I. Candlemas Day or Presentation of Jesus in the Temple is celebrated on Monday, February 2. This feast is rooted in every day life. In faithful observance of the law of Moses, Mary and Joseph presented Jesus in the temple to consecrate Him to the Lord. There they met Simeon, who declared Jesus as “a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory for the people of Israel” (Luke 2:32), and the prophetess, Anna, for whom temple worship was part of every day life. This sparked the tradition of blessing candles for the entire year!
II. The Blessing of Throats: St. Blaise, martyr, is credited with dislodging a fishbone from a child’s throat, thus saving the child. The tradition of blessing throats with two crossed candles will be available on Tuesday, February 3, after both Masses (7:00AM and 12:05PM) on Tuesday.
III. Extraordinary Synod on the Family: Never in my lifetime has the pope invited the People of God, all of us within the Roman Catholic tradition, to express our opinions on the pastoral challenges that confront families. “Synod” is a process of “walking” or “journeying together,” the essence of collegiality. Last October, in Rome, Pope Francis gathered, for preliminary work, not only ordained church leadership but also 14 married couples. The Pontiff wanted to make certain that in discussing key aspects of family life, all would listen to the experience of those living family life in today’s world.
The Church seeks your input. At the doors of church, you will find (yellow paper) questions on six different topics. You, the people of God, are asked to respond to these questions. (We have also published a section of the questions in the bulletin the last few weeks). Please pick up a paper; or you may find the same questions for discussion on line at www.vatican.va/roma curia/synod/documents/rc synod doc 20141209 lineaments-xiv-assembly en.html. The survey is also on the diocesan web page (http://www.rcdok.org) and can be filled out online there.
IV. “How To Live One’s Life as a Catholic Man” is the topic of the fourth annual Catholic Men’s Conference of Western Kentucky on Saturday, February 7. Nationally known speakers are featured and the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available. The Conference concludes with 5:00PM Mass celebrated by Bishop William Medley at St. Stephen Cathedral. Why not commit yourself to this day of spiritual input? The cost, $30 for adults/$15 for students, includes lunch. Visit www.kycatholic.com or call Randy Clemens at 270-316-5067. Note: There will not be a 9:00AM Mass or Confessions at 9:30AM on this day.
V. Communal Anointing of the Sick: Wednesday, February 11, the Feast of our Lady of Lourdes, there will be a national Day of Prayer for the Sick. This is the perfect day to celebrate God’s special healing through the Sacrament of Anointing. There will be a light lunch afterwards, coordinated by the generosity of Lisa Taylor.
In Joy and Hope,