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January , 2018

posted Jan 5, 2018, 10:15 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this weekend the Church celebrates the EPIPHANY OF THE LORD JESUS. Epiphany is the feast day that celebrates the revelation of God  incarnate as Jesus Christ. In Western Christianity, the feast commemorates principally (but not solely) the visit of the Magi to the Christ child, and thus Jesus' physical manifestation to the Gentiles. The traditional date for the feast is January 6. However, since 1970, the celebration is held in some countries on the Sunday after January 1. On this day, may we become an “Epiphany” of God’s love to all we meet.  As we begin this New Year, may our lives mirror that of the Christ Child who came to show us the “face of God.”

This Monday the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the BAPTISM OF THE LORD. This brings to an end the season of Christmas. The Church recalls Our Lord's second manifestation or epiphany which occurred on the occasion of His baptism in the Jordan.  Jesus descended into the River to sanctify its waters and to give them the power to beget sons of God. The event takes on the importance of a second creation in which the entire Trinity intervenes.  May the Lord’s baptism remind us of our baptism and the promises we made (through our godparents) to live as sons and daughters of our Father in Heaven.

Just another reminder for parishioners again this winter season that if you MISS MASS because of the weather, it is not a sin.  I know that the weather around here can be a bit iffy at times.  Ice can build up on the road; streets might not be plowed; sidewalks might not be cleared.  If these things happen and you  cannot get out or are afraid to drive or walk, please stay at home and be safe.  I am sure the Lord would totally understand under these circumstances.  There are Masses that are televised or heard on the radio. Be safe and use common sense.

HOSPITAL STAYS – Please call the rectory informing us of any parishioner who is being admitted to the hospital or who is in the hospital.  We have not been receiving the information concerning admissions.  If we do not know who is in the hospital, we cannot come out to anoint or inform the Eucharistic Minister to take communion to the room.  So please let us know.  And if you know someone from another Catholic  parish who is in the hospital, please inform them to call their pastor so that he can come out to visit and anoint.  We do our best to take care of the sick; but it also is the responsibility of other pastors to visit as well.

I want to take this time to THANK all those who helped to make our Christmas and New Year’s celebrations so wonderful.  From the liturgical ministers, to the music ministry, to the ushers, I say thanks.  I feel we truly celebrated these holy days with great reverence and a holy joy.  May God bless you all.

And special THANKS to the DECORATING COMMITTEE for making our sanctuary look so beautiful.  So many people commented on how beautiful it looks and how wonderful it is as an aide to prayer.  Many people, and some from out of town, ended up by taking pictures of the sanctuary to show their friends and relatives how beautiful it looked.  Thanks Ann and all who helped again this year.  


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - The following was shared by surfer Cathy W.

                                                                TWAS THE MONTH AFTER CHRISTMAS

'Twas the month after Christmas, and all through the house, nothing would fit me, not even a blouse. The cookies I'd nibbled, the eggnog I'd taste, at the holiday parties had gone to my waist. When I got on the scales there arose such a number!  When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber). I'd remember the marvelous meals I'd prepared, the gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared.  The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese, and the way I'd never said, "No thank you, please."  As I dressed myself in my husband's old shirt, and prepared once again to do battle with dirt. I said to myself, as I only can, “You can't spend a winter disguised as a man!"  So--away with the last of the sour cream dip, Get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip.  Every last bit of food that I like must be banished, ‘Till all the additional  ounces have vanished.  I won't have a cookie--not even a lick, I’ll want only to chew on a long celery stick.  I won't have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie,  I'll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.  I'm hungry, I'm         lonesome, and life is a bore, But isn't that what January is for?  Unable to giggle, no longer a riot, Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!