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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Sign-up for a Lenten Faith Sharing Group

This Lent we are kicking off a new opportunity for our parishioners. You can sign up here to join one of the faith sharing groups.

Follow that link for all the details and to register. We have groups meeting at several different days and times. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Bible Study 2016-01-20

Tonight, we discussed Isaiah 62:1-5 and John 2:1-11, taken from the Lectionary for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) from last Sunday.

There are few references to Mary in Scriptures, and in the last Sunday reading we get a glimpse of the extraordinary role of Mary in the Story of Salvation.
Jesus and His Mother attend a wedding at Cana. Ever attentive to the needs of those around her, Mary was the first to realize that the wine ran short and told her Son: They have no wine (Jn 2:3). After his reply, Jesus complied with his Mother's request and performed a great miracle by converting water into wine.

As we read about Mary's role in Cana we also reflected on Mary’s intercession and advocacy in our own lives

Agenda for 2016-01-20
Supplement materials: The Creeds

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Bible Study 2016-01-13

Tonight we discussed Isiah 42:1-4, 6-7 and Luke 3:15-16, 21-22, taken from the Lectionary for the Feast of The Baptism of the Lord (ABC), which was celebrated last Sunday.
In the Gospel reading we hear how Jesus came to the Jordan River to be baptized by John the Baptist. We reflected on the importance of this event in the beginning of Jesus Ministry, and the importance of our own Baptism.
Please join us every Wednesday at 6:30 pm at the Rectory for Bible Study, walk-in are always welcome!

Agenda for 2016-01-13

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Bible Study 2016-01-06

Tonight, we discussed Isaiah 60:1-6 and Matthew 2:1-12, taken from the lectionary for the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord (ABC), which was celebrated last Sunday.  Please refer to the posted Bible Study Agenda for a glimpse at the readings and their historical backgrounds and contexts.  Through the mystery of the incarnation, God revealed Himself as a light to all nations in the Baby Jesus.  May we be touched by an encounter with the Living God this Christmas Season and lead lives transformed by love and peace throughout the year 2016!  Hope to see you next week at Bible Study!

 Agenda for 2016-01-06

Sunday, January 3, 2016

January 3 - Epiphany

Another Way

"Raise your eyes and look about!" The prophet Isaiah proclaims the joy, the light, the reminder that we encounter the hope in the darkness. The world today may seem overrun with darkness, horrible inhumanity, and hopelessness. Yet, the light shines through. We are called to encounter that light, to encounter Christ. We are called to embrace Christ and embody his love and light in the world.

The magi came from their homes, left their rather comfortable lives in the courts of the wealthy eastern provinces. They journeyed in what must have been uncomfortable, if not dangerous situations. They got lost and sought guidance. They are some of the first models we have of what it means to be a people of faith. We have to leave our proverbial comfort zones. We have to reach out to others. We may even be called to take journeys that take us far from what we expected of our lives.

All of this is due to encountering Christ. When we encounter our God, we are forever changed. We are asked to choose another way. We are asked to choose another way to live our lives, to love our neighbors, and to follow that Light.

May you encounter that light of Christ. May you choose to live another way. May you choose to follow Christ more nearly.

Reflection by Jennifer

One Word at a Time - Clothe

Saturday, January 2, 2016

January 2


In the first reading, John talks about the importance of having you to remain in God as He remains in you; meanwhile, in the gospel, the scripture talks about preparing the way for the Lord. As the New Year has come upon us, what can we do to challenge ourselves daily, so that we remain in His teachings at all time. Striving to be a better Christian is a constant challenge; however God is good and His promise of eternal life is true. What can we do to challenge ourselves to become a better Christian in our daily lives, so that we are to remain in Him, as He remains in us?

Reflection by Michele P.

Friday, January 1, 2016

January 1 - Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

Feast of the Solemnity of Mary

As we embark on the New Year we honor our mother, Mary, on this Solemnity. With her mantle wide to cradle us and a heart that holds us dear our plea resounds- Hail Holy Queen, Our Light, Our Sweetness and Our Hope – as all things begin new and our hearts are filled with the promise of the New Year! We look to you Mary, in anticipation and in longing for your intercession, our Mother and our Patroness. 

May Mary’s love be the gentle guide of a mother’s hand drawing us closer to her Son to know and follow His will for our lives with Peace at Heart, Prosperity in Love and Hope of Life Eternal

Many blessings to you and yours in the New Year as we rejoice in the Love of our heavenly Mother! 

Reflection by J. Yacopino