The Catholic Community  of St. John Neumann
A Christian Church of the Catholic Tradition
Califon, NJ

Pastor's weekly Writing


Dear Friends,
Recently we upgraded our wireless microphone system in the Church. Have you noticed the difference? The reason for upgrading was the Federal Government’s decision known as the “FCC Incentive Auction” meant to align the use of broadcast airwaves with 21st century consumer demands for video and broadband services. The use of wireless microphones and personal monitor systems in the 600 MHz Band eventually will be prohibited by law. The “600 MHz Band” refers to frequency ranges 616–653 MHz and 663–698 MHz. This is what we use and hence we would have been affected if not for the upgrade.
     Our Property Management Committee took this matter seriously and held discussions and consultations and decided to go for the upgrade as there was an incentive of a $750 if we did it before January 1, 2018.  The price of the upgrade was $5,947.00 and we successfully transitioned to another range of spectrum, and we did receive a $750 Rebate because we did the work before Jan. 1, 2018.
      I believe this is important to communicate to you, dear parishioners, because sometimes the investment of money and efforts we do in the parish may not be very easily visible unless made known. The Finance Council oversees the judicious use of our resources and hence every decision to spend significant amount of your sacrificial offering to Church must be also communicated to you. Thus you will have the satisfaction of knowing where or how your contribution is put to good use.
      As we enter into the 2nd Sunday of Advent, we will realize that the countdown to Christmas has already begun! And so we will hear many speak about being hurried and harried, about being overwhelmed and overtired, that they are not ready for Christmas, etc. That’s why today’s First Reading from Isaiah is very helpful: “Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God.”(Is 40:1) Drop everything for a minute each time you feel overwhelmed and repeat this beautiful line from God: “Comfort, give comfort to my people.” You will immediately feel a sense of calm coming over your body, mind and soul. That is the presence of a caring God who is enveloping you with love.

                                                                                                                             Happy Advent!
                                                                                                                             Your brother in Christ.
                                                                                                                             Fr. Abraham