil where Bishop Frosi served as bishop from 1970 until his death in 1995 has begun the process.
The solemn opening of the Beatification and Canonization process of Bishop Angelo Frosi took place on December 8, 2017. The ceremony took place in the Cathedral of the Diocese of Abaetetuba which is promoting the Cause, whilst the Postulator is the diocesan priest Francesco Correa Moraes, helped by Fr. Alfiero Ceresoli SX
We are looking for friends who may have known him as we gather written testimonials. If you knew Bishop Frosi, or of him, please contact Fr. Mark Marangone, Provincial
Fr. Mark Marangone SX attended the 55th and sadly final Bercetese celebration of its ties to the Xaverian Missionaries and St. Guido M. Conforti. See more pictures at www.bergotto. com. The Xaverian Missionaries express their never-ending gratitude to the Berceto Foundation for over half a century of service!
Xaverian Missionaries US Province Statement on Islamophobia and the Executive Order on Refugees
Jesus replied, “…you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these” (Mark 12:30-31).
The United States Province of the Xaverian Missionaries adds its voice to the chorus of religious and secular organizations that object to the executive orders banning refugees and immigrants from Muslim countries to this country and condemns the Islamophobia gripping this nation.
Jesus himself referred to loving God and one’s neighbor as the greatest of the commandments. They are the core of Christian teaching. Loving one’s neighbor is also the core of the Golden Rule, which is found in every religion and culture on this planet. “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12).
This country was founded on the principles of tolerance and acceptance. It grew and prospered due in no small part to the contributions of immigrants from around the world. Closing our doors and building walls will only result in diminishing not only our economic and commercial prosperity, but more importantly, our moral and ethical principles and aspirations. In short: America risks losing its own soul.
Xaverian Missionaries serve in twenty countries around the world. We have seen first-hand the hardship and devastation caused by sectarianism, economic deprivation, conflict, and war. In the past America seemed to be a beacon of light to peoples struggling to achieve “liberty and justice for all.” Now the light is dimmed and is in danger of being extinguished.
The Xaverian Missionaries congratulate Archbishop Joseph Tobin on his appointment to head the Archdiocese of Newark. Read about his appointment in NCR.
The Xaverian Missionaries and the American Humanist Association organized a special conference of dialogue which brought together religious believers, secular humanists, and nonbelievers in conversation to gain perspective on each other’s ways of seeing the world while embracing commonalities in our human experience that unite us for social change. We called it COMMON GROUND 2015.
Through four panel sessions and networking participants joined academics and leaders from national and local organizations to discuss views on finding meaning in life, ethics and values, and how to collaborate for social action.
We believe that there is a lot of common ground between atheists, humanists, and religious believers on ethics, community, and hope.
We invite all those who wish to engage in honest, respectful conversation across the secular/religious divide. We look forward to seeing you at our next gathering.
Our next “Atheist/Theist Meetup” will be on Sunday, November 25, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. at 12 Helene Court, Wayne NJ. Join us here.