Letters from Father Harahan
PHONE: 973-379-3912 ~ FAX: 973-379-5356
50 SHORT HILLS AVE. SHORT HILLS, NJ 07078

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. - John 3:16

March 28, 2020

Dear St. Rose Parishioners,
Blessings and peace to everyone.

In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we received a memo yesterday that the Cardinal has directed that all churches be locked during the week and on weekends.  Of course this sadness us, but we pray that it contributes to our safety and well-being.  There are no celebrations of any sacraments except in emergencies. Please continue to check our website for any further information.
  • St. Rose of Lima Mass will be available for viewing options at home on Sunday at 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, and 1:30 PM on these channels: Comcast 36, Verizon 33.
  • Mass will also be available on-demand on this website: https://httvonline.org/live/ ONLY during the Sunday Mass times noted above.
  • In addition, all of our Masses can be viewed on You Tube whenever you like by going to this website: www.youtube.com/user/stroseshorthills 
            Tomorrow, Friday, March 27th, the Pope will offer a special “Urbi et Orbi” blessing (to the city and to the world) at 1:00pm Eastern Time (6:00pm Rome time).  All are invited to participate.  Please see attachment for more details.
            These days while we suspend access to our church, our faith unites us profoundly.  Our belief in the coming resurrection makes us the parish we are.
With every good thought and prayer,

Fr. Harahan

PRAYERFUL RESOURCES FOR PARISHIONERS AND FAMILIES

FAMILY RESOURCES

20 LENT RESOURCES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY: http://katiewarner.com/writing/lent-resources-for-the-family.html

From the National Catholic Education Association: https://www.ncea.org/NCEA/Learn/Lenten_Resources/NCEA/Learn/Resource/Lenten_Resources/Len ten_Resources.aspx?hkey=2c80486e-9de1-4e75-bbef-b528bf2fb084

CatholicMom.com: http://catholicmom.com/ (articles, activities, printables, and more for your family, to help you grow in your Catholic faith)

TELEVISION/RADIO

EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network): https://www.ewtn.com/ (Cable Television, check your provider). Daily Mass, Readings, Teachings, Devotions, News, Special Programming and more! (Also available on App)

Relevant Radio (Broadcast from Archdiocese of Newark): https://relevantradio.com/. Number 1430 on the AM dial. Prayers, talks, news, etc.

MOVIES: https://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/christian-movie-reviews/10-movies-to-watch-this- easter.html

For older children/adults:
Risen (a roman soldier is sent out to find the body of Jesus after the Resurrection)
For Greater Glory (true story of the Mexican freedom fighters during a time of persecution, featuring St. Jose Sanchez del Rio who was martyred at age 13)
The Case for Christ (based on the true story of an avowed atheist and Chicago Tribune journalist who “investigates” the resurrection after his wife has a conversion experience)
Son of God (wonderful depiction of the story of Christ from his ministry to his Passion, Death and Resurrection)
Romero (depicting the story of Salvadoran Archbishop Óscar Romero, who organized peaceful protests against the violent military)
Breakthrough (the inspirational true story of one mother's unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds when her son is trapped underwater for 15 minutes and doctors have given up hope)
Lord of the Rings Trilogy (forget Game of Thrones! This is a classic fantasy series featuring plenty of war and guts – but with a message of hope and goodness overcoming darkness and greed...)
Little Boy (In 1940s California, a priest and a magician inspire a boy to do good works in the hope that God will recognize his strong faith.)

WEBSITES
Word on Fire: https://www.wordonfire.org/. Catholic media organization that uses digital and traditional media to introduce Catholicism to the broader world, founded by Bishop Robert Barron who created the award-winning “Catholicism” miniseries.

Dynamic Catholic: https://dynamiccatholic.com/. Resources for wonderful catholic books, CD’s and DVD’s, plus sign-up for daily reflections.

RealLifeCatholic: https://www.reallifecatholic.com Chris Stefanick dives into the everyday life of everyday Catholics, who are working, serving, building, and exploring the world with their faith at their side.                                             

Blessed is She: hppts://www.blessedisshe.net Blessed is She is a community full of women just like you that seek support in their relationship with the Lord and want to connect together with Scripture.

PHONE APPS
Pray As you Go: (free) Offers a short, guided meditation on one of the daily readings each day. Other Prayer tools include: reflections on the rosary, short retreats on Advent, Lent, Marriage, Mental Health Awareness and much more.

Reimagining the Examen: is an interactive App that leads you through a series of Examens, encouraging you to sit in prayer with God each day. You can select an examen (relationships, habits, fears, etc.) and select your own background music. This would be the perfect app for someone needing guidance during evening prayer or reflection during Adoration.

Laudate: the classic, all-encompassing Catholic app. It offers daily readings, the Liturgy of the Hours, a Confession app, prayers, links to the Catechism and other Church documents, and so much more. It is a useful tool for any Catholic wanting just about anything related to your Faith at your fingertips.                                                                        

Relevant Radio: is essentially Catholic podcasting in an app. This is a free app that grants access to all the shows produced by Relevant Radio, available in live streaming or downloadable content. It also includes audio prayers, a Confession “helper,” and Catholic news from around the world. It’s perfect if you’re looking for ways to fill long commutes or travel with something more uplifting.