Letter for February 1, 2015
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Of many things:
Tomorrow, Monday, February 2nd we celebrate the
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, often called
Candlemas Day, or in secular society, Groundhog
Day. Why candles and a rodent seeing his shadow?
It actually comes from: 40 days after Christmas (do
the math, that is Feb. 2nd) Simeon having the privilege
of holding the Christ Child in his hands and saying,
“Now, Master, you can dismiss your servant in
peace, for mine own eyes have seen the Saving Light
revealed to the Gentiles, the Glory of your people,
Israel” Yes, Jesus is our Saving Light, like a candle
expends itself to give that light, Jesus gave His all for
us on Calvary and calls us to continue to Let our
Light Shine by expending ourselves daily in our service
to Him and one-another.
Tuesday, February 3rd is the Feast of St. Blaze, the
day, traditionally, we get our throats blessed. An extra
Mass, at 7 o’clock p.m. in the church, has been
scheduled to make it more convenient for you to
come to Mass and have your throat blessed.
This weekend, in the Gathering Space, you will find
sign-up sheets for our upcoming 40 hours of Solemn
Eucharistic Devotions, beginning on Friday, February
13th through Sunday, February 15th. All hours
need to be filled from 9 o’clock a.m. on Friday
through 6 o’clock p.m. on Sunday. The chapel will
be closed those days and all adoration will be in the
church. I am looking forward to a good turn-out for
the adoration, as well as the Closing Mass & Benediction/Procession
on Sunday, February 15th at 6 o’clock p.m. Fr. Joseph O’Donnell
will be back to be our guest homilist.
Have a Blessed week.
Love and prayers,