Twice today we hear the words “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” Even though we just heard these words a month ago at Christmas, it is appropriate to hear them again. Jesus began his mission by fulfilling the words of the great prophet Isaiah. Today we contemplate the mission we are called to and pray that we can fulfill the plan God has for us.
St. Bernardine’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner is coming this Saturday, February 1st , from 5:30 pm. to 8:00 pm. Our Spaghetti Dinner will be one more social event that gives us an opportunity to meet, eat, and have a good time. Please check the Chimes for more details.
This week, our second collection supports the Church in Latin America. For many living in Latin America and the Caribbean, a rising secular culture, difficult rural terrain, and a shortage of ministers make it difficult for people to practice the faith. Your donations fund catechesis, marriage and family life programs, and seminarian formation so people grow closer to Christ. Please prayerfully consider supporting this collection to share your faith with our brothers and sisters in Latin America and the Caribbean. Thank you.
Since the beginning of the To Teach Who Christ Is Campaign our parish thought about creating a scholarship fund to help Catholic high school students. Last year our Parish Pastoral Council created a sub-committee to develop and implement a program to make academic scholarships available for our families. I would like to thank committee members for their work. Those of you who may be interested in benefiting from this program, please read the information about it in the Chimes.
Recently we got a letter informing us about an offer from a religious goods store which is going to be closed and therefore giving big discounts for its products. I was attracted by the offer of chasubles with a discount of up to 60%. After some discussion with the staff, we bought three chasubles, one in green, violet and red. (Unfortunately white was already sold out.) They are a great replacement for our outdated chasubles. Our purchase cost was $891.00.
At all masses next weekend, we will have a sacramental of the blessing of the throats. Traditionally, this blessing is celebrated on a Sunday close to February 3rd, the feast day of Saint Blaise of Sebaste.
God bless you,