As we continue to celebrate Christmastide this weekend, we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord today. Traditionally, this feast was celebrated on January 6, ending the “twelve days” days of Christmas. However, we now celebrate it liturgically on the Sunday between January 2 and January 8. “Epiphany” comes from a Greek verb meaning “to reveal.” Therefore, the Epiphany celebrates God’s revealing, or manifesting, Jesus’ identity as true God, Messiah, and Savior of the world. It not only commemorates the fact that Jesus appeared to save us, but did it in such a way that we could understand and acknowledge. The Gospel reading for the day is from the second chapter of Matthew, where the magi from the East seek the newborn king of the Jews, and of course, find Him and pay Him homage. … Read More
This weekend, we celebrate the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Our focus is on the Human Nature of Jesus. Not only did he become flesh and is like us in all things except sin, but he grew up in a family and was raised by Mary and Joseph. This celebration reminds us that Jesus is fully human like us, subject to all the struggles and trials of life just as we are, and was willing to give Himself to die on a cross for our salvation. We are reminded that we can imitate Him in all things, especially completely giving our life over to God, by the power of God’s Grace!… Read More
Merry Christmas!! This evening we begin our celebration of Christmas with our Christmas Vigils at 4pm and 6pm, and over the next 8 days we celebrate the Octave of Christmas. The Octave of Christmas ends on the Feast Day of Mary, the Mother of God (January 1st). Of course, we celebrate Christmas Day in a special way, it being the day we commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. After the Octave of Christmas, we continue to celebrate the Christmas Season until the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord on January 8, 2018.
Much of the world will be finished with Christmas by Tuesday morning, but we continue to celebrate the Mystery of the Incarnation for more than two weeks. … Read More
HOLIDAY MASS SCHEDULE
The Mass schedule for the holidays is as follows:
- Dec. 24th – 4th Sunday of Advent – Sat. 4pm, Sun. 8am & 10am
- Dec. 24th – Christmas Vigil – 4pm & 6pm
- Dec. 25th – Christmas Day – 9am
- Dec. 30th & 31st – REGULAR SUNDAY MASS SCHEDULE
- Jan. 1st – New Year’s Day – 9am (The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God is not a Holy Day of Obligation this year.)
- Please note: We are obligated to attend Mass BOTH for the 4th Sunday of Advent AND for Christmas.
Today, we celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent, also known as Gaudete Sunday. “Gaudete” is the Latin word for “rejoice.” This weekend, we “lighten up” a little bit from the work of our Advent preparation to anticipate and rejoice in the birth of Jesus at Christmas. The Second Person of the Trinity, The Son, becoming man and dwelling among us is known as the Mystery of the Incarnation. The gift of the Grace of Christ continues to be present now in the Sacraments and the lives we lead in imitation of Jesus. The gift comes every year and is manifested in the change in our lives (“conversion”) to more closely configure our lives to Jesus’ life. … Read More
Today we celebrate the Second Sunday in Advent as we continue to prepare and anticipate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, at Christmas. God becoming man is referred to as “The Mystery of the Incarnation.” How God became man cannot be fully understood by us, thus the reason it referred to as a mystery. Our faith teaches us that Jesus, God Himself, became flesh and dwelt among us; He then lived, died and rose from the dead.
The purpose of The Incarnation is the salvation of the world, and we celebrate the great love God has shown us in His Mercy by the earthly life of Jesus. … Read More
All Masses scheduled WILL be celebrated as of now:
Immaculate Conception: 12:05pm & 5:30pm
Saturday Daily Mass: Valentin Hall @8am
(Use necessary discretion as to your ability to travel safely!)
This weekend, we continue our journey towards Christ with the beginning of our liturgical year. Today, the 1st Sunday of Advent, marks our liturgical “New Year,” which appropriately begins with our preparation for and anticipation of receiving the gift of the Grace of Christ at Christmas. The Nativity of Our Lord marks the beginning of Jesus’ earthly life, the life of Our Savior that leads to our salvation and the salvation of the world. The remembrance of these events is intended to help us to re-focus on Christ and His Church by entering more deeply into the mystery of the Incarnation, that is, the mystery of God becoming Man.… Read More
Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King, which concludes the Church’s liturgical year. This celebration is a reminder to us that Jesus can help us to overcome any problem we might have if we let Him reign in our hearts. The primary goal of our life here on earth is to live with God for eternity in the next life. As Christians this must be our first priority. We make this our first priority by following God’s commands as Jesus teaches us through His Church, both in Sacred Scripture and Tradition, and by cooperating with God’s Grace in Faith, Hope and Charity.… Read More
Thursday of this week we celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Mass that day will be at 9am and I hope to see you there. As usual, our offertory for that day will be for ICONS, our interfaith food pantry. During the holiday season, ICONS gets stretched to provide food for those in need, so your support will be especially helpful at the Thanksgiving Mass. For those who would like to donate food items, boxes have been placed in the church by each of the entrances for that purpose.
Although Thanksgiving is a secular holiday, it is certainly religious in its theme. This year, our church parish community has much for which to thank God. … Read More